Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google prevails over Oracle in Java copyright trial

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After a two-week long jury trial, the culmination of a years long legal spat that started in 2010, Google has prevailed over Oracle regarding the use of Java in the Android operating system. A unanimous jury verdict held that Google’s use of Java API’s was protected by fair-use provisions of copyright law. Oracle has indicated they plan to appeal the trial results. Read more

ZTE Axon 7 launched today in Beijing

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Hoping to be the music to your ears that entices you to give their flagship a try, ZTE announced the launch of the ZTE Axon 7 today in Beijing. The device joins several other Snapdragon 820 powered smartphones representing the current slate of flagship devices from a variety of manufacturers. Despite a quality set of specs and hardware, ZTE is keeping the price of the phone at a mere $450. Read more

MotoMods image leaks showing three add-ons for upcoming Moto Z devices

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As we move closer to Lenovo’s June 9th press event and what we assume will be the unveiling of the new Moto Z line of devices, the leaked images are coming a little more often. Just yesterday we saw a new render of the DROID branded Verizon variant of the Moto Z surface. A new image has surfaced that shows three of the modules that will fit on the back of the new Moto Z devices. Read more

Update-shaming may be latest tool from Google to keep Android up to date

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The Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market, but in spite of that lead position, there are some frustrations that users put up with in using the platform. One concern is a lack of updates to the operating system being released by manufacturers and carriers for devices that are in the hands of consumers. This has been an issue Google has battled for years and it looks like they may be getting ready to deploy a new tool to aid end users by releasing public rankings and hoping this has a shaming effect on those parties who are lax in keeping up. Read more

New image shows the DROIDs you seek

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Lenovo has a press event coming up on June 9th when it is expected they will reveal their new flagship devices. Reports indicate they will be rebranding their line, rooted in the Motorola Moto X series, as the Moto Z. One thing that does not appear to be changing is the relationship with Verizon to produce a dedicated DROID device that is essentially the top of the line phone from their portfolio, but rebadged for the carrier. Read more

HTC confirms it has stopped production of Nexus 9

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During Google I/O 2016, one notable subject that the company was silent on was the future of smartphones and tablets in its Nexus line. That was not unexpected despite the Nexus 9 tablet being pulled from the Google Store in late April. With a new report from HTC confirming they have ceased production of the tablet, that means Google currently has no tablet device available for purchase or ostensibly in the pipeline for a future release. Read more