Today is May the 4th, and you know what that means. Yup, a whole load of Star Wars themed promotions from companies trying to sell you stuff that has nothing to do with the franchise. If you have a couple of minutes spare, though, Google has a great interactive offering that allows you to wield a LightSaber as you battle your way through a bunch of stormtroopers. Join us after the break to find out how. Read more
Google has posted their Android distribution numbers for May 2016, and everything has progressed about how you’d expect. Marshmallow continues to grow at the expense of older versions of Android, moving up to 7.5% from 4.6% last month. Read more
Google Wallet is slowly being phased out in favor of Google’s new payment transaction service, Android Pay. The transportation service Uber is among the first to make the switch.
The monthly security update produced by Google is rolling out now.
Google appears to be working on a YouTube for web design overhaul. The interface could see its biggest change in design since the service’s official debut. Just about every aspect follows right in line with Google’s Material Design UI found across platforms and services.
The Nexus Player is getting the Developer Previews a bit after the rest. Just yesterday, the second version of the Android N Developer Preview became available for the Nexus Player.
Earlier this year, YouTube started to take significant flak in the form of a protest called “Where’s The Fair Use?” The movement started in response to what critics say is a broken copyright challenge system implemented by YouTube called Content ID that fails to recognize legitimate uses of copyright material. YouTube finally acknowledged that they indeed had a problem on their hands and promised to work on addressing the issues. A new step has been taken in that process with YouTube’s announcement that they are going to modify their systems so that revenues will continue to accrue while videos are in the dispute process. Read more
Just recently we heard that HTC would be in charge of the next wave of Nexus smartphones. One of the two handsets rumored may be a successor to last year’s Nexus 6P made by Huawei.
Last fall The New York Times and Google partnered to distribute Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers to subscribers so they could view a new virtual reality film called The Displaced. With a new title – Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart – ready to rollout on The New York Times web site and with the success of the previous partnership, the company decided to take another go at distributing Cardboard devices. 300,000 devices will be distributed to the NYT’s “most loyal digital subscribers.” Read more
In the continuing moves by Lenovo to shed the Motorola name from their branding portfolio, we saw the company part ways with president Rick Osterloh last month. Fans of the former president of Motorola will be pleased by news that Google brought Osterloh back into the fold to head up a new division managing hardware lines. Read more