During Google I/O 2014 today, some time was spent sharing the role that Google Play Services holds in keeping all users up-to-date and secure against malicious attacks. According to Google, Google Play Services gets updated every six weeks and is one of the few frameworks that they actively monitor to make sure it stays on that schedule. With these updates rolling out regularly, Google says 93% of all Google users are on the latest version.
How active users are roaming the world with the Android platform? 1 billion. That same figure sat around 500 million over one year ago. He was quick to point out that tablets are a big part of Android’s growth and user base.
Google has announced a new project at I/O called Android One that’s aiming to capture more users in emerging markets. The project involves a reference smartphone that’s made of affordable components that manufacturers can model cheaper smartphones out of. As an example, a Cromax Android phone was shown off with dual SIM card slots, an SD card slot, a 4.5-inch screen, and FM radio baked in. The design definitely shares some similarities of the Nexus line, too. Aside from Cromax, Google has a few other Indian manufacturers lined up to create some of these Android One devices.
Taking a break from all the Google I/O 2014 news here, we have some sweet info regarding Netflix’s Android app for you.
The video streaming company has pushed a major UI update to its app. There’s a completely new design layout and according to the changelog, there’s been some bug fixes as well. (You might also notice they’ve changed their logo!)
The Moto X+1 has literally been everywhere since the rumors began just a few months ago. It will certainly be Motorola’s next flagship, and is definitely coming soon.
More rumors today, naturally.
Is today the day that we finally see Samsung’s first Android Wear device? It’s expected that the beans will be spilled (officially) at Google I/O today, possibly at or right after the keynote.
In just a few hours, we might know the full details on the device, including specs and release date… Or maybe we’ll know right now.
If the waiting game isn’t your thing, here’s what we know about the device. (Rumors only, of course.)
We’ve got rumors from South Korea this morning — it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently in mass production and will continue through July, to prepare for a September 25 global launch.
An official announcement is expected at IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The rumors, at least this time, can be taken with a bit more than just a grain of salt, as multiple shareholders seem to be the leakers this time.
The Google I/O keynote is always epic, but this year is likely to be the biggest and the best. Why? Because Google has so many more products to discuss. It’s not just basic Android and Chrome discussions anymore folks. We’ve got Android Wear, Android TV, Android in the car, Google Fit, Project Ara, and who knows what else. You don’t want to miss this keynote, so we’ve made it available for you right here. Just hit the break for all the action. It all starts today at 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST. Enjoy!!
On Tuesday night, The Wall Street Journal confirmed that Google would indeed unveil some hardware to launch Android TV. This would give the company a set-top box platform to fight against Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and other devices. The hardware to be unveiled at Google I/O will carry not Google’s name or branding. Instead, another manufacturer is stepping forward to lead the way for Android TV.
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Initial Android TV hardware ready to be unveiled at I/O, set-top box belongs to another company
Deezer gets Chromecast support
PBS KIDS Video app hits Play Store with Chromecast support
Emoji support added to Google Voice
As the Google Glass Explorer Program becomes more widely available, so do the upgrades. With Google I/O kicking off in just a few hours, the Glass team announced some really nice upgrades, on top of the 12 new apps that were just announced.
Performance has been a little lackluster, so all new shipments of Glass will sport 2GB of RAM, as opposed to 1GB. Google Now has been the focal point for Glass, so they have added two more cards. Now you can easily find where you have parked your car and know when that package will be hitting your doorstep. Finally, they have added a viewfinder for pictures. Just say, “OK Glass, show the viewfinder” and you will see white L’s in the four corners. You can then say “OK Glass, take a picture,” with a wink, or by pushing the camera button.
Do these new features make you more likely to cough up $1500 for a pair?
source: +Google Glass
Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.
According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.
source: The Korea Economic Daily
Without any official word from Google, it seems that emoji support has been added to Google Voice. The feature seems to have been added to Voice within the last couple of days.
Upon testing the new feature, users have noted that emoji appear in Google Voice to Google Voice interactions, as well as traditional SMS to Google Voice ones. Emoji support is now found in both the iOS app and the Android app, and will appear for both sender and recipient, regardless of where the messages originated from.
Source: Android Central
Today Verizon announced that they would be releasing their variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on June 26. The device, being called the “family tablet,” will be available both online and in store, and will cost $379.99, or $279.99 with a new two-year activation.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 features an 8-inch HD display, a 3MP rear facing camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
HTC’s newest Desire phone, the 610, has shown up with AT&T branding. No word on exact specs, but if the rumors from earlier in the year are still true, you can expect a 4.7 inch qHD screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, and a standard 8 megapixel camera on board. Nothing fancy, but it’ll be a solid budget device.