Bigger doesn't always mean better, but Google's decision to double the maximum size of APKs in Google Play may prove to be a hit with Android developers.
According to a new report, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and AT&T won't sell the new Nexus smartphones that Google is widely expected to announce during a media event tomorrow. Instead, Google will sell the devices through its website only.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the pending launch of the company's first Android smartphone forms part of an effort to accelerate a return to profitability at the company's hardware division.
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Google has restricted its competitors' access to its Android operating system and favored its own services, according to a Bloomberg report.
At a time when BlackBerry's smartphone hardware business is shrinking, the company confirmed it will release a security and privacy-focused phone later this year called the "Priv" running on a modified version of Google's Android platform. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm is working "with all of the major carriers" on the launch of the phone and thinks the company's security heritage will set it apart. However, BlackBerry reported revenue for its fiscal second quarter that missed analysts' expectations and a wider-than-expected loss.
Startup Cyanogen (a 2015 Fierce 15 winner) is adding support for several Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Xiaomi smartphones for its CyanogenMod, an open-source custom Android-based operating system, which it says offers OEMs and carriers more flexibility than stock Android software.
BlackBerry reports results for its second fiscal quarter tomorrow, and the company's progress on growing its software revenue will again be in focus, as it was last quarter, with some analysts skeptical that BlackBerry can grow enterprise software sales as much as it hopes this year. Meanwhile, a new photo and details of BlackBerry's rumored phone running Google's Android platform leaked online.
According to Android Police, which received images of the devices' packaging, the LG-made 5.2-inch phone will be called the Nexus 5X while the Huawei-made gadget with a 5.7-inch screen will be dubbed the Nexus 6P.
LAS VEGAS-- Smartphone startup Nexbit, which is making a cloud-focused Android phone that frees up storage space, has raised nearly $1 million in its Kickstarter campaign in 10 days, blowing past its own expectations and its 30-day goal of raising $500,000. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss is extremely pleased with the response, but has bigger ambitions: moving from selling thousands of units to hundreds of thousands of phones next year.
When Amazon recently said it would change the way it pay writers whose work is available on Kindle Unlimited based on how many pages consumers read, the literary world flipped out. The authors of books aren't accustomed to being tracked so granularly, and to some it seemed unfair because there are plenty of people who buy books they never read, but want to save for later (or for some kind of bragging rights). The same is not true for mobile apps-- we don't have friends admiring all the unused mobile games in our smartphone "libraries"-- which is why Amazon's "actually free" category in its new Amazon Underground app store sounds intriguing.