Google used its opening keynote of its I/O developer conference to unveil a new, polished version of its Android mobile operating system, a new mobile payments app called Android Pay and updates to its Google Now proactive personal assistant.
Apple has sold "a lot" of Apple Watches, but it is not giving out a specific sales figure so far, according to a senior Apple executive.
Google will use its I/O developer conference, which kicks off today, to unveil an overhaul to its mobile payments offering, according to a New York Times report. Further, the report said Apple is going to soon announce enhancements to its own Apple Pay platform, including a rewards program.
Smartphone shipments are expected to increase by 11.3 per cent in 2015, which is down from 27.6 per cent in 2014.
Apple said that Jony Ive, its chief designer, has been promoted to a newly created position as Chief Design Officer, but is stepping away from some of his day-to-day duties in his new role.
Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The company's decision to do so is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to bring features and services from Windows 10 to non-Windows smartphones.
Shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell more than 20 per cent year-on-year in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the first quarter of 2015, due in part to the negative economic situations in Russia and Ukraine and the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to the depreciation of their local currencies.
Apple is looking to add live feeds from local TV stations to its upcoming online pay-TV service, a feature that would differentiate it from existing OTT pay-TV services like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, but also add tons of complexity in terms of rights deals.
Google is set to unveil the next version of its Android platform next week at its I/O developer conference, and according to a BuzzFeed News report it will include native fingerprint authentication.
In the three weeks since Microsoft announced it would let developers who have written apps for Google's Android and Apple's iOS port those apps to phones and tablets running Windows 10, Microsoft hasn't exactly had its door beaten down by developers.