At its annual I/O developer's conference, Google announced a redesign for its Android operating system. Android version 5.0, dubbed L, featuring a further refined interface called Material Design, additional tools and APIs for developers, and a new runtime that is optimized for 64-bit processing. Google also announced its Android One program to develop low-cost Android phones, its Android Auto effort to install Android functions into vehicles, and its Android TV initiative to bring Android apps and services to users' TVs. The company also provided additional details on its Android Wear platform for wearable devices like smart watches, and a new program called Google Fit to collect Android users' health and fitness data.
Google has ambitious plans to take its Nest Labs' digital thermostat and home security applications and expand it to other realms within the connected home, directly stomping into territory that service providers are trying to claim as their own.
According to a new report from CCS Insight, the dramatic and continued growth of the Android smartphone operating system may not be the boon to Android developer Google that some may have expected. According to the firm, fully one in four Android phones don't currently access Google services like Maps, Gmail and the Google Play app store--and that number will likely grow in the future.
HTC is reportedly preparing a tablet with an 8.9-inch screen that is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter through Google's Nexus device program. According to a report from Android Police, the device will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, will sell in Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions, and will be called the Nexus 9.
Google is scheduled to kick off its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday and is widely expected to announce a new venture into healthcare, as well as tout new wearable devices from Samsung, LG and others. The company could also offer a glimpse into its plans to push Android into TVs and possibly home-automation products.
Comcast on Monday announced that its TV Everywhere services will viewable through Google's Chrome browser … and by extension, the popular Chromecast player dongle.
Google acquired Alpental Technologies, a Seattle-area startup that was headed by engineers from the former Clearwire and is working on 5G-related millimeter-wave technology.
GVTC Communications may not be the size of AT&T or draw the same sizzle as Google Fiber, but the local telephone cooperative is providing 1 Gbps-capable services for its GigaRegion fiber to the home (FTTH) network customers in Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, Texas.
Google is facing a new antitrust complaint in Europe that it is abusing its market power, this time regarding the dominance of its Android operating system.
Finnish police confirmed they are investigating reports that Nokia was blackmailed by hackers who threatened to expose the encryption code used in the company's now defunct Symbian operating system.