Before all the tech giants embarked on the smartwatch wagon there was Pebble, the company that in some ways started a trend. The Pebble smartwatches may not be as high tech as the examples that followed from more established mobile players, but they are still functional pieces of kit. Pebble has now rolled out some new firmware for its wearable devices, bringing even more features to the party.
Google has made some controversial changes to its requirements for app developers, now insisting that each one provides an actual physical address when filling in their app details page. The new rule was spotted by Jared Rummler, of JRummy Apps, who detailed the change of policy in a Google+ post and showed an image of the requirement as it is in the terms and conditions.
And there was me thinking everyone was a U2 fan. Bono and his cohorts have invaded a great many people's iTunes accounts since Apple launched the iPhone 6 and it seems that consumers are not pleased. It turns out most people do not want free stuff when they are forced to have that free stuff as they have reacted angrily to U2's new album simply appearing in their libraries.
We discussed last week why Microsoft had decided to ditch the Nokia branding from future smartphones, while the company is also getting rid of the Windows Phone branding. Microsoft is instead changing the smartphone brand to just Windows, a bid to unify the whole Windows ecosystem.
HTC said that it would be delivering more of its Sense software to the general Android market, moving some of its services away from being an all-in-one software. The company started the HTC Creative Labs team to focus on repacking certain software from the brand's UI so that it could be downloaded in app form on the Google Play Store. The Zoe camera app was the first example of that, but this release is something different.
KitKat's hold on the Android market is starting to tighten, and it is even starting to impress me, someone who has long criticized how fragmented the Android world is. Google has released the latest batch of Android distribution numbers and Android 4.4 and its variations have grown by a whopping 20% from last month and is now comfortably the second most used Android version.
Google has been under pressure from several regulatory bodies around the world of late because of its attitude towards refunding apps and protecting consumers from unwanted purchases. The company is not alone as Amazon and Apple have also fallen for some hard criticism and the odd court case, but Google has done something about it today. The search giant and Android overseer has said that there is now a two hour window to get a refund on paid apps and games on the Google Play Store.
Skype is one of the jewels in Microsoft's crown at the moment and its Windows Phone version of the service got a nice update today. The Windows Phone Skype app now has location service baked in that allows users to share their position with whoever they are talking with. The update also gives the ability to switch off notifications, nice if you have a bunch of contacts talking at once.
A couple of weeks after a suspected iCloud leak left a number of famous people literally spread all over the internet, Apple's rival Google has endured its own security threat. Millions of username and password details were leaked onto the internet via a Russian based bitcoin forum, although it is not known how the details were leaked.
Android 4.4.4 continues to do the rounds this week and has now been announced for the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The S4 is of course Samsung's 2013 flagship, so it is nice to see that the Korean company is continuing it near the end of Android KitKat's reign, while the device is also in line to land Android L when that is released.