Just about every brand wants to make it big in China, except for the Chinese ones who are big there and want to have success everywhere else. Every company from Microsoft to Apple and from Sony to Samsung wants to crack the Chinese market because the rewards are astronomical. This goes for Mobile platforms too, with Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) dominating the scene in China, especially the latter.
At Google's I/O event back in June, the company had an awful lot of Android to talk about, such as Android Auto, Android Wear, and of course the full mobile Android L. There was so much to chat about and so much aftermath to wade through that we had almost forgotten about Android One, Google's ambitious new project.
Sprint has confirmed that the Moto X variant that it carries will now be getting the update to Android 4.4.4, bringing the latest released version of Google's mobile platform to Motorola's 2013 flagship. It is a timely bump as the new Moto X+1 is expected to land on September 4th and that will probably be running Android 4.4.4 from launch.
Apple fan boys in the red corner, Android fan boys in the blue, each looking for particular sticks to beat the other with. One of the Apple fanatics core arguments is that Android is simply too fragmented compared to iOS, and it is an argument that is hard to fight with. Even Google concedes this is the case and Android 4.4 KitKat and the upcoming Android L have been conscience efforts to address this, as well as the upcoming Android One program.
LG may be focused on the G3 flagship of late while plotting a roadmap to capitalize on that smartphones success, but the company is still taking care of its older handsets too. The Korean company has today confirmed that its former flagship, the LG G2, will be getting the upgrade to Android L when Google launches its new version of the mobile platform.
A lot of consumers dislike Android vendor UI software. There are Android skins and software tweaks like Samsung?s TouchWiz and HTC?s Sense that divide opinion, with Samsung's brand getting particular wrath from Android purists. However, for whatever reason companies are continuing to push away from the stock Android experience and LG is the latest to really get behind its own UI.
Microsoft's full Windows Phone devices running WP 8.1 have had plenty of attention this weeks as the HTC One M8 launched on the platform. However, the company has some news for those rocking its existing Nokia feature phones by revealing that an agreement has been reached for Opera to become the default web browser on those devices.
Sony has today started sending out the latest Android update to two of its budget smartphones, the Xperia M2 and M2 Duo. Both of the handsets will now get Android 4.4 KitKat in all of its glory, but will not be getting any of the latest patches just yet (namely 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4).
Earlier today T-Mobile announced it would now be rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat to the HTC One M8 flagship smartphone. A decent turnaround from the Uncarrier and one that the country's biggest carrier Verizon was going to match, but as it the Big Red way, the update is delayed.
T-Mobile has today started rolling out Android 4.4.3 to customers on its network using the HTC One M8 smartphone from HTC. On top of getting the full new Android experience users of HTC's flagship handset will also get a bunch of new features and functionality from the Taiwanese company. The patch is arriving as build 2.22.531.5.