Google has sent out a small but useful update for its Android Wear platform that is found on myriad smartwatches on the platform. The company says that the update will be rolling out to every Android Wear device in the coming weeks and the meat of the update will be the inclusion of interactive watch faces. This will bring more ways to use the device when it is just in its watch face mode.
Gartner has released its latest market figures that reveal which operating systems are in front in terms of coverage, and the results are hardly surprising. Indeed, the state of the smartphone market remained the same as it has for the last few years, with Android in front, Apple just behind, and Windows Phone way back in third... the rest barely registering.
Google officially announced that Android M, announced by the company earlier in the year, will be called Android Marshmallow when it launches. The company rolled out a statue of the Android robot carrying a large marshmallow to announce the name, while Google also revealed that the next full build will otherwise be known as Android 6.0.
It is being reported today that Google will debut its Android Pay mobile payment system alongside LG's new Nexus smartphone, which is due to be launched at the end of the third quarter. The device is an updated version of LG?s 2013 Nexus 5 and will be imaginatively called the Nexus 5 2015, but crucially it will ship with a fingerprint scanner, something that will play a major part in Android Pay.
Google, Android, and all manufacturers could do without more stories about what hackers are able to do on the platform, but yet they keep coming. The Stagefright vulnerability recently put Android in the spotlight as it was found users could control a device by sending a simple corrupted MMS. It has now been found that Android fingerprint scanners allow hackers to take a user?s print, while Apple's TouchID does not.
Android is the mobile platform that leads the way in global markets, Google's OS is well ahead of Apple's OS in most areas with all other rivals insignificant enough to not be worth mentioning. Why is that, what has made Android the runaway leader? Well, the sheer availability of the platform across so many devices certainly helps, and market researcher Open Signal says there are now 24,093 different Android products in use.
It seems as though Google and Samsung have been in talks over the recent vulnerabilities in the Android platform. Google's OS was found to have what?s been dubbed the Stagefright vulnerability where hackers can use a MMS to secure control of an Android handset. Samsung revealed that it would now start sending monthly security patches to its devices and Google has now followed suit by saying it will do the same.
Google dropped Android M on us at the company?s I/O developer's event today, and while the software will not be released until later in the year, Google was kind enough to give us all a detailed breakdown of what is in store. With Android 5.0 Lollipop only seven months old and feeling pretty darn fresh, we expect Android M to wow us and bring something new to the party. Luckily the software really does that and is a pretty rich overhaul of the system, even if it is unlikely to do Android?s fragmented platform any good in terms of unification.
With Google I/O due to start tomorrow we are all awaiting the first official details about Android M, the next full version of Google's mobile OS. The developer conference will be used to announce the new platform, although Android M is unlikely to land until the end of the year. That will be one year after the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it seems as though we will now be treated to a new Android build on a yearly basis.
Google took to one of its product forums to confirm that Android Wear 5.1.1 is now heading out to smartwatches that are compatible for the update. As is usually the case, the upgrade will be sent out in stages and some devices will have to wait a few weeks to get it, although Google says most should get the new software within a few days.