Earlier in the year we were all writing obituaries for Google's Nexus line of hardware devices as it was widely reported that the company was nixing the range. It was thought that the Android Silver project would be replacing the Nexus branding as Google sought to move into a new high end space. With new Nexus devices imminent, the rumour has been exploded and it now looks as though Google will instead kill off Android Silver.
As expected, Google has today rolled out the Android One initiative in India, launching a number of entry level handsets all running the unified Android software. The company has been working on Android One since launching the project back in the middle of the year during the Google I/O conference, and now the launch has saw three new handsets for the Indian market.
Samsung copies other companies and gets sued a lot. It is almost an unwritten rule of mobile tech, but every so often a Samsung court case where the company is accused of patent infringement tends to throw up some juicy information. The latest brand trying to take Samsung to the cleaners is chip maker NVIDIA (the suit is also against Qualcomm) and during the case some information about the Nexus 9 tablet was released.
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.
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.
The Motorola Moto 360 only launched on Friday, but it is already in line to get a new software update, while the Samsung Gear Live is also ready for the bump. Google announced on the weekend that the newest release of the Android Wear platform was raring to go, and today that patch is finding its way to Motorola's and Samsung's smartwatches.
A new slate made by Google has come out of hiding at the FCC, but could this be the third version of the company's Nexus 7 range? Sadly, this is not a new Nexus at all and is actually a Project Tango slate, meaning most of us will never even get our hands on it.
We have heard plenty about Android's security (or lack of it) in recent times, but Google's platform is under the spotlight again today. A new form of ransomware known as "ScarePackage" has been targeting Android devices and in the last 40 days has hit 900,000 smartphones and tablets. That adds to the already 5 million Android products that have malware problems.
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.