Google is looking to increase its capacity as a wireless provider, and reports last week suggested that the internet giant has been in talks with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a reseller for those US based networks. Businessweek is now saying that Google has signed a deal with Sprint.
A security analyst with Rapid7 named Tod Beardsly revealed that older versions of Android (those running builds before Android 4.4 KitKat) have a serious security flaw. The problem comes from a gap in the Android WebView, a part of early Android builds, leaving content open online and in apps and also open to malware attacks.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the biggest overhaul to the platform since... well ever. It brought with its sweeping visual changes thanks to Material Design and also delved under the hood with a myriad of enhancements to everything from basic functionality to security. However, new software usually has its little bugs and foibles, just ask Apple with iOS 8.
With Android the dominant force in the mobile world, it is easy to forget that there are still billions of people without the platform, and this Christmas many people would be getting their first Android product.
China is continuing to go after Google and has reinforced its firewall around the company's services, with several reports today suggesting that the nation has now blocked access to Gmail through email apps. Full access via the internet has been blocked directly to Gmail since June, but China has now also blocked access through IMAP, POP4, and SMTP.
Google's aging Nexus 7 Wi-Fi tablet from 2012 is getting some love from Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The company sent out a factory image for the slate a couple of days back, and now Google has made the update download link in the form of an OTA.zip.
Android One has not had a rapid start in India, the only country where Google's new project is in action. However, Mountain View clearly believes in the program and is now expanding Android One to other Asian markets, namely Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Wait a minute, hasn't Android Lollipop only just been released, as in one month ago? You know how the mobile world moves, always moving and always looking to the next thing, which is why there is little surprise that we are already getting our first rumor regarding Android M (Android M&M anyone?). It may seem silly, but thinking about it logically, Android 4.4 KitKat launched in November 2013 and six months later at its I/O event Google announced Lollipop.
The look back at the year in search by Google has previously been pretentiously called Google Zeitgeist, but now it has a simpler name of "Year in Search". It is essentially just a look back at the most popular search terms of the year, in this case 2014, and it looks at a variety of subjects such as world events, current affairs, videos, and (obviously otherwise we wouldn't be writing about it) consumer tech.
I would have loved it to stick around (I will explain shortly) but Google has slammed the final nail into the coffin of the Nexus 5. A spokesperson for the company told TechRadar that last year's flagship smartphone is no longer in production and inventory is being cleared. The company is now saying: