There is little doubt that Google's latest Nexus products are imminent. The number of leaks of the Nexus 6 smartphone point to the rumoured October 16th launch date being at least in the ball park. We have previously seen some mock ups of the Motorola built device, a leaked production model, and of course plenty of stories about specs. Now Android Police has uncovered even more, including this render and detailed confirmation about the specs.
Google is reported to be changing the terms and conditions of its licensing agreements between it and Android device manufacturers. The specific change is thought to be highlighted around OEM's use Google Mobile Services such as Gmail, Maps, and other Google branded apps and services.
Motorola has had a busy September with the roll out of the new Moto X and Moto G smartphones, while the Moto 360 smartwatch has also landed of course. However, the company is not slowing down with a new DROID device on the way and the collaboration with Google on the new Nexus smartphone. This device has been discussed a lot in recent times and is known as the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, depending on the source.
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.
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.