We find it pretty impressive that Google updated the Nexus 4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop back in November, after-all the handset is nearly three years old. Of course, one of the perks of the stock Android Nexus smartphones is that they are Google's babies and always first in line for new Android builds. The same goes for the Android 5.1 Lollipop roll out, which is now making its way to the aging LG built Nexus 4.
It seems Android 5.1 Lollipop is subjecting Nexus devices to a reign of terror at the moment. We have already heard about the update actually bricking some Nexus 7 tablets, and it seems the 5.1 software build is now causing camera problems for those rocking the Nexus 5 smartphone.
Google has revealed its Android Security State of the Union 2014, a report that gives us the hard facts and statistics about the security of the company's mobile operating system. The reports is lengthy, but Google basically says that Android is safe, something that has been called into question numerous times.
Gmail is making its way to the MobileBurn news page, and that is because Google has been updating its Android version of the email app. The upgrade follows a slew of recent updates for the company's main apps on its mobile operating system.
Google Search is all about algorithms, the system uses algorithms to rank website whether you are searching on PC, Smartphones, or any other system for Google's core product. On April 21st Google will be updating its algorithms and will change the way in which Google indexes search results.
The recently discontinued Nexus 5 may not be available to buy anymore, but Google is not abandoning the device and will continue to update it to the newest versions of Android for a long time yet. In fact, the smartphone will always be among the first to get new Android builds, so it comes as no surprise that the Nexus 5 is now receiving an over-the-air update to Android 5.1.
When Google launched the Motorola made Nexus 6 back in November, the company took its range in a slightly new direction. Previous Nexus handsets were close to flagship not quite, while the Nexus 6 is bona fide flagship. That meant, with the Nexus 5 still available that there was also a smaller mid-range device option in Google's portfolio. Not any more however.
While Apple is winning praise and indeed criticism for the Apple Watch, Android Wear is still out there and while we can argue all day about which wearable OS has the better features, there is no doubt that Android Wear boasts the most choice. There are a number of smartwatches available for the platform now and while Apple brags about its feature set, those rocking an Android Wear device will be getting some new features too.
Samsung is apparently discussing the ins and outs of mobile payment with PayPal with a view to launching the so-called Samsung Pay alongside the Galaxy S6 next week. With Apple already in the mobile payment market with Apple Pay, it seems that now is the right time for Google to enter the fray too. The Search giants will apparently announce Android Pay at the Google I/O developer conference in May.
While Google is a dominant name globally, the company is not as powerful in China. Yes, its Android platform is the most used OS in the country, but many of the devices running Android in China are forked and not linked to Google's services (the way the company makes money from Android). The company's Nexus devices have never really been popular in China either, but that could be changing this year.