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.
The Nexus 9 is a solid tablet and is almost brand new, launched in November 2014 it is the best slate carrying Google's Nexus branding (even if we do like the Nexus 7 too). As a Nexus handset running stock Android, and being so new, we would have thought the Nexus 9 would be right at the top of the list to get new updates.
Google has revealed a fresh round of Android adoption figures, revealing that the new 5.0 Lollipop build is starting to take hold. However, as is always the case, the platform remains deeply fragmented and the among most used full build is over three years old. Comparisons to Google's great rival Apple will also be made again, with Android struggling to get even close to iOS? adoption levels.
Google revealed its financials for the three months comprising the first quarter of 2015, and the company continued to see both revenue and profits grow. However, like recent periods the company failed to perform as well as Wall Street analysts had predicted.
A new update for Android Wear has been announced. You remember last month we previewed this update and said it was not quite ready.
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.