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Google News & Weather lands on iOS
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 08, 2014

Only the most ridiculous of fan boy would not look from iOS to Android and think there are something's Apple's OS could borrow, and of course the same is true in reverse. For example, some more of Google's services would be a welcome addition to Cupertino's ecosystem, such as Google News & Weather which is now getting an iOS launch and is available for iPhone and iPad.

Nexus 9 shows up in leaked image
By Luke Jones on Monday October 06, 2014

Google is thought to be holding a launch event in a few weeks' time. The company will roll out Android L officially and will also debut some new Nexus devices. We have plenty recently about the Motorola built Nexus 6, but the Nexus 9 tablet has gone a little quiet, especially compared to the summer when it seemed the product was imminent.

Google wanted Cyanogen for $1 billion
By Luke Jones on Saturday October 04, 2014

Google does not like forked Android systems because they cannot have control with their apps on the software, and the company makes no excuses about this. Sundar Pichai, the head of Android has said Amazon's take on the platform is not something they want to associate with, but it seems Cyanogen's is. It has been reported today that Google sounded out the Seattle based Cyanogen Inc. over a potential takeover, with the mooted price set at $1 billion.

Steve Jobs was Eric Schmidt's tech hero
By Luke Jones on Friday October 03, 2014

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been on a tour promoting his new book "How Google Works" and the result has been plenty of interesting sound bites. The latest may be the most surprising as Schmidt has said that late Apple genius Steve Jobs is his hero in the tech industry.

Android 4.4.4 comes to the Nexus 7
By Luke Jones on Friday October 03, 2014

The 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet is now receiving its Android 4.4.4 update today, a day after the factory image for the patch was released. As this is Google stock Android tablet, the build update here is the bare bones 4.4.4 package and minus the extras that OEM's put onto the bump. That means this is a tiny little package that weighs in at just 2.4MB and should be downloadable in no time at all.

Google's Eric Schmidt responds to Tim Cook's security claims
By Luke Jones on Friday October 03, 2014

At the moment, asking if Google (or indeed Android) or Apple is more secure is choosing between the proverbial rock and hard place. Just a month ago we probably would have said Apple without hesitation, at least when compared to Android, but the recent iCloud scandal has thrown that into doubt. Although, Android is like the Wild West sometimes and Google as a whole has not been without its own privacy issues.

This is the Nexus 6 in the wild
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 02, 2014

Google and Motorola are readying their latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, and the device should be about to arrive on October 17th. However, if you are familiar with previous Nexus smartphone releases you will remember that they like to be spotted out in the wild pre-launch. I am not sure if this is a deliberate tactic by Google, but it has happened again.

Eric Schmidt still uses Blackberry
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 01, 2014

The Blackberry revival is in full swing in case you did not know. The Passport is bringing the company some much needed heat and is selling well to boot. Google CEO Eric Schmidt still uses his Blackberry he confessed, while he also briefly explained why the company got into trouble and seemed to commend Blackberry CEO John Chen for the way he is trying to right the ship.

Here's a detailed look at the Nexus 6
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 30, 2014

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 changes requirements for OEM?s, Google services should be more prominent
By Luke Jones on Friday September 26, 2014

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.