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:
Market share data tells us that there are not too many Android users glancing enviously over at Windows Phone. Microsoft's WP software has come on steadily over the last few years, but it still lags behind other platforms in terms of overall quality, although I imagine the Windows fans will argue that point.
When the Game of Thrones game from Telltale landed on iOS last week it reminded us that Apple's platform still gets some big titles before Android. Luckily, we have not had to wait too long as those using Google's operating system will be able to clash swords on Game of Thrones soon as the app is now available for your downloading pleasure on Google Play.
Dedicated app memory is not the problem it once was with most modern smartphones, but those rocking budget or older handsets will know all too well about running out of space for apps while still having gigs of storage available. Most of us clog our devices with apps we never use (that's a statistical fact by the way) and worse than that, manufacturers litter their smartphones with apps we never look at but take up space.
Child oriented smartphones are almost non-existent, quite different from the tablet market were slates geared towards kids are common. However, more and more children have mobile phones, and the risks of exposure to content not for them is as real as it is on a PC. The same goes for teenagers, and there is also the added worry of an unwitting kid piling up a huge bill on your credit card through in app purchases.