Earlier this month there were several reports that Google would be launching its new Nexus products on October 16th. However, Apple announced its new iPad launch event for the 16th, which mean Google probably wouldn't be going toe to toe with Cupertino. And so it proved as Mountain View clarified the situation today by scheduling its event for October 15th, with Android L also likely to arrive alongside the Nexus'.
The Nexus 6 is imminent although Google has not yet confirmed the actual launch date, but we are finding more things about it. In fact, today we have had a clearer look at the specs will be running on the Motorola built handset as it has showed up on some benchmarks and revealed what a performance beast it will be.
If you own the Nexus 5 then you probably have to put up with a bug in the camera that drains the power from the battery of the device. It has been something Google has been promising to fix and it seems the company is finally getting around to doing just that with the release of Android L later this month.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.