Google is keeping stricter control over Android Wear than it does the smartphone Android software by limiting how much OEM's can change the platform. Companies building products for Android Wear will not be able to dramatically customize the user interface or the overall design of the software.
Android's chief Sundar Pichai has been discussing all things Android with Wired and shed some light on the future of Android and even Google's relationship with Samsung
There has been plenty of talk recently about the demise of Google's Nexus brand, but the company has today quashed the idea by saying it is "still committed to Nexus".
Despite Android Chief Sundar Pichai hitting back at Apple's claims the platform is insecure, it has emerged 5 million Android users have malware issues. At Cupertino's WWDC event, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Android's security and described the platforms safety as a "toxic hell stew".
Android version 4.4 KitKat has not been available for a year, but already Google is talking its next major Android update at its I/O developer event. The latest version of the mobile platform is simply known as "L-release" at the moment, although we suspect it will get a nice new food based name before it is rolled out to devices.
Google has made its Voice Search system capable of understanding Indian accents. While Voice Search has always had issues with English as a second language speakers, the update makes it possible for people from India who speak English with a heavy accent to better communicate with their smartphones. Google took voice samples from more than 700 people and used that extra data to better distinguish speaking patterns and inflections that had previously tripped up the speech recognition software. Android 2.3 or later devices should be able to test out the new speech options.
Apple, the company that apparently does not innovate anymore actually did something significant in the mobile space last year. Sure, the company did not issue a new shiny device that changed pop culture, but Cupertino did do something new with its 64-bit processor (A7) that set the iPhone 5s apart. Now iOS isn't the only mobile operating system with 64-bit computing.
Many devices are still awaiting their Android 4.4.3 update while many have just received it. However, if you thought Google would wait for manufacturers and carriers to catch up then you would be wrong as the Android train keeps rolling. Mountain View is not resting on its laurels and as soon as the paint is drying on Android 4.4.3 Google is putting another lick on with Android 4.4.4.
The Nexus brand is up in the air at the moment, at least from a smartphone perspective. Google is likely to ditch the Nexus brand for Android Silver early next year, so last year?s Nexus 5 is likely the last smartphone bearing the name. However, the Nexus tablet range still has some steam left in it and we can expect to see some new slates from Google towards the end of the year.
Google's I/O developer conference is just around the corner, and speculation is mounting that the company may launch a new smartphone at the event. Apple may not like product launches at WWDC, but Google has no problem letting a new device or service land at I/O.