The promise of Chromecast fell flat thanks to Google's refusal to let developers support the TV streaming solution without special approval. Things can finally kick into high gear because the Google Cast SDK has gone public.
Since Google announced that it would sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91, a paltry sum considering that the company paid $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola just two years ago, reports have popped up suggesting that the losses are not that bad because of the patents that Google gets to keep. Even with the patents, buying Motorola is still a big loss.
Android has powered more than 1 billion smartphones and tablets since 2008, and Google today announced that it is partnering with some of the top car manufacturers to use Android as a way to connect smartphones and automobiles.
Google and Audi AG will soon announce a new in-car information and entertainment system (infotainment) that is based on the Android operating system, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
Google has already issued a software update to address one of the biggest reasons to complain about the Nexus 5, the spotty camera performance, but it appears to have worked with LG to fix another - the underwhelming speaker.
Chromecast, the $35 HDMI dongle that can control media streaming from a smartphone or tablet, has added support for several new media apps today, including popular content sources like VEVO, Songza, and Revision 3.
The Google Nexus 5 will be the first smartphone to receive the Android 4.4.1 update. The KitKat variant is a small update meant to fix bugs, the biggest and most important being a series of changes to the camera app that should greatly improve the photo-taking capabilities of the Nexus 5.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is far and away the most widely used version of Android devices with access to Google Play. More than 17 months after its debut at Google I/O, the first version of Jelly Bean is now on 37.4 percent of devices.
Though Chromecast is already quite a deal at $35, it never hurts to make that deal sweeter by dropping the price down to $29, which Amazon and Best Buy have done for Black Friday. Chromecast, which links smartphones and HDTVs through an HDMI dongle, is temporarily on sale. The Amazon deal is preferable because each purchase includes a $6 Google Play credit good for music, movies, apps, or games, ensuring you'll have plenty of content to access once it arrives.
Google's Project Svelte was designed to end the need of high-powered hardware for Android to work effectively. You can thank the Nexus 4 for helping make Android much lighter.