The recently discontinued Nexus 5 may not be available to buy anymore, but Google is not abandoning the device and will continue to update it to the newest versions of Android for a long time yet. In fact, the smartphone will always be among the first to get new Android builds, so it comes as no surprise that the Nexus 5 is now receiving an over-the-air update to Android 5.1.
When Google launched the Motorola made Nexus 6 back in November, the company took its range in a slightly new direction. Previous Nexus handsets were close to flagship not quite, while the Nexus 6 is bona fide flagship. That meant, with the Nexus 5 still available that there was also a smaller mid-range device option in Google's portfolio. Not any more however.
While Apple is winning praise and indeed criticism for the Apple Watch, Android Wear is still out there and while we can argue all day about which wearable OS has the better features, there is no doubt that Android Wear boasts the most choice. There are a number of smartwatches available for the platform now and while Apple brags about its feature set, those rocking an Android Wear device will be getting some new features too.
Samsung is apparently discussing the ins and outs of mobile payment with PayPal with a view to launching the so-called Samsung Pay alongside the Galaxy S6 next week. With Apple already in the mobile payment market with Apple Pay, it seems that now is the right time for Google to enter the fray too. The Search giants will apparently announce Android Pay at the Google I/O developer conference in May.
While Google is a dominant name globally, the company is not as powerful in China. Yes, its Android platform is the most used OS in the country, but many of the devices running Android in China are forked and not linked to Google's services (the way the company makes money from Android). The company's Nexus devices have never really been popular in China either, but that could be changing this year.
While the focus of Android has been updating to 5.0 Lollipop for smartphones and tablet, there is also some new software coming for Android Wear smartphones. The build Android Wear 5.0.2 is rolling out to the platform's core devices, the Samsung Gear Live, Motorola Moto 360, and the LG G Watch R.
Android is known as being more vulnerable than other operating systems, or at least that's the perception. Whether that's fair or not is a good debate to have (especially in the wake of Apple's own iOS scandals of late), but it is clear that Google's OS is open to certain dangers. Unwanted intrusions on data is one of the biggest problems facing Android, but it seems the situation is direr than thought originally.
Google managed to increase revenue through the fourth quarter, but the company missed out on meeting Wall Street expectations. The results made the company's shares go through a bumpy day, initially falling 3% after the earnings call and then trending up by 1.44% later in the day.
Google's Nexus 6 is the first bona fide flagship smartphone the company has ever released. Built by Motorola the device is a high spec'd with a Quad HD screen and Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. However, it has retained something that other Nexus smartphones have always had, it is not widely available. In fact, it has been in and out of stock sporadically since it launched back in November.
Google is looking to increase its capacity as a wireless provider, and reports last week suggested that the internet giant has been in talks with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a reseller for those US based networks. Businessweek is now saying that Google has signed a deal with Sprint.