Google is trying to unify the Android market as much as possible and wants the amount of forked Android devices to drop considerably. The reason is because Google makes money from its services and forked Android devices do not have those services. The work is slowly paying off as the amount of people using Google Chrome on mobile device has grown massively.
Google has fallen foul of authorities in Europe on numerous occasions and the latest war between the search giant and the European Union is just warming up. The "right to be forgotten" regulations imposed on Google seem to be just the beginning as the Financial Times is reporting that the EU is going to try to force Google to unbundle it search business (its chief income source) from all its other services.
Google introduced Android One earlier this year and rolled out the initiative in September, a project that was meant to unify the Android platform by targeting emerging markets. However, things have not exactly gone to plan as Android One devices have not sold well and many of India?s retailers are refusing to stock the handsets from the project.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out now and set to find its way to millions of devices in the coming weeks and months, there are bound to be some hitches. Every new software has some bugs to iron out and Google's latest is no different. So, while Lollipop has the elegant Material Design, a new slew of features, and improved security, it also has a couple of early teething problems.
As was widely predicted, Google is now dishing out Android 5.0 Lollipop to its older Nexus products, a week after the new Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 arrived with the software. The latest roll out is for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10, with a number of people confirming on Twitter that their devices are starting to get the bump via an over the air update.
Google Glass, remember that? Launched as one of the first multi-function wearables the eye glass product was considered the future of mobile tech but has actually fallen into some kind of tech no-man's land. Innovation on this scale usually needs the backing of a market, or other companies weighing in with their products, but in the case of Glass, Google's innovation went by unnoticed by other companies.
The Nexus 4 is now pushing two years old, but it still remains a solid enough handset and of course is a stock Android device so is ideal for the purists out there. Google is still showing its aging smartphone some love and confirmed when launching Android 5.0 Lollipop a couple of weeks ago that the Nexus 4 would get the upgrade.
Grabbing the chance to buy a Nexus 6 in the United States is a treacherous thing, and luck and timing to get the pre-order when stocks are in plays a big part. Google said this week it would alleviate the demand by restocking the device every Wednesday in the US. Google is really ramping up the Nexus 6 train now by confirming that the handset is now available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The Nexus 6 is easily the best device Google has been involved in, the Motorola built device is pure flagship and has been welcomed by smartphone fans. When the handset launched on the Google Play Store things went south, with servers collapsing under the strain and the device selling out in the blink of an eye.
LG and Google have entered into a patent sharing partnership together that will allow both companies to license each other's ideas. The accord covers all existing patent held by Google and LG, as well as any filed over the next ten years. I suppose there will be a lot of patents filed by both companies over the next decade, so get ready for a lot of Google/LG sharing.