Alongside Google's announcments of its new tablets this afternoon, the company also announced that it has refreshed the Google Play Store front with new entertainment. Google announced new partnerships with Time Inc. and Warner Music Group to bring new songs and new magazine titles directly to the hands of Android smartphone and tablet users. Google also said it will now offer movie purchases for users in Canada, U.K., France, Spain and Australia beginning today.
Completing a trio of new Nexus announcements, Google revealed today it will soon sell a new Nexus 10 Android tablet running the latest Android 4.2 software and sporting a high-class display.
Google has publicly stated that the ASUS-built Nexus 7 is more successful than it had anticipated, so the company today announced plans to expand the connectivity and purchasing options of the 7-inch tablet.
Google has added several new features to make reading Google Play Books on Android a more informative experience. Google Play Books now offers several new features, including the ability to explore places and definitions mentioned in text.
Google has made its Chrome for Android more secure with a new update that reinforces Chrome's sandbox technology. The latest version of Chrome adds security features that prevent malicious websites from affecting the browser, and automatically contains threats on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update also adds new YouTube video controls when viewing a video in full-screen mode, and continues playback when the phone wakes from being locked. Users of third-party keyboards may notice improved performance as well.
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At the launch of the Motorola DROID RAZR line of phones, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt announced that there have been more than 480 million Android devices activated to date. Android Product Manager Hugo Barra has since confirmed that Google has officially activated more than 500 million new devices. The activations count only new phones and tablets that use Google Mobile services, which means the Kindle Fire isn't included in the tally. It took just under four years for Google to activate its first 500 million devices, but the next 500 million will take considerably less time if Android's 1.3 million daily activation rate holds steady.
An email being sent to Google Wallet users explains that since Google has added the ability to use any debit or credit card with Google Wallet, it will no longer support prepaid cards.
Google has announced important updates for both Google Drive for iPhone and iPad, and Google Drive for Android. Document editing, presentations, and group collaboration have been improved in the latest version.
In its monthly report on devices that access the Google Play Store, Google revealed that 1 in 5 Android devices have software running Android 4.0 or later. Combined with yesterday's announcement that there are 480 million active Android devices, that means there may be more than 106 million phone and tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has just revealed that Android activates more than 1.3 million devices each day. At a launch event for new Motorola devices, Schmidt announced that Android now reaches more than 480 million active devices, including phones and tablets. That's an increase from the 1 million Google announced at its I/O conference in June. According to Schmidt, Google also activates 70,000 new tablets each day, despite being late to the market.