According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the phone's manufacturer--front and center. Instead, now it appears Google is moving forward with efforts to combine its Android operating system for smartphones with its Chrome operating system for laptops.
In its third quarter Google reported overall growth in its revenues, but analysts continue to fret over the world's slow transition from desktop computing to mobile computing and how Google's advertising business will be affected by that trend.
Google has finally unveiled the first device to support its Android TV platform, the puck-shaped Nexus Player gaming and streaming device.
Google officially unveiled Android 5.0 with the nickname "Lollipop," in keeping with its dessert-themed names for its Android releases, and also announced three new devices in its Nexus device program.
Research firms Gartner and CCS Insight think much of the mobile phone shipment growth that will occur in 2014 will be driven by low-cost smartphones, underlining a shift down market that vendors and platform companies have been keen to take advantage of in their search for growth.
Android's dominance of the smart watch market will come to an end in 2015 when the operating system's (OS) share of the sector will fall to under 50 per cent for the first time as it succumbs to pressure from Apple.
Apple maintained its dominance in the U.S. smartphone market over the summer, according to the latest figures from research firm comScore. Given the boffo opening sales weekend Apple had for its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that lead is likely to swell through the fall.
Samsung Electronics paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to use Microsoft's technology in its mobile devices as part of a patent-licensing agreement, according to court documents filed by Microsoft. As part of a lawsuit Microsoft initiated against Samsung, Microsoft is claiming Samsung owes it $6.9 million in unpaid interest from last year.
Cyanogen, which makes software based on Google's Android operating system, is pursuing a Series C round of financing with late-stage investors and major tech firms after reportedly rejecting an overture from Google to acquire the startup.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching its own branded tablets and soon a smartphone for under $100, hoping that the low-cost devices will help drive subscriber growth. The company is still going to support devices from branded OEMs like Samsung Electronics, but is working with contract manufacturers on its own devices, which could help build up its brand.