Google Forcing Android OEMs To Use Latest Version Of Android [Rumor]

Google Forcing Android OEMs To Use Latest Version Of Android [Rumor]

Fragmentation is a big issue on Android. A vast majority of Android powered devices around the globe are running firmware versions that have long been outdated. Android 4.4 KitKat, which was released late last year and happens to be the latest iteration, only powers a minute fraction of all devices globally. In order to curb the issue of fragmentation, Google is rumored to be leaning on OEMs to use latest version of Android in their devices, if they want them to receive access to the Google Play Store and Google Apps.

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    Wozniak’s “Apple Should Make Android” Comment Was Meant As A Joke

    Wozniaks Apple Should Make Android Comment Was Meant As A JokeJust the other day, Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, made a statement in which he stated that Apple making Android devices was not such a bad idea. Wozniak has made some pretty interesting statements over the years, many of which have caused a great deal of debate and discussion, but apparently this was one comment that he felt that might have been taken a bit too literally as it was meant to be more of a joke as opposed to an actual suggestion. According to Gina Smith, the co-writer of Steve Wozniak’s biography, Wozniak felt that Wired, who were the ones who reported the story, got it wrong.

    According to him, “They got it quite wrong for their own reasons … I’m used to things like this, (where the media turns) ‘could’ into ‘should.’ But the idea caught a lot of attention. It was just (my) independent idea … I’m sure others have said it before but I get more attention …” He later goes on to add that his comment was intended as “a form of comedy. I felt it was an interesting thing to say.” Well regardless of whether he meant it in jest or whether it was meant as a serious suggestion, it got a lot of people talking which we guess was his intention all along.

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    Nokia Android Phone Release Later This Month [Report]

    Nokia Android Phone Release Later This Month [Report]

    For the past couple of months we have been hearing a lot of rumors about Nokia working on an Android smartphone. At one point it was even rumored that Microsoft was pressuring the Finnish company into giving up this project primarily because in the near future, its hardware division is officially going to be a part of Redmond. Nokia seems to have went ahead anyway, with The Wall Street Journal running with a story today, claiming to have heard from people familiar with the matter that the Nokia Android phone is going to be released this month.

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    U.S. Cellular Offers Moto G For $99

    U.S. Cellular Offers Moto G For $99

    Motorola’s Moto G smartphone was very well received when it was launched late last year, primarily because of the fact that its a bonafide mid-range Android smartphone that’s very competitively priced off contract. Motorola officially sells it for $179, but several carriers are selling it for even less, making it the perfect choice for customers who don’t want to spend too much on a smartphone and also want to avoid a conventional service contract, but do want a proper Android experience. U.S. Cellular adds itself to that list, the prepaid carrier is now offering the Moto G for $99 off contract.

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    Tim Cook Compares Android To Europe

    Tim Cook Compares Android To EuropeWhile Apple’s Mac computers are starting to become more commonplace, it is safe to say that their distribution numbers still pale in comparison to the likes of the Windows platform where it is used more widely, especially in schools, businesses, and governments. That being said, is it fair to compare iOS to OS X where the latter is viewed as a niche player just because it is by Apple? Well perhaps not, and that’s what Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook refutes when asked if the mobile market will eventually follow the PC market where Apple will end up catering to a niche market with iOS.

    Cook stated that directly comparing the PC and mobile market doesn’t work due to the differences. One of the reasons is because unlike Mac where there aren’t as many apps available compared to Windows, iOS has a very strong developer base which we have to admit is true, as most developers tend to choose for iOS first followed by other platforms. He also compared Android to Europe, where many countries (manufacturers) rally themselves under one name (Android). “Android is like Europe. Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn’t understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren’t like U.S. states. They were very different. Android is many things.” Cook goes on to state that there might be some customers who don’t even know that they are using Android. “How many people who use a Kindle know that they’re using Android? And you see what Samsung is doing by putting more and more software on top. I think it’s night and day. The compare is so off.”

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    Mozilla’s Firefox Launcher For Android Revealed

    Mozillas Firefox Launcher For Android RevealedWe know that Mozilla has an Android competition in the form of Firefox OS, but at the same time we guess the company cannot deny the reach and popularity of the Android platform which is why we don’t find it all too surprising to learn that the company has a Firefox launcher for Android in the works. This was revealed by the company during the InContext Conference where they offered a sneak peak into the Firefox launcher for Android. (more…)

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