The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 2/6 – 2/10
Google announces plans to discontinue its Google Now Launcher
Google is said to soon kill off its Google Now Launcher, possibly in favor of their newer Pixel Launcher. Word is that the Google Now Launcher will be taken down off the Play Store on March 1st. Get it before then if you want it! [Read More]
Snapchat admits to favoring its iOS application at times
In a recent IPO filing, Snapchat revealed one of its business risks, as required, and the tech world took notice. Snapchat is apparently aware of the worldwide migration from iOS and other mobile platforms to Android, but yet, has favored its iOS app in the past. The company claimed that the reason for this is that its service is more popular on iOS, despite the narrowed market share. The iOS platform has been known to have more app eaters than on Android in the past, so it’s more probable than not that this is the truth. [Read More]
Moto shares new mod ideas with the community
Not long ago, Motorola announced a program convincing partners and third-party developers to bring their own ideas for mods. We often hear about new Moto Mod ideas. But the reality is, not all companies have gone through with their concepts. The new program, Hackathon, allows engineers to share their ideas in hope to shake up the smartphone market. Motorola, just this week, let us know about a couple designs including a mod for baby monitoring, a possible breathalyzer mod and a mod that can charge your compatible Moto Z smartphone with solar-power. [Read More]
Google announced the Android distribution numbers as of February
Google has posted the latest Android distribution numbers for February. Since the last numbers on record, Android Nougat experienced an upward gain to 1.2%, up from 0.7%. Marshmallow also jumped, capturing a record high 30.7% of the pie while Lollipop held strong at 29.8%. Older versions continued to decline in their respective shares. See the in-depth results here -> [Read More]
Google releases Android Wear 2.0
After extensive periods of testing, Android Wear 2.0 has finally landed. Google’s Watch Style and Watch Sport will be the first to run the software straight from the box, and a whole list of older generation watches have been confirmed to receive the update over-the-air later this month. Some of the major additions include the Google Assistant, Android Pay, iOS support, standalone apps, new watch faces, a full Play Store, new interactive notifications, and third-party keyboard support. Read the full details and learn which watches are supported here -> [Read More]
Google and LG introduce Watch Sport and Watch Style
After much anticipation build up, Google and LG finally took their wraps off Watch Sport and Watch Style this week. The pair of smartwatches are the first to run Android Wear 2.0 straight from the box. Watch Sport has a sportier look and boards some extra functionality, making it the more premium and thus more expensive model of the two at $349. Watch Style is fashion-focused, features a smaller body, comes with less-packed specs and is thus the more affordable model of the pair at just $249. Availability is complicated, so be sure to read the full details before making any call. See them here -> [Read More]
Samsung to showcase foldable tech behind closed doors at MWC 2017
Foldable smartphones and tablets are knocking on the door. Samsung has reportedly finished production of required parts, and is now testing hardware concepts. The company is rumored to show off some of its prototype units at the upcoming MWC 2017 trade show behind closed doors. We could see flexible hardware make it to the market as early as the Fall of 2017. [Read More]