The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 4/3 – 4/7
Android Wear 2.0 delayed because of a bug discovered in final testing
Google’s next generation wearable operating system, Android Wear 2.0, has been delayed again. The software was originally to be released in the closing months of 2016 but was delayed by Google because it was not ready. Android Wear 2.0 has been prepared and released for some manufacturer devices, such as the TAG Heuer Connected Carrera and Fossil Q Founder. The news here is that Android Wear has been delayed for an indeterminate amount of time because a bug has been discovered during the final testing. Google released a statement and promised to push the software update to applicable devices as soon as the problem is fixed. There are no other details at this time. [Read More]
BlackBerry KEYone delayed a month until May
BlackBerry’s first smartphone for 2017, the KEYone, has been delayed by one month until May. BlackBerry’s hardware partner, TCL, originally teased a pre-production KEYone model back in January and officially announced the device in February. The smartphone runs Android Nougat over mid-range, power-efficient hardware and features a full QWERTY keyboard, a high-resolution display panel and the largest battery BlackBerry has ever fit into a smartphone. The KEYone looks to be a very interesting BlackBerry handset and could turn the manufacturer around, but for whatever reason the release has now been delayed until May. [Read More]
Android 7.1.2 Nougat officially released
Google released the production version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Pixel a number of Nexus branded devices. Version 7.1.2 is the second maintenance release of Android Nougat and the next version is expected to be Android ‘O’. There are only a small number of changes to the operating system; most of the changes are to quash bugs or resolve existing issues. Some device manufacturers may move handsets or tablets straight from Android Marshmallow up to Android 7.1.2 Nougat, skipping the interim releases of the operating system. Full details here ->[Read More]
Internet use on Android overtakes that on Microsoft’s Windows
Microsoft’s Windows platform is one of the most popular computer operating systems on the planet and many people have gone online using a computer running Windows. However, Windows as a platform for going online has declined in recent years and use of Google’s Android OS has been increasing. This is partially associated with consumers preferring a mobile device to a larger device, as the smaller, mobile device is more accessible. The latest data shows that more people are going online with Android compared with Windows; and Google should be rightfully proud of its achievement, which took less than a decade. [Read More]
Android Wear 2.0 hits some of the newest offerings
After a short delay in the roll out of Android Wear 2.0 due to a bug in the system that was found last-minute, Google has resumed the update process. Smartwatches from makers such as Polar, Fossil, Nixon, and Michael Kors are now receiving the update, which is the platform’s first major overhaul since its initial debut a few years ago. The update is rolling out to all that are compatible over-the-air and should arrive by the end of the weekend. To see if your smartwatch will ever get the update, click here. Read the full report here ->[Read More]
Huawei release Honor 8 Pro into the UK and European regions
Huawei continues to release new devices with the introduction of the Honor 8 Pro into the UK and European markets. This is a flagship grade smartphone featuring a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, 6GB of RAM, dual 12MP rear cameras, and a 4,000mAh rechargeable battery. The Honor 8 Pro runs Android Nougat under Huawei’s custom interface, EMUI. Unfortunately, although the Honor 8 Pro is available for pre-order in the UK for £480, currently there appears to be no plans to introduce the device into the North American market, where it would be expected to retail for around $550. [Read More]
YouTube TV comes to fruition in five U.S. cities
YouTube TV was announced by Google late last year, and is a service for live-streaming TV content at an affordable rate. The program is meant to replace one’s current cable provider as the sole service for live TV content. This week YouTube TV became available in five U.S. cities: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Those interested can sign up for $35 per month and obtain a range of content including that from major broadcasters such as NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, and others. A thirty day trial is also available for new customers, which is everyone since the service just launched. Google plans to roll out availability to more U.S. states in addition to other countries later in the year. Android, iOS, web, and Android TV are supported. [Read More]
Google’s Android distribution numbers show a nice increase in devices running Nougat
Google publishes Android version, or platform, distribution numbers every month. This month’s data shows that Android Nougat, Google’s latest software overhaul, had experienced a jump to nearly a 5% share. This is still a small slice, but progress is a good thing to say the very least. All earlier versions saw decreases during the same period. [Read More]