Google CEO: 2009 Is the Year of Android
During Google's quarterly earnings call, CEO Eric Schmidt said that, "Overall, it looks like Android is going to have a very strong year." He went on to say that he expects there to be a "significant" number of Android-related product announcements from its varied device manufacturer partners. Schmidt didn't provide specifics, however. Right now, the HTC G1 is still the sole Android device that has been officially released to the market. HTC has announced a follow-up to the G1, the Magic, which will launch on Vodafone's network later this year. Numerous hardware vendors, including Samsung, have said they will offer Android-based handsets.
Google Says New Android Oreo Go and Android One Phones On Deck for MWC
Google today highlighted some forthcoming announcements that should have Android fans excited. To start, the company says a number of its handset partners are bringing new Android Oreo Go devices to market, and that the phones will be available for purchase soon.
Eric Schmidt, Alphabet Chairman, to Take Advisory Role
Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt this week said he plans to step down from his leadership role on the company's board and will instead serve as a technical advisor to the company. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition.
HTC Reveals Nougat Update Plans
HTC revealed via its Twitter account that it plans to update some devices to Android 7.0 Nougat later this year. The unlocked HTC 10 will be first to receive Nougat at some point during the fourth quarter.
Snapchat Says Brand New Android App In the Works
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel today said the company plans to rebuild its Android application, making it easier to use and more appealing to novices. "To attract more Android users, we are building a new version of our Android application from the ground up that we will launch in select markets before rolling it out widely," said Spiegel today as part of the company's quarterly earnings call.