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.
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.
OnePlus Says OnePlus 3 and 3T to Get Android O
Peter Lau, the CEO of OnePlus, said via his Twitter account that the company's top two phones will receive Android O. "A lot of you have been asking, so I'm proud to say Android O will come to OnePlus 3 and 3T," noted Lau.
Android's July Security Patches Are Here
Google today provided details about its July 2017 security patches for Android devices. The patches plug a significant number of security holes that threaten all Android devices.
Google Committed to Android One Despite Problems
Google will not give up on its fledgling Android One platform, said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management. Android One is a project meant to bring very-low-cost Android handsets to emerging markets.
HTC, Sony Play Edition Handsets Earn Android 5.1
Google has begun pushing the Android 5.1 Lollipop update to several Play Edition smartphones, including the HTC One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Android 5.1 makes a number of improvements to the devices' performance, and also adds several new features.