Google Delays Android Launches in China
Today Google said that it has postponed the planned Wednesday launch of two Android phones in the Chinese market. The two phones were to be offered by China Unicom, and were manufactured by S. Korea-based Samsung and U.S.-based Motorola. Google believes that the timing is not suitable for a successful launch of these devices, given the recent tensions between Google and the Chinese government over censorship and hacked Gmail issues. There are already two Android phones available in China, the OPhone and Dell Mini 3. Motorola has not commented on the delay of its device.
'Daydream' to Serve as VR Platform for Android
Google today announced Daydream, a brand new platform for expanding virtual reality to more devices. The Daydream spec will be defined so hardware makers can make sure they create compatible phones.
Samsung Pay Launch Pushed to September
Samsung has indicated its mobile payment service will not launch over the summer months as planned. Instead, Samsung Pay will get off the ground in the U.S.
Xiaomi to Enter US Market with Accessories First
Xiaomi today said it plans to launch an e-commerce web site in the U.S. in the months ahead, but it won't sell any smartphones.
Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
Google today said the global Android Gmail app is set to add support for Microsoft Exchange. "Whether you're on Google Apps or Exchange, you can use the Gmail app on any Android device to send and receive mail," said Google in a blog post.
Motorola: Wearables Don't Have Enough Appeal
Motorola does not plan to launch new smartwatches alongside the debut of Android Wear 2.0 early next year, reports The Verge. Shakil Barkat, Motorola's head of global product development, indicated the company will not release new hardware once Google's revised wearable platform hits the street.
Google and other US-based companies should NOT introduce any new products or services in China until Chinese government stops censorship, violation of human rights, hacking (may or may not be done by government-hired