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.
Google Releases Lightweight Gmail Go for Low-End Android Phones
Google has made a light and quick version of Gmail available to select handsets. Gmail Go is a slimmed-down version of Gmail that works better on devices with limited resources or spotty network connections.
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.
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