Google Pushing Android 4.0 to Nexus S
Google announced via one of its official Google+ accounts that it will begin distributing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Samsung Nexus S starting today. The update will be rolled out to GSM units first, and will be distributed over the air gradually over the course of the next month. There's no word on when Android 4.0 will be made available to the Sprint CDMA version of the Nexus S. Google also posted a set of tips and tricks that Android 2.3 users can take advantage of to get used to the new operating system.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Google Reveals When Nexus Phones Will Cease Receiving Android Updates
Google revised its Nexus support page and provided more information on how long Nexus-branded phones will receive future software updates. Google says Nexus devices will get Android version updates (Lollipop, Marshmallow, etc.) for at least two years from when the device became available on the Google Store.
Google Begins Marshmallow Push for Nexus Phones Today
Google today said it has begun distributing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones, as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets, and the Nexus Player. The update, which will be pushed out in waves, is available as an over-the-air download.
Google Preps Android 4.4.4
Google has made factory images of Android 4.4.4 available for download from its developer site. The operating system is for Nexus devices only, including the Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones and the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets.
Google Pushing Small Update to Android N Beta
Google is delivering an over-the-air update to handsets running the beta of Android N. The update is available to the Nexus 6P and 5X phones at the moment, as well as the Nexus 9 tablet.