We’ve had some slow weeks in terms of Android news lately, but things appear to be picking up. And naturally, as we move closer to Google I/O we expect this to continue. Samsung and HTC have both released their latest flagship devices, plus there are some others we are still waiting to see. There was also quite a bit of talk about Heartbleed this past week.
Heartbleed isn’t something anyone should necessarily be ignoring, however Google did let everyone know that only one specific version is vulnerable. That version is 4.1.1 and it looks like a fix is in the process of being pushed to devices. A few other random highlights from this past week include the following;
- Motorola Mobility named Rick Osterloh as President and COO
- Google updated Android security and app scanning
- Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon 808 and 810 chipsets
- LG G Watch looks like it will not break the bank
- Amazon may be launching a phone in September
- Google Play Music support arrived with Sonos
We also got a nice surprise last evening when a video showing live gameplay of Portal on SHIELD was shared. Speaking of SHIELD, the latest update also arrived this past week. That one brought devices to Kit Kat, and perhaps more important — added quite a bit in terms of new features and improvements for GameStream.
Another item that seems to be coming up more and more often lately is Glass. We’ve seen a few new apps including Livestream and Timelapse, and Google introduced the Glass at Work initiative. Coincidentally, we also saw a bit on how Glass is being tested by the US Air Force and has been put to good use in the emergency room. For those still hoping to get Glass — remember Google will be selling a limited amount without invitation on April 15th.
Shifting from the news, we do also want to highlight some of our non-news coverage from this past week. Presented in no particular order, here are some examples from this previous week;
- Acer Android All-In-One TA272HUL review
- Verizon HTC One (M8) initial hands-on
- Smart Launcher Face-off – Battle of the Brains
- Five things HTC’s Sense 6.0 does better than Android
- Top five Samsung TouchWiz features you might be missing on Android
- Using the ‘Foregrounder’ effect on the HTC One (M8)
- Mailbox Review: achieving email zen
- Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit: hands-on and first impressions
- HTC One (M8) camera: out of the box basics