Category: Google: Android

Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a...

/ May 15, 2018

Android P: AI inside and simplification outside

Yesterday at Google I/O, the company previewed its next Android operating system: Android P. I haven’t downloaded and used it, but the new OS promises to be simpler for users and more sophisticated on the inside, with a healthy dose...

/ May 9, 2018

Oracle’s $9 billion Java lawsuit against Google back from the dead

Oracle’s suit against Google has been brought back to life by a federal appeals court. The underlying lawsuit involved Google’s unlicensed use of Java APIs as part of Android. Oracle originally sought nearly $9 billion in damages from Google. There...

/ March 27, 2018

Google Play Instant lets app marketers offer game trials for free on Android devices

Google has redesigned its Google Play Games app and added a new Google Play Instant feature on Android devices that lets marketers offer trials of their games without users having to download them first. “With Google Play Instant, you can...

/ March 19, 2018

The upcoming mobile app Monday: Be prepared

The season is upon us: mobile download season. Christmas falls on Monday, and if history holds true, Christmas and the day after will be the top mobile app download days of the year. With less than a week left, your...

/ December 21, 2017

Google releases Android Go edition for India’s 400 million internet users

Kashin / Shutterstock.com Google has released Android Oreo (Go edition), which is part of the larger Android 8.1 release. The new version of Android is optimized for devices with less than 1GB of memory and markets that have lower bandwidth...

/ December 5, 2017

Report: Google to reabsorb Nest to better compete with Amazon in smart home market

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is considering bringing its smart home device unit, Nest, back under the Google umbrella. Nest was acquired in January 2014 for roughly $3.2 billion. Nest became part of Google’s “other...

/ November 30, 2017

A new era: Mobile-location tracking, user consent and government surveillance

Last week, Quartz reported that Google has been collecting user and cell-tower location data even when people have turned location services off: Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers — even...

/ November 27, 2017