Google I/O looks like it will be bringing us news of Android M, Project Ara and Android Auto and we’ll be bringing that straight to you.
We are going to be your eyes and ears at Google I/O , giving you up-to-the-minute information on the amazing things that Google is set to unveil at their annual conference.
This year’s headlines are expected to be the official announcement of Android M, as pretty much confirmed by Google VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer, more news about Android Auto and demonstrations of Project Fi and Project Ara.
Last year’s conference revealed Android Lollipop, but at that point only referred to it as Android L, and so we were pretty confident of seeing the next iteration of Android software, even before the accidental leak and Lockheimer’s revelation.
After limiting the Xperia Z4 launch to Japan, Sony has quiely made it available worldwide under the name Xperia Z3+
After launching the Xperia Z4 exclusively in Japan last month, Sony has rebranded the phone as the Xperia Z3+ for its global launch.
There is no difference between the Japanese Xperia Z4 and the Z3+, nor is there much of a difference between it and the original Z3. The new flagship model will offer fairly standard Xperia features, such as waterproofing, a 20.7MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a 5.2-in full HD screen and a familiar design.
The only real upgrade on the Z3 is the new processor. The new handset is powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processorwith an updated Adreno 430 GPU.
European mobile carriers plan to take the shine off of online advertising with network-wide ad-blocking
Mobile operators in Europe may be planning to block online ads from appearing in your Android’s browser and apps. A report by the Financial Times claims one unnamed carrier has installed ad-blocking software on its network and plans to start using it by the end of the year.
The software is developed by Shine, an Israeli startup, which allows mobile networks to filter out ads provided by Google and others. Shine is partially funded by Horzion Ventures, the investment fund of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest person. Mr Li also controls Hutchison Whampoa, one of the world’s largest telecoms groups, which owns the Three network.
Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer for Shine, confirmed to Little Green Robot that the Financial Times article is accurate, but declined to say which networks they are working with. A spokesperson for Three also said they were not using Shine technology.
Via: Financial Times
If you want a Motorola device or Xiaomi accessories then now is the time as both are running flash sales over 18 and 19 May.
The Moto X 16GB will be £299 until midnight on 19 May while the 32GB version will cost just £339, down from £435.
The 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6 phones will be available at £449 and £519 respectively, down from £479 and £549.
Finally, Motorola is also slashing £50 off the price of the Moto 360 by putting it on sale for just £149.
The next-gen Android Wear smartwatch will be unveiled in next two weeks, with an on sale in July or August
Asus’ CEO has revealed the ZenWatch 2 will be unveiled at Computex expo in Tawain next month.
According to Focus Tawain, CEO Jerry Shen told an earnings conference the next-gen watch will be annouced at the world’s second-largest computer expo, with an on sale date in ‘early Q3,’ which could mean July or August.The original ZenWatch was praised for its premium design
While Computex will take place in Taipei from 2-6 June, we have since confirmed with Asus that the launch event will take place the day before the expo kicks off, on 1 June at 2pm Tawainese time, which is 6am GMT.
Nintendo gives further details about its new mobile games, while Sega remove Android games that ‘no longer meet our standards’
Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has set out the gaming giant’s strategy for their move into mobile games by announcing that it will release five games over the next two years, with the first coming by the end of this year.
Although a disappointingly small number given Nintendo’s enormous range of classic video game characters, such as Mario, Zelda and Pokémon, Iwata has explained by insisting that he wants his game developers to get a small number of games right, rather than release a huge bundle of mediocre or buggy games.
Iwata may be taking his cue from Sega, who has just announced that it is in the process of removing a number of games from the Google Play Store and the Samsung App Store. This is due to Sega noticing that ‘a number of [titles] no longer meet our standards.’