Google will give hardware OEMs a head start on supporting new Android versions by releasing PDKs -- Platform Development Kits -- several months ahead of the final release.
on 07/02/2012 – Made popular on 07/02/2012
Versions don't matter, because Google now controls the platform behind the platform. Android 4.3 was released to Nexus devices a little over a month ago, but, as is usual with Android updates, it's taking much longer to roll out the general public. Right now, a little over six percent of Android users have the latest version.
When it comes to Android, one of the hottest topics has always been how fast updates are. It has been a problem for a while now and there’s no question that Google recognizes that. At last year’s I/O, they announced a new agreement with OEMs that would make them commit to updates over an 18-month period.
The Android x86 port that allows Google's Android operating system to run nicely on AMD and Intel hardware is nearing its 4.4 release derived from the upstream KitKat 4.4.2 release. Available for Valentine's Day is the final release candidate...
This afternoon, CyanogenMod posted on their Google+ page to tell fans that they will soon be releasing the name of their new hardware partner. Previous signs pointed to OPPO, but other guesses have included OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, and even HTC.
The team says to stay tuned to their Google+ page as they will have more info in coming weeks.
As expected, one of the Google products to get some attention at Google I/O is the Google TV platform. Google continues to increase consistency across product lines and Google TV is no exception. The UI has been updated to provide access to the Google Play store that is similar to that found on other Android devices. Consumers can purchase movies, music, and TV shows through the store.
Google announced a preview release of the Google TV add-on for the Android SDK, supported on Linux with KVM emulation. The add-on lets Android app developers start preparing their software for porting to Google TV, in anticipation of the Android 3.x & Honeycomb& IPTV platform that's expected to ship later this year....