Google’s email service, Gmail, has finally been blocked in China following a period of time during which the service was disrupted. Gmail has not worked properly in China for at least six months, and now it is actually unavailable. Google has responded to the recent block by saying that the unavailability is not its fault.
The newest iteration of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, is widely regarded as the sleekest, smoothest take on the Google-conceived mobile OS, and the jump from 4.4 KitKat the biggest transformation in the platform’s history.
It’s hard to tell if public flak swayed Google, or the search giant simply realized pulling the plug on the Nexus 5 so abruptly would be bad for business. Whatever it was, we’re glad it happened, as hesitant Android purists will apparently get an extra quarter to decide if they want to go the phablet route, or keep things small (-er) and (more) modest.
There will be no more Nexus 5 for the masses once current inventory runs out. In the words of the actual Google spokesperson, as quoted by Tech Radar, “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”
Court cases have appeared all over the world in connection to Google Search, and at least in the United States, Google seems to be winning. A case had been filed against Google by S. Louis Martin, the owner of CoastNews who alleged Google was pushing his results too far down in searches. The case has now been heard, and a judge with the San Francisco Superior Court feels Google is in the right.
It’s been a problematic past couple of weeks for Google’s powers that be, which weren’t able to handle Nexus 6’s release very well, or dispatch Android 5.0 for older Nexus devices as quickly as we had expected.
Another Android Wear release, another series of availability hiccups. But all’s well that ends well, and Best Buy seems to have overcome its Asus ZenWatch faux pas.
Google is working on several fronts to improve the Android user experience and it’s just as important for Big G to bring Lollipop goodies to smartwatch owners as it is to leave KitKat behind on as many smartphones and tablets as possible.
There used to be a time when we’d wonder how can Google find sufficient funds to keep the Nexus project afloat, with profit margins so obviously low. We’re well past that now, we’re afraid, as the Nexus product roster has stopped being about affordability with the introductions of the latest 6-inch smartphone and 9-inch tablet.
With beautiful, round-faced wearable pieces like Motorola’s Moto 360 or LG’s G Watch R available, as well as ultra-low-cost smartwatches such as the Asus ZenWatch, and Samsung’s Gear S supporting standalone 3G, you were probably under the impression no one cared much about Sony’s SmartWatch 3.
Google’s line of Nexus devices may be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop soon, but the LG G3 will be the first phone to get the latest software. It had been reported the first devices to ship with Android Lollipop would be the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, but it turns out at least one phone will get the software as an update earlier.
Google was ominously quiet on the heels of Nexus 6’s semi-failed launch from last week, but the search giant finally has some good news to offer “Shamu” fans”. Before starting your celebratory dance, let us stress this is merely a (small) step in the right direction, not a magic solution to Big G and Motorola’s manufacturing woes.