It is exciting to see Google partner with the top Android manufacturers to bring completely vanilla versions of their flagship devices to Google Play, but during today’s D11 sit down with Google’s Sundar Pichai, he stressed that this does not mean the end of the Nexus program. (more…)
As we head into the week which features the most anticipated Android and Google-related event of the year, new Android boss Sundar Pichai finally sat down for his first interview since taking over the reigns of our favorite mobile operating system. In a short Q&A with Wired, Pichai talks through Google’s relationship with Samsung, shares thoughts on Facebook Home, and even mentions Motorola’s status as one of their partners. But most importantly, he talked Android updates and Google I/O, which he claims will be different this year, because there may not be many products to announce. (more…)
During a very recent on-stage interview Thursday afternoon, Samsung chief product officer Kevin Packingham told the Wall Street Journal that the relationship between Google and Samsung has grown very strong over the last two years. But over that time, work with Android’s ex-head, Andy Rubin was sometimes a bit difficult. (more…)
During a recent discussion with reporters in India, Eric Schmidt took the time to set some things straight in regards to Android, the Chrome OS, and even rumors that Schmidt was looking to leave Google. There has been slight speculation that Chrome and Android would somehow merge, with Andy Rubin leaving Android, and Sundar Pichai taking over both sections, including Chrome and Apps. (more…)
This morning, Google’s CEO Larry Page, announced that Andy Rubin will no longer lead the Android team. Andy has been the head of the Android project since the beginning and has watched as it has grown to running on more than 750 million devices worldwide. Taking the lead on the project going forward is Google vet, Sundar Pichai, who currently leads Chrome as well. (more…)
According to Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP of Chrome and Apps, the Android version of Chrome is in beta 2 and on the verge of leaving it for good in the coming weeks. After launching in early February, we have already seen at least two updates to the app that has quickly become one of the most popular browsers on the platform. In “beta 2″ it sounds as if there won’t be any major changes, and instead the focus has been put on stability and bug squashing:
“We launched beta 2. We addressed a few things,” Pichai said. “Mainly right now, I’m driven by bug quality and stability. We are triaging, tracking, and trying to make it very stable. It is in a matter of weeks.”
I’m about 90% happy with Chrome on Android at this point. Give me the quick controls that are found in the stock ICS browser and I’d be up to about 98%. Toss in Flash, just for kicks, and you may have the best browser ever built for a mobile device.
Still using Chrome?