Chrome browser apps are to be discontinued on Windows, Linux and OS X, with just Chrome OS left supporting the software platform. Google has said that the need for Chrome apps has been reduced, thanks to advances in web standards.
Amongst Google’s most surprising moves last year was the launch of the Pixel C. Now the search engine giant is looking to rectify one of the biggest complaints about the convertible device, with the inclusion of multi-tasking support in Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Olympic Games may have come to a close on Sunday, but already there is one visible legacy. At the end of the games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched a new digital channel.
Samsung has dealt a blow to owners of the well-liked Samsung Galaxy Tab S, with news that the tablet series will not receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The last official update the devices received was for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop – a version of the mobile operating system that was first released in December 2014.
Although there has been a raft of changes in the mobile world in recent years, one thing that has stayed the same is battery technology. But that could all be about to change, with claims that SolidEnergy is on track to release a new battery for smartphones, based on lithium metal technology, in 2017.
The closer a new product gets to its launch date, the harder it becomes to keep secret. In preparation for a release, increasing numbers of people become involved, as companies share details with partners.
Although it has never been a serious force within the Android device market, there remains a lot of fondness for Nokia amongst enthusiasts. The warmth towards the Finnish company may primarily come from its exploits as a feature phone manufacturer, but it appears there may not be long to wait before it returns as a smartphone and tablet maker.
Some time ago there was talk of Google switching focus away from Nexus devices and launching a premium hardware line called Silver. Although this is a concept that never came to fruition, many new Nexus products have moved away from the budget market to compete at the high-end.
With the growth of devices supporting USB Type-C, many smartphone buyers faced a problem: a large collection of cables and chargers built up over the years which were not compatible with their new device.
Although it has not been confirmed officially that HTC is making two smartphones for Google in 2016, the growing evidence means the eventual announcement is little more than a formality. Now filings linked to the two devices have been placed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US communications regulator.