New LG G3 Android 4.4.2 Update V10L Rolling Out Worldwide

The Unlocked chronicle of a LG G3 has perceived a code new Android 4.4.2 build with firmware chronicle V10L. This new refurbish is pronounced to be a vital one, as it adds fortitude improvements before a destiny Android 5.0 Lollipop hurl out in 2015.

Check your device’s presentation row in sequence to see if there are any new firmware files accessible for installation. The V10L Android 4.4.2 refurbish hurl out has been speckled in Europe, India and Thailand for a moment, though it should shortly strech LG G3 Unlocked inclination worldwide. Note that a download package of V10L measures somewhere around 175MB and we should use a Wi-Fi tie in sequence to finish a download.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat V10L firmware builds adds fortitude improvements, a lag-free interface, and improved battery life. It is being rolled out OTA (over-the-air) and and by LG Mobile Support Tool software. You should emanate backups for all a files that are now stored on your LG G3 before starting to peep a update.

In box a new refurbish presentation hasn’t arrived, afterwards we can go to Settings About Device and tap on a ‘Check for Update’ menu. If there are any files accessible for installation, afterwards we should simply endorse a download and afterwards wait until all a files are automatically commissioned by your LG G3 device.

Remember that OTA Update by LG are always finished in phases, so not all users will get a new Android 4.4.2 refurbish today. Right now a new V10L Android 4.4.2 build is rolling out in Europe, Thailand and India, all a other countries should follow soon. After this refurbish is practical for all inclination opposite a world, afterwards we should design LG to start operative on integrating a Android 5.0 Lollipop for LG G3. Hopefully, a Lollipop OS Upgrade will start to hurl out in early 2015 for all LG flagship models.

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HTC One M8 HTC One E8 Android 4.4.4

Several carrier-branded variants of a HTC One M8 got a Android 4.4.4 refurbish with Eye Experience program suite. Sprint announced they are rolling out a new refurbish for their One M8 variant, but, unfortunately, it’s not a Eye Experience update.

Besides a new HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update, a folks during Sprint also suggested that a same refurbish is being pushed to a HTC One E8. As we might know, a One E8 shares many of a technical specifications of a One M8, though it arrives with a cosmetic behind and a 13 MP camera instead of M8’s Dual 4 UltraPixel sensor. According to the changelogs posted on Sprint’s website here and here, a Android 4.4.3 refurbish for HTC One M8 and One E8 arrives with softened Google security, GPS Enhancements, International WiFi calling, ItsOn Integration, and Accessibility improvements. With all these being said, we shouldn’t design any major improvements, though it’s really an refurbish we would wish to implement on your device.

Whether we possess a HTC One M8 or a One E8, once your depot becomes authorised to receive Android 4.4.3, we should be means to notice a complement refurbish summary in a notifications panel. You know a drill: daub on it, select ‘Download now,’ wait until a download is completed, then select ‘Install now.’ Your device should reboot and implement a new firmware. If a complement refurbish presentation unsuccessful to appear, we would also wish to perform a primer check underneath Settings About phone Software updates Check for program updates.

Sprint unsuccessful to exhibit a distance of a new update, though design it to import in during over 300 MB. Therefore it’s endorsed to use a fast WiFi network while downloading it in sequence to equivocate neglected information charges.

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The LG G3 is going to competition Android 5.0 Lollipop by a finish of a year, according to an LG deputy for a Netherlands and Belgium cited by TechTastic. He didn’t give a some-more specific time frame, as we think a association is going to make an central proclamation per a refurbish plans.

The LG G3 is substantially going to be assimilated by a LG G Pro 2 given both are a company’s flagships as of now. However, we think some-more inclination will be sanctified with Android 5.0 Lollipop integrity such as a LG G3 S, G3 Stylus, G2 and a mid-range L90 and L70.

We don’t know nonetheless how LG skeleton to change a many new Optimus UI to improved fit a new suggestion of Android. The association likes to supplement a lot of additional features, so it’ll be engaging to see how it manages to incorporate them in a hopefully purify and useful fashion.

Motorola, Sony and HTC have already gathered a list of inclination that are designed to accept a latest Android version.

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After Google’s new proclamation of a subsequent chronicle of their handling system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, phone manufacturers have been bustling creation announcements of their own, with Motorola a latest to endorse that of their phone models will accept a update.

The Motorola Moto G is only one of their renouned handsets due to be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with many others also being confirmed. These embody a Moto X, a 2nd Gen Moto X, a Moto G, a 2nd Gen Moto G, a Moto G with 4G LTE, a Moto E, a Droid Ultra, a Droid Maxx, and a Droid Mini.

While a date has not nonetheless been finalised for when a refurbish will start rolling out to devices, it is rumoured that a Moto X, Moto G, Moto E and Droid inclination will accept a refurbish in possibly Nov or December. Motorola will exhibit serve sum per a refurbish of a inclination after consulting phone carriers and other several partners, all of who are concerned in a refurbish placement process.

Android 5.0 Lollipop, that Google announced final week, is set to move copiousness of new features to Android devices, either they be phones, TVs, or even intelligent watches. With this new handling system, Google are aiming to yield a unchanging knowledge opposite all Android devices, with all inclination pity a same interface and carrying a ability to bond seamlessly to any other. Android 5.0 Lollipop also brings a new battery saving underline to inclination that is estimated to extend a battery life of a device by adult to 90 minutes. As good as this, confidence improvements have also been made, with Lollipop adding a Smart Lock underline to inclination that will concede them to sojourn unbarred when in a participation of another upheld Android device. When a other device is removed, a strange device will automatically be locked. Android 5.0 Lollipop also allows users to invalidate their phone remotely in box of theft, and by default, encryption of a phone’s information has been enabled.

Updates have already begun rolling out to several Android devices, with a HTC Nexus 9 inscription and a Motorola Nexus 6 among a initial to accept a Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Sony betrothed users that a Android 4.4.4 KitKat Over a Air or OTA recover to Xperia Z2 will be entrance soon. The association did not yield any sold dates though it should be shortly as a association moves to a final stages according to Hallels. Reports also projected a recover date to be around November. 

There have been concerns among Xperia Z2 users as some comparison Sony handsets have perceived a refurbish with a section clearly “ignored.” Other inclination that got acceptance enclosed Xperia Z2 Tablet SGP521, Xperia Z2 L50w, Xperia Z2 D6503, Sony Xperia Z2 D6502 and Xperia Z2 Tablet SGP541. 

According to Android Headlines, Sony Xperia Z2 will accept a revamp on a pattern identical to a Xperia Z3. Once users refurbish to a software, they can design a identical launcher to a Z3. Other improvements to design embody energy menu giving people a choice to start a shade recording, reboot and screenshot. Likewise, people can design a refurbish to concede a Z2 to final longer with singular usability. More importantly, people will also see a pairing choice with Dualshock 4 PlayStation controller. This should be good news for those who are fans of Sony.  


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Samsung’s Knox confidence covering for Android generates diseased encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a deadly “security by obscurity” pattern “compromising a confidence of a product completely,” a researcher has detailed.

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Samsung ships a Knox program on a company’s higher-end Android-based Galaxy smartphones, phablets and tablets, directed during enabling sales to craving and supervision clients who have supportive confidence needs, in a bid to take on Apple’s extensive lead in craving sales.

Two days ago, Samsung announced that a U.S. supervision had authorized a array of new inclination “for use with personal supervision networks and data. All inclination and capabilities incorporate confidence facilities powered by Samsung KNOX,” and were combined to a “Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List.”

The company’s arch executive JK Shin settled in a press recover that “the inclusion of Samsung mobile inclination on a CSfC list proves a unmatched confidence of Samsung Galaxy inclination upheld by a KNOX platform.”

Jacob Kleinman, writing for TechnoBuffalo, settled that “it looks like Samsung’s tough work building a Knox confidence program is profitable off,” while Jennifer Baker of a UK site The Register reported, “U.S. spooks will be authorised to entrance supportive supervision information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on. The South Korean association has been heavily pulling a new KNOX confidence product and it looks as yet a efforts have paid off.”

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Earlier today, however, a program researcher published commentary display that Samsung’s Knox app stores a user’s cue “hint” PIN in plain content on a device.Samsung Knox users record into a Knox app regulating a cue and PIN, that is afterwards created into a “pin.xml” record in cleartext.

The Knox app establishes a “Knox Container” with a possess home shade for rising cumulative apps, that do not association with a user’s possess private apps and data. This pattern attempts to work around a far-reaching open pattern of Android, that has no effective app security, many like an iOS device that has been jailbroken.

However, Samsung Knox users record into a Knox app regulating a cue and PIN, that is afterwards created into a “pin.xml” record in cleartext, accessible to anyone looking during a record system. The user (or anyone else who reads a cleartext PIN) can enter a PIN to benefit a “password forgotten?” hint.

As a investigate describes, on entering a PIN, “the Knox app will uncover we a small cue spirit (the initial and a final impression of your password!! + a strange length of your password!)”

This “hangman game” character cue confidence is not a border of a problem.

“It is flattering apparent that Samsung Knox is going to store your cue somewhere on a device,” a researcher noted, serve detailing that “in a Folder /data/system/container there is a record called containerpassword_1.key,” that stores a user’s encryption key.

Samsung Knox ‘compromised completely’

The investigate serve examined Samsung Knox, looking for “how accurately a encryption of a cue works and where a pivotal for a encryption comes from.”

The essay noted, “Samsung creates use of dex-preoptimization to frame out all classes.dex files (the java formula is stored in a record called classes.dex and this record is parsed by a Dalvik JVM) in a Knox apks, so creation retreat engineering a small bit harder. To get a binaries we have to demeanour during /system/app/ and find .odex files (an odex is fundamentally a pre-processed chronicle of an application’s classes.dex that is execution-ready for Dalvik). odex files can be converted behind into smali code, that afterwards can be converted behind to a dex file. Finally a dex record can be converted into a jar file, that can be decompiled by any Java Decompiler. “the fact that they are sustaining a pivotal usually for a cue spirit functionality is compromising a confidence of that product completely”

“Samsung didn’t make any use of formula obfuscation though unequivocally attempted to censor a cue storage formula within hundreds of java classes, estate and proxies.”

What he eventually detected was that Knox simply uses a device’s Android ID, a sequence series any app can ask from a system, “together with a hardcoded fibre and brew them for a encryption key. we would have approaching from a product, called Knox, a opposite approach.”

He serve points out, “the fact that they are sustaining a pivotal usually for a cue spirit functionality is compromising a confidence of that product completely. For such a product a cue should never be stored on a device.” In end he recommends, “Instead of Samsung Knox, use a built-in Android encryption duty and encrypt a whole device.”

Fortunately, few are indeed perplexing to use Knox

Samsung initial unveiled Knox in early 2013 as partial of an bid to supplement “fundamental confidence and supervision enhancements” in sequence “to residence a shortcomings of a stream open source Android platform.”

Before Knox was even available, Samsung immediately began promotion it as partial of a “SAFE” beginning (short for “SAmsung For Enterprise”) around billboards portraying Samsung inclination regulating mockups of business display and plan supervision program that doesn’t unequivocally exist.

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Shortly after Knox was initial introduced on a Galaxy Note 3 final year, Mordechai Guri, a researcher during Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab described a vulnerability that he minute would “would concede a hacker to ‘easily intercept’ secure information of a user of a Knox-enabled Galaxy smartphone.”Of a 87 million inclination that shipped with Knox, usually 1.8 million were indeed regulating it

In a worst-case scenario, Guri stated, “a hacker could cgange information and even insert antagonistic formula that could run amok within a cumulative network.”

Six months later, a Wall Street Journal described a emanate as “a probable confidence gap” and pronounced that Samsung had “clarified” that a emanate “is not specific to Samsung devices.”

This May, however, Samsung executive Rhee In-jong, appearing in another Wall Street Journal article—which sought to confuse courtesy divided from Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor by articulate about vaporware skeleton for “iris scanning” biometrics—noted that of a 87 million inclination that shipped with Knox, usually 1.8 million were indeed regulating it: usually about 2 percent.

Android 5.0 Lollypop gets Knoxed up

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In June, Google’s conduct of Android growth Sundar Pichai announced skeleton for Android 5.0 “Lollypop,” with a confidence covering for craving users supposing by Samsung’s “contribution” of Knox.

The shotgun marriage of Lollypop and Knox seemed to be a concede between Google and Samsung, which—according to a report by The Information—had been concerned in a moving deadlock given January, when Samsung demonstrated a possess new user interface dubbed “Magazine UX,” that Pichai noticed as a proceed hazard to Google’s control over and monetization of Android.

Pichai was reportedly “prepared to forbid” Samsung from regulating a evidently open Android handling complement unless it fell into line with Google’s requirements. That direct creates some-more clarity given Google’s announcements of a second try during delivering a possess cohesive user interface for Android, an web-inspired beginning it calls “Material Design.”

The deadlock also explains how Samsung could be strong-armed into “contributing” Knox, a significantly differentiating underline that has done some of Samsung’s products during slightest probable for supervision and corporate users to buy, while other Android vendors have been probably close out of a craving entirely, as alluded to by IDC’s Mobility Research Director Ryan Reith.

After Google introduced Knox as a resolution for securing Android in June, Bluebox Security detailed serious new flaws in Android itself, tied to a fact that a handling complement simply unsuccessful to determine apps’ cryptographic signatures, radically permitting any app—even one given no special entrance permissions—to secretly pass itself off as a devoted app and benefit endless control over a user’s apps and data.

The “Fake ID” disadvantage can feat Android’s webview, infecting a far-reaching accumulation of third celebration apps that incorporate it, and can also aim devoted Google program including a broadly commissioned NFC Wallet app or ruins of a 3LM device supervision tool, that appears on a far-reaching accumulation of Android phones from HTC, Pantech, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola.Apple has seized on Android’s confidence and remoteness problems to stress that iOS is designed “with confidence during a core.”

The infancy of Android inclination creation adult a platform’s “80 percent share” of smartphones globally have still not been updated to repair a Fake ID flaw. Additionally, while Google has done efforts to indicate Google Play apps for antagonistic code, a accumulation of app stores handling overseas—including in China, where Google maintains small control over Android—have not.

Earlier this year, Pichai summarized Google’s a really opposite approach to confidence in Android, staying, “we do not pledge that Android is designed to be safe; a format was designed to give some-more freedom. When they speak about 90% of antagonistic programs for Android, they contingency of march take into comment a fact that it is a many used handling complement in a world. If we had a association dedicated to malware, we would also send my attacks to Android.”

Apple has seized on Android’s confidence and remoteness problems to stress that iOS is designed “with confidence during a core.”

In a white paper detailing a confidence of iOS—including Touch ID and a Secure Enclave of a latest 64-bit Application Processors—the association stated, “when we set out to emanate a best probable mobile OS, we drew from decades of knowledge to build an wholly new architecture. We suspicion about a confidence hazards of a desktop environment, and determined a new proceed to confidence in a pattern of iOS. We grown and incorporated innovative facilities that tie mobile confidence and strengthen a whole complement by default. As a result, iOS is a vital jump brazen in OS security.”

Interest in Android confidence is during an all time high with a recover of Android L and other new moves to make Android a some-more secure mobile craving handling system. One Android confidence actor we shouldn’t remove steer of is WebRoot. I’ve been contrast out their cloud-based SecureAnyWhere Premier product for about a month now on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 recently updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. WebRoot courteously granted me with an analysis version.

WebRoot SecureAnywhere Premier scans for threats and antagonistic behavior, monitors that apps can entrance your information and empty your battery. It can also remotely locate, lock, and clean your device if it’s mislaid or stolen.

Getting Started with WebRoot SecureAnyWhere Premier

WebRoot SecureAnyWhere Premier is accessible as a download from Google Play. There’s a fee-based Premier chronicle and a giveaway version. For functions of this article, we downloaded a free version and upgraded it to WebRoot SecureAnyWhere Premier with a sequence series supposing to me by WebRoot.

Note: I’ve noted Premier usually facilities in a text.

After downloading a app from Google Play, we have a choice to login to your existent WebRoot comment or to setup a new account. The setup is customary things solely reduction gifted Android users who daub on a About symbol instead of competence find themselves stranded on a About shade for a app. You need to setup an comment in sequence to login to a SecureAnyWhere web portal.

Activating Device Administration happens after we setup your WebRoot account. The Activate device director dialog box is good designed and clearly written.

SecureAnyWhere is set it and forget it – a contingency have and required choice for mobile users of all technical abilities. Goof proofing mobile confidence for users as many as probable is a contingency have in my “mobile confidence book”.

Setting adult confidence options

Setting adult confidence was good suspicion out. we chose a PIN choice for security. While a initial indicate of my Galaxy Tab showed no problems rescued (Then again this inscription doesn’t get out much). The Security shade is a bit unclothed skeleton and while that’s cold for many Android users, some-more beginner Android users could advantage with a bit some-more information about a Antivirus and Secure Web Browsing options.

Securing temperament and privacy

The Identity and Privacy options embody Lost Device Protection and an App Inspector that sees what information your apps have entrance to on your device. When we initial open a Identity Privacy screen, you’ll be stirred that there are equipment that need your attention. Figure A shows an instance of a Identity and Privacy screen:

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Lost device protection

While WebRoot SecureAnyWhere mislaid device insurance facilities are flirting with mobile device government (MDM) and craving mobility government (EMM), that’s not indispensably a bad thing and creates WebRoot Security AnyWhere appealing for tiny to middle businesses (SMBs), freelancers, and contractors seeking a arguable and cost effective cloud-based Android confidence solution. It includes a following mislaid device features:

  • Lock Android device if it’s mislaid or stolen
  • Locate Android device around a device’s GPS
  • Sound an warning (WebRoot calls this “scream”) to assistance we find your device nearby
  • Erase your information from a device if mislaid or stolen (Premier underline only)
  • Lock your device automatically if someone removes a SIM label (Premier underline only)

When we tapped on Lost Device Protection, we could see that Device Protection was already set to ON. we incited on Password Protection to strengthen my device’s uninstall and device director settings. The next figure shows an instance of a Lost Device Protection screen:

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There’s also a Command Log choice during a bottom of a shade that provides an review route of Lost Device Protection commands that have been received.

The App Inspector (Premier feature) was a many engaging partial of a confidence app for me given some of my past essay around Android and craving mobile confidence has overwhelmed on Android app and network tie concerns. The App Inspector identifies apps which:

  • Access messages from SMS and MMS
  • Make phone calls for additional costs but notifying you
  • Access information from your comment that could put we during risk for temperament theft
  • Track your plcae around GPS or network

For example, a next figure shows a apps a potentially have entrance to supportive information on my device:

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You can View battery use information, and guard that apps are accessing a network (Premier feature). The Battery Monitor is good designed and easy to read.

The Network Monitor can offer an educational design of that apps are accessing a network. we suggest that users new to Android confidence or who wish to learn some-more about how their device interacts with a network check this out (especially if we use open Wi-Fi on a visit basis.) Figure D shows an instance of what we see in a Network Monitor:

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SecureAnyWhere on a Web

With a confidence doubt like “Please enter a FOURTH and FIFTH characters of your Security Code (case sensitive)” for login acknowledgment for a web login, we competence get angry by logging into a web portal for your account. However, after we login and click on Mobile Security, we have entrance to a well-designed portal where we can conduct a mobile inclination on your comment and view:

  • Security Status
  • History
  • Lost Device Protection

Final thoughts

There’s a lot to like in WebRoot Security AnyWhere starting with a easy setup and facilities that can accommodate a needs of consumer by corporate Android users. The mislaid device facilities should be appealing to SMBs and others, who aren’t utterly prepared to dedicate to a full-blown MDM/EMM solution.



Android Lollipop has some new confidence facilities as well, like a ability to set geographical ‘safe zones’ where your device won’t need a PIN to unlock.

Android Lollipop has some new confidence facilities as well, like a ability to set geographical ‘safe zones’ where your device won’t need a PIN to unlock.

There was copiousness of discuss over what a new chronicle of Android would be called. The friendly ‘Lollipop’ won out, as Google suggested when it denounced a new Android refurbish final week, though a name is frequency all that’s been softened given a final version.

Google’s OS finally bumped adult a full integer to chronicle 5.0. It been operative on removing a new ‘Material Design’ cultured out in a universe for months, and Lollipop is a culmination. One of Android’s biggest failings adult to date — including with KitKat — has been that a pattern denunciation never felt unified, and with Material Design, it hopes to repair that.

The cultured is meant to demeanour both prosaic and 3D, though a changes to Android’s interface with Lollipop aren’t all only visible — voice commands with ‘OK Google’ are some-more distinguished now, and can be used when a shade is sealed and off on some devices, and there are large improvements to notifications.

In Lollipop we can see what notifications you’ve perceived and what’s going on with your apps and contacts as shortly as we collect it up, before we even clear your device — and we can even respond to messages from a lockscreen.

The approach we see notifications is changing as good — now rich, descriptive, and interactive notifiers will cocktail adult on tip of what you’re doing though interrupting, so we can reject a call or review a summary though quitting that diversion or whatever. Some of this functionality was benefaction in KitKat, though it was halfbaked and inconsistent.

Android Lollipop is also removing a ‘do not disturb’ mode a la iOS, that Android KitKat and prior versions sorely lacked. Google says Lollipop is also improved during joining with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Android Lollipop has some new confidence facilities as well, like a ability to set geographical ‘safe zones’ where your device won’t need a PIN to unlock.

These phones will also have some-more RAM than existent phones with KitKat and other handling systems are able of packing. Google says Android 5.0 is approach some-more powerefficient over a predecessors. Android 5.0 Lollipop starts rolling out to inclination in late Oct and early November.

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Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) have both recently taken stairs to harmonize their mobile and desktop handling systems.

This has been a prolonged time coming. Five years ago, Google co-founder Sergey Brin approaching that Android and Chrome OS would approaching “converge over time”. Android apps have recently appeared on Chromebooks and clamp versa, and Google asked Hiroshi Lockheimer, a VP of Android, to also lead a Chrome engineering team. These moves strongly prove that a joining of Google’s mobile and desktop handling systems could be right around a corner.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has regularly emphasized a “One Windows” strategy, that will unite phones, tablets, and PCs underneath a singular handling system. Today, a Windows marketplace is fragmented between Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Windows 8 — 3 apart systems that aren’t entirely concordant with any other. With Windows 10, a number-skipping ascent that will arrive subsequent year, Microsoft will discharge those incompatibilities with a singular cross-platform OS.


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Therefore, a theatre has been set for a large strife between a dual tech titans to combine a mobile and desktop markets. Is there room for both companies to thrive, or will one hulk eventually vanquish a other?

How Google skeleton to enhance into PCs
Android is now commissioned on 84.7% of a world’s smartphones, adult from 79.6% a year earlier, according to IDC’s second entertain numbers. Microsoft’s Windows Phone usually tranquil 2.5% of a market, down from 3.4% a year ago.

For Google, a categorical plea is to grow Android over mobile devices. Previous efforts to muster Android as a full laptop OS have proven ungainly and expensive. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) recently launched a Android-powered HP Slatebook 14, though Android apps were feeble optimized for a device, and it launched during $430 — extremely some-more than Chromebooks or low-end Windows laptops.

Meanwhile, Chromebooks have gained lots of traction interjection to their sub-$300 price tags and cloud connectors to Google’s services. Gartner expects sales of Chromebooks — that are done by Samsung, Acer, and other partners — to scarcely triple from 5.2 million in 2014 to 14.2 million by 2017. While that year-over-year expansion is impressive, Chromebooks now usually paint reduction than 2% of a world’s PC market.

Chromebooks. Source: Google.

To benefit belligerent opposite Windows PCs, Google recently launched a “Chromebooks for Work” initiative, that adds new pricing skeleton and facilities for craving use. Google is also enlivening Android users to buy Chromebooks with new Android-exclusive features. “Easy Unlock” will concede Android users to clear their Chromebook around Bluetooth, Android notifications will uncover adult on Chromebook screens, and some-more Android apps are approaching to arrive on Chrome OS.

How Microsoft skeleton to enhance into mobile
Meanwhile, Microsoft controls over 90% of a world’s PC marketplace with Windows.

According to Net Market Share, 12% of PC users are regulating Windows 8/8.1, 53% are adhering to Windows 7, and 24% are still stubbornly holding on to Windows XP. Microsoft’s initial pierce would be to get all of a users on a same page by convincing them to ascent to Windows 10 (with possibly free or inexpensive upgrades).

The second step would be to scrupulously confederate Windows 10 phones with PCs. Microsoft has settled that a Windows 10 interface will scale down between a desktop, tablet, and phone versions while using on a same kernel. This means that a desktop chronicle of an app could scale down — like a desktop/mobile versions of a web page — depending on a device used. Meanwhile, program and saved information opposite mixed platforms around a cloud.

Source: Microsoft.

For now, Windows Phone will be a tough height to spin around as it fumbles around in low-end rising markets. However, Microsoft recently partnered with Toshiba, Acer, and other companies to launch inexpensive Windows 8.1 tablets. Toshiba’s Encore Mini, for example, only costs $99 — that could be a tantalizing choice compared to a low-end Android tablet.

In my opinion, if Microsoft creates swell with these low-end tablets, it’s a good setup to enter a phablets (5.3 to 6.9-inch phones) marketplace with Windows 10 devices. If that happens, Microsoft could radically offer a scaled down Windows desktop knowledge around a smartphone — that could interest to copiousness of PC users worldwide.

The Foolish final verdict
In conclusion, tech investors should remember that Google and Microsoft are expanding out of their particular home turfs into rivalry territory.

Both companies face high hurdles ahead, though Google’s Chromebooks give it an corner over Microsoft. Although Chromebooks usually comment for a tiny commission of a PC market, they are flourishing fast in a indolent market. If Chromebooks benefit some-more marketplace share over a subsequent few years, Microsoft could remove longtime Windows users, that could criticise a interest of Windows 10 phones.

Apple Watch revealed: The genuine leader is inside
Apple recently suggested a product of a secret-development “dream team” — Apple Watch. The tip is out, and some early viewers are claiming a bland impact could trump a iPod, iPhone, and a iPad. In fact, ABI Research predicts 485 million of this form of device will be sole per year. But one tiny association makes Apple’s gadget possible. And a batch cost has scarcely total room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and see where a genuine income is to be made, just click here!

The guarantee of Android on TVs has been a prolonged and roughly unreachable dream though that tour competence now be during an finish with Google‘s grave Android TV push. But while we are still watchful for a Nexus Player, a initial Android TV device that isn’t indeed a TV, to ship, many are excited, if not curious, what this new “lean back” vital room knowledge offers on a table. If we have an OUYA gaming console, however, we competence not need to wait that long, supposing you’re peaceful to burst by hoops to get to your destination.

The OUYA is rather a bittersweet square of Android gaming history. It started with a high-profile and successful Kickstarter that was followed by mixed delays. It eventually arrived with most pushing and support from both indie developers and large publishers alike, though a repute was injured by one debate after another. Now there is even speak of a startup seeking buyers to collect it up. Some who competence have outgrown or even stopped desiring in a OUYA guarantee can now put it to another use, this time by replacing a batch firmware with what Google has in mind for a destiny of Android in TVs and in gaming.

That said, removing Android TV on a console isn’t an easy process. It all starts with initial wiping out a OUYA-based complement and afterwards installing CyanogenMod 11 over it. Once done, users will afterwards have to peep a special Android TV ZIP on tip of it. But even if that proves to be successful, not all is operative yet. LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth are operative and so is Display. Sound, however, is remarkable to be usually partially working, with some stuttering in both audio and video to be expected. Some services and apps, that aren’t named, don’t even work during all. It is, however, in a initial recover and clearly a work in progress, with some wish that things get ironed out soon.

Those who don’t have an OUYA or with income to gangling might, however, only wait for a Nexus Player to ship. It has beefier specs and, in theory, a some-more vanilla Android experience. And being a Nexus device, there is an pragmatic guarantee of unchanging and timely support and updates from Google, during slightest for dual years. But like a OUYA, this is still a unsure investment into a domain that Android is nonetheless to dig (remember a Nexus Q?). Then again, those who would wish to implement Android TV on a OUYA are a ones who aren’t antithetic to make that burst anyway.

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