This week in your world of Android: Samsung and Google signed a massive patent deal, Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, Samsung reportedly agreed to cut back on Android customizations, we learned a few more details about the HTC M8 and the Galaxy S5, Chrome apps for Android got rolling, and a rumor about the death of the Nexus made the rounds.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
When the world’s top software maker and top hardware maker join forces and share all their patents, you know something big is going to come out of it. Samsung and Google announced they would cross-license their intellectual property for the next decade, in what’s probably the biggest development in the mobile industry in a long while.
Scaling TouchWiz back
A report emerged this week alleging Samsung agreed to stop developing a competing Android ecosystem and to highlight instead Google’s apps and services on its new devices. That means Samsung devices will be less bloated in the future, but what did Google had to concede to make this happen? The answer in the next segment.
Motorola, a Lenovo company
Motorola was a Google company for just two years – Lenovo bought the handset maker for $2.9 billion this week, putting an abrupt end to dreams of a truly Googley smartphone coming out of Motorola.
- Google to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion (Updated – official!)
- What’s the true motivation behind Google’s sale of Motorola?
Leaky HTC M8
Taking a break from big strategic moves, let’s take a look at a hot new smartphone – leaks this week suggest HTC will finally adopt onscreen buttons for the M8, and the device will be available in four colors at launch.
- Will HTC finally move to onscreen buttons on the M8 (One 2014)?
- Rumor: HTC One’s successor (aka HTC M8) may launch in four colors
LG G Pro 2 coming
Putting an end to speculation, LG confirmed it’s going to unveil the G Pro 2 at MWC later this month. Sadly, the company didn’t actually reveal any details about the upcoming phablet.
Guys, it was a bug!
Samsung backtracked this week on an issue that caused quite an uproar in the community – the company says it will fix the “bug” that caused compatibility issues with some Note 3 accessories following the KitKat update.
Chrome apps are a go
A developer preview of the Chrome apps development toolkit for Android has been released by Google. While we’re still far from using Chrome apps on Android devices, the wheels are now in motion.
Galaxy S5 leaks
Nothing spectacular this week in terms of Galaxy S5 leaks, but we now (think we) have a confirmation on screen resolution, camera resolution, and model numbers.
Nexus is (probably not) dead
A troubling rumor made the rounds this week, alleging that Google is planning to end the Nexus line next year. It’s hard to say if there’s any truth behind, but we tried anyway in this post:
What’s the biggest story in Android this week? Tell us in the comments.