Samsung has announced that they have entered into an agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents. This is refreshing news in the wake of all of the patent lawsuits we have heard about in the last few years.
The deal allows the companies to access a large range of each other’s patents, including new ones filed for the next 10 years.
Today Google has added another device to their web store. The Moto G Google Play Edition.
The Moto G was released not long ago and has received praise for its budget price and great performance. It features a quad-core processor, 8 or 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and fully unlocked. It lacks 4G mobile data connection, but will run on HSPA+ 21mbps for AT&T or T-Mobile.
The 8GB model sells for $179, but you can double the storage to 16GB for only $20 more.
Today, Google announced that is has purchased Nest Labs (maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke/CO2 detector) for $3.2 billion in cash, pending regulatory approval.
Google CEO Larry Page said:
Nexus devices carry one big advantage over most all of the other Android devices; updates to the latest Android version are available for them first (most of the time).
However, as many Android users know, Google uses a staged rollout system for both their app updates as well as their system updates. This means that not all users get the update at the same time. Google says this allows them to make sure that the update is working how it should before they deploy it to everyone. For some of us, we just want the update as soon as we can get it.
That’s where Nexus Factory Images come in. These are the full Android package for Nexus devices, and they are available to download well before most people get the over-the-air (OTA) update pushed to them. Even better, it is incredibly easy to use these images to update your device on your own!