After Google announced Hangouts at Google I/O back in June, we suspected that Google+ Messenger’s days were numbered — and we were right. In a new Google+ update rolling out now on Android, Google is killing Google+ Messenger for good, while the iOS version will get the chop at a later date.
At its Android event in San Francisco this morning, Google just announced Google Play Games, a new social gaming app that will go head to head with Apple’s Game Center. The app brings all of your achievements, social connections, and public leaderboards together in one place.
HTC finally rolled out the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean release to the HTC One over the weekend, but it appears the Taiwanese company has also been hard at work on Android 4.3. An HTC One Google Edition with Android 4.3 installed has just passed by the Bluetooth SIG.
During his interview at D11 today, senior vice president of Android Sundar Pinchai confirmed that the HTC One Google Edition running stock Android will launch on June 26, priced at $599. The device will come unlocked, and it’ll be available to purchase through Google Play.
Google has recently entered its Nexus 7 device into the Bluetooth SIG test… again. This is really strange as the Nexus 7 has been out for just less than a year now, so why would it need to be put through its paces again, in terms of Bluetooth? Could this be the first sign of Android 4.3 coming to the Nexus 7?
HTC has denied that it is working on a “Google Edition” HTC One with stock Android, but it seems the Taiwanese company may have simply been trying to cover it up.
Earlier this week, one source claimed such a device is in the works, and now the same claim — this time from multiple different sources — has started circulating again. According to the latest rumor, an HTC One with stock Android will be announced within the next two weeks.
It took less than 60 minutes for HTC One “Google edition” rumors to begin circulating after Google announced the Galaxy S4 with stock Android at Google I/O last Wednesday. HTC was quick to dismiss those rumors and state that it had no plans for such a device, but according to one source, that’s false.
They claim an HTC One with stock Android is in the works, and that it’ll launch this summer.
You’ve probably already heard about the awesome things announced at Google I/O yesterday, but if you didn’t get a chance to watch it yourself — or you just tuned out because it went on too long — then you can now watch the whole thing online.
We suggest skipping to the best bits, though, because it’s almost four hours long.