A growing number of sources are corroborating our initial report on a project known as Android Silver - a premium retail and branding effort orchestrated by Google to encourage manufacturers and consumers alike to get on board with handsets certified by Google as meeting certain criteria.
We know, for example, that one of the goals of this program is pinning down the Android software experience: Silver devices would be required to run the latest version of Android with little to no modification of the software experience (a la Motorola, for example).
Apple didn't have it all its own way: the jury also found that none of the Samsung phones presented violated two other Apple patents, and they awarded Samsung $158,400 after finding Apple guilty of unintentionally violating one of the Korean company's patents presented in a counter-suit.
Google is sneaking one more update in this week, and it's an odd one. After pushing out the new Docs and Sheets apps, Google is now updating the main Drive app and actually removing some functionality. You will now be prompted to install Docs or Sheets if you want to edit, but it's not as bad as it sounds at first.
Google continues its monthly ritual of posting platform distribution numbers for Android. After getting a fairly late start, KitKat is keeping up its suddenly explosive pace by adding 3.2% to last month's 5.3%. This is largely due to a continual stream of updates to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3.
The increase in KitKat's presence came at the expense of almost every older version of Android except for Jelly Bean 4.2, which actually rose 0.7%.
Let's get this weekend started right with some apps and games at reasonable prices. Well, your definition of reasonable might differ from ours, but try to be open-minded, okay? Jeez, okay. Fine. Be like that.
The developer and unlocked versions of the HTC One M8 are now receiving an update that enables the device's Extreme Power Saving Mode. This feature extends the phone's battery life by disabling all but the essential services, shooting users out of the standard interface into one that provides access to phone calls, text messages, email, calendar events, a calculator, and nothing else. This feature did not ship on the HTC One M8 out of the box here in the US, but updates are turning that situation around.
A late entrant to Google's update Wednesday is Play Music. Version 5.5 has started rolling out, but don't expect huge changes. So far all we've seen is a tweak to playlist management. You can still download the APK below, if that's how you roll.
The New York Times is a brand recognized around the world, and now the Android app is equipped to service readers who reside out of the US. The international edition of the paper is now selectable in the app settings.
Google still hasn't graced us with a new 10-inch Nexus tablet, which is undoubtedly a bummer. The Nexus 10 is still floating around, though, and you can find one for cheap if you know where to look. Case in point, the N10 is featured in today's eBay deals, and it's only $269.99.
This is a completely new, unopened Nexus 10 – an increasingly rare commodity these days. Most eBay deals for this device are refurbished units.
Motorola has a lot of apps in the Play Store to enhance its devices over time without a ROM update – even the boot animation. Motorola's newest boot animation is now playing on a Moto X/G near you. Don't have a Moto device? We've got the video for you.