BlackBerry is thinking about using Android for an upcoming smartphone, according to a report in Reuters. The potential move is said to be part of a pivot to focus on software and device management rather than owning the operating system from top to bottom. That may well make sense for BlackBerry — after several delays to its BlackBerry 10 OS and an unspectacular launch in early 2013, the storied Canadian company now has under one percent of the smartphone market.
According to the report, the sliding phone briefly shown off at Mobile World Congress (above) is likely to use Google’s OS, meaning that BlackBerry would at least be contributing an unorthodox form factor to the Android ecosystem. “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.
While the move would be somewhat surprising, BlackBerry has flirted with Android in the past. BlackBerry 10 relies on emulated Android apps for much of its library, the BBM Messenger app was eventually released on iOS and Android, and BlackBerry has integrated its security technology into the Knox software on Samsung’s Android phones. Releasing a full-fledged Android phone could boost BlackBerry’s enterprise credentials by proving that its security and device management software can work on other, more popular platforms.
source: The Verge
With the new version of Android Wear, Google will also be releasing a much improved Hangouts 4.0 version to go with it. The messenger app has improved a lot over the last 12 months and enables Googlers to Hangout and message each other across multiple devices (desktop, phone, tablet and wearables). Since the Moto 360 does not have a camera, it is not possible to video chat with someone on the new Hangouts 4.0 app. However messaging functionality has been improved significantly.
The hangouts app has gathered a large set of fans worldwide. The great thing about hangouts is that it’s a cross device messaging platform that can be used both on phones and on desktop PCs equally well. The hangouts app is integrated in all google products such as Google Plus and other Google products such as the Chrome browser. Hangouts main competitors are Whatsapp and Skype. Google hangouts app is entirely for free and can be used on all computer types and operating systems.
What I am most excited about in the new hangouts app is the fact that interfaces been changed entirely. The hangouts at has remained very easy to use and it enables you to use your smart watch in a more efficient way. You can for example send text messages and the emojis by drawing on your smart watch. The new hangouts app is very intuitive and easy-to-use as soon as I have it installed on my Motorola 360 I will to a full fledged review on the new app.
Android Police had an exclusive sneak peak at the new hangouts version. Read more about it here: http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/06/11/an-exclusive-peek-at-hangouts-4-0-on-android-wear/