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Android Things 1.0

Things are now stable

After eight developer preview releases, Android Things jumps directly from 0.8 to 1.0 bringing 4 new production target SoM (System on module) boards, enhanced security, fleet device management and a guaranteed automatic 3 year platform update provided by Google themselves.

This is another step on the road to global computing dominance at the point the user interacts with the device. They already own mobile, and it looks like the same strategy of giving away the hard stuff needed to get IoT projects up and running for free, is playing out nicely. They are doing the same with AI and TensorFlow, and although that runs on Android Things, it's for another discussion.

Many people were aware the dev previews of Android Things ran on the Raspberry Pi. With the release on 1.0, however, there's a clear distinction between dev boards and production ones, and unfortunately none of the Pi's made it through the stringent security/performance/compatibility requirements. The advice is to keep them for prototyping, but not for real world devices.

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ZTE US Android ban

Trade War

Things turned sour very quickly following US President Donald Trumps sanctions on Chinese goods and services.

The impact on the mobile industry could be far reaching, since Android is enjoying a 78% global market share on handsets. Fearing losing economic power to China, the Trump administration said the measures were a response to a 7-month investigation into Chinese "unfair practices", including spying, hacking and what amounted to the extortion of US companies in order to gain access to the Chinese market.

Concern over an imminent trade war sent the Dow jones 700 points down on the news.

Many Chinese handsets use their own variation of the "pure" AOSP Android source tree without any Google services, such as Google Play and Maps. However, these are rarely seen outside China where a handset lacking such support is a difficult sell.

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DroidCon London 2014

Want to find out about all the latest Android advances, listen to expert speakers, see fantastic new technologies, and meet the international Android community? Then come and join Droidcon London, the largest Android developer conference in Europe!

Droidcon London, Europe’s biggest grassroots Android developer conference, is back in London on October 30th - 31st! We’d love you to come along, and so to make the decision a little easier for you, here’s a whopping 25% discount off the ticket price!

Simply book your place here: using this promocode: GOOGLEDROID-DROIDCON-2014

You’re just a few short clicks away from meeting some of Android’s foremost experts and innovators - from our keynote speaker Google’s Chet Haase. to Cyril Mottier of Capitaine Train, from author of ‘Smashing Android UI’ Juhani Lehtimaki to UI specialist Taylor Ling, and many other pioneers of leading Android technology from Cyanogen, Google, Mozilla and Novoda.

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Android 4.4 - the KitKat release!

In a very welcome, but rather surprising move, Google announced the next version of Android is to be called ... KitKat! This is of course in keeping with the sweet-tooth themed naming party going right back to Android 1.5 Cupake. It's surprising because although everyone knew it would begin with the letter "K", the popular vibe had it named as "Key Lime Pie". The story goes some Googlers saw a 4 fingered bar in a fridge deep in the Googleplex and, well one thing led to another. It's kinda neat too since the next expected version is 4.4, and that's a nice tie-in with the bar itself. 

Nestle, the massive confectionery giant owners of the KitKat brand, are totally behind the move and are planning future marketing initiatives around the Android theme. These are said to include prizes, special edition bars and various other goodies. In fact the deal suits both Android and Google so well that apparently no money changed hands either way for this venture.