Android is boring

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At Google I/O this week, the company has shown off tons of new stuff. And although most of the stuff isn’t actually available, that doesn’t mean it isn’t super cool.

So much of what Google has shown off at I/O has been interesting. And even if some of that stuff seems to be a response to other companies and products, you can’t say that stuff like Google Home and Google Assistant look compelling.

Which brings us to Android

Historically, Google I/O has been a very Android-heavy show, with its mobile operating system dominating the keynote and subsequent developers sessions. And that makes sense, seeing as how Android has become central to much of Google’s ecosystem. Read more…

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Google Is Making It Easier for Developers to Build Android Wearables

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With wristband fitness trackers, smartwatches and other tech wearables gaining massive traction, Google will be making it easier for developers to create these types of devices for its Android platform.

Sundar Pichai, Google senior vice president of Android and Chrome, announced at the SXSW conference in Austin on Monday that the company will release a SDK (software developer kit) later this month, The Guardian reports. With an SDK, developers would finally have a guide to building wearable tech that runs Android, which up until now has been ad hoc (the first Galaxy Gear ran Android).

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Android Makes Up Nearly 80% of Global Smartphone Shipments

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There is no end in sight to the Android versus iPhone debate, but while we can all argue over the pros and cons of each, the numbers don’t lie: Android is still the most popular operating system in the world.

According to data from market intelligence firm IDC, Android’s dominance in the mobile market is still growing. In 2013, Android devices comprised 78.6% of global smartphone unit shipments — up from 69% in 2012. Compare that to iOS, which made up only 15.2% of smartphone shipments in 2013 (down from 18.7% in 2012).

The following chart, created by Statista, shows the evolution of the top smartphone operating systems. As you can see, there’s no contest. Read more…

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