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The latest Android news, developments, comments and apps involving Google's embedded mobile platform that now features in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other rather unexpected places. Covering the full Android range, from automotive news and Bluetooth Smart to video and wearable technology, via Intel, mobile payments, NFC, Samsung and Sony...

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Embrace the soft Marshmallow of Android M 6.0

Blimey. You turn your back on a technology for five minutes and a new buzzword or codename comes along. Welcome to the designation of Marshmallow for the preview of Android previously and teasingly known as “M…

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Mobeam light-based beaming SDK shines on Android

A mobile beaming technology SDK is being made available to Android developers by Palo Alto-based Mobeam, which is a mobile barcode beaming specialist. And there’s an emphasis on mobile wallets…

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Build your own Android app – #9 Device Description via Build

Having written the Device Description app, I promised I would cover bits of its functionality in the coming weeks. The obvious place to start is the Build system class, which provides “information about the current device build, extracted from system properties,” as Google puts it…

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Android 5.1 pushing Lollipop takeup

As previously mentioned, there were no Android platform stats published July, but August’s figures have been produced by Google.  As always, they are based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week…

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Roll up for Android Studio 1.3

Google is issuing a major update for its Android development (and testing) environment, Android Studio. It was previewed earlier at Google I/O, but Android Studio 1.3 is now available on the stable release channel…

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