Android One could be launching as soon as October, Google Play Music comes to new countries and Apple partners with IBM to take on the enterprise market. This and more past the break.
New reports claim the first Android One device will be launching in October, in India. Sundar Pichai is said to be visiting the country soon, bringing more details on the project. There is much more coming from Google, though.
The Search giant is planning to invest about a billion Rupees (close to $16.7 million USD) in advertising. This would help launch Android One and take it to other levels. There are real benefits to Android One. This program will allow manufacturers to produce affordable smartphones without abandoning them soon afterwards.
Because these devices will cary near-stock Android, little customizations and Google-backed updates. This means these devices will get a treatment similar to the Nexus or Google Play Edition lines.
Opinion: We know most people were hyped over all the other announcements, but Android One could have been the most exciting news at Google IO. It will change the market and could be what takes Android to the next level.
Google is taking Play Music all over the world, and today it’s reaching 6 new countries! These are mostly South American, but we do get some surprising additions.
The new Google Play Music-supported markets include Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Ukraine. This does include All Access support, so don’t hesitate to give the whole Play Music experience a go!
Opinion: Google Play Music is kind of an important service. Not only for the Play Access addition, but the main service is kind of an important Google product. I can no longer imagine living without it, so enjoy it if you just got it!
Apple may be the king in mobile, but they are nowhere close to taking the enterprise market. This is why the iPhone maker has partnered with IBM to take on the business world. How will these two giants accomplish this?
The idea is that IBM, who has a stronger foothold on the enterprise market, will start selling Apple devices to companies. These would come with pre-installed apps that focus around business needs.
There will be new suite of apps made to cater to this market. In addition, Apple Care would be introduced to this market, as well as IBM device management.
Opinion: With BlackBerry going out, a new platform needs to take over the business demand. Will Apple and IBM take this market? I think they have good chances.