Google, Samsung and Meizu are making headlines this afternoon with some of the hottest news of the day. Let’s jump into the details and find out what’s happening!
Ever since the Google Glass Explorer program died, people (and even bloggers) haven’t been able to stop talking about how Glass (as a project) is dead. Such was never the case, and it has been clarified that the team is simply working on transforming Google Glass into a consumer product, but people are still saying it’s “dead”.
Eric Schmidt is back at it again, reassuring us Google Glass is not dead and the team is still very dedicated to the project.
“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.” -Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman at Google
Opinion: It still surprises me when I read posts about Google Glass “dying”. Especially when this comes from fellow bloggers. Such was never the case. I guess it’s good to clarify one more time.
It seems Samsung is getting rather friendly with Microsoft. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will come with some Microsoft apps pre-installed, as well as free OneDrive storage space. It seems this relationship will not be ending soon, though.
Samsung and Microsoft announced that select Samsung tablets will also come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype.
Opinion: This is not a bad deal if you happen to like Microsoft Office. I have to wonder about how Google feels about the biggest Android manufacturer getting so cozy with Microsoft, though. Especially considering these apps compete directly with Google’s.
The guys at Meizu News have gotten a hold of a pretty awesome leaked roadmap that shows when Meizu devices will get their Lollipop updates. It’s really no surprise to see that the latest Meizu smartphones will be getting the sweet update, but this roadmap shows us that Meizu is also very dedicated to supporting its older smartphones.
While the Meizu MX2 and MX3 will be behind the newer smartphones, these older generation smartphones are also getting the update.
Opinion: Seeing a manufacturer supporting devices that are multiple generations old is a breath of fresh air in this industry. Some major manufacturers struggle to update even the newest smartphones!