Google's Sundar Pichai says Galaxy S6 will run Android, no new Nexus phone before Q3 2014
Although Google is not presenting at Mobile World Congress, it has to attend the world's biggest mobile event in some form, right? Right! Sundar Pichai (pictured to the left), head of Android and Chrome developments at Google, was in Barcelona to meet with fellow attendees and see what's up. He made several interesting statements while speaking to reporters:
Google didn't court WhatsApp
"Google has never made an offer for WhatsApp. This information was completely false." - Pichai firmly stated. This goes to show the power of the Internet to make up false truths. There is a little bit of truth to every lie, though - Google did talk to WhatsApp, but a deal was never coined. Mr. Pichai also said that it will be "exciting to see what will happen to Facebook and WhatsApp." He sure seems more enthusiastic about this than all the users who rapidly switched to competing apps, such as Telegram and Threema out of security doubts.
Microsoft is free to do what it wants with Android
Asked about the Android-running phones, which the Finns unveiled to much excitement and debate at the event, Google's mobile overseer laughed, and had this to say: "This shows that when we say that Android is a free operating system, we do not lie, it's true". He also stated that he couldn't see Microsoft's strategy "very clearly". Maybe he could have asked Stephen Elop to brief him on the matter...
Android malware is flattering
No Nexus 6 before Fall
On the topic of a new Nexus phone, the Android warden was unrelenting: "I can assure you, it will not be released in the first half of the year." Well, good things come to those who wait!
The Galaxy S6 will run Android
Asked about the "sea change" in Google and Samsung's relationship, Sundar Pichai said that the reality was "more boring" than the media presented it. He poured cold water on the rumors of tension between the two, but said that "he'd rather" have Samsung use Android for its wearable devices. The Gear smart-watches, which the Koreans presented at MWC, both run on the Linux-based Tizen OS. However, Mr. Pichai assured everyone that next year's Galaxy S6 will be an Android phone. Basically, we trust him with this almost as much as we'd trust Samsung Mobile's JK Shin.
2. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
it doesnt matter plastic glass or metal.. at the end two things important ; battery life and performance... so I like the lg g2,note3 and devices like that and much of the others like it..
17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6278; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
At least the battery is removable unlike the glass phone
21. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
yeah! but then all iphone users covered their iphones with plastic casings because the materials they use is cheap tin can
3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I am REALLY excited to see a Galaxy Note 4, & the Google Nexus 6...
20. madmikepr (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
Me too but I am thinking when it will be the opportunity of Sony to Make a Nexus Phone
Maybe The First WaterResistance Nexus Lol :)
4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3084; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah i wont be holding my breath for s6 even if jk shin sms me that its rumored to be metal or glass.
5. mmmanuuu (Posts: 208; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
Samsung will bring back note 1 and will name it as s6 !
7. Ashoaib (Posts: 1587; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Oh! did jk shin called you and told you about this??
9. megaSUNNY (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
also with better processer ,display resolution,etc hardware and software. but same old plastic body.
6. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Until the next Nexus phone comes out the nexus5 is the best overall Android phone period
13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 715; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I have one, and it doesn't strike me as anything special... I think Android used to be untamed in the hands of other manufactures... But it seems Android has matured; Sammy, LG, HTC might know what they are doing with the OS. Software packages don't sound too bad to me - cause Kit Kat is a bit bland (and this is coming from a Windows Phone owner.)
23. joey_sfb (Posts: 2795; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
You miss his point. Nexus has a basic UI but Android customize options can satisfied a season power user.
No two power user Android phone has the same configurations. That's what I appreciate about Android. For Apple the seamless integration of the product hardware and software, the high standard set by Apple's apps.
Windows Phone I have no good comments to give so I wouldn't any.
27. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 715; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I see your point. I wish there were more widgets to choose from... It seems to me since the last time I had Android devices, the selection of widgets has decreased. It makes me miss my live tiles... Which brings me to a similar point of how no two Windows Phones are the same either.
I am still wrestling with KitKat in my Nexus trying to squeeze more from it.
18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6278; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Next one will be the Sony NEXUS
8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2665; Member since: 26 May 2011)
If it has the word "Galaxy" in the name, it will have Android. That's the branding. So, if there is a Galaxy S6, it will obviously have Android. However, if there is only a Samsung S6...
11. rd_nest (Posts: 745; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Probably the only sensible comment in this article.
19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That would be including your right...?
12. rihel_95 (Posts: 213; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Bt what about "samsung galaxy gear 2" they use tizen and have galaxy!? Am i wrong.?
15. jove39 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's called just "Gear 2" not "Galaxy gear 2"
10. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Immm OK, too bad nothing beats stock android
16. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Confirmed a N6 though.
Good enough for my ears, as these flagships by OEMS are nothing more then show boats with matching prices and debatable useful UIs.
24. networkdood (Posts: 6264; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
You get better deals from lesser known manufacturers, such as CoolPad...
25. tttony (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)
To stop malware they must change the way how to add an app in Play Store, like an anual fee like Apple, I think that in Apple you must pay 100$ annually to be a programmer
Why they don't do that in GP? The devs will earn some money with ads
28. hiteshjaina (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
I think this time they seriously change its body otherwise its plastic again