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.