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



It's no secret that mobile malware grows best on Android. According to Pichai, this is due to it being the “most used operating system in the world”. He also added: "If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks to Android." - presumably with a face so smug, it rivaled that of Obama.



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.



source: Frandroid.com (Translated) via BGR

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28 Comments

1. abhijithcs96

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Another plastic toy... S6 lol.....

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 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..

26. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Hey I gave u those much likes

14. tuminatr

Posts: 1118; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

lol probibly but people seem to buy them

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

At least the battery is removable unlike the glass phone

21. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

yeah! but then all iphone users covered their iphones with plastic casings because the materials they use is cheap tin can

22. Amir1 unregistered

you mean plaster toy.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am REALLY excited to see a Galaxy Note 4, & the Google Nexus 6...

20. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Samsung will bring back note 1 and will name it as s6 !

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Oh! did jk shin called you and told you about this??

9. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

also with better processer ,display resolution,etc hardware and software. but same old plastic body.

6. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Until the next Nexus phone comes out the nexus5 is the best overall Android phone period

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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 unregistered

Next one will be the Sony NEXUS

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Probably the only sensible comment in this article.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That would be including your right...?

12. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Bt what about "samsung galaxy gear 2" they use tizen and have galaxy!? Am i wrong.?

15. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's called just "Gear 2" not "Galaxy gear 2"

10. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Immm OK, too bad nothing beats stock android

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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. Expensive fluff.

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You get better deals from lesser known manufacturers, such as CoolPad...

25. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 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: Mar 10, 2014

I think this time they seriously change its body otherwise its plastic again

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