Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance—​a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The first publicly available smartphone running Android, the HTC Dream, was released on October 22, 2008.
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  • New ways to pay with Android Pay and PayPal

    … We're thrilled to bring you even more options at checkout, thanks to a new strategic collaboration between Android Pay and PayPal, one of the world's leading online payment platforms. Millions of people already use their PayPal account to make online purchases, receive payments and send money to friends and family. Soon they can start…

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  • Android Pay Integrates with Mobile Banking Apps

    … apps, you can access and enjoy the capabilities of Android Pay. You can manage bank card choices, like selecting your default payment card or deactivating a card on your phone. This latest collaboration with banks expands Android Pay’s capabilities as an open platform, and moves us closer toward our goal of empowering mobile payments everywhere. We’re continuing to integrate with additional mobile banking apps, so look for updates from your bank about this new feature. …

    The Official Google Blog- 22 readers -
  • Introducing PAX: the Android Networked Cross-License Agreement

    … other royalty-free patent licenses covering Android and Google Applications on qualified devices. This community-driven clearinghouse, developed together with our Android partners, ensures that innovation and consumer choice—not patent threats—will continue to be key drivers of our Android ecosystem. PAX is free to join and open to anyone. Already…

    The Official Google Blog- 18 readers -
  • How we stop fraudulent apps from holding you ransom

    … Recently we shared our 2016 Android Security Year in Review, which looks at how we protect Android users and their data. Today, we're taking a closer look at how we shield people from a rare—but particularly disruptive—potentially harmful app (PHA) known as ransomware. We’ve long had protections from ransomware in Android, and we added new ones…

    The Official Google Blogin How To's- 22 readers -
  • Can Google get users on board with “shortcuts in search”?

    Google announced yesterday the launch of “shortcuts in search”, which will allow Android users (only in the US, for now) to access quick answers on a range of topics with the touch of a button. Fittingly, Google has termed these “tappable shortcuts” and they will lead searchers to instantaneous information on dozens of topics, including sports, restaurants, local amenities, and entertainment.

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  • Belgium, Meet Android Pay

    … Whether you’re doing your daily shopping or heading for a night out, your Android phone is all you need as you walk out the door – thanks to Android Pay. Starting today, Android Pay is available in Belgium, helping you pay simply and securely with your Android phone. It’s the 10th country in the world to benefit from Android Pay. You…

    The Official Google Blog- 35 readers -
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