2016 was supposed to be the year that smartwatches well and truly took off, but it turns out that smartwatches are still about as unpopular as they were at the start of the year. Android Wear, for example, was first launched way back in 2014 as a platform for all wearables; however, to date it’s really only available on smartwatches that haven’t sold anywhere near as well as the Apple Watch has.
Google today announced that it’s changing the names of its services for pushing Android apps in enterprises. Google Play for Work, a tool that organizations can use to distribute public and private Android apps to employees’ devices, will now be called just Google Play. Android for Work, which keeps business and personal apps and content separate, from here on out will be just Android.
“With platform-level support shipping with every GMS [Google Mobile Services] compatible device, Android for Work and Play for Work have become a core part of Android and Google Play,” as Google software engineer Adam Connors and product manager Travis McCoy put it in a blog post. “We think this change better reflects the built-in nature of enterprise features of Android and our commitment to enterprise mobility.”
Really, Michael Kors? You're calling your new Android Wear-powered smartwatch the "Access Bradshaw?" That sounds like the worst new podcast on the Fox Sports website. Oh well, if you really must - at least it's somewhat consistent with the equally awful name of the Access Dylan. The former is up on the Google Store for the same $350 price as the latter. It's shipping right now, if you're desperate to get into the depressingly shrunken wearables market before the end of the year.
With all the uncertainty, I don't imagine Android Wear smartwatches will be a hot item this holiday season. Some people are probably still willing to take a risk, but pickings are getting slim either way. Even though it launched more than a year ago, the Huawei Watch is still considered by many to be the best Android Wear device. It's no longer on sale in the Google Store, though.
The Huawei Watch was the first Wear device that didn't have any obvious compromises. The display was completely round, it was compact, and it had a good selection of bands. Google's affection for the watch is evidenced by its use as a developer device in the Wear 2.0 beta. However, that didn't save it from the chopping block.
This security concern has only raised because of using 3rd party parsers (well, in the case of the GStreamer vulnerability in question, decoders, why a parsing facility like GstDiscoverer triggers decoding is another question worth asking), and this parsing of content happens in exactly one place in your common setup: tracker-extract.
Just the other day we reported on the general availability of a kernel update for the shared hosting-oriented CloudLinux OS 7 operating system, and today a new patch is available for those running KernelCare.
If you're not familiar with KernelCare, it's a commercial kernel live patching technology developed and provided by CloudLinux of its CloudLinux OS users. We've discussed CloudLinux's KernelCare in a previous report if you're curious to test drive it.
Open source software enables Google to build things quickly and efficiently without reinventing the wheel, allowing us to focus on solving new problems. We stand on the shoulders of giants, and we know it. This is why we support open source and make it easy for Googlers to release the projects they're working on internally as open source.
We've released more than 20-million lines of open source code to date, including projects such as Android, Angular, Chromium, Kubernetes, and TensorFlow. Our releases also include many projects you may not be familiar with, such as Cartographer, Omnitone, and Yeoman.