Weekly Android Wrap-Up: Issue 003

It’s been a busy week in Android news. Google has been busy tweaking services, smart watches are hitting their stride and Samsung is preparing to go head to head with Apple in the device wars yet again. Here’s what’s going on in the world of Android for the week of August 4th.

#News

  • Multi-user support coming to Android L–makes it easier to keep an eye on kids and keep nosy friends from snooping ~ Android Authority
  • CyanogenMod M9 snapshots rolling out–added features include notification filters, tap-based screen locking and improved support for international characters ~ Android Headlines
  • Android Device Manager makes it easier for lost devices to phone home ~ Phandroid

#Devices&Accessories

  • BACtrack Vio makes it easy to know when you’re good to drive again and share just how drunk you got with friends and family ~ AndroidHeadlines
  • Who would have thought sweat and batteries don’t mix? LG updates G Watch to prevent charge pin corrosion ~ Android Police
  • Smart watches get serious with the Timex IronMan ~ Android Police

#Rumors

  • New leaks indicate the Nexus 8 could be a premium beast of a tablet but will the market support it? ~ Business Insider
  • FCC Certification confirms Galaxy Alpha is on the horizon ~ Android Authority
  • Google’s Emu purchase could signal big boosts to Google Apps feature set ~ Android Community

#Games&Apps

  • Update to Commandr unleashes a whole new level of functionality for Google Now ~ CNet
  • Play Music de-activation limit returns and it’s easier to trigger than you think ~ Android Authority
  • Using LastPass on your mobile? Security fixes in the latest Chrome Beta could break functionality ~ Android Community
  • Play Store refund window appears to increase to 2 hours. Google is mute about the change. ~ Android Headlines

That’s the big news in Android for this week!
We’ll be back next weekend with a new list of bits and bytes for you to enjoy.