Top Android news of the week: Motorola is Lenovo, hot Nexus 6, Android in McDonald's

This week Lenovo bought Motorola, the Nexus 6 sells out in minutes, and Android comes to all McDonald's stores in the US.


Lenovo closes the deal to buy Motorola from Google

Lenovo has absorbed Motorola with the closing of its $2.91bn purchase from Google of the Android phone maker. In a statement from the president of Motorola, the company will continue operations from its HQ in Chicago, and operate as a subsidiary of Lenovo.

Google retains ownership of Motorola's vast portfolio of patents, which are licensed to Lenovo as part of the deal.

Source: ZDNet

Nexus 6 sells out in minutes

Nexus 6

The latest flagship phone from Google went on sale this week and sold out of existing inventory in just a few minutes. While no details were given on how many phones that involved, it's still impressive that the Nexus 6 sold out so quickly.

It's important to note that the sell-out was of the $649 unlocked version sold by Google, and not carrier-subsidized versions of the phone.

The Nexus 6 is made for Google by Motorola, making it the first Lenovo Nexus phone due to the acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo.

Source: Neowin

McDonald's expands Android NFC payment options

McDonalds pay

While McDonald's accepting Apple Pay in its stores was big news recently, the fast food giant has long accepted Android NFC payments in some of its locations. That expanded to all 14,000 locations in the US this week.

The firm entered a deal with mobile payment company Softcard, which enables McDonald's to accept payments through Android NFC in all of its stores. Softcard is a mobile payment venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Source: The Next Web

Security features of Lollipop detailed by Google


Security of mobile platforms is very important, and Google has shared details of how Lollipop deals with it.

Even in this age of security breaches, many Android device owners use no password nor PIN to keep bad guys out. Lollipop will offer a simple lock screen designed to encourage everyone to use it.

Google has put data encryption in Lollipop that is present from first boot. This is a welcome level of protection for the next version of Android.

Source: Google

Office for Android tablets could be here soon

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has heard that Microsoft may be releasing a touch version of Office for Android in early November. This could be a version of the big office suite that is similar to the stellar version for the iPad.

Microsoft isn't saying anything about this but Foley's information is usually pretty accurate. The Android version will probably be free like the iPad version, with an Office365 subscription unlocking all the features. That's just speculation, we'll have to see what Microsoft does when it's released.

Source: ZDNet

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