Top Android news of the week: Some Webview support ending, an iPhone replica, Adobe Lightroom

The news this week in Android covered a range of topics, including Google ending support on older versions of Webview, a new iPhone-inspired phone appears, and Adobe has released Lightroom for Android.

Google ends Webview support for pre-KitKat

Webview is the rendering engine for the Android browser and an important part of the system. It's what makes the browser work.

That's why the news that Google will stop supporting Webview on older versions of Android is a bit shocking. According to the company, versions of Android that predate KitKat will no longer have Webview support.

It's not unusual for companies to stop supporting old versions of software, but Android is an unusual case. This means 67 percent of Android device owners will not get Webview supported.

To be fair, Webview is used in the default Android browser. Chrome for Android does not use Webview.

Source: WSJ

Xiaomi Mi Note: Looks like an iPhone, sounds like a Galaxy phone


Xiaomi is taking the Android world by storm. The latest handset from the Chinese firm is the Mi Note, a 5.7-inch phone that looks a lot like an iPhone 6 Plus.

The product name brings the Samsung Galaxy Note line to mind. I guess imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.

Source: ZDNet

Adobe Lightroom mobile comes to Android

Those who do a lot of image editing will be happy to hear that Adobe Lightroom is now available on Android. Lightroom has been available for iOS for a while and the Android version is said to be just as capable.

The only caveat is the Android version as released is only for phones, tablets are not yet supported. Adobe says a tablet version is on the way but for now you'll be stuck editing images on little phone screens.

Source: Engadget

Google plans to have self-driving cars out in five years

Google has been showing off prototype self-driving cars and it has kicked off an initiative to get them on the streets in five years. It is working with suppliers in Detroit to build and test models.

Working with companies in Detroit makes sense, being the hub for the auto industry in the US. You can bet Android will be inside these self-driving cars.

Source: Detroit Free Press