Android News HeadlinesWe’re back again with the most important pieces of news. There are some very interesting moves that took place in the meantime on the global scale, many of them related to the largest companies. So with that being said, it is time to move on and present what has happened recently that is worth your attention.

Google Maps 7.5 comes with Gmail integration

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Google has recently started delivering the new version of Google Maps although at a slower pace than usual. The guys at Android Police have managed to detect what the differences between this new version and the other were and what they found out was quite impressive. Google Maps 7.5 will come with Gmail integration and you will be able to see hotel, restaurant or flight reservation. Of course you will be the only one able to see them for security reasons.

The bad news, however, is that this new feature of Google Maps is limited to the United States in English as stated by Google on this page. So instead of waiting for Google to update your Google Maps automatically you can download it from here.

Nexus 5 design gets improvement

The guys at XDA Developers recently noticed some differences between the designs of some older Nexus 5 units and newer ones that were delivered to users who ordered replacements. Thus the newer versions come with larger speaker grills and better more resistant power and volume buttons. There have been several issues with the Nexus 5 including camera problems and sounds issues. Although the camera problems were mostly fixed, the ones with the sound have only been tackled now.

So the nexus 5 was hooked up with larger speaker grills in order to improve sound quality. The buttons have also been improved making them stiffer and less likely to move if you shake the phone. This is not the first time Google comes with such rapid improvements and it is likely more will happen soon.

Android Update removes privacy feature

The newest update for Android KitKat, Android 4.4.2 removed a privacy feature called App Ops. App Ops, which allowed users to control the level of data about them apps were able to collect, was not extremely well known but many people were aware of it. Many, nevertheless, probably have never actually been aware of its existence. And with this new version it got completely removed, fact which angered the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The reasons stated by Google for this action are not very convincing too. Apparently there was the risk of some apps working improperly due to its presence and it was released by accident from the very start. Suggestions made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation include introducing the ability to severe connections with traceable identifiers, the ability to remove an app’s access to the network and the integration of App Ops into the operating system properly.

Sprint wants to acquire T-Mobile

Currently there are four big carriers in the United States but their number could go down if Sprints moves ahead with its plan to buy T-Mobile. For the moment they are apparently studying regulation to see what is to be done but a move is expected to happen in the first part of 2014. Certain sums of money have been rumored with the most common being around $ 20 billion. This is much smaller than what AT&T offered ($39 billion) so it remains to be seen what stake they will acquire. Now Sprint is smaller than AT&T and Verizon but its acquiring of T-Mobile would definitely bring more balance on the market, with a combined customer base of 90 million for it if the deal happens.

There are reasons to believe that this deal will actually happen, compared to the one between AT&T and T-Mobile. The best reason would be that Sprint and T-Mobile combined would not be such a threat to competition as AT&T and T-Mobile combined. What will happen in the near future though is unclear yet.

Multi-tasking capability during video calls with Skype 4.5 for tablets

With the newest version of Skype, Skype 4.5, you will be able to see a picture-in-picture window while you are using different apps. Now we know Samsung has multi-window support but this feature allows you to have this floating window over the home screen and other apps. The downside is that it is only available for tablets so phone users will have to wait.

There are other improvements besides this one also, improvements related to performance and video messaging. The app can be downloaded from the Play Store now. We appreciate any opinions about it.

These were today’s headlines briefly presented. As always wer encourage you to leave comments in the comment section below and share your views with us.

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