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Well hasn’t June been a bangin’ month for Android. Google I/O was ending as we went to press and, although we got very little in the way of new hardware, we’re more excited than ever about what’s to come from the platform. In the same week we also learned how Google was bringing its Glass smartglass­es to the UK (expect our full review in the next issue), and we were treated to a surprise (yes, an actual surprise) Android Wear-based smartwatch launch in the form of the Samsung Gear Live. We must be slipping.

We round up the best of Google I/O over the next few pages, and later go into more detail on Android’s biggest ever OS update, for now known only as ‘L’ (page 11), Android Auto (page 13), Android TV (page 17) and Android Wear (page 21).

The Google I/O and Glass announceme­nts came on the back of the launch of one of the worst-kept secrets in tech: Amazon’s Fire Phone. It’s not ‘technicall­y’ available in the UK (since when does that stop us?) but, actually, that’s probably for the best. On page 38 we’ll tell you why not only will the Fire Phone fail, but how it proves the whole Kindle Fire model was a mistake for Amazon.

Let’s not forget Samsung’s Galaxy Premiere event. Turn to page 71 to see Samsung’s latest declaratio­n of war on Apple with its new Tab S tablets.

If you’ve liked this issue (or even if you haven’t), get in touch via facebook.com/AndroidAdv­isorUK or email marie_brewis@idg.co.uk.

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