Worldwide Android News 12/12/14 – Uber India, Google Translate, Google News in Spain and More!

December 12, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson


Huawei Launches the Ascend Mate 7 in Columbia



While Huawei might not be a big deal in the United States or many parts of Europe, it seems that they’re quite popular in South America. In Columbia, the company has some 40% or so of the market and they’re looking to expand on that with not only the launch of a new own-brand store, but by bringing their Ascend Mate 7 to the country as well. The Ascend Mate 7, despite its name, is a 6-inch device that’s packed full of impressive features, for a low-cost price and we’re sure it’ll sell well in the region. For those in need of a refresher, you can read our review right here.

Rovio Closes Studio in Finland, Makes 110 Staff Redundant

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While Angry Birds is still one of the biggest names when it comes to mobile gaming, the bubble can’t keep getting bigger forever, and the Finnish company has learnt that over the past year or so. With a workforce of just 800 employees worldwide, it seems the company is facing tough times, as that figure shrank by 110 employees this week. As CNet is reporting, the Finnish firm has laid off 110 members of staff and closed a development studio based in Tampere, Finland. The company has said that this is part of “restructuring” and we certainly hope that this isn’t anything larger.

Delhi Government Suspends Uber Operations After Alleged Rape Incident



Uber hadn’t been operating in India for long before the company was hit by a scandal in Delhi. Towards the end of last week, an Uber driver operating in Delhi was arrested following an alleged rape of a 25 year-old executive. This prompted the Delhi government to ban Uber operating in the region. Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32 was arrested in his home town on Sunday evening, while news of a two-year spell in prison for rape was uncovered. It appears that Uber hired the driver without taking a thorough look at his previous criminal record. Concerning the incident, Uber’s CEO had this to say: “We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs. We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women.” Meanwhile, the Transport Department has “also blacklisted the company from providing any transport service in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi in future.”

Stores in South Korea and Turkey Now Offering Google Play Gift Cards

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Google has steadily been rolling out their Play Store gift cards, allowing users to turn cold, hard case into digital money for apps, games, movies and more. Now, retailers in Turkey and South Korea will be offering the cards. In South Korea, they’ll be available in 15,000 Won, 30,000 Won and 50,000 Won prices. While in Turkey they’ll be available in 150 Kr, 250 Kr and 500 Kr prices.

Acer’s C720 Chromebook Joins the Great Online Shopping Festival for RS 15,999



The Acer C720 has been available since this time last year in the US and the UK, but in India it’s not been all that readily available. As part of the Great Online Shopping Festival however, it’s received a price drop, and now costs just RS 15,999, down from RS 22,999 including 1TB of free Google Drive space for two years. The deal is available from Snapdeal.

Google Play Newsstand Brings Paid Content to New Countries

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Google Play’s Newsstand now offers paid content, like magazines and subscriptions to purchase, in Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia. This latest round of expansion brings it to 14 countries that have access to paid content in the Google Play Newsstand store.

Google News Is Shutting Down in Spain Come December 16th



Google News is shutting down in Spain, following new legislation that will come into effect early next year. The new legislation from the government will force news outlets to charge Google News for the search giant extending these outlets’ reach free of charge, without ads accompanying it. There is a fine of €600,000 here as well, and it appears that Google has had enough. The service will close on December 16th and is yet another casualty of growing hostility between Google and European legislators. For the full story (at least from Google’s point of view) you can take a look at their blog post here.

Moto X to Hit Australian Shelves come December 15th



At long last, the Moto X (204) will be hitting select retailers in Australia starting December 15th. Sadly though, this is going to be just the 16GB version and only black resin or a wood finish will be available, starting at $749 AU for the resin model and $789 AU for the wood finish. As is often the case with Motorola in Australia, the Moto X will not be available from networks, so buying it at full price is your only option.

Google Translate Adds 10 New Languages While GMail Learns Gaelige

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This week Google has been updating all sorts of stuff, and GMail is now available in Ireland’s native tongue of Gaelige, joining Welsh and 69 other languages. Elsewhere, Google Translate gains 10 new languages across Africa and Asia including: Chichewa (Malawi and surrounding areas), Malagasy (Madagascar), and Sesotho (Lesotho and South Africa) in Africa and Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Tajik (Tajikistan), and Uzbek (Uzbekistan) throughout Central Asia. Heading further South into Asia is Malayalam in India, Myanmar (the official language of Myanmar), Sinhala (Sri Lanka), and Sundanese (the island of Java in Indonesia).