Samsung seems to always look for ways to further improve their customers user experience with their devices. Yesterday the company announced an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance. According to Samsung’s VP of Systems LSI marketing:
“With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”
The 8MP image sensor will provide much better front facing camera quality with its excellent low light image quality. BussinessWire goes on to explain how this kind of technology will benefit the user:
Citing the movement of users to newer versions of Android and the increasing complexity to support older devices, Google’s Chrome team announced today they will bring development of updates for the Chrome browser on Ice Cream Sandwich to a halt. The change in status for the browser will take place with Chrome’s 42nd release after which the browser will be put in the virtual deep freeze on Ice Cream Sandwich. Users will be able to continue to use Chrome on their devices, but there will be no more updates.
While Mobile World Congress is happening in Barcelona this week, there is also another important event going on at the same time. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Today is Google’s Developer Day and they just unveiled a few new features for Google Play Games and AdMob.
Well this is an interesting deal. Qualcomm has partnered with Cyanogen in order to bring their best software enhancements from Cyanogen OS to Qualcomm’s Reference Design (QRD) devices.
These reference devices will utilize the Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 Series and is meant to assist device makers of lower cost handsets for developing markets. The Cyanogen OS brings their own launcher and enhancements to Android’s personal information management apps such as the dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar.
Most of us have probably played at least one of the games from the popular Angry Birds franchise developed by Rovio, who has just announced that its Bad Piggies game has reached over 100 million downloads. That’s a pretty big number that includes download figures from Google’s Play Store, Amazon’s Appstore and Apple’s App Store. To celebrate, Rovio has updated the game to version 1.6, the details of which are below.
Yahoo announced its own mobile developer suite that unites Flurry and Yahoo features to give developers the best of both worlds.
Android Studio left its beta status behind with the release of v1.0 in December of last year, and here we have version 1.1 being released to the stable channel with the primary purpose of fixing bugs. This new release of the Android Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) does bring a few new functions with it though, as can be seen in the changelog below.
One of the tools that Google provides to developers is the Device Art Generator. With this tool, developers can get an idea of what their screens will look like on different Google hardware. For instance, a developer may want to get a feel for how their app will look when framed by the relatively large bevels of the Nexus 9 and its 4:3 ratio versus a Nexus 5. Google has now added Android Wear support to the tool.
News on Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone has been picking up steam as of later, and we’re starting to see the first developmental modules for the device.
Today, we have pictures and information regarding Toshiba’s camera module for the device, which is still in development.
In these pictures,we can see a 2MP front shooter, as well as a 5MP and 13MP rear cameras. Development is set to be complete in 2016. Hit the break for more.
Android Developer Days is back for 2015 and has announced their first few featured speakers for the event to be held in May in Turkey. ADD 2015 is an open conference covering developments in mobile, web, server and software technologies. The organizers are hopeful their efforts will inspire participants to contribute to a better world.
The first five features speakers include:
OnePlus has never been able to completely hold in a secret, frequently dropping hints and teases ahead of official releases. Not making any exceptions, OnePlus brings us a quick taste of their newest Android ROM: OxygenOS.
OxygenOS is expected to have an official reveal on February 12th.
Many things in our world splinter into a variety of subsects. Some of which are political parties, Protestant denominations, and Linux distributions, which includes Android. They all have something in common with that from which they derive, but all claim superiority in some fashion.
Kirt McMaster (CEO of Cyanogen Inc.) recently spoke to a crowd gathered at The Information’s Next Phase of Android event, to say that a new dawn is coming to the Android distribution and the daybreak will show Cid standing triumphant over Andy.
Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.
The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below.
Source: Google Developers
We’ve seen so many “smart gadgets” as part of the Internet of things movement, but most of them have worked as dedicated ecosystems and haven’t been compatible with one another.
But Logitech thinks it has an answer, and it’s in the form of an API.
The Harmony API creates a vision where a consumer is watching a movie on his or her Samsung flatscreen via Apple TV and the Philips Huelights in the living room dim to the appropriate level.
Logitech says the programming tool will give developers access to over 270,000 smart devices, allowing the kind of expansive control we haven’t gotten from other smart home solutions.
We’ll have to wait a bit before products become fully integrated and the API is fully developed, but this is a promising start.
As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.
2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end.