With smartphones being as popular as ever, it begs the question as to how much we truly use them in our daily life tasks. LG took it upon themselves and took a relatively small survey to determine our smartphone usage in several different situations that most of us would find ourselves in on a weekly basis. The survey contained 1,100 participants ages 18 and over, which is a small pittance as compared to the 170 million smartphone users in America, but it still gives us a fairly good sample size. The survey determined how we use our smartphones during several weekly activities as well as several social situations that we commonly find ourselves in. Hit the break for the results that you may or may not find surprising:
The developers at cloud.tv know a little something about how to liven up an Android device if the popularity of their HD Widgets is any indication. They have now released an app to Google Play that combines the features of the Daydream function introduced in Android 4.2.2 with some concepts reminiscent of Facebook Home and a sprinkling of Android 4.4 KitKat. At its core, Dayframe is a photo slideshow app that converts a phone or tablet into a virtual picture frame that will cycle through a stream of photos as a screensaver. Somewhat akin to Facebook Home, the source of the photo streams can be a variety of social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, Dropbox, Flickr, Twitter, 500px and more.
cloud.tv included a social UI layer in the app, but that will fade away if a user is not actively using their device. A quick double-tap will bring it back up. They also built-in numerous settings for the screensaver function so parameters for time of day, network, power source or battery level can be set to ensure the app is running only when you want it to do so. The app also incorporates hidden navigation and notification bars thanks to the new APIs included in Android 4.4, which means users can take advantage of the full screen for the device they are viewing.
At this point Dayframe is free on Google Play and can be downloaded using one of the links below.
Despite the recent announcement about improvements to Google+ that focused heavily on “auto awesome” features, other developers have been busy cranking up their apps to make production of dazzling photos easier for users. One of those developers is the popular image hosting site SmugMug and its Camera Awesome app. Previously available for the iOS platform, SmugMug has released Camera Awesome for the Android platform.
We already knew that Steve Jobs wanted to go thermonuclear on Android, but apparently his hatred for both Android and it’s co-founder, Andy Rubin was very deep. This comes from a new book entitled, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went To War And Started a Revolution, by Fred Vogelstein.
Apparently, Steve Jobs told friends that Rubin was a “big, arrogrant f**k,” and he didn’t appear any calmer when talking about Android either, “Everything is a f**king rip off of what we’re doing.”
The book also gets into the beginnings of both Android and iOS. According to Vogelstein, Android was ready to be released in the same year as the iPhone, but when Andy Rubin saw the iPhone announcement, he knew Android needed more work. After seeing the entire iPhone presentation he said, “Holy crap, I guess we’re not going to launch that phone.” Eventually Android was released about a year later with the HTC G1, which started the war of wars.
Buyers looking for an NVIDIA powered tablet will be able to buy a Tegra Note 7 tablet beginning November 19th for $199 with pre-orders starting today. The Tegra Note 7 was announced this past September as a partnership between NVIDIA and EVGA to bring an in-house branded tablet device sporting a stylus to market. At the $199 price point, the Tegra Note 7 is slightly less expensive than some other competitors like the Nexus 7 (2013) or the Kindle Fire HDX. However, users do give up some screen resolution as the Tegra Note 7 is only capable of a 1280×800 resolution. Perhaps taking a cue from Google, NVIDIA is shipping the Tegra Note 7 with a “pure” version of Android Jelly Bean. The Tegra Note 7 comes with a stylus that NVIDIA indicates has different “tips” that expand the functionality. You can check out how the stylus works after the break in a couple videos released by NVIDIA in conjunction with the announced availability of the device.
Rumors about the highly anticipated Moto G have been flying around the Internet, but it seems that the specifications for the device have been leaked again ahead of the announcement, which is scheduled for tomorrow. If the leaked specs prove to be accurate, then the Moto G will be a pretty good value phone, especially if it has KitKat on board as previously reported.
According to German retailer The Phone House, the Moto G will sport a 1.2GHz processor, as well as a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display and 8GB of internal storage. The Phone House did not leak information about the price of the device, but the price was reportedly leaked on Amazon for £149, which is around $240. Hit the break for the rest of the specs.
Right on the heels of expanding Gmail’s quick actions, Google is adding some better Google Drive integration into Gmail as well. Now, any attachments in an email can be viewed within your web browser without you having to download the image and clutter up your Downloads folder; documents, PDFs, pictures, you name it. Best of all, you’ll now be able to use Gmail’s fantastic search capabilities to find specific attachments. If you use Google Drive, you’ll also be able to quickly save any attachment to your Drive storage, skipping the need to download the file to your hard drive and then upload it to Drive.
This new feature will only be available to desktop users for now, and it’s going to be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for it in your inbox.
When it comes to Android, Samsung has been the reigning king, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to change anytime soon. As of right now, 63.3% of all Android devices has a Samsung logo on it. This includes phones and tablets, and let’s not forget about phablets or phonblets (whatever the kids are calling them these days). The next closest manufacturer is HTC with only 6.5%
When it comes to smartphones alone, the top 10 phones represent a 40.2% market share, but Samsung owns a total of 8 of them for a 37.8% market share. Only the HTC One and the DROID RAZR was able to make the list, and their combined market share is only 2.4%. The Galaxy Ace actually has a larger market share than both of these phones, which is mind boggling.
Google Music is already unofficially available for Google Glass, but it will be officially available in the coming weeks. Google formally introduced it this morning giving us more details. Not only will you be able to play any song in your collection (or through All Access) by using the “Okay Glass, listen to” command, but you will also be able to find out what song is playing in your surroundings using Sound Search. All you have to say is “What song is this.”
Google also announced new stereo earbuds that are designed specifically with Glass. They will run $85, and you can customize it with one of five interchangeable color caps.
We had an idea that Motorola’s Moto X wasn’t doing so well from since their market share dropped during the 3rd Quarter. Now the Wall Street Journal confirms it on the day before the Moto G announcement. According to Strategy Analytics, only 500,000 Moto X phones were sold during the third quarter while Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones. Now we didn’t expect Motorola to sell millions upon millions of phones, but this is a little surprising.
One of the factors that might have hindered the success of the Moto X has to be that only AT&T customers could customize their phone with Moto Maker. Just yesterday, Moto Maker was opened to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
When Apple maps on iOS originally came out, it was somewhat of a laughing stock among tech geeks around the world. It had a lot of bugs and errors, and seemed to be a failed attempt at launching something that could be as good as Google Maps. Despite this, Google Maps has lost a whopping 23 million users to iOS since Apple Maps was first released, almost a quarter of the 81 million user that it used to have.
A year after Apple maps was originally launched, it now has a total of 35 million users. It is important to note that Google still has more users with a total of 58.7 million users across both Android and Google Maps for iOS. Around 6 million of those users are using it from the Google Maps app for iOS.
Maps data is extremely important for both Apple and Google. It helps both companies monitor information like traffic jams, and it also helps Google provide location based advertising, which is an extremely important source of income for Google.
Sources: The Guardian, comScore
The fact that there is both a Photos app and a Gallery app is a tad confusing, and it looks like Google might be getting ready to ditch the Gallery app all together. Ever since the beginning of Android there has always been an app called “Gallery”, which has been the home of all your images loaded on your device. Soon however, the Gallery app will be phased out completely, being replaced by Google+ Photos, or simply “Photos” as the app is called.
Evidence against the Gallery app is mounting, and a high resolution icon for the app was not even created for Android 4.4, even though most other apps did receive a shiny high res icon. Clearly Google would like as many people to migrate towards Google+ as possible, though you aren’t required to create a Google+ account to use the app – it can handle both offline and online photos.
Recently, the Andorid Keyboard app was updated with the addition of emoji icons, and Hangouts was updated to include support for SMS and MMS messaging. As great as the new Keyboard and Hangouts are, there is one small bug that has been discovered, and it could prove to be very annoying indeed.
Basically when your system is overloaded with emojis, as in if a friend decides to send you hundreds of emojis at once, Hangouts crashes. Now that’s not exactly surprising, but the real problem comes when you try and reopen Hangouts, and it tries to reload all those emoji, resulting in another crash.
We’ve got to give credit and praise where credit and praise are due. When Google announces a new update version, such as KitKat, it can often take third party developers to catch up with the changes and get their application up to speed. So we’re tipping our hats to the developer behind Nova Launcher, a third party home replacement app that allows you to customize your home screen in a variety of ways. Since the announcement of the Nexus 5, we’ve seen the new “translucent” look that comes with 4.4 and well, we want it. As for several selected devices the new look has been added by the dev to Beta version of Nova Launcher and also takes advantage of custom icon packs. And though the selected devices, as we’ve mentioned, are slim, there are some big hitters (see changelog for full list on Kevin Barry’s G+ page at source link).