Google says Google TV isn’t dead yet, Chromecast to exist alongside it

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After Google dropped their Chromecast announcement yesterday, it would be easy to call it the nail in Google TV’s coffin. However, Google doesn’t seem to think so. Sundar Pichai told CNET that Google TV was absolutely going to grow and evolve alongside Chromecast, and neither device would be replacing the other. Considering Google has pledged to update Google TV to Jelly Bean later this year, it makes sense, but with Chromecast preorders sold out within hours, it’s easy to see how much damage Chromecast could potentially do to Google TV’s success.

Pichai also said that Google TV would be getting some newer partners and software updates later in the year, which would go a long way towards helping its popularity. Still, though, it hasn’t had much early success, and it is still possible for Google TV to go the way of Google Reader. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

source: CNET

Watch Google’s Nexus 7, Chromecast, and Android 4.3 event here

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In case you missed all the commotion yesterday about Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, their Chromecast device, and the Android 4.3 announcement, you can catch up on the entire event by watching the Google has kindly uploaded to YouTube. It’s not quite as awesome as live streaming the announcements, but it’s close enough. Hit the break below to check it out and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Google reports 70 million Android tablets activated, 1 million apps in Play Store

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At Google’s “breakfast” event this morning with Sundar Pichai, it was proudly announced that to this day, 70 million Android tablets have been activated. It’s an impressive feat, especially when considering the tablet market only recently exploded in the past few years. Pichai also announced that there are now 1 million applications available for download in the Play Store— developers have certainly been doing their part as well.

All of this was in preparation to remove the veil over the brand new Nexus 7

 

Google Play ‘Textbooks’ announced at “breakfast event” with Sundar Pinchai

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At their “breakfast event” this morning in San Francisco, Google announced a multitude of new things including Android 4.3, the improved Nexus 7, ChromeCast, a Google Play Games application, as well as something that’s really going to help out students— Google Play Textbooks. In what will be a new category in Google Play Books, Textbooks will feature ebook versions of textbooks for students across the world.

Not only will this make buying textbooks easier, but it will be more affordable, and of course more lightweight. Google announced that they have partnered with many popular textbook publishers already, and will roll out the new service in August, with different pricing structures available to students depending on the publisher and book. Google Play Textbooks will be available across Android, iOS, and the web— great news for everyone!

Google introduces Chromecast device to easily connect your TV to computing devices

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At their Google Breakfast event this morning, Google introduced a new hardware device, the Chromecast. The device is a dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI slot, connects to your WiFi network, and then lets you stream online content to the TV. Control of the content comes from your computers or mobile devices, whether Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, or ChromeOS. Google indicated the goal was to produce a device that will let users bring online media to their TV, that was fast and easy to setup, didn’t require anything new for users to learn as far as an interface or how to control things, and that was available across platforms and devices. Best of all, these capabilities have been achieved in a piece of hardware that will only set users back $35.
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Android 4.3 factory images available for most modern Nexus devices

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The best part about owning a Nexus device is the almost immediate ability to upgrade to a new version of Android when it’s announced. Shortly after announcing Android 4.3, Google has put up factory images of the software for Nexus users to download and install. The factory images are available for the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and GSM variants of the Galaxy Nexus, (sorry Verizon Nexus owners!) on Google’s developer site and can be flashed with ADB. If you’re interested, hit the source to check them out.

source: Google

Smartphone sales boom in past quarter, Samsung leading the way

Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Camera_Samsung_Logo_Version_4_TAWe all know that smartphones have been taking the world by storm, especially since the birth of the Android operating system. This past quarter alone, a total of 221 million units were shipped.

Now that manufacturers have started building devices from low to mid-range, they’re certainly becoming popularized over the high-end devices because of their affordability.

Samsung led the way this past quarter, as they shipped 1/3 of all smartphones in the world, recording a new record of 71 million shipped phones. From the most recent numbers, Samsung has shipped 23.4 million Galaxy S 4 phones— not quite what they expected, but certainly good enough.

Source: DigiTimes

Google announces Android 4.3, available today on most Nexus devices

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As expected Google announced Android 4.3, which will be available today on the new Nexus 7, original Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus. The GS4 and HTC One Google Editions will get the update soon. Some of the features include:

  • Multi-user enhancements – Restricted Profiles – Parents can control who gets access to what apps.
  • Bluetooth Smart technology – Allows you to pair to Smart devices such as heart-rate monitors and fitness sensors
  • Bluetooth AVCRP
  • Background WiFi location
  • OpenGLES 3.0
  • DRM APIs – 1080p video support and Netflix already supports it
  • Faster user switching
  • Dial Pad autocomplete
  • Easier text input
  • new languages

 

Google officially announces the new Nexus 7

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Sundar Pichai hosted a media breakfast this morning and Hugo Barra took the stage to announce the new Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, it’s made by ASUS, and has a 7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display at 323ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging, and 9 hours of HD video playback (10 hours of web browsing).

It’s pure black on black and it’s 7.62mm thick (2mm thinner than last year’s model)  and 318 grams (50 grams lighter than the original). An LTE version will also be available. The new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3

The 16GB WiFi version and 32GB WiFi version will be available next Tuesday July 30 at many retailers for $229 and $269 respectively. The LTE will have 32GB of storage and will be priced at $349. It will support T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless and it will be available in the coming weeks.

You can pre-order yours now from Google Play – 16GB WiFi version / 32GB WiFi version