According to two livestream videos spotted on Google’s Developers website, there appears to be two mobile Chrome events coming up in the next few weeks. We don’t know more information than just the fact that they are scheduled for June 7 at 1 p.m. and June 13 at 11 a.m. EDT. Google doesn’t seem to have ever held an event solely for Chrome, and definitely not just for mobile Chrome. Just a few weeks after I/O, and a week after a mobile Chrome update, this is quite unexpected.
What could it be? Mobile extension support? Enhanced desktop/mobile sync? We’ll find out soon enough, and Talk Android will be bringing you the news as it comes.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.
The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer. Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”
I am still very skeptical on if these new Nexus or Google Edition phones will receive updates as timely as pure Nexus devices, but the very reliable @LlabTooFeR is reporting that the HTC One Nexus Edition will get Android 4.3 within a few weeks after it is released. I would say that it pretty good, but I really wonder if Google, HTC, and most likely Samsung worked together to time this first update to wow people. Google could have introduced 4.3 at Google I/O, but they didn’t. It is very possible they held off to allow HTC and Samsung to get ready. On the other hand, the lack of needing carrier approvals plays a big role for all updates, so if anything else, these devices should get faster updates overall regardless. The real test is going to be the next major update, which is probably Key Lime Pie. Will the Nexus Editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One get those updates within a few weeks? Time will tell.
These days, Sundar Pichai is a very important man. He’s Google’s senior vice president for Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, so he’s probably one of the most equipped people to talk about what’s going on in Mountainview. Earlier today at the D11 conference, Pichai talked about everything from Google as a company in general to today’s news of a stock Android version of HTC One.He explained that he isn’t disappointed that third parties like Samsung and Facebook have so much power in reshaping Android, because Google has services like Google Now and Play Music All Access that others simply cannot match.
You can view the entire interview with Walt Mossberg after the break.
With the current announcement of the two “Nexus Experience” devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, many have wondered what that will do to Google’s Nexus device line. Rest assured as Google’s own Sundar Pichai assures us all that the Nexus line will be alive and well. We can most definitely expect Google to continue, after all the sales of these Nexus devices has never been Google’s number one priority, having a pure Google device out there for developers and enthusiasts is why Google releases these phones/tablets in the first place. I truly feel that the Nexus line is essential and vitally important to Android’s ecosystem.
During the All Things Digital conference Pichai was also candid about Samsung’s huge success in the mobile industry due to Android. While some speculate whether Google should be worried about Samsung overshadowing them, Google and Pichai certainly aren’t and is happy with the success the South Korean company is enjoying. While the same can’t be said about the company that Google actually owns in Motorola, I’m sure Google’s plans for the company has still yet to be seen and with the recent announcement of the Moto X, maybe things may change in the near future.
What do you guys think about Google keeping the Nexus line alive and is happy with what it provides to the Android community as a whole?
Regina Dugan of Motorola/Google showed off some pretty neat things today at the D11 conference in California. Apparently the company is working on an electronic tattoo that can be used for authentication purposes. It is being made by a company called MC10, which Motorola is partnering with. Another similar product she talked about was vitamin authentication. Dugan showed off a pill that can be swallowed, battery-powered by stomach acid, and can produce an 18-bit internal signal essentially making the swallower’s body a living, breathing password. » Read the rest
Google is still a search engine, which is easy to forget underneath the wave of other services they’ve gotten into recently. So today, Google’s unveiled a new feature in its core search engine; nutrition information. According to Google, you’ll be able to search for nutrition information such as “how much protein is in this apple?” or something more complex, like “how many calories are in a burrito?” Google will serve up the information you need and even give you the option to adjust serving sizes or see similar foods. Despite Google Health failing, Google is apparently still interested in keeping you informed about your health decisions. With the inevitable wave of big OEM smartwatches and pedometers, this is probably a smart step to stay ahead of the market for Google. » Read the rest
Starting June 26, the HTC One “Nexus Edition” will be up for sale on the U.S. Google Play Store for $599. This price is lower than the Samsung Galaxy S 4 “Nexus Edition,” which will be on sale for $649. Interesting, especially when considering how many people prefer the HTC One’s hardware to that of the Galaxy S 4. One main reason that consumers purchase the Galaxy S 4 is for the unique user experiences provided by the software, which will obviously be entirely absent in the “Nexus Edition.” Good move by HTC here regarding pricing.
The phone will ship with Android 4.2.2, is expected to upgrade to Android 4.3 when it is available, and will be supported on GSM networks. More info to come.
Well folks, some actual “real” facts have finally surfaced concerning the infamous Motorola X phone. Coming from Motorola’s own Dennis Woodside himself, the device will come out this October and most of it will be built in Fort Worth, Texas. Woodside even gave a slight tease mentioning the device is already in his pocket.
You can expect the device to feature a galore of sensors. One being a sensor that can detect when the device has been taken out of the pocket, and even a sensor that will detect how fast you’re currently traveling if you were to be in a car that way the phone will act differently for safety measures.
Sadly that’s all we know about the device, screen size, processor and everything else is still up in the air. I’m sure more about the device will surface sometime this summer as it will eventually have to pass through the FCC. Stay tuned!
Some Android users have noticed an updated version of the Google Play Store has started to roll out today. The update takes the Play Store up to version 4.1.10. The previous version that was publicly rolled out, and which most people probably have installed, was 4.1.6. With such a small increment in the version number, this is likely just some bug fixes. Some early reports indicate it may address some location issues and some text layout problems.
If you want to give it a try, you can download the .apk using the link below and then manually install the new version. Otherwise, be patient and your device should update itself eventually.