Intel is preparing to launch Africa’s first Android device powered by an Intel chip, to be called the Intel Yolo. It will run on their latest Lexington platform, and boasts a 1.2 GHz Atom processor, complete with Intel’s signature hyper-threading technology. Aside from that, you’ll be getting a 3.5-inch screen, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0.4, and the increasingly rare micro-SD card slot. It’s not impressive even by last year’s standards, but it’s priced at $125, so it isn’t really aimed at competing with an HTC M7 or Galaxy S IV. It’ll make a splash in Kenya first, but inevitably end up in a few other markets as time goes on. Anybody planning on picking up a phone called the Yolo?
Last month OUYA start shipping their forthcoming gaming console to developers so they could start to get a feel for what needed to be improved. OUYA says they received a ton of comments and feedback on what would make the game controller even better. OUYA has taken the comments to heart and announced today several changes and improvements to the gaming console for the newest iteration.
We have seen quite a bit of chatter about the Huawei Ascend Mate, the smartphone maker’s entry into the supersize phone market. That is not the only device that may be of interest to consumers, especially those looking for something more in line with the size of a traditional smartphone. A new render intended for press materials has surfaced showing the Huawei Ascend P2, the successor to the Ascend P1 that was recently made available to U.S. customers via Amazon.
We recently reported that Google Glass is still very much in the development stage with lots of features and capabilities in flux. Well, one new feature that may or may not make it into the final release of Google’s wearable computer is bone-conduction audio capabilities. A new patent recently filed by the Mountain View company shows us how Google plans to get audio output from the glasses to your ear-drum: by rattling it through your skull! For those of you who aren’t aware, bone-conduction is the process of sending sound waves to the ear drum not through the air, but through a dense material…in this case, your cranium. This is a good solution, because you won’t have to wear an additional ear-bud to hear your notifications, music, or phone calls. It also keeps your audio from being broadcasted through a speaker for the whole world to hear. We’ll have to wait and see if this feature is just another good idea that’ll never see the light of day, or if it’ll make it into the final commercial product of Google Glass. Here’s to hoping for the latter.
Source: US Patent and Trademark Office
Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, said Google is closing its once open ecosystem as Android faces increased fragmentation. Elop was discussing the company’s 4th quarter earnings at a press conference when the topic turned to Google. Elop said, “The situation that Android is facing, where the amount of fragmentation that you’re seeing is increasing as people take it in different directions, is of course offset by Google’s efforts to turn an open ecosystem into something that’s quite a bit more closed as you’ve seen quite recently.”
Elop is not alone in his critique of Google’s recent “openness” decisions. Earlier this month Google blocked Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps via the browser but later restored access. Google has also announced it will drop support for Exchange ActiveSync which Microsoft uses to offer push email for Gmail users on Windows Phone. iOS devices also use ActiveSync but they’ll still be able to get push email via Google’s Gmail app for iOS. Google released Maps for iOS but has said it will not develop apps for Windows 8. It’s unclear whether Google is actually moving toward a closed ecosystem but there is little doubt they are playing hardball when it comes to Microsoft and, by extension, Nokia.
Source: The Verge
I think 2013 is going to be the year of the smartwatch. We’ve already seen a few from other companies, and we’d heard Google may be stepping into the market with them. Well, it looks like Google is definitely going to try to turn that smartwatch patent into a reality, and at this point they’re actively looking for ways to market the device. This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, since we’ve all seen that Project Glass is Google’s next big project, and other smartwatches have had some decent success gaining popularity. With Google’s ability to give you information before you even ask for it, they’d definitely have a leg up on the competition if they do go through with a smartwatch. Who knows, maybe wearable technology is going to replace all of our little handheld phones in the near future?
source: Business Insider
During the course of the past year we have kept an eye on the popular Kickstarter project to bring to market the Pebble smartwatch. The Pebble is a digital watch intended to connect wirelessly using Bluetooth to an owner’s smartphone, both iOS and Android flavored. The Pebble will alert the wearer with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. Users can also install a variety of apps to increase the usefulness of the device. The Kickstarter project was a huge success generating $10 million versus the original goal of only $100,000. After showing off the device at CES 2013, Pebble is now taking pre-orders and word is those who help fund the Kickstarter project are starting to receive their devices.
The new app available in the Google Play Store gives users a dashboard to the Pebble, enabling them to install or remove watchfaces, send test messages to the Pebble, troubleshoot issues, and get notifications regarding updates. To get the app, use the link below to head over to the Google Play Store. If you need to order a Pebble, point your browser to www.getpebble.com.
Google Play Download Link
I know a lot of you are always looking for good apps for your kids so you might want to check out The Animal Game from Wicker Giraffe. It’s a very simple game that teaches your child about animals, but more importantly, it teaches them how to spell and promotes cognitive and phonetic development.
Upon entering the game your child can choose either land or sea animals (over 40 in all). For each round they are given a silhouette of an animal, and even as an adult it’s not always so obvious as to what animal it is. They will also see how many letters make up the animal name along with twelve letters to choose from at the bottom. All the letters required to spell the animal name are included in those twelve letters. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s your child’s job to figure out what animal it is and spell it.
As promised by Koush, the 3rd and final Beta version of Carbon Android App Sync and Backup is now available. This version brings support for non rooted devices, the Box cloud service, notifications, and a cancel option. For those of you that aren’t rooted, you will need to download and install the new Windows desktop app.
We should see the final version hit the Google Play Store around January 30th because that’s when this version will stop working. Hit the source link for more information and/or to download the files.
source: +Koushik Dutta (Koush)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will definitely be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, but if your want a better look at it a little early, we have some pictures for you. As a reminder it will feature an 8-inch (1280 x 800) Super Clear TFT display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, microSD, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 4,600mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It goes under the codename “Kona” and it will have the following model numbers, GT-N5100 and GT-N5110. There are two models to designate the WiFi-only version and the 3G/WiFi version. Hit the break for some more pics courtesy of DDAY.it.