Don’t panic, Google isn’t about to drop support for mobile devices anytime soon. Matias Duarte, Chief Android designer, did say “mobile as a concept is actually dead,” but he didn’t mean mobile devices.
Speaking at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge, Matias meant that apps need to be designed for multiple screens as in developers shouldn’t be creating different apps for each device. I think what he is saying is far deeper than worrying about 5-inch displays and 10-inch displays. I do believe the future mission is to create apps that work on both Chrome and Android, thus the convergence of the two. So for example, an app might work in Chrome OS, and the very same app would work on your phone and tablet. Mobile shouldn’t be thought of as a separate category anymore.
The full 37 minute interview can be seen after the break.
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Apple vs Samsung
Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features
Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated
Galaxy S 5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600
Humble Mobile Bundle 5 launched with 6 games
We last heard from MediaTek back in February when they announced their MT6732 chipset, bringing 64-bit and LTE support to the table. Now, the company has just showcased the MT6595, a 32-bit chip, at the China Information Technology Expo that took place over the weekend.
Samsung is not setting low expectations for the brand new Galaxy S 5. When the device was announced, the general reaction was that it did not offer any exceeding advantages over last year’s Galaxy S 4; however, the Galaxy S 5 experienced a very good global launch.
Now a report out of South Korea has Samsung’s target for the device’s sales at 35 million for this quarter. Quite an ambitious number, but is anyone really surprised? Regardless of what people say, Samsung has a magic touch when it comes to sales. They sell a massive amount of devices each quarter and the company expects the GS5 to do the same this quarter.
Source: Korea Times
Via: Phone Arena
The wearables game is always getting more and more competitive. But when you look deeper into it, smart glasses aren’t all that common. The most notable device is Google Glass, of course. But that could all be changing. Samsung, who enters just about any market possible, has a patent that reveals a Glass-like device.
As you can see in the image above, Samsung would keep the device’s design very simple. Rather than wearing it like a pair of glasses, this wearable would be worn on an ear with a built-in earbud. The display extends forward to be in front of the users eye. And the display can be moved out of the way when not in use. Whether or not this device ever gets released is unknown, but do be prepared if Samsung does decide to do so.
Source: KIPRIS (PDF)
Vivo’s previously rumored Xshot has finally had its camera hardware revealed, and it looks pretty impressive at first glance. The Xshot will sport a Sony 24 megapixel rear camera along with a great f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, plus dual LED flash. It will be capable of shooting 3D pictures as well as 4k video, and the dedicated camera button makes a return on the side of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially launched last Friday, but not everyone is able to get the device just yet. Ting Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, won’t be able to offer the device until after Sprint has, but today they started taking pre-orders for the device. These orders are set to ship in May.
The Galaxy S5 is being sold by Ting for $597, which is lower than the full retail price being offered by AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Ting offers low monthly rates to its customers, but because of this they cannot offer subsidized phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon was found to be missing the Download Booster feature, which combines the use of WiFi and LTE connections to download large files, and which Samsung has been showing off ever since their latest flagship was released.
Users of the Verizon and AT&T variants of the device will be happy to know that there is a work-around to the feature being hidden – all they have to do is install a third party launcher (such as NOVA) and create a shortcut to it. Despite this, we still don’t know if the Download Booster actually works using this workaround. A line of code could be inserted enable the feature to work natively, but this code cannot be added because of the fact that there is currently no root exploit for either device.
Source: XDA Developers
Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen.
People always wonder what projects Google’s secret division dubbed as “Google X” considers each year. Thankfully, a couple members of this secret Google division came out and discussed some of the projects that were talked about. Hoverboards, teleportation and space elevators were all talked about and while it seems very far-fetched and a far reach, you have to reach for the stars in order to achieve something great, right?
While it’s not practical for the technology we currently have, I like the idea that Google at least talks about these ideas. Lets face it, ever since we all saw “Back to the Future 2,” I think it’s safe to say we all have wished for hoverboards to be invented someday. While the projects of teleportation and space elevators have been shelved due to the high cost of money and the need to break certain laws of physics, who knows, maybe we’ll see these projects being revisited in the decades to come?
source: Fast Company
Humble Bundle today launched their 5th mobile bundle, feature 6 great games – Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Bag It!, Carcassonne, The Cave, The Room Two, and R-Type II. You can get three of the games for whatever you want to pay, but if you purchase all 6 you’ll still be paying more than what you pay for the bundle.
The bundle comes in at $20, which averages out to less than $4 per game. In fact, the bundle includes 3 games that cost $4.99 each. Not only that, but a portion of the money made will go to charity. Hit the source link to buy the bundle for yourself!
Source: Humble Bundle
Project Ara keeps making a ton of progress. A finished prototype is expected to be ready by the end of this month. In case you were unaware, Project Ara is a device that uses modules to function properly. Simply input different modules for different purposes. The folks at The Verge were able to get an inside look at what Google and the Project Ara team have been up to. The end goal for Google to have a brand new industry in its hands.
Contrary to popular belief, the Amazon smartphone isn’t an urban legend. We have been hearing for years of an Amazon phone, but this time it looks as though it’s for real. Not only that, there might actually be two phones in the works.
The photos above and below represent a prototype so expect the finished product to look very different. As you can see, a protective shell is around it to hide certain features. This unnamed device is expected to include a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear main camera, front facing camera, and of course a fully forked version of Android.
Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely sound like smartphones. The V could be a different line from Samsung’s traditional Galaxy S line, and the Galaxy Adore sounds like it could be a phone geared towards women. Galaxy S Fitness could either be a wearable fitness device, or it could possibly be a service that ties into S Health.
Samsung typically announces these things soon after filing for trademarks, so expect some news about this stuff in the near future.
In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device.