Lambda Labs is a startup company that released a beta facial recognition API for Google Glass last year. Co-founder of the company, Stephen Balaban, says that the next version of the API should be available to developers within a week. Since launching the beta, Balaban says the company sees over 5 million API calls per month and usage by over 1,000 developers. Not too bad for a startup making an API for a product that hasn’t even been released to the public yet.
The new API will allow developers to integrate facial recognition like finding friends in a crowd or making intelligent contacts in your device based on the faces it can recognize. It might sound a little privacy invasive, but it doesn’t do the recognition in real-time. Glass snaps a picture, uploads the picture to a server that handles the recognition, then sends the notification back to the device. Still, it’s a pretty creepy, but cool, thought. Hopefully we’ll hear more about it in the near future.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the X5 smartphone— also known as the world’s thinnest smartphone. This intriguing device is developed by Umeox— a brand that’s quite popular in China, but a fairly relative unknown elsewhere in the world and comes in at 118 x 60 x 5.6mm. The 5.6mm profile effectively makes the device the world’s thinnest smartphone as of this time— taking the title from Huawei’s Ascend P6 for the time being.
Unfortunately, while the device will come in a thin profile, there is little else known about what will be inside of the device— so we don’t know what processor will be used or what type of camera will come with the phone until its July release date. Fortunately— the device will arrive with Jelly Bean loaded up, so that can be a bit of some silver lining for prospective customers out there.
HTC is keeping up the positive momentum in relation to the development of its flagship devices and there’s a new rumor surfacing out there that may continue to keep its competitors on its heels. Reports are coming in that HTC is considering the building of a smartphone with a Liquidmetal casing— which is an alloy nearly resistant to wear and tear. Moreover, HTC would look to keep the possibly use of the material locally by emploring Taiwanese firm Jabon International to provide the Liquidmetal chassis. As of now, Apple is the only manufacturer that has its sights on utilizing this technology in future devices, but the devices wouldn’t appear for a while— meaning HTC could more than certainly have a head start on Apple by introducing Liquidmetal-based devices as early as the second half of 2013.
Well look what the cat dragged in. A Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 onboard just showed up at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website. This means it was just certified. Actually it was certified on May 27th, but what is unusual is the model number. It shows as ME307T, which is the same model number as the original Nexus 7. We all know that a new and improved Nexus 7 is on the way, but I would think that it would have a different model number. As to the version of Android, you will notice the Software Version Number is JWR11, which is assumed to be Android 4.3.
I am not a Bluetooth certification expert, but I highly doubt ASUS would need to re-certify the original Nexus 7 for just Android 4.3, so there has to be newer hardware. Since this information is actually available on the Bluetooth SIG website, we know it can’t be fake. Whatever it is, it’s just one more piece of evidence that we are going to see a new Nexus 7 very soon.
source: Bluetooth SIG
We may see the Nexus 4 as a resounding success, but it appears that LG is possibly throwing in the towel when it comes to the future development for Nexus devices— well for now at least. Contrary to what we’ve heard before, LG Europe Vice President Won Kim asserts “the Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google… However we do not need such a marketing success again“. Additionally, Kim argues that there is no need for the release of a flagship device with stock Android build in. When posed the question regarding the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Edition smartphone, Kim is blunt in his thoughts about that type of device by arguing LG has “no plans to provide our devices like Samsung has now done. This has no added value for us without our own skins“.
So does this mean that LG has its eyes on refining and developing its own unique devices? Not necessarily folks. While speaking with The Next Web, an LG spokesperson confirmed “what Mr. Won Kim said is that we are not currently working on a Nexus 5, which is true. But that doesn’t mean we would turn down the opportunity“. So in essence, there is a possibility that while they aren’t working on the next Nexus device, it doesn’t mean that we’ll never see a future LG-based Nexus device ever again. After all, LG certainly doesn’t want to see its competitors claw back into the hearts of the masses again, right?
source: All About Phones
via: The Next Web
A white Nexus 4 was rumored for a long long time folks, and it’s finally official. LG just announced that it will be available in Hong Kong on May 29 with global introductions such as Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East “over the next several weeks.” It has the same specs as the black Nexus 4 such as a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) True HD IPS Plus display with 320ppi, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, and 2GB of RAM. Nothing was mentioned about Android 4.3, but we expect to see that update soon. Hit the break for the press statement.
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Floating Notifications app adds chat head notifications to all apps
Public beta of Tapatalk 4 released through Google Play
Google to help fund and develop new wireless networks in emerging markets
OUYA console gets unofficial CWM recovery
Facebook introduced something great along with Facebook Home – chat heads. You’re probably already familiar with them, but the general gist of the feature is notification bubbles that appear on the screen, in which you can directly deal with the notification in an overlaying panel. The feature was initially available for only Facebook Messenger, but Paranoid Android expanded the feature to include notifications for all apps in the HALO feature of their ROM. Now a developer by the name of crazyfool_1 has also developed the feature to support all apps with his Floating Notifications app.
Right now, Floating Notifications is a great concept, and supports most apps, but is still a little confusing to use. Set-up is easy, but the controls and gestures are a little hard to get used to, as they aren’t exactly the same as Messenger. Still, the app is pretty cool and worth a download, and you can try it out by downloading the APK from the source link. Try it out and let us know what you think.
Source: XDA Developers
The Nexus 4 has been spotted many, many times in white. Let’s add another appearance to the list. A white 16 GB version of Google’s phone is reportedly on sale from “local retailers” in India. With the same specs sheet as the black version, the white phone is available for 360 euros, close to the 349 euros the black version runs for.
It’s unknown if the phone will come with Android 4.2 or the upcoming 4.3, but the phone is rumored to be announced by Google along with Android 4.3 and a Nexus 7 tablet on June 10. We’ll be here providing you with all the information you need.
Source: Into Mobile
via: Tutto Android
The unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might feature an enhanced camera, according to a report. According to the report, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a technology with capabilities to reduce motion blur when taking pictures or recording video, will be included in the upcoming phone. 3x optical zoom was also considered, but seems improbable as it would increase the thickness of the device. Many phones today already have software-based image stabilization, but OIS technology would actually deal with issues caused by motion at the lens or sensor level.
It’s not surprising that Samsung is improving camera features, as they are reportedly launching a camera-focused Galaxy S 4 Zoom with a 16-megapixel camera in the near future. Stay tuned to TalkAndroid as we continue to learn details of the Note 3.
Source: Electronic Times
Via: Android Authority
Lately, we’ve seen Google make more of a push at getting new customers connected to the internet instead of pushing any one particular product on them. It’s a sensible business strategy for a company that sells ad space on the internet, as the more people that have access to reliable internet, the more potential customers Google can serve ads to.
On the heels of beefing up their Google Fiber rollout, Google is deeply committed to building up new wireless networks in developing markets that don’t have access to a wired internet connection otherwise. Sources close to Google say that the search giant is planning to team up with local telecoms and equipment providers to get the ball rolling, but they weren’t clear on if any deals were already in place. Building up these networks is said to be able to connect almost a billion new people to the internet.
It’s a smart business move for Google, but it’s also going to help a ton of new people gain access to new technology and information, which is always great to see.
source: Wall Street Journal
The ZTE Grand S was an incredibly impressive phone we got to see at CES this year. At CES, ZTE’s head of North American operations, Lixen Cheng, said he was confident the device would arrive in the United States before the end of the year, but it looks like ZTE wasn’t able to keep that promise. The latest reports have the device slated to hit North American shores sometime in 2014 due to issues with national carriers.
ZTE has had considerable success in the prepaid markets, but that success hasn’t been mirrored on the postpaid side of things. The Grand S would have been a good step in the right direction for the company, but if the device launches next year, it will be long outdated by whatever the big OEMs have cooked up at the time. Hopefully we’ll see ZTE get something high end over here in the near future, whether or not it’s the Grand S.
Do you live in Switzerland, want a Samsung Galaxy S 4 and have a large attention span? If you answered yes to all of those questions, you may be able to win Samsung’s latest flagship by merely staring at it’s gorgeous screen for one hour. Swiss carrier Swisscom has teamed up with Samsung to bring a very cool challenge to various Swiss cities. Participants will be asked to stare at the S 4 for one hour straight and if their concentration is broken, they are disqualified.
If it runs Android, it’s going to be tinkered with. The new, yet-to-be-released OUYA console is no exception. Some devs on XDA have officially unofficially ported CWM recovery to the little gaming box. This opens the doors for flashing custom ROMs and kernels on the box, although since the device is really aimed at controlling your TV, I wouldn’t expect to see too many ROMs for the OUYA. Performance-tuned kernels are definitely possible, though.
The device will need to be rooted first, but if you’re interested, hit the links below to check out how it’s done.
Popular forum app Tapatalk has a new version out today that users may want to check out. The public beta of Tapatalk 4 was released overnight. The new version introduces a new UI that heavily incorporates the Android HOLO guidelines. These include features like the sliding menu tray from the left edge of the screen and a Google Now card-like layout.