Schmidt Says “A Lot More Focus On Android” With The Future Of Motorola Mobility

The world is eagerly awaiting to see what Google does now that the company has successfully acquired Motorola Mobility, especially OEM’s like LG, HTC, Samsung and more.  Who can blame them for thinking there’s a possibility that Motorola could gain the upper hand if they obtain inside access to Android’s latest builds of the operating system?  And while though Google’s plans are still unknown to the masses, there are still rumors afloat that the search giant may consider selling off the handset portion to Huawei as well as the cable box portion to another lucky bidder.  In recent news, The Guardian has quoted Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, stating that Motorola will have “more investment in products and a lot more focus on Android and the tools even than they have today.”  This seems to be corroborated with what newly-appointed Motorola Mobility CEO, Dennis Woodside, stated when the deal was final.

“Google has always been interested in hardware” and “my job is to make Motorola as successful as possible and deliver innovative hardware as a licensee of Android.”

So, here’s to hoping Motorola gets back on track quickly when it comes to smartphone product quality, innovation, services and sales.  We’ll be keeping a close eye on the company so as to track their movement going forward, so stay tuned and feel free to offer up your own opinion in the comments section below.

source: The Verge

Google Officially Brings In-App Subscriptions To Android

 

True to making things just a little simpler and easier for all, Google has officially enabled in-app subscriptions in its Play Store. While in-app billing brought developers “more ways to sell and engage users over the lifetime of their apps”, subscriptions will now give developers the ability to charge a monthly fee in order to have premium content in a product. The good thing is that in-app subscriptions aren’t just limited to games as you might imagine— Google has confirmed that there is the ability to subscribe to items such as a publications too.

Google also makes it simple to allow users to not only use, but extend their subscriptions to whatever service it is they are using. It has confirmed developers can offer users the ability to carry their subscriptions across multiple properties, services, or campaigns by introducing a useful API. This API can extend access from their Android apps to their web properties, based on subscriptions that are purchased on Google Play. Pretty cool indeed.

As of now, the addition is limited to Play Store version 3.5 users only. Also, there’s a small number of titles supporting this with Glu Mobile and its Frontline Commando property to start off with— but you can bet you’ll be seeing your favorite news publication or magazine or app take advantage of this service as well.

source: Android Developers Blog

Toshiba UK Launches their latest Android 4.0 Tablet, the AT300

The Toshiba AT300 is now official in the UK. This Anroid tablet has a nice, think, sleek, brushed aluminum design, and we are assured that it’s size will not compromize its power or performance. It hits the UK packed with  Android 4.0 ICS, a 1280×800 10.1-inch LED-backlit display with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection from scratches, Nvidia Tegra 3 power plant, optional 16GB/32GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 2-megapixel front-facing. Take a good look at the images below for a view of what holds all this hardware together.

 

 

Grab the leaked 1.85.502 Update for the AT&T HTC One X

Following in the footsteps of the previously released Wi-Fi bugfix for the AT&T HTC One X, users now have the option to manually update to the recently leaked RUU. As it goes with all HTC RUU’s, you will need to download the file to a Windows computer with the proper drivers installed, set your device to “charge only,” enable “USB Debuging” and run the .exe file. We have yet to see any reports on whether or not this improves anything other that a few bugfixes but it does in fact break all current rooting methods so you may want to wait this one out. Not much is known about this update and it’s not likely to be the final version so please proceed at your own risk. If you feel gutsy enough to give it a go, please let us know what you find out! Thanks to BriefMobile, you can grab the file through the links below.

RUU_Evita_UL_Cingular_US_1.85.502.3.exe (mirror 1) (mirror 2)

source: BriefMobile

In Case You Forgot: Because We May Sale Is Officially On Until June 1st

Hopefully you all haven’t forgotten the best way to kick off the holiday weekend— but in case you have, we’ll give you a quick reminder of what it is. You may recall we mentioned how Because We May would be celebrating the successes of games from various developers by creating a massive week-long sale of select titles starting today in the Play Store. Well, the sale is officially on and gamers are flocking to app stores to grab premium games as we speak. Originally there was 39 titles planned for the Google Play Store, but now there are 61 titles. Oh and the list of titles are a doozy too. Hit the break for the complete list.


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Google Buys Raspberry Pi and Arduino Units for UK Classrooms

Google’s Eric Schmidt has made it known that cash will be available through its investment into Teach First for UK Computer Teachers. This money would be available for teachers to purchase Raspberry Pi and Arduino units for UK classrooms. This announcement was made at the UK Science Museum where we was to talk about Mountain View and the charity’s partnership. The charity is known for taking top university grads and placing them in schools to teach disadvantaged children. Funding for over a hundred places was made possible as Schmidt aims to push computer scientists to reintroduce principles of engineering to students. Who knows, maybe the reteaching of engineering principles today will shape the Project Glass type projects of tomorrow.

 

source: BBC News
via: Engadget

Updated Google+ App Gets a Visual Make Over and Makes Hangouts Easier to Launch

While I may not post much on Google+ I do use the app on a daily basis. It keeps me checked in to the various Android happenings (like TalkAndroid) out there as well as my close friends who only use that network. However the kicker is, while the app is useful it just feels there and not really too polished. But all that has changed as the new Google+ experience has hit Android. Here’s what you’ll see in the new update:

 

  • - Visual refresh of the stream and improved navigation
  • - Initiate a Hangout from the main menu
  • - Support for ringing hangout notification
  • - Support for post editing
  • - Messenger suggestions for people you may know
  • - Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations

If you’re interested in picking this up we have the QR Code and Google Play Store link after the break. I like the idea of easily being able to access hangout and having Google+ look more natural to the ICS environment. If you haven’t already done so, hit the links below. Enjoy!


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And the winner of the ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack for Week 2 is…..

As you know, we have three ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to hand out. We’ve already given out our 1st pack, we just finished week two. Congratulations goes out to Andrew Kuczkowski who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Andrew voted Zen Pinball THD for best graphics.

Don’t forget we still have one more prize pack to hand out. We will get that one started later today, but please make sure to head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site to get more votes in. They are giving away seven of these same prize packs so by voting there as well, it gives you more opportunities to win one of these awesome prizes. Voting ends on May 31st.

Thanks to everyone for playing and good luck on Week 3!!

 

NVIDIA Icera 410 LTE chipset validated for AT&T network

Looks like NVIDIA is wanting a piece of the 4G LTE market. At this point to be exact, the AT&T market. Today it was announced via an NVIDIA press release that the NVIDIA  Icera 410 LTE modem chipset has been validated by AT&T to be used in their devices. NVIDIA touts that this chipset will deliver “lightning-fast” web browsing, media streaming and gaming to future AT&T devices. Also noted is that we should start seeing this hardware in this year’s devices. Well AT&T, we’re halfway through 2012, let’s see if you can bring it.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Sony Xperia P, U, and Sola Now Available In Most Regions Across the Globe

During MWC this year Sony made the world aware of the Xperia P and Xperia U with the Xperia Sola being announced a few weeks after. While initially released only in Asia they are now available across the globe. Slated as low to mid-range devices they’re appearing to round out Sony‘s 2012 line. All three carry Gingerbread with hopes that the ICS update that’s on track for next month gets released on time. What’s neat is that the Xperia Sola is sporting the “floating touch” technology announced the same time the phone was.

The Xperia U will be available on O2, Three, T-Mobile and Orange while the Xperia P will be seen O2′s network. While the Sola hasn’t been announced on any major carriers I would be surprised if none of them picked it up. The Xperia P will run you £320 (roughly $500) and the U will run £170 (roughly $270). The Sola will be available for £250 (roughly $390). But if you’re somewhere across the globe and are interested in one of these devices then hit the source link below to find the best deal!

 

source: Xperia Blog