The smartphone battery is one part of our phones that’s fallen a bit behind the technological curve. An Android device can give you answers before you even ask a question, it can register input without actually being touched, or it can make a visually appealing clip out of photos and videos with almost no work from you, but it’s you’re always going to have to worry about charging it at least once a day, with relatively few exceptions. Well, 18 year old Eesha Khare looked into a way to minimize that problem by developing a supercapacitor that can charge phones in under 30 seconds for this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Naturally, something that impressive was bound to catch some attention, and Google has apparently contacted Khare about the technology. She hasn’t disclosed any specifics about what Google has talked to her about, but she has said that she didn’t want to sell her work just yet. The technology she’s working on right now is already built to hold 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, which is 10 times more than the standard battery in our phones today. Needless to say, it’s easy to see why Google would want to figure out how to implement that type of technology in their own devices. Hopefully this won’t be the last of Khare we see in the near future.
It’s no surprise that as the processors for our Android devices get faster, other areas such as the device’s memory get faster as well. That’s why Sandisk has been working behind the scenes on its flash memory technology and recently announced it has begun customer sampling of flash memory products based on its 1Ynm process technology. For those of you not familiar with this technology, Sandisk is able to develop smaller-scale memory cell sizes, allowing for multi-level data storage management schemes which help bring multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips— chips that don’t even come close to compromising performance or reliability when used on our devices out there. So the hope is that this brand-new technology will ultimately bring smaller and less circuitry, while simultaneously bringing high capacity memory units at a lower cost. And hey— who wouldn’t want a more efficient and faster microSD card or other flash memory unit?
No word yet on when this technology will hit the general public yet, but hopefully we’ll see it on our devices sooner than later. Hit the break for the full presser from Sandisk.
If you thought Google’s 15GB of combined free storage for Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos was a good deal, check out Flickr. They not only released a new app, but to entice you to start using the service, they are offering 1-terabyte of free space for both photos and videos. They certainly aren’t fooling around since 1-terabyte is more than enough for a small city of people, let alone an individual person. Of course videos can eat that up pretty quickly, and thankfully they are included.
To give you a perspective, you could take one photo every hour for 40 years and still not fill it up. That’s over 350,000 photos. To further compare things, it would cost you $50 per month for the same 1-terabyte of storage with Google.
As to the app, it’s now at version 2.0 which is on par with the iOS version. Hit the break for the list of features and download links.
As if seeing yesterday’s leaked photo wasn’t enough, we now have video of the Galaxy S 4 Active for your viewing pleasure. The video was captured by an unidentified individual and clearly highlights what we have come to know about the device. As previously described, you can see the device’s red/black sporty profile complimented by the appealing 1080p display and an 8MP camera. Something to note is the fact that the video describes the inclusion of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip inside, though previous indications showed that the device would get a quad-core Snapdragon chip instead— so we’ll need to wait and see what exact chip will be included in the device… which shouldn’t be too much longer now.
We knew that Google I/O was going to be concentrated on development, but we were still surprised that the updated Nexus 7 was missing in action. Turns out the new tab might have made an appearance, but we just didn’t know it at the time. The image above is a slide that was shown during a session on high performance audio. You can clearly see the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, and right smack in the middle is what appears to be a Nexus 7, but it doesn’t look like the current model. The bezel looks smaller and the top and bottom edges are curved.
The first assumption is that it could be a placeholder, but why would they bother with a placeholder? They could just insert the current Nexus 7 in that spot. Just in case you think the image could be fake, we provided the video of the presentation after the break. The slide shows up at the 38:27 mark. Let us know what you think.
Since Google Hangouts was released last week, users haven’t been too happy with the lack of SMS and Google Voice integration. Google has already told us that SMS messaging will be included in the near future, and today a Google member is assuring us that Voice will also be a part of future versions. Nikhyl Singhal, product manager for real time communications at Google, went so far to say on his Google+ profile that Hangouts is “designed to be the future of Google Voice” and that future versions of Hangouts will integrate Google Voice more seamlessly.
In addition, the recent Gmail update that added Hangouts disabled Google Voice outbound calling. On his Google+ account, Singhal added that “outbound/inbound calls will soon be available.” It’s great to see that Google will continue working to add and restore features to their new client that users want, but with Google, it’s hard to expect anything less.
Source: +Nikhyl Singhal
The Google+ Photos enhancements that were announced last week were already available on the web, and they have now been added to the Android app as well.
Auto-backup is added in the update to automatically backup user’s photos taken on their phone to the cloud, of course with permission. Snapseed features are also included. Users can use tweaks like cropping, rotating, and exposure adjustments, as well as the popular filters Snapseed offers. Google’s own “Auto-awesome” feature which was demonstrated at the I/O is also available in the app after the update. Searching for the best photos is also improved in the update, using the new “highlights” feature which allows Google to pick and display the best photos from an album on the main page of that album.
Among the other features the update offers are improved location sharing and automatic related hashtags. You can download the updated app through the link after the break. Read more
Sometimes, an app annoyingly doesn’t allow you to disable its notifications in the app’s settings. Sometimes, an app even gives advertisements through the notifications, which is even more annoying. If you have Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can fortunately disable almost any app’s notifications straight from the device settings. After the break are instructions on how you can get rid of the pesky alerts. Read more