Google’s head honcho Larry Page took some time recently to give his formal update on all things Google for 2012, including the Android platform. In an unsurprisingly bright outlook, Page expresses his excitement for Android specifically by sharing how the platform is not only on fire, but:
” The pace of mobile innovation has never been greater. Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers. Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version. The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device. Whether it’s on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly”.
He also adds that Android users are able to do a ton of actions ranging from “searching for something” or “turning your phone into a wallet”. Furthermore, he highlights the ability to access information anywhere and everywhere by stating:
“As devices multiply and usage changes (many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine), it becomes more and more important to ensure that people can access all of their stuff anywhere… so I am excited about products like Gmail and Google Docs that work well across Android and desktop. With Chrome now recently available on Android, switching devices becomes painless, too, because all of your tabs are just there across your desktop and Android. And with Google Play, movies, books, apps, and games are all accessible from the Web or an Android device—no cables, downloading, or syncing required. I think there is a theme here”!
Finally he shares a quick tidbit on the recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. He shares that Google is “excited about the opportunities to build great devices capitalizing on the tremendous success and growth of Android and Motorola’s long history of technological innovation.”
We’re excited too Mr. Page– believe us.
source: Google Investor Relations
Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:
“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.
Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be “provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.
It’s that bitter-sweet moment that follows a lot of OS updates. You boot up for the first time to find all the new features and bug fixes you were hoping to see, all is well in the world. Inevitably, for every 5 or 6 bugs fixed there’s a new one that reveals itself that wasn’t there before, now where’s my pitchfork?
The GSM Galaxy Nexus saw a world wide OTA push of the latest Android 4.0.4 which brought with it some minor improvements such as faster multitasking, a new power-button menu, quicker changing of screen orientation etc however what wasn’t advertised as part of the update was sketchy signal problems. The issue specifically causes a complete loss of signal in otherwise strong signal areas which prevents the ability to make or receive calls and texts. Widespread reports of the issue first surfaced over at the XDA developers forum and have since progressed to a confirmed listed on Google’s support page.
Interestingly I have not personally ran into the problem on my GSM Galaxy Nexus since I updated to 4.0.4 however I am UK based so I’m not sure if that has any significance to the occurrence of the issue. I expect Google will be working round the clock to bring a timely 4.0.5 update that will fix the issue, here’s hoping it doesn’t bring another unexpected gremlin along with it!
You can click the link below to head over to the Google website and report the issue if you’ve been effected by signal loss following the 4.0.4 update.
source : Google
The great thing about the Android platform is the fact it allows us to tinker and modify our devices, despite certain OEMs and carriers making a clear effort to deter us from doing such sinful acts. While HTC has given us some ability to unlock its devices, we do know that some very intelligent and crafty individuals are hard at work trying to make newer HTC devices (and other OEMs for that matter) more accessible to us– the common people, in the meantime. That’s why an anonymous person who has that mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone is ready to make the device just a little more interesting. Apparently he or she bought a prototype of the smartphone with full S-OFF in the bootloader. While the anonymous person may not be able to do anything on his or her own, the development community is sought upon to try and throw in their two cents on how to crack the additional codes in the phone. Ladies and gents— if the lucky owner and other developers are able to crack the code of the phone, we may just see a new world of potential for the device… sooner than we think. Stay tuned for further developments on this noteworthy story everyone!
We’ve been hearing rumors of a Google tablet lately, which could be called a Nexus or possibly even the Google Play. Everything seems to point towards ASUS being the manufacturer of choice (ASUS Memo 370T pictured above), and we’ve also heard that Google may sell it on their own from either their own site or possibly the Play Store. We were hoping for a release in May, but the latest reports are now saying it has been pushed back to July due to some design changes. Supposedly Google is hoping with these design changes, they will be able to get the price down from the rumored $249 level. Some are also speculating that the delay is for Jelly Bean, which I think is very unlikely. Unless Jelly Bean is a tablet-only OS (like Honeycomb), I just don’t see it. The rumor specs are still the same: A 7-inch screen and a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. If this July release holds, I think it’s just about guaranteed that it will be announced at Google I/O and will most likely be the “Free” gift handed out to attendees.
Perhaps the future really is now. Just hours after Google gave the world a glimpse of the future with the Project Glass announcement, the augmented reality glasses have already been spotted out in public on none other than Google co-founder Sergey Brin himself. Sergey showed up to the ‘Dining in the Dark’ charity event at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco sporting the prototype that is reportedly in testing right now. Sergey was more than happy to pose for photos and discuss the project however he politely declined any requests for a quick sample of the equipment!
The prototype model appears to look exactly like the images used for the official announcement. They don’t look that different from your average spectacles and appear compact and lightweight. If they function even half as well as the promo video suggests, this could be a huge advance in mobile communications.
We have a whole bunch of questions we’d love to have answered such as when can we get our hands on these and how much will they cost? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out. In the meantime, check out the photos that tech reporter Robert Scoble managed to snap and be sure to let us know your thoughts on Google’s exciting new project.
source : electronista
via : Robert Scoble
Well what do we have here? AT&T is certainly looking like it’s intent makegood on its promise to update all of its Samsung devices to Android 4.0 in a timely fashion, aren’t they? We just saw one sample of ICS on the Galaxy Note a few days ago, now it’s time for the Galaxy S II to get a taste of ICS glory. An early, but “official” build of the upcoming update has leaked out and is shown to you in all its glory thanks to the gang at XDA. This build shows the firmware is version ICS UCPLC5 which contains Android 4.0.3. In addition, this leaked build is also rooted and deodexed for your tinkering pleasure.
If you’re feeling a little curious and/or lucky, why not hit the source link to download the build and give it a whirl? Be sure to let us know what you think.
We already knew that wireless distributor Brightstar announced they were bringing the Sony Xperia P, U, and S phones to the U.S. Now it looks as if the first of those, the Xperia P, has made it to the FCC to begin its paperwork journey to approval. From the FCC’s report, we know the phone will support the following:
- Quadband GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900)
- HSPA capability
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- RFID (NFC)
Nothing specific about which carrier will pick it up. Now we have to see if the Xperia U and S follow suit.
First, Best Buy said the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and HTC Rezound would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich on April 4th. When that didn’t happen, Motorola Mobility tweeted that yes, the RAZR and MAXX would indeed be getting ICS, but no official date had been announced. Right after that, a soak test for the two Motorola handsets started, but it was just a bug fix build… still not ICS.
Now, Best Buy has updated their systems with the following:
Updated April 4: The Motorola RAZRs (32GB and 16GB) and MAXX updates scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 have been delayed. Watch Employee News for more details.
Software updates are coming for Verizon handsets next week to bring the OS to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Updates will be delivered via standard Over the Air (OTA) update.
- Friday, April 6: HTC Rezound
It’s interesting that Best Buy would say that ICS has been delayed since Motorola is saying an official date has yet to be announced. More than likely, Best Buy knew of the April 4th soak test update and assumed it would be ICS, not the bug-fixing 6.12.181 build. But apparently the HTC Rezound is still on track for an April 6th ICS update. Or at least that’s when Best Buy thinks it will happen. That’s pretty much right now, so owners of the Rezound can start checking for updates! Did you get it yet?
We’ve already seen some prototypes of curved glass and flexible screens, but how do you make them touch-enabled? With XSense, from touchscreen company Atmel. XSense is a film-based touch sensor that is flexible and thin enough to be curved and twisted into any shape while remaining accurate. Technology like this will allow manufacturers to create devices with screens that curve around the edges with touchable controls on the curves. Think edgeless devices with no bezel to speak of, or watches that curve around your wrist and are entirely touch-enabled. The possibilities are intriguing.
Check out the cool concept video after the break.