Google IO 2016 Coverage

Geeksphone provides more info on the Revolution smartphone

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Last week, we saw a leak of the Geeksphone Revolution, and today they released more details. The Revolution will be a dual-OS smartphone running both Android and Firefox. Android will be the default OS, but users will be able to switch to Boot2Gecko by Mozilla using their own MultiOS technology. You can use another ROM of choice in place of Mozilla, plus you will stay updated thanks to their 1-click OTA system. Boot2Gecko is just a brand name and operates the same as Firefox, but due to the fact that “Firefox” can’t be licensed to independent manufacturers, that is the name Geesksphone chose.

As far as specs go, it has a 4.7-inch (unknown resolution) IPS display, a 1.6GHz Dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and 2,000mAh battery.

source: Geeksphone
via: PhoneArena

Why did the Google-Motorola marriage end so quickly?

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Sometimes the tech world surprises us, and yesterday’s announcement that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo was just another example. At the same time, let’s not forget that the same people that were shocked yesterday were almost equally as shocked when Google bought Motorola for a lot more than they sold them for. Now that Google decided to divorce so quickly, it almost seems as if this marriage was a result of a drunken Las Vegas weekend. Or maybe both parties had the right intentions, but just like with many marriages, they don’t always work out. So you part ways, and keep the stuff that you want and move on. That’s exactly what Google did.

So why did Google buy Motorola in the first place? Was it the patents? Everyone seems to think so, but if that was the case, couldn’t they have just bought the damn patents? I am sure patents were part of the equation, but Motorola was an American innovative company that had a lot of talent. Google knew of things that Motorola was working on long before we reported on them (ie modular phones), and they probably thought the organization would make a great fit. However, Google was never a hardware company, so they allowed it to run separately.

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Samsung device appears in Bangalore for testing, could be Galaxy Tab 4

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Zauba, an Indian website listing imports and exports, listed a device titled “SM-T330” as having arrived in Bangalore for testing. Sporting an eight-inch display, the same device recently underwent Bluetooth certification. The model number suggests that the device could be the Galaxy Tab 3’s successor, the Galaxy Tab 4, but we’ll know for sure soon enough.

Source: SamMobile

 

Lenovo chimes in on deal to buy Motorola

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Yesterday Android fans around the world were stunned by news that Google had agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo in a deal valued at $2.91 Billion dollars. Many have been wondering why Google would agree to such a move after only a couple years of ownership and signs that Motorola was gaining in popularity. On the flip side, the question is out there regarding what Lenovo hopes to gain from the deal. In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and CFO Wong Wai Ming shared some of the thought process and what Lenovo has planned for the future with Motorola. Read more

Google adds ability to scan loyalty cards to Google Wallet app

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Google has announced a new feature for their Google Wallet app, the ability to scan a loyalty card with your device’s camera in order to add it to the wallet. According to Google, once you grab a pic of the card with your smartphone or tablet, the app will auto-populate the appropriate data fields. Currently the app will let you scan the barcode to add that to your wallet, but does not add the rest of the information like the merchant name or type of program. Google also indicated in their posting on their Google+ page that the program will now alert you via a notification if you are close to any merchants you have stored. Google says the update will be rolling out over the next few days and includes support for Android 4.0 or higher.

source: +Google Wallet

 

Lenovo rumored to make one of the last Nexus devices

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Now that Lenovo is set to acquire Motorola, everyone is wondering what’s going to happen with that new partnership. The latest leak comes from Eldar Murtazin, the same guy responsible for dropping the hint that Google would be ending the Nexus program.

Murtazin has tweeted that Lenovo will be responsible for making one of the last Nexus devices this year, and that it’s going to be aimed at the US market instead of Lenovo’s home market in China. Now, he only said Nexus “product” so while it’s obviously going to be some kind of electronic device, it could be a tablet, a phone, a follow-up to the Nexus Q, or anything else that Google might be wanting to try. Since Motorola doesn’t have much experience in the tablet space, I would think this means phone, but anything could happen.

Either way, we’re sure to start hearing rumors about Lenovo’s first phone with Motorola in a few months. Maybe we’ll hear more about Google extending the Nexus program, too.

source: @eldarmurtazin

Google didn’t really lose out on this Motorola deal with Lenovo

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When the news that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion broke out of the blue people were stunned. Some people threatened to sell their Moto X and Moto G phones. Others threatened to never buy another Motorola product ever again. Others, well, others thought that Google lost out big time on the deal. If you base the sale on simple math, then yes, Google lost roughly $10 billion in this sale making it a big flop in terms of acquisitions. So let’s break down the math.

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PDF and EPUB support are back with Google Play Books update

Google_Play_Books_Cyber_Monday_Deal_2013Many people rejoiced when Google finally added PDF and EPUB support to Google Play Books. In a short time, another update removed that functionality. When asked why, Google said that the feature was “experimental” and would “return at a later time.” The Mountain View company made good on that promise, as PDF support is now back with this current update. All you have to do is enable it:

“Enable PDF support in Settings, then touch a file in email or Downloads and choose Upload to Play Books.”

Besides PDF support, there are visual, performance and bug fixes all around. Settings and help were moved to the main menu as well. We have the download link and QR code after the break.

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Samsung working on an app called Life Times

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While Samsung and Google are getting all chummy these days, Samsung is still working on apps of its own. Currently, an app called Life Times is in the works. Not to be confused with the television channel, it appears to be a diary of sorts. This diary pulls information from a host of other apps and events. This information is then put into a centralized place so users can see the things they’ve been recently up to. Think of it as Story Albums 2.0. Although it remains to be seen if Story Albums will actually be replaced.

The app will include information from all your social networks, as well as, messages, missed phone calls and photos. It looks to follow Google’s design guidelines. We’re not sure if it will be on the Galaxy S5 but with the hints at the new Magazine UI, we wouldn’t be surprised. There’s a gallery after the break.

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