As soon as the announcement that Google sold off Motorola to Lenovo hit, the immediate thought was that Google is out of the hardware business. That is not the case. Maybe Google didn’t want to be in the smartphone business, at least in its current state. Smartphones are a commodity, and Samsung and Apple control the market.
Google kept Motorola’s Advanced Technology team which means Project Ara stays with Google. This clearly indicates that Google is committed to future hardware. Google’s purchase of Nest is another indicator. Although Nest makes a great thermostat, it’s not the main reason for the purchase. It is the product team, and today we are learning that Google has big plans for this team.
We were already pretty sure that the next big installment of Samsung’s Galaxy series would be called the Galaxy S5, and a recent tweet by @evleaks suggests that the rumors are true. The device is coming soon, and although we don’t know much about it, a second tweet from @evleaks showed an image of an .apk file with the word “QHD” in the file name. (3DTourViewer_WQHD_K.apk.) This may or may not have to do with the fact that the phone could come with a QHD display, but if it does, that’s a pretty big deal. We’ll see soon enough.
Sources: @evleaks 1 / @evleaks 2
You may be thinking it is too soon for The Walking Dead as the mid-season debut is still a couple weeks away, but lo and behold the Google TV platform is still lurking around and Google is still keeping it animated at a basic level. A couple apps key to Google TV have received an update proving the platform is not quite dead yet. The latest updates hit Google Play today and bring a few improvements to some basic search functions. Read more
If the APK file leak above is any indication, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is all but confirmed to have a fingerprint scanner. The leak, courtesy of @evleaks, shows an APK file with the name FingerprintService.apk and the he says it is “from Samsung Galaxy S 5.” This would put Samsung next to Apple and HTC (with the One Max) when it comes to fingerprint scanning devices. Also, this aligns itself with last week’s report that the device would be ditching an iris scanner in favor of a fingerprint scanner. Read more
Does the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch not suit you due to its color? For a limited time, that should no longer be an issue. The highly expensive smartwatch now has a limited edition in white. As you can see above, it is the same exact Toq, but in a different color.
If you decide to order through the official Qualcomm Toq Store, the company is offering free two-day shipping through February 10. At $349.99, it is the least Qualcomm could do. All you have to do is select “UPS-Second Day Air” during the checkout process. Amazon, too, has the limited edition white Toq smartwatch; however, it says the device will ship within one to two months. Read more
As soon as Google sold Motorola to Lenovo this evening, people immediately questioned what would be Project Ara‘s fate. It will remain with Google as well as Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Products department. This means that former DARPA director Regina Dugan and her team, including Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, will be moving their offices to Google’s Mountain View campus. There, they will report to Android and Chrome head honcho Sundar Pichai.
While Google will also keep the patents held by the Advanced Technology and Products department, Lenovo will maintain a license to them. In case you forgot, Dugan & Co. are working on some crazy things.
HTC originally claimed that they would release KitKat for the HTC One within 90 days of release, which falls on January 31. Unfortunately for HTC One owners, they won’t reach that self-imposed deadline, according to HTC America president Jason MacKenzie:
“We are currently in the certification phase across all of our carrier partners in North America, and they share our enthusiasm for getting this software in your hands. That said, the software development process does not always follow a linear path and we know today that we will miss our self-imposed target. The good news is that we won’t miss by much as, it shouldn’t be more than one to two weeks to complete each of the carrier versions of the HTC One.”
A delay of one to two weeks isn’t the end of the world, but it’s good to see HTC acknowledging and apologizing for their promise.
The popular mobile game, Dead Trigger 2, has an update that adds tons of new content and changes some of the rules of engagement. Among the changes are nine new environments, new weapons, and the ability to create a list of friends to compete with.
The full list of features:
- New Weapons: Get your hands on 3 new weapons – FN2000, Spagin and the mighty Minigun!
- Friends: Make a list of friends in Dead Trigger 2! Compare your stats, hype your friends up, or have a chat in between zombie destruction!
- New Warfare: Infection is an equal opportunity employer… So let’s get to work! Death knows no boundaries. It’s high time to fight for humanity in Europe!
- Environments: Resistance intel has revealed 9 new environments! Fight your way through the city streets, countryside, warehouses, factories and many more!
- Auto-heal: Bored of classic Bandages? The new Auto-heal gadget will keep you in shape all the time.
- Permanent Money Booster: Get this booster and double your mission income. For how long? FOREVER!
- New Production: Resistance now allows you to upgrade your Hideout up to level 9.
- Warfare Tweaks: From now on, rewards are awarded in relation to score, not kills. So go set your sights for some new and difficult tasks!
You can download the updated version via the link past the break.
Android Device Manager was a brilliant, much needed addition to Android back in August that allows users to remotely locate and wipe a lost or stolen device. In addition, you can change the password, lock the screen, and make the device ring so you can easily find it.
Today’s update to the client adds an extra level of protection. A password will now be required every time the app is opened, and every time you switch accounts. This should prevent people from getting on your device and making unwanted changes to the security settings. Check out the updated app via the download link past the break.