Google IO 2015 Coverage

Canonical’s installer easily loads Ubuntu onto your Nexus 7

Have you ever imagined having access to a full fledged desktop experience on your tablet? Well, today the geniuses at Canonical have released the first version of their Ubuntu installer for the Nexus 7, effectively bringing the Debian-derived Linux desktop to your fingertips.

The whole process has been stuffed into a one-click installation tool, so users can easily install the special build (based on version 12.04) on their devices. Keep in mind that in order to properly install the software, you’ll need to have fastboot already set up and functioning, enter a few commands and, of course, have an unlocked bootloader. None of these things should be a problem though, considering it’s a Nexus device after all. In fact, you can find our in-depth directions on how to root and unlock your Nexus 7 here.

Unfortunately, the tool is currently only available as a developer preview for users with machines running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Later. However, it is expected that the service will expand with compatibility for other operating systems in the future. For full instructions and more information regarding the installation process, hit the source link below.

Source: Ubuntu (Instructions), Ubuntu (FAQ)
Via: Android Central

LG Nexus 4 prototype was lost and found at a bar, no joke

OK, stop me if you’ve heard this one: A man walks into a bar… Oh, never mind; I know you’ve heard a version of this one. Apparently back in late September, much like that other smart phone a couple of years ago, Google’s worst kept secret was left in a San Francisco bar and subsequently found by the bartender. Not thinking anything of it since he usually finds about 20 cell phones per week in the bar, he set it beside the cash register (the average phone is retrieved in 15 minutes per the bartender). However, unlike other patrons, the device was never retrieved as it sat there all the next day. One of the bartender’s friends, who is up on all the latest news and rumors, was in the bar soon thereafter and instantly recognized the device as the yet-announced LG Nexus.

At that time, the two obviously knew what they had on their hands. The patron then contacted Google headquarters letting them know he’s in possession of something that may be of interest of them. Google then sent out an “intelligence manager” to retrieve the device. Funny, the timing of all of this.  This on the Friday before the Monday of the big reveal? Hmmm… at any rate, if it’s true I’m sure someone who once had a pretty sweet job is now fired. Makes you wonder though, if someone was trusted with this phone and truly left it at a bar, how did they not realize it was missing? That’s a lot of drinking, and a pretty massive hangover the next day.


source:  Wired

Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army Nexus 7 TPU Case Review

Finding just the right case for my Nexus 7 has been a challenge. I’ve tried the effective and highly flexible, yet very bulky rooCASE, as well as the updated Ultra Slim rooCASE. Both of these serve their purposes well, with the Ultra Slim edging out the original due to its much slimmer profile.

But there is another class of case that I needed to check out. Currently, my phone is an HTC Evo 4G LTE and I’ve been using a Cruzerlite TPU case on that for a while and I love it. TPU stands for Thermoplastic Polyurethane, which is a class of plastic that has many great properties for an electronics case, including elasticity, transparency, oil resistance, and durability. My Evo has never felt so protected.

So when I saw that Cruzerlite was making a TPU case for the Nexus 7, I jumped on it. After spending a couple of weeks using the case, I decided to write up a review with my thoughts. Hit the break for all the details.

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HTC documents ‘The Evolution of the Smartphone’, disses Apple in the process

Since the introduction of cell phones back in the 1970’s, mobile technology has progressed faster than many had ever anticipated. To better portray the broad history that has surrounded the mobile industry, HTC has composed a clever chart detailing the various milestones that have been reached over the years. From the world’s first fire hydrant-enabled mobile phone, to the infamous Apple Maps fiasco of late, HTC hasn’t missed a beat.

The infographic seems to be playing up the company’s latest line of Windows Phone devices, though it does provide some valuable insight into the Android world as well. Jump past the break to witness “The Evolution of the Smartphone.” Read more

Qualcomm’s Project Ray shows fruits of its labor, a smartphone for the visually impaired

Hear ye, hear ye! Smartphones for one and all! Qualcomm has announced a breakthrough in smartphone interfacing to allow the visually impaired access to the smartphone technology we all know and love. The new interface, named Project Ray, adapts to user preferences and habits to allow easier access to commonly used actions such as contacts, SMS, and the dialer. In addition to custom interfaces, a set of finger gestures can be used at any time to access commonly used functions as well. Maybe this project will not only bring smartphones to people who were previously unable to use them, but pave the way for screenless handsets. Hit the break for the press release.

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Google Nexus 10 with Android 4.2 revealed in set of leaked images

A set of images has emerged, revealing Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet. The Samsung-built device is running Android 4.2 which still flies under the Jelly Bean moniker. Interestingly, the new software does bring some enhancements like a pull-down settings menu, though other significant features remain unknown.

As previous rumors suggested, the device sports a 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 resolution), a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor with a Mali-T604 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual stereo speakers.

We had previously heard several rumors of a Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10, which leads us to believe that this bad boy is all but official. It looks like we’ll have to wait until Monday for the full scoop, though.

Source: BriefMobile

Xbox SmartGlass available for Android

A few days ago we reported on a new app coming from Microsoft, Xbox SmartGlass, that creates a connection between a user’s mobile device and their Xbox. The app is similar to immersive entertainment solutions like Netflix or IntoNow that enable you to watch content on your big screen TV while controlling the content from your device. These apps typically provide you with access to other information about the content and social media interaction with other fans. Xbox SmartGlass does the same thing for users who have an Xbox Live Gold subscription and the popular gaming platform. Read more

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for Android coming this fall

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since GTA: Vice City was released on consoles. For those wanting more nostalgia on their Android device, and have put GTA III through its paces, you now have reason to celebrate as is the case for Rockstar Games celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Vice City. This fall you’ll be able to run over all the random people that you want complete random, shady missions for some virtual, shady folks in an open-world style Miami-like setting. Device compatibility will be limited initially, but hopefully they’ll slowly roll more compatible devices after release.


source:  Rockstar Games

HTC issues warning – revenues, profit margin expected to decline in 4th quarter

For Android fans, today has been a day to enjoy mostly good news in terms of the continued growth of the Android ecosystem. We see that Android tablets grabbed 41% market share for the third quarter, an unexpected jump in light of Apple’s dominance in the market segment. Meanwhile, Samsung reported phenomenal third quarter profits, setting records for smartphone shipments and establishing themselves as the worldwide leader in smartphones. However, not all of the news is coming up roses. Case in point, new guidance from HTC which should serve as a warning about how quickly things can change.

HTC issued their warning Friday, indicating they expect further declines in operating profit margins and revenues during the fourth quarter. We previously reported on HTC’s third quarter financial results which continued a string of disappointing quarters. These results are a contrast to HTC’s spot as one of the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world and their former position as Apple’s chief rival in the U.S. market only two years ago. According to HTC, they expect operating profit margin to drop to only 1%, the lowest it has been in a decade. Meanwhile, they anticipate fourth-quarter revenue to fall 41% compared to the same period a year earlier. These latest projections are worse than analysts previously expected.

Do you think HTC can turn things around?

source: NASDAQ

Samsung dominates world smartphone market, sets record in third quarter for units shipped

As financial results continue to be released for mobile phone companies and manufacturers, we are beginning to get a better picture of what the condition of the global smartphone market is like. With Samsung’s release this morning of their third quarter results, combined with other reported results, we see the market is extremely healthy and that Samsung is sitting on top. Read more