Vuzix announced its take on Google Glass called Smart Glasses M100. Although it has the familiar cyborg-like single-eye view screen, the M100 looks more like a Bluetooth device than a pair of glasses. Vuzix is calling the Android device, which will run Ice Cream Sandwich, a smartphone display and communications system. It’s set for an early 2013 release and will be able to do the things you’d expect from a hands-free device like calling and sending text messages as well as accessing email, and recording video and still images with its 720p HD camera.
Navigation and augmented reality apps should be interesting on the M100 as it contains an integrated head tracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness. Smart Glasses M100 will function with any Android or iOS app that supports output to an external monitor. That monitor is a WQVGA resolution screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its field of view is 16 degrees and the image will appear as though looking at a 4-inch display from a distance of 14-inches.
The battery life probably isn’t going to allow for any Life Blogging (do people still do that?) as it will only give you an hour of recording time with the screen on. Standard use should give you up to 8hrs. With the display on, the M100 will give you two hours of use. No pricing yet but Vuzix is offering developers the chance to get in early with a Vuzix Smart Glasses SDK, which includes a pre-production M100 for $999.
Following up on the story from last week regarding the supposed T-Mobile two-day sale that begins Friday November 16th; it turns out there’s definitely some truth to the sale. Today we’re getting wind of the full device rundown as well as the official pricing of each Samsung device, given you sign on the dotted line for that two-year contract.
First the bad news: These prices are after a mail-in rebate. Now, what we’re looking at is the Galaxy Note II and the 32GB Galaxy S III for $199.99 each with a two-year classic plan after rebate. All other Samsung devices will be free on contract after rebate including but not limited to the 16GB Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, Relay, and Blaze 4G amongst a slew of others. Additionally, you can pick up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $299.99, after rebate of course.
Granted, the contracts aren’t for everyone, especially this day and age. However, there are still a ton of folks out there that rely on these sales every couple of years to score a nice device at a great price.
So you didn’t land a Nexus 4 on launch day? Join the crowd. I know of at least two members of the staff here that weren’t lucky enough for the stars to align and land the device either. Turns out 12:00 p.m. EST really means 11:46 a.m. EST, or somewhere along those lines. Not that it would’ve made a difference anyway, most likely. Most folks were faced with either ‘Coming Soon’ option on the Play Store at the stroke of Noon EST, or they were just sitting there with nothing in their cart after selecting their device. Not that it was a surprise either however, after what happened in Australia and the UK.
Google has taken to Google+ in its first statement since the release regarding the shortage. Get ready to play the waiting game, folks. Google mentioned that they’ve “sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries” and they are “working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand.” A few countries? More like most major countries including Australia, the UK, the U.S., and Canada. So what’s the real story – a real shortage, limited supply to generate more hype, or essentially earliest of adopters ‘beta testing’ the device for a week or so? And so it begins. The waiting game.
Android Central is reporting the freshly released Android 4.2 update for the Nexus 4 is breaking Google Voice. Attempting to add a recipient to a new Google Voice message is causing the app to force close every time. The GSM Galaxy Nexus began receiving its update today as well but we’ve yet to see any reports of any Google Voice issues on the GNex.
The source code for the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, is now available on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). This means manufacturers and custom ROM developers can start using this code to build Android 4.2 ROMs for current device upgrades and, of course, future devices. We’re all that much closer to getting Photo Sphere, built-in gesture typing, the updated notifications with a new settings tab and a few other new features. For those of you who can’t wait, you can try out the new Android 4.2 apps via a flashable zip file for the Galaxy Nexus.
Great news for all, or a consolation prize if you missed out on the Nexus 4 during the short window it was available this morning. The one bit of bad news is for the Nexus S which will not get updated past Android 4.1.2. The Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 4 are not yet supported in this AOSP source code release due to licensing issues.
This morning in New York City, HTC and Verizon introduced the DROID DNA. There really weren’t any surprises since all the leaks seemed to be spot on. It will come with a 5.0-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) Super LCD 3 display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, NFC, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. My initial thoughts is that this phone is absolutely stunning. When I picked it up, I thought I was carrying a dummy unit it was so light. The display is by far the best display available on a smartphone, and I can’t wait to spend some more time with it. For now check out our hands on video from the event, of which, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am.
Just a quick reminder folks— the latest Nexus pages on the Play Store is now live folks! We here are Talk Android are having some difficulties processing our payments and there are additional reports surfacing of others having trouble too, but we are hoping there are just some minor kinks and that the masses can finally grab the latest edition to pure Android glory.
Update: the 16GB units of the Nexus 4 are completely sold out as of 12:10pm EST and the 8GB Nexus 4 units are now listed as “Coming Soon”. Let us know if you folks had any luck grabbing one of those bad boys.
TalkAndroid is on the ground today in New York City where Verizon and HTC have just officially announced the new DROID DNA. The new device is intended to be the ultimate DROID device and the most advanced phone on the market. The hardware specs are impressive:
1080p 5-inch LCD3 display running at 440ppi
Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz
Today SugarSync announced the release of the public beta for SugarSync 2.0. The new version is a major update to the cloud based file storage service. The public beta announced today includes versions for Windows and Mac computers along with the mobile version for Android devices. iOS, Windows and other mobile platform users will have to wait a bit longer to get the new beta version.
SugarSync has implemented a number of improvements, including an overhauled user interface. Even the web version closely mirrors the application. SugarSync makes it much easier to drag and drop folders onto the app so they will sync across devices. Sharing has been improved as well, again implementing a drag and drop interface that will let users share folders just by dropping a folder or file on a contact’s name. SugarSync has enabled cloud search and a new SugarSync Drive will show up on your computer.
Check out SugarSync’s full press release after the break. If you are ready to skip that and want to check out the beta, just head over to http://www.sugarsync.com/beta/
Nexus fans in the US only have a few more hours to wait to place their orders for a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 device. Fans who have been watching overnight or who checked first thing this morning may have been disheartened a bit to see ordering open in places like Australia and the U.K. According to sources, Google’s support team is indicating U.S. customers will be able to start placing their orders at 9:00 am PST. So users on the East Coast will likely be taking lunch breaks at noon on the dot. Customers located in points west will surely try to squeeze in a quick break sometime this morning.
It does appear the devices, especially the Nexus 4, are selling out quickly once ordering does open. If you want to be one of the first to get the new device, act fast. Be sure to let us know if you are able to get your order in.
Those of you who have been looking to get some Jelly Bean lovin’ courtesy of the CyanogenMod team will be all smiles at this news. The CM team has officially announced the final CM10 stable builds are being released for a handful of devices at this time. The lucky devices to make the first cut at the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and LG Optimus Black smartphones. Unfortunately those devices are the only ones with a stable CM10 build as of now and there is no timeline for when other devices can finally taste the stable goodness just yet. Hopefully the CM team will work its magic and roll out additional builds to the other devices sooner than later.
If you’re a Verizon customer, yet are living in one of the few markets without 4G LTE coverage just yet you may just have a reason to smile today. Big Red has just announced it will fire up 4G signals for markets mostly in the Mid-Central and Western parts of the country. As it stands, the following markets will see a 4G LTE on Thursday, November 15th:
Rock Springs/Green River, Wyoming
Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Holts Summit, Missouri
New Bloomfield, Missouri
Kingdom City, Missouri
Grand Junction, Colorado
Exciting news for sure– especially for those of you who with devices like the new DROID RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD. But if your battery dies quickly even moderate 4G LTE usage, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Additional details can be found at the source link.
Own a cool GoPro camera, but fancy an app that compliments the camera too? Well great you’re in luck because GoPro has officially unveiled its Android app, giving Android users the green light to control their app remotely. The app gives you a full listing of controls and options as well, making those candid shots of you hitting the waves or slopes look that much sweeter— especially since you don’t need to use your camera.
The app is available in the Play Store today for all Android 2.2+ devices, though GoPro strongly recommends that users are on Android 4.0+ devices for the best frame rate. Additionally, the app is not compatible with the Original HD HERO, while the app compatibility with the other editions likes the HERO3: Black Edition, White and Silver Editions will be available later in the year.
Following the exclusive first go-around by the Australians, the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 have officially gone on sale in the UK and other select European territories. If your country has access to a Google Play devices store, you can now place your order for either of the two devices, with your choice of storage capacity.
Users are reporting that Google is currently having technical issues handling the intensive load of web traffic within the Play Store, though others have confirmed that they are having success after repeatedly trying to get through. So, if you can’t place your order immediately, we suggest you give it another go.
Have you managed to place an order? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments below.
Update: And that’s that. It appears as though both versions of the Nexus 4 have sold out while the Nexus 10 is still available to purchase.
As we wait for the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, Google has taken it upon themselves to begin rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (build JOP40C) to GSM Galaxy Nexus smartphones. It appears as though the OTA is being pushed to unlocked Takju versions of the device to begin with, meaning if you didn’t purchase your device from the Play Store you’re out of luck, for now. The new firmware brings along several new enhancements including magnification gestures and an enhanced Google Now platform.
If you haven’t received the update already, you can attempt to pull the software manually from Google’s servers by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Alternatively, you can download the official .zip file directly from Google via the download link below. Keep in mind you’ll need to be on build number JZ054K and have a custom recovery on your Takju variant in order to flash the software. We’ll see you on the other side.