Eric Schmidt Predicts What Google Will Have in Store for Us in 2014

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For Google, 2013 was a big year. The Android team lost some key players for other ventures in Google or elsewhere; they introduced Google Play Edition devices; and the much hyped Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat were released. This momentum is what Google hopes to capitalize on in 2014.

In talking to Bloomberg current Chairman of the Board, Eric Schmidt, gave us his predictions for what we’re to expect from Google in 2014. While he didn’t particularly mention the mobile front or the robot venture in particular he’s anticipating big things this next year. He sees big strides in DNA and Genetics on top of the push for everyone in 2014 to having a smartphone.

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KitKat update for DROID Maxx/Ultra/Mini is reportedly bricking devices

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Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.

It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…

If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!

Source: Droid Life

Samsung develops first 8-gigabit LPDDR4 4GB mobile DRAM

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2012 was the year for 2GB mobile DRAM, 2013 was the year for 3GB, and I think you can guess what 2014 will be. That’s right, 4GB. Samsung has announced the development of the first 8 gigabit, low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM. It’s fabricated on 20-nanometer class process technology and has 1 gigabyte on a single die, making it the largest density available for DRAM components today. What can you expect from this? Well of course better performance. We should get 50% higher performance over LPDDR3 (3GB) and it will do it with 40% less energy.

I would imagine we will see LPDDR4 in at least the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4. We may even find it in one of their shiny new tablets that will be unveiled soon.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

Android in the car is finally here, Google to take a spin with Audi

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If you have an Android phone, you are probably fed up the lack of Google and Android in new cars. It seems like most of them are partnered with Apple’s iOS, but things are finally starting to change. According to the Wall Street Journal, Audi and Google will announce a new partnership which will bring in-car entertainment and information systems based on Android to Audi automobiles. You can also expect NVIDIA to play a role in this since they have already been working with automakers on the chip side.

Google is a little behind in this department because Apple already has deals with BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler AG, and Honda. Of course back in 2008, Apple had a headstart in the smartphone category, and we know where that went. Hopefully history will repeat itself, and we will eventually see Android in at least 80% of cars.

source: Wall Street Journal

Samsung to announce Exynos 6 and Exynos S at CES 2014?

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A couple days ago Samsung hinted at a new Exynos processor to be announced at CES 2014. Well now it seems that Samsung has not one, but two big Exynos related announcements next month at the show.

The first chip is reportedly set to be the Exynos 6 “octa-core” SoC (System on a Chip) and will make its first appearance in the Galaxy S5. The second processor is to reportedly be called the “Exynos S”.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for December 23 – December 29, 2013

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Due to the Christmas holiday, things were a little slower than usual, but we still had a few goodies. The LG G3 is still several months from being released, but things are already starting to leak regarding the device. LG also has a few wearable devices up their sleeve. Samsung will release a slew of tablets early next year with the hopes of boosting their market share. Will you buy one? Of course, you could end up with a combo phone/tablet if rumors of Samsung releasing a PadFone-like device are true. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

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Samsung offers wireless charging, S-View flip cover for Galaxy Note 3

Apps – New

AllCast from ClockworkMod released to Play Store, will allow streaming of media to (pretty much) anywhere

MTV releases official Android app, features episode streaming and companion experience

Apps – Updates

SwiftKey Easter egg brings snowflakes to your device’s screen

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LG to add “Knock” feature to L Series II phones

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LG has announced that the premium feature known as “Knock” will soon be standard on their handsets. Previously known as “KnockON”, the feature will also be added to all LG L Series II phones in an upgrade scheduled for sometime in January.

“Knock” essentially allows the user to unlock their device by simply tapping the screen twice, and was originally developed for the LG G2 which has its power button on the back of the device. After the success it garnered in the G2, LG added the feature to the G Pad 8.3 and the G Flex. Bringing the feature to all L Series II phones will allow many more people to be able to experience the feature. Hit the break for the press release:

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LG Odin processor shows up in Antutu benchmarks

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A few days ago information surfaced regarding possible specs for the new LG G3 smartphone expected to be released during 2014. Among those specs was a reference to LG’s Odin processor, their own in-house chip that has been in development for a while now. The ability to produce component parts in house will be a key part of LG’s strategy if they want to challenge Samsung’s supremacy. Results have now surfaced that seem to indicate the Odin chip have been run through the paces with the Antutu benchmark, though we may be left still wondering just what Odin is capable of as well as whether the test device was an early prototype of the LG G3. Read more