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We already know that Samsung has finally come to the realization that well, plastic isn’t all that attractive on its flagship devices, but it appears that Samsung is intent on making some major changes even faster than we previously thought. Serial leaker evleaks got its hands the first shots of a mystery device which sports an all-metal unibody design, complete with unusually boxy corners. Oh and it doesn’t stop there either—- there is a distinct slot for an all-too-familiar accessory with Samsung Galaxy Note-based products. So it’s possible that we are looking at a test version of a new Galaxy Note (Galaxy Note III?) on the way? Or it could be some Sammy engineers just fiddling around over in the labs for fun. Whatever it is Samsung— we’re on to you and watching very closely…
Motorola’s first batch of Google-influenced phones are expected to start appearing on the market around the second half of 2013. According to Google, they are planing to put the “WOW” into Motorola’s already superior smartphones. Since Google’s purchase of Motorola back in May 2012, they have left Motorola to do their own thing, waiting for the right time to step in and add some Google flair.
The Nexus 10 Book Cover went on sale just a few short days ago and the moment that it did, my bank account was $30 lighter. It shipped Friday and I spammed the refresh button on the UPS tracking site constantly. Anyway, it got here yesterday afternoon and like a kid on Christmas I ripped open the package and squealed a scream of glee. So here it is: a review of the Nexus 10 Book Cover.
At the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in New York, Eric Schmidt did not spend all of his time talking about the accomplishments of Android. He also spent some time talking about the future of the operating system as far as the hardware it will run on. He hinted that new products he saw during a recent visit to Google’s Motorola unit are “very, very impressive.” In his conversation at the conference, he indicated the stuff that Motorola is working on may be considered “phones-plus.” What that means exactly, he left hanging out there for people to ponder.
Any conversation about Android on something other than a smartphone or tablet device invariably leads to Google’s newest product, Google Glass. Love them or hate them, they are poised to land with a big splash on the tech landscape. Whether Glass can change the market and become mainstream is a big question, one that Schmidt thinks has been answered already based on how they have become ubiquitous on the Google campus.
Anyone want to take a guess as to what Google may have planned for future Android devices? Where do you think it could be deployed that may be considered non-traditional?
Although it sometimes seems like Samsung and HTC are the only manufacturers fighting for Android device supremacy, there are others out there producing some top of the line smartphones that should satisfy even the most cutting edge buyer. A good candidate for this is the Sony Xperia Z which just succeeded at selling 4.6 million units during its first 40 days on the market. Sony appears to be ready to try to capitalize on this success and keep the momentum going, at least in the U.S., with plans to expand their retail footprint through the use of stand-alone stores and freestanding Galleries.
When it comes to installing an app on your phone or tablet, one of the most important things you need to look at is permissions. We have covered a few apps that help you with that, but online permissions is one that people often overlook. Online permissions pertains to various online social sites and what apps you have granted access to them. For example, if you use a third party Twitter app, you have to allow that app access to your Twitter account. This goes for any app that needs to communicate with Twitter or other similar sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google, Dropbox, Linkedin, Yahoo, Instagram, Foursquare, and Flickr.
All of these sites will tell you what other applications were previously granted access, but they aren’t always easy to find, so most people never bother with them. An app called MyPermissions will make things very easy for you in that you can find all the permissions for all of these sites in one place. Now you might be thinking to yourself that if you granted access to a particular application, then it’s okay and there’s no reason to worry about it. You are partly right, but you will be surprised at how many older applications you will find that were granted permission, but you no longer use. You are also likely to find permissions for things you didn’t even realize that you granted. Now I’m not going to tell you that if you leave these old permissions in place, something awful is going to happen to you, but at the same time, why leave permissions in place that are no longer necessary? These services will have access to all your private information, but you don’t use them anymore. It doesn’t make sense does it?
Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, spoke at D: Dive Into Mobile today in New York City, and shared some impressive stats. Android is available on 320 different carriers across 160 different countries. There are 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, and 1.5 million Android activations every single day. Eric claims that activations will hit the magical one billion mark by the end of this year. However, there is still a long way to go. Google’s goal is to reach everybody, and Eric believes that smartphone manufacturers will quickly get to the $100 price point which is important for “those next five billion people looking to get connected”.
Source: Phone Arena
Xiaomi has big ambitions this year after unveiling the Mi2S and Mi2A, and plans to ship 15 million smartphones, as well as expand sales beyond Asia. Co-founder and president Lin Bin, spoke at D: Dive Into Mobile in New York City. Despite only selling Android phones for three years, Xiaomi has generated $2 billion in revenue on 1.7 million phones. While this doesn’t sound like a lot compared to other manufacturers, the Chinese company has adopted an online-only model from the beginning. The phones are unsubsidized, priced at the bill-of-materials, and manage to sell out in minutes. Lin on the success of the Mi2:
“Last year, when we announced the Mi2, for 3-4 months we’d have hundreds of thousands of units available, and they’d be gone within two or three minutes after we posted availability online.”
With the release of Google Glass on the near horizon, we have more news about the forthcoming wearable computing device. Earlier we reported on Google releasing the Mirror API that will enable developers to create apps for use on the the Glass devices. Following up on that, Google has released their own app, MyGlass. The app will be used to configure and manage a Google Glass device. It should be pretty obvious that the app is of no use to anyone unless they have a Google Glass device, but Google makes that abundantly clear with their description: