It’s almost that time of year again- the equivalent of Christmas morning for Android developers and fanatics alike: Google I/O 2013.
On Tuesday night, Google released its session schedule for the conference, which will last three days (May 15-17) and will deal with not only Android, but Chrome & Apps, Google+, Google Cloud Platform, Google Maps, YouTube, and many other Google products as well. Google makes it pretty easy for you to know exactly what’s going on at what time, where it’s going on, and who the speakers will be. When you click on any specific session, a summary page about it opens and gives more details than you’ll ever need.
Of course if you’re not going to Google I/O, the schedule will give you a good idea when the latest products/updates may be coming out, so you’ll know when to be watching for I/O coverage from us. As usual, the main keynote will be streamed live via YouTube, so definitely tune in to get a firsthand look at the newest releases.
Who else is excited? We know we are!
source: Google Developers
Facebook Home was released only a short time ago and it hasn’t received much appreciation from users. While yes it was created for a niche market, that hasn’t stopped most people who’ve tried it from giving it a one to two star rating in the Play Store. In fact as I type this it sits at an average rating of 2.2 out of five. While it may not be a hit with the public it sure made an impression on Matias Duarte. If you’ve been living under a rock, he’s a key part of the Android design team and has been instrumental in creating the Android we see today. He praised Facebook’s software engineers by saying:
Google and easter eggs go hand in hand so it’s no surprise that one was uncovered within Google Glass. If you’re lucky enough to have one of the Explorer Editions of Glass, you can go to Settings and Device Info, View Licences, and tap the touchpad nine times. When completed, you will see a bunch of images of the entire Project Glass team. Apparently team member, Mike LeBeau snuck it in as a tribute to his colleagues.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently said some interesting things regarding Google Glass. He said using the voice recognition capabilities and talking to Glass is “the weirdest thing” while he was at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government yesterday. He thinks that we have to develop a new etiquette to deal with products such as Glass because they can record video and bring up information that only the wearer can see. He also admitted, “There are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate.” We already saw one bar ban Google Glass, and that was before the Explorer Editions were even sent out.
There’s no question that people will need to get used to Glass, but I think it goes for both the people without Glass as well as the people with Glass. How comfortable are owners of Glass going to be using it everywhere? At the same time how comfortable will be those that don’t own Glass going to be around those that do?
Just because Google Glass hasn’t officially been released yet doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on what the next version will be like. According to a new patent filed by Google, the next generation of Glass will have a more traditional look, like what your sunglasses look like today. The patent describes a “near-to-eye display with diffraction grating that bends and focuses light,” and it gets even more complex from there. However, it more or less describes a device that looks like normal sunglasses instead of the bulky Glass model Google is currently working with.
Obviously this should be taken with a grain of salt, as this is just a patent for something Google can potentially work with. I don’t expect Google will want to obsolete their current version of Glass within six months, and I seriously doubt the necessary hardware is even there for them to do that if they wanted to. This stuff is years down the road, at least. But hey, a little speculation never hurts.
source: US Patent Office
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Well here’s something interesting for a Wednesday morning. A Google X device has appeared in the AnTuTu Benchmark database. Since this phone is made by Motorola, we have been referring to it as the Motorola X. Could Google brand the phone themselves? Seems unlikely to me, but it’s anyone’s guess at this point. Just like any screenshot, we don’t have any proof that it’s real, so take it with a grain of salt.
Other notables on the screenshot is that it’s running Android 5.0.1, which is expected to be Key Lime Pie. There is also a score of 15,479, which doesn’t scream flagship or high-end, but the emphasis is supposed to be on the camera from what we gather.
Whether the screenshot is real or fake, you be the judge, but the phone definitely exists. We just hope to see it at Google I/O, but the latest news is that we won’t. Stay tuned because this freight train is just getting started.
Sony announced today that they have opened the software code for their Sony Xperia Z smartphone to the Android Open Source Project. The software has been uploaded to Sony’s GitHub. Between that and information available at Sony’s Developer World site, external developers should have everything they need to get started. The project will be overseen by the same people who were over the Sony Xperia S AOSP. Sony points out that the software is not intended for everyday use and several apps and services one might expect on a standard smartphone are not present. Hit the break for a short video about the project and some shots of what is included in the code.
Just a couple weeks ago Google started pushing out an update to the Google Play Store taking it to version 4.0. The major update brought an overhauled UI that incorporates a Holo-esque, Google Now look. Since then Google has been addressing some bugs and other minor issues and this latest revision, taking the app up to version 4.0.26, is no different. The update has started rolling out to users, but if you are too impatient for that, you can download the apk using the link below.
Google Play Store 4.0.26 Download
In a recent interview, Google’s very own Larry Page has finally confirmed that Google Glass does indeed run the Android operating system. While it was widely assumed so, no official confirmation has ever been made until now. While it is a modified version of Android, it is nice to see the flexibility of Google’s operating system and it’s diversity in cross-platform.
What does this mean for Glass’ future? Well, integration with Glass and your Android powered smartphone or any other device would be easy and probably recommended.
Does this confirmation make you guys any more excited for Google’s Glass’ impending release?
Today, Google has it’s Q1 earnings call. And, as everyone expected, Motorola is still a bit of a sore spot as far as finances go with Google, especially considering Motorola hasn’t actually put out any new phones in several months. However, Larry Page took some time to talk about how Google is making a solid effort to turn Motorola around and into a profitable company, and he’s impressed with the future pipeline of products.
He also talked about the need for phones to be more durable and have better battery life, and if there’s one thing Motorola is good at, it’s battery life and durability. Page has talked about phones that simply don’t break . He predicts a move to flexible displays within the decade, but until then, companies should focus on making current technology more durable. While it’s not official, it sounds like a heads up that Motorola is going to continue to focus on those characteristics of their devices. Unfortunately, no references to the X Phone, but we can always hope it’ll be nearly indestructible, too.