Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store

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Google has released more than a few stock Android apps into the Play Store, but the Camera app wasn’t one of them. Good news folks!! They just released today. It’s essentially the same Camera app found on Nexus devices, so that means you can get the stock Android camera experience with any device. Plus, you get Photo Sphere too. With this release, they did add one update, which is a lens blur effect.

Unfortunately this app is only for those running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. We’re not sure if it will open up to users Jelly Bean and below, but we certainly hope so.

Hit the break for the full features list, screenshots, and download links.

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Google Glass target of DeGeneres bit on sale day

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Google decided to try a new tactic with their Explorer program for Google Glass by opening up sales of the device to anyone in the U.S. on April 15th. According to the Google Glass team, they succeeded in filling all spots in their Explorer program, although it is not clear whether that means they sold out of all stock of the current version. In creating this event, Google also opened themselves up to a bit of mockery, especially amongst TV show hosts like Conan O’Brien and Ellen DeGeneres.

On her show yesterday, Ellen took the opportunity to show off a pair of Google glasses she says she bought off of Craigslist for $1,495. The results were… interesting. Hit the break to check out the video, which starts around 54 seconds in, from yesterday’s show. » Read the rest

Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

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Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. » Read the rest

Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

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Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup. » Read the rest

Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

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Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.

“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

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Google wants more eye real estate with camera-embedded contact lenses

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Glass is not enough for Google. They want more of the real estate located on your eyes, as crazy as it sounds. To do this, Google has patented a system in which cameras would be embedded into contact lenses. What would this accomplish? Taking photographs of exactly what a person sees.

You may recall that the company was talking to the FDA about contact lenses to measure glucose levels. This, however, takes the purpose of these contact lenses much further. And Google may want to hurry as Samsung is reportedly working on a set of smart contact lenses, too.

Source: Patent Bolt

Document reveals Android’s pre-touchscreen development

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In the latest bit of interesting information about the history of the development of Android, as is being revealed during the current Apple v. Samsung trial, we get confirmation that Android was originally designed for phones with a physical keyboard. This should probably not come as a surprise as Android was being developed at a time when Blackberry devices ruled the corporate smartphone market. Apple probably considers this to be helpful in their claim that Android and Samsung were copying Apple’s iPhone. However, the same information suggests the Android team had already contemplated a future where touchscreens were popular. » Read the rest

Plastic surgeon aided by Google Glass while operating on patients

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Google and their Google Glass project continue to look for ways the devices can benefit users as part of an effort to turn the tide of public skepticism over the devices. The latest example of a positive use comes to us once again from the medical field where plastic surgeon Ramtin Kassir is using Google Glass in a variety of ways when dealing with patients. Similar to other reports of Glass being used to record or live stream activities in the operating room, Dr. Kassir is doing the same thing with his patients, along with accessing medical records hands-free without leaving the patient. Dr. Kassir thinks Google Glass could be a game changer for doctors.

Dr. Kassir indicates that he continues to dream up new ways to use Google Glass ever since he was accepted into the Explorer program, Google’s beta testing program for Glass. Another example he provided was when he setup a big screen TV that a patient could watch while he used Glass’s video capabilities to display a crooked spetum and clogged sinuses. Dr. Kassir is also providing recordings of consultation visits to patients so they can review them at a later time. He can also make videos of actual surgeries available to patients.

In addition to use cases from the medical field, news about military and public safety uses of the devices continue to surface helping Google make the case for Google Glass.

source: NY Post

Android 4.4.3 could be dropping today

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We already know that Google is readying an update (4.4.3) to squash a number of bugs. The only question is when will will land? Well that day just might be today.

Turns out that Sprint has announced an update to their version of the Nexus 5. This update (KTU48F) does bring Sprint Spark bands 26 and 41 to the phone, but it doesn’t appear that’s all. There is no changelog yet, but “miscellaneous Android updates” were mentioned.

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Glass user has Glass pulled off his face and smashed

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brokenglassIn what should be surprising news — but isn’t — a reporter by the name of Kyle Russell had his Google Glass pulled from his face and eventually smashed. Coming from covering a protest involving a Google lawyer, Jack Halprin, who has started evicting tenants of a rental building he recently bought, Russell was heading home when a lady, who saw that he had Glass, shouted “Glass!” and tore the $1,500 wearable off his face. She then ran off and when Russell and a friend gave pursuit, turned and threw the piece of tech on the ground, smashing it.

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