Earlier in the year we had a chance to sit down with Elliptic Labs to see what they were working on regarding gestures and smartphones. Hand gestures are nothing new, the new Moto X even uses a few. However today’s offerings have only utilized either the camera or IR. In the case of the Moto X, it’s the former. Unfortunately with those technologies, you get too many false positives or no responses at all.
The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.
In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.
We’re starting to see a couple of new Nexus 7 2013 edition commercials surface for everyone’s favorite Google tablet on a budget. And like previous commercials for any Google device, they’re targeting the heart. The first ad reveals what appears to be a college student about to perform an all night cram session for a biology exam. The commercial conveniently touts Google’s new text book rental service while also showing off its ability to provide our everyday standard services we’ve come to love, such as, looking for 24 hour coffee shops (been there!). The second ad officially aims for the sweet spot as well as the student’s mother hits him up to let him know man’s best friend at home isn’t feeling too well. The kid instantly high-tails it home providing a glance of what Google Now can really do. The app warns him of a storm coming and alerts him that his flight is canceled as a result. He then leaves his re-route home at the mercy of Google Now, which seamlessly recommends an express train home. Not bad for a quick 15 and 30 second spot. As you can see, in typical Google fashion, it only took a few seconds to show off the powerful combination of software and hardware the device provides. So, the only question left is, are you getting one? Check out the commercial spots below and let us know what you think.
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?
A few weeks ago we reported that a decent number of Galaxy S III users were finding their phones dead after a random motherboard failure. It was assumed that the problem was hardware related, but according to Dutch site Tweakers Samsung has identified it as a software problem that is affecting only a few 16 gigabyte models of the phone. Samsung has already cooked up a software patch to fix the problem and will be sending out the update in the near future. Hopefully the update goes out before your phone does.
Galaxy S III users have taken to Reddit and XDA forums to express outrage after their beloved phone “just died” with no explanation. Before you go getting all anxious about your beloved S III kicking the bucket, we should mention that it’s pretty normal for a few bad units to make it out of the factories when any new phone is released. With that said, this particular problem is a little too widespread for our liking. It seems that a failure in the mainboard or the nand memory is the killer in this case. According to the threads, the devices seem to last about 150 to 200 days before failing. Thankfully, Samsung has been replacing them under warranty whether or not the devices have been rooted. The bad news is that Samsung has been replacing the failed mainboards with the identical version, meaning that the same problem may very well happen again in a few months time. There has been no official acknowledgment from Samsung on this matter, but reportedly the warranty call-center workers are verifying that they’ve seen this issue reported a lot lately. If you’re a Galaxy S III owner, you may want to back up your pictures and music, or move them to your SD card, just in case. It’s never a bad thing to be prepared. Have any of our readers experienced this problem?
Google head honcho Eric Schmidt recently stopped by the Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho to share with the fine folks in the audience Google’s new Nexus 7 and Nexus Q. While offering a show-and-tell of both products, Schmidt took some time to also share Google’s vision for the future and what it has intended to do all along when it comes to the hardware business. Schmidt highlights:
“We always wanted to be in the hardware business. Larry and Sergey have always wanted to do hardware in one form or another. This was a way to get into it quickly.”
While there’s no indication Google is trying to be a hardware company (after all— the company’s foundation is on both its search engine and advertising), Google obviously is looking above and beyond. After all, it has special projects in the making such as the famed Project Glass and lest we forget— it did acquire a certain handset maker last year which Schmidt himself promises will bring “a new batch of products” soon-to-be ready for prime time. Now that we know Eric, Sergey and Larry are clearly working on some goodies behind the scenes, one has to wonder what else the world can be treated to.
source: New York Times
Android runs on everything! Though, it’s admittedly tougher to run on some things, of which the most common target are PCs. Those of us wanting to experiment in that department have typically found our way to projects like Android x86, which by the way has ICS development builds underway (Yes, I’m one of the experimenters). However, here’s another solution I hadn’t known about until today. It’s so far called “PunkThis” from CUPP Computing. Essentially what we have here is a PCB board attached through either SATA or PCI express. So yeah, stick this thing in your laptop’s hard drive bay and you’ll be running Android. The board is a great improvement over Android x86 in terms of compatibility. Most of the typical phone guts are part of the board, including a 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 512MB of RAM, MicroSD card, and even a WiFi chip. This should pretty much guarantee that any app should run unless its simply too taxing for the allotted processor speed and RAM. As for the rest of what makes a smart phone, the board is able to magically interact with the laptop’s display, keyboard, touch pad, and speakers.
Epic 4G Touch owners on the Sprint network are reporting connectivity problems such as an abundance of dropped calls and slow-crawling data speeds. This comes just weeks after reports of unexpected force-closes with its calendar app and the inability to keep 4G hotspot connections while taking phone calls. The exact cause for these newest problems is unknown, though whether it be hardware, software or some “ware” in between, both Samsung and Sprint confirm they are working on a solution and may be able to provide a fix in as little as a couple weeks.
Have you experienced any of these or other connectivity problems with your Epic 4G Touch? Leave us a comment below.