Google IO 2016 Coverage

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis pairs with Google to make smart contact lenses a reality

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Well that didn’t take long.

Just yesterday, former Google X director Babak Parviz announced he was leaving Google to work for Amazon.

Since he’s left, Google has already announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to commercialize Google’s smart contact lens technology, one of Parviz’s main projects.

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Xiaomi announces new Android smart TV with 4K display


Xiaomi has officially announced a new television, the MI TV 2,  after releasing its first smart TV last fall. This one proves to be a bit bigger (49 inches), and a really nice new feature — a 4K display — for only CN¥3,999  (equivalent to $640).

Android is built into the TV (MIUI TV skin) and side loading for other TV apps is simple. The 4K panel has 3D capabilities with a 6.2mm aluminum bezel. The processor is a quad-core MediaTek MStar 6A918 chip (clocked at 1.45 GHz), 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that can support up to 64GB. 

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2.8-inch Vodafone Smart gives you Froyo, WiFi, and GPS for 99 Euros

Let’s face it, a lot of Android’s continued world domination will come from the cheaper or entry level devices. Today Vodafone introduced the “Smart” or the Vodafone 858.

The specs are as follows:

  • 2.8-inch (320 x 240) capacitive touch screen
  • Android 2.2
  • quadband 2G
  • 2100 MHz 3G capable
  • WiFi and Bluetooth, and GPS
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 1200 mAh battery

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Verizon 4G: LG Revolution vs HTC Thunderbolt vs Samsung 4G Phone vs Motorola Droid Bionic

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At CES, Verizon has been more than busy, what with the announcements of all those new 4G phones. Big Red is now busting into the LTE space with their new devices (which we have individual hands-on videos with, all found below):

We were invited by Verizon to come into an exclusive private meeting room to take a look at all 4 new phones side by side, and get a comparative look at all of them. Be sure to hit the break to catch a video and check out a photo gallery of all 4 devices, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Smart Phones Helping to Move Business from the Boardroom to the Bathroom

Smart phones have drastically changed the world, putting the power of the internet in the palm of our hand. They’ve expanded our horizons, fostering relationships through social networking, keeping us informed up to the minute, and accelerating the pace at which we do business. A recent survey conducted by Kelton Research for Samsung Mobile proves that final point. The survey sample included 503 Americans ages 18 and older, all owners of a smart phone and working in an office.

The office may close at 5, but for 89% of  people business is always open.

(89%) believe it’s important to be readily available to colleagues, supervisors and clients at all times, even after business hours. In fact, almost eight in ten (79%) immediately respond to a work email on their smart phone regardless of time of day.

And when they say ‘readily available’, they mean no what matters the circumstances. An astounding 72% admit to taking business calls while on the jon, 59% during the middle of the night, 38% while on a date, 32% in church, 16% at a funeral, and 10% during sex.

The nature of the office has changed, 29% of those interviewed said they could envision work without an office computer. 51% actually prefer working through their phone, even when their computer is available to them. The survey may not have inquired beyond the office but it’s clear that this trend extends into all areas of life, and with the slew of tablets on the way you can bet the personal computer will be getting even less use.

Samsung’s reasons for commissioning this survey are made clear with one simple statistic.

More than seven in ten(71%) office workers with smart phones think companies should automatically supply the phones, rather than laptops, to all employees free of charge.

Samsung concludes the write-up with the statement below. Head past the break to read the statement in full.

Samsung Mobile has made it even easier to stay connected with its Galaxy S portfolio of devices. The Android™ 2.1-powered Galaxy S devices are currently available on AT&T and  T-Mobile, will be available on Sprint on August 31 and Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Cellular South in 2010. Samsung Mobile has packed powerful, cutting-edge technology into each Galaxy S device, including features such as a stunning 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor and a multitude of entertainment, messaging and social networking features and applications.

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BlindType ComingSoon To Android Devices

It looks like BlindType, the very error-tolerant keyboard, is coming to Android very soon. On their website, they said “Chances are, no matter what smartphone you have, you’ll be able to get your hands on BlindType very soon.”

This app really looks like it has some great potential. Are you planning on trying out BlindType when it comes out?

Tell us what you think in the comments!

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SmartBar Makes Life Easier

For all of Android’s strengths, there is one thing that I miss about webOS: the ability to quickly manage my Bluetooth and WiFi from any screen. In this, Samsung had the right idea with the quick access they provide to these options on the taskbar on the new Galaxy S series phones. But naturally, not everyone (myself included) has a Galaxy S phone, so what are we to do? Well, Lifehacker found a great app to help us out.

SmartBar offers several shortcuts and utilities to make managing your phone much easier. These tools include a task manager and switcher as well as a favorite app launcher, all of which are available for quick access from the status bar.My favorite tool by far is quick access to the previously mentioned Bluetooth and WiFi, as welll as several other nice setup options. directly from the status bar. It’s great for quick adjustments to help with battery life and just to make your life easier.

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