Google uses a robot to check for lag on Android and Chrome OS devices

Screenshot 2015-06-29 10.33.07Testing for input lag on a smart device seems like something only a human would be able to do, but Google apparently uses a giant robot to handle the task. Is there anything we can’t develop a giant robot to do?

The machine is called TouchBot and it tests Android and Chrome OS devices by tapping the screen in different places, then recording what’s going on. It’s a pretty cool automated concept, and apparently works well for Google. Hit the video below to see it in action. Read more

Could Apple’s new patent put them in control of every smartphone?

About 3 1/2 years ago, Apple filed for a patent on touch screen displays, and it was just awarded as patent number 7,966,578.

“[a] computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, [that] comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display.”

The above is only a small sampling of the abstract, but experts agree that this patent award is very broad and it could prove to be a serious issue for other makers of capacitive touch-screen smartphones. It could give Apple control of all such devices manufactured by HTC, Samsung, Motorola, RIM, and others. This could also affect not only smartphones, but tablets as well.

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