Late in August, Samsung unveiled its new Gear S smartwatch, a Tizen-powered timepiece capable of making calls and going online without a smartphone. Other features, as noted at the time, included turn-by-turn navigation provided by the Nokia-owned HERE mapping platform, which brings genuine usefulness to the wrist-worn contraption.
Since then, Nokia has been continuing to flex its mapping muscles following its new-found freedom from the smartphone bustle, teasing a refresh of the Web-based version of HERE, while also revealing it will be used on Tizen smartphones and wearables. But perhaps most crucially out of all this, was the news that HERE would finally be launching on Android, albeit exclusively for Samsung and its Galaxy-branded smartphones initially.
Google posted a developer overview for Android Auto, offering guidelines for designing extensions to existing Android apps for customized IVI interactions.
Google announced Android Auto with relatively few details at Google I/O in June, following the formation of an Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) in January. These related efforts are designed to standardize integration with Android devices and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, as opposed to designing an Android IVI stack that runs the whole show. In some ways, Android Auto is similar to the Car Connectivity Consortium’s MirrorLink technology and Apple’s CarPlay.
Now that OEMs have acknowledged that smaller and cheaper is better (the customer is always right) we should see a lot more GNU/Linux on retail shelves along with all those Android/Linux devices. The market is converging on a system with options not restrictions. Expect to see Android/Linux + GNU/Linux systems being offered in bulk really soon, perhaps by Christmas.
Samsung Android KitKat 4.4.4.: Sprint Galaxy S5 Update is Leaked; and Android KitKat 4.4.2 Roll Outs for Galaxy S4 and the Note 3Submitted by Rianne Schestowitz on Sunday 28th of September 2014 06:48:45 AM Filed under
On the Android 4.4.4 KitKat front, a Sprint Galaxy S5 file has emerged.
An”anonymous donor” provided an unofficial version of the firmware to XDA Developers, along with instructions on how to download it and load it.
Because this is not an official release, users are advised against installing the patch.
Netherlands based e-reader company Icarus has just revamped their wildly successful 9.7 inch Excel e-reader with Android 4.0. This will allow users to not only have a very large screen display to take notes but also install their own e-reading apps.
Just last week Paul O’ Brien mentioned a possible release date for the rumored HTC Nexus 9, October 16th. While he admitted the information came from an anonymous tipster, the Android developer is well respected and likely not to post up a date unless he has good reason to believe it. In short, his statement lended quite a bit of credence to the idea of a mid-October unveiling.
Looking for more details on the matter? Thanks to two different sources familiar with Google’s plans, we have learned that the HTC Nexus 9 will be unveiled on either October 15th or the 16th. Additionally there is mention of new phone hardware (possibly the rumored Moto Nexus?) and the unveiling of “a new software initiative”, which likely refers to Android L’s final release.
Jams Music Player is an Android app for… playing music. It’s got a few nifty features including a 9-band equalizer, the ability to download album art from the internet, unofficial support for streaming music from Google Play Music, and a rather attractive user interface that seems inspired by Google’s new Android L Material design language.
Arbor Solution has launched a rugged, Android-based “Gladius 5″ handheld with a quad-core SoC, 5.5-inch touchscreen, dual SIMs, NFC, and barcode scanning.
Arbor calls the Gladius 5 a rugged tablet, although compared to earlier Gladius models such as the 7-inch, Linux-ready Gladius G0710S, this 5.5-inch model is really more of a phablet. The handheld runs Android 4.2 on a MediaTek MT6589 system-on-chip, which features four ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocked to 1.3GHz and an Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series5XT GPU. The Gladius 5 has a big brother in the relatively new, 7.85-inch Gladius 8, which runs Android 4.4 on a newer MediaTek MT8382, a cousin of MediaTek’s MT8125.
SILENT CIRCLE has announced a bug bounty programme for its Blackphone venture designed to find security flaws in the "surveillance-proof" smartphone.
Blackphone is a joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, known as SGP Technologies. Running a secure PrivatOS operating system, it is what the companies call "a truly surveillance-proof smartphone" in the wake of the past year's NSA revelations.