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Honda Connect in-vehicle infotainment system has Tegra inside and runs Android

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The 2015 model of Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V will be the first vehicle to ship with Honda Connect, and that will be on the European models. Honda Connect looks nice, but a standalone infotainment system that can be used on any car is a much better idea.

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To the One Billion Android™ Users: Stream Your Favorite Shows with TiVo®!

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Movies

Calling all Android users – the wait is finally over! The Android streaming app is now available. With this update, users can stream most recorded and live shows directly to their Android mobile device to enjoy in or out of the home.*

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Nokia’s offline maps for Android: We go hands-on

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Microsoft

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.

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Google posts Android Auto design guidelines

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Google

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.

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What The End-days Of Wintel Looks Like

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GNU
Linux
Hardware
Microsoft

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.

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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 3

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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.

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Icarus Excel Features 9.7 inch Screen and Android 4.0

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Linux

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.

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Also: Chrome APK Packager now in Google Play Store

Exclusive: Next-gen Nexus hardware to be unveiled in mid-October, Android L hits November 1st

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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.

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Jams Music Player for Android goes open source

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OSS

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.

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Rugged Android handheld offers dual GSM SIMs

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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.

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