All About Android 101
Guest: Tim Schofield
Topic: Andy Rubin out, Sundar Pichai in, Google Reader out, Samsung Galaxy S IV in, and more.
Recorded: March 19 2013
All About Android 101: Spy Flowers
- Andy Rubin is stepping down as head of Android. Google's Larry Page announced the big news stating Andy had decided to move onto other projects within the company, and Andy Rubin wrote an email to Android partners where he said…
- "I am an entrepreneur at heart and now is the right time for me to start a new chapter within Google. I am amazed by what we have accomplished from those early days (not so long ago!), and remain passionate about the power of a simple idea and a shared goal — an open source platform freely available to everyone — to transform computing for people everywhere."
- There has been speculation over whether Android is called "Android" because it sounds like "Andy." Actually, Android is Andy Rubin - coworkers at Apple gave him the nickname back in 1989 because of his love for robots. Android.com was Rubin’s personal website until 2008.
- Now, replacing Andy at the helm of Android is Sundar Pichai who has thusfar acted as VP of Chrome… But he's merely ADDING Android to his current duties, not replacing it. Which leads to some interesting speculation… But first, let's just get this out of the way. Our new segment. We thought long and hard for a name for the segment, and came up with:
- Popular app AdAway was among those removed, and received notice that its app was in violation of section 4.4 of the Play Store Developer Distribution Agreement. Here is the cited section: 4.4 Prohibited Actions. You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Market, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Market to sell or distribute Products outside of the Market. There really isn't much wiggle room on interpretation here - ad blockers clearly do interfere with the properties and services of third parties (including Google, which is probably a big one not to interfere with).
- Google may be readying an Evernote rival as ‘Keep’ makes a brief appearance online
- Google to allegedly rebrand and unify chat services under ‘Babble’
- Geek.com says that Google's going to combine its chat services under the name ""Google Babble"" - Services: Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Drive collaboration, and Google Talk for G+ - They all function just a little differently from one another and they don't talk to each other - How the new service would work: One chat window across all of Google's products. The same features would be available everywhere - Examples: share photos in chat windows like you would in G+ Messenger. Start a hangout from your contact list - Conversations would be threaded across all services - No official timeframe for the release of this rebranding has been made clear, but Geek.com was told to expect a presentation on the unification of these products during Google IO this year.
- Hardware: 5-inch screen, 1920x1080 Full HD, Snapdragon 1.9GHz CPU (US), 2GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB internal storage, microSD up to 64GB, 13MP main camera, 2MP front camera, GSM/HSPA/LTE networks, Wi-FI a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Infrared/Bluetooth 4.0 of course GPS Software: * Dual camera (person taking the picture is in the picture) * Sound & Shot * Drama Shot * Eraser (erase background elements that shouldn't appear in final photo) * Air View (preview image by hovering finger over it) * Story Album (create albums on the phone and send them in physical form) * Air Gesture (control the phone without touching it) * Smart Scroll * Smart Pause * S Translater * S Health * Samsung Knox * S Voice Drive (control phone via Bluetooth while driving) * Samsung HomeSync (sync files between devices) * Group Play (play same track on up to 8 devices, create a 5.1 surround system) * ChatON (video chat up to 3 people) * IR Sensor (control your TV with your smartphone) * Temperature and humidity sensors
- View Cover and other flip covers Wireless charging pad Game Pad S-Band Heart Rate Monitor Body Scale
- Samsung shows off S Translator, Dual Camera, Sound & Shot, and Air View in a new series of videos
- Many Galaxy S4 software features will come to S3
- Drew Blackard, director of product planning for Samsung's mobile business in the U.S., told CNET that many software features will make their way to other Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. "Our hope is to bring anything that's not dependent on hardware to other devices,"
- The Galaxy S4, will hit six U.S. cellular networks beginning in April 2013. Indeed, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon plan to sell Samsung's latest creation starting next month.
- Samsung Introduces Galaxy S4 With Nary A Mention Of Android Or Google
- Samsung GS4 launch: Tone-deaf and shockingly sexist
- "Over the top" isn't new to Samsung presentations': The original Galaxy S presentation meets the Galaxy S4
- How to Remove iBooks DRM and Read iBooks on PC
- It probably breaks whatever user agreement she had with Apple when she bought the books, to do at her own risk, etc
- Google To Lay Reader To Rest This Summer As Part Of A 'Second Spring Of Cleaning'
- Google Has Pulled The Google Reader App From The Play Store
- Google Reader is dying, but we have five worthy alternatives
- Gmail updated with actionable notifications for Jelly Bean users
- Gmail 4.3 - Seven Unused Notification Actions, 'Whoosh Zoom,' And Some Kind Of Half-Working Google+ Integration
- Minuum on Indie Go Go
Taylor Ling from the Android User Interface Blog androiduiux.com just released an Android UI Design Kit in Photoshop for Android 4.2, free to download.
The Design Kit includes the the Nexus 4 screen resolution and several other newer UI elements like the Drawer Menu (seen in a lot of new apps now), Gestures, Cards (Google Now), Crouton, and Undo Bar.
Seeing that I am by no means "artistically gifted" I rely on this sort of things to make my apps look beautiful and standard with the current android themes.
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