All About Android 112

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Episode 112

All About Android 112: Quit Your Vining



Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside revealed official plans during last week's AllThingsD D11 conference, to launch the Moto X by the end of the year. He was ""pretty confident in the products we're going to be shipping in the fall." Moto X would utilize ultra-low power sensors to sense usage contexts and conserve battery by powering down unneeded components. He also stated Motorola engineers have devised processors that will help save power. They will be built in a 500,000 sq ft facility in Texas. 2000 new jobs, thank you very much. Broadly distributed. Not a Nexus device officially, though Motorola has claimed in recent months that the new phase of moto devices will stick close to stock.
Everything you need to rapidly set up a backend for your app, without needing to write any backend code
Includes a server that stores your data with App Engine and a client library and sample app for Android that make it easy to access that data.
You can also add support for Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and continuous queries that notify your app of events you are interested in.
includes built-in support for Google Authentication. * sample client app code is available on GitHub



ASUS named 11 new products in 30 minutes, these are the more interesting: Transformer Book Trio "the world’s first three-in-one mobile device." 11.6" (1920x1080) IPS, 65GB internal storage, 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 chip, running JB. Also, a PC station dock containing 4th Gen i7-4500U Haswell chip and separate 750GB or 1TB HDD, running Windows 8. 3 modes: Android tablet Windows 8 laptop Windows 8 desktop No dual-boot. 2 OSes sync data No pricing or availability
Transformer Pad Infinity Most specs improved from previous gen, Tegra 4 system on a chip, 2560x1600 rivaling Nexus 10, multi-touch trackpag/USB 3 port/SDXC card reader on the keyboard dock. Q3 launch. No price announced but Verge claims $399 tablet, or $499 tablet with dock.
Memo Pad FHD 10 1920x1080 screen IPS, Intel Atom processor. Blue/white/pink. On sale in sept, no price, but likely cheaper than $400 Transformer Pad Infinity. Memo Pad HD 7 Refresh of the original Memo pad, with higher res (1280x800) and quad-core. $129 8GB, $149 16GB.
Fonepad Note FHD 6 Smaller 6" version from the 7" model announced at MWC a while back, first ASUS phoneme with stylus,
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 6-inch display, 1920 x 1080 Super IPS+ (~367 ppi)
  • 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with SonicMaster technology
  • HSPA+ 42
Toshiba announced three new 10" tablets last night:

Excite Pure

  • 1280x800,
  • Tegra 3,
  • 1GB of memory
  • 4.2 at launch
  • 16GB model with MicroSD card expansion
  • 3MP rear camera
  • MicroHDMI port.
  • $299.99

Excite Pro 2560x1600 ("PixelPure" resolution), matching the Nexus 10 and ASUS'

Upcoming Transformer Pad Infinity refresh.

  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 tablets
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage plus MicroSD
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • MicroHDMI, stereo speakers (Harmon Kardon)
  • 4.2
  • $499.99

Excite Write (Note competitor)

  • Same as Pro with added digitizer and stylus
  • Note resolution is 1280×800
  • 1024-point pressure stylus "TruPen"
  • Not dockable
  • $599.99

Sundar Pichai unveiled the much-hypothesized HTC One with Nexus User Experience at D11 last week. * Available in Play Store June 26th * $599 for 32GB version, unlocked, Android 4.2.2, with Google updates * U.S.-only * GSM (T-Mobile, AT&T, international GSM carriers)
IR Blaster is disabled * FM radio disabled (not supported in stock Android) * "It features the hardware benefits of Beats Audio, but it does not have the software indicator in the status bar." * No camera features (No Zoes. No Video Highlights. No animated gallery. UltraPixel?) * No Sense! or BlinkFeed
Some wondered if the HTC One Google Edition might signal the end of the nexus program. Sundar at D11: “The idea with Nexus is to push on hardware as well, so that will continue.”
Current One owners might be in luck if feeling left out of the vanilla android party. HTC told the Verge that they are working to port over the ROM used on this version for existing owners. "it’s expected the the installation may take a bit of work."
Finally, Verizon unleashed news via Twitter that the One IS coming to the network sometime in the next couple of months. No firm date set.
A few ways that Google is clamping down on Glass development to keep it in line with social norms: First, Google is staying strong when it comes to privacy protection around facial recognition, by declaring that they will not approve facial recognition in Glassware. Second, Google is taking a stance against adult content on Glass, much the same way they've already done with apps on Google Play, by stating that explicit content will not be allowed on Glass. Of course, as with Android devices, there are ways to side load onto the device, bypassing Google's protections.



New features: Categories (Social, Promotions, Update and Primary.) Pull down to refresh, Left side navigation, and relocated action buttons when looking at emails (to the top)
Some teasers were given during IO for the new web design to match the mobile Play Store. As well, sources say that Google is dogfooding the new design now, which could mean a release is imminent.



Why is there no option for Emoji on Android? Just curious.

Also, is SwiftKey going to implement Emoji in their fantastic keyboard?

Thanks, Noah

Android Arena!



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