All About Android 126

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All About Android
Episode 126

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All About Android 126: Good Parents Teach Android

Guest

News

Bye bye Donut. So long Eclair. And thanks to the new Google Play store app for only supporting 2.2 and higher.
Jelly Bean sits at 45%, ICS at 21.7% and GB at 30.7%.
Interesting to note that GB is the last eye sore here and users of GB lack support for things like GPU-based acceleration and the newest versions of OpenGL.
Google does note that Eclair and Donut accounted for “about 1% of devices that checked in to Google servers.”
Ron Amadeo of Arstechnica, and recent guest of AAA, wrote an interesting article that summarizes what we've discussed on the show in recent times. (probably when he was on, actually) The topic being how Google is attacking the dreaded "fragmentation" argument. The Play Services app (which isn't really an app cause it has some very integrated permissions that apps don't have) serves lower level APIs and background services. The Play Store, as we've seen in the recent past, has also played an active role in separating once-key-features of the Android OS into separate apps. He broke everything out in a neat chart the really shows just how much control Google has over the experience thanks to these two things.
Ron argues that THIS is how you beat fragmentation.
Koush took to G+ with an interesting followup:
Google Play Services is ... a way to reassert control of Android, by having the app ecosystem add a dependence on Google.
OEMs and carriers, and particularly Samsung, probably don't like this, as this prevents them from forking Android, a la Kindle, and running with it.
But I had a funny realization: If OEMs actually released timely updates to their Android phones, Google Play Services would never have been necessary.
QUESTION: What do we have to look forward to in future versions of the OS?
First, Google finally released an new section of the Chrome Web Store dedicated to a new breed of web apps designed to run on Chrome OS in a desktop way, outside the browser.
These apps run like native apps on Windows and Mac OS X, but utilizing web technologies and Chrome-specific code, so they'r really Chrome apps.
Taking it further, the Chrome developers announced plans to bring Chrome apps to Android someday. They'd be delivered via the Play Store. They cautioned that this wouldn't be happening soon, but it's on the map.
Vignettes: Vignettes superimpose a screenshot of your Glass display over your picture, so people can see what you see on Glass and in the world. Take a picture using Glass' camera button and tap to Make vignette. Whatever is on the display when you take the picture will appear in the vignette.
Play videos through search: Use Google Search to find and play videos.
Sound Search: Long press the touchpad for a Google search and swipe forward to start a sound search. Glass will listen for a moment and identify the name and artist. Alternatively, you can start a sound search by voice command. Say "ok glass, google what song is this?" from the Home menu.
New Google Now cards: Transit, reminders, nearby attractions, nearby photo spots, and news.
Set up a Google Apps account: Those with Google Apps can now turn on the Glass service through their admin console and set up their Glass on their Google Apps account. Most Google Apps are supported and we'll continue testing and adding services as we go. To test with us, switch your account by factory resetting your Glass through the Device info card in Settings, then set up Glass through the MyGlass website or Android app while signed in to your Google apps account.
Glass searches in search history: Searches performed on Glass are now updated in your Google search history. If you'd rather keep a search anonymous, deleting it from the timeline will also delete it from your search history. Alternatively, you can turn it off entirely from the search history website.
Remote control: While you screencast with the Google Glass app, you can control Glass through your phone. Try it out by swiping your phone screen to browse your timeline.
The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public.
Google confirmed those plans with us today, but the company declined to share any additional details like if the Glass app store would be part of Google Play or separate, and if developers will be able to charge for apps by the time the store opens. (The Glass API terms of service currently demands that developers offer apps for free, a policy that can’t last forever.)

Hardware

28:40

Samsung

Galaxy Gear smartwatch $299.99 arriving October 1:
800MHz Exynos CPU
1.63-inch Super AMOLED display at 320×320 resolution
1.9MP camera with BSI sensor
720p video recording and playback
Featured apps from Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
Samsung Apps and ChatON messaging service
2 microphones, 1 speaker
Bluetooth 4.0 and LE
Accelerometer, Gyroscope
4GB on-board storage
512MB RAM
315mAh battery
Additional features – Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
Safety assistance
Compatible with Note 3 and 10.1 and launch, more Galaxy devices soon
Galaxy Note 3
Android 4.3 with latest version of Touchwiz
5.7-inch Super Amoled display, 1920×1080 resolution
3GB of RAM
2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU in LTE variant
1.9GHz Exynos Octa Core CPU in 3G variant
13MP rear camera with LED Flash
2MP front facing camera with BSI sensor and smart stabilization
Full HD 1080p 60fps video recording (4K recording available in some models)
NFC
Bluetooth LE
32GB/64GB on-board storage, expandable via microSD card (upto 64GB card supported)
3200mAh removable battery
microSIM card
S Pen with optimized features - Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen ::Window, S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input
Faux-leather on the back
New S Pen capabilities - Air Command (PIE control) - click the button on the side of the stylus while holding it above the screen, and a semicircle of options appears on top whatever else you're viewing.
Run certain apps in small movable window
First phone with USB 3.0 (xfer file b/w PC and phone up to 10x faster, also charges MUCH faster, nearly twice as fast.)
First non-nexus device with 4.3
Galaxy Note 10.1
Android 4.3 with latest version of Touchwiz
2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU for LTE variant
1.9GHz Exynos Octa Core CPU for 3G variant
10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) Super Clear LCD display
8MP rear camera with LED flash
2MP front facing camera with BSI sensor
Full HD 1080p video recording
3GB of RAM
16/32/64GB on-board storage expandable via microSD card
8220mAh battery
S Pen with optimized features - Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, Direct Pen Input

Sony

Sony Xperia Z1
5" 1080p display
Waterproof
20.7MP camera with a large CMOS sensor for better low light performance
Social One streams live video to Facebook
Snapdragon 800 processor (2.2Ghz quad-core), Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM
16GB storage
MicroSD
3000mAh battery
4.2.2
Black, white and purple
On sale worldwide later this month
No pricing yet.

LG

LG G Pad 8.3 (LG believes this is the absolute biggest form factor for single handed use)
1920x1200 display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
2GB RAM
4.2.2
Aluminum Backing
8.3" 1920 x 1200 display
8.3mm thick
Releases in Korea third week of Sept, worldwide release to follow.
No price yet.
3 days on single charge
Low power "mirasol" display requires no back light
Wireless charging
Around $300, next month

Voice Mail

50:20

Apps

55:12

Hooray for a more useful Play Store! Review filters have returned, meaning you can again sort the reviews of apps by rating, device, version, etc.
Your personal G+ images that have geolocation data embedded will now appear within Google Earth!
Xbox Music launched for Android yesterday. First six months of streaming on the web for free, $10 mo/$100 yr after). Mobile streaming only works with paid account. No ability to save and play offline yet, though they say its coming soon.
All Access Genre Radio is here! Go to Radio or Explore, pick your favorite genre and enjoy unlimited radio based on the music you love.
New download queue that allows pausing, resuming and cancelling
Yup, there is now a proper Download Queue UI for downloading/pinning music which finally supports a Pause/Resume button:

Video Mail

1:02:55

  • Google Music not for music lovers with large libraries

Android Arena!

1:07:56

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