All About Android 143

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All About Android
Episode 143

All About Android 143: Open to Openness



The Open Automotive Alliance is a new initiative announced by Google along with NVIDIA and carmakers Audi, GM and Hyndai. Google is hoping to do for the car what it has done for smartphones by offering "an open development model and common platform" so automakers can bring this technology to cars in a safe and scalable way.
NVIDIA didn't reveal how they are involved specifically, except to say that they see the car as the obvious next platform for technological innovation.
And Audi showed off their 10.2" tablet designed for in-car use: The Mobile Audi Smart Display. Connects to the vehicle via wifi, controls infotainment system, and is a fully featured tablet too. Designed for crash resistance and extreme temperatures.
Worth noting that Apple did this in 2012 announcing their own partnerships with a number of auto manufacturers including BMW, GM, Toyota, Audi, Honda and others.
Do we want cars tied to one OS? Or do we want all OSes to connect to all cars?
Touchwiz may be getting an overhauled look, according to screens released by infamous leaker of secrets @evleaks.
Graphical treatment of the voice search icon, weather, and location
The lock screen, for instance, displays a map route and estimated journey times.
The map appears again on the first home screen mock-up, along with a a large, horizontal widget of a social networking update and a news item.

MIWA with Daniel


MIWA is an Android Open Source Community based Hardware Design Project which is focusing on the emerging market of HDMI Android devices. The MIWA PlayKey SDK has been authorized for Open Source distribution and development by Rockchip Electronics Ltd.

CES Roundup


First up: ASUS! Bringing the Padfone X to the US on AT&T. 5" 1080p screen, the phone docks into the 9" tablet shell. Runs 4.4 KitKat. No release or price yet.
The Padfone Mini coming to the US for $249, but it's a smaller version with a 4" phone, and a 7" tablet.
And the Transformer Book Duet TD300, a notebook that can operate as either a Windows 8.1 tablet/notebook OR an Android tablet/notebook. Intel i7 and 4GB RAM can switch OS's with the click of a button. "Instant Switch technology." $599
Asus says this is the first device ever capable of operating as an Android or Windows 8.1 tablet or notebook. The TD300 is powered by an Intel i7 processor and 4 GB of RAM and can be switched from Android to Windows with a touch of a button. ASUS says that what makes the TD300 diffferent from other dual booting devices is this "Instant Switch" technology -- here, users will be able to pick up from where they left off in each OS profile.
Galaxy Tab Pro (12, 10 and 8), with the leathery backing that we've seen on the Note 3, 2560x1600 resolution, LTE and HSPA radios, no more menu button (replaced with a multitasking button), and running KitKat. All 3 launch later this quarter.
Sony says that consumers that want smaller devices don't want fewer features, so they announced Xperia Z1 Compact. On sale in February, it's a 4.3" phone, running 4.3 at launch, Snapdragon 800, waterproof without requiring a cover on the headphone jack, LTE, NFC, 2300 mAh battery, 20MP camera, and 720p IPS LCD screen. It's a high performance phone for people who want a smaller form factor.



I made a mistake with my last phone upgrade, I went with the ""FREE"" Samsung Charge. This decision was based on my finances at the time but wanting to keep my unlimited data while transitioning to a 4G device. The new dropped prices for the Moto X unlocked is quite appealing while allowing me to keep my unlimited data on Verizon. My concern is that similar to my Charge (currently stuck at 2.3) the Moto X will plateau and will receive limited future support since I am getting to the party late. Will the Moto X last me through the next 2 years? I think that 4.4 is a comfortable place to be (even if for an extended period of time); but then again, so was 2.3 at the time...

Thanks for your feedback,


Grovetown, GA



Yahoo "We hope to make Aviate a central part of our Android-based experiences in 2014 (and beyond), and we are committed to continued innovation on the product." Yahoo is releasing 25,000 codes as the app is still in private beta.
From the Aviate Play Store page: "if you are looking to make heavy customizations to your phone, this is not the launcher or homescreen for you"
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone unveiled his new service and cross-platform app Jelly. Sync it with your Facebook and Twitter accounts so you can ask and answer questions that your network poses for answers.
Bitspin, developers of the popular app Timely Alarm Clock that actually won in the arena on episode 124, AND Tasks which won in the arena on episode 62, announced that they were acquired by Google. In app purchases like themes sounds and challenges are now free. Bitspin did say that further development of Timely will likely slow down so this is obviously an acquihire, likely for their fantastic visual design chops.

Android Arena!



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