All About Android 150
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Guest: Marques Brownlee
Topic: A ton of hardware from Mobile World Congress, the rising backlash of Google Glass, new hardware coming direct from Google, and more.
Recorded: February 25 2014
All About Android 150: Huawei Wrong Way
- Marques Brownlee
- Google Finally Announces Google I/O 2014 Dates For June 25-26, New Application Process For Tickets Starts Next Month
- Google IO dates were finally announced last week: June 25-26. Sundar Pichai made the announcement on Google+ where he had this to say about the new registration process:
- WHAT WOULD SUNDAR SAY
- “We'll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter.”
- Details to follow.
- Speaking of IO, leaks from multiple sources including @evleaks point to a possible unveiling of Google’s smart watch at the IO event. Made by LG, early versions of the device are said to have a metallic wrist band, but likely plastic for release, full-color display, Bluetooth LE, and gesture based interaction. Expect a watch the revolves around Google Now.
- @evleaks: Apparently Google's smartwatch is being made by LG, and will launch at I/O
- Nexus 8 may be in the works along with a Google smartwatch
- Google announces ‘Project Tango’ Android prototype w/ advanced 3D space and motion sensors
- Google announced Project Tango, a hardware project that sees an Android prototype that can track the world around you by using advanced motion and space tracking sensors. 3D scanning to map your surroundings, and tracking 3D motion are just a few things to expect from this project which will open up to a limited number of developers in the coming months.
- 5” phone
- Quarter million 3D measurements per second
- Includes dev APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard apps written in Java, C/C++, and Unity game engine
- This project is lead y Advanced Technology and Projects group (Project Ara) and was part of Motorola that WASN’T sold to Lenovo. Interested developers can sign up now.
- The security-focused Blackphone we covered back in January has opened up pre-orders, for those of you interested in dropping $629 to protect your privacy. The new Blackphone produced by Silent Circle runs a forked version of Android called PrivatOS that has strong privacy features and controls built in. The new phone will be shipping to users this coming June.
- Blackphone's got:
- 4.7” HD IPS display, 2GHz quad-core processor, 16GB storage, 8MP RFC, LTE
- Comes loaded with apps like Silent Phone for P2P encrypted VOIP calls, Silent Text for encrypted messaging, Silent Contacts for a silo’d contact list that other apps can’t access.
- All of these apps are already available for Android and iOS but you've got to be a paid member of Silent Circle to use them - plans start at around 10 bucks a month for personal use.
- Blackphone comes with 2 years of these services paid for.
- Security Center allows the user to set permissions for all apps or restrict access.
- Requires P2P so the phone comes with 3 one-year subscriptions to hand out to friends. After that, $10 per month to continue.
- SilentCircle will open source much of their code so the community can help them stay ahead of threats as they arise.
- Glass is seeing a progressive backlash, both in the eyes of the law, and in the court of public opinion.
- First, Google is actively lobbying in eight states to persuade lawmakers in those states that creating laws outlawing the use of Glass while driving is unnecessary. Google states that regulation is premature, as Glass is not yet widely accessible to the public. States considering such legislation include New York, Illinois, Delaware, Missouri, Maryland and West Virginia.
- And out in the real world, we continue to see stories by news outlets and Glass wearers citing how they were kicked out of establishments while wearing the device, or in some cases, bystanders actually escalated to violence due to the threat of being recorded unwillingly.
- What are we seeing here? Does Glass warrant this? Are we surprised? What does this mean for the future of such wearable devices?
- Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation
- Woman wearing Google Glass in San Francisco bar says she was attacked
Mobile World Congress pt. 1
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- 5.1” display at 1920x1080
- 2800 mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving mode that doubles remaining battery life when hits low levels.
- Rated IP67 for dust/water resistance. (3ft of water for 30 min)
- “Finger Scanner” on home button, swipe finger across for unlock AND payment authorization (PayPal was shown in shots)
- New SOC: The new Snapdragon 801 (improved speed from the 800 = good for image processing, Quick charge compatibility for 75percent faster charging, and LTE baseband support on the chip itself = power efficiency)
- 16MP RFC, 4k video.
- Samsung claims worlds fastest autofocus at .3 seconds to focus and take shot
- Heart rate monitor on the back
- 4.4.2 KitKat
- Shipping in April 11.
- Marques: Samsung Galaxy S5 Impressions
- Galaxy S5 available on April 11
- The Galaxy S5 ROM uses almost 8 GB of storage
- Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, which drop Android for Tizen
- Gear 2
- 1.63” Super AMOLED (320x320)
- 300mAh battery, 2-3 days of typical usage
- 2MP camera moved up to the watch away from the band
- Heart rate sensor
- 4GB storage
- Removeable straps
- Home button
- rated IP67 for dust and waterproofing
- Can be a standalone music player
- IR blaster
- Gear 2 Neo
- 20% lighter than the 2
- No camera
- Gear Fit
- 1.84” curved Super AMOLED display at 432x128 (244ppi)
- Tizen powered
- Heart rate monitor
- 210mAh battery with up to 7 days battery life (Samsung says closer to 3-4 days normal use)
- Samsung to upgrade original Galaxy Gear to Tizen
- Nokia and HTC mock Samsung Galaxy S5 launch (badly)
- Curved Samsung Gear Fit bends to your wrist and will (hands-on)
- All 3 Nokia devices run customized AOSP Android, no Google services, and they'll interface with Microsoft’s online product suite. There will be a Nokia-operated app store, and users will be able to sideload APKs.
- X (89 Euros):
- Entry level
- 4” 800x480
- Dual-core Snapdragon S4
- 512MB ram
- Dual SIM card slots
- 3MP RFC, no FFC
- Available now
- X+ (99 Euros):
- Mostly the same as X
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB microSD card included
- Early Q2 2014
- XL (109 Euros):
- 5” 800x480 display
- 2000mAh battery
- 5MP RFC, has FFC
- Early Q2 2014
- Xperia Z2
- Update to last year’s Z1:
- 5.2” 1920x1080 IPS Live Color LED (Sony’s proprietary technology that promises the widest color gamut on the market)
- quad-core snapdragon 801 (same as Galaxy S5)
- 3200mAh battery
- 3GB Ram
- IP58 waterproof
- Dedicated camera button
- SteadyShot software image stabilization (taken from its Handycam line)
- 20MP RFC
- 4K video recording
- Timeshift video recording for 120fps slow-mo
- 4.4 KitKat
- Black, White, Purple
- Available in March
- Z2 Tablet
- 10” Live Color LED display
- Similar specs as the Z2 smartphone
- Super thin at 6.4mm
- Available in March
- M2 phone
- Midrange offering
- 4.8” 960x540 display
- quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP RFC
- Sony SmartBand fitness tracker, first seen at CES this year, was also given a March release date.
- No screen, all interaction and notification done via vibration and sync with mobile device.
- Sony touts compatibility with Android devices via Bluetooth or NFC, promising “open hardware” and open software ecosystem
- Motorola didn’t unveil any products, but did have a lot to say about what we can expect from them going forward during a panel discussion at MWC:
- A 2nd gen Moto X coming late summer 2014
- Moto have no current plans to change the “near-stock Android” approach, nor are they planning to move away from Android into other ecosystems
- Moto plans to keep pricing in the same range as the X and G, they say “the days of $600 phones are limited
- Update speed will not slow down
- Moto Maker coming to Europe and Mexico (Canada still out of the picture!!!!!)
- They also announced that a watch is in the works, and Moto will address things that consumers want like style and battery life
- Android Police claims to have photos of an early prototype of Moto’s Watch, dubbed “Google Watch”, made by the company last year.
- 6 interesting revelations from Motorola at MWC
- This Is An Early Prototype Of The Google Watch, Made By Motorola Last Year
Mobile World Congress pt. 2
- Lenovo brought a range of devices to MWC:
- S860, 850 and 660
- Focus on battery life, quad-core performance, and productivity (Doit suite of apps)
- S860 ($349 unlocked)
- 24 hr talk time and ability to charge other devices off the phone! (now they're just showing off)
- S850 ($269 unlocked)
- thin, lightweight glass construction, 5” display, 13MP RFC
- S660 ($229 unlocked)
- midrange device, brushed metal construction, 5” display
- Three use modes: Hold, Tilt and Stand, depending on the position of its kickstand
- 10.1” 1920x1200 display
- quad-core Snapdragon 400
- USB on the go
- 8MP RFC
- 4.3 Jelly Bean
- April starting at $349
- HTC moving back into the midrange category, but the camera on this phone is much better than you might think.
- 5.5” 720 display
- 1.6GHz quad core processor
- 8GB storage
- 1.5GB RAM
- 13MP RFC
- 5MP FFC (great for selfies)
- HTC One followup is expected to be announced next month.
- In other HTC rumors news, Bloomberg reported that a source with direct knowledge of the plans told them HTC is working on 3 new wearables:
- One being a smart watch focused on Google Now recommendations
- One based on Qualcomm’s Toq smart watch.
- One focused on music playback
- TalkBand B1
- Fitness tracking, notifications, time, etc…
- Display comes off turning it into a bluetooth headset for calls
- Available in China next month with Europe, Middle East, Russia and Japan to follow. (136 Euro price)
- MediaPad X1
- Huawei claims “lightest and narrowest 7” tablet” at 239g, 103.9mm width
- LTE Cat4 for making phone calls
- IPS LCD 1920x1200 display
- quad-core 1.6GHz
- 5000mAh battery (up to 5 days continuous use)
- 13MP RFC, 5MP FFC
- 4.2 Jelly Bean
- China, Russia, Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America
- Available in March
- Ascend G6
- A stylish midrange phone with a 249 Euro price tag unlocked.
- Huawei unveils MediaPad X1 - the lightest 7" tablet doubles as a phone, has huge 5000 mAh battery
- Huawei announces the Ascend G6, a €249 unlocked phone with mid-range specs and high style
- Yota Devices announces the next generation YotaPhone, the one with an AMOLED display on the front and e-ink display on the back.
- E-ink display is now fully touch enabled as opposed to gesture control of the original.
- 4.7” e-ink display with light for night time viewing
- Snapdragon 800
- Wireless charging
- 5” AMOLED display
- Russia and select markets in Q4 2014, with US and Asia 1-2 quarters after that.
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