All About Android 154
Guest: Fr. Robert Ballecer
Topic: HTC One M8, Google Now everywhere, Project Tango, Photowall, Portal, and more.
Recorded: March 25 2014
All About Android 154: Circle Beats the Square
- Tell me if this sounds ridiculous, or super smart: Billboard wrote about their sources claiming that apple is seriously considering bringing iTunes Radio to Android, in an effort to deal with double digit declines in US download sales.
- US digital sales down 13% this year so far
- Digital track sales down 11% for the same period, according to Neilsen soundscan
- Google is pushing Google Now to Chrome, so even those using a browser can get in on the action. No settings required to get it going, other than being signed in via Chrome to the same Google account as used on your mobile device. Google Now in more places outside of Android.
- Speaking of Google Now, new features! 'play some music' launches an I'm Feeling Lucky playlist, 'take a picture' launches camera app, 'take a video' launches video camera app.
So Google Now , got the keywords, ""take a picture, take a video and play some music"", and while it may be much faster to take navigate to the app I think this is a bigger play. What if you had your DSLR with Android wear set up to take some pictures and you speak into your watch and it takes that picture. Or even better you come home and your android wear connected sound system hears you say ""play some music"" into your watch and up comes your i'm feeling lucky playlist. I think we will see more and more contextual phrases in the next few months as Google wants to get us talking more and more. I know I'm doing it, just today I was walking listening to a audio podcast and somebody said something I wanted to check. I went to my homescreen asked my question, the podcast paused while Google read out the answer and then resumed and I continued listening to the podcast.
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- For the first time, Chou says, the dual camera captures "true depth information." HTC opted to solve a problem they perceived at the hardware level rather than using software processing. That problem was the ability to choose focus after the fact.
- The camera array does that by dedicating one sensor to capturing depth information according to HTC. It was explained as "understanding" whether an object or person is in the foreground or background, and blurring accordingly.
- 5" Super LCD3 display at 1080x1920
- 5MP front facing camera and Ultrapixel rear cameras (more on this later)
- 2GB RAM
- Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.3GHz
- 2600 mAh battery
- 32GB Internal storage with microSD slot
- Android 4.4.2
- HTC One (M8) lands for $199 online through Verizon, AT&T, & Sprint, $700 for Google Play Edition
- HTC adds key Sense apps to Play Store to make updating easier
- The HTC One M8 And Its Dot View Case
- Hands On: Project Tango, Google’s 3D-Scanning Phone for Makers
- Google is starting to make it's "Project Tango" availible to select developers
- The kit includes a phone with both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and all the cables and chargers you need to get it running
- Tango uses 4 cameras:
- Forward Facing Camera
- Rear-Facing Camera
- Wide-Angle, rear-facing, High Contrast
- Depth Sensing Camera
- Right now, you can't do much UNLESS you're a developer. The kit includes the SDK and requires Unity or Java development experience.
- Motorola hosted a hangout with the lead designer of the Moto 360 smartwatch. In all, the discussion didn't yield much in the way of new information, but a couple of interesting bits:
- Battery performance takes a lot of from the lessons learned with the Moto X, ie better power management and sensors
- "secret" charging method as the device has no ports or plugs.
- Works with all android 4.3+ devices
- Water resistant, no camera, global availability
- And not to be outdone, LG released a press photo of it's G Watch device to its Facebook page.And those of you wondering how apps that we know and love might approach this new form factor, Pocket is already on the ball. Their prototype shows what sharing to the service might look like on the device. And finally, Sony is sticking to their guns. Android Wear is not coming to the Sony Smartwatch. Head on Sony's Mobile US arm Ravi Nookala said "We've already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction,."
- LG shows off the G Watch in all its rectangular glory
- Pocket's prototype for Android Wear saves articles right from your wrist
- Sony won't use Android Wear, will stick with Smartwatch
- Google announced that it is working with Luxottica, which owns the Ray-Bay and Oakley brand of sunglasses.
- A new app called Photowall was released by Google for both Android and iOS and even works from a laptop. It's a collaborative experience where folks in the same space can throw pictures up onto a Chromecast device to share the screen with other's images. You can edit the images before throwing the to the Chromecast as well. It's essentially a shared slideshow. The entire video is recorded and can be posted to YouTube after the fact.
- Valve Has Ported The Original Portal To Android Exclusively For The Nvidia Shield, Release Details Still A Mystery
- Google Keyboard now improves suggestions by looking at your other Google services
- A new update to the Google Keyboard brings it closer to the predictive powerhouse that is Swiftkey by allowing the app to detect your typing style in other apps and offer up predictions based on your personal typing habits.
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