All About Android 150

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All About Android
Episode 150

All About Android 150: Huawei Wrong Way



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:
“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.
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 News


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?

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.
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)


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
Available now
X+ (99 Euros):
Mostly the same as X
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)
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
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.

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
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
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)
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.


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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