All About Android 167
Guest: Michael Wolfson
Topic: A look at what we know, what we expect. and what's unlikely at Google IO, Amazon Fire Phone, the Nokia X2, and more.
Recorded: June 25 2014
All About Android 167: Fast and Hard
Google IO preview
- Version L will get previewed (not likely released though) ((Lollipop? Licorice? LuftBalloons?))
- Version L: Quantum Paper design overhaul (aka DESIGN DESIGN DESIGN)
- Version L: Polymer dev kit for allowing developers to meet cross-platform design requirements
- Version L: 64-bit support
- Version L: Possible transition to ART
- Version L: Possible improvements to camera API (RAW, Burst)
- Also: These are likely screenshots from the L release
- Android Wear coming out party (tons of sessions, this preview of the interface)
- LG, Motorola and yes, even Samsung, will preview their new Android Wear-based smartwatches
- Google Play Fitness
- Android TV unveiling (though there are NO Living Room sessions, so unlikely?)
- automation/Android @ Home (ie what can Nest do for you)
- Android in the Car (thanks to the Open Automotive Alliance)
- Android Silver
- HTC Volantis (ie the last Nexus tablet before Android Silver)
- Details on consumer version of Glass (thanks to this news)
- De-emphasis on G+
- Project Tango
- Project Ara
- Driverless car
- Boston Dynamics robot(s)
- Amazon held its special event to show off its anticipated Fire Phone:
- 4.7" 1280x720 display
- 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800
- 2GB RAM
- 32/64GB storage
- 13MP RFC, 2.1MP FFC
- 2400 mAh battery
- Front and back Glass casing with rubberized sides
- Dynamic perspective technology
- Firefly image recognition with dedicated button
- Fire OS
- Mayday customer support
- Releases July 2014
- $650 off contract
- $200 (32GB), $300 (64GB) on contract with AT&T exclusivity
- Amazon throwing in 1 yr of free Prime.
- Free unlimited photo storage via Amazon Cloud Drive
- Why you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire phone
- Here comes Microsoft's first Android handset, the Nokia X2
- Today, Microsoft unveiled its first Android smartphone, the Nokia X2.
- 4.3" display
- Dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB Ram
- 5MP RFC
- Dual SIM
- Running Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 (Android fork)
- Opera is the default browser
- Video of the X2
- Opera becomes the new default browser on Nokia X
- LG's Communications Director Ken Hong Tells Android Police: "There Are No Nexus Devices In Our Pipeline"
- If you were wondering if LG might be creating YET ANOTHER Nexus phone and possibly the last in the Nexus series before Silver comes along, Android Police asked Ken Hong, Global Communications Director of LG, for the skinny. To which he said "We’re not really sure what the status of the Nexus program is. We’ve been hearing a lot of speculation about its future but that’s a Google decision, not LG’s. As of today, there are no Nexus devices in our immediate pipeline."
- LG is rumored to be one of the launch partners when Silver finally happens, but they denied any knowledge of that either.
- Also keep in mind that one year ago, LG said it wasn't working on another stock Android device. And we all know where that ended up. (Nexus 5)
- In "what could possibly go wrong" news, General Motors developed an app for the Chinese market called DiDi Plate that lets Android users send text messages to car owners, thanks to license plate scanning. It's a prototype app at the moment, and GM plans to add it into its infotainment system inside cars. One example GM gave for its use: A male driver asks a female driver on a date (she accepts)
- Analytics firm App Annie published a report that says that Play apps, downloads and revenue have all seen "phenomenal" growth this past year, with app revenue more than doubled, up 2.4x in one year.
- In Q1 2014, games represented almost 90% of Play app revenue. Free to play had a huge impact, accounting for nearly 98% of total Play store revenue in May 2014. And there are now more apps available in the Play store, 1.5 million, than Apple's App Store, 1.2 million.
- Its fun to hard on Facebook's app at this point, cause it has a history of being bad. Well, it's definitely improved lately and we have Africa to thank for it. In this case, Facebook actually sent a team of engineers and product managers to Africa to purchase low end devices, and use its infrastructure with their app. Turns out that app repeatedly crashed on these devices, had incredibly slow load times, and consumed in some cases a month's data allotment within 40 minutes.
- The overhaul was born out of that experience. Images are loaded in sizes that match screen size, features are loaded in a staggered way to prevent a lag at boot up, and Facebook reduced the app size by 65 percent.
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