All About Android 8
Topic: A comprehensive look at Google I/O, Netflix for Android is released, A battle of games, and more.
Recorded: May 13, 2011
Published: May 13, 2011
All About Android 8: I/O And G (The G Stands For Games)
- Google I/O - Android Music, Movies, Android everywhere, Honeycomb 3.1
- Honeycomb 3.1
- Optimizations around transitions and launcher animations.
- Connectivity for USB accessories.
- Resizeable widgets.
- Improved wi-fi performance.
- Expanded recent apps list.
- Updated browser, including added support for embedded HTML5 video playback.
- Updated gallery, Calendar, Contacts and Email apps.
- Improved enterprise support. Verizon 3G XOOM, first to get the update.
- Galaxy Tab 10.1 to receive before the device ships
- Also in 3.1: Movie Rentals
- You can watch these movies online and on Motorola Xoom tablets that run the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb update. Soon, you'll also be able to watch movie rentals on your Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread phones. Google will roll out that capability in a few weeks.
- Google TV getting 3.1 this summer — OTA update for existing devices— and new Google TV products will be coming from Logitech, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.It will also get access to the Android Market in the next few months, and developers will get a Honeycomb-based SDK to start building Google TV-specific apps.
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Meant to bridge the gap between all devices.
- Work designed to help reduce fragmentation.
- All of Honeycomb UI features (holographic UI, App launcher, multitasking, rich widgets, etc.)
- Expanded NFC features such as “0-click sharing” (basically bump media/contacts to each other)
- Release in fourth quarter 2011.
- Heard that there will be another Nexus device at the end of the year
- Android Music
- Invites over the next few weeks, though the app is available now in the Android Market.
- Android @Home
- Google has created a framework to control wireless communication between objects in your house. During the keynote, Britt used a Motorola Xoom to control lighting on the stage created by Google’s first official partner, Lighting Science.
- Also demonstrated a home theater system called “Project Tungsten” by rigging several speakers to the Android OS and, using an Android tablet, controlled the speaker system. Google also demonstrated how the system can start playing music just by swiping a near-field communication-enabled CD case in front of the “Project Tungsten” setup.
- Android Open Accessory
- “We want to think of every appliance in your home as a potential I/O device,” said Google engineering director Joe Britt during the keynote presentation.
- Devs were given the Android Open Accessory Kit (ADK) consists of a software API that allows programmers to interact with the accessory controller, a piece of demo hardware that allows connections and communications from the software API connecting to (or built into) the USB accessory device.
- Anti-fragmentation Alliance
- Electronista reports: "...a formal group to establish guidelines for both how quickly Android devices would get updated after new releases as well as a guaranteed timeframe during which they would get updates. Members of the program are initially promising to keep upgrading devices for at least 18 months after they're released "if the hardware allows."
- HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson as well as the major U.S. wireless providers
- Google I/O
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- 1.24 pounds compared with the iPad 2's 1.32 pounds,10.1-inch display (1,280x800, compared with the iPad's 1,024-by-768)
- Dual Core 1 Ghz Tegra 2
- BTW: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Already Rooted Using The Easiest Root Instructions Ever
- Sony Ericsson
- Xperia Play -- Another Oprah Moment At Google I/O: Game Developers Get Free Xperia PLAY Phones
- Xperia Arc
- Dual core vs Single core
- Option to unlock the boot loader now available for advanced developers
- Google I/O
- A new version of Android Market app coming in June
- (Web market already updated with new sections: "Trending", "Top New Paid", and "Top New Free" and "Top Grossing")
- Last Week's Poll
- This week's face-off: Games
- Eileen - Stellar Escape, $1.12
- Jason - Duck Hunt
- Ron - Glow Hockey
- This Week's Poll
First let me say I'm lovin' the show! Very fun and entertaining, always informative. I've been an iphone user for a while now and I'm looking to make the jump to Android. Here's my dilemma. I've got the opportunity to get a nexus s 4g from sprint at a really low monthly rate, about 65 bucks a month for 750 anytime minutes and unlimited text and data (thanks corporate discount!). I don't know if I should pull the trigger on a nexus s with this really low monthly rate or wait until some more dual core android phones come out. The problem is that if I get a newer phone I'll be paying a lot more per month, but I'll have a cooler phone. What am I leaving on the table if I just jump in and get the nexus s now? Should I just take advantage of my corporate discount now? Any advice you can provide would be much appreciated.
Hello fellow android nuts. I just wanted to share some information concerning the downloading of apps to multiple devices with the same account from the amazon app store, paid or free.
The terms of service included in the app does allow of multiple installs as described in point 2.5.
It also states that they will limit the number of installs if the developer asks for a limit.
hope this helps.
The Great Gazoo
u know u guys were right about the task managers. i still use it to kill some game, but i have didn't have to charge my phone every 3hrs. i am rooted with ACS SyndicateROM Frozen 1.1.0 thank you it helps me so much. oh i was so into the preshow today i almost burn my rice lol not ur fault but thanks for all ur tips and help.
After your last show where you guys discussed Task Killers, I decided to take the AAA Challenge and uninstalled eRay, the Task Killer that I'd been using on my HTC Glacier (myTouch 4G). I think it has been a little over a week now and I've noticed that my phone seems snappier and I don't have as many force closes. I was a pretty compulsive task killer and I now know that I was usually killing tasks that just restarted by themselves again.
Anyway, thanks for the tip -- worked like a charm!
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