At Google’s I/O event today, the company officially unveiled the next major version of Android, which appears to possibly ditch the dessert themed naming in favor of just going with “Android L”. L has a brand new runtime engine from Dalvik to ART, updating the oldest part of the operating system, it’s got a new design that borrows the flat, colorful elements of Google Now and Google has opened up over 5000 APIs to developers, which puts Android and its developers in line to start creating devices for wearables, smart car and smart home devices.
Amazon announces its magical 3D screen smartphone that just happens to be good at helping you buy stuff from Amazon
As expected, when Amazon held its private press event in Seattle today, it was to pull the curtain back from its first smartphone, the Fire Phone. With successes in the Kindle Fire tablet and Fire TV, Amazon’s new phone doesn’t have the highest resolution or the fastest processor, but it does have some really neat features— it will carry over the Mayday button from the Kindle Fire, it has four front-facing cameras to watch for head position so it can deliver glasses-free 3D without having to hold your head at one perfect angle, and it just wouldn’t be an Amazon phone if it didn’t offer a bevy of built-in features that will make purchasing everything you could possibly imagine via Amazon way too easy.
If you’ve completely given up on hologram displays or smartphones and other devices that can beam high definition holograms, next year that’s going to change. A new dedicated processor, small enough to fit in a phone will debut next damn year, giving your phones of the near future the ability to do things like send a hologram to someone to ask for help, in something that’s far smaller than an R2 unit.
If you live in the US and you happen to find yourself traveling anywhere outside North America, unless money is no object, you might find yourself completely disabling data on your phone, turning off your phone entirely or bringing some cheap voice-only burner phone to save on the insane roaming charges US carriers like to impose. But one new startup called Attache Arrivals will help you travel like it’s the 21st century by providing easy and cheaper access to unlocked smartphones and SIM cards for just about any region of the world.
For Android modders, if you want to get all down and dirty inside your phone with CyanogenMod, it requires all that rooting and wiping the stock OS and so many steps. But the OnePlus One, from startup OnePlus, created from former employees of Oppo, a Chinese phone maker, comes with CM Android already built in, so you don’t have to lift a finger to get all the fun bells and whistles.
It’s no secret that Amazon has had plans brewing to launch their own smartphone, and even if one hadn’t heard those rumors, the success of the Amazon Kindle line and more recently Amazon Fire TV would be enough to suspect more hardware was inevitable. So after months of rumor and speculation, the above image is supposedly what Amazon’s phone will look like. Other crazy rumors is that the phone has six cameras for gesture recognition and it could come with the launch of some kind of Amazon Prime data service.
Motorola hasn’t really set the world on fire since it was acquired by Google a few years ago. Yeah, the Moto X is a pretty damn good Android phone, but it’s not a game changer. But with Ara, they haven’t just launched a single smartphone, but an entire open hardware smartphone platform that very well could set the world on fire, by opening up smartphone development in the way that Android did and on the same grand scale.
Right now when you get a new smartphone, you have to choose between the best camera, best processor, screen size and resolution, battery life, etc etc. But with the Ara platform, you’ll be able to upgrade your smartphone bit by bit cheaply and easily just like you can with a PC. Swap out the camera, swap out the battery, swap out a screen, swap out the processor just as easy as popping together pieces of Lego.
Yesterday, while Apple was showing off its super light Retina iPads new Macs, Nokia was holding its own presser in Abu Dhabi, where it was showing off its new gadgets. Among things of interest to people who like the Lumia phones for their “real” camera lens and optical zoom, here’s one more carrot: The Lumia 1520 and 1020 will now be able to shoot and save your photos in RAW format for maximum image processing ability. Time to up that game, Apple.
Even though a very thorough repair manual for the Nexus 5 leaked last week, so we know every bit of technical information, until a few days ago, we hadn’t seen the phone itself or the price. Thanks to some butter-fingered person behind the Google Play store, images of the Nexus 5 have hit the web, including a small home screen look at Android KitKat and a price of $349.
Google is hard at work at the newest Nexus phone, partnering with LG to build the device, but it appears that a leaked service manual has already revealed practically everything you would possibly want to know about the LG Nexus except for the price. That’s a big fucking leak.
Android Police has reported on a document that presents itself as a draft internal Service Manual for the LG-D821 — revealing a 4.95 inch Nexus device with a 1080p display that runs on a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 2300mAh battery. Memory-wise it comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while for photos it has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.