What’s that you say? “A (yawn) Android Beat feature on (yawn) accessories (yawn)?” Actually yes, but bear with me, since there are serious points being made here about smartphone design.
You see, as a modern day McGyver and self professed smartphone geek, I relish the potential of a smartphone which is truly flexible and truly customisable, in that it can be subtly morphed to suit my needs. We’re used to this being possible in software on touch-only devices, but this also applies to some extent to hardware.
I carried an iPhone 4 for over two years. The Note II on my desk is my second Android device, the first being a Nexus One. Deep at heart though, I’m a huge Nokia fan. It’s a shame that the company decided to bet the farm on Windows Phone instead of going with Android, but I’m not here to talk to you about that today. What I want to talk about is photography.
An XDA member has managed to get his hands on a Nexus 4 running a development build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. chaleen managed to get his hands on the black Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 at the Thailand Mobile Expo, and has managed to click a bunch of pictures of the device running the upcoming version of Jelly Bean.
Thanks to @evleaks, we now have several press photos of the Huawei P6. This is that phone that likely be announced next month in London at the company’s “Beautiful” event. It’s obviously been heavily inspired by Apple’s iPhone 4, but that’s not actually a bad thing since the iPhone 4 was one of the most beautiful mobile phones to ever hit the market.
Remember when Geek.com said Samsung was going to come out with a Google Edition of the Galaxy S4, and I made fun of them by calling the rumor insane? Well, it actually happened, and I publicly apologized. The same site is now saying HTC is in the process of testing a stock version of the One that runs Android 4.2.2. It hasn’t been confirmed whether or not HTC will market the device, but the company is impressed with the amount of positive feedback that Samsung got for the stock GS4.
Hisense isn’t just another Chinese company, they’re a Chinese company that’s owned by the Chinese government. With all the anti-Chinese rhetoric flying around in FreedomLand, it comes as shock to me to read today’s new about Hisense tablets coming to Walmart.
I’m going to get a lot of hell for saying this, but screw it: I think the last cool thing Google did was to integrate their translation service into Chrome. That was in early 2010. Maybe you don’t care about reading websites in languages other than your own, but I do that multiple times a day. Whether it be for catching up on Finnish news, reading Korean rumors, Russian device leaks, whatever. Despite this feature being “old”, it still blows my mind when Google politely asks me: “Would you like to translate this page to English?”
That’s straight up science fiction.
Google didn’t announce Android 4.3 at I/O, but more importantly they didn’t announce a new Nexus 7. There are conspiracy theories as to why, but something tells me Google simply wants to be a little bit more like Apple. They want to hold a dedicated event for their new product, spend 90 minutes showing it off and explaining why it’s important, and then they end their talk with a price tag and the three most delicious words a company can say: “Starts shipping tomorrow.”
Over the last couple of weeks, all the popular browsers for Android – Chrome, Firefox and Opera – received major updates.
The Opera web browser based on the Webkit engine finally came out of beta earlier this week, while the Google team pushed out Chrome v27 that comes with the new full-screen mode, and stability and performance improvements. The latest version of Firefox also fixed some bugs and brought about some under-the-hood improvements.
According to The Korea Times, Samsung will supply Google with “high-end OLED screens for Google Glass.” The Korean publication says Google might release Glass by the end of this year, but I have high doubts that’s going to be the case.