Google announced that, beginning early tomorrow, a preview of its upcoming L Release will be available for developers. There will be preview factory images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013. The new release will have lots of design tweaks, and optimizations to create a unified experience across Android smartphones, tablets and the web.
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The next version of Google’s Android will be announced in a few short hours. Google I/O, its annual developer conference kicks off tomorrow, and head of Android, Sundar Pichai, was interviewed by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, declaring, “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.” Google typically unveils a new OS in the fall,
The story of compromise is really a narrative of degrees. How much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve something else? In the Android world, as the dwindling price of components outpaces the speed requirements of the software powered by those parts, such commoditization has created a market of capable, low-cost devices with Motorola at the forefront.
Microsoft has issued a small update — it’s second — for Windows Phone 8.1 Preview, readying the release for later this summer. The 21MB over-the-air download brings the build up to 8.10.12393.890, and adds just a couple of user-facing improvements. According to WPCentral, Quiet Hours are now global and don’t need Cortana, which isn’t officially
Likely lost in the hubbub of the potential Beats deal this week is the fact that Ari Partinen, one of PureView’s inventors over at Nokia, is moving to Apple. Now that Microsoft wholly owns Nokia’s Devices & Services business, it was inevitable that some personnel shifting would happen, but this is a big gain for Apple. Partinen
Sonos is quite close to releasing its brand new iOS and Android controller app, and has been offering a beta on Google’s mobile platform for some time. The company issued a new video today explaining its new features and showing off a delightful new design that is sure to appease all users of the wireless sound devices.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a company more deserving of success in the mobile space than Sony. The company’s early Android phones were, to put it mildly, disappointing. Who can forget the Timescape/Mediascape controversy, and how, for so many years, the company always seemed to be a step or two behind its competitors in both
Let’s be honest: smartphone speakers are generally tinny, sibilant weaklings. Tiny amplifiers and minuscule enclosures, coupled with design limitations, often create music that sounds thin and voices that arrive soft. Speck, one of the most popular smartphone accessory manufacturers, decided to do something about this with its new CandyShell Amped case for the iPhone 5 and
Wireless charging is a first world problem. It’s a scratch to an itch you didn’t even know existed, but once it’s there you can’t stop scratching. The idea behind the practice is so sound as to be obvious: remove the need to insert a charging cable, or obviate a docking station, by placing the device
Microsoft launched its pilot program this week, first announced at BUILD, which allows Windows Phone developers the ability to respond to app reviews. The pilot program contains a small group of pre-selected developers, and is currently only US-only, although Microsoft will slowly expand the program each month to new developers prioritized by app download volume.