Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Android Realm Podcast Episode 116 It's Ok, They're Big Phones Or Small Tablets

Google offering free Wi-Fi in NYC in and around its offices
CyanogenMod now allows auto-expanded lockscreen widgets
Google drops H.264 lawsuit against Microsoft
Google+ gets extended pan & zoom functionality in website for larger images
Google+ Hangouts now available in full screen
Google Play Store to get reply ability for all developers soon
Google Voice starting to be better integrated with Gmail Contacts for easier calling

Firefox updated with Google Now widget integration and performance enhancements
iRig Recorder for Android coming at the end of January - free and pro versions available
Facebook Pages app released - does nothing more than provide “container” for your pages in Facebook (at the moment)
Fitocracy released
Google Chrome Beta channel started for early releases for new versions and features

Vizio to launch 2 new Android devices (1) 720p display @ 4.7” screen & (2) 1080p display @ 5” screen
Verizon to launch pure Android tablet @ 7”, 1280x800 display, 16gb storage, 1.2mp front camera
NVIDIA Project Shield - handheld Android gaming system with pure Android experience & Tegra button for Tegra zone games
Pantech Discover (AT&T) - 4.8” screen @ 1280x800, 1.5 ghz dual core processor, 16gb storage, NFC, 2mp front camera, 12.6 mp rear camera, 2100 mAh battery, Android 4.0 (ICS)
ASUS Qube - Google TV announced
Huawai Ascend Mate - 6.1” screen, 8.1 mp rear camera, 1.5 ghz quad-core processor, 720p display, 4050 mAh battery, Android 4.1
Polaroid iM1836 - mirrorless Android camera - 18.1” mp, 3.5” display, changeable lenses - $399
HTC One X (Canada) getting Jellybean (v. 4.1.1) update
T-Mobile planning to sell SGSIII with LTE support
Polaroid M7 - 7” tablet @ 1280x800, 1.6 ghz dual core processor, 1gb RAM, 2mp front camera
SGS II Plus released with similar specs as SGS II but with 1.2 ghz processor and Android 4.2 Jellybean

Kindle Fire Pit
Amazon Prime released in Canada (*without Instant Video)
AutoRip lets users get mp3 versions of CDs bought on Amazon for free

App Review - Ultimate Control Widget (UCCW)
Create custom widgets with many sizes, themes, functions, etc.
Similar to creating your own launcher without a system wide function change
Positioning using touch controls can be difficult but there is a position function for fine tuning position of different elements
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