Friday, January 10, 2014

165 Hitting The Mark


Android in your car, Images in your Gmail, the Dick Tracy watch, and more!



Headlines
  • CyanogenMod reaches 10,000,000 installs
  • Bump and Flock to shut down on January 31st
  • CyanogenMod 11 M2 builds rolling out
  • Google launched Open Automotive Alliance - http://www.openautoalliance.net - to bring Android platform to cars (currently includes Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and Nvidia)
  • Gmail getting more integration with Google+ to allow sending email to Google+ contact without showing email address until user replies
Apps
  • Apex 2.2 now out of beta to bring KitKat features to any using the launcher
  • Official MTV app now available for Android - full episodes available with cable subscription
  • OneNote updated to support Multi Window and updated widget (recent notes in addition to other quick actions)
  • Fly Delta app updated to help keep track of SkyMiles
  • Blackberry testing channels and voice calling for BBM beta users
  • Timely developers Bitspin partnering with Google
  • Yahoo! purchases Aviate
  • Gmail updating to v4.7.2 to auto load images (can be manually disabled)
  • Google Play Services v4.1 brings multiplayer support, Google Drive API integration, and support for the Google Mobile Ads SDK
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Devices
  • FitBit updated to work with newer Motorola and Nexus devices
  • Oppo N1 gets CM 10.2
  • Lenovo N308 - $450, 19” screen, up to 500gb storage, Android 4.2, quad-core processor, 3 hour battery life, ~10lbs, 
  • Lenovo ThinkVision 28 - $1,199, 28” screen, Android 4.3, 4k capable screen 
  • Meizu MX3 with Flyme OS - Android with refreshed UI - easier to single finger swype across UI - 5.1” screen, 8 core processor, 2gb RAM, 8mp rear camera, 2mp front camera, 2400 mAh battery, 16/32/64/128 gb storage
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12 - 12.2” screen, 2gb RAM, 32gb storage, 8mp rear camera, 9500 mAh battery, Android 4.4, WiFi 1.9ghz Octa core model and LTE 2.3ghz quad-core model
  • OnePlus to work with CyanogenMod to put their OS on new devices
  • Hyundai 2nd gen Blue Link technology to run Android - to cost around $100 a year and uses Verizon’s signals
  • Audi Smart Display 10.2 - highly crash and variable temperature resistant - connects to the car via in-car WiFi
  • ZTE hotspot & projector - runs Android on a 480x800 screen, projects up to 120”, 5000 mAh battery, provides 3G & 4G connections
  • Neptune Pine - 2.4” screen, WiFi, GPS, maps, bluetooth, web browser, NFC, phone, 512 mb RAM, 8/16/32gb storage, 5mp rear camera (w/ LED flash), Android 4.1
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Feature Review - Pandora Alarm Clock
  • Start any station
  • Click on menu
  • Enable alarm clock, then click on ‘Alarm Clock’ to enter settings
  • Set alarm time, repeat, station, etc.
  • The Android Realm Feature Review
App Review - InstaSize
  • Share full images to Instagram (and Facebook & Twitter)
  • Add in-image comments
  • Change border colors
  • Create collage of images
  • The Android Realm App Review
App Review - Jelly
  • Socially ask and answer questions
  • Use pictures to provide visual cues for questions being asked & answered
  • Use Facebook and/or Twitter to include social circles
  • The Android Realm App Review