Google announced the latest version of Android at I/O. The developer preview tips a new colorful design approach to the operating system, as well as several handy new features. Read more »
Google has announced Android One, a program to seed reference designs to help hardware makers create high-quality low-end phones running stock Android. Read more »
On July 1st, you might notice some changes on your Samsung Galaxy device. The Korean company is renaming its app store from the — somewhat unoriginal — Samsung Apps name it currently uses to Samsung Galaxy Apps. It’s a minor change, but another sign that Samsung’s simplifying its branding, and using Galaxy as its term for its Android hardware and software. The move gives Samsung a way to distinguish between the app store it hopes springs up for its homegrown Tizen operating system and the app store it installs on Android devices. Samsung has already removed the Galaxy moniker from its Tizen-based smartwatch, the Gear 2.
The two rumored iPhone models coming out this fall will have “differentiating features,” including different camera hardware, according to a report. Read more »
The day before Google’s annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.
Minuum is developing a keyboard for the round-faced Moto 360, which is expected to be one of three Android Wear devices announced later this week at Google I/O. Read more »
Misfit is bringing an activity tracking app to the Pebble smartwatch, marking a partnership between two of the wearable accessory startups to watch. Misfit also announced it intends to license its sensor algorithms to third-party developers. Read more »
Withings’ new fitness tracker looks like a fancy wristwatch, but it’s packing Bluetooth, an accelerometer and integration with Withings Health Mate. Read more »
Amazon released a document outlining the way to develop apps to fit in with Amazon’s 3D design language, and it reveals the primary gestures used to control the Fire Phone. Read more »
At an event in Chicago on Monday, Sprint and Samsung announced a new high-end handset, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. Unfortunately, this handset is basically identical to the standard Galaxy S5 with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5.1-inch 1080p AMOLED display. Like the Galaxy S5 Active, it’s got a bit of rubber trim and physical buttons along the bottom. There’s no new fitness hardware, but there are a number of included fitness apps under a banner called Sprint Fit Live. Sprint Fit, which will be included on all Sprint Android phones later this year, includes a year-long subscription to Under Armour’s MapMyFitness app, a few workout-specific Spotify playlists, and a couple fitness wallpapers.
Details on HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet leaked out this past weekend, tipping a device with an 8.9-inch screen and a 64-bit NVIDIA processor. Read more »
Apple’s been quietly assembling a lot of very interesting headphone tech. Will we see it make its way to the Beats line? Read more »
Apple’s wearable device could come in multiple designs with various screen sizes, and will include more than 10 different biometric sensors, according to a new report. Read more »
A new developer outreach video provides a few more details about the notifications on Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch software. Read more »
Increasingly, CEOs, product managers and enterprise buyers are swayed by good design. If you sell software to businesses, design is only becoming more important. Read more »
Illumina’s president Francis deSouza, a leader in genomic sequencing, examines the data issues that come up when recording every letter in a person’s DNA. Read more »
When Samsung announced its new flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S — “S,” like the phone — the only release date guidance we got was July 2014. Well, the AMOLED-packing tablet will be available for sale sooner than expected: according to a post on the US Samsung blog, both sizes will go on sale on June 27. As expected, the smaller, 8.4-inch version will cost $399. The 10.5-inch version will cost $499. Versions with cellular capability are on their way, but we still don’t know the price or the date.
Pocket Avatars is a new messaging app from Intel that uses sophisticated face-tracking technology to turn users’ faces into goofy cartoons. Read more »
In terms of specifications and features, how does Amazon’s Fire Phone stack up to its competitors? Read more »
Amazon’s phone is here, and it’s called the Fire Phone. As expected, it integrates with a lot of Amazon services and packs an interface which uses four front-mounted cameras to produce 3D effects. Read more »
Apple launched a new iMac, using a dual-core mobile MacBook Air processor, priced at $1100, which is $200 less than the least-expensive iMac previously cost. Read more »
In a surprise move, Nike released a Android app for its (most likely) discontinued FuelBand wearable accessory. Read more »
There’s a new homescreen app available for all current Android phones. It’s called Terrain and it’s made by Samsung. Read more »
Amazon’s smartphone, expected to be launched later this week, will be available exclusively on AT&T, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Read more »
A new Android root method uses a Linux vulnerability at the kernel level. Read more »
Comments made by a Cortana product manager suggest Microsoft is working on a version of the voice assistant for Windows 8 laptops and tablets. Read more »
A new profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests he is less hands-on with product development than his predecessor, Steve Jobs. Read more »
As part of its mission to organize the world’s information and make it useful, Google accesses Gmail content to deliver timely updates in Google Now — for instance, its ability to read a flight confirmation email and use that info to serve up a card with your flight time, gate, and airline. Now Google Now can look through your email for invites and appointments buried in the text of emails — inferred updates, as Android Police, which spotted the new feature, calls them. So if you received an email asking if you want to meet for drinks that evening, Google Now can serve a card asking you if you want to add the event to your calendar, and later, when you’re on your way, remind you when to get off the bus. Useful information, indeed.
Google’s been working on a service called Google Fit that will aggregate health data from a variety of wearables, according to a report. Read more »
Samsung announced a new high-end tablet, called the Galaxy Tab S, on Thursday at an event in New York City. Read more »
If you’re having trouble with iTunes at the moment — say, your Movies and TV section on Apple TV has disappeared, or you can’t access the App Store — you’re not alone. Despite Apple’s system status showing all services working across the board, there are widespread complaints on social media Thursday afternoon that some of Apple’s media services are down. I’ve asked Apple for comment and will update as needed. Update 5PM ET: It’s back.
Teasing the tagline “Tab into Color,” Samsung is holding a press event in Madison Square Garden. We’ll be there to share the news, which likely includes new Samsung tablets based on the event teaser. Tune in by 4pm PT for the scoop. Read more »
Microsoft released Skype for iPhone version 5.0, which brings performance improvements as well as a Windows Phone-style theme. Read more »
There are a lot of references to iPad split-screen multitasking in the iOS 8 SDK, according to developers. Read more »
One of the themes of Satya Nadella’s short tenure as Microsoft CEO so far has been an increasing focus on bringing Microsoft’s most valuable properties to multiple platforms. The latest evidence is a new Outlook app introduced on Google Play this Wednesday. Generically named Outlook Web App, the email client is very similar to the Outlook app introduced on iOS last summer: a barebones way to check a paid Office 365 for Business email account, as well as look up contacts and check calendars on the run. Unfortunately, it won’t work for Outlook.com email accounts just yet, but based on Microsoft’s recent history, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a version for consumers in the near future.
A Chinese Twitter account has posted what appears to be a complete spec sheet for the first Android Wear device, the LG G Watch. Read more »
The latest version of SwiftKey is a free app which will offer themed keyboards for in-app purchase. Read more »
Amazon is running a targeted promotion which offers certain customers the ability to buy a Kindle and pay it off over five months. Read more »
Apple is diversifying its marketing: no longer relying exclusively on longtime firm TWBA, it’s building an internal shop and asking new firms to pitch. Read more »
A memo obtained through FOIA shows that Apple talked to the FDA last December about what triggers regulation. Read more »