Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google improves Android with each new iteration by baking in new features, but where do they come from? Could it harm the app ecosystem if the hard work developers put in on an app has no pay off because the improved core functionality makes it obsolete? We take a look at developer pain, discuss the impact, and remember some pioneering apps that no longer seem necessary.

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Earlier today we reported that the latest YouTube app update allowed you to share and control YouTube videos on your Google TV directly from your favorite Android smartphone or tablet. Not... only is this insanely fun, this is the start of something big. Remember last summer when the Nexus Q launched? Almost immediately the Android and Google TV community collectively wanted these feature...

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The Android 4.1 Nexus 7 tablet was meant to be Google’s content delivery device, but it can be re-purposed into a productivity tool with apps from Google Play.

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Now that Google has a product range in the form of the Nexus line is it time the company considered a retail strategy? We’ve all seen the success that Apple enjoys with bricks-and-mortar retail stores; does it make sense for Google to open its own chain?

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The unimaginable has happened. Google went offline shortly this November 6th. Actually, Google does experience limited outages one time or another, although given Google’s reputation as a big technology company, this kind of thing is usually considered unthinkable by users. Can’t access your Gmail for just five minutes, and you’re probably pissed. What more if Google searches or other services don’t work?

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Because Google canceled its Nexus and Android 4.2 media event that should have taken place in New York City today, it was forced to unveil its new products via press releases that are limited in terms of what they can reveal. We have already covered the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in great detail, but we still have unanswered questions.

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Analysts have been predicting the rise of NFC for a while now, but expectations vary wildly. The main driver that’s widely touted is mobile payments, but the number of NFC-enabled devices in circulation is still relatively small. We take a look at some potential uses for NFC and ask: what is holding it back?