Sony has been less than reliable when it comes to offering timely Android updates for its Android-based devices, but this could all change in the future, as it looks like Google is ready to offer Nexus-like AOSP support to at least one Sony device.
The Sony Xperia S is the lucky fellow that will receive Nexus-like treatment and we’re certainly intrigued by the move. What does it mean for the Android business? Will we see other Sony and non-Sony devices get the same support for Google?
I’m sure that neither carriers nor device makers would be entirely happy to let customers fetch their Android updates directly from Google, but should [...]
Android = diversity! You’ve probably heard this one before, but what does it actually mean? While it’s a fact that the principle of diversity is as valid as ever in the mobile industry, different groups of people have varied opinions on how useful the diversity of the Android ecosystem actually is, in its current state.
If you happen to notice that the tones widely range from the temperate, on to optimistic, and back to pessimism or even frustration, don’t worry because we’re in this together! If you then start noticing that the general idea of Android fragmentation is one the topics that really drives readers to leave a comment, don’t panic, you [...]
Just a few days ago, we were discussing how ZTE might be the one to start the “stock Android revolution“, with their upcoming Grand X flagship, which will arrive with stock Android 4.0. ZTE is trying hard to become a stock Android manufacturer, and they’ve been working with Google to bring out stock Android devices faster into the market. According to Kan Yulun, VP and CTO of ZTE’s handset division:
“ZTE has an excellent relationship with Google and this, combined with our extensive R&D capabilities and our experience of customising devices for partners around the world, means we are able to bring new technologies to market very [...]
The Google Nexus 7 is out in stores and it’s selling like hot cakes. We’ve seen this happen before when the Kindle Fire was launched – an affordable device ready to offer plenty of features and lots of digital content choices to tablet buyers. But now the Nexus 7 is the king of 7-inch tablets, considering what it has to offer in terms of both hardware and software. Sure, Amazon will come out with a new Kindle Fire version, and Apple is rumored to bring out of hiding its 7.85-inch iPad Mini later this year, at which point the competition in the small affordable tablet business will get even more ferocious.
And don’t think that other Android [...]
Whenever Eric Schmidt speaks about Google’s short- and long-term plans at public events, it’s always worth paying attention to what he says about the company’s future – and sometimes he does say things that turn out to bite the company right in the behind.
The former Google CEO talked to journalists last Thursday at the Allen & Company technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he made it clear to everyone attending that Google is determined to make a play in the hardware business – like that wasn’t clear so far. Here’s what he told the press, according to the New York Times:
Not that he would call Google a “hardware [...]
Google’s sci-fi inspired Nexus Q was one of the big surprises of this year’s Google I/O event. The orb-like device (made in the USA) was received with quite a few raised eyebrows, and some of the biggest questions were “what does it do?” and “why the heck it costs 300 bucks?”.
Leaving those burning questions aside, inside the menacing black orb, the Nexus Q is basically a tiny Android-powered computer. That means that it’s only a matter of time before people hack it and find new uses for it, besides the official, social streaming functionality promoted by Google. We’ve seen that it’s possible to load Android games on the device, but did you know that you can actually [...]
Following the release of Jelly Bean’s source code yesterday, today Google has announced via their Nexus account on Google+ that Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 has began rolling out to supported devices. The devices to get Jelly Bean’s awesomeness first will be the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexuses and the Nexus 7.
If you’re running an official Yakju or Takju build on your HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, you can begin checking for updates now by going to Settings>About>System updates and see if you can pull the update. If you were lucky enough to snag a Nexus 7 already, you too can start spamming your update button.
The 4.1.1 build changelog for the Nexus 7 boasts a few [...]
The more we talk about flagship mobile devices, whether smartphone or tablets, the more we inadvertently end up analyzing the legal battles they generate between some of the most important players in the mobile business. And obviously, the most important patent-based legal conflict is currently being fought between Apple and Android, although other companies are also targeting Google’s open source mobile operating system in similar battles.
So far, Google had to, or felt the need to remain a somewhat quiet, but very interested observant of the various fights Apple has been engaged in. Interestingly, whether it’s Apple vs Samsung, Apple vs [...]
Now that “the first social streaming media player” has hit the market, you are going to need some accessories to go along with it. Surely, Google has already offered speakers and speaker cables as recommended accessories, but we found it necessary to get more details and outline some other options.
If you haven’t already read about the Nexus Q, take a look at our article here.Triad Bookshelf Speakers ($399)
Never mind the steep price of almost $400, these USA-made speakers were created specifically for the Nexus Q. They will be the perfect match for your social streamer, at about 13 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and 7.32 inches in [...]
This year’s edition of Google’s annual developer conference takes place in San Francisco during June 27-29, a bit later than in previous years, when Google I/O was held at some point in May. Nevertheless, Google I/O 2012 is going to be quite interesting as we expect to see plenty of announcements during the keynotes.
We think we have a pretty good idea of what to expect this week from Google’s event, and we’re about to share it with you.Google Nexus 7
We have exclusively confirmed a few weeks ago during Computex that Google’s first Nexus-branded tablet, and first Android tablet ever, will be made by Asus. Moreover, we have seen [...]