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Google has always followed the same pattern for last couple of years with its Android naming process and this time is no different. They go sequentially down the alphabet and you guess the name. The users are asked to give suggestions and poll for their choices. Well, this time too, they were open to suggestions and received suggestions such as Nutella, Nankatai, etc. In a short video posted before the announcement via Twitter and Snapchat, the company suggested the operating system could be called ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Nectarine’, ‘Nachos’ or ‘Noodles’. But, in keeping with previous dessert-themed names such as Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat, it has settled on “Nougat”.
The Android with its most stable release, brings new features like an improved notification shade and split-screen multitasking to the mobile OS, while also improving on features like Doze that came with Marshmallow last year. The release also has Daydream, Google’s new VR platform, baked in, though it’ll only be supported by Daydream-ready handsets running the OS.
The highlight of Android Nougat is split-screen multitasking. The device screen will show two different apps simultaneously, and video apps will support picture-in-picture mode. The system fills the screen with two apps, showing them either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. The user can drag the dividing line separating the two in order to make one app larger and the other smaller. Manufacturers of larger devices will be able to choose to enable freeform mode, allowing users to freely resize each activity. If the manufacturer enables this feature, the device offers freeform mode in addition to split-screen mode.
Directly reply from notifications and one can see more app information are part of enhanced notification feature. The Direct Reply feature will let you quickly respond to text messages or update task lists within the notification interface. The inline reply action is an additional button attached to the notification. There is also something called ‘Bundled Notifications’ that groups notifications from the same app together. Grouped notifications can be expanded into notifications by tapping the new expansion button or a two-finger gesture.
Less RAM usage
Google is working on Project Svelte to minimize the RAM used by the system and apps across different Android devices. Thus Android N is focused on optimizing the running of apps in background.
In Android N, Google has expanded the scope of Quick Settings and added more room for additional Quick Settings tiles that can accessed across a paginated display area by swiping left or right. Google also lets you choose which Quick Settings tiles appear and where they are displayed, allowing users to add or move tiles just by dragging and dropping them.
Now with all new features, we need to wait until Nougat is actually released which is expected to be this fall.
So what do you think of Nougat. Do let us know in the comments below.
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The Nexus line-up has always been criticized for its average camera quality. And again in yesterday’s announcement from Google, no one was expecting something exciting in this front. Furthermore, users started getting worrisome once Google started talking about the lack of OIS (optical image stabilization) in new flagship.
But Google spent a good deal of time talking about the new camera sensor in the Nexus 6P. Google claims its new phones have such a big camera sensor, that it doesn’t need image stabilization. The large 1.55 (1/2.3”-type sensor) is bigger than the original Nexus 6, and even bigger than the new iPhone 6s Plus, which Apple made a big splash about. Large sensor enables to capture more light even in dark environments, something similar to what we have seen with HTC’s UltraPixel method and result in an overall excellent image, and top quality video recording.
These reports have now been confirmed by at least one reliable source – camera experts DxOMark. It is a popular website that tests cameras, and breaks everything down into two categories, which are photo and video. Each part of how the camera performs gets a score, and is rounded out for one overall result. You will be surprised to learn that Google’s Nexus 6P scored an 84 on the benchmark, just behind the Galaxy S6, placing it on second position in best camera smartphones ahead of even the iPhone 6 and even the LG G4 and its 16 megapixel camera with OIS.
The all new Nexus 6P is available starting today at the Google Store, starting at $499. Right now Google is accepting pre-orders, and should start shipping before the end of October.
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The complete LG Nexus 5X specs have been leaked out along with feature highlights. Seems like leaked features and specs are intended for use on the 5X’s product page. According to leaked images Nexus 5X will offer a 5.2-inch full HD 1920×1080 display, A 12.3 MP rear camera with dual flash and optical image stabilization, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Seems like fingerprint sensor will become a new norm in future android flagships.
The handset will be powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor. It will support 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM which does seem a bit small for a new phone coming out in late 2015, but as Nexus 5X will be a mid range device, it will not disappoint with the performance in its class. It will support 16 & 32 GB memory options and a USB Type-C connector. The Nexus 5X will support a slim profile with only 7.9 mm thickness. Meanwhile, the lack of wireless charging is puzzling since that feature was in the Nexus 4, 5, and 6.
According to multiple news outlets, the Nexus 5X is also said to be priced starting at $380 for the 16GB model, or $100 more for 32GB.
All will fully be revealed tomorrow at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET.
Update : We have got a hands on video on Nexus 5X Prototype
If you’ve been waiting for the latest Google Nexus flagship, your wait may soon be over. Google just sent over an invite for “some tasty new treats and much s’ more” September 29th in San Francisco. It didn’t say what will be revealed but based on the timing, we’re thinking Android Marshmallow release
Google Event Invite
The Nexus line is also due for an update and the invite references Marshmallow, the latest version of Android. The company is also expected to reveal two new Nexus handsets and, possibly, a new Chromecast at the event.
Based on past leaks and rumours, the LG Nexus 5X is said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor; 3GB of RAM; Adreno 418 GPU; a 12.3-megapixel sensor; a 5-megapixel front camera, and a 2700mAh battery.
A report from earlier this month claimed the new Nexus 5X will be more expensive than the original Nexus 5. It is tipped to be launched at $399 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB will cost $449.
As for the larger Huawei Nexus 6P, it is tipped to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 SoC. A 5.7-inch QHD display and front-facing speakers are also tipped, apart from a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
Google is also expected to finally launch the next-generation Chromecast dongle at the event as well. The new dongle as per a recent leak will feature a balloon-like design, and as much rumoured earlier, support for faster dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. It is also tipped to bring support for Spotify – a music streaming service notably missing from the list. Of course, Google could also have a few surprises up its sleeve. For that you can catch the live stream on YouTube.
At present, it’s tricky to make Windows PCs that cost as little as basic Android tablets and Chromebooks. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license costs by 70 percent for PC makers. Microsoft is cutting Windows 8.1’s license fee to $15 for any device that sells for less than $250, letting builders offer very cheap Windows PCs without destroying their profits.
Declining shipments & slower rate of adoption
Microsoft had been considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers, and it appears the lowering of Windows 8.1 license fees for low-cost devices is the first step towards this possible plan. While Microsoft has sold more than 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since it was first released in October 2012, the growth rate is slower than Windows 7. This is largely related to a PC market slowdown, and competition from rival low-cost tablets and devices.
Windows 8 has had a mixed reception from consumers, and any licensing change is a clear move to prevent additional PC makers opting for Chrome OS on their low-cost laptops. During the early days of netbooks, Microsoft saw the threat from low-cost Linux-based machines and slashed Windows XP’s pricing to wipe out Linux netbooks. There’s no guarantee that the company will repeat its earlier success if the lower Windows 8.1 prices take effect. However one thing is clear that the Android and Chrome based devices are seriously making a dent in Redmond’s business.
Dell Wyse Cloud Connect
Android based HDMI dongles are not new to the market. But Dell’s Wyse division, which has been doing thin-clients for decades, has cooked up a new way to avoid the thin-client setup trouble: An Android-powered, universal-thin client called the Wyse Cloud Connect.
Hardware wise its an over-sized USB stick. While it comes with a USB port, to use it you’ll need a device such as an HDTV monitor or a modern laptop with an HDMI or Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) port. Its just a plug and play device. The installation is fairly simple. Just connect it to HDMI and power source and you are ready to go.
Inside it there’s a multi-core Cortex-A9 ARM System-on-Chip (SoC), 8GBs of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. This is powered up with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. It also comes with a micro-SD card slot with expandable storage support up to 72 GB. It also comes with 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and Bluetooth.
Once in place you can use it with a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to turn any properly equipped display into an Android PC. If you want more than Android’s goodness, and Dell and its partners certainly hope you do, the Cloud Connect also comes with Dell’s Wyse Cloud Client Manager software-as-a-service (SaaS). With this IT managers can manage device so that it can be used with the appropriate thin-client, back-end programs.
By default that’s Dell Wyse PocketCloud software for remote access to physical or virtual desktops, apps and content. This enables you to access your office Mac or Windows desktop.
If you want more, and Dell and its partners hope you will, you can use it with Citrix, Microsoft or VMware thin-client servers or for Web-based apps. In short, the Wyse Cloud Connect provides IT department with a tasty dish of a way to easily get both conventional and BYOD users on the enterprise desktop with no messy setup annoyances.
For a list price of $129, many companies will find the Wyse Cloud Connect to be the perfect meal for their road warriors.
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Google brought pedometer functions to Android with the recent release of Android 4.4 (KitKat), but that’s not necessarily enough for smartphone owners who want to track their fitness routines. Google may be aware of the desire for more fitness information, though. Google Operating System has discovered leaked code (shown below) for a future “Fitness API” that would supply apps with activity data from an Android device’s sensors.
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Android 4.4 supports new sensors for detecting and counting steps. These sensors are implemented in hardware and are only available on Nexus 5. This new Fitness API for Android will allow applications to view and edit fitness data. There aren’t any clues as to when the API would be ready, and it’s uncertain whether the software is tied to either a new OS revision or a Google Play Services update. However expect your favorite Android fitness app becomes much more sophisticated in the near future.
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Google has just acquired Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest reinvented unloved but important home products, like the thermostat and the smoke alarm focusing on simple, beautiful and thoughtful hardware and services. Google CEO Larry Page announced this on his Google+ stream:
Google is being quick to assure users that Nest will continue to operate under its own brand. While the transaction is subject to the usual regulatory review, Google says it expects the sale to close within the next few months. Google Ventures had already invested millions of dollars in Nest, so the company has been on Mountain View’s radar for some time now.
How Google plans to use Nest is still a mystery, but the company obviously sees it as an important part of its future. A combination of Nest’s home solutions coupled with Google’s language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home.
“Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone,” writes co-founder Tony Fadell on the Nest blog.“We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship.”
“We’re thrilled to join Google. With their support, Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.” Nest CEO Tony Fadell said in a statement.
Nest will continue to offer apps for both iOS and Android. That means Apple fans will not be left disappointed. There’s also a possibility that Google’s other products will eventually integrate more tightly with the Nest lineup, but so far, Google is staying mum. Until that day comes, we’ll leave you to speculate — feel free to leave your best guesses in the comments.
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The consumers were not pleased with the design Samsung brought with the launch of Galaxy S4. Most of the people were not able to easily differentiate between Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 because of the similar design profiles. Now Samsung has admitted that the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design.
‘A back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S5
Talking to Bloomberg, Exec Lee Young Hee told that the new flagship will go “back to basics,” adding that “mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.” It’ll also accompanied with a brand new version of the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, which is promised to have “more advanced functions” and an improvement over bulky design. There is also a possibility of eye-scanner sensor in the handset for greater security, though that’s still being studied.
Farther down the road, Samsung said that it’s looking at significant changes for the Galaxy Note 3’s successor in order to target it at professionals who are “willing to pay more for handsets”, something they have started with the recently announced Pro series tablets. Finally, Lee revealed that the Galaxy S5 will arrive in March or April after Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So what else you expect from Samsung in its upcoming flagship? Leave your opinion in comments.
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