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Google’s object recognition is insanely impressive

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

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We know how hard it is for computers to know exactly what they are looking at if they don’t have some human assistance, even with very powerful algorithms to do all the work. (more…)

Google to reveal first Android One phones on Sept 15th

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Ever since Google announced Android One out of nowhere, we have been very interested to see it on a budget device. We might not have to wait much longer, with the first Android One smartphones rumoured to be launching in two weeks.

Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. Android One allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. (more…)

New Android name revealed – Lemon Meringue Pie

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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For some reason Google unveiled the new version of Android to developers and simply called it Android L. At that point they said they hadn’t yet decided on what the official release will be called. (more…)

ZTE shifting focus to Google Now Launcher

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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Finally, it seems that things are changing in the world of Android phones. And this change is mostly coming from the lesser known manufacturers. Heave manufacturer skinning is giving way to cleaner, pure Google interfaces – the way Google intended Android to be.

In the past we could only find this on Nexus devices, but now many companies have heeded Google’s call to keep the modifications minimal, the latest of which is ZTE. This may actually be a very significant shift, as ZTE is not a small player these days. ZTE says it will feature the Google Now Launcher on its phones. (more…)

The new Nexus has a name, and possible release date

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, 2 Comments

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All fans of stock Android, rejoice! It seems that we will be seeing a new Nexus smartphone, even after all the talk that the programme has been cancelled and that it has been replaced with Android Silver.

Some rumours pointed towards the device being called the Nexus 6 (as it is the 6th Nexus smartphone and also rumoured to have a 5.9 inch display), but it seems those were incorrect. Today we’re seeing reports that looks to shoot down these earlier rumours, as the Motorola built phone will be called the Nexus X. (more…)

New processors make Project Ara the real deal

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Google’s modular smartphones sound like a great idea to all of us. If new tech can make our use of current technology cheaper, then there is no reason why we shouldn’t support it. The bridges that need to be crossed are a bit wider than you might thing, though.

Having the possibility of multiple manufacturers’ hardware components working together in unison is a bigger challenge than previously thought. Google needs to figure out a way of building a usable infrastructure on these devices to allow every component to speak to each other.  Memory chips need to be swopped around, CPU changed to the user’s whim. Now we get news from Google that this is actually starting to become a reality. (more…)

Pep and Google to make smartphones for Africa

Published by on Aug 5th, 2014, No Comments

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One of strangest alliances might be forming very soon in South Africa. According to sources familiar with PEP’s plans, they are working with Google to come up with Android propositions that are more Africa-friendly and are working on an interface that will let the user control how much data they are using.
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Motorola to release a Nexus phablet

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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The rumour-mill keeps going one way and then the other. We have no idea at this stage which way the Nexus programme is going as we’ve had multiple rumours, first of all that the Nexus brand has been killed off in favour of Android Silver and then that a Nexus 8 tablet may still be in the works, to be made by HTC.

We thought the Nexus 6 smartphone may be the follow-up to the Nexus 5, made by LG, and that it would be based on the LG G3 hardware as the previous version was based on the LG G2 hardware. Now it seems, the Nexus 6 name may not just be an iterative name, but the actual size of the upcoming smartphone. (more…)

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