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Multiple reports say Google and Motorola are planning a Nexus phablet | Ars Technica

Multiple reports say Google and Motorola are planning a Nexus phablet | Ars Technica.

Android Police claimed Google and the soon-to-be Lenovo-owned Motorola are working together on a 5.9-inch Nexus phone. Android Police pointed out the existence of a new Nexus device in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code base, code-named “Shamu.” 

The Information chimed in, saying that Motorola and Google were working on a “phablet” but did not specify the size.

Teardown.com: Amazon Brings Fire to Phone Market | EE Times

Teardown.com: Amazon Brings Fire to Phone Market | EE Times.

Qualcomm is the primary provider of many of the key integrated circuits, and both Invensense and OmniVision are noted for their role in delivering Amazon’s Dynamic Perspective display technology. 

Amazon has undoubtedly invested heavily in software features that are not included in this BOM costing estimate, most notably the software behind the Dynamic Perspective display feature. 

At the heart of the Fire Phone is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800Application and Baseband processor running at 2.2 GHz with 2 GB of LDDR3 RAM; this includes 32 GB of storage, support for LTE (as well as GSM and W-CDMA cellular modes), and WiFi 802.11a/n/ac. 

Samsung sees profits slip in Q2 as demand for smartphones stagnates | Ars Technica

Samsung sees profits slip in Q2 as demand for smartphones stagnates | Ars Technica.

Samsung ships more smartphones than any other country in the world. 

The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?! | Ars Technica

The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?! | Ars Technica.

With some work, it’s possible to turn a modern Android smartphone into a Google-less, completely open device. FOSS stands for “free and open source software,” and when we say “free” we don’t mean free of cost, but free of restrictions. The SoC in the Nexus 4 is made by Qualcomm, and many of the drivers for it are closed source. The CyanogenMod repository has a list of closed source drivers in each device branch called “proprietary-blobs.txt.” 

CyanogenMod takes AOSP, adds a bunch of handy enhancements, and ports it to tons of devices. There is a project out there called “Replicant,” which is based on CyanogenMod and aims to build a completely open source version of Android. There are only about 1,000 apps in F-Droid.

And in the end, the hunt for diverse apps such as word processor, maps or calendar happens to be a real hazard.

 

OnePlus One Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android L Update Guide – International Business Times

OnePlus One Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android L Update Guide – International Business Times.

OnePlus One smartphone garnered positive reviews. One of the best Android phones to be released this year will be getting theAndroid L update. One of the selling points of the OnePlus One smartphone is its added CyanogenMod custom build feature.

PSFK Future Of Wearable Tech – Summary Presentation

PSFK Future Of Wearable Tech – Summary Presentation.

This is an interesting market analysis for the wearable market. They segment this market into 5:

  1. Wristbands
  2. Jewelry
  3. Glasses
  4. Clothing
  5. Embedded

They give examples and trends for each one of the 5 segments. Now, some parts of it are quite worrying: the hugging clothes to replace parental hugging…. This is a tough one.

Update: Google posts DRM workaround for paid Android Wear apps | Ars Technica

Update: Google posts DRM workaround for paid Android Wear apps | Ars Technica.

Paid apps don’t work on smartwatches running Android WearCurrently, there’s no such thing as a “standalone Wear app.” Apps must be installed through a phone on the wearable device. 

Paid Android apps are encrypted, with the encryption key obtained from the Play Store and passed to the phone but not passed over to the watch.

Google says, “We’re working to make this easier for you in the future, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

Panicking over Android’s factory reset is mostly unwarranted | Ars Technica

Panicking over Android’s factory reset is mostly unwarranted | Ars Technica.

Avast claims that selling an old Android phone exposes all your personal data—even after a factory reset.  By using forensics techniques Avast recovered the previous owner’s data from 20 wiped out used phones. Descriptions of the leftover data includes “family photos of children,” “photos of women in various stages of undress,” and “selfies of what appear to be the previous owner’s manhood” 🙂 🙂

There is a big difference between “deletion” and “secure erase.” “Secure erase,” means removing or obfuscating data past the point of practical recovery. Android has a built-in disk encryption feature.The real end game for data protection now is to physically destroy your storage.  In the enterprise, that’s done via a drive crusher.

So if you want to sell your Android phone and be relatively secure, encrypting it before you wipe it or crush it :-). What about organizing old Android phones crushing parties 🙂 ?

Wrist-on with Samsung’s Gear Live, one of the first Android Wear watches | Ars Technica

Wrist-on with Samsung’s Gear Live, one of the first Android Wear watches | Ars Technica.

The Gear Live is Samsung’s first Android Wear watch It’s compatible with Android phone running Android 4.3 or 4.4. And we like it. It has the same AMOLED display as the Gear 2. Samsung says the phone should get about a day of battery life. The Gear Live costs $199. The big plus for us at BayLibre is that it is the first Samsung phone to be compatible with any Android device.

Google I/O 2014 Recap… Android L, Android TV, Auto, More! – YouTube

Google I/O 2014 Recap… Android L, Android TV, Auto, More! – YouTube.

Google IO 2014 summary by Tekzilla: over 1 billion active users of Android worldwide, L version of the OS announced with 5000 new APIs (and so what 🙂 ) and Dalvik going away . They launch project Volta which goal is to improve then battery life for Android powered devices.