Android Police received anonymous leaks regarding the Google Nexus 5. the leaks included a manual(since taken down per LGs request) that has given us an idea of what the Nexus 5 will have in regards of specs. Featuring a 4.95″ 1080p display, 8MP OIS rear camera and a 1.3mp front camera, 2300mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Snapdragon 800 with 2.3GHz, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure, Simport compatability, Micro SIM slot, Bluetooth 3.0(that is assumed to be an error, Bluetooth 4.0 is featured in many places in the document), Notification light, Wireless charging, NFC, and UMTS/GSM/CDMA/LTE compatability.
The Nexus 5 appears to be a solidly built system that will compete well… until next years upgrade, of course.
Android is becoming quite the popular, and with 900 million Android phones currently activated, the Google Play store has seen 2.5 million app downloads in the past month alone.
Although Android continues to grow in numbers, we have to remember that last year articles came out revealing that the iPhone sells more phones a day then babies are born. Android has awhile yet to catch up(And considering how many Android phones are out their, in a way its kind of sad).
Google Glass has gone into the hands of the rich and the lucky, and a new update has been released, giving Google+, Google’s own social networking site, better integration into the device. Text Messaging has also smoothed out, as well as more stable battery readings and an system that automatically informs Google about a crash that has happened with the Glass.
Although Google Glass’ updated has been well received, the device itself continues to hit roadblocks. We can’t forget about the Seattle bar that banned Glass, but now a casino has stepped up and banned the technology as well. More casinos are expected to follow suit, and its not really a surprise as recording devices aren’t allowed while gambling. if Google Glass continues to receive bans from public locations, the technology may become useless and more of an inconvenience then a convenience.
According to Business insider, Google+ has more active members then Twitter.
Google+ launched back in 2011, Google’s attempt to jump into the Social Network competition. Google+ had promising ideas, mainly keeping things simple. however a few errors(Including keeping people under 18 off of the site for awhile – Teenagers are a big part of social networking) led to what appeared to be the ultimate downfall. Google+ now has 359 million active members per month, and it appears like it’ll continue to grow. Perhaps Facebook won’t run the show for very much longer.
Provo, Utah will be the third U.S. city to join Google Fiber, the 1 gigabyte speed internet.Google will be purchasing iProvo, a municipal fiber optic network started back in 2004. The Provo City Council will be discussing (And hopefully clearing) the idea on April 23rd.
People in the Provo area will have the option of signing up with Google Fibers free internet, and will also be providing free internet to the public institutions in Provo, Utah.
Google released some more ‘Tech Specs’ for Google Glass, found here (Or below).
- Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
- Extra nosepads in two sizes.
High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
- Photos – 5 MP
- Videos – 720p
- Bone Conduction Transducer
- Wifi – 802.11b/g
- 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
- Included Micro USB cable and charger.
While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
- Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
- The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.
Among this, Google has also been uploading to the YouTube Channel ‘Google Developers‘ many videos regarding Google Glass.
Google Glass is expected to be released in 2014.
Awhile ago Digibytes reported on Google Fiber. The service for the incredibly fast internet seems to be spreading again. This time to Austin, TX.
Back in March, Time Warner Cables Financial Officer, Irene Esteves, said the following
“We’re in the business of delivering what consumers want, and to stay a little ahead of what we think they will want.”
However according to IGN, The Formal announcement planned for Today(April 9th) is ‘Highly Anticipated’.
Google Fiber offers Free internet (YES – Free!) for a $300 construction fee. It offers ‘Standard’ Internet speeds, with 5mbps download speed, and 1mbps upload speed.
Or, if you go with the Fiber internet, with about 1gigabit (Averaging to 600-700mbps) Upload/Download speed, the $300 setup fee is waived, you are on a 1 year contract, with no data cap.
And for one last alternative you can pay $120 for the 1gigabit internet, with the ‘Full Google Experience’, with the following;
Up to one gigabit upload & download speed • Full channel TV lineup • 2 year contract • No data caps
Nexus 7 tablet • 1 TV Box • Storage Box • Network Box • 1TB Google Drive • $120/mo + taxes and fees
Reuters reported today that Google’s next low-price tablet, the refreshed Nexus 7, is set to launch in just a few months. Sources say that Google’s next gen tablet will run on Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon processor and compete directly with the Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini.
Besides the new processor, the Nexus 7 is rumored to sport an Nvidia graphics chip, a higher resolution screen, and a smaller bezel, all while maintaining an amazingly cheap price tag of $199.
Are you excited for the possibility of a new Nexus 7?
Google has decided to go OPN(Open Patent Non-Assertion). Google will start small, with only 10 patents in the pledge. However the company will most likely expand the section in the near future.
According to The Verge, Google won’t attack unless attacked first.
In a Patent, Sue happy America, Googles choice is moving forward into the ‘Better world’ scenario that everyone wants, but puts no initiative for. Hopefully many companys will jump ship on the OPN, sharing technologies between one another all to strive for the best product possible.
Google has announced another Spring Cleaning. The Blog post – Found Here – details services that are Shut down or Modified. Google began spring cleaning back in 2011, in an attempt to continually revolutionize the companys line up of programs.
We’re living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It’s been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn’t happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago. To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus—otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact. So today we’re announcing some more closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since our spring cleaning began in 2011
In regards to Google shutting down Google Reader, they only had this to say:
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.
Shutting down a program rather then looking into how to revamp or fix it seems to be Googles new normal. Google shut down ‘Google Wave’ on April 2012 due to lack of members, after only being out for 2 years. In a modern society where everyone is connected, you can usually figure out if something is going to last within the first few years. But with Google it seems that if something hasn’t caught on, they may as well cancel it.
Although Google Reader has not left their fans in the dark entirely. Logging into Google Reader for the first time, I came across the post above. it seems Google has linked to a very helpful article from lifehacker.com, found here.