Google posts tech specs of Glass

Posted by: Brett

Google has posted up the tech specs of Google Glass on their support site. Glass boasts a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 16GB of total flash storage which also syncs with Google Drive, one day battery life, an HD display equivalent to that of a 25-inch HD screen from 8 feet away, WiFi 802.11b/g, and Bluetooth. Glass will come with a micro USB cable and charger as well as extra nose pads in two different sizes. Audio will come from a bone conduction transducer.

Google says Glass is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone, as well as the MyGlass companion application which works with Android 4.0.3 and newer. Glass also has adjustable nosepads and will fit any face.

Source: Google

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New Google Play Store design rolling out to devices

Posted by: Brett

Google has made the Play Store design update official today and it will soon begin rolling out to Android devices. The update brings a fresh new Google Now-edque card look to the Play Store rather than the dark, Windows Phone tiled theme. The Roboto font and all its forms are now more prevalent and everything is much more Holo-themed and modern. This is the same design that leaked a couple weeks ago thanks to Droid Life and now it’s official.

The update will be rolling out over the course of the next few weeks to devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and newer.

Source: Google

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Nexus 4 now shipped with tweaked design to protect from scratches

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According to Android Central, a new, tweaked version of the Nexus 4 is shipping with small “nubs” at the bottom corners of the device allowing for the device to be ever so slightly raised when laid on a flat surface. The addition of these nubs are likely to help combat the scratches users have been getting on the glass back of the Nexus 4, even with light use. In addition, the camera housing has been slightly modified with less open area around the lens, although the purpose of this tweak is unknown.

Source: Android Central

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Google Play version 4.0 leaks out

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Droid Life was able to get their hands on the APK file for a yet to be released update to the Google Play Store – version 4.0. Version 4.0 looks to bring a visual overhaul in that it’s more light and colorful and resembles Google Now with it’s card interface and font styles. It also utilizes the Holo-themed interface Google has been pushing for app developers to embrace in their apps. Download / nformation pages are more minimal and have been cleaned up.

There are likely more goodies, but Droid Life noted that many pages and features were broken, so this was all they could see. Check out the source link for images and a video.

Source: Droid Life

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Google launches Keep: a note-taking service integrated with Drive

Posted by: Brett

Google Keep has finally launched today after inadvertently making it’s way online a bit early last week. Keep is Google’s new note-taking service which integrates itself with Google Drive. The app allows you to create notes and checklists, as well capture pictures and voice memos to add into notes you’ve created. You can access and create notes at www.drive.google.com/keep as well.

Keep is currently available on all Android devices running Android 4.0 or later. It’s a standalone app but will support for Keep will be integrated into the Google Drive app soon. Google hasn’t said whether or not Keep will be coming to iOS or not, but considering iOS already has a plethora of other Google apps like Maps and Gmail, you’d think they’d launch Keep on iOS as well.

Source: Google Blog, Play Store

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Google unveils Chromebook Pixel

Posted by: Brett

Google announced a the new Chromebook Pixel today following recent rumors of them producing a high-res laptop. The Pixel does everything the last Chromebook did – browse the web – but it’s strength is it’s 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touch display, which pits it against Apple’s Retina Display MacBooks.

The Chromebook Pixel, which is made out of anodized aluminum, has an Intel Core i5 1.8 GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 32GB of storage, and a generous 1TB of free Google Drive storage for 3 years, as well as 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet. For $150 more, you get 64GB of storage built-in and LTE connectivity, in addition to WiFi which you get on the base model.

The Pixel retails for $1,299 for 32GB of storage and $1,449 for 64GB plus 4G LTE and it’s available today in the Play Store. The 64GB model will ship in April.

Source: Google, 2

 

#chromebook, #chromebook-pixel, #google

Android 4.2.2 rolling out now to Nexus devices

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Google has already posted the factory images for Android 4.2.2, build JDQ39, and now they’ve started rolling it out to the GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. The update includes the ability to see the estimated time remaining for an in-progress download, the ability to long press the Bluetooth and WiFi toggles in Quick Settings, a new Gallery animation, and new sounds for wireless charging and low battery.

Source: AndroidPoliceReddit

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