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Android KitKat

posted Sep 3, 2013, 12:30 PM by Franky Smartarsch   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 12:31 PM ]

KitKat Android
Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move. Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat.The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie. The decision to brand the software with the name of Nestle's chocolate bar is likely to be seen as a marketing coup for the Swiss food and beverage maker. However, Google told the BBC that it had come up with the idea and that neither side was paying the other.
"This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, told the BBC. Instead, he said, the idea was to do something "fun and unexpected". However, one branding expert warned there were potential pitfalls to such a deal.
"If your brand is hooked up with another, you inevitably become associated with that other brand, for good or ill," said Simon Myers, a partner at the consultancy Prophet.
"If that brand or business has some reputational issues that emerge, it would be naive to think as a brand owner that your good name, your brand equity, would not be affected."
Nestle has faced criticism in the past for the way it promoted powdered baby milk in the developing world. It has also had to recall numerous products, most recently bags of dog food following a salmonella scare in the US.
Since 2009, Google and its partners in the Open Handset Alliance have codenamed each Android release after a type of treat, with major updates progressing a letter along the alphabet.
Previous versions have been called Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo (short for frozen yoghurt), Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Although the developers had referred to the forthcoming version as KLP in internal documents, Mr Lagerling said the team decided late last year to opt instead for the chocolate bar.

"We realized that very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie," he explained. "One of the snacks that we keep in our kitchen for late-night coding are KitKats.
And someone said: 'Hey, why don't we call the release KitKat?' "We didn't even know which company controlled the name, and we thought that [the choice] would be difficult.
But then we thought well why not, and we decided to reach out to the Nestle folks." Mr Lagerling said he had made a "cold call" to the switchboard of Nestle's UK advertising agency at the end of November to propose the tie-up.

Credits: BBC/Leo Kelion - Find the whole report here... - Image Credits: Hersheys KitKat

Samsung introduces the GALAXY S4 Mini

posted May 30, 2013, 1:43 PM by Franky Smartarsch   [ updated May 30, 2013, 1:45 PM ]

Samsung introduces the GALAXY S4 mini: A Powerful, Compact Smartphone. Samsung Electronics announced Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, a powerful yet compact version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone, GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the GALAXY S4 in a highly portable, chic and compact design, making it an ideal companion for everyday life.
With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 107g light weight and compact design, the GALAXY S4 mini is easy to carry and operate with one hand. Though compact, the GALAXY S4 mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor that allows users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks. The GALAXY S4 mini supports many intuitive features and services provided by the GALAXY S4, designed enhance every facet of life.
Capture Important Moments

The GALAXY S4 mini allows users to capture important moments with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features such as Sound&Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as pictures are taken, and Panorama Shot, which allows users to photograph the full view of their surroundings, ensure no memory is lost. Receive travel assistance and information service through the preloaded S Travel application, which can also recommend future trips and provide a guide along the way. Users can also automatically arrange photos in a smart format with the Story Album function. Photos taken by GALAXY S4 mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.

Share and Connect

Samsung GALAXY S4 mini allows users to share and build true connections. Users can simultaneously listen to the same music and play the games together with friends using Group Play feature, and chat with multiple friends and add animations, video and voice recordings to messages using ChatON.

Make Life Simple and Easy

The GALAXYS4 mini makes international travel easy with S Translator, which provides instant text or voice translation at email, text message, or ChatON. Users can also control their TVs through WatchON’s IR remote, which transforms the GALAXY S4 mini into a remote to control the user’s TVs, set-top box, and DVD player. Through WatchON, The GALAXY S4 mini also offers a broad selection of entertainment content including live TV, cable TV, and video on demand based on the rich information provided EPG (Electronic Program Guide). Samsung Link* also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung digital devices.

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posted Apr 4, 2013, 4:41 PM by Franky Smartarsch   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 4:43 PM ]

Facebook is releasing software that puts feeds from the social network on the home screen of Android phones. The software will act like a "wrapper" for the Android operating system and become the main way to use a phone.
Notifications, images and messages will appear on the main screen of the phone instead of being accessible via a downloadable app.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the change would put people, not apps, at the heart of the mobile experience.

Handset home

In a presentation given at Facebook's campus, Mr Zuckerberg said phone apps were a legacy of the computer world in which people clicked on an icon to start a program.
While this worked well with desktops and laptops, it made less sense with phones, he said.
"Now there's a new use case that's more and more important," he said. "We have our phones with us all the time and we want to know more what's happening to our friends."
Facebook's Home software will hide apps and instead pipe all the content and chat carried on via the social network to the home screen.

The software "wrapper" will also change the way that people swap messages or content by letting them respond by tapping on pop-up images, known as chat heads, rather than opening up apps and navigating through menus.

The software will be available via Google's Play Store as a download and will work only with phones running Android 4.0 or higher.
Facebook home will be available from 12 April on six phones - three from HTC and three from Samsung. Only four of these handsets are available now. The others are set to launch alongside Facebook home.

No information was given about whether home would be re-developed to work with Apple or Microsoft phones.
Facebook said users could try the software rather than have to commit to use it all the time. Initially, the code will only be available for phones but a version for tablets is under development.
Cory Ondrejka, Facebook's head of engineering, said the company started its push to make everything it did center on mobiles in early 2012. Figures from Facebook suggest that users spend about 25% of their time on their handsets looking at their feeds and chatting with friends.

Facebook's fourth quarter earnings revealed that about 23% of the money it made from advertising came from adverts shown to mobile users.

Google Glass

posted Mar 31, 2013, 7:40 PM by Franky Smartarsch   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 4:43 PM ]

Google Glass and other augmented reality gadgets risk creating a world in which privacy is impossible, warn campaigners.
The warning comes from a group called "Stop the Cyborgs" that wants limits put on when headsets can be used.
It has produced posters so premises can warn wearers that the glasses are banned or recording is not permitted.
The campaign comes as politicians, lawyers and bloggers debate how the gadgets will change civil society.
"We are not calling for a total ban," one of the campaign workers called Jack told the BBC in a message sent via anonymised email service Hushmail.
"Rather we want people to actively set social and physical bounds around the use of technologies and not just fatalistically accept the direction technology is heading in," he wrote.
Based in London, the Stop The Cyborgs campaign began at the end of February, he said, and the group did not expect much to happen before the launch of Google Glass in 2014.
Personal privacy
However, the launch coincided with a push on Twitter by Google to get people thinking about what they would do if they had a pair of the augmented reality spectacles. The camera-equipped headset suspends a small screen in front of an owner and pipes information to that display. The camera and other functions are voice controlled.

Google's push, coupled with the announcement by the 5 Point Cafe in Seattle to pre-emptively ban users of the gadget, has generated a lot of debate and given the campaign a boost, he said.
Posters produced by the campaign that warn people not to use Google Glass or other personal surveillance devices had been downloaded thousands of times, said Jack.

Details of Google's Project Glass revealed in FCC report. New details of Google's forthcoming augmented reality headset have emerged in documents published by a US regulator.
A test report describes video playing on the device alongside audio running to a "vibrating element".
The description tallies with a patent filing suggesting it plays sound via "bone-conduction" tech rather than earbuds.
Developers are due to receive a test edition of the headset later this year.

Google has already begun holding hands-on events for selected software writers in San Francisco and New York ahead of the release.
It has previously said it intended to sell the eyewear to consumers before the end of 2014. read more here...

Hyundai Connectivity Concept smartphone NFC to lock and unlock vehicle

posted Dec 27, 2012, 10:14 PM by Franky Smartarsch   [ updated Dec 27, 2012, 11:20 PM ]

Hyundai is harnessing the versatility of today’s smartphones to create the first prototype of its own Connectivity Concept. The technology, previewed near the manufacturer’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, showcases Hyundai’s expertise in creating clever new technology for its range of cars and expected as soon as 2015.
  • Technology study showcasing future mobile phone and car integration
  • Car entry and locking via user’s smartphone
  • Connectivity Concept  mirrors smartphone content wirelessly to i30’s central touchscreen
  • Technology expected to reach production in 2015
Shown on Hyundai’s award-winning New Generation i30, the Connectivity Concept allows the user to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication), negating the need for a traditional key fob.
Once inside, the device is placed in the centre console, which then activates the user’s profile by streaming content to the i30’s seven-inch touchscreen. All user content such as music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings are displayed. In addition the device’s battery is recharged wirelessly while in use.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers. With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.”
Multiple users can be synced with car, meaning set-up is quick and easy as the Connectivity Concept in the i30 tailors in-car settings according to each driver’s smartphone.
Furthermore, the Connectivity Concept utilises MirrorLink to wirelessly access and control personal content through the touchscreen including navigation, internet-based applications and multimedia.
Hyundai has already announced a joint development agreement with Broadcom Corporation, which will power the next generation of connected cars. With this technology, functions such as infotainment, telematics and other driver assistance systems like reverse parking cameras and lane departure warning will be integrated into Hyundai’s cars.

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Welcome to Androidnauts

posted Nov 3, 2012, 7:08 AM by Franky Smartarsch

Hi there and welcome. This website is all brand-spanking new so please allow a few days for us to get "stuff" sorted as well learn about some new features we going to use.
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Feel free to join the forum and post ahead!!
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