Recent Articles | Android Central

Headlines

3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 developed in just 4 months, sold essentially at cost price

25

So, the Google Nexus 7 is the hot ticket right about now. And so it should be. Despite the substantial leaks and rumors leading up to yesterdays announcement -- including the accidental posting of that ​video, it still blew the doors off when Hugo Barra officially unveiled it duriong the day 1 keynote at Google I/O. A stock Google tablet, running the latest version of Android, sold cheaply, and directly from Google. It's almost too good to be true, but, how did the Nexus 7 come about? In short, pretty quickly. 

Andy Rubin, and Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, have been speaking to ​AllThingsD ​about the origins of the Nexus 7. Google provided Asus with the challenge -- build a high end tablet, that could sell at $200, and they had just 4 months to get it done. 

Shih also sent members of his team to work at Mountain View, so as to put them closer to Google, and to have a 24 hour development cycle. While it seems as though Asus may just have pulled off mission impossible, Rubin has heaped the praise onto the Taiwanese OEM. 

He said that I don’t think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast.,” and that “we went from zero to working product in four months.” Whichever way you look at it, 4 months to release a completely new product from scratch, running a completely new version of Android, is pretty darn impressive. Hats off, to Asus. 

Rubin also acknowledges the lack of a content ecosystem, has played a big part in the, thus far, poor uptake of Android tablets. With the release of a $200 tablet, and the additional content announced for Google Play, Google have themselves a device that could compete on a level playing field with the Amazon Kindle Fire. And, a high-end device at that. 

And then comes the money. In getting a high end device out at a rock bottom price, the Nexus 7 will be sold with next to no margins. Being sold through the Play Store, Google also absorbs all the marketing costs of the Nexus 7. One of the big questions on every ones lips now is, what will this do to the Android tablet market as a whole?

Source: AllThingsD

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

European Motorola XOOM ICS update has begun rolling out

7

Motorola Europe announced this morning on their Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update has begun rolling out to XOOM tablets in certain regions. XOOM owners in Europe have been patiently awaiting the new version of Android and they'll finally be able to experience it.  While the update has started today, it will continue over the next few weeks so if you don't have it yet, sit tight. To find out information about your particular region, visit Motorola XOOM Customer Support.

Source: Facebook

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Working Jelly Bean build available for Verizon, GSM Galaxy Nexus

25

 

Well, that didn't take very long: our crafty friends over at RootzWiki have already brought the I/O Android 4.1 preview build to both the GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Forum member B16's original GSM dump, followed by jdkoreclipse's VZW versison, have been tinkered with throughout the night and appear to be working quite well. It's flashable through Recovery after a wipe and a cleared cache, though as always we suggest you backup before playing around. After spending the morning snacking on Jelly Bean I can report that the Verizon build is near perfection, with even LTE working beautifully. As always, bugs are possible, especially since this is merely a preview build. If you've got the guts and the sweettooth, download links can be found at the source.

Source: RootzWiki (GSM, CDMA)

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Netflix for Android updated to support Jelly Bean

5

Seems like the Google suite of applications aren't the only ones being updated to show some Jelly Bean love. Netflix has pushed out an update to the Google Play Store that promises support for Android 4.1. Additionally there are some general bug fixes included too. 

Guess now the guys have something to do with those shiny new Nexus 7 tablets, should the I/O action ever get a little boring. Yeah, we know, unlikely. Hit the Google Play Store now to snag yourselves a copy. 

Download: Netflix

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

A surprisingly (but very much welcome) civil Google I/O keynote

25

It's worth mentioning that for everything we saw in the Day 1 keynote at Google I/O, one "feature" of years past was noticeably absent -- there weren't any major jabs at Apple and the iPhone.

No references to 1984. No talk of a "draconian" future. Google just showed what it came to show -- even giving glimpses of the new and improved Google+ on the iPad.

Apple, at their WWDC event just two short weeks ago, didn't exactly display the same level of maturity. Right from the get go, during Siri's opening comedy routine, Apple went straight at Google and Android -- ICS, Jellybean, who's making up these names, Ben & Jerry? -- and continued the theme throughout the show. Apple SVP of iOS, Scott Forstall referred to ICS as a "dairy product", and once again claimed Google had a negligible amount of tablet apps. 

If that's so, why all the attention? Why not concentrate on their own products and take the high road...?

Now, the Day 2 keynote is today. There's still plenty of time for the barbs on the browser side (though with as poorly as Chrome's been running on the Mac recently, we kinda doubt it). But kudos to Google for staying on message, showing us some great hardware and software, and leaving the pettiness to the other guys.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google's Project Glass, skydiving, and another extreme nerdiness at Google I/O

21

This nearly brought the house down in more than one way Wednesday. Sergey Brin's surprise appearance at the Day 1 keynote at the Google I/O developer conference wasn't merely just to show off Project Glass, the sort of heads-up display eyeglasses that have been making the rounds the past couple months. Brin also served to show off the power of Google Hangouts, and did so in a way that nobody expected to see happen live, let alone nearly flawlessly.

Peep the video after the break. It's simply ridiculous.

"One more thing"? Who needs it.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Video walkthrough: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus

37

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has arrived, in the form of a preview version of the OS on the Galaxy Nexuses given away to Google I/O attendees. As we've already mentioned in our coverage of Jelly Bean, there's lots of new improvements to the OS. These are mainly based around making Android more slick and responsive to touch input, and eliminating lag wherever it occurs. There are also new software treats in the form of expanded notification functionality. Google Search has been overhauled, and Google Now presents relevant information based on your location, calendar and other stored data. Android Beam has been expanded too, with photo and video transfer capabilities

Check out some of the changes in Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus in our video after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Central Podcast - Google I/O 2012 Day 1

2

Audio-only stream below

Phil, Alex and Jerry wrap up all the news from Day 1 of Google I/O 2012, including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the new Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus Q media streaming orb, and so much more. Join us!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

BlueStacks app player brings Android apps to Mac OS X in Alpha form

0

Previously a Windows only affair, BlueStacks app player allows folks to load up Android apps onto their personal computers and run them directly within a slim, virtualized environment. Today, at Google I/O 2012 BlueStacks has taken another jump forward and released their Alpha build of BlueStacks for Mac OS X. I've given it a run through to see how well it works and well, it works like an Alpha meaning it's all a little bit buggy but that's why BlueStacks is offering it up, so they can get feedback on it. If you're interested in giving it a go, you'll find the link below.

Download: BlueStacks Alpha For Mac; Source: Engadget

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Sirius XM app coming to Google TV this year, will get shown off at I/O

2

Google I/O is upon us and that means the announcements will start coming fast. Sirius XM Radio announced that they will have an official app for the Google TV platform coming out this year. It is the first time Sirius Radio will be offered on any web-connected TV.

The app will be free (but you still have to be a subscriber) and will be available from the Google Play Store on Google TV devices. Here are the main features of the app that subscribers will be able to take advantage of:

  • Tune Start, which will allow you to tune in to a station that will automatically restart the current song so that you don't have to miss it
  • Start Now, by which you will be able to go back 5 hours into archived programming
  • Pause, resume, fast forward and rewind
  • Organize your favorite channels

If you're not a subscriber and would like to try it out, Sirius XM offers free trials, which can be found on their website. This new app will be shown off at Google I/O today at 3:00PM PDT.

This is great news as it further adds premium content to the Google TV platform.

There is already an app out for Android phones and tablets that can be downloaded for free. Please find links after the break as well as the full press release.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

How to quiet those damned Google+ Events notifications

11

Google today rolled out Events for Google+, which is a slick way to invite people to, erm, events. (Not unlike what's already on that ... other social network.

The bad thing is that right now every damned person on Google+ can invited every other damned person to their damn event. And while I love you all, I just can't make it to your birthday party in Akron this weekend. Sorry, just couldn't move the schedule.

Right now there's no way to limit who can invite you to events, and that's leading to a lot of inbox clutter. The good news is that you can at least get rid of the e-mails that are sent when you're invited to a damned event, or there's an update to a damned event, or there's a reminder about a damned event, or there's activity on a damned event that you created. Just hop into your Google+ settings, and uncheck the boxes you see above.

And while I appreciate the invite, I just can't make your son's bris this weekend. 

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Contest: Win yourself a brand new Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The Google Nexus 7 Tablet has gone up for preorder and we've gone hands on with it already. If you're still on the fence about picking one up for yourself, well, you may not have to. Why? Because we want to give you one that's why! Entering will take a little bit of effort on your part but hey, the good things in life never come easy so you do what you have to. So what is it that you need to do?

  • Become a member of the Android Central Forums. If you're already a member, you're good to go.
  • When your account is created, change your avatar from the default avatar. Make it personal; unique as long as it is not left as the default Lloyd version, you're in.
  • Post in this thread with a comment, that way we can see that have indeed changed it from the default. If you're already not using the default forums avatar, just post a comment.

We all love Lloyd but adding a little personality to your forum avatar is a good and fun thing to do. Plus, it helps you stand out a little better. We'll pick out two winners to receive a brand new Google Nexus 7 Tablet, which everyone can appreciate and love. Everyone is welcome to enter, if you need to know how, exactly, to change your avatar you'll find details below. Remember though, comments on this post are NOT counted as an entry -- they must be in the forums.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus 7 bootloader

13

This should really go without saying, given that it's called the ​Nexus​ 7, but we'll go ahead and say it anyway. Yes, you can unlock the Nexus 7 bootloader, then have your way with it however you deem fit.

Unlocking the Nexus 7 is the same as any other Nexus device. You'll need to put it into USB debugging mode, have the Android SDK installed on your computer, and then use the ​fastboot oem unlock​ command. (Relocking is just as easy, too.)

So, no worries on that front.

Also: See our hands-on with the Nexus 7

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK now available for download

22

With Google I/O 2012 now kicked off and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled, the time has come to download the tools to make the magic. During this mornings keynote address, it was announced Android 4.1 would be rolling out mid-July while the SDK would be made available to developers today. The update has gone live now and is available for download to those who can make use of it. Some of the highlights to look forward to:

  • Faster, Smoother, More Responsive - Android 4.1 is optimized to deliver Android's best performance and lowest touch latency, in an effortless, intuitive UI.
  • Enhanced Accessibility - New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus as the user moves through the on-screen elements and navigation buttons using accessibility gestures, accessories, and other input. The Talkback system and explore-by-touch are redesigned to use accessibility focus for easier use and offer a complete set of APIs for developers.
  • Support For International Users - Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements. Apps can display text or handle text editing in left-to-right or right-to-left scripts. Apps can make use of new Arabic and Hebrew locales and associated fonts.
  • Expandable Notifications - Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Notifications support new types of content, including photos, have configurable priority, and can even include multiple actions.
  • Resizable app widgets - Android 4.1 introduces improved App Widgets that can automatically resize, based on where the user drops them on the home screen, the size to which the user expands them, and the amount of room available on the home screen. New App Widget APIs let you take advantage of this to optimize your app widget content as the size of widgets changes.

There is plenty more where that came from included with the package. If you're a developer, you'll want to be digging into this stuff as soon as possible and working on getting your apps updated with the latest Google has to offer.

Download and more info: Android 4.1 SDK

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages