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2 years ago

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

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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

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2 years ago

European Motorola XOOM ICS update has begun rolling out

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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

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2 years ago

Working Jelly Bean build available for Verizon, GSM Galaxy Nexus

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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)

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2 years ago

Netflix for Android updated to support Jelly Bean

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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

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2 years ago

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

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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.

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2 years ago

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

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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.

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2 years ago

Video walkthrough: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus

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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.

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast - Google I/O 2012 Day 1

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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!

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2 years ago

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

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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

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