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4 years ago

Ashton Kutcher is Lenovo's latest 'product engineer'

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Much in the same way that I'm a famous Hollywood actor, I'm sure. 

Anyway, this is all in conjunction with those new Lenovo tablets — which look far more interesting than another celebrity "executive."

Here's how Lenovo put it:

In his new role as a Lenovo product engineer, Kutcher will work with the company’s engineering teams around the world to develop and market the Yoga line of tablets by providing input and decision-making into design, specifications, software and usage scenarios. 

Regardless, it's a fine excuse for us to run a nice little gallery of ol' @aplusk.

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4 years ago

Lenovo bringing a pair of multimode Yoga tablets

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8- and 10-inch Yoga tablets debut Oct 30 for $249 and $299

Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher held a small event this evening to present their two new tablets to the world. The New Yoga tablets will come in both an 8 and 10-inch flavor, and feature what Lenovo calls a "Better Way" — by including a hinged stand to present the screen at different angles for different things.

The key is a rounded edge, much like Lenovo's other products in the Yoga line, which allows the tablet to stay where you put it while using the stand. There are three "modes" which include hold mode designed for holding it in your hands, tilt mode for those times when you want it to lay back at quite the angle, and a stand mode for when you want or need the Yoga to stand vertically.

The hinge also has a second function — extra room for a battery. Lenovo (and new "employee" Ashton) promise 18-hours of use with one charge. There's even enough reserve to charge your phone from the Yoga.

The Yoga will run on a quad-core 1.2GHz MTK processor, feature 1GB of RAM with 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot under a 1280 x 800 display. The software is a slightly tweaked version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and you'll find a 5MP camera around back and a 1.6MP camera up front for video calling.

The 8 model will be available at lenovo.com and Best Buy stores starting October 30, priced at $249. The 10-inch model, priced at $299, will also be at lenovo.com and Best by stores, and will also be available at other major retailers like Fry's and Newegg.com. Hit the break for the full press release and some press images.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: It's a wrap!

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The final word from the folks who brought it all to you live

Grab a frosty beverage and see what the AC Live crew has to say about the inaugural Samsung Developer Conference.

We all had a lot of fun, learned a thing or two, and most importantly — got excited for all the great stuff software developers are going to be able to do with some of the most popular mobile hardware in the world.

Now it's time to rest, then get ready to do it all again next year!

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Beth from VenuesWorld.com explains what it takes to make SDC13 a success

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Putting a tech conference together isn't easy — hear a little of what it takes to make it happen

Beth and Louise did a marvelous job putting the Samsung Developers Conference together. Developers, presenters, and people like Phil and Andrew who look pretty for the camera are all important, but none of it could have happened without the hard work of the team from VenuesWorld.com.

Listen in for a little inside baseball of what it takes to set something like SDC13 up, and to keep things from falling apart at the last minute.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Senior partner alliance manager from MHL Michael Bergen

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Learn what MHL is and how it works with Phil and Michael 

A lot of work goes into those little MHL dongles you buy from Monoprice. Michael Bergen, senior partner alliance manager from MHL knows a thing or two about that. He spent a few minutes with Phil at the Samsung Developer Conference this afternoon.

The California-based MHL sets and controls the standards that millions of different products use when they need a fast, solid HD link between to smart devices. Partners all over the world build it into their products, and we imagine Michael is one busy man.

Have a listen and find out a little more about that little white box, and how plugging it in really works.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Multiscreen SDK senior developer Alan Queen

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Software doesn't 'just work' — it takes a little help from folks like the Multiscreen SDK team

At the beginning of the Samsung Developers Conference one of the things we saw was the new casting feature Samsung is building into their new televisions. Using the new Multiscreen SDK, it's for more than just Android. Designed with the living room and your TV clearly in mind, it works with Android, iOS and JavaScript to help get content where you want to see it.

Alan explains that there are four key areas they had in mind when developing the SDK, and those are the discovery phase, the launch phase, the connect phase and the communication phase. Helping developers tackle these steps the right way will make for software that feels like magic — and every developer wants the user to think of their software as magical.

That's what Alan and his team are trying to do. Check out the video for a little of the "how" they plan to make it all happen.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Cisco demos part of their new SDK for enterpirse apps

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A demo of some of the great software companies like Cisco help make happen on Android

Earlier we talked about how Cisco is at the Samsung Developer Conference to promote enterprise applications for mobile, and as a special treat Mike Mass dropped by to give us a demo of one really cool feature.

Using an Android tablet, Mike was able to call his office phone (we imagine it's something like this) for a full duplex video conference. This would be a great way for customers to talk to agents, or remote workers to phone back to the office, or even to talk to your boss in his lush, mahogany-paneled office with thick imported carpeting.

This is some great stuff, and we love seeing companies like Cisco make it easy for developers to bring it to Android.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Cisco talks about helping developers build for software defined networks

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Enterprise infrastructure is complicated, but Cisco aims to make developing less so

Cisco is a "strategic alliance partner" with Samsung, so seeing them at the Samsung Developers Conference wasn't surprising. they are big players in both the enterprise and the networking field, and through hardware and software they offer solutions to a lot of the things business users need.

Things like WebEx conferencing, the Jabber messaging protocol, and of course hardware like the Android-powered DX650 office phone are made better with additional software development. In fact, they have a whole conference of their own coming up on November 15 called Cisco DevNet. Folks at SDC13 who drop by Cisco's booth will gain free entry to DevNet in November.

This stuff isn't easy to design or develop. Cisco plans to help with tutorials, SDKs and other software tools, and most importantly, sessions about it all to get developers on the right track to start developing enterprise applications.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Andrew Hughes and Papyrus

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A new vector-based, natural handwriting note-taking app

The Galaxy Note products make up one of Samsung's most recognizable device lineups, and we've heard plenty at the Samsung Developers Conference about developers can take advantage of the S Pen stylus to create great handwriting-based apps. One app that's doing just that is Papyrus, a handwriting-based note-taking app that works across many devices, but is optimized for the S Pen.

In our Android Central Live interview segment today, Papyrus founder Andrew Hughes caught up with AC's Andrew Martonik  to show off the app. You'll find the video above; be sure to check out the rest of the day's coverage over at our SDC13 portal page.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: All Things Knox with Peter Havens from Centrify

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Knox is something we all keep hearing about, let's talk about how it works and why it's important

The very things that make Android phones appealing to folks who read Android blogs online — the open platform, side loading, rooting and the like — are also the very reasons why it suffers in adoption rates for the enterprise. Companies get scared when they read about the way clever users bypass any sort of security vendors try to put on the handsets. It's a tough spot, but in the end, we can't say we blame them. The phone you're hacking away at is insecure because of the modifications you made to it. Here at the Samsung Developers Conference, Peter from Centrify was kind enough to spend a few minutes to help us understand a little more.

Knox is one way to try and change the problems we mentioned above. Using what they call a trusted chain that boots and secures the device at start-up, and built on SE-Android (Security Enhanced) it's more than just a sandboxed container — it covers the whole device.

Samsung is all-in with the service. Already in place on the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 in Europe, it's coming to the S4 elsewhere and will even be rolled back to all the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 devices out there. We know many of you think of Knox as the bad guy, but be sure to watch and check out All Thing Knox to see why Knox is important.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Tom Mara from Loud Crow Interactive

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Our coverage of day two of the Samsung Developers Conference continues with a chat with Tom Mara from Loud Crow Interactive. Loud Crow is the studio behind some of the leading kids titles on Android, including Moo Baa La La La, based on the Sandra Boynton book. Matt shows off the developer's latest app, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, an animated, interactive creation based on the TV special.

Check the video above for a quick demo of the app, some Q&A, and a masterful rendition of Moo Baa La La La from our own Phil Nickinson.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Cisco DX650 Android-powered office phone

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Bringing Android into the enterprise market in a new way

Android isn't just for the consumer smartphone market — Cisco is hoping to bring the power of this operating system and ecosystem to the world of enterprise desk phones as well. The DX650 is Cisco's latest offering to the business side of things, basically grafting a full-featured Android tablet running Jelly Bean onto what would otherwise be a basic office phone.

You get the basic set of phone features with a physical dial pad, speakerphone and receiver, but everything can also be handled through Cisco's custom phone, contacts and video conferencing apps that are loaded on the device. A front-facing webcam can connect you to folks in a more personal way, and live HDMI out also lets you link up to a larger display if you'd prefer to run more of a true video conference. If you don't have a traditional phone system, you can even link up the DX650 to a smartphone over Bluetooth and use the speaker and handset just like any other connected device.

Now we realize this sort of product may not be on many regular consumer's wish lists, but for those who have to use an office phone all day this may be a cool way to step things up to the high-tech world. Hit the break for a video walkthrough and more pictures of the Cisco DX650.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Cie Games' Matt Nutt and Racing Rivals

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Cie's new drag-racing title is coming soon to Android​

Cie Games' Racing Rivals was one of the big-name titles mentioned on-stage at yesterday's Samsung Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco. And so to kick off the second day of Android Central Live from SDC13, our own Phil Nickinson tracked down Cie's VP of Business Development and Ops, Matt Nutt, to talk about the new drag-racing title. Launching on Android before the end of the year, Racing Rivals aims to bring a true real-time racing experience to gamers, while allowing them to put virtual cash (as well as their pride) on the line.

Check out the interview above, head on over to our Samsung Developers Conference portal for more video.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Mobile payments with Tarvo Topolev from Fortumo

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There may be five billion people with mobile phones in the world, but most of them don't have a credit card. Systems and software than can help users turn cash into digital goods are sorely needed. That means things like carrier billing, which turns out to be a great way for developers to make some revenue. Fortumo is at the Samsung Developers Conference and we had a chance to talk to them about it all.

We tend to always think of the way things work in the west, but as Tarvo explains, in areas like South East Asia or Russia, carrier billing is actually the preferred method of paying for our digital purchases.

Fortumo can help developers make money all over the world. If you're a developer, drop by their website and give them a look.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Expanded availability for Google+ custom URLs coming this week

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google.com/+YourNameHere

Previously only available to a select few verified accounts, Google is to expand the availability of Google+ custom URLs this week. Custom URLs give you an easy way to link friends and followers to your Google+ page, for example you'll find Android Central at google.com/+androidcentral.

There are a few (easy) hoops to jump through before claiming your URL — you'll need to have at least a 30-day-old account with a profile photo and at least 10 followers. If that's you, you should start seeing the link to claim your URL on your profile page sometime this week. (The rules are a bit different for businesses — local Google+ pages must be verified local businesses, non-local pages must be linked to a website.)

As with all Google features, it'll take a short time to roll out to everyone, so keep an eye on the "About" page under your profile over the next few days. Good luck claiming your name of choice!

Source: Google; via: +Otavio Silva

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