Saturday, June 30, 2012

Phone Tech Update [Ep 6]

This week Google held their annual Developer's conference, at there they announced some new hardware as well as software. Click here for our wrap up of Google I/O. In Google I/O 2012 google announced its first ever tablet called the Nexus 7 made by Asus. Google is not going to stop there as consumers are hoping for a 10" nexus tablet. sources are casually mentioning that Wintek will be supplying 10" panels for another Nexus tablet, making it the largest Google supplier of slate displays whereas the rest of the 10-inchers are said to come from AU Optronics. We will most probably be seeing this 10" Nexus tablet hopefully by end of this year.
About 7 months ago Adobe announced that they are going to execute Adobe Flash Player for mobile browsers. Then just recently Adobe wrote in their blog that they will not be certifying any Android 4.1 devices. Adobe also says that starting August 15th they will configure the settings in the play store to only allow Flash Player updates to devices that already have Flash installed whereas devices that do not have Flash installed will not be authorized to download it from the Google Play Store. Devices which update from 4.0 to 4.1 will be keeping flash but Adobe recommends users to uninstall it because it may exhibit some unexpected behavior.
This week Google announced Google Now on Android Jellybean, this is basically a voice assistant to compete with siri. Both of the competitors are still in beta and running the latest version. There is a video below from Technobuffalo showing the competition which shows a clear winner.
This week GSMAreana reported that the Galaxy Note 2 will have a 5.5" screen and a narrower body is confirmed. They created a mock up of the Galaxy Note which the design is inspired by the Galaxy S III. The release date for this phone has been moved forward from October to November this is so that samsung is ahead of Apple's iPhone launch.
Flickr is now utilising Nokia Maps to power photo geotagging and location search. Flickr is the latest company using Nokia Maps, they just announced a major redesign mapping interface which will rely on Nokia Maps for data. So now, when users geotag their photos or search through maps to find images from other users, Nokia will be providing the satellite images and overall mapping style. 
Microsoft will be bringing the new Windows 8 Marketplace to over 180 countries at launch. Currently the Windows Marketplace is only available in 63 countries and only 38 countries were allowed to submit apps. All users from 180 countries will be able to browse through the marketplace and purchase apps and even submit apps to the marketplace. In app purchases will be possible which gives developers another way to make money with their apps. Microsoft is also adding a Company Hub for developers who make apps targeted at enterprise users. The full list of countries are listed below: 
Source #1: Phonearena
Source #2: Phonearena
Source #3: Phonearena
Source #4: GSMArena
Source #5: TheVerge
Source #6: GSMArena via Windows Phone Developer Blog

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