Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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    In the road leading up to Google I/O we were a little uncertain about whether or not we'd be seeing the premiere of a new version of Android. After all, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 are both still very new, and Google hasn't seemed to be in any particular hurry to move things up to 4.5, or even the 5.0 we've been wondering about for far too long. But then yesterday we heard Sundar Pichai apparently confirm his intent to at least preview this new Android version at I/O this week (and presumably, we're looking at today), even if a release would still be a little further down the line. So with this new ...

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    Android head Sundar Pichai has been talking to the press in advance of Google I/O, which officially gets started tomorrow, and we recently shared with you some of his thoughts concerning Android, Apple, and their approaches to mobile devices. That lengthy Bloomberg interview touched on a lot more about Google, Android, and the I/O conference, and right at the end another tantalizing detail has managed to sneak out: an apparent confirmation of plans to announce the next major release of Android. Bloomberg reports that Pichai intends to preview this release at Google I/O, even if it won't be ...

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    What better way to kick Google I/O week off than with a preview of the Android "L" release? That's exactly what we have here, as the Chrome Issue Tracker has brought up Android L-release screenshots posted by a not-entirely-careful Google employee. While these screenshots are likely of an early revision of the Android "L" (the name isn't final, though speculation has ranged from "lollipop" to "lemon meringue pie"), it's easy to see the different oft-rumored UI changes at play here. While you can ponder the screenshots for yourself down below, there are a couple main things we'd like to ...

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    Google I/O, the company's annual developer's conference, gets underway this Wednesday, June 25. For the past few months, we've been keeping track of various hardware and software rumors, trying to get a sense for just what's going to be on the menu this year. As we prepare for the festivities to get underway, we thought we'd take a moment to back up and go over some of those expectations, letting you know what to be on the look for as the devs descend on San Francisco. Android Wear should find itself getting a lot of attention, and on Google's official I/O schedule we see some Android ...

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    With last fall's release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced an experimental new runtime, ART. As opposed to the Dalvik virtual machine, ART promised speed improvements at the cost of storage space – or at least, that was the idea. In reality, the speed boosts could be hard to see, and compatibility issues that broke certain apps prevented ART from being a slam dunk. Nevertheless, the option has been there for users interested in trying it out. Lately, though, we've been seeing evidence suggesting that Google had improved ART to the point where it was getting ready to go mainstream, ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Android 2.0 made its debut in 2009. Both Android 3.0 and 4.0 surfaced in 2011. And ever since, we've been wondering when we might see Google move things forward to Android 5.0. But despite rumor after rumor over the years, we've been seeing 4.x release after 4.x release. Google I/O's just a couple weeks away; is there any chance that 5.0 might be on the menu? We're asking ourselves that question again this afternoon, after checking out what just might be an effort by Google to tease the new release's launch. These images up top were posted to Twitter by Google's official account yesterday ...

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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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    We've already talked about the advantages and disadvantages of 64-bit versus 32-bit when it comes to smartphones and tablets. To recap, 64-bit should be faster and enable the inclusion of more RAM as compared to 32-bit, but the OS and apps will need some fairly heavy work before they'll be able to take advantage of the advancements. Due to that, processor manufactures, app developers, and OS authors find themselves in the classic "chicken or the egg" conundrum: you can't have one without the other. So given the paradox, when will Android support 64-bit chips? Apple now has a 64-bit product ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recently leaked renders of a possible red Nokia Lumia 1020, and the carrier it might be going to. Then we talk about the Nokia phablet that's been rumored for the last couple of months, and you won't like the news about it. The future Nexus 7 is next as it seems that it might become more expensive in its future iteration. Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra takes the spotlight next as it seems they might get announced next week. We end today's show talking about the Google event scheduled for next week as well, and what we might get from it. ...

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    Our apology for the delay in today's upload due to technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC One mini an a teaser that the company has already made public. The HTC One max is next as reports claim that the device will be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note III. The Sony Honami takes the spotlight next as some debates have surged over its camera sensor. We later talk about the leaked video of the BlackBerry A10. We end today's show talking about the leaked Rogers video of the Moto X, but more specifically due to the new version of Android being ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's launch plans for the Sony Xperia Z and the Nokia Lumia 925, aside form their new trade-in program. LG is next as we've got leaked photos and a leaked video of the LG G2, only that for sprint, aside from rumors the Google LG Nexus 5. Motorola is back again, as we've got some press renders that show that the Motorola Droid Ultra is a line-up of three phones and not just one phone. Verizon and HTC take the spotlight next as the specific variant of the HTC One for big red has just landed on the FCC. There are also rumors of an HTC M8 ...

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    Where the heck is Android 4.3? And no, I'm not referring to the mountains of evidence in server logs, nor the very-legitimate-looking leaked ROM that surfaced last week: I mean where the heck is Google when it comes to delivering this update to Android users at large? Or, at least getting the ball rolling and making things official, while dropping a few updates for Nexus models? Instead, Android 4.3 almost seems like it's drifting away from us. In spite of those recent developments, there's no immediately obvious path for Google to take so far as any launch intentions go – Google I/O ...

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    Rumors of a Google-made Android smartwatch have been around for months. Back in early 2013, we heard that Google might be working over the details of such a project, deciding whether or not it would move forward on it. Now, sources known to The Wall Street Journal report that Google's gone ahead with development of the Android smartwatch, but that's not the only way it's branching Android out beyond smartphones and tablets. We've already seen evidence that might suggest Google was planning a sequel to last year's crashed-on-takeoff Nexus Q. While that model seemed quite expensive for what ...

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    When Google released its Google Now app we saw our first look at a card-based UI in an Android app. Touted as being able to show you "the right information at the right time", this new design for displaying information is elegant. It's a simple and to-the-point method that standardizes information onto a single "card", separated from other information. It should come as no surprise. We've been using cards for a very long time in our everyday lives. Libraries used to catalog all their books and media offerings on individual cards in something called a "card catalog". Your mother probably ...

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