I can almost still hear the gasps, sighs, huffs and puffs expressed by Android aficionados after Lenovo’s purchase of Google-owned Motorola was announced. A feeling of extreme unease towers above the entire mobile landscape, as no one really knows what Lenovo’s intentions for Moto are.
They’ve been around for awhile, whether we’ve seen them in action or just from browsing through categories of apps. I’m talking about those fingerprint scanner Android apps. They’re more of a gag than actual security, pretending to scan users’ fingers in order to permit access.
There’s no question the first-gen Nexus 7 was a game-changer for the tablet market as a whole, pushing numerous OEMs to follow Google’s suit in both size and pricing, but the follow-up, dubbed simply Nexus 7 2013, apparently failed to capitalize on this newfound popularity.
Google Glass has officially clashed with traffic law, leaving the future of wearable technology up in the air.
The boundaries surrounding wearable technology like Google Glass are blurred, leaving consumers at a crossroads in tech law. An “explorer”, or participant in Google’s testing of its new eyeglass-like computer product, is the first recipient of a citation written for use of the glasses while driving.
You can’t really complain of lack of recent activity on Google’s part in the hardware co-manufacturing department, as the spectacular LG-made Nexus 5 has seen daylight roughly two months ago. Still, the Nexus family was always expected to get two reinforcements this past fall, not just one.
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There are a ho-ho-whole lot more options for keeping tabs on the Big Man’s whereabouts this year.
With Samsung, HTC and LG already invited to the “Google Play Edition” party, one of very few big names in the Android game still left out was Sony. But no more, as the Xperia Z Ultra is up for grabs now via the Play Store in a flavor powered by stock Android.
E-book reading has gone through many changes the past years. Thanks to the introduction of tablets and e-readers, more and more people have embraced this change in technology. Personally, I’m not comfortable with reading books in digital form but I know a lot who do. I guess it’s just a matter of what works for you.
If you like the sound of your voice, today is your lucky day. Google has released a new Chrome extension called “OK Google” which allows users to make voice commands to their browser. The Google Voice Search Hotword extension is available now in the Chrome Web Store. If the user wants to use voice commands, all they have to do is use the “OK Google” hotword first.
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict the 2012 and 2013 versions of Asus and Google’s Nexus 7 tablets were going be the focus of a stack of Black Friday and Cyber Monday special deals. After all, one is possibly the hottest, most technically impressive cheap 7-incher around and the other the textbook definition of oldie but goldie.
While I realize it’s practically impossible to make tech-savvy folks commit to a purchase with so little time left to the Black Friday promotion kick-off, if you’re in the market for a budget-conscious smaller than 10-inch tablet, it’d be mighty foolish to wait.