Apr 16, 2014 - 12:21 PM - by dgstorm
Those wacky, "always outside the box" engineers at Google have just moved even closer toward cool future tech. Two Google patent applications have recently popped up which push the envelope just a tad. One is very cool in a very practical sense, while the other is cool because it's basically the manifestation of something found in a popular anime.
The first patent app of note today is a micro camera embedded in smart contact lenses. The idea of a micro-camera hidden in contact lenses can seem scary, but the point isn't to create a super-spy gadget, it's to help the visually impaired see better. Here's a quote with a brief description,
The first thing that comes to mind here is the ability to take photos using just your eyes. If the thought of people wearing Glass in large numbers freaks you out, this would be even worse, as there wouldn't be an unsightly piece of hardware attached to frames that at least provide somewhat of a heads up.
Naturally, that possibility isn't the point. This micro camera could potentially benefit people's lives. A blind person wearing these contacts could receive an alert if there are obstacles in the way. It could prompt them when it's safe to cross a street or recognize faces and inform them, through an audio cue generated by a smartphone or some other device, who's there.
This camera would apparently have the power to replace binoculars, giving people the ability to see farther by focusing in on distant objects more clearly. In this way they could theoretically improve eyesight, not unlike traditional contact lenses. ~ AndroidPolice
The other Google patent app of interest today is an compact Bluetooth headset and earphone version of Google Glass. It bears a striking resemblance to the Scouter in the anime series DragonBall Z. At first blush, we aren't sure what specific reason there would be to have a variant of the Google Glass like this, but it's intriguing in a "Sci-Fi" way regardless.
Sound off and let us know what you think of Google's potential future-tech!
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:52 AM - by dgstorm
Although static benchmarks are not a reliable source of information to truly gauge your experience with a smartphone, it can still be entertaining to see how well new devices perform in them. We found some benchmarks which supposedly confirm OnePlus' plans to build a premium and powerful device to take on the competition. Their new OnePlus One, which is set to be released very soon scored an impressive 38,179 AnTuTu benchmark.
By way of comparison...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus One Beats The Competition in AnTuTu Benchmarks; Including Galaxy S5
Apr 15, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by dgstorm
If you are one of the few out there who like the idea of the Google Glass wearable eyewear, and are looking forward to dropping $1,500 bucks to try them out, then today is your lucky day. For today only Google will be allowing anyone in the United States the opportunity to join the current Google Glass Explorer program and purchase the test product for $1,500 USD.
For your money you will receive...
Continue Reading @: For Today Only Anyone in the US Can Purchase a Google Glass
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Here's a little bit of news about Lenovo and the launch of a new smartphone coming from the Chinese company. According to Android Headlines, Lenovo will announce at some point soon the Golden Warrior S8 Smartphone.
The device will reportedly come with a gold finish, 5.3-inch screen sitting at a resolution of 1,280x720 pixels, MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core, 13-megapixel shooter, front-facing 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB on board storage with microSD support in tow. The smartphone will run on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)--yes you read that right, no 4.4 KitKat. The handset will be pitched as a mid-tier handset and will be priced at a paltry $130.00 US Dollars or 'thereabouts'. Despite running Jellybean and the not so dazzling screen resolution, if the phone is priced sub $200.00 US it will be a steal.
It's not clear what Lenovo's launch plans might be for the Golden Warrior S8 since it hasn't yet been announced. Too see pics of the Golden Warrior S8 please visit AndroidHeadlines
Apr 10, 2014 - 2:54 PM - by dgstorm
Leave it up to the folks at Google to take Android to the next level for reliability and security. Google just announced their plans to extend their security services beyond Google Play and create a system for real-time continuous malware monitoring for Android. They will be evolving their "verify apps" service to take on the worthy task of finding and eliminating malware before you ever have to worry about it. Here's a quote from the Google blog with more of the details,
Source: Android Official Blog
Think about the ways your home is kept secure. You rely on structural security features—secure locks, a rock-hard foundation, strong windows and doors. You might also have an alarm or video camera to give you an extra layer of security, with a support team behind those tools making them more powerful, all but invisible until the moment you need them.
We have a similar approach to how we deliver security improvements in Android. As part of Android’s foundation, we built safeguards like application sandboxing, which confines apps, minimizing their ability to damage other parts of your phone. But just like your home, Google offers a built-in “service layer” (kind of like the phone equivalent of that alarm service for your home) to most every Android phone and tablet that’s constantly being strengthened, and it’s included for free. We’re adding to that service layer, further fortifying your Android phone or tablet.
Verify apps: now protecting you continually
Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they’re installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we’re rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation. In the last year, the foundation of this service—Verify apps—has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. This enhancement will take that protection even further, using Android’s powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams.
Because potentially harmful applications are very rare, most people will never see a warning or any other indication that they have this additional layer of protection. But we do expect a small number of people to see warnings (which look similar to the existing Verify apps warnings) as a result of this new capability. The good news is that very few people have ever encountered this; in fact, we’ve found that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.
Even though the risk is miniscule, we’re committed to making sure that the best available security protections are available to all Android users. This includes service-based protections such as Verify apps, as well as security features within the platform itself.
Apr 10, 2014 - 11:58 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like LG's take on Android for their upcoming G3 will hold some interesting surprises with a slightly revamped Optimus UI. A leaked pic surfaced and is purported to be the UI for their new flagship G3. The new look is obviously "flatter" than your typical Google OS, and suggests design tones similar to the new iOS 7.
Along with this supposedly leaked UI design, there is further intel/speculation from the source that the G3 will be very top-of-the-line, including a 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) 5.5-inch display and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 805 processor. This seems to go hand-in-hand with previous rumors of the device.
We will continue to look for any hints of the LG G3 and bring them to you ASAP.
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