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The developers of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu have showed off an Android based phone OS with no JavaVM running on a Galaxy Nexus phone today. From first look it’s got some slick things that make the UI different from normal Android like swiping from edges to open menus and information, kind of stealing this from how Windows 8 works. From hands on videos it is very slow and things lag when opening. Of course this a early release but it’s nothing impressive.
On the website they show a block with app icons and just say “Go make us apps” using HTML5/Native, but lots of those like Gmail and YouTube would never make it to this OS natively just look at the large number of full on Android devices that don’t get support for Google Apps. So its very misleading to people thinking this would be cool to have because somehow it’s going to be more open then Android.
The one think I ask is what is the point, right now the big 3 are Android, iOS, and BlackBerry, with BlackBerry slowly dying away and Windows Phone not even something that anyone is looking at. This sounds like a lot of extra resources that could be put into making Android better, or making Ubuntu work better on the desktop. There is also Ubuntu TV but don’t expect much from that ether, their may be money in these markets but trying to do your own thing won’t work out or you will get people who get one of these devices and wonder why they can’t get the apps there friends on Android have.
Check out some photos to see what it looks like but don’t hold your breath for this becoming more than a waste of our time. If any new phone OS had any chance other than Android and iOS it would be Windows Phone just because they have the money to lose. And as we have seen from other Phone OS’s such as WebOS and even Windows Phone, just because you are different or have some special features it all comes down to getting things working together and getting lots of phones running it.
If this sounds harsh, it’s just true that you shouldn’t expect much to come from this.
Facebook announced the new Android app that runs in native code and not as a HTML5 web based app that it used to. By doing this it should run much faster and give them the ability to add more features that are part of the Android API. The app should load faster and run much smoother, I noticed that once images were loaded on my Galaxy Nexus scrolling thorough the time line was much easier. Also the images are loaded as you view them in the time line so they open right away and can be zoomed, liked or commented on right away without that annoying loading spinner. Also if you load a friend’s time line you should see a speed improvement.
I got it as an auto update when I got on WiFi but if you don’t have that on go get the update from the Play Store and you should be happy with the speed improvements of using native code.
My Field Trip took me on to see the Kindle Fire HD that was setup, and it made me happy I have a Nexus 7 tablet. It did have some store app showing how things worked and I closed that because I don’t need it, and I went in to seeing how things looked.
The first thing I could see was that when swiping through the apps and content it would stutter and wasn’t all the smooth. This should be something that would always be nice since people are going to do that first thing. So I took note of how it was not performing well and went on.
I saw Cut the Rope was installed and having played it on my Nexus 7 though it would be a good comparison. But again the system was very slow to load the game; it took almost 30 seconds to load and also took some time to load the level. The game performed as it should and seems fine but the low-speed had made me not so interested in the device. I also was seeing that the price was just too close to a Nexus 7 where I could get a full Android experience.
With the modified Android OS that Amazon hides you miss out on a lot of things that the content doesn’t always make up for. Mostly missing those Google Apps that just add the full experience you would want such as good email, maps, and even the Google Now search that is way better than anything Siri can give you.
I would not recommend one of these for someone looking for a mid-sized tablet especially when you can get the Nexus for the same price but with more power and a better app selection. You do miss out on the Amazon Prime video and books but you can make up for that by getting the Amazon Kindle App and Netflix.
Google announcement was canceled today because of the weather, but they did put out the products for us to check out. This includes the Nexus 4 phone, Nexus 10 tablet, and an update and change to the Nexus 7. The big thing was adding mobile data to a 32GB version of the Nexus 7, while I have gone over how much I like using my Nexus 7 in a past article not much changed on the device other then added storage for both the non-mobile data and mobile data version.
The WIFI only versions price changed, the 16GB is now $199, and 32GB is $249. On the unlocked HSPA+ mobile data version it has 32GB storage and will cost only $299. It looks like the best deal is to get the mobile data one even if you don’t always or currently have a SIM to drop in this, but it would be nice to have the option. This new price and inclusions of mobile data for less than an iPad mini makes this look like a better option for most people.
Google had an announcement canceled by the weather but they still put out the new devices including this Nexus 4 phone, the Nexus 10 and an update to the Nexus 7. While there was some leaks of what this new Nexus 4 phone would be here is the real info. It is a 4.7″, quad-core, wireless charging, and Android 4.2 devices. Wow lots in one sentence but they also updated some apps too such as a new swipe type keyboard called “Gesture Type” so you just run your finger over the letters to spell words, and a new camera app “Photo Sphere” that lets you do panoramas that go up and side to side.
This phone will come in two sizes an 8GB and 16GB but at a great prices unlocked on GSM/HSPA+ networks starting at only $299 and $349 making this easy to get if you are in a contract but want a new devices. There is no LTE but HSPA+ is fast enough right now, and there are so many different LTE bands out right now you would have to put some more expensive chips in and that would drive the price up probably $100+. There is also the added SlimPort HDMI connection that is new. If you’re on a GSM network this looks like a good upgrade and it’s nice to be on the cutting edge of what other phone makers will add to their Android phones next year. There isn’t much information on the wireless charging yet but the make note of it on the Play Store website, most likely this will be an added $40-60 for the charging mat and isn’t included in the box. Will keep an eye out for accessories, but this would still be a good phone to get.
|Screen with Gorilla Glass 2||4.7″ 1280×768 resolution|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro|
|Cameras||8MP back, 1.3 front|
|Memory||8GB + 16GB / 2GB RAM|
|Connections||Micro USB, SlimPort HDMI, 3.5mm headphone|
|Wireless||Wireless Charging, Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS|
|Battery||2,100 mAh Lithium|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|Sensors||Microphone, Compass, Ambient light|
Today Google was going to have an announcement in New York City but the weather caused them to cancel the release, but that didn’t stop them from giving us two new devices and an update to one. The first is an update to the Nexus 7, then a new Nexus 4 phone, and finally a Nexus 10 tablet. Plus they all run the updated Android 4.2, and have Google Now functionality for searching.
The Nexus 10 is a 10.055″ display at a 2560×1600 resolution, 9 hours of battery while playing video, front and back cameras, and multi user mode. It also comes in a 16 and 32 GB model, 2GB RAM, Dual-Core A15, Dual MiMO WiFi, and Micro HDMI. Looks like good specs but the images of the device make it look more rounded than a Nexus 7 so check out the gallery.
|Screen with Gorilla Glass 2||10.055″ 2560×1600 Resolution|
|CPU / GPU||Dual-Core A15 / Mali T604|
|Cameras||5MP back, 1.9MP front|
|Wireless||Wifi (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth, NFC, GPS|
|Storage||16GB + 32GB|
|Battery||9000 mAh Lithium polymer|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|Connections||Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Magnetic Pogo pin Plug, 3.5mm headphone|
|Sensors||Microphone, Compass, Ambient light|
|Price||16GB – $399 / 32GB – $499|
Samsung put out an announcement today that they are making a smaller 4 inch GALAXY S III smartphone that will be running Android 4.1 but still have similar design of the 4.8 inch GALAXY S III. Some other things other than the smaller size it also comes with a slower 1 GHz Dual Core processor only a 5MP back and VGA front camera and the largest size is only 16GB of storage. One thing that is interesting in there release is that it shows having 8Gb RAM, this may just be a typo because they messed up other parts of the specs in that part but its most likely 1GB of RAM.
The system runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz customization along Samsung’s other apps. They also included a FM Radio, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on HSPA/EDGE/GPRS and no LTE. The phone comes in both 8 and 16 GB storage sizes and with only 32GB of microSD storage slot. Check out the specs below and gallery of product shots.
|Display||4.0′ WVGA Super AMOLED|
|CPU||Dual Core 1GHz|
|OS||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Camera||5MP AF + LED Flash / VGA Front|
|Network||HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100
|Storage||8 + 16 GB / microSD up to 32 GB|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, FM|