Hi guys, this time I’ll write about the new Android Wear, which was announced last week. So what is it all about?
Its a new approach by Google to bring a new concept by creating a new development area with targeting only wearable devices.
It’s not a completely new OS, its the same android but made specifically for wearable device software development.
‘Google Says that the Android Extends to Android Wear. Richer Experience for the Wearable devices’ -
So this time, there are 2 types of designs unlike the galaxy gear and smart watch 1 and 2. You can see a circle one and a traditional square screen. As I have heard the square one is going to be manufactured by LG, which has less spec and smaller price tag, whereas the circle one will be made by Motorola with high specs.
For developers, Android wear SDK developer preview has been released, so you guys can download and try it out. Which will be a great experience in the future when the device is out in the market.
So with the help of the official article I managed to find out that you can do the below shown basic functionality.
It does not mean that you have to learn anything new, you also can use the old APIs
‘You can also trigger your notifications contextually using existing Android APIs. For example, use geofences to provide glance able information to your users when they are at home, or use the activity detection APIs to send messages to your users’ wrists while they are bicycling.’
So what are you waiting for, register for developer preview, download the sdk and start developing.
Reference : Android Wear|Path of a Coder.com
For all its polish, Windows Phone still lags the competition in certain features that seem obvious to include. Windows Phone 8.1, set for a public reveal at Microsoft’s Build conference in April, brings two iOS and Android standards to the Windows Phone quiver, including a Notification Center and a smart personal assistant.
Sources familiar with the unreleased update for Microsoft’s mobile operating system told The Verge that we’ll see a Siri-style personal assistant introduced, codenamed “Cortana,” (nice Halo ref, Redmond) and also a notification center that collects all your notices in one place. There’s also potentially going to be a move away from hardware keys and to on-screen soft keys, similar to the move made by Android in recent versions.
Cortana was a known quantity previously, or at least a frequently leaked one, though the latest report confirms when it’ll make its first official appearance. Other things are also being added including VPN support, separate volume control for different types of things like calls and music, and more depending on different devices from different companies. But there’s a fairly common thread here: most of these are what I’d consider table stakes for a mobile OS at this point.
It’s true that Windows Phone offers some things that the other players in the space don’t (I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but they’re there), but a lot of the work left to do is just making sure that anyone coming from another platform will be comfortable with what they find when and if they switch from either Android or iOS. There are expectations out there now about what you get with a smartphone, and those expectations are growing as Apple and Google raise to impress and win more of that top half of the market.
Of course, it’s possible to trail in feature-richness but then lead in execution once you do get the stuff out there, and Microsoft could implement a notification repository and digital assistant that blow away their equivalents on iOS and Android. But it’s hard to see that happening given the current state of mobile affairs. Still, Microsoft might just need to call in order to earn that third spot at the table permanently, especially if its plan of attack on the low end of the market works out.
With the Ti liberating Vertu from the Symbian shackles, it was only a matter of time before the luxury phone maker released its second Android device. The Constellation, as it’s called (instead of Constellation V as listed by the FCC), takes a small but bold step away from Vertu’s usual design language, as it lacks the iconic ceramic pillow on the earpiece. What it gains instead is the largest piece of tough sapphire glass that Vertu — or any phone maker for that matter — has ever crafted, as well as a layer of soft but durable calf leather wrapping around the Grade 5 titanium body. It’ll also come in five colors: dark brown, orange (our favorite so far), black, light brown and cherry.
Vertu’s CEO Massimiliano Pogliani told us that this “less is more” approach is to have a more neutral, less showy offer that he believes will appeal to a larger audience.
“It tested extremely well [in study groups] in China and Russia,” said the exec. “In terms of design and appearance, it is being luxury but not too bling, too wild, too pushy, so I’m very happy and very confident.”
Of course, the relatively more affordable €4,900 (about $6,630) Constellation will co-exist with the more masculine Ti that comes with extra goodies.
“The service proposition is also different,” continued Pogliani. “You want the full monty, concierge? You go for the Ti. You want a more easy approach, still belong to the group with privileged access, sleekier design, more unisex? You go for the Constellation.”
In terms of specs, the Constellation is actually slightly more powerful than the Ti. For one, it comes with a newer but still lightly customized Android 4.2, which runs on top of a larger 4.3-inch 720p display and a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC — but with a more powerful graphics processor than the Ti’s MSM8260A, so this is likely the MSM8260A Pro with Adreno 320. There are also a 13-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front imager, a larger 1,800mAh battery (which is, sadly, still dwarfed by many new phones) and the usual radios like NFC, WiFi plus Bluetooth.
Alas, you only get 32GB of built-in storage instead of 64GB, and there’s still no LTE radio to please the speed freaks (though this is good news for the battery), as there’s no LTE service in many of Vertu’s active markets. The pin-eject SIM tray is also a slight let-down compared to Vertu’s more convenient pop-out back panel on previous models, so hopefully the latter is here to stay.
As part of the Vertu Certainty offering, the Constellation comes with the option to subscribe to a “unique offer of global, unlimited Wi-Fi access,” as well as an advanced version of Kaspersky anti-virus app. Users can also sign up with security company Protector Services Group to enable personal tracking and an alert button on the phone, which can be very handy if you’re entering a high risk area — especially for insurance purposes. Like the Ti, the newer phone also supports Silent Circle’s encrypted VoIP call service, and it’ll soon include encrypted instant messaging, too.
For those interested, the Constellation will be available in select Vertu boutiques starting this month, but you’re advised to make an appointment ahead of time should you wish to check it out. You’ll probably also want to start looking into suitcases that can fit all your cash.
Source : http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/01/vertu-constellation-android/
We’ve all heard of wireless charging before, but most solutions still require your phone to come in touch with a base station. Well, Cota is a technology that aims to power your mobile device completely wirelessly — without any physical contact at all. Hatem Zeine, a physicist and CEO of Ossia Inc, demonstrated the technology on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt when he successfully charged his iPhone when plugged with a Cota prototype, seen above, while holding it several feet away from a charging station.
It all seems like voodoo, but the secret lies in sending a magnetic charge over the same 2.4GHz spectrum that WiFi and Bluetooth already use. If you’re concerned about safety, Zeine assures us that only one watt of power is transmitted — that’s a third of what cell phones already transmit. Line of sight isn’t required, and Zeine claims that one station can power multiple devices at once. Just like a WiFi hotspot, you can set it so that it only works with certain devices or simply open it up so that power is available to all Cota-enabled handsets within range, which is around 30 feet.
Cota is apparently already in the late stages of FCC approval and the company is in talks with electronics manufacturers to incorporate the technology in consumer devices in 2015. Though Ossia plans to have its own hardware, it’s open to licensing the tech to other companies too. Zeine explained the technology can be bundled in USB dongles or built directly into handsets.
“In ten years, imagine there’s a Cota charger in the home, in the car, in cafes, in the airport,” Zeine told us. “You would never have to worry about battery, ever. The battery icon on your phone, it would disappear.” To get a better idea of the technology, have a peek at Zeine’s Disrupt demo over on TechCrunch or hit thesource site to get more info.
Source : http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/09/cota-by-ossia-wireless-power/