Google I/O 2014 - There's a meme here, surely? I don't always order pizza, but when I do, it's from my smartwatch. Well, Google did just that at Google I/O when it showed off the Moto 360 smartwatch.
The Moto 360 smartwatch is powered by Google's upcoming Android Wear OS, which has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Whenever you update an application on your smartphone, the smartwatch will update the counterpart app on your smartphone. But ordering a pizza from what your watch? Now that is something I've never seen before.
The Moto 360 will be available for sale later in the summer, but Google also took the time at the event to announce that LG's G Watch will be available to order later today from the Play Store.
Google Glass isn't exactly widespread in adoption just yet, mostly due to the high price of the wearable device. That doesn't mean that other electronics firms aren't looking to challenge Google in that market. Lenovo has filed a patent app for a Glass competitor called Electronic Device and Sound Capturing Method.
Art with the patent makes it clear that Lenovo is looking at a wearable device looking very much like Glass, even if the name of the patent doesn't hint at a wearable device. Lenovo's patent shows an audio and video recorder and VOD displays.
The patent also lists bone conduction microphones in the earpieces and wireless communications. Descriptions in the patent app call the product out as a recording device, which is apparently a way for Lenovo to try to avoid suits from Google. There is no indication of if this product will come to market.
Google I/O 2014 - Google's upcoming L series of Android will feature a "factory reset protection" feature, which will allow users to remotely wipe their device in the event that it is stolen.
Not only that, but the upcoming release of Android will also feature Malware Protection, and Security Patches through Play Services. The more and more time that goes past with Android, the more it becomes a much stronger OS. We will have more details on the L release of Android hopefully very soon.
Google I/O 2014 - Something that plagues virtually every smartphone and tablet user is battery life, right? Well, at Google I/O, Google teased something called Project Volta, with the aim of improving battery life on every subsystem of Android.
Not only that, but the L release of Android will also have improved battery life, so we should see quite the injection of battery life with an L-powered Android device, with Project Volta running behind the scenes.
Google I/O 2014 - The developing markets are going to be massive over the coming years, with Google announcing at Google I/O that it is going to be pushing into the developing markets with a new initiative dubbed "Android One".
Android One is a set of hardware reference platforms for OEMs that will have "high-quality, low-cost" smartphones being pushed out to developing markets. These devices will come in multiple flavors, with stock Android - but Google Play OEMs and carriers can play around with this, adding their own apps.
One example of an Android One-powered smartphone is the dual-SIM smartphone from Micromax in India. This smartphone will feature a 4.5-inch screen, FM radio and a price of under $200. Google's goal with Android One is providing "at scale, high-quality, affordable smartphones" for "the next billion" smartphone owners.
Google I/O 2014 - This is pretty much just a tease for now, until we get some more information on the L release of Android - which should be Android 5.0, but take a look at the new software buttons.
The new buttons use a triangle as back, circle as home, and square for multi-tasking. I'm personally digging the new simplistic design, something that should roll into the new version of Android when it hits, which should be the new 'L' release of Android. The L release of Android should arrive as Android 5.0, something we should hopefully hear more about this week during Google I/O.
Google I/O 2014 - Just how powerful is Google's web browser on mobile? Very powerful - with over 300 million users using the browser on their mobile devices each and every day.
This number might just pass you by, but keep in mind that this time last year Google had just 27 million monthly users on Chrome for mobile. This is a 10 fold increase, something that everybody needs to sit up and take notice of. Google is truly dominating the web browser game on both the desktop and mobile.
Google I/O 2014 - During the Google I/O conference that is currently on, Google announced it has a massive 62% of the global tablet market share.
If we look back over the last couple of years, this number has grown considerably - last year, Google had just 46% of the global tablet market share. In 2012, it was just 29%. So we can see that Google is doing some truly big business in tablets. The company has also said that it sees 42% of all YouTube usage coming from its mobile OS, Android, and that app installs are up 236% year-over-year.
Google I/O 2014 - Google has kicked off its Google I/O conference, with the company announcing that it has over 1 billion monthly active users on Android, a staggering number.
This time last year, that number was 538 million, so that is quite the explosion of users onto Google's mobile OS. The company had some fun numbers to share, where it sees 93 million selfies taken by Android users daily, 20 billion text messages per day, and people check their phones over 100 billion times a day. Shocking when it gets laid out in front of you like that, isn't it?
Apple rumors float around the web constantly and a new one has turned up this week. This rumor claims that one of the differentiating features between the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the smaller version of the phone will be optical image stabilization (OIS) for the camera. The rumor comes from analysts at Pacific Crest Securities.
The cost premium for the OIS chip is said to be very small, in the area of $4 to $5, compared to a traditional autofocus solution. The smaller iPhone 6 is believed to have a 4.7-inch screen. OIS is able to reduce shake when an image is taken making the image clearer.
A number of smartphones on the market have OIS integrated into their cameras today. The analysts said: "We believe the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 smartphone camera will support optical image stabilization (OIS) and anticipate that it will represent one of several opportunities at Apple that will benefit InvenSense. In our analysis, we believe Apple chose to only include OIS camera technology in the larger iPhone 6 given that there is still a significant cost premium ($4 to $5) over standard auto focus solutions and that it provides a point of differentiation between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the step-up model (5.5-inch)."