Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Project Ara gets serious: Dev challenge, 50x speed 3D printer, more

Project Ara gets serious: Dev challenge, 50x speed 3D printer, more

Google is kicking off a Project Ara module developer challenge, offering a $100k bounty for atypical smartphone possibilities while it itself works on a new, super-speed 3D printer to create customized production modules. The challenge, announced at Google IO today, asks developers to come up with a working module for a future Project Ara phone that does something not possible with a current smartphone, and sees Google itself throw out some ideas for what the flexible handset might one day do..

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Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung's Gear Live was a surprise addition to the Android Wear lineup at Google I/O 2014, but with its roots firmly in the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Neo it's no great stretch for the Korean giant. As with Motorola and LG's watches, Google and its partners are playing things close to its chest when it comes to actually playing with the new smartwatch platform, but that doesn't mean I couldn't draw some early conclusions from my hands-on time.

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Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike has opened up its Fuel fitness metric to Google's new Google Fit platform, the search giant's take on Apple's HealthKit. The move, which follows Nike opening Nike+ to HealthKit as well as the sports company hedges its bets in the health wearable space, will allow Android users to integrate their Fuel scores into an overall fitness plan.

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HTC: Android L for One M8 & M7 within 90 days of final code

HTC: Android L for One M8 & M7 within 90 days of final code

HTC has already weighed in with a commitment to upgrade its smartphones to Android L, promising an update to the HTC One M8 and last year's One M7 within ninety days of Google handing over the final code. A clear reaction to previous issues HTC had with pushing out timely updates, the new commitment is still somewhat nebulous, since the phone manufacturer doesn't know when Google will actually give it the final Android L build.

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Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Google is rebooting its ambitions in the living room, launching Android TV. "In some ways, the TV space is not much different to the mobile space in 2006," Google pointed out, with smart TVs all having different interfaces, different sets of apps, and no cohesive ways for developers to create one app for all platforms. Android TV aims to change all that.

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