Starting at 4PM PDT today - that’s California time - you’ll find Google’s registration for their developer conference opening their doors. This registration is unique in that previous years had hopeful attendees signing up as fast as their buttons would click, while this year all is random. The times are set, but the choosing of who goes is said to be done with a selection up to the fates.
Earlier today the folks at SRLabs showed a demonstration of how using a bit of wood glue and some interesting printing techniques, they were able to trick the Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner. This trick took the same method used for their test of the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID, much in the same way CCC (Germany’s Chaos Computing Club) tricked iPhone 5s’ scanner this past September.
For those of you watching the Google Ara developers conference live feed, today you may have seen a momentary glance at a slide which describes how the devices will be made. Made as in constructed, made with creatively combined elements which make what’s still called a "Project Ara" smartphone today. Here we’re also seeing the first suggestion that Project Ara could make its way into a tablet, as well.
This weeks’ Google Project Ara developer event, details shared by the group are appearing as much as a call to action as they are a push for excitement. As made clear by Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara: "We have to archetype a new type of product support system." It’s not about jumping in and porting developers’ already-made systems, that is to say, it’s about making something new.
Specifications for the Amazon Kindle Fire phone - or whatever they’ll end up calling it - have leaked. Photos of the phone have leaked as well, confirming suspicions had by several sources over the past few weeks, allowing us a peek at what may very well be a combination of elements able to give pause to iPhone users. Will you be one of them?
There’s been no shortage of Google Glass parodies and straight-up copies since Google released their heads-up display in 2012. While Google’s design has stuck to its guns since the developer edition - aka the Explorer Edition - has been released, there’ve been several iterations in competing camps since that year. One example is Samsung, whose latest patent for such a product reveals an ultra-simple solution.
This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.
It’s not difficult to see the reasons why the smartphone manufacturers of the world still play second fiddle to the mobile carriers they work with. He who controls the spice, controls the universe, after all. Both Windows Phone 8.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 prove the notion that though the manufacturers create the phones and developers create the software, it’s the carriers that continue to hold the most power.
The differences between the HTC One M7 (the model you bought in 2013) and the HTC One (M8) (this year’s model) are small. We did a specifications battle back near the end of March and pulled the devices through the paces over the past couple of weeks. Once Sense 6 arrives (by the end of May, HTC says), will there really be any difference between the devices in practice?