iMore, has a nice trick for caching maps for using when an Internet connection is not available. A little weird, but cool.
PC Mag spoke with Jim Wicks, Motorola’s chief of design, who said that these new phones are the result of collaboration and influence from Google, as opposed to the other devices that Motorola has released in the time since Google acquired the company. “It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience,” said Wicks when speaking about the new devices, adding “there’s a sweet spot for consumers that we’re currently exceeding in the market. There are some people that like a big display, but there’s also a lot of people that want something that’s just about right. I think ‘just right’ is important, and we’re designing so we don’t disappoint those people.”
This is the right move, both for Motorola and Google. Motorola will have an edge by having a pure Android experience, and Google has a platform which they control and which will cary their services unaltered. With the moves being made by Samsung, which is the only one making money on the Android side, they have to do this.
Also, I find it curious that they talk about the size of the phone and not wanting to make a gigantophone. Isn’t Apple doomed because their phone is too small?
Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation – so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit.
You know what Google? Fork You.
As Forbes first reported this afternoon, Alma Whitten, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering, has decided to step down from her current position. Google has now confirmed this.
They had a Director of Privacy? Google? Was she on permanent vacation?
That’s one reason, according to Google’s just-former Android head Andy Rubin, Google acquired Motorola: a hedge against any one Android partner getting too big, too powerful.
The big question now as we come off a year in which Samsung sold 400 million phones globally is this: Is that hedge big enough?
This is something that looks inevitable, my guess is that in a year or so Samsung will fork Android so they can tie their own services to their devices, or come out with their own OS (maybe they can make Tizen run Android apps). Google made a bet with Android in order to ensure that they wouldn’t be left out of mobile, but they can’t rely on others to do it for them. The best thing Google can do is to use Motorola to produce their Nexus line of devices and ensure a pure Google experience along with updates. Otherwise, they will be at the mercy of Samsung and the others because Android is open (at least to a point) and manufacturers can do what they want with it. Today they are partners, tomorrow fierce rivals. This is a dog eat dog world.
According to a story at Android Police, a number of developers of Android apps which have the capability to block ads in web browsers have received notifications from Google that their apps have been kicked out of the Google Play store and are no longer available for download.
They are OPEN, to anything that doesn’t block ads.
According to a report out today from security specialists F-Secure, Android accounted for 79% of all malware in 2012, up from 66.7% in 2011 and just 11.25% in 2010. On the other side of the spectrum, Apple’s iOS, the world’s second-most popular platform for smartphones in terms of new purchases, remains one of the least compromised, with 0.7% of malware on its platform.