Project Ara prototype

It competence still sound like scholarship fiction, though it seems Project Ara is still on march for an early 2015 release. In a blog post posted progressing today, Phonebloks talks about how a Google ATAP group is gearing adult to betray a initial entirely organic Ara antecedent smartphone — along with a recover of a new Project Ara MDK — during their 2nd developers discussion in December.

What’s some-more is since Android isn’t designed to support energetic hardware configurations, Project Ara is teaming adult with Linaro to have a device run on a mutated chronicle of Android L, Google’s subsequent vital Android recover approaching to launch after this year (October is a date being whispered around a web). The mutated Android chronicle will concede for users to fast and simply prohibited barter many of a Ara modules — with a difference of a CPU and arrangement — but carrying to initial energy down a device. This includes camera modules, battery modules, and more.

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With partners like Toshiba, Foxconn, and more, all a modules will be sole in an online store or “Modular Marketplace” identical to a Google Play Store, and will need to be approved before being accessible to consumers.

We design to learn most some-more during a devcon where we design to see several modules and facilities never before seen on a smartphone. Pretty sparkling stuff! If you’re extraordinary to learn more, we can check out Project Ara lead Paul Eremenko’s speak during this year’s Linaro Connect USA 2014 eventuality (starts during a 44:10 mark).

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Android phone users contingency be energetically watchful for a recover of Google’s arriving new program dubbed as Android L and a day seems to be not distant off if reports have anything to go by. Google Inc. hasn’t strictly announced a recover date of a program yet sources pronounced that it could be launched on 24 Oct along with HTC Nexus 9 tablet.


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Developer Paul O’Brien has tweeted that a HTC Nexus 9 will be expelled on 24 October, hinting that Android L could be launched progressing than expected, as it is approaching to come with a arriving inscription and a Nexus 6 aka Nexus X smartphone.

Interestingly, O’Brien’s twitter came only a few days after announcing that a HTC Nexus 9 would be launched on 16 October.

Meanwhile, it is reported that a much-awaited Nexus 6 aka Nexus X, that is approaching to be announced on 31 October, will come with a new device. So, one can’t order out a recover of Android L on a day.

However, Android Authority has claimed that a final chronicle of Android L won’t strictly be accessible until 1 Nov notwithstanding a recover of Google’s arriving devices. 

It is still not certain when Google will recover a new program before creation it accessible to Android smartphones, yet going by a reports that have flush so far, it is approaching to be launched along with a Nexus 9 inscription or a Nexus 6 aka Nexus X or in a initial week of November.

Android L was announced during a Google’s I/O Developers Conference in Jun this year yet a recover date has been kept underneath wraps. The new software, that will come with a redesigned interface and liquid animations, besides improving battery life and concordant with 64-bit processors, is deliberate to be a biggest refurbish Google has brought to a mobile height compartment date, even bigger than a jump from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich software.

According to Android Geeks, a new program will give Android phone users a new feel, as “actions are animated, a interface is some-more colorful, and a 3D effects and shadows make a UI some-more intuitive.” according to Android Geeks. Android L will support 64-bit processors, urge battery life and urge performance. 

Several android phones are approaching to get a new program refurbish once it is launched yet Google is approaching to recover it initial to a inclination like a Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 before creation it accessible to phones from other mobile phone makers. It is reported that a mentioned Nexus inclination will get a program refurbish as shortly as it is expelled yet not confirmed.

HTC has reliable that Android L refurbish will be done accessible to a latest smartphones – HTC One and HTC One (M8) – “within 90 days of receiving final program from Google.” Motorola has also pronounced that Moto G will get Android L update. It didn’t make a discuss of a 2nd generation Moto X yet it is really approaching to get a update.

SamMobile reported citing an insider that a Galaxy S5 and a Galaxy Note 4 will get a new program refurbish by a finish of Nov or early December. Expert Reviews claimed in a news that a latest inclination from LG competence get Android L update.

Manufacturers of Android inclination might have scoffed during a idea of a 64-bit smartphone when Apple denounced a iPhone 5S final year, though those same hardware makers are apparently tripping over themselves to play catch-up now.

Hit-or-miss DigiTimes has word that Google’s stirring Android L handling complement appears to be relocating adult a calendar for adoption of 64-bit hardware able of holding full advantage of a OS.

According to unnamed attention sources, 64-bit CPUs could turn “mainstream technology” for Android smartphones by a finish of 2015 now that manufacturers have stepped adult efforts to adopt a speedier architecture.

Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei, Vivo and HTC have all reportedly sealed adult for Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 610, 614 and/or 410 processors, all designed with fast emigration to Android L in mind.

On your marks

64-bit processors from rivals MediaTek and Samsung have already started creation their approach into a supply chain, with MediaTek’s design reportedly in a hands of “China-based handset vendors.”

Samsung apparently skeleton to keep a possess 64-bit record closer to home with in-house smartphones for a residue of 2014, presumably expanding accessibility for other business subsequent year.

Huawei auxiliary HiSilicon Technologies also appears to have a roadmap to 64-bit laid out, though sources explain those processors won’t seem until a initial half of 2015 during a earliest.

Google still hasn’t reliable an central launch (or even a final name) for Android L. However, gossip has it Android L could recover as shortly as subsequent month, and with a anger building around 64-bit phones, we expected won’t have to wait most longer for a next-gen OS.

  • Take a gander during a examination of a Motorola Moto X (2014)!

Manufacturers of Android inclination might have scoffed during a idea of a 64-bit smartphone when Apple denounced a iPhone 5S final year, though those same hardware makers are apparently tripping over themselves to play catch-up now.

Hit-or-miss DigiTimes has word that Google’s stirring Android L handling complement appears to be relocating adult a calendar for adoption of 64-bit hardware able of holding full advantage of a OS.

According to unnamed attention sources, 64-bit CPUs could turn “mainstream technology” for Android smartphones by a finish of 2015 now that manufacturers have stepped adult efforts to adopt a speedier architecture.

Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei, Vivo and HTC have all reportedly sealed adult for Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 610, 614 and/or 410 processors, all designed with fast emigration to Android L in mind.

On your marks

64-bit processors from rivals MediaTek and Samsung have already started creation their approach into a supply chain, with MediaTek’s design reportedly in a hands of “China-based handset vendors.”

Samsung apparently skeleton to keep a possess 64-bit record closer to home with in-house smartphones for a residue of 2014, presumably expanding accessibility for other business subsequent year.

Huawei auxiliary HiSilicon Technologies also appears to have a roadmap to 64-bit laid out, though sources explain those processors won’t seem until a initial half of 2015 during a earliest.

Google still hasn’t reliable an central launch (or even a final name) for Android L. However, gossip has it Android L could recover as shortly as subsequent month, and with a anger building around 64-bit phones, we expected won’t have to wait most longer for a next-gen OS.

  • Take a gander during a examination of a Motorola Moto X (2014)!

Project Ara seems like a arrange of thing that could never in a zillion years work, though Google is committed to giving it a shot. After bringing Motorola’s ATAP in-house, a association has fake forward on Project Ara. Now plan conduct Paul Eremenko has offering adult a few new sum of how Ara will work. Basically, a phone can be taken isolated while it’s on.

The thought behind Ara is that you’ll add a modules we want to a device formed on your needs. Maybe we wish a ton of storage or a unequivocally good camera. Maybe all that is delegate to carrying a outrageous battery. One of a questions about this proceed was, how could Android support that? Eremenko explained on theatre during Linaro Connect USA recently that Ara will run on a mutated chronicle of Android L to capacitate modular hardware. It will even assent a user to hot-swap modules (except CPU and display) while a phone is running. That’s crazy, though there might be some-more restrictions that he’s vouchsafing on. RAM substantially couldn’t be substituted all during once, and a categorical storage can’t be isolated while in operation either. It doesn’t unequivocally count as “on” if we do presumably of those.

Google is operative with Linaro (an open source engineering firm) to pattern this chronicle of Android. Modules for Project Ara phones will be sole in a new online store identical to a Play Store, permitting we to build a phone we want. A operative chronicle of Ara is ostensible to be demoed during a second dev discussion in Dec with a consumer launch presumably in early 2015.

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Last month Nokia announced that it would recover a chronicle of a highly-regarded HERE mapping and navigation app for Android, though usually to protected partners, starting with Samsung. Late final week an APK for a beta chronicle of HERE, labeled as 1.0, was posted to MediaFire and speckled by Spanish denunciation Android fan site El Android Libre. The app appears to work with any Android device using 4.0 or higher.

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After contrast it out, we can contend that it looks like all a simple mapping and navigation functions are here, including turn-by-turn directions and a satellite map layer. HERE’s primary advantage is a ability to download cached maps of full cities and regions for use offline, and this is also included. You’ll need to pointer adult for a Nokia HERE comment (or simply couple your Facebook comment – no G+ choice yet) in sequence to use this function. You can name maps by country; a incomparable and some-more populous a area, a denser a map data.

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The full map for a United States is a whopping 4.7GB, though it’s separate adult by state, with California and Texas entrance in during only underneath 500MB. Connecticut (176MB) takes some-more information than Wyoming (164MB), since tens of thousands of block miles of plateau and grassland aren’t all that unenlightened from a highway map perspective. Select areas of Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, and Oceania are also available, though if you’ll atonement a pun, your mileage might vary.

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Support for bookmarks and a hunt duty are included, though rather basic, and opening in this early book of a app seems particularly slower than Google Maps on my G Pad 8.3.

Everything that Nokia has pronounced so distant implies that a ubiquitous Android recover of HERE will be disdainful to Samsung hardware, during slightest initially, including facilities that tie into a Gear family of smartwatches. The app will be expelled on Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store. When and if HERE becomes accessible on a Play Store, we design it to be singular to Samsung phones and tablets (and substantially a latter ones during that).

Source: MediaFire around Android Libre – thanks, Luis Gomes!

Android Wear is Google’s initial try during a smartwatch (or other wearable) OS, and as such, a association is gripping a unequivocally parsimonious hold on a user knowledge and list of hardware partners for a time being. An IndieGoGo plan called Com1 didn’t get a memo, though, and motionless “hey, if we lift adequate money, they have to let us use Wear, right?” Wrong, it would seem.

Com1 used batch images of Android Wear and a Android Wear heading in a debate page, that was taken down by IGG underneath a drift of an egghead skill transgression censure by Google shortly after a debate launched. Now, it’s probable that Google simply was filing on copyright drift for a batch Wear images being used in a blurb context though permission. That would be flattering customary transport for a tech company’s business affairs department, generally when a calm copied depicts applications (thus, products) Google has not open sourced as partial of an handling complement Google is firmly determining in courtesy to both placement and modification. It could simply be as harmless as that: they didn’t ask to use them, they got slapped with a notice.

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The alternatives, though, are many some-more compelling, I’d say. Google isn’t frequently in a use of quite enforcing unapproved use of a egghead skill when it comes to imagery on a web. In fact, this seems utterly out of character, in a approach – even Android’s heading bugdroid is giveaway and transparent to use underneath a artistic commons license, and Google is sincerely kindly about a Android name itself in many situations (note that Google has also never taken down a crowdfunded debate since it was charity inclination with a Play Store though permission). So, since go after some small-time, $75,000 IndieGoGo project? It’s not like this thing would have ever reached fruition, in all likelihood, since $75,000 (or $1.5 million) does not a from-scratch smartwatch make. It’s not estimable of courtesy in and of itself on IP drift – unless there’s an distant belligerent during play.

It seems some-more expected to me that this takedown is promulgation a clever summary to crowdfunders: Android Wear is not for sale, and no, we aren’t going to let we start earnest it to people though a pithy accede and team-work (which, for crowdfunders, means expected never). Given that we already know Google is tightly controlling roughly each aspect of a Wear UX – from UI to OTA updates – clamping down on crowdfunders looking to money in on a Wear name usually creates sense. It seems intensely expected during this indicate that Google is unequivocally delicately vetting a smartwatch partners, as Android Wear is not even entirely published in AOSP during this indicate (Google claims it will be when “L” finally drops officially).

Still, even when Wear does make it to AOSP in a finish form, a program is fundamentally invalid for anyone indeed perplexing to build a smartwatch from a belligerent adult though Google’s pithy partnership. The Android Wear app for Android, on that Wear is critically dependent, will expected never be open sourced, and Google will roughly positively repudiate compatibility, and so entrance to Google services, to any Wear device it has not vetted and deemed fit for sale.

Com1 wasn’t a quite engaging watch, it allegedly would be a unequivocally affordable Wear device with looks to compare (ie, ugly), though Com1 isn’t unequivocally a story here. By sharpened down an Android Wear debate fast and decisively, Google is putting IndieGoGo and Kickstarter (and all their several ilk) on notice, literally and figuratively, that it’s going to be energetically safeguarding a Wear code from unapproved use. In short, don’t design any crowdfunded Android Wear hardware any time soon, if ever.

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Manufacturers of Android inclination might have scoffed during a idea of a 64-bit smartphone when Apple denounced a iPhone 5S final year, though those same hardware makers are apparently tripping over themselves to play catch-up now.

DigiTimes currently reported that Google’s stirring Android L handling complement appears to be relocating adult a calendar for adoption of 64-bit hardware able of holding full advantage of it.

According to unnamed attention sources, 64-bit CPUs could turn “mainstream technology” for Android smartphones by a finish of subsequent year now that manufacturers have stepped adult efforts to adopt a speedier architecture.

Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei, Vivo and HTC have all reportedly sealed adult for Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 610, 614 and/or 410 processors, that have been designed with fast emigration to Android L in mind.

On your marks

64-bit processors from rivals MediaTek and Samsung Electronics have already started creation their approach into a supply chain, with MediaTek’s design reportedly already in a hands of “China-based handset vendors.”

Samsung apparently skeleton to keep a possess 64-bit record closer to home with in-house smartphones for a residue of 2014, presumably expanding accessibility for other business subsequent year.

Huawei auxiliary HiSilicon Technologies also appears to have a roadmap to 64-bit already laid out, though sources explain those processors won’t seem until a initial half of 2015 during a earliest.

Google still hasn’t reliable an central launch (or even a final name) for Android L, that could hurl out subsequent month during a earliest, suggesting many of a initial handsets to boat with a OS ascent might not take full advantage of what a program has to offer.

  • Take a gander during a examination of a Motorola Moto X (2014)!

Amazon business who wish to squeeze products regulating their Android smartphones or tablets have dual options. The initial involves indicating a Web browser during Amazon.com, though with that process comes a disappointment of carrying to navigate a full website on a mobile device. The second choice is a simpler, sounder solution: Download a giveaway Android Amazon app. It lets we buy goods, check out endorsed products, emanate wish lists, and use your device’s camera to indicate real-world equipment to find books, clothing, and some-more in a marketplace’s database though manually acid for them. If you’re an Amazon devotee, this well-designed app should be in your Android arsenal, notwithstanding a close interface and a need to download a apart app to use Prime Instant Video.

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The Basics
You can pointer into a app with your existent Amazon comment certification or emanate a new comment from scratch. When we sealed in with my username and password, Amazon displayed recommendations and other highlighted products in carousels in a identical demeanour to what we see in Amazon.com. Prime Instant Video cinema and radio shows are enclosed in a brew if we allow to a smashing Amazon Prime ($99 per year), though we can’t watch calm on your Android device unless we implement a dedicated Prime Instant Video app.

In a identical vein, Android users who have a standalone Amazon Music With Prime Music app commissioned on their inclination suffer an additional feature: automatic digital song downloads. For example, when we bought Portishead’s “NYC Live” vinyl manuscript (which came with a giveaway MP3 chronicle of a record), Amazon Music with Amazon Prime immediately began downloading a marks to my Samsung Galaxy Note II. That’s a unequivocally cold feature, though we wish a song downloads—as good as a video watching—were incorporated into a categorical app. Do we unequivocally need 3 Amazon apps on my smartphone’s home screen? Note that we can deactivate involuntary downloads.

Navigation and Scanning
Like Amazon.com, Amazon’s mobile app lets we crop by dialect (CD Vinyl, Computers, Video Games, and so on) as good as a aforementioned endorsed and highlighted equipment carousels. Navigation is simple—you can swipe left, right, up, and down—but a product icons are a bit too vast for a on-screen genuine estate, that creates a cramped, cluttered interface.

You can manually hunt for equipment by keying in a tenure or product name into a hunt box or by regulating a integrated barcode reader. You activate this by drumming a barcode reader idol located in a far-right side of a hunt box, holding your smartphone or inscription in landscape mode, and positioning a product’s barcode to fit within in a orange viewfinder.

Amazon (for Android)The barcode reader worked almost flawlessly in my tests. It famous a barcodes of out-of-print video games, tubs of shea butter, and domicile cleaning items, and it pulled adult compared product pages so that we could squeeze them. In fact, it famous each barcode that we placed in front of a camera. The usually time a barcode reader unsuccessful was when we scanned equipment in low lightning.

Ebay’s Android app has a unequivocally identical feature, though it differs from Amazon’s app in one poignant way: It pulls adult associated auction listings that underline your product as good as associated products. For example, when we scanned a box for a video diversion Call of Duty: Ghosts, a eBay app pulled adult a strange Call of Duty game, as good as other titles in a series. we had to brush by a listings to find a diversion that we wanted, that was annoying. we most cite Amazon’s take on barcode searching.

An swap scanning underline called Flow lets a app brand equipment though a barcode. It works by scanning a front of a magazine, Blu-ray disc, or other item, and pulling adult product pages formed on a images. Again, Amazon usually unsuccessful to brand an object due to bad lighting. Both Flow and a barcode reader are good collection for comparison selling when you’re in a real-world store. we stepped into supermarkets, hobby shops, and hardware stores to exam Flow’s chops and comparison emporium opposite in-store prices. As expected, many equipment in a Amazon marketplace were labelled significantly cheaper than their brick-and-mortar counterparts, though we was astounded to find that earthy stores infrequently kick Amazon in terms of pricing, quite when traffic with collectibles like comic books and video games.

After we find an object of interest, we can supplement it to a check-out transport or your wish list. The Amazon app also lets we examination purchased products, review product reviews, check out recently noticed items, tinker with comment settings, and more. In short, regulating Amazon for Android is unequivocally most like regulating Amazon.com.

Shop ‘Til You Drop
If we frequently revisit Amazon.com, there’s no reason a retailer’s mobile app shouldn’t have a home in your Android smartphone or tablet. It replicates a Amazon selling knowledge with aplomb, while adding facilities that make it a zephyr to comparison-check Amazon’s prices while selling in a genuine world. Amazon’s Android app isn’t perfect—I don’t like a close interface or a need to download additional apps for a full Amazon experience—but it’s really a estimable download.           

When it comes to mobile security, we can never be too safe. As the recent leak of hundreds of bare photos of womanlike celebrities has reminded us, hackers are always operative on new and astonishing ways to take a private data, and a elementary PIN on a smartphone just isn’t adequate to safeguard that a private files are kept secure. There are several options when it comes to mobile device security, and their efficacy ranges flattering dramatically. For Android users, however, there is one app in sold that expected keeps files safer than anything we’ve seen before.

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Some apps censor your private photos and other information behind a elementary PIN or passcode, though Androcognito by Codex takes things a step further. Actually, it takes things 3 stairs further.

Beyond a pleasing prosaic pattern that will demeanour superb on current Android builds and Android L alike, Androcognito protects your private information behind not one, not two, though 3 layers of encryption. And we’re not only articulate about your exposed selfies, here — Androcognito can censor and strengthen all from photos and videos to audio files, PDFs and Office documents.

This nifty giveaway app’s full outline follows next along with a download link.

What’s Andrognito?

With Andrognito, we can now keep your trusted and critical files that we don’t wish others to access, dark inside your Android device with a modernized 3-Layer Encryption Engine. In short, Andrognito is a complicated sentry that hides and thatch all your personal and trusted information from snoopers in genuine time.

All a critical files like pictures, videos, documents, apps are firmly dark inside a protected safe that nobody solely we with a PIN (or password) can access, thereby giving we finish control over your device’s privacy. It is simple, quick and liquid and can censor files and folders in blazing quick speed (thanks to a “Flash Mode”).

Why Will You Use Andrognito?

Andrognito sports a accumulation of facilities that will make we tumble in adore with this app,

• Powerful 3-Layer Encryption Engine that firmly thatch and hides all your files for finish protection
• Supports stealing of all kinds of files (like Documents, Images, Videos, ZIP, Apps)
• Hide Photos Videos quick and securely
• Unique Stealth Mode underline to mistreat intruders into a feign vault
• “Invisible Mode” lets we censor a app from launcher and open around dialer
• Modern and state-of-the-art prosaic and minimal user interface
• Prevents beast force attacks by automatically locking a app for 15 mins after 3 unsuccessful login attempts.

What Is Andgognito’s 3-Layer Encryption Engine?
At Codex, safeguarding your critical files from a hands of intruders is a primary goal. After months of investigate we have grown a simple, light-weight and singular algorithm that creates it probably unfit for anyone to entrance your dark files and folders though your 4-digit secure PIN.

Your files are folders totally sealed and dark and are so cumulative that they can't even be accessed if someone copies all a information from your device and tries to run a app on another device, as a encryption routine is device sensitive, creation it probably unbreakable. However, if we do attain in violation this confidence we would adore to hear from you.

Why In The BETA Version?

After severe testing, we are finally assured that Andrognito is prepared to face a world, however we are now staying in BETA chronicle given there competence be some bugs in a app that have transient a notice.

Therefore we would advise we not to now censor any supportive files that are of peerless significance to we as there competence be some chances that we remove those files and get into a mess. We are constantly improving a app and we wish to get a final chronicle prepared shortly.

In a meantime, we would adore to hear reports and feedbacks from we about a good and infrequently about a bad things too.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1) Can it censor any kind of files?
Ans – It can censor any form of record we can consider of. It can censor pictures, videos, documents, apps, etc. with ease.

2) What happens if we uninstall a app?
Ans – No problem. Andrognito’s Automatic Vault Backup underline takes caring of everything, though dark files can't be accessed though unhiding.

3) What is a Stealth Mode?
Ans – The Stealth Mode gives we a feign safe where we can keep some feign files to mistreat intruders from saying a genuine vault. All a files that we have dark in your genuine vault, will never be manifest in a feign vault.

4) What if we forget my PIN?
Ans – You can always collect your PIN by responding a confidence question. It is always endorsed to set a confidence doubt only after registering.

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