Taking a demeanour behind during a week in news opposite a Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a series of stories, including some 64-bit hardware from HTC, new smartwatches from Samsung and LG, Nokia’s HERE Maps arrives on Android, because Tizen is not an choice for Huawei, a defence to stop bloatware in Android devices, and what Android facilities would do good on a iPhone 6.
Android Circuit is here to remind we of a few of a many things that have happened around Android over a final 7 days.
HTC Gears Up For 64-Bit Android Devices And A Possible Nexus 9
Following adult on some leaks, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly takes a demeanour at HTC’s product line-up, and a intensity for a Nexus 9 to be announced in October. This would underline a new chipset from Nvidia, specifically the K1 processor:
On paper a K1 is a conspicuous chip. It supports adult to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, shade resolutions adult to 4k and a headlining 192-core GPU is “supercomputer class” Nvidia claims. The association also boasts that a K1 is 1.5x some-more appetite fit than rivals and with an appetite sucking 2560 x 1600 pixels arrangement approaching to be congested into a Nexus 9′s 8.9-inch arrangement it will need to be. An central betray is approaching in October.
With a intensity 64-bit smartphone sporting a 5.5 in. screen, and a mid-range device with a 4.7 in. screen, HTC has a good small package to promote. The Berlin IFA should exhibit a dual handsets, and a dedicated Nexus 9 eventuality in Oct is likely.
Samsung Launch Another Smartwatch
Jumping a gun to get some broadside in before a Berlin IFA (which starts on Sep 5th), Samsung announced a new smartwatch. The Samsung Gear S is powered by a South Korean company’s Tizen handling system, and looks to be means to stay connected when it is out of bluetooth operation of your smartphone interjection to a inclusion of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Pricing has not nonetheless been announced, though accessibility is approaching to be during early Q4 this year.
Samsung Calls On Nokia For Mapping Support
One of a some-more engaging points in Samsung’s proclamation of a Gear S smartwatch was a note that mapping information would be provided by Nokia’s mapping division, HERE maps. That was complemented by a announcement that an Android chronicle of HERE maps will be accessible to owners of a Samsung Galaxy S5 as a beta application.
Forbes’ Ian Morris has more, and points out that this won’t be replacing Google Maps, though is an additional mapping solution. There is no denote that Samsung is prepared to dump Google Maps from their Android powered inclination (and in any odds a Google Play Services agreement would obviate that), though it’s another step that Samsung is holding to possess some-more of their program prolongation line, or during slightest get some shake room outward of Google’s prophesy of Android.
Samsung Gear S (image: Samsung PR)
Nokia Update Their Z Launcher Android Software
Speaking of Nokia (and we naturally meant a association left behind in FInland, not a smartphone teams now operative during Microsoft after this year’s purchase of Nokia’s Devices and Services division), their beta plan to build a improved Android launcher continues. Z Launcher has had a chronicle boost (reports BGR), and is now available by a Google Play store for those who are partial of a trial.
Watch Nokia delicately over a subsequent year. They might contend they are out of a mobile phone game, but they continue to gather and keep a lot of corporate expertise in a smartphone space,
LG Pre-Empts The Moto 360 Smartwatch
Launching the company’s second Android Wear powered smartwatch, LG announced a LG G Watch R. It is a second smartwatch regulating Google’s wearable OS to competition a round interface, and while it is smaller than a Moto 360, it does have a cut cut out of a round shade to accommodate shade connectors and electronics.