Google robotics honcho Andy Rubin is withdrawal a company.
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The robots have a new leader.

Andy Rubin, who founded Google’s Android mobile software, and reduction than a year ago was tapped to run a company’s nascent robotics efforts, is withdrawal a Internet giant.

“I wish to wish Andy all a best with what’s next,” Google CEO Larry Page pronounced in a statement. “With Android he combined something truly conspicuous — with a billion and happy users. Thank you.”

The depart is potentially a blow to a company’s ambitions in robotics, where Google has done vast investments, including appropriation some-more than 8 companies, including Boston Dynamics and Atlas. Page has done large bets in areas over a hunt and promotion business, a biggest moneymaker, as it looks to where a destiny income streams will come from.

James Kuffner, another member of a robotics group, will take over as conduct of a division, according to a Wall Street Journal, that initial reported a news. Rubin is withdrawal Google to build an incubator for startups to build tech hardware, according to a Journal.

In 2010, Google investigate scientist Kuffner came adult with a thought of cloud robotics, robots that precedence a Internet, crowdsourcing, and open-sourcing to enhance their estimate energy and believe base. It’s not tough to see how a cloud-connected drudge that is entertainment information in your home from all a several sensors could be a perambulating remoteness defilement watchful to happen.

Meanwhile, Rubin has done a career of building companies from blemish and rebellious desirous projects, mostly focused on robotics or mobile computing. He started during Google in 2005 when Page and association bought his mobile handling complement startup Android. Rubin got his start as a robotics operative during optics builder Carl Zeiss AG in 1986, and went on to work during Apple and Microsoft.

Rubin has been credited with branch Android into a critical aspirant for Apple’s iOS, that powers a iPhone. Android is now a many renouned mobile handling system, using on some-more than 80 percent of a world’s smartphones. Sundar Pichai took a helm of a Android group in Mar 2013 after Page announced that Rubin was going to work on another plan for a company. That plan incited out to be robotics.

Rubin told a New York Times in Dec 2013 that “computers are starting to thrive legs and pierce around in a environment.” But such projects are “moonshots,” Google’s tenure for ambitious, out-there initiatives, Rubin told a newspaper, and that Google’s efforts could furnish formula in a few years.

When a story was posted, Rubin tweeted, “The destiny is looking awesome!” He hasn’t tweeted since.

Andy Rubin, a operative who grown Google’s Android OS and was newly in assign of a robotics efforts, is withdrawal a company, Google reliable Thursday.

Rubin cofounded a association called Android, that Google acquired in 2005 for a mobile OS. Android has left on to turn a world’s many widely used mobile handling system.

Last year, though, Rubin was changed off a Android organisation and put in assign of Google’s robotics projects. His work was taken over by Sundar Pichai, who now leads Google’s Android, Chrome and other products.

The reasons for Rubin’s depart weren’t clear, yet it had something to do with a structure of his organisation during Google, according to a report on tech news site The Information.

Rubin is withdrawal to lead an incubator for hardware startups, according to a report in a Wall Street Journal, and he’ll be transposed during Google by James Kuffner, a investigate scientist and a member of Google’s robotics group.

A Google orator reliable Rubin’s depart though declined to criticism further.

“I wish to wish Andy all a best with what’s next,” CEO Larry Page pronounced in a statement. “With Android he combined something truly remarkable—with a billion and happy users.”

Rubin has been overseeing several robotics projects during Google and led new acquisitions, including a purchase of Boston Dynamics.

Google Inc. (GOOGL)’s Andy Rubin, who
oversaw expansion of a Android program used in some-more than 70
percent of a world’s smartphones, is withdrawal a company.

Rubin, 51, is vacating to form an incubator focusing on
hardware technology, Mountain View, California-based Google said
today. Rubin was operative on robotics during Google after stepping
down in Mar 2013 from his position using Android. The
robotics beginning will now be headed adult by James Kuffner, a
research scientist, Google said.

“I wish to wish Andy all a best with what’s next,”
Chief Executive Officer Larry Page wrote in an e-mailed
statement. “With Android he combined something truly
remarkable.”

After fasten Google in 2005, when a Web-search provider
bought his startup Android Inc., Rubin was instrumental in
turning Android into a vital aspirant opposite Apple Inc.’s
iPhones. Rubin joins a list of several high-profile departures
from Google this year, including Vic Gundotra, who led the
company’s social-networking efforts, and Nikesh Arora, who had
been arch business officer. Last week Page gave tip lieutenant
Sundar Pichai many of a product care during a company,
freeing adult a CEO to concentration on long-term strategy.

“Android has apparently been outrageous for Google,” pronounced Greg Sterling, clamp boss of plan and insights during Local
Search Association, a trade group. “Rubin himself is no longer
as critical to Google, and so while his depart competence been seen
by some as a loss, it’s not truly one during this point. At an
earlier time, when Rubin was using Android and when Android
was reduction dominant, that competence have been a case.”

Hardware Growth

Rubin didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail message
seeking comment.

Known for being independent, Rubin was ardent about
driving Android’s expansion while gripping a height neutral so
software and hardware designers could confederate simply with the
operating system. The partnerships gave hardware companies such
as Samsung Electronics Co. a foothold in a mobile marketplace as
consumers increasingly incited to smartphones to entrance digital
services.

Rubin was among 7 managers promoted to comparison executive
positions in Apr 2011, not prolonged after Page became CEO. When
Rubin started his robotics work during a company, Page was
enthusiastic about a effort. The association acquired seven
companies during a time to assistance a initiative.

Kuffner, who is holding over a robotics effort, is an
adjunct associate highbrow during a Robotics Institute, Carnegie
Mellon University, according to a post on Google’s website.

(An progressing chronicle of a story corrected a year that
Rubin stepped down from Android.)

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Brian Womack in San Francisco at
bwomack1@bloomberg.net

To hit a editors obliged for this story:
Pui-Wing Tam at
ptam13@bloomberg.net
Reed Stevenson, Stephen West

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Like a lot of tower-defense games, Galactic Defense feels cramped. At slightest we can zoom!
Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Maybe it’s since I’m removing older, though we had a tough time enjoying Star Wars: Galactic Defense.

Not since it’s a bad diversion — utterly a opposite. It’s since it feels small, even on a 4.7-inch Moto X. On an iPhone 6 Plus? A small better. A Kindle Fire HDX 8.9? Ah, now we’re removing somewhere.

Announced final month, DeNA’s “Star Wars”-themed tower-defense diversion only arrived for Android, iOS and Kindle, and formed on what I’ve seen so far, it’s any bit as good as I’d hoped. And in a defense, a lot of TD games feel close on smaller screens. Players with younger eyes are certain to be some-more forgiving.

Screen distance notwithstanding, Galactic Defense offers scarcely all a hallmarks of good TD. (For those unknown with a genre, it’s fundamentally a build-your-base-to-withstand-attacks balancing act. Working within a bill of resources, we have to build only a right defenses during only a right time to equivocate removing overrun.)

Here, of course, it’s all “Star Wars.” You can select to play on a Light Side or Dark Side, and your belligerent army will embody during slightest one free-moving “champion” (Luke, Yoda, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and so on) possessing special abilities.

Just one problem: no fast-forward button. That means we have to lay by any and any skirmish, and nonetheless they’re really sparkling during first, eventually we only wish to activate a hyperdrive, if we know what we mean. we find Galactic Defense’s miss of a fast-forward button…disturbing.

What’s more, a diversion walks that excellent freemium line, vouchsafing we play for giveaway though creation it worse to attain if we don’t hack adult real-world income for gems. That’s only a diversion universe we live in, we guess.

Certainly Galactic Defense is value a try for any fan of tower-defense games or “Star Wars.” we consider folks in both camps will find it really beguiling — though trust me when we contend it advantages severely from a tablet-size screen.

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The Android Lollipop will be launched on Nov 2014

Google has recently announced that Android’s newest handling system, famous as a Android 5.0 or Lollipop, will be expelled on a initial week of November. Fans of Android inclination are awaiting a lot from a new OS, generally given it will reportedly enclose new facilities that will assistance save battery life, and some of Android Lollipop’s aspects will apparently be really identical to Apple’s iOS8.

Some similarities to Apple’s latest handling complement embody a change in appearance, that will seem to demeanour flatter. Lollipop’s new “Priority” mode is pronounced to be really many like iPhone’s “Do not Disturb” mode, so that it will usually uncover content messages and calls from comparison contacts. Moreover, Android’s newest OS will embody a ability to guard particular app’s battery consumption, only like in iOS8.

Android Lollipop will reportedly underline an ascent in a design, that will embody colors, shadows, and animations. But maybe one of a many innovative facilities is a guest user mode, wherein it boundary entrance to apps and payments, creation it a useful underline for relatives with kids who frequently steal their phones or tablets to play games or make calls. Also, particular apps can be noted as private and can be dark from a screen.

According to Huffington Post, those who will buy HTC’s new Nexus 6 phone or Nexus 9 inscription will get to use a Android Lollipop right away, given a gadgets come pre-installed with a handling system. And yet Samsung has not done an central announcement, a association has hinted on Twitter that a newest Galaxy Note 4 will get a update.

As for a accurate recover date, there are rumors that a Android Lollipop will be expelled on Nov. 3, yet this has not been reliable by Google as of a moment.

Andy Rubin, co-founder and former personality of Google Inc.’s Android mobile business and a stream conduct of a nascent robotics effort, is withdrawal a Internet giant, a association pronounced Thursday.

Mr. Rubin is starting an incubator for startups meddlesome in…


We’re only days divided from saying a initial Android 5.0 inclination start to ship. Google’s reward Nexus 9 inscription is set to launch this entrance Monday, Nov 3rd, and Google’s initial phablet will follow shortly after, yet an accurate recover date for a Nexus 6 is still unknown. What we do know, however, is that a new Lollipop program that powers both new Nexus inclination facilities a overwhelming user interface renovate and some good new facilities that Android users will love.

And what improved approach is there to uncover off those good new facilities than with a garland of charcterised GIFs?

FROM EARLIER: Lollipop has an extraordinary dark underline you’ll wish to immediately use

We have left over all of a best new facilities in Google’s latest and biggest Android handling complement extensively here on BGR, and we can review all about them in our Android 5.0 Lollipop hub. Of course, there are pointed nuances that charcterised GIFs always seem to constraint that competence have differently transient us, so Gizmodo put together a collection of 8 GIFs that uncover us a best new things Android 5.0 Lollipop has to offer.

First up, Lollipop has some overwhelming new animations:

Android 5.0 also has a good new presentation panel:

The app switcher is totally redesigned in a latest chronicle of Android:

Sharing Android inclination is now easier than ever interjection to mixed form support:

For a rest of Gizmodo’s nifty Lollipop GIFs, follow a couple next in a source section.

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Android fans looking to measure some giveaway apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, since it’s currently offering users giveaway entrance to some 40 apps and games that are value a total $115. This outrageous sale ends Saturday though, so you’d improved precipitate if we wish to download them all.

FROM EARLIER: 9 overwhelming paid iPhone apps that are all giveaway downloads right now (save $26!)

The offer is current in mixed markets, with Android Police already confirming it’s adult in a U.S., Canada, a U.K. France and Australia.

The Android games partial of a graduation (available during a source link) includes titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo, though also Plex, Boxer Pro, and other reward apps — a full list is accessible below.

  • ai.type Keyboard Plus
  • Alpha Wave
  • Amelia and Terror of a Night – Story Book for Kids
  • BeFunky Photo Editor Pro
  • Blocky Roads Pro
  • Boxer Pro
  • Braveland
  • Can You Escape – Adventure
  • CarbsControl – Carb Counter and TrackerDevil’s Attorney
  • Easy Voice Recorder Pro
  • Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO
  • Eufloria HD
  • Eve of a Genesis
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Gods VS Humans – Protect your Kingdom
  • Hidden Object – Haunted House 2
  • Human Anatomy Atlas
  • Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage
  • Knock-Knock
  • Lapse It Pro – Time Lapse Stop Motion Camera – Professional
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5 – Audio Edition
  • MoneyWiz – Personal Finance
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Plants vs. Zombies (WiFi Download Only)
  • Plex
  • Repix
  • ScreenDim Full
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I
  • Timers4Me Stopwatch Pro
  • To-Fu Fury
  • Toca Town
  • Trivia Crack (Ad Free)
  • Unpossible
  • V for Vampire
  • Web of Deceit: Black Widow Collector’s Edition (Full)(Kindle Tablet Edition)
  • Weird Park: Scary Tales
  • World of Goo
  • XnInstant Camera Pro
  • Zombie Gunship

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A new tradition ROM, dubbed CM11 Milestone 11, is now accessible to assistance users of a Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, with a indication series GT-I9505, to refurbish their inclination to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The tradition ROM, that is deliberate a fast build, brings some-more facilities in further to a ones found on a central chronicle of a firmware.

The CM11 Milestone 11 ROM includes several improvements, such as a bug repair associated to “switch to final app” functionality in Recent view, APN updates for several regions, support for all accessible delayed shiver speeds and several confidence updates.

The tradition ROM for a Galaxy S4 LTE is not an central recover by Samsung, so users need to base their device before flashing a firmware. The device is also compulsory to have tradition liberation such as ClockworkMod to peep a ROM zip.

Here are some aspects that users should know before flashing a ROM:

  • Users contingency safeguard correct fill-in for personal information on a phone
  • The handset should have during slightest 80 percent battery power
  • USB drivers for a Galaxy S4 contingency be commissioned on a computer
  • USB Debugging contingency be enabled on a phone
  • The educational is usually for a Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505)

Note: International Business Times can't be hold obliged if anything goes wrong. Users should ensue during their possess risk.

Tutorial

Step 1: Download a Android 4.4.4 CM11 Milestone 11 ROM for a Galaxy S4 LTE on your computer. The record name is “cm-11-20141008-SNAPSHOT-M11-jflte.zip.”

Step 2: Download Google Apps on to a computer.

Step 3: Connect a Galaxy S4 LTE to a PC around USB wire and duplicate a ROM to a base folder of a handset’s SD label but extracting them.

Step 4: Disconnect a USB wire and switch off a phone.

Step 5: Get into Recovery Mode by dire and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously.

Step 6: In a ClockworkMod Recovery Mode, perform a bureau reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Use a Power symbol to name options. Now, perform a cache clean by selecting “wipe cache partition.”

Step 7: From CWM recovery, go to “Advanced” menu and afterwards name “wipe dalvik cache.”

Step 8: Go behind to a categorical liberation shade and name “install zip from sdcard” and afterwards name “choose zip from sdcard.”

Step 9: Now, use a Volume keys to go to a Android 4.4.4 ROM zip record copied to a SD label and name it regulating a Power button.

Step 10: Repeat a prior step for a Google Apps and implement it on a phone.

Step 11: After a designation is complete, press a “+++Go Back+++” symbol to go to a categorical liberation menu and name “reboot complement now.”

[Source: True Android]