While the Oakley Thumps merely pump music through the attached earbuds, these Google glasses appear to basically act as a head-mounted smartphone with a tiny screen mounted to the side of them and an interface controlled by voice commands.
The navigation system currently used is a head tilting-to scroll and click. We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.
I/O on the glasses will also include voice input and output, and we are told the CPU/RAM/storage hardware is near the equivalent of a generation-old Android smartphone. As a guess, we would speculate something like 1GHz ARM A8, 256MB RAM and 8GB of storage? In any case, it will also function as a smartphone.
Blurrycam, while based in China, was able to capture what might be Asus’s latest Android tablet, the TF300T.
With regard to the new device, the TF300T, the design bears the classic Asus appeal, which has been pretty consistent with the previous models. The biggest difference is that the new model has a striking red rear which will surely receive lots of feedback when it’s finally out in the market.
As of this writing, hardware specs of the device have not yet been disclosed. As soon as these are ready, we’ll be sure to update you, our dear reader.
Also, we’re not quite sure that these photos are authentic. Either way, we’re hoping to get more information pretty soon. What do you think? Do these photos look real to you?
While there’s still no specs available, we’re eagerly anticipating the launch of the ADzero mobile phone, which has an external case made entirely from bamboo. We’ve seenwooden phones before, but this is easily one of the most striking, and the head designer isn’t even finished with university. Middlesex student and London resident Kieron Scott-Woodhouse originally designed a mobile phone concept out of steel and bronze that was noticed by a number of phone blogs as well as ADzero, who contacted Scott-Woodhouse to help design a new phone.
The design team decided on bamboo because the phone’s being manufactured in China, and they were looking for a natural, local, renewable material. The bamboo is four years old, organically grown, and specially treated to improve durability — it’s also light, with prototypes weighing half of what the iPhone weighs. Originally, this Android-powered phone was only going to be available in China, but thanks to the attention it’s getting, ADzero is looking to target a more boutique market in the UK as well. There’s no word on when this phone will launch other than “this year,” but we’re hoping to get our hands on one of these as soon as possible.
September 23, 2008, Android 1.0, the first commercial version of Android is released. Just over 3 years later, October 19, 2011, after evolving from Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, not including Astro and Bender, Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. Along the way, Android put out loads of features and took in some 200+ million users. Today, we’re going to be breaking down two of the newest, and arguably best, Android versions (Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich). Obviously, a winner has already been chosen for this Versus Match. However, look at the competition as more of a comparison and evolution of Android.
Multitasking, Widgets, and Folders
Two of Android’s most notable and original features are Multitasking and Widgets. Therefore, Ice Cream Sandwich will be bringing new meaning to both of those features with some key upgrades.
First, the Recent Apps button lets users jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list that pops up should be very familiar to Honeycomb users. Furthermore, the list will show you a thumbnail image of whats going on inside of that app for easy app-switching. If you want to get rid of recent app, just toss it away with a finger swipe.
Note! this swiping feature also works with browser tabs and notifications.
In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich now enables users to re-seize their widgets. Want a full page dedicated to Gmail? Go for it! Finally, Android 4.0 borrows iOS’s folder creation method of drag and drop. Therefore, all you have to do to create a folder is pick up and app, and throw it onto another one.
Furthermore, Ice Cream Sandwich makes email better by adding improved auto-completion, quick responses, an integrated menu, nested mail subfolders, and as mentioned before, a resizable Email widget.
Smart Twitter Widget is designed to allow users to share their messages as quickly as possible since they just click on the widget to open the field to write, compose and send your Tweet. Smart Twitter Widget allows the user to send Tweet avoiding cumbersome to open applications or slow your browser. With a simple touch of the ability to send tweets in real time.
Casio’s made rugged smartphones and phones that connect to G-Shock watches before, but here’s the first example of the brands crossing over — this concept G-Shock phone translates the tough watches’ design cues to a smartphone form factor. Japanese site My Navi reports that it can withstand drops of 10 feet, is water resistant to a depth of 10 meters, and can handle weights of up to a ton being placed on it. The phone is in prototype phase, with details of the design and specifications still to be fully worked out — although the demo screen clearly shows some version of Android, Casio says it hasn’t even made a final decision on the OS.
We all know that Apple’s Co-Founder, the late Steve Jobs number one goal was to destroy Android, and it looks like his employees are still working on that now. The latest to come out in the Apple vs. Samsung story, is that Apple is sueing for the “Slide to Unlock” in Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0, which is currently only officially available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (I know some of us have it on our rooted devices). Apple does own the patent for the “Slide-to-unlock” feature that has been in the iPhone for as long as I can remember, so the lawsuit is legit, but I think it’s going a bit to far.
Patent Analyst Florian Mueller spoke with AllThingsD on the matter, ”Judging by the first three weeks of 2012, Apple’s intellectual property assertions against Android continue to escalate. Samsung appears to be no less determined to fight. Apple’s supplemental infringement contentions targeting the Android 4.0 lead device are an unequivocal signal to Google that Apple doesn’t shy away from a frontal assault.”
It’s important to note that the “Slide-to-Unlock” feature which is new in Android 4.0, does differ from Apple’s unlocking gesture. But we don’t know how the court is going to see it. One of the big differences is being able to slide in different directions and unlock to different tasks like the camera – CyanogenMod 9 is rumored to be adding more for sliding up and down.
It’s obvious that Samsung is perhaps an even bigger threat to Apple then Android and Google right now, Samsung recently dethroned Apple as the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. So it looks like Apple wants that title back.
What’s your take on this matter? Is this worth a lawsuit? Let us know in the comments below.