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New Android Wear features announced.
Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.
Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.
Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.
I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.

New Android Wear features announced.

Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.

Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.

Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.

I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.

2% of developers take 54% of app revenue

A survey of 10,000 developers by Developer Economics shows that two percent of app developers take in over $100,000 per month.

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The data also shows nine percent of developers getting $10,000-$100,000 per month, and 88% of developers on under $10,000 per month.

The study chose a ‘poverty line’ for developers of less than $500 per month - a figure which means their app is unsustainable as a business. A huge 50 percent of iOS developers and 47 percent of Android developers are below that line.

Most games — 57 percent of them — make less than $500/month.

To solve that revenue problem, many game developers release more than one app. In fact, the majority of those making over $100,000/month have published a minimum of 11 games in an effort to give themselves more chances at the app store lottery.

Real the full story at Venturebeat.

For anyone else who’s been busy playing Flappy Bird, here’s the best way I found to get through it.

Android 4.4, Nexus 5 released.
Google has quietly slipped the Nexus 5 into the Play Store, running a new version of Android - version 4.4, or KitKat.
Among other features, the new version of Android features:
Voice activated search with no button presses required - just say “OK Google”.
Faster multitasking.
Combined SMS/MMS/Hangouts messaging app.
Printing from mobile devices to any Google Cloud pront connected printer.
Check out the full list of features here.

Android 4.4, Nexus 5 released.

Google has quietly slipped the Nexus 5 into the Play Store, running a new version of Android - version 4.4, or KitKat.

Among other features, the new version of Android features:

  • Voice activated search with no button presses required - just say “OK Google”.
  • Faster multitasking.
  • Combined SMS/MMS/Hangouts messaging app.
  • Printing from mobile devices to any Google Cloud pront connected printer.

Check out the full list of features here.

Next version of Android announced as Android passes 1,000,000,000 activations.
The next version of Android will be called KitKat, and be version number 4.4 - crushing rumors of it being called Key Lime Pie and version 5.0.
Sundar Pichai - head of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google - made the announcement in a Google+ post today, while also revealing that there have now been over 1 Billion Android device activations to date.

Google apparently went against naming the next iteration of Android as Key Lime Pie, as "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie". While Nestle are behind the new name (and actively helping to promote it), it’s apparently ”not a money-changing-hands kind of deal,” with Google and Nestle both finding plenty to make the arrangement worthwhile.
Google are yet to announce what changes will be included in the new release, except to say it’s their goal to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”.
 

Next version of Android announced as Android passes 1,000,000,000 activations.

The next version of Android will be called KitKat, and be version number 4.4 - crushing rumors of it being called Key Lime Pie and version 5.0.

Sundar Pichai - head of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google - made the announcement in a Google+ post today, while also revealing that there have now been over 1 Billion Android device activations to date.

Google apparently went against naming the next iteration of Android as Key Lime Pie, as "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie". While Nestle are behind the new name (and actively helping to promote it), it’s apparently ”not a money-changing-hands kind of deal,” with Google and Nestle both finding plenty to make the arrangement worthwhile.

Google are yet to announce what changes will be included in the new release, except to say it’s their goal to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”.

 

North Korea has a tablet.
Actually three tablets are now available in the country, according to a report, with the latest model (pictured) coming with an inbuilt TV tuner. The tuner can only receive pre-selected channels in accordance with North Korean policy and can’t be tuned, so there’s no way to watch shows from neighbouring countries when near the borders. Likewise the tablet can only connect to North Koreas intranet, with no apparent way to connect to Wi-Fi and the wider internet.
While the device is running Android 4.0.4, there’s no Google Apps, as that would require agreement from Google, although there is a pirated copy of Angry Birds Rio preinstalled. Here’s the specs listed on the box:
1.2GHz CPU
1GB DDR3 memory
8GB or 16GB internal storage
7-inch screen with 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution
2 megapixel camera
187 by 124 by 10 millimeters
250 grams
Check out a full review here.

North Korea has a tablet.

Actually three tablets are now available in the country, according to a report, with the latest model (pictured) coming with an inbuilt TV tuner. The tuner can only receive pre-selected channels in accordance with North Korean policy and can’t be tuned, so there’s no way to watch shows from neighbouring countries when near the borders. Likewise the tablet can only connect to North Koreas intranet, with no apparent way to connect to Wi-Fi and the wider internet.

While the device is running Android 4.0.4, there’s no Google Apps, as that would require agreement from Google, although there is a pirated copy of Angry Birds Rio preinstalled. Here’s the specs listed on the box:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 1GB DDR3 memory
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage
  • 7-inch screen with 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 187 by 124 by 10 millimeters
  • 250 grams

Check out a full review here.

Google I/O day one highlights.
Google’s  I/O developer conference got underway Wednesday without anything like the headline grabbing demonstration of Glass at last years Day One keynote, but there were still a few interesting points:
New-look Google Maps
Google Play Music All Access
Google Play Game Services
Google Now voice search coming to desktop PC’s
Three-columned new look for Google+
You can now send money via Gmail
Also announced were some statistics: 900 million Android activations worldwide to date, and 48 billion apps downloaded from Google Play. That compares to 50 billion app downloads on iOS, which was reached earlier this week.

Google I/O day one highlights.

Google’s  I/O developer conference got underway Wednesday without anything like the headline grabbing demonstration of Glass at last years Day One keynote, but there were still a few interesting points:

Also announced were some statistics: 900 million Android activations worldwide to date, and 48 billion apps downloaded from Google Play. That compares to 50 billion app downloads on iOS, which was reached earlier this week.

Photos: Samsung Galaxy S4 Teardown.

Check out the full gallery here.

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Google Glass specs confirmed, App released.

Google have released the Android App for their upcoming Glass device, and confirmed the specs on their website. As rumored, the device won’t have a traditional speaker for audio playback, instead using a bone conduction transducer. Battery life is said to last ‘one full day of typical use’.

The full specs:

Curiosity experiment goes viral.
'Curiosity' is an app for Android and iOS by new developer 22 Cans:

Our aim is to carry out 22 exciting, innovative experiments that demonstrate how incredible gaming can be. There’s Curiosity – what’s inside the cube and, as you soon will find out, something else.

The idea of Curiosity is to chip away at a giant cube via the smartphone app, slowly revealing hidden layers and eventually see what’s in the middle. Every player is working on the same centralized cube, so the more players that join the experiment the faster the mystery at the center will be revealed. Some reports have said over one million players have tried to log onto the server which caused issues, although these seem to be resolved when I logged on today. 

Deep in the centre of the Cube is something life-changingly amazing, but only the first person to reach the centre will discover what’s inside.
Will the power of curiosity bring the world together?

Check it out here.

Curiosity experiment goes viral.

'Curiosity' is an app for Android and iOS by new developer 22 Cans:

Our aim is to carry out 22 exciting, innovative experiments that demonstrate how incredible gaming can be. There’s Curiosity – what’s inside the cube and, as you soon will find out, something else.

The idea of Curiosity is to chip away at a giant cube via the smartphone app, slowly revealing hidden layers and eventually see what’s in the middle. Every player is working on the same centralized cube, so the more players that join the experiment the faster the mystery at the center will be revealed. Some reports have said over one million players have tried to log onto the server which caused issues, although these seem to be resolved when I logged on today. 

Deep in the centre of the Cube is something life-changingly amazing, but only the first person to reach the centre will discover what’s inside.

Will the power of curiosity bring the world together?

Check it out here.