With all of the issues that OnePlus has been having due to their partnership with Cyanogen Inc., we heard a while back that the flagship killing company was building their own ROM, which they have now officially given a name. Introducing OxygenOS.
What’s in a name? Well, that is about all there is to the announcement on the OnePlus forums, a name. OxygenOS is but a theory at this point, with further info promised to be announced on February 12th.
This new OS may have been at least partially spawned by a need to part ways with Cyanogen, but it is a great way for the company with the motto ‘Never Settle’ to take control of their OS as they have their hardware. OnePlus says they are starting from the ground up on this one, putting only what they want in the OS, taking into consideration everything that users have been asking for.
The name of the ROM was decided based on user entries as well. OnePlus goes on about how oxygen, the stuff in the air, is a part of our world and necessary to live and all that. Marketing aside, we assume that forum member midfire from Belgium will get a nice treat in the mail as a thank you for the name suggestion.
Head on over to the OnePlus forums to get all their details, and stay tuned, we are excited to see what OxygenOS has to offer. February 12th will be a good day.
What do you think, is OnePlus on the right track in building their own Android OS, or should they source out to another established Android developer?
Google’s Nexus Player may be viewed by some as the second coming of the Nexus Q, the ill-fated orb that sought to bridge the gap between television and mobiles some years back. Fortunately, unlike the Magic 8-Ball gone awry, it’s making it to stores, safe and sound. Having released already in the USA, Google has now indicated the second territory to receive the Nexus Player is Japan, where it will retail for 12,800 Yen, which at the current exchange rate is about $108, though the value of the dollar/yen has been changing on an almost daily basis, so it could wind up cheaper than the $99 US retail price by the time its late-February release date hits.
We announced Android TV at Google I/O in 2014 as a new platform that puts Android inside televisions and set-top boxes. Just by speaking to the remote, you can find live TV shows, a new movie release on Google Play, or a cooking video on YouTube and watch them all on the biggest screen in your house. You can also use the remote, and the separate game controller, to turn your TV and Android games into a gaming console. (And pick up the game on your smartphone where you left off). Nexus Player, a collaboration with Asus, can also stream movies, music and videos and allows you to cast entertainment from almost any Chromebook, Android device or iOS device to your TV
It will be interesting to see how the Nexus Player fares in the Land of the Rising Sun, given how its only true rival is Apple TV. The Chromecast, while a bit different in nature from the device in question here, has been sighted frequently in used electronics stores which raises the question of its acceptance in the market. While the Chromecast is available both online and in stores here, there is no indication as of yet where the Nexus Player will be sold.
Ouya, the game-console maker made famous by its kickstarter campaign, has recently received $10 million from online shopping titan Alibaba. There have been discussions about incorporating Ouya’s software and 1,000 game library into Alibaba’s set-top box.
The primary location where Ouya can flourish is in China, which is poised to be the next battleground for video game competition now that the 15 year-long ban on videogame consoles has been lifted. Although Ouya seemed to be off to a great start in 2012 with an explosion of funding, the results are less than expected, mostly due to the powerful hold on the market that Sony and Microsoft have and the recent emergence of the Nexus Player and Fire TV, which both allow for similar cheap gaming. However, a struggling company and a burgeoning market can be perfect for each other if there is a way for them to connect. Enter Alibaba. If there is any place that Alibaba knows, it’s China. Alibaba can be extremely helpful to Ouya as it tries to move into China’s market.
Ouya is no stranger to deals with other companies, and has also been working out some mutually beneficial agreements with Xiaomi as well.
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It is official. Microsoft is opening their Office products to Android tablet users. For a couple of months, Microsoft had allowed select Android tablet users to preview and offer feedback so they could refine and improve what they needed to. There were 3,000 Android devices of over 500 models with different sizes and hardware capabilitiesSo far, there have been at least more than 80 million downloads of Office on the iPhone and iPad worldwide. That number is expected to increase now that Android users will be able to download Microsoft Office.
Simply download the free apps from the Google Play Store. However, there are a few requirements one should keep in mind. Office for Android works on tablets running Android KitKat 4.4 and must have 7 inch screens or larger. For tablets running on Lollipop, keep in mind that Microsoft is not officially supporting the upgrade just yet. It will somewhere down the line though.
As of right now, the Android versions of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel let you browse and open documents from your OneDrive or Dropbox accounts. Of course one must have a Microsoft account, but if you don’t have one, then one can sign up for an account using the app. Basic features such as creating files, printing, and performing other day-to-day jobs is free. However, to access premium features, one must sign up for a qualifying Office 365 subscription.
For those of you that downloaded Microsoft Office for Android, be sure and leave a comment below and let us know how it is working for you.
Toshiba has undertaken many attempts to reshape its TV segment over the years with “Cloud Portal” and Cell TV, but none have hit the mark and now it’s getting out of the business entirely in North America. Following other Japanese manufacturers that have axed (Pioneer), scaled back (Panasonic), or reorganized (Sony) their TV operations, Toshiba will license its name to Taiwan’s Compal. New TVs from the venture will be on shelves in March, so don’t be surprised if they’re a bit different. It already switched to more outsourcing after axing jobs in 2013, so the shift may turn out to be subtle. Toshiba has always been willing to bring some unique — if not always appreciated — aspects to the game, and we’ll be sad to see them go. The plan now is to “develop new technologies and services” while it works on securing a stable profit.
Source: Toshiba (PDF)
The LG G4 (LG-VS999) was spotted in a leaked document. That in itself is no big deal, but what is interesting is the display resolution, which is 2880 x 1620.
It’s believed that this device is headed to Verizon since the Verizon G3 had a model number of LG-VS985. Now interestingly enough the AT&T version (LG-H810) was spotted in a UA profile a few days ago with an expected resolution of 2560 x 1440.
So one of two things is going on here. Either Verizon is going to get a better version than AT&T or the leaked document is fake.
We probably won’t see the G4 until May, so it’s certainly not out of the question that LG could offer a 3K display, but I need a little more evidence.
Come comment on this article: Could the LG G4 sport a 3K display?
Google just released its Q4 earnings report today, and some investors may be a little less than pleased. The tech giant finished with less growth than originally predicted, but still managed to bring in a revenue of $18.1 billion and earnings per share of $6.88. The net income was $4.76 billion, which is also an improvement over $3.38 billion from Q4 last year. The full year brought in $66 billion for Google, up 19% from 2013; this includes the sale of Motorola to Lenovo.
Just how much did Google underperform in Q4 when compared to predictions, you may ask? Wall Street expected a revenue of $18.5 billion, so about 2% under. A worse stat was the earnings per share of $6.88 instead of the predicted $7.13—under by 3.5%.
While there could be many explanations to the results (Google frequently underperforms when compared to estimates), we won’t know anything more conclusive until Google releases more info about the specifics.
Do you own Google stock? Let us know what you think about everyone’s favorite tech company’s latest results in the comment section to get the conversation going.
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Google has been known to get involved in some unusual projects, like Google Glass, Project Ara, and self-driving cars. However, the goings-on at its life sciences division take the cake in terms of unusual endeavours. Google has been working on a bracelet that can detect cancer cells. The idea is still being tweaked, so don’t be expecting any miracles within the next few years, but the evidence is pleasing at this point.
The way the device works is after a pill packed with nanoparticles is swallowed, the particles circulate throughout the body on the hunt for cancer cells. Once they find some, they light up and make their way under the bracelet, which they are attracted to by magnets. The skin had to be made to simulate real human arms in order to test the prototype in action. Many skins were made to represent multiple types of dermal characteristics: thick, thin, light, dark, (etc.)
This does sound like a tool from Star Trek, so you can be forgiven for being a little bit skeptical. To help remove some of that skepticism, watch the video below from the Atlantic and learn more.
Source: The Atlantic
Come comment on this article: Google is Making Skin to Test for Cancer
September 9th, 2014, marked 15 years since the Mobile Nations story began, with the launch of Visor Central. A lot has changed in mobile tech in the years since, but one thing definitely has not — the passion of this great community. The response to our anniversary article was fantastic, and I want to thank each and every one of you for the congratulations and support you shared. It truly means a lot.
We celebrated the day by recognizing our ten longest, still-active members and also by holding a contest where two members from each of our active communities could each win a $150 gift card to be used towards the purchase of their next phone. And the usernames of the lucky winners are….