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Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 24, 2014
Concerned there’s not enough to watch on Netflix, or that the big studios and networks might hold stuff back for their own streaming services? Rest easy, the video streamer has plans for a slew of exclusive content over the next few years, and this week it revealed details about two more shows to go along with its latest Canadian project). First up is the new show we’d heard about from Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the creators of Damages. The show has a name now, Bloodline, and a creepy teaser trailer (embedded after the break). Actor Kyle Chandler (probably best known for his role in Friday Night Lights) will star in the 13-episode series focusing on “a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”
Also in the works is F is for Family, an animated series created by comedian Bill Burr that’s about a different (funnier) kind of family than the one in Bloodline, and is set in the 1970s. The show is executive produced by Burr and Vince Vaughn, and will also feature voices from Laura Dern and Justin Long Before that arrives though, Burr will premiere his new stand-up special I’m Sorry You Feel That Way on Netflix December 5th. Of course, if you need something to watch this weekend, Netflix just launched a comedy special from Wyatt Cenac on Tuesday, and today it premiered E-Team, a documentary about people who investigate allegations of human rights abuses.
Sundar Pichai is no longer the face of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. He is now the face of every Google product there is. The company has reorganized its staff and CEO Larry Page gave Pichai expanded leadership over just about everything offered by Google. According to a staff memo released internally on Friday, executives will begin reporting to Pichai rather than Page.
The reassignment of Pichai to oversee all of Google’s products is to push innovation. Having someone new at the helm of everything can inject new life into the company. Pichai is not just some random pick, though. He has been a part of the merging of Android and Chrome, bringing together mobile and web experiences.
One product that Page will not hand over to Pichai is YouTube. The video streaming service will continue to run on its own and CEO Susan Wojcicki, a longtime Google employee, will report back to Google when necessary.
Even though Page is handing over some power, he is not going anywhere. The co-founder of Google will according to Re/code, “continue to directly manage business and operations, including access and energy (a new unit run by Craig Barratt), Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance and business (including ad sales).” Page will also continue to monitor the grand scheme of things for Google.
For now, Sundar Pichai’s role on paper will not change; however, that is expected considering the new wave of responsibility he is taking.
Come comment on this article: Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products
Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That’s just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its release in 2013.
Ahead of its launch, Yosemite adoption by beta testers and developers was more than 33 times higher than the adoption of Mavericks, and as measured by Chitika, its one percent share of North American Mac OS X-based Web traffic on the first day after release was double the day one adoption rate of Mavericks and Mountain Lion.
OS X Yosemite may be seeing slightly faster adoption rates as the operating system introduces a complete visual overhaul along with several features that allow it to deeply integrate with iOS 8. While Mavericks focused heavily on under-the-hood updates that improved battery life and responsiveness, OS X Yosemite brought revamped apps, Continuity, Notification Center improvements, iCloud Drive, and more. Chitika also speculates that the OS’s public beta may have positively impacted its adoption numbers.
Apple had previously made a public beta of the OS available for the first time in the company’s history, and this seems to have helped boost initial adoption rates slightly beyond what was observed for OS X Mavericks back in 2013.
Chitika’s numbers are drawn from millions of U.S. and Canadian Mac OS X-based online ad impressions from the Chitika Ad Network. Chitika measured ad impressions from October 16 to October 22 to acquire its data. Similar but somewhat higher numbers are being reported by GoSquared, which offers real-time analytics that measure OS X traffic.
Yosemite installation numbers from GoSquared
According to the site, Yosemite is installed on approximately 16 percent of Macs, though numbers fluctuated up to 10 percent over a seven day period as GoSquared measures real-time visits to more than 50,000 sites.
Yosemite installation rates over the past 7 days, measured by GoSquared
Released on October 16, OS X Yosemite is available from the Mac App Store as a free download. It is compatible with all Macs that were previously able to run Mountain Lion and Mavericks. [Direct Link]
Google’s adding another member to its household family that includes Nest and Dropcam, and this time its home automation outfit Revolv. The firm’s website lists it as “a Nest company” now, and goes on to to assure existing customers that they’re still taken care of and that their year-long warranties will be honored. The thing is, it isn’t accepting any new users for its services that tie everything from Sonos wireless speakers, WeMo light switches and Hue lightbulbs from Philips together, as VentureBeat points out. For the privacy minded, Revolv is keen to note that its user data will stay separate from that of Nest’s thermostats and smoke detectors, and Google as a whole. What’s it all mean? That Mountain View has a new toy in an old box that its hoping will compete with challengers like Apple’s HomeKit and Samsung + SmartThings. Whenever those fully launch, of course.
It’s Friday, ya’ll. But before you checkout for the weekend, check out all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including our hands-on with the Nexus 9, a new high-altitude jump record, the best gaming mice you can buy right now, and more.
The developers at Harmonix Music Systems know a thing or two about music. And we’d hope so, it is in the company name, after all. The studio’s latest Kinect game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, is quite a bit different than anything they’ve done previously, though: it puts players under Mickey’s wizard cap from the classic animated movie of the same name and has them remixing pop songs and classical tracks from the likes of Beethoven and Dvorak with rhythmic gesture controls. Sounds pretty neat on paper, right? But, it’s natural to be skeptical of the title considering the general hit-or-miss nature of Microsoft’s motion sensor. Well, you can come back here at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific and see for yourself as we broadcast live gameplay from the Xbox One. We even have a download code to give away during the stream, too!
[For the record, I'm playing Fantasia: Music Evolved on an Xbox One, using a retail copy (download) provided by Harmonix. I'm streaming the game over wired internet using the Xbox One Twitch app. All that to say, "This game will likely look prettier and run more smoothly on your home equipment. Streaming conditions vary!"]
Well, we guess congratulations are in order. According to Re/code, Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president at Google who used to just be in charge of the Chrome, Android, and web apps teams now basically has control of almost every other Google product division of note. Search? Google+? Ads? Even the company’s infrastructure? All of that has been apparently moved off of CEO Larry Page’s plate and onto Pichai’s — not a huge surprise considering his heightened prominence within Mountain View over the past months. Pichai, a nine year Google veteran, was even rumored to be one of the leading choices for Microsoft’s new CEO, though the role eventually went to longtime company insider Satya Nadella.
Anyway, that’s a lot of power in one man’s hands, especially considering that the advertising division Pichai inherited basically pays for all the other weird, amazing things Google gets to do. It’s worth noting that not every Google product falls under Pichai’s newly opened umbrella, though. There’s YouTube, for one; that still remains under Susan Wojcicki’s control, which she took over earlier this year. Oh, and all the really neat stuff — Nest’s growing internet-of-things team, the biotech innovations in the works at Calico, the moonshots under construction at Google X — are all still firmly in Page’s pocket. In fact, his love for the latter may be what caused this seismic leadership shift in the first place. Re/code notes that Page has expressed an interest in focusing on the “bigger picture” stuff that’ll define what the Google of tomorrow will look like, lining up with earlier reports that he’s been tapping internal talent to figure out what big, world-changing problems Google should really be trying to fix.
Before now, the only way to download apps from the Amazon Appstore was to download the apk for the Appstore online, and then download apps. Last month, however, Amazon launched the functionality to download apps through the official Amazon app. All you have to do is head to “Shop by Department,” and you’ll find a new category called “Apps & Games.”
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When Android 5.0 Lollipop launches soon, Nexus devices will be the first to receive the latest version of Android. From there on out, it is up to hardware manufacturers to work on updating devices. Owners of flagship devices should expect to see a software update before anyone else. HTC is committed to pushing Android 5.0 to within 90 days of its launch, but Samsung has not given a timetable.
A new report claims that the Galaxy S 5 will get the software update in December. This would be for the global version of the device; therefore, United States owners of the Galaxy S 5 should expect it early in 2015. If you are eager to know what Samsung has in store for TouchWiz with Android 5.0, take a look at this leak.
Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December