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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Google’s Strategy on AOSP Apps – Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

Google’s Strategy on AOSP Apps – Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

Seven years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced with a key objective of creating an open platform ecosystem for global reach. Since then Android has steadily increased its dominance via its ever expanding ecosystem and attaining maturity through OS upgrades over the years. In line with OS revisions, Android apps too have grown in number and features. In fact they have attained maturity levels at which OEMs now prefer default apps over their customized ones. However one deterrent to experience newest version of apps is that app upgrades are bundled with OS upgrades which in turn are controlled by OEMs & carriers. More recently in 2013, key strategy changes were introduced and one among them was making AOSP apps available in Google Play Store (as stock apps). Off late, Google is moving several Android apps to Play Store with the objective of decoupling them from OS upgrades and release newer versions independently. End users too are a happy bunch and enjoying the latest...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Semiconductor, Wireless |

Snapshot of Project Tango

Snapshot of Project Tango

Project Tango is Google’s brainchild, conceptualized and run by the advanced technology and projects (ATAP) team, which was a part of the erstwhile Motorola Mobility. The objective of the project is to equip devices with depth sensors, motion sensors and software that enable it to build an accurate 3D model of its immediate environment and surroundings in real time. It harnesses years of research in computer vision and robotics to bring the features to small form factor devices like smartphones and tablets. In Google’s parlance, “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human scale understanding of space and motion”[1] In its characteristic style, google is creating an ecosystem of developers to utilize the varied global technology expertise across multiple areas that this project needs. In this direction, Google will promote Project Tango by providing kits for developers interested in exploration of 3D sensing applications. Although the first set of development kits were in a smartphone form factor with a 4MP camera, motion tracking camera and...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Wireless | 1 comment

Project Ara Demystified

Project Ara Demystified

Project Ara is a modular phone project announced by Google. Google started this after acquiring an Israel company named Modu (http://www.modumobile.com/). This project aims at providing a free open hardware platform for building a modular smartphone. This blog gives details of the project, explains advantages and gives details of plans of Google. Project Ara open hardware platform will include a structural frame to hold the hardware modules chosen by user as per his/her need. Google will to provide only the frame (called Endoskeleton) that will have slots for display on front side and other modules like camera, sensors, speakers, WiFi, processor on rear side. These slots can accommodate any hardware module of correct size. The modules are expected to be hot-swappable without powering o the phone. The Ara structural frame will have a backup battery to enable swapping of main battery. Apart from enabling user to build their own smartphones based on his/her need or interest or budget, this project helps in increasing the lifetime cycle and reducing electronic waste. Ara is going to lower the price of mobile...

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