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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless | 2 comments

Android M – What to expect

Android M – What to expect

Google I/O 2015 is just a couple of weeks away and rumor mills are running strong on what features Google might introduce in the next version of Android. Debates are also frenzied with discussions about which dessert will Google name its latest version of Android after – Muffin, Marshmallow, Malai Barfi or our very own Malpoa! While the share of Android Lollipop has just reached ~10% (and climbing) Google has already turned its attention towards its next release – Android M. A plethora of expectations and predictions are flooding the internet all over the world. We take a look at some of the features we expect to be (or not be) part of Android M. Improvement on Android for Work This seems to be a definite feature for there was a momentary spill out on this subject from Google in their I/O schedule. Android M might bring the power of Android to all kind of workplaces (small businesses, desk-less workers, etc.) Android Auto to Android M for Auto We...

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Networks, Telecom, Wireless |

Google Enters Wireless Services – More avenues for ads?

Google Enters Wireless Services – More avenues for ads?

Google is getting into the business of becoming a network carrier to start selling wireless services to customers. Business Week has reported as recently as last week that Google has reached an agreement with Sprint Corp. to use its network and operate as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). How does it benefit Google? Before we try to understand this, let’s examine if this is an unusual step. Going by history, exploration into uncharted territories is nothing new to Google and this isn’t the first time they are entering into communications infrastructure business. Google is already providing internet services through their Google Fiber initiative. Not to forget their other giant and ambitious initiatives like Project Loon and Self-Driving Car. Coming back to the subject, some possible reasons why Google is doing this: To demonstrate stock Android’s adequacy for present market and the unnecessary medium to high amount of customizations that network operators demand. The line of Nexus devices is time and again substantiating this wherein OEMs are already shedding...

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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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