Things seem to be going well for Google’s development team as their latest iteration of Android is on track for that Q4 release date promised four months ago. Rather surprisingly, given the excitement for ICS, only four screenshots have been leaked which don’t really show much in terms of fresh UI. Even these screens, upon closer examination seem to be fake as some key elements from the UI are taken straight from Cyanogenmod and one of its many themes. You can read more about the leaks here.
We still have no idea of what’s coming other than that Ice Cream Sandwich shall unite elements from Gingerbread and Honeycomb together in a one size fits all OS. ICS should also have special dev tools which will allow them to scale their apps for different screen sizes, resulting in little or no different between tablet and smartphone versions.
Google have just finalised the purchase of Motorola’s newly founded Mobility unit, the division in charge of creating the highly successful Droid line up for Verizon and for bringing into existence the Xoom, Honeycomb’s launch device.
Now, what we’ve got to see is that Motorola was one of the very Android OEM’s that stuck to the platform and did not participate in Microsoft’s Windows Phone reboot. Ultimately their loyalty seems to have worked out as Google purchased the company for $12.5 billion thus giving them a solid hardware platform for their own dedicated devices, so far the Nexus range.
The news has been welcomed by Google’s partners who see this as an opportunity to revitalise the eco-system and bring about a fresh perspective to Android hardware. What does this mean for us? Google will now be designing and manufacturing their own devices, not just one a year we assume, thus resulting in quicker updates for current Motorola owners and the Android ecosystem in general. All in all good news.
UPDATE: Google’s acquired over 17,000 patents from this purchase. These patent wars are going to get hotter!
The good folks at GSMArena.com are reporting that Google is planning to expand it’s Nexus family of devices with a tablet, obviously running Honeycomb (that’s Android 3.0 to everybody else out there). The device shall allegedly be manufactured by LG, but LG won’t be able to sell the same device under their own name as HTC did with the Nexus One (they resold it as the Desire) and as Samsung did with the Nexus S (it was based on the i9000 Galaxy S).
So what will this mean for the Android world? This will obviously be Google’s developer’s tablet, and obviously the device will get Android updates before others. But is it really necessary? And will it go the same way as Motorola’s Xoom? Only time will tell I’m afraid, but let us know what you think in the comments below.
Expansys.com.mt have put up the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first smartphone with a glasses less 3D screen and stereoscopic 3D video recording, up for sale at 760 euros including taxes. They claim the device will be available on the 25th of April.
The Optimus 3D is an impressive device even without the 3D capabilities. It has an TI OMAP4 dual core CPU clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3″ capacitive TFT with a decent resolution of 480×800 pixels, but unfortunately will be release with Android 2.2 (Froyo). The dual cameras on the back can shoot 3D video, and are both 8MP units with Touch To Focus, Image Stabilization, Smile Shutter, Blink Detection, Geo Tagging , Face Recognition and of course an LED flash. The cameras can record video at 1080p resolution in 2D mode at 30 fps and 720p in 3D mode at 24fps, and the device supports video streaming and uploads to Youtube 3D.
The folks over at GSM Arena have gotten their hands on a snapshot of what their sources claim is the LG Optimus 3D, a 3D capable smartphone running Android and using Nvidea’s 3D-capable Tegra 2 processor.
LG’s already sent out invites to an event that will take us “into the new dimension”, and Nvidea’s already confirmed the existence of such processors. Also, a company’s already displayed a 4.3″ 3D display at CES. The clues are falling together now, will we see a 3D smartphone at MWC in Barcelona?
Ah, the Koreans won’t be the only ones being treated to LG’s dual core superphone, the LG Optimus X. Sources claim that the superphone will be heading to Europe next month packed chock-full with exclusive Ennio Morricone content (he’s the guy who wrote the famous “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” theme song).