Tech news tagged ‘Android’

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Automatic driving assistant makes its way to Android

An interesting one to note for those keeping an eye on the automotive space. TechCrunch reports on the arrival on Android of Automatic, a driving assistant that reports data about vehicles and the car owner’s driving habits…

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Unlock your phone by just picking it up with NFC

Keeping an eye on Android and NFC, this one looked interesting. Adafruit looks at how you can use NFC to automatically unlock your phone simply by picking it up.

Note, however, they say you will need to jailbreak the phone to get it to read NFC from the lockscreen…


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RioTboard Android devkit has two ARM cores

Just to flag this one, which has already crossed our news index. Element14 has launched a single-board development system for Android-based handheld devices, writes Steve Bush.

Called RioTboard, and priced at £46, it’s based around a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 core in a Freescale i.MX 6Solo…

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Google Wallet payment app bypasses NFC

I’ve been trying to keep an eye on NFC on Android – it is one of the differentiators for the platform – and here is some related news (from CNet and Verge and various places)…

The Google Wallet payment app – which currently only works within the US – used to use NFC…

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Android vice president Hugo Barra leaves Google for Xiaomi

Hugo Barra, formerly Android vice president, has left Google to join Xiaomi in China (a company sometimes dubbed “the Chinese Apple”).

Barra confirmed the surprise departure himself on his Google+ account:
After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team — the most…

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Android powers Portable Eye Examination Kit for blindness prevention

Here’s a very worthy use of Android – underpinning the Portable Eye Examination Kit. Created by scientists at the University of St Andrews, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, it’s currently being tested in Kenya as a potential tool to aid…

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Fragmentation monthly – Jelly Bean is all

I wrote before that Google knows what stick it’s being beaten with (Apple throws pie chart in face of Android) – when it comes to the “F” issue (fragmentation), Jelly Beanification seems to be the answer. See headlines such as this, for example:

More than 40 percent of active Android…

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Texas Instruments writes Bluetooth Smart SensorTag app for Android

Texas Instruments has announced a Bluetooth Smart SensorTag app for Android. The latest version of the platform – 4.3 “Jelly Bean” – now has native support of Bluetooth Smart Ready.

It has been designed to work with TI’s CC2541-basedSensorTag, which has six commonly used sensors on a single board…

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The NSA and Android

Meant to write about this one last week… The headline on made me smile, I must admit - No wonder China is worried about Android – the NSA helped write its source code

It makes some interesting points, about the role of government in open source projects, and the whole…

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