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NXP integrates PN547 NFC controller with Android 4.4

Meant to cover this one before (How often do I say that? Better late than never…). Coming out during Mobile World Congress, it’s a development that involves Android and NFC. And NXP. NXP Semiconductors has updated its PN547 NFC controller to work with Android 4.4 “KitKat”. Benefits claimed for the new version of the controller include: a 50% smaller footprint, ...

QuickLogic’s sensor hub is Android “KitKat” 4.4 compliant

QuickLogic Always-on Context Aware Sensor Hub

QuickLogic is addressing “Always-on Context Awareness” – for example, your mobile phone always monitoring surroundings even when idle – with a new CSSP (Customer Specific Standard Product), writes David Manners. It is an Android “KitKat” 4.4 compliant sensor hub, supporting all commonly used sensors in mobile devices – such as Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Pressure, Ambient Light and Proximity. It includes Sensor ...

Android Fitness API v1?

Android coordinate system axis

Since writing about the Android Sensor Manager, this area keeps catching my eye. For example, code has apparently been “discovered” by the website Google Operating System that indicates Google is working on an Android Fitness API. Of course, wearable technology was a big theme of the recent CES and fitness tracking technology from the likes of Nike are well established, ...

Cut fat with Kit Kat – how Google shrank Android to fit

When Android “KitKat” 4.4 was released much was made of its lower requirements spec, which should enable the software to run on a greater variety of older devices – a key element of Android’s battle against fragmentation. Well, an interesting interview on readwrite.com with Dave Burke, the head of engineering for Android at Google, discusses in some detail how this ...

Google fleshes out Android 4.4 details

Google has provided more details about Android 4.4 (KitKat®), specifically features for developers. We’re talking low-power sensors, easier printing, RenderScript and improved accessibility…. Dave Burke, Engineering Director for the Android Platform, writes on the Android Developers Blog: As part of this release, we kicked off Project Svelte, an effort to reduce the memory needs of Android so that it can ...

Google Play gets its update

Google Services

It could be expected that a new version of Android (4.4) would also involve a major update to Google Play. It’s increasingly the way that Google minimises Android fragmentation by managing new functionality through the application-oriented Google Play Services. Version 4.0 of Google Play services includes the Google Mobile Ads SDK and also changes to geofencing, Google+, and Google Wallet ...

LG Nexus 5 heralds Android 4.4 KitKat

Nexus 5

I thought they wouldn’t overlap with Halloween, but last night saw Google’s unveiling of the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 (KitKat) that will feature in it. The Nexus 5 was unveiled – co-developed with LG – with its 5” Full HD display, LTE support, new camera lens with optical image stabilisation, you no longer have to worry about shaky ...

Android KitKat crumbs on social media

Hungry for Android KitKat® news? There’s a roundup of the crumbs of info on offer in International Business Times. The release is expected to accompany the release of Nexus 5 on the 1st of November, with the device running the 4.4 version of the OS. Fionna Agomuoh has been keeping an eye on various Nestle’s social media activity looking for ...