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The Android Story

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A few weeks ago we published a short history lesson about the evolution of Android. It’s clear that you liked the article, so I hope you will love this one too. The guys at SocialCubix created a nice infographic about the same topic. Most of the information is the same, however there are a few new aspects, and since it’s an infographic it looks much better than the before mentioned article.

So lets take a look how Android evolved from the legendary HTC Dream to Android 4.4 KitKat:

A brief history of Android releases

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With Android 4.4 KitKat now officially out we are looking ahead to learning about the newest release of the platform. The build is debuted with the Nexus 5 on Halloween, however previous Nexus products should also see the Hershey-inspired version in due time. In fact, we might look for 4.4 KitKat on a variety of devices, perhaps going back a few years. Why? According to Google, the goal with KitKat is to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”.

Motorola XYBOARD WiFi 10.1 and 8.2 Android 4.0 ICS Update

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If you are carrying around a Motorola XYBOARD Wifi Edition version 10.1 or 8.2, the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available. Motorola has started rolling out the update today so when you have time go ahead and connect to Wifi (as if you have another way) and get the update. The update seems to be a standard Android 4.0 ICS update although if you want more information read on.

International HTC One X Android 4.0.4 Update Available

htc one x ice creamIf you have an International version of the HTC One X you can now grab the update from Android 4.0.3 to Android 4.0.4. This update comes soon after AT&T’s version received the update, which seems a bit backwards from the way updates are usually released.

The update to Android 4.0.4 on the international HTC One X has improved the HTC Sense experience by giving the ability to access app menu’s with the recent app key, improvements to the browsers tab management, and enhanced the camera a bit. Besides the physical improvements that you may see there has also been enhancements to the HTC One X memory, stability, and overall browsing experience.

And here comes another dev board, the HackBerry A10!

So, you thought people were done with creating their own versions of the “Raspberry Pi”, well this is only the begining of tiny boards by tiny companies being sold. Presenting the new “Hackberry A10″ which is being sold by a company called “Miniland” and it runs Android 4.0 ICS out of the box too!

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Google Now for ICS (voice search working)

One of the key new features of Jelly Bean is Google Now, the voice assistant that learns from you and provides information it thinks will be useful. Many ICS users have been wanting this feature for themselves, but while there have been mods available for some time they have lacked full voice functionality.

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HTC cancels ICS update for Desire HD, blames “poor device performance”

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HTC may be stepping on a few toes with this one, but Telus Canada has just released a document, that shows the Desire HD ICS update has been cancelled. The only reason that's given was that.

Sensics Smart Goggles Android 4.0 Virtual Reality Helmet

gogglesThe Sensics SmartGoggles have flown under the radar of all but the most diehard of technology fans, but they are changing the game of how reality is perceived and analyzed. Sensics and Google have paired Sensics' industry-leading augmented reality technology, already in wide use with militaries around the world, with version 4.0 of Google's Android operating system.

The SmartGoggles Platform

Sensics is pairing with Google to offer an exciting new product not quite like anything on the market. A Sensics-based augmented reality platform has already powered enhanced vision for the military for years, but until now has been unavailable to the consumer. Running Android 4.0 with all the mobile communication that comes along with it, the SmartGoggles run a custom interface that can operate in transparent or fully immersive modes.

$74 USB Computer runs Android

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What’s that I hear you say, that’s a USB stick? Think again droiders of the world. That is a tiny computer. The USB stick is much more than meets the eye. Much smaller than the $35 Rasperry Pi, the three and a half inch drive runs a 1.5GHz single for ALLWinner A10 CPU that’s based on the ARM Cortex A8 spec. featuring a Mali 400 GPU and 512 MB of RAM.

Samsung Quietly Begins Rolling Out ICS To Unlocked Galaxy Notes

galaxyThe update for devices running Gingerbread to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich have been erratic at best. Although Samsung has promised updates for its smartphones and tablets, the overall rollout has been quite unpredictable with different markets getting upgrades before others.

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