A little Very late to the party, but at least it exists. It’s been so long I assumed Google just wasn’t interested in offering the feature. What took so long? The feature will support all the way back to Android 2.2, so it’s not like it was 4.3 that finally was capable of doing this.
Will be using that “Ring” feature everytime my phone falls into the couch.
Kudos: Mozilla unveils ‘aggressive’ Firefox OS schedule: Quarterly feature releases, security updates every six weeks.
It baffles me as to how slow Android is for getting updated. I understand companies like Samsung and HTC taking their time with updates, but why isn’t Google pushing out more frequently on the Nexus devices? Compare Android to their Chrome OS, which is updated every 6 weeks (and that’s the stable channel). There are plenty of minor bugs, squash them!
So, kudos to Mozilla for speeding up the game! Ironically, it was Chrome that made them get on the six week schedule, but let’s see if now Google can learn from Mozilla learning from Google.
I wonder if the quarterly feature releases continue once Firefox OS gets settled in. That seems a bit difficult to pull off, unless they aren’t very big changes.
I can not wait for the huge explosion of videos to start popping up from the next generations of consoles. I’ve been subscribed to the Battlefield 3 subreddit and there are always amazing videos coming out there, but in reality, they are coming from such a small, small subset of players. It will be incredible to have so many people able to share moments from games.
By the way, tl;dr for the linked article: PS4 constantly has the last 15 minutes of gameplay in the buffer to be shared, Xbox One has 5 minutes.
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Awwww yusssss. I actually quite like Roboto on Android (especially when thin) and so I’m glad to see it getting some tweaks! Plus, with Android 4.3 not finished yet, there might still be more changes to the font to come.
I only hope that when it does become official, it makes it into Google Web Fonts fast.
After E3 I came to the decision that the PlayStation 4 would be the better console for me. While the internet seems to have made their decision for PS4 based on the fact that they could buy used games, to me that really wasn’t a big deal. To be quite honest, I think the philosophy behind Xbox One’s (now gone) policy actually made some sense. The policy was in place to make used games being bought have the money go not to places like GameStop, but to the people who actually made the games. While I’ll agree Microsoft really did mess up the process in which they tried to force that, the idea actually is sound. Really, it should be the game publishers striking some deal with used game resellers so that a cut of each sold game actually goes to the proper developers.
But anyways, Microsoft cancelled that, and essentially just mirrored the Xbox 360 method. You can share all you want, no online check-ins, but once again must have the disc in the Xbox One tray or else no playing.
So, NOW what are the differences between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4? Well, the exact same issues that finalized my decision at E3. There are two focuses here: hardware and software. On the hardware side the choice for me is too easy. The PlayStation 4 has better or equal specs across the entire board. And not that it’s a big deal for me, but the PS4 is way smaller which is weird since not only is it more powerful, it is also $100 less! What happened Microsoft?
Watched the Xbox One announcement today, I still have no idea how I feel about it. The presentation was slightly over one hour long, and almost none of it appealed to me whatsoever. I’ve never been a huge PlayStation fan, and loved Xbox Live since Xbox one the first Xbox, but I’m still undecided as to what console is next for me. My gaming life has become pretty much all about playing Battlefield, and so I definitely want to be on a next-gen console for Battlefield 4, but so far both Sony and Microsoft aren’t exactly wowing me. Today Microsoft’s focus was all about the Xbox becoming the main device in living rooms, but I really don’t care much about that. The gestures and voice controls seem like gimmicks to me, and what in the heck is up with all this cable integration?
This Xbox presumably will be around for around 7-10 years, and I would love to see just where exactly Microsoft sees cable TV going in that time. I’ve personally seen it as on it’s way out, especially in the younger generations, but Microsoft made it one of the first and longest featured points in the show today. Amazon and Netflix seem content on making it obsolete with their own shows, and now even Microsoft is bringing original shows, starting with Halo, to the Xbox. Microsoft is helping to kill its own feature!
So one rumor I’m starting right now is that the Xbox One might even play games, but that feature was pretty hidden today, and while they plan on showing more of that at E3, perhaps a little bit more info on that wouldn’t have killed them? EA Sports announced that their standard set of games are coming to the Xbox One, I’m sure a lot of jaws dropped at that one. Forza was shown off, you can’t launch a console without a racing game to “cheat” at having good graphics, and also some Quantum Break game was shown which I legitimately thought was going to be a comedy game as the trailer went on. And then they finished off with Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was essentially the opposite of what I was hoping to see, waiting for Battlefield 4 to appear.
Anywho, Microsoft just didn’t impress me yet, I’m hoping for a better showing at E3, but I’m afraid it will mostly be about how using the new Kinect will let me shake my arms or something in Call of Duty to pet dogs. While Sony didn’t even show the PlayStation 4 at their announcement, their one feature of having a share button on the controller is cooler to me than the Kinect gestures and being able to Skype while I watch TV. The two good things that Microsoft did announce were that 1) They didn’t fuck up the controller, a legitimate huge concern of mine as they’ve pushed more and more forward with Kinect, and 2) The thing, although reminiscent of a VCR that had sex with PS3, at least is rectangular so I can put my other stuff on top it.
DICE, just tell me which to buy. I just can’t join the PC Gaming Master Race, so just tell me which console will be better for Battlefield.
New rumors suggest we won’t be seeing the Motorola X Phone or a new Nexus at Google I/O 2013, but we could see a refreshed Nexus 4.
While it would have made no sense to expect a new Nexus phone at Google I/O, the assumption was that the Motorola X phone would be announced. It’s the perfect time to avoid launching later in November/December, at the same time as Google’s own Nexus phone, which could be from any number of other companies.
Perhaps the Motorola X phone just wasn’t ready, or perhaps it is now being considered as the next Nexus phone.
As for the Nexus 4 LTE, I suppose it’s a nice option to have. Can’t wait to see what the battery life difference is, as that was one of the reasons Nexus 4 lacked it. We’ll also have to wait and see if it means Verizon compatibility. Seeing how poorly Verizon handled the Galaxy Nexus, I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer is no.
Google Babel is the rumored service that will be one chat service to rule them all. Combining Google Talk (Gmail chat, Google+ chat, iGoogle chat, Google Talk Voice, Google Talk Video), Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangouts, Google Voice (SMS texts/phone calls), and who knows, probably some more into just one service, it would be a huge change from Google’s current mess of chat methods. The idea has been around and rumored for years, and as Google has slowly kept adding new services rather than merging old ones, the idea has seemed like more and more of a pipe dream.
Now, I’m not one to go crazy over rumors, but Droid Life has a “leaked” Google memo, and it claims tha- OH. MY. GOD. CAN THIS POSSIBLY BE REAL?! THIS IS WORD FOR WORD WHAT EVERYONE’S DREAM OF THE SERVICE WOULD BE.
I have trouble believing this specific leak, as it really does seem to be too perfect. It would fix Google Voice’s annoying multiple notifications on multiple devices, let me send pictures to friends from Gmail chat, have group conversations with people in both Gmail and Google+ messenger, give iMessage a run for it’s money via a service available on both iOS and Android, give Google Voice a new kick of life, and not to mention the whole simplification of Google’s many, many, many chat services which in itself is an incredible feat.
So is it real? After this many years of thinking Google was going to launch something like this, only to find them adding new chat services, I can not fathom a service like this actually existing and being so right on the first try. But, the evidence of Babel being real is becoming overwhelming, so when it does inevitably launch, let’s hope that it really is as awesome as as this memo claims.
And the name Babel? I don’t like it one bit, but all of the good names are already taken… by Google. Hopefully, if it does launch as “Babel”, it someday becomes just Google Chat.
Google Voice update! Not that it’s a big update, but ever since the Google Reader announcement to be shut down, I’ve been paranoid of losing everything tech I love. This at least means something is happening.
I think it all points to another app taking over Google Voice’s duties. Google is either baking in special support for its own app, or they’re going to start supporting a 3rd party Google Voice ecosystem about a million years too late. GV is going to at least partially readying to transfer data to something, we just aren’t sure what.
So is it just going to be better integrated into Android Key Lime Pie? Is this in preparation for Google Babel to take over? Only time will tell. Google I/O can you not get here any sooner?!