"Many people don't realize … the majority of the world is not connected to the internet. How do we get cost-effective, inexpensive, and reliable connectivity to the remaining 5 or 6 billion people who don't have it?"
Chief Technical Architect Rich DeVaul poses this question in introducing the technology behind Project Loon – the newly (officially) announced project from Google X that aims to bring internet connectivity to "rural, remote, and underserviced areas," as well as those affected by natural disasters. Read More
Imgur has become one of the standard Internet destinations for quick and dirty photo sharing, but its official Android app leaves a lot to be desired - though to be fair, it's still in beta. The latest update adds a much-needed Holo interface... sort of. The UI has definitely been improved over previous versions, and according to the changelog, it's Holo. While it's clear that the designers were trying for a more standardized app, the guidelines have been followed in some places and not others. Read More
Google has updated the Play Support accepted payment methods page with a few new carrier billing options, including billing for subscribers of 3 in Hong Kong, Ireland, and Sweden. Wind Italy has apparently received carrier billing as an option, as well.
Oddly, Telenor of Sweden has been removed from the list as well, though we've not been able to confirm that the feature has actually been disabled. Depending on your provider, you may need to manually enable carrier billing as an option on your account page, as some 3 users are reporting. Read More
CPU-Z has long been a popular tool on the desktop for identifying hardware components quickly and easily. Now that same power has come to Android with the first beta release of CPU-Z in the Play Store.
There aren't a lot of bells and whistles in CPU-Z, but it knows absolutely everything about your hardware. It'll ID your ARM chip down to the revision number, find software and kernel versions, track RAM and processor load, and list all of your internal sensors. Read More
Google debuted its brand new Purchase Status API today, pitching the product to developers looking for a way to remotely verify their app's in-app purchases through Google Play. It's a backend product that enables the remote query of the status of a specific in-app product or subscription, and it supports cancelling said subscription, if desired. It should also be noted that a unique purchase token is required to make the call, and that token is only given to the device. Read More
The weekend is upon us again, and that means it's time to unwind and forget your troubles. You can pick up some apps and games to help with that process if you like, and we even have some deals for you.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 might be a new phone, but there are already some great deals to be had online. Amazon previously lowered the price to $168, but now it's down to just $129.99 for new lines, and $139.99 for upgrades on existing ones.
Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 65.
Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!
Starting in July 2014, Europeans will be free of burdensome roaming charges as they travel across the European Union's 27 member states. This comes after officials voted to terminate such fees for voice calls, text messages, and internet access as part of a move to create a single European telecoms market. This is great news for French citizens hopping across the border to Germany, but it will have no impact on tourists from outside of the continent. Read More
We have all been anxiously awaiting news of a successor to the Nexus 7, which is now a year old. Google I/O came and went with no announcement, leaving everyone a bit deflated. Now some regulatory filings appear to offer the first peek at what Google and Asus have up theirs sleeves for a new Nexus 7.
The Bluetooth SIG includes a small image of what is apparently the new Asus-made N7, but from the front it's just a generic black rectangle. Read More