OK, so it's Nexus day. A day full of excitement and new things to be excited about. That doesn't take away from other awesome news, though - like new CyanogenMod features, for example. The team teased one such feature on Google+ last night: the ability to quickly hide the navigation and status bars on applicable devices.
This feature actually makes its way to CM10 from Paranoid Android, so hats off to that dev team for such a cool (and useful) tweak.
Google Hangouts have been a great innovation in the world of easy broadcasting. If you're looking for something a bit more powerful, though, Livestream for Producers is a really great tool. The most recent update to the app brings cost-free and ad-free live streaming to an already-robust live blogging platform. Independent journalists should be thrilled.
Here's a list of some of the more specializes features you'll find in the app:
** Android App FEATURES **
- Broadcast Live video to your event page (Live Video) - Create a free, ad-free new livestream account - Manage your New Livestream Account (Create, delete, publish events) - Create event posters from iPhone photos (Live Event Page) - Post Photos which appear in real-time on your event page (Live blogging) - Post Videos which appear in real-time on your event page (Live blogging) - Post Text Updates which appear in real-time on your event page (Live blogging) - Remote control and preview of the Livestream Broadcaster Device (Live Video) - Moderate comments during live events and on archived posts - Built-in FTP server to receive live photos from Wifi equipped DSLR cameras.
If you haven't heard by now, the Nexus 4 doesn't have LTE. It probably won't ever have it, either, based on what Andy Rubin told The Verge regarding the latest Nexus handset's network situation in an interview.
He talks a lot about "tactics" and "user experience" (read: battery life), but it really boils down to one issue: money. The fact that the unlocked 8GB version of the Nexus 4 is just $300 is absolutely crazy.
If there's one thing to say about The Verge, it's that they're already known for world-class reporting in the realm of all things tech. It's clear that Google thinks so, too, as they gave Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky a personal tour of the new Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Android 4.2. This is a first look at what to expect from the devices, some of the thought process behind the design of both the N4 and N10, as well as some not-yet-highlighted features of Android 4.2, like lockscreen widgets and the quick settings panel.
You knew it was coming. It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. Angry Birds is journeying to a galaxy far, far away. Today, a gameplay trailer was released that, in addition to revealing a pink Princess Leia bird (excuse me while I check off number 7 on my list of "Phrases I Never Thought I'd Have To Write"), shows our avian heroes wielding light sabers and shooting lasers out of their eyes to bring down AT-AT walkers.
In addition to the absolute mania of incoming announcements we saw from Google today, there was one interesting carrier-related development for the Nexus line – T-Mobile, the US' fourth largest carrier, announced that it would be carrying Google's LG-built Nexus 4 and ASUS-built 3G Nexus 7 as a "premier launch partner" starting this November. In fact, users can already sign up for more info at T-Mobile's website.
This is why it's great that Google unbundles core apps from the OS. While it might take a considerable amount of time before the newest version of Jelly Bean rolls out to your device, current Android 4.1 users can upgrade Google Search right now and get access to the latest improvements to Google Now. The list of fun new features includes additional cards (like Stocks, News, Concerts, and Packages), as well as voice actions, including the glorious ability to add events to your calendar with via speech.
So Google just blew our minds with tons of new Nexus stuff. The Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and new variations of the Nexus 7 (32GB, 3G). The new listings for each are all live in the Play Store, so you have from now until November 13th to stare at the the images and memorize every single detail of the spec sheet of each.
What you can't do, however, is buy the Galaxy Nexus or any of its accessories.
With the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 3G all having been announced this morning in a rather unexpected way, we're having a hard enough time wading through all the stuff currently flooding our inboxes. And in this storm of hardware, the new version of Android - 4.2 - has gotten a little lost. Google announced the latest iteration of its mobile OS today, as well, and it includes some pretty awesome new features - particularly Photo Sphere.
Hot on the heels of the barrage of Nexusannouncements, Google just updated the device Play Store with new product pages. Everything that should be available today can be purchased right now, while the other items are waiting their turn and should go live November 13th.