Welcome to day 2 of Google I/O. Day 1 was pretty busy, but who knows - maybe today is going to be even more exciting. Google TV updates? Chrome? We'll see in just a few minutes. Join us in the live blog below:
Here we are, in the front row of the first keynote at what is probably the most exciting conference of the year - Google I/O. This time around we're using a slightly different, and I think much better solution compared to CoverItLive - ScribbleLive. ScribbleLive lets us do all the things CiL didn't - most importantly, we can finally start to actually enjoy managing the reporting side of the live blog as opposed to fighting it.
Verizon has just uploaded the official support documents for the RAZR / RAZR MAXX Ice Cream Sandwich update (which by the way will be build 6.16.211 – the same build that recently leaked). With the docs going live just moments ago, users should expect the update to officially start rolling out any day now.
One of the coolest features of Google Maps is the ability to show live traffic patterns on major roadways. Now, Google is rolling out this feature to seven new countries, as well as expanding coverage in 19 others. The new countries in the inner circle are Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa. Exciting!
As users of the service are no doubt aware, having your country or city covered doesn't necessarily mean every street is covered.
Those of you who have been waiting for a stable Android 2.3.7 build for your device from CyanogenMod are in luck - the first stable CyanogenMod 7.2 builds have just been released for an absolute slew of devices. For those who don't feel like decoding all the code-names for themselves, here's a handy list of supported devices (at the time of writing – more devices are being added):
- NOOK Color (encore)
- Hero CDMA
- myTouch 4G (glacier)
- myTouch 3G Slide (espresso)
- Desire (bravo)
- Desire HD
- Tattoo (click)
- Wildfire (buzz)
- Incredible (inc)
- Incredible 2 (vivow)
- Droid Eris (desirec)
- myTouch T 4G (e739)
- Optimus Sol (e730)
- Optimus Hub (e510)
- Optimus Pro (c660)
- Droid 2 (Global)
- Galaxy S (galaxy smtd/sbmtd)
- Galaxy SII (AT&T and international)
- Nexus S/4G (Crespo/4G)
- Galaxy Ace
- Xperia Pro MK16 (iyokan)
- Xperia Neo (Hallon)
- Live w/ Walkman (coconut)
- Xperia Arc (Anzu)
- Xperia Ray (urushi)
- Xperia Play (zeus)
- Xperia Mini/Pro (smultron/mango)
Arcee notes in a post to the CyanogenMod blog that 7.2 brings a few backported ICS features and a few important bug fixes to a list of devices which includes 20 more than the list of 7.1 recipients.
As promised, AT&T has gone live with pre-orders for the hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy SIII, which was just confirmed for the carrier three days ago. Customers are now free to stake claim to the phone that may indeed change the way Android phones are sold in the US. AT&T is the second carrier to officially launch pre-orders, following Sprint. Verizon's pre-orders are also expected to begin today.
In case you've forgotten what makes the Galaxy SIII an awesome device, here's a quick look at its specs:
4.8" Super AMOLED 720p display
Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
16GB onboard storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD
Ample 2100mAh battery
Android Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz overlay
To earmark your own unit (in either Pebble Blue or Marble White), just head over to AT&T's preorder page here.
If tennis isn't your thing, then I'll see you later! Now, for the rest of you, get ready to download one of the most important tennis-related apps of the year. The French Open has its own app in the Play Store right now. The app allows tennis fans to keep track of the schedule of the two-week event, get alerts before and during the event, and integrates relevant Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as real-time stats.
Finally, an end to all rumors about the Galaxy S III and its variants. Or is it? We'll find out at Samsung's launch event, which we're covering live on location in London. My hat's off to Samsung for creating more buzz about this phone than any other company making Android devices has ever made about any Android phone or tablet, all without actually revealing it .
The action starts May 3rd at 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT, 7PM BST (London time) - the live coverage form on this page will automatically update when the wheels are in motion.