Speaking at SIGGRAPH 2012, a yearly computer graphics convention featuring some of the most prominent names in the business, Khronos unveiled updates for several key OpenGL properties including the specs for Open GL ES 3.0. OpenGL ES is the primary graphics API for mobile device platforms, including Android and iOS. As you would expect, the updates are rather technical, but here's an overview of what we can expect in the future.
Back in late June, Google teased a new, cleaner developer console. A couple weeks after that, the beta signup went live, allowing devs to get in line for an early look at the next-gen console. Now, for those who signed up for said beta, the updated console is beginning to show up.
The first impression that we're hearing from developers who've used the new console is that it feels faster, has a much better UI, and is far easier to use.
For months now, users who wanted to root their Logitech Revue GoogleTV unit were either forced to use hardware modifications or do without. Now, though, Android hacker extraordinaire Dan Rosenberg has found a way to do it completely through software. There's only one problem: it's both extremely difficult and risky. Still, if you're up for a challenge, this one's for you.
This hack uses an exploit called nandpwn, which is explained better on GTVhacker than I could ever do:
Several weeks ago, AT&T announced plans to begin offering shared data packages alongside its existing mobile plans. While availability wasn't released at the time, the company has just revealed that it is going to make these new shared packages available beginning on Thursday, August 23rd.
Shared data plans will allow families to have unlimited domestic talk and text, as well as share their monthly bandwidth across various devices, including smartphones, tablets, hotspots, and laptops.
As of right now, very few Android devices support Wi-Fi Direct sharing, which was first implemented as part of Android 4.0. The protocol requires Ice Cream Sandwich, which is still only on 16% of Android devices. Beyond that, the device needs some software to take advantage of the new API. Some devices (like the Galaxy S III) include built-in support, but for others that either haven't included support in the OS—or that do, but don't work very well, like my own E4GT—you'll need some kind of app to take advantage of it.
Samsung only made official the Galaxy Note 10.1 last night, but the company has already started releasing kernel source code to its Open Source Developer's Center.
In this case, there are two different versions of the source code available, for model numbers SHW-M480K and SHW-M480S. At first blush it's nearly impossible to cite the differences between the two, but after a bit of digging it looks like these are both carrier-connected 3G versions of the device.
Owners of Sony Mobile's "WhiteMagic" phone, the Xperia P, have been stuck on pre-4.0 software for some time now. This, needless to say, was no fun at all.
However, as can be seen in the above Facebook post from Sony Mobile India, the device will indeed be getting its proper serving of Ice Cream Sandwich sometime between August 19th and August 25th, just as expected.
And now, the (two-week) wait begins for Xperia P users.
After a long series of post-MWC changes, Samsung has finally readied its long-awaited flagship Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet and officially announced its global availability. The release schedule is set to start immediately with the United States, United Kingdom, Korea, and Germany, followed by other markets "starting in August." The initial release includes only the Wi-Fi only and the 3G/HSPA+-enabled variants, with the LTE flavor coming later this year.
Note: The press release is a little ambiguous on whether the "starting in August" bit refers to the four aforementioned countries or the following global availability, but we're inclined to side with the latter.
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