Facebook Home has arrived, and whether we like it or not, it's here to stay. The 2.5/5.0 rating at the close of the day isn't exactly inspiring, but it's likely a knee-jerk reaction from Facebook haters, which I am confident will go up to somewhere in the 3.X range with further improvements. Cameron addressed the current state of Home pretty well earlier today, so now that the dust has settled, it's time for a fun video to finish off the work week, both for Facebook employees who worked on the product and us, its potential (but unlikely) users.
I'll be honest - I haven't liked a launch video this much in a while.
If you've ever wondered what a small city made entirely of smartphones would look like, wonder no more. Pantech created just such a city using 500 Vega Number 6 smartphones - appropriately enough, they call it Vega City.
Now that you know the setting, let's talk about why the company made this little place: for its new stop motion animated movie. Basically, the phones make up the entire city; walls, "streets," buildings – the whole nine yards. Atop this digital cityscape, a flexible young lass does her best to elude her attackers in this impressive 1:35 micro-flick.
Check it out in action down below, but make sure to watch the entire thing for a closer look at what it took to make the video happen after the feature is over.
As we all know, Facebook had an announcement earlier this week. The most pervasive social media outlet on the planet announced Facebook Home – a product that essentially amounts to a highly integrated launcher for your Android phone. It also announced the HTC First, a phone optimized for Home, offering a fully Facebook-ed experience.
The launcher is actually pretty nice – features like the unfortunately-named Chat Heads are almost enough to sell this writer on the idea of making an Android hamburger out of a phone, with Facebook Home serving as the top bun (or maybe the lettuce). The key to its success, though, will be advertising.
Yesterday, Android Police was in San Jose checking out some nifty things at NVIDIA's 2013 GPU Technology Conference. At one of the events, the Tegra team showed off a few prototypes of automotive dashboards they're hoping to put into cars of the future.
The HMI (Human Machine Interaction)toolkit NVIDIA is developing, called UI Composer, is universal in the sense that it can run on top of Android, Linux, Windows RT, and probably other operating systems. User interfaces made using UI Composer can then be controlled remotely using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. A Google Nexus 7 running Android Jelly Bean is used in one of the examples - it's basically an Android controller talking to a system running Android.
If you were a kid during the 80s, or you just happen to spend too much time watching Cartoon Network, then you've seen claymation - the art of stop-motion video with molded clay and any other odd objects laying around the house. It's time to recall those days with Plasticine Jungle and Plasticine Ocean by developer Kolesov & Mikhaylov. These live wallpapers bring us back to our youth with brightly colored shapes and uncanny textures.
Note: The flickering you see in the videos is caused by the camera, it's not present in the app.
The LWPs run smoothly, look great on both tablets and phones, and are definitely worth checking out.
To aid with the process and showcase every square inch of the Galaxy S3S S4, the company uploaded this official 4m24s Galaxy S4 intro video, complete with elevator music and lots of subtitles. Have a look at the 5" 7.9mm device, available in Black Mist and White Frost, up close and explore the new additions, such as:
Well, the day is here, boys and girls – Samsung's newest flagship is a go. As expected (and never doubted), it's called the Galaxy S4, and it picks up where the GSIII left off. Offering even more eye-tracking features, more horsepower under the hood, and a few tricks from the Note II's playbook, the GS4 is a worthy successor to the world's most popular Android phone. Let's get down to the nitty gritty.
5" 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI) – it even works with gloves on (!)
The next Galaxy's unveiling is finally upon us at 7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific tonight, March 14th. Come back to this page a few minutes early to watch the event stream live as well as follow our live blog. Don't forget to bring a snack - it'll likely go for well over an hour.
We may have already discovered some of the features and a possible look of the S IV, but there's always a chance that the leaks we've been seeing, which all came from the same dual-SIM device in China, aren't actually representative of the final hardware.
The hype surrounding the concept of Google's much-talked-about Project Glass may have hit its first peak during last year's Google I/O conference when stuntmen jumped out of a plane wearing the device, but the demonstration left many people wanting an explanation of what else Glass can do besides first-person photo/video recording.
Since then, we've seen a few admittedly awesome videos, including a DVF fashion show through glass, and more recently the brilliantly-executed "How It Feels" which went a bit further toward showing real-world use, but at SXSW today, attendees were given what might be the most informative (and exciting) demo we've seen yet.