Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...
Google to Increase Focus on Wearable Tech, Releasing SDK in Two Weeks
It’s no secret that wearable technology is the new “it thing” for 2014. Looking back at this year’s CES only reinforces this, as we saw quite a few new players like Omate and new versions of old favorites like the Pebble Steel. Looking back to when Android 4.4 was on the verge of release, we discussed a report speculating that KitKat would (among other things) bring an increased focus on wearable technology. KitKat has now been available on various consumer devices for nearly two-and-a-half months, and we haven’t heard much in the way of official support from the big GOOG, but this is about to change.
Today at SXSW, Google SVP of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai said that Google is approximately two weeks away from releasing a developer SDK to make it easier for OEMs to create wearables that run on Android OS. While there was unfortunately no mention of the rumored LG Nexus Watch that keeps popping up in the digital tech tabloids every now and then, this is still exciting news, as current Android-based Smartwatch efforts like the Galaxy Gear haven’t yet found much commercial success.
There is unfortunately very little known about what the SDK will entail other than standardization for common protocols by which devices and their sensors can communicate with the OS. However, it is undoubtedly a great first step in bringing smartwatches to the masses.
What are your thoughts on Google’s new-found interest in wearables? Would you be interested in a Nexus Watch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they've been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung's flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google's turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google's network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to...