IOT Posts on XDA

A Note on Google Assistant’s Fluidity and Speech Recognition

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Google Now’s voice commands (or rather Google Assistant as it is now called). I love the idea of what it will be able to do one day, and I love what it can do when it works. If it works. And therein lies the hate. That delay....

MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 & 7688 Duo Development Challenge

Using the MediaTek LinkIt™  Smart 7688 and 7688 Duo HDKs and open source platform, developers can add Wi-Fi to any device. This challenge is your opportunity to pitch your proposal for the best IoT device and bring it to life with a MediaTek LinkIt™  Smart 7688 or 7688 Duo of your own. We’ll be awarding these...

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Android is an extremely versatile operating system and is capable of being run on a wide range of hardware. We're always interested in seeing Android being used to turn regular appliances into smart devices, though we still believe that some devices would be better off not hopping on the smart bandwagon just yet. Despite the tackiness...

Alphabet’s Nest to Permanently “Brick” Revolv Devices

What do you expect when you pay full price of a product and get complete legal possession of a device? Well, it is now yours to do as you please. You can use it yourself, lend it to your friend, give it to your mom, or even destroy it at that moment. That is what it means...

How H5OS will Pick up Firefox OS’s Lost Flame

On October of 2008, Google declared war on Apple. The first commercially available Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, was Google's first boots-on-the-ground effort to take on the iPhone juggernaut. For thereafter, Google and Apple engaged in a harsh campaign of product warfare in an effort to assert dominance over the other. After a few years...

How Remix OS will Mix Things Up — Interview with David Ko, Co-Founder of Jide

Remix OS has become a bit of a darling in the Android community. In a sea of broken promises, Jide Technology has delivered quality products that have lived up to our expectations. For a time, only users on select devices had the opportunity to use Remix OS, while others looked on in envy. Last month, however, Jide Technology opened up the...

IoT Scope: The War Between Standards and the Many Players Fighting it

If this year's CES has taught us anything, it's that 2016 will be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). We've caught glimpses of exciting IoT related products, services, and technologies in the past (Philips Hue and the Nest Thermostat among others). Those devices have only scratched the surface of home automation, as you can now add garage door...

Samsung’s new Family Hub Refrigerator is… The Future?

Sometimes, there are products you don't think you want until it's out. People said this about the original iPhone and iPad, two devices which breathed life into two new categories of electronics by popularizing their use. Few companies have been able to achieve this category evolving product release. Samsung has taken a lot of flak from...

MediaTek Labs Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform

The idea behind the "Internet of Things" has captivated our imaginations for many years. How cool would it be to control every appliance in your home without laying a single finger on the device? With the advent of smart home security systems like the Nest Cam, a variety of smart HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems,...

The State Of The Internet Of Things

Tech giant IBM has invested $10 billion in research into the field so far and plans to invest a further $3 billion and hire an additional 2000 employees. Which, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, has solidified their place as a significant driving force behind IoT adoption. The company currently has 13 research centers around the...

I/O Summary: Google Cardboard Virtual Reality

One year ago, Google introduced cardboard. Amazingly enough, that was all it took to fire up the Virtual Reality scene on Android, and what began as an open design concept exploded into thousands of apps and dozens of headsets from big and small vendors alike. Now, there are more than 1 million cardboard viewers/handsets -...

MediaTek Continues Steps Towards Being Developer-Friendly

Not too long ago MediaTek was very closed off towards the mobile developer community, especially sites like XDA. They saw no value in working with independent developers who live, breathe and sleep mobile. That has begun to change as of late, and MediaTek is even sponsoring xda:devcon '14 in Manchester, UK on Sept 26-28. They...