First things first. You'll have noticed my posts have been conspicuously absent in the past week. You didn't? Because you were reading my other articles..ah, that's excellent news! Apologies either way though, here's another for you all.
Unun-credible? New Element Added
First featured on NatGeo
|Something for the ChemEng students!|
Enter the Nexus: The New Nexus
If you paid attention to my last post I mentioned I was eager and went ahead and ordered (imported) a gadget from the US. Well after about 2 weeks of using the latest Google toy, I must say I'm impressed. For those of you in the dark the Nexus range of devices from Google, are Android phones/tablets that run a 'pure' or 'AOSP' version of Android, without any manufacturer fluff like zillions of S-Apps (Samsung), Boom-This and Beats-that (HTC) and Xperia-anything (Sony) on your device. IF you're still wondering what that means, check out my article on Android skins to hopefully make the penny drop.
Returning from that side-track, Nexus devices are pure Google devices made by selected hardware partners. Right now, the Nexus 4 phone is made by LG, the Nexus 10 tablet by Samsung, and both the old and the new Nexus 7 (2013) by Asus. In all honesty, when the new Nexus 7 tablet released at the end of July, most people were already confident it was going to be just as awesome as its predecessor, the "old" Nexus 7.
|Nothing says pure Android like "Nexus" branding|
Branson Does it Again: SpaceShipTwo manages ...well...space
First seen on News24
Have a Break...have a KitKat
- 1.5: Cupcake
- 1.6: Donut
- 2.0-2.1: Eclair
- 2.2: FroYo (that's frozen yoghurt for us non-Americans)
- 2.3: Gingerbread
- 3.0: Honeycomb (tablets only)
- 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich (I also asked...what is it...typical Americans ;))
- 4.1-4.3: Jelly Bean
Now us Android nerds take pride in predicting the next number and name (don't ask) and for many months not we've confidently said "Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie" (or KLP for short). Instead, Google's new version of Android is one where even casual users finally will know the nickname of their phone's OS: Android 4.4 KitKat, announced last week at a press conference. Marketing jokes aside, the Android logo will soon appear on all KitKat packaging in support of the OS release, and the usual big statue of the Android robot as a KitKat has ended up in the Google garden alongside his other dessert brethren. Weird choice Google, to be honest, but definitely a branding opportunity, of course it'll hit all Nexus devices (Galaxy Nexus, 4,7,7 (2013) and 10) first, before being bloated later by other companies. We'll let you know about the new OS as news develops.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and galaxy Gear Smartwatch released yesterday, yes we know, and we'll get to that news story soon! For now, thanks for reading, and follow us on our social networks!