Google IO is wrapping up, but we are still getting a bit of news from the Search Giant. We also have good news if you want a super affordable smartphone or own an Xperia Z1 device.
One of the most interesting Android L features is the ability to use Android apps in Chrome OS. This is done via the network and other Google technologies, but it won’t be as seamless as it seemed in the demo. Even Google accepted they “won’t be able to support every Android app from the beginning”.
It seems there will be some work needed from developers, and Google is now running a survey to see which apps people may want to see included in this feature. You can go ahead and fill out the Google Form if you have an app in mind.
Opinion: I love what Google is doing with Android and Chrome OS. This could be the Search Giant’s way of “merging” the platforms without having to let go of the separate projects. The demo worked seamlessly at Google IO, so this should be getting good… as long as there is enough support.
Those looking for an affordable smartphone will never expect to see a good $50 device, but some Asian manufacturers are making this a reality. The JiaYu F2 is a pretty good phone that costs 699 Yuan (close to $50).
What makes it special is that it comes with LTE antennas. Other known specs include a 5-inch display and a quad-core Mediatek processor. Other components are unknown, but we can assume this will be no superphone.
Opinion: Times are changing and Asian manufacturers just keep impressing us. A $50 smartphone used to be impossible, especially one with LTE and a quad-core processor. Such devices are now starting to become much more usual.
Sony is not waiting around to bring their customers a good taste of the newest KitKAt update. The Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra are now being updated to Android 4.4.4. It comes with minor improvements. You may not feel or see the difference, but having the latest and greatest is never bad.
The update is currently rolling out to devices in Russia, Italy and Indonesia, but expect the list to grow relatively soon.
Opinion: Manufacturers are getting very quick about updating their devices. It was very rare to see these smaller updates even show up at all, in the past! Now they are rolling them out less than a month after launch.