Google IO takes off tomorrow and an Android engineer wants to make sure you are ready for it. Google is also bringing the Project Tango tablet to everyone. All while Samsung prepares a new kind of device for you.
Are you getting ready for Google IO? If you are a dev, you are probably going nuts right now. Take a step back, breathe and watch the video below to learn a bit more about how to handle Google IO and what to expect from it.
Opinion: I love that the engineer talks a bit abotu Android M, which pretty much confirms we will hear some kind of Android M news.
The Project Tango tablet is very unique in that it is aware of its surroundings, thanks to a series of cameras and sensors. It can map everything around it, quite literally. It’s also far from being a production model, which is why it has been sold only to developers with an invitation… until today.
The Project Tango is now available for purchase at a $512 price point. It also has free shipping, so if you are looking to develop for something like Project Tango, today is your day!
Opinion: Keep in mind this is still not a tablet any user should buy. It is very much in its early stages and you can’t expect a solid consumer experience out of it.
The era of computing smartphones is coming. And I am not talking about the regular way we carry “little computers” around right now. These things are literally turning into desktop computers! Windows 10 can alternate between screen sizes seamlessly, for example. Microsoft will own the market if they can get this working seamlessly, which is why manufacturers like Samsung are already looking into their own solutions.
A new patent filing shows Samsung’s idea – a dual-booting laptop dock that could turn a smartphone into a computer in a matter of seconds. The idea is really quite simple. The phone could run both Android and Windows, for example. Android could be used as the mobile platform, while docking the smartphone into the dock would make it boot into Windows.
In the images, one can see the phone actually becoming some kind of interactive, touchscreen area for the device. It would be kind of like a second screen to the main screen on the laptop dock.
Opinion: Really, guys. This is looking freaking amazing. I can’t wait until our phones really do replace our computers. They have the power to, we know that much. At least we can have a basic computing experience.