Hyundai and its 32.8% owned subsidiary Kia will be the world’s first automakers to include an Android-based navigation system in their future car models, South Korean media reports.
Dubbed as an Android AVN – audio video navigation – system, the technology will help the two South Korean car makers deploy the first Android-based “smart” cars in various markets, starting with the new Hyundai Genesis and Kia Soul that will be launched later this year.
The Android AVN system will also be available in all new cars that will be released next year, either as a pre-installed choice or as a later upgrade.
The Android navigation system will let users connect their Android smartphones and tablets to the car, offer access to its own application store, and support entertainment features. It’s not clear though whether Google Play Store support is also included.
Interestingly, the Android AVN system will also offer car owners a “new telematics function that can remotely control the car through the Wi-Fi and modem connection.” However, it’s not exactly clear what the remote controlling feature entails.
Certain automakers already advertise iOS integration for some of their latest creations, so it’s certainly interesting to see others look to the Android ecosystem to deliver car-related smart features. We’ll be back with more details about Hyundai’s and Kia’s Android-related plans in the future.
Over the past weekend, there was a software issue involving some orders for customers seeking to upgrade their devices. A number of customers who were upgrading devices were able to maintain an unlimited monthly data feature while paying a subsidized price.
Verizon Wireless will honor those orders that were approved this past weekend, allowing those customers to retain their unlimited plans for the duration of their contract and receive their new device.
Verizon Wireless corrected this software issue today (9/30). The company no longer offers unlimited data plans and customers who want to retain existing unlimited data plans, must pay full retail price for a replacement phone.
So not a pardon, but a stay of execution. They’ll likely get that unlimited data plan from anyone who’s still holding on to it, it just won’t be this day. If you managed to keep yours, let us know!
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Passing by unnoticed and buried under tons of device unveilings, Samsung announced that its KNOX security framework is now available for use by consumers. Samsung’s end-to-end security solution is what helped its Galaxy S 4 be approved for use in US government offices and will now land in the hands of regular users.
Launched in February at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung KNOX is the company’s answer to the biggest problem of the growing BYOD office scenario: security. In concept, KNOX sounds simple. It implements a “container”, a separate and secure environment where only a select number of applications can run and data can be stored securely. Applications outside the container only have limited access to that data, ensuring that sensitive information is protected from malware, phishing attacks, or even physical attempts in the case of stolen or lost devices.
Samsung initially made KNOX available to enterprise customers, enabling IT departments to deplay a secure working environment on employees’ office or personal devices without stepping on the employee’s privacy. Now users will be able to also take advantage of the system, allowing them to store personal data, videos, images, or even sensitive work files in the secure container.
Samsung KNOX will be available on Samsung’s upcoming and future high-end smartphones such as the recently announced Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. It will also be made available on devices already in the market, including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S 4, and the Galaxy Note II, although no timeline has been given yet.
The covers have been finally taken off the Moto X, and a massive system dump from this device has been posted online! It`s 442MB in size, and contains some really cool wallpapers, among other software features. You can grab the 7MB .zip file of 16 wallpapers here, or you can find the entire system dump over at the Android Central forums. What do you think of the Moto X so far? Are you impressed? Disappointed? Not sure what you think? Let us know on the comments!
Just over 24 hours ago Motorola and Google announced their all new smartphone, the Moto X. For many it was an exciting unveil and quite the handset, although we know many of you aren’t fond of the price. However, you might be fond of the system dump with all those new goodies under the hood, not to mention the Moto X wallpapers.
The phone is in the hands of a lucky few at the moment, but won’t be arriving for regular folks until later this month. The end of August is when we’re expecting almost all major US carriers to announce and sell the phone. In the meantime though, if you’d like to make your current device look a little fancy we have all the wallpapers ready for you now.
Over at the AndroidCentral forums there’s an entire system dump, as well as all 16 wallpapers that come stock on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean powered smartphone. Oh and don’t forget the camera app leaked last week.
If you like the split color wallpaper above, or any of the wallpapers you’ve seen from press photo’s our own hands on, or a few of those recently released Moto X TV ad spots, hit the download link below and get them now. Question of the day. Who will be getting the Moto X?
Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.
In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.
The good news is that Apple had sensitive personal information encrypted, and hopefully in time Apple will be able to rule out the possibility entirely that any unencrypted information was compromised.
The developer portal is used by iOS and Mac developers for managing their developers accounts and apps, as well as accessing areas like developer forums to discuss technical issues. While it’s normal for the site to go down for routine maintenance from time to time, extended outages like this are uncharacteristic, prompting concerns of a privacy breach starting yesterday.
We will continue to post more details as they become available.
I love my third party Android spin off products, especially the mini Android dongles for your TV. But if only someone would throw some quality speakers into the mix with that, then you’d really have my attention. And that’s exactly what Sceptre has done with its new SB301524W Sound Bar 2.1.
The Sceptre Sound Bar 2.1 is an all-in-one system which turns your traditional HDTV into an Android powered Smart TV, which certainly makes a lot of sense if you’re already in the market for some decent living room speakers.
But the real added benefit here is that you can access the Google Play Store, and all of your associated music files, games, movies, etc, and play them directly through these speakers and your TV, without the need for any additional hardware. If, like me, you’re tired of plugging an HDMI cable and audio jack into your tablet every time you want to stream something in your living room, then this product seems like an excellent solution.
Sceptre has included plenty of functionality, and it looks pretty sleek too.
For audio hardware you’re looking at two 2-inch 18 Watt active speakers with an additional 3-inch 35 Watt 65Hz – 250 Hz subwoofer to take care of the low end. The system comes with two stereo RCA inputs, one 3.5mm stereo jack, and a Coaxial input for digital audio.
As for the Android part, there’s just a single core Cortex A9 clocked at 1 GHz accompanied by a Mali 400 GPU, which is a little bit weak by modern standards, but should still be enough for music and films, which after all is the product’s main purpose. The system also comes equipped with 1GB RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, support for 720p and 1080p output resolutions, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which seems to have everything covered.
But a word of caution; the system only comes equipped with 4GB of internal memory, which certainly isn’t enough for a decent music collection, let alone a selection of your favourite movies. Fortunately there is a 32GB microSD card slot and USB connectivity which supports an additional 2TB of extra space, so external hard drives or memory cards should be a work around for any memory issues, but that’s obviously an added expense.
If you’re interested in the SB301524W sound bar, it is currently available for 9.99 at Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Sears, K-Mart and NewEgg. Hopefully we’ll see a few more Android powered audio products in the future.
Sceptre Turns your Big Screen HDTV into a Smart TV with a Sound Bar 2.1 with Android™
Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer and Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 enables users to connect to the internet and download apps from Google Play Store
City of Industry, CA – June 27, 2013 – Sceptre, superior manufacturers of world class LED and LCD HDTVs and PC displays, unveils the SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer, Android platform and Wi-Fi connection to turn your ordinary HDTV into a smart TV through plug and play technology, enabling users to access movies, music, apps and games.
Sceptre’s newest Sound Bar 2.1 includes Android’s interactive media operating system to create the perfect entertainment atmosphere with the support of Wi-Fi and Android Platform. With the Android OS, users can access the Google Play™ Store to download thousands of songs, games, movies and apps to enhance their TV experience.
The SB301524W Sound Bar 2.1 incorporates a variety of technologies and components to produce room filling surround sound, including a 35W subwoofer with passive radiator, SRS WOW HD™ audio technology and dual front facing speakers. SRS WOW HD, developed by DTS technologies, improves the audio by widening the sound field, raising the vertical sound image and retrieving lost audio information during the mixing process to create a more natural surround sound experience.
Elegantly designed to complement HDTVs 42-inches and above, the SB301524W sound bar features a trendy touch sensor control panel to easily adjust volume, preset modes or sound sources, an auto-dimming LED screen that displays current settings and a remote control compatible with multiple Sceptre HDTVs. It is also the ideal replacement for expensive and bulky surround sound systems, eliminating unsightly wires, expensive adaptors and the need to have a separate subwoofer.
“The Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer and Android Platform turns your traditional HDTV into a Smart TV at a fraction of the cost,” said Cathy Chou, Sceptre’s vice president of operations. “Our newest addition to the family of sound bars not only enhances your HDTV experience, but also brings people closer by giving you access to the same applications as a computer, including Skype, Facebook, Instant Messenger and more.”
To enhance the overall experience, Sceptre offers an optional smart remote control that replicates the functionality of a traditional mouse and keyboard. The SB301524Wsound bar can be easily wall-mounted using only two screws and is currently available for 9.99 at Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Sears, K-Mart and NewEgg.
Volvo and Neonode have come together to launch a new in-car infotainment system powered by none other than the world’s most popular mobile operating system right now, Android. This new infotainment system is called the Sensus Connected Touch and it looks just about ready to truly usher in the era of always-on, fully-connected smart cars.
The Volvo Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system consists of a 7-inch touchscreen display that uses optical touch technology developed by Neonode and a modified version of the Android operating system that enables a number of nifty software capabilities. In a three-minute demo video that has been made available via the online video streaming web site YouTube, some of the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system’s features are shown.
As shown in the above video, Sensus Connected Touch users will be able to do all sorts of things that require an Internet connection, including surfing the Web with a full HTML web browser, listening to songs and other types of audio via radio and podcasts, getting the latest weather updates in real time, and gaining easy access to all types of data and information. It also offers a number of useful extras like an option to turn the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a feature that lets drivers locate the nearest Volvo service center based on their current location.
And speaking of location, the Sensus Connected Touch also has a connected GPS system which serves as the built-in tool for navigation. That, along with the built-in maps, should be enough to help drivers stay on track and on schedule wherever they go.
As it is, the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system is already quite impressive. It isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. And it will undoubtedly be even better in the future.