Google http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/417/0 en-GB Google’s Project Ara modular phones coming in January 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/google-s-project-ara-modular-phones-coming-january-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build-your-own phone to launch with entry-level “grey phone” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-project-ara-01.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google&rsquo;s customisable modular phone, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/project-ara" target="_blank">Project Ara</a>, could hit shelves as soon as January 2015.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google announced the news at its Project Ara developers&rsquo; conference, showing off an early form factor prototype device &ndash; non-functional, since its screen was broken.</p> <p>The protoype Ara phone did, however, show off Google&rsquo;s design language for the phone &ndash; it&rsquo;s consciously avoiding a blocky form factor in favour of &ldquo;smooth, pebble-like&rdquo; tiles that slot into the phone&rsquo;s Endo frame.</p> <p>Although not present on the demo phone, Project Ara&#39;s modules will be held in place by <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-modular-phone-will-use-electropermanent-magnets-keep-pieces-place/news" target="_blank">electropermanent magnets</a> &ndash; when they&rsquo;re hit with an &ldquo;on&rdquo; pulse, they&#39;ll create a bond between the Endo and the module, which is disabled with an &quot;off&quot; pulse; they don&#39;t require a constant charge to maintain the bond.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-01.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those tiles include everything from processor, battery and RAM modules to more esoteric gadgets &ndash; a pulse oximeter that extends beyond the phone&rsquo;s frame, as well as an infra-red camera that bulges out from the tile&#39;s surface.</p> <p>Google&#39;s planning to make Project Ara phones in three configurations: Mini, Medium and Large &ndash; roughly comparable to candybar, smartphone and phablet sizes. Project Ara will also make use of 3D printing &ndash; Google&#39;s collaborating with 3D Systems to create a 3D printing process that&#39;s suitable for mass production &ndash; creating glossy components with a 600dpi print resolution.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-02.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-04.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-05.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-06.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, the Project Ara phones will run Android; you&#39;ll be able to buy new modules from a Google-run online store. The plan is for a Project Ara phone to have a much longer lifespan than current mobile phones &ndash; five to six years, with customers upgrading their phone over its lifespan by saving up for new modules. It&#39;s a potentially revolutionary idea &ndash; we&#39;ll just have to wait and see if Google can pull it off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-developers-kit-reveals-more-modular-phone-secrets/news" target="_blank">Project Ara developers&rsquo; kit reveals more modular phone secrets, including multiple battery support</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-08.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-project-ara-modular-phones-coming-january-2015/news </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Project Ara coming January 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DIY modular phones to hit shelves next year </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-s-project-ara-modular-phones-coming-january-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google-s-project-ara-modular-phones-coming-january-2015/news#comments Google Project Ara Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:34:54 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435568 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 4.5 http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s latest iteration of Android should be its most feature-packed yet. Here&#039;s what we think we know so far… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="768" title="What does Google&#039;s newest OS have in store for Android fans?" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-4.5-rough.jpg?1397554641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but already we&#39;re craving a new sugar fix.</p> <p>Luckily, Google I/O is set to kick off in late June, and we expect to see the latest and greatest generation of Android take centre stage.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what we think we know so far:</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dessert menu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Traditionally, Android versions have been named after deliciously sweet edibles in alphabetical order from gingerbread to ice cream sandwich to the most recent KitKat, and we can&#39;t see that trend stopping anytime soon.</p> <p>The letter &#39;L&#39; is next on the list, and rumours so far point to everything from Ladoo (a popular ball-shaped Indian sweet) to Lollipop (which should be familiar to most readers).</p> <p>Given the worldwide spread of Android, we&#39;re putting our money down on the latter, but at this stage, nothing&#39;s certain. Remember Key Lime Pie?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The poshest lollipops we&#039;ve ever seen." alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipops.jpg?1397554641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s new Android style is internally referred to as &#39;Moonshine&#39;, according to <a href="http://According to Android Police" target="_blank">Android Police</a>&#39;s source.</p> <p>The newer design is much flatter and cleaner, taking a leaf out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>&#39;s design book.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colourful flat circular icons, coupled with KitKat&#39;s existing transparent status bar and navigation buttons provide a much cleaner, less cluttered minimalist look, which we&#39;re definitely fans of.</p> <p>The new icons follow on from the flattening and simplification of Google&#39;s online icons, and Android Police has managed to mock up the new 4.5 Hera Gmail interface according to the information it currently has. Pretty, isn&#39;t it?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="759" height="569" title="New Android 4.5 icons" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-4.5-leak01.jpg?1397554641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Icon comparison " alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-android-icons.jpg?1397554641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="600" height="450" title="New Gmail interface mock-up" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.5-gmail.jpg?1397554641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/06/rumor-googles-plan-to-bridge-chrome-android-and-search-to-do-everything-on-your-device/" target="_blank">Android Police</a>, the 4.5 update is known internally as Hera. The site is confident that all the information it possesses about Android 4.5 is accurate, although it stresses that things could very well change leading up to the official unveil in June.</p> <p>Hera is reportedly centred around the unification of Android and Chrome, and features a special Chromium build designed to run on Android.</p> <p>A big change that Android 4.5 brings to the table is functional multitasking windows, which shows off apps as interactive HTML 5-powered windows that are able to carry out actions as opposed to just being a static list of screenshots of open apps.</p> <p>That means you could, for example, reply to an email straight from the multitasking window without having to fully enter the main app.</p> <p>HTML 5 integration could therefore dramatically change the way in which we interact with Android devices, making basic actions far more powerful.&nbsp;The overall aim is to make the transition from Desktop to mobile seamless. Android 4.5 could see you start a task on your laptop, before opening it up on your phone as an interactive card when you&#39;re on the go, so you can carry on from where you left off.</p> <p>Looking up an address on google Maps before dashing out the door could, for example, have Google Maps automatically open on your phone so that you don&#39;t have to go digging for the address again.</p> <p>Sadly we know little else about just how deeply HTML 5 will be integrated into Android, but we&#39;re definitely excited to see what Google has in store for us all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1680" height="1291" title="Powerful multitasking actions " alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusae0_wm_gradient.png?1397554641" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 4.5 (which we&#39;ll call Lollipop for the time being) is expected to be officially revealed on 25 June at Google I/O.</p> <p>If Google sticks to tradition, it will launch initially on the Nexus 6, in addition to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.</p> <p>We&#39;ll continue to update our Android 4.5 preview with all the latest info, so stay tuned.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:56 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv You can buy Google Glass tomorrow... if you live in the US http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-yes-you-can-now-own-pair-google-glass/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bypass the Google Explorer program selection process for a day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="You, yes you, can now own a pair of Google Glass" alt="You, yes you, can now own a pair of Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/url.jpg?1397492040" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you been infuriated that Google has made Google Glass available to just a handpicked fraction of possible users? Well turn that frown upside down - we have good news for you.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a limited time on April 15th at 9am EDT, the search giant will open its doors and allow anyone to join its Glass Explorer program and order a set of its trendy Explorer Edition Glass online.</p> <p>It is unsure how many units exactly will be up for grabs, but the company claimed in its Google+ <a href="https://plus.google.com/+GoogleGlass/posts/HaUCDHtRvcn" target="_blank">blog post</a> that quantities will be limited.&nbsp;</p> <p>The initiative is probably Google&rsquo;s shot at gaining feedback from a wider audience before it pushes its Web-ready glasses out to the public.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every day we get requests from those of you who haven&rsquo;t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too,&rdquo; it said in its blog post.</p> <p>Costing US$1500, the offer is valid to all adult US residents with a US shipping address.</p> <p>For those in other parts of the world desperate to get them on your face, get your friends, relatives or contacts in the US to help score you a pair.</p> <p>Google Glass can be booked <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;And if you don&#39;t fancy wearing a computer on your face, perhaps&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wearable-tech" target="_blank">these readily available wearable devices</a>&nbsp;will be more fitting for you.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-yes-you-can-now-own-pair-google-glass/news#comments Glass Google Wearable tech Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Will Findlater 1435426 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Play Music comes to Sonos http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yep, the best music streamer around just got better... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play Music on Sonos" alt="Google Play Music on Sonos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos-google-play-music-001.jpg?1397184564" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Somewhere, there&#39;s a top Sonos exec with a list of streaming services missing from the platform. Well that list just got one shorter, because Google Play Music has now joined the ever-expanding Sonos family.</p> <p>As of right now, if you&#39;re a Play Music user with a &pound;10/month All Access account you&#39;ll be able to stream directly to any Sonos kit in your setup in one of two ways.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news#comments Google Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435198 at http://www.stuff.tv Project Ara developers’ kit reveals more modular phone secrets, including multiple battery support http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-developers-kit-reveals-more-modular-phone-secrets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s modular smartphones will sport 3D-printed parts and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="548" height="411" title="Project Ara developers’ kit reveals more modular phone secrets " alt="Project Ara developers’ kit reveals more modular phone secrets " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ara_2.jpg?1397223575" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has released a Module Development Kit for its Project Ara modular smartphone, and it has confirmed a number of exciting facts about the upcoming devices.</p> <p>As you might imagine, the 81-page document (which can be downloaded <a href="http://www.projectara.com/mdk/">here</a>) is fairly tech-heavy, but combing through it reveals some very cool information. For example, each phone frame &ndash; Google has dubbed these &ldquo;Endos&rdquo;, because they&rsquo;re endoskeletons &ndash; can support multiple battery units, and charge all of them simultaneously.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As suggested by the Ara introductory video we saw last week, there will be three sizes of Endo, with the larger frames supporting more modules. Each Endo has a central &ldquo;spine&rdquo; that cannot be crossed by a module, but aside from that you can place them almost anywhere. The document mentions modules for batteries, Wi-Fi, chargers, displays, speakers, cameras and even a thermal imager (think <em>Predator</em> vision). There can even be modules that extend far past the boundaries of the Endo, such as a pulse oximeter (used for measuring oxygen levels in the bloodstream).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-modular-phone-will-use-electropermanent-magnets-keep-pieces-place/news">Project Ara modular phone will use electropermanent magnets to keep pieces in place</a></strong></p> <p>Where Endos have free module space, users will be able to 3D print spacer modules to fill the gaps. You&rsquo;ll also be able to fully customise Ara shells before purchase, having them 3D printed to a &ldquo;consumer-grade&rdquo; level by a third-party.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve purchased your Endo, you&rsquo;ll be able to order new parts online (the Google Play Store being the likely source).</p> <p>This new information isn&rsquo;t exactly surprising, but it&rsquo;s confirmation of what we had been hoping for: a modular phone that is truly flexible, fully customisable and unlikely to collapse into obsolescence in the space of a year or two.</p> <p>Google is holding its first developer conference for Project Ara next week, on 15th April &ndash; and we&rsquo;ll almost certainly find out even more about its potential then. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.projectara.com/mdk/">Google</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/google-reveals-more-design-details-about-its-modular-ar-1561680201">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Ara&#039;s three Endos" alt="Project Ara&#039;s three Endos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/project-ara-video-prototypes.jpg?1397223575" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Project Ara: more details revealed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Google Project Ara Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:31:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435202 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 08/04/14: LG G Watch will undercut the Samsung Gear 2&#039;s price when it lands by the end of July </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" alt="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has, out of the blue, announced Android Wear - a version of Android designed specifically for watches. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/easily-best-looking-smartwatch-weve-ever-seen-shame-it-isnt-real/news">With no similarly impressive-looking iWatch</a> on the horizon, Apple must be kicking itself.</p> <p>Both LG and Motorola have revealed smartwatches that will be running Android Wear, and the LG will be the first Google watch to hit shelves when it lands sometime between April and June this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The core functionality of Android Wear smartwatches is based on search and contextual awareness.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with Google Glass, saying &quot;OK Google&quot; will initiate a search, which you can then use to look up information, open apps or even send messages - it&#39;ll transcribe your voice. Frankly, it looks stunning.</p> <p>Other scenarios imagined in the promo videos include functionality we&#39;re familiar with from the Google Now app, such as reminders of your meetings, navigation info for how to get there and real-time feedback on your arrival time. The context awareness will also extend to flashing up QR code tickets when you&#39;re at the airport or cinema and warnig you if there are jellyfish in the sea when you&#39;re jogging down the beach to catch some waves.</p> <p>Naturally, Google watches will have wellness in mind too, with exercise tracking and reminders being a part of the device&#39;s repertoire.</p> <p>Android Wear devices will also let you fire up a music playlist on your smartphone or tablet, as well as cast a film to your TV. Yes, that is cool.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-bike.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not yet clear how the devices will operate, but Google has created a beta SDK for developers so that existing apps can send notifications to Google watches powered by Android Wear. On the developer video, Android&#39;s Director of Engineering David Singleton says the preview SDK &quot;will allow you to extend your Android applications still running on phones and tablets to provide ricer experiences for the new form factor,&quot; which suggests that rather than doing all the hard graft themselves, Android Wear watches are mirrors for the Android phones and tablets with which they&#39;re paired. That&#39;s good news for battery life, a constant issue for wearables - particularly those with nice, big colour screens.</p> <p>The first Android Wear devices are the square LG G Watch and circular Motorola Moto 360, but we can expect to see many more Android Wear-powered watches over the coming months: other partners include Asus, HTC, Fossil and Samsung, who clearly haven&#39;t written off Android as a smartwatch platform just yet, despite dropping it in favour of Tizen for its follow-up Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear Neo devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 preview</a></strong></p> <p>Indeed, Singleton says &quot;We&#39;re working with consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.&quot; Sounds like there will be an interesting variety on offer.</p> <p>For now, let&#39;s take a closer look at what LG and Motorola have prepared.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0xQ3y902DEQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="808" title="Android Wear sports notifications" alt="Android Wear sports notifications" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-sports_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch - square and business-like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s G Watch opts for a Sony Smartwatch 2-esque square design, but most of the finer details are still under wraps. It&#39;ll be &#39;compatible with a range of Android smartphones&#39;, and like all G Wear devices will be voice-activated: say &#39;OK Google&#39; and it&#39;ll spring into action just as the Motorola Moto X smartphone does. The G Watch appears to take other design cues from its maker&#39;s past Google-branded efforts: there&#39;s more than a hint of Nexus 4 in its finish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review">Google Nexus 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>Other details: the LG G Watch will &#39;present a low barrier of entry for developers and offer the best experience for users&#39;, reads the PR. This suggests it should rely on standard developer tools and, hopefully, won&#39;t cost too much - two key elements to getting the whole wearable trend off the ground and on people&#39;s wrists. It&#39;ll be out in Q2 2014.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128341-lg-g-watch-release-date-by-july-and-less-than-180-in-the-uk-hands-on-pictures" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a> has confirmed that the LG G watch will land before the end of July for less than &pound;180. Whether or not that translates to &pound;179.99 remains to be seen, but either way it&#39;s going to look tempting next to the Samsung Gear 2 which is expected to arrive with a noticeably larger price tag.</p> <p>The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are only a tenner more at &pound;190, and we&#39;ll have to wait and see what goodies the LG G watch is packing before we can truly compare which choice offers more bang for your buck. Stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" alt="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_1.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360: circular and sexy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much detail about Motorola&#39;s 360 aside from a picture showcasing a rather gorgeous circular screen and what appears to be a sensor on the back - could this be a fitness and wellness tracker that captures heart rate data in addition to providing notifications, navigation and search? That would seem sensible to us.</p> <p>Moto&#39;s dabbled in circular screens before - remember the beautiful Aura feature phone? - so although it looks like a concept device, the 360 is entirely plausible in its design. According to the site, it&#39;ll be available in summer 2014&hellip; and frankly, it looks stunning. We could actually see ourselves wearing this, just as we could Gabor Bologh&#39;s beautiful smartwatch concept. Still - who needs fantasy now?</p> <p>We&#39;ll have more on both watches and on Android Wear as details emerge, as we&#39;re as excited to see what&#39;s next as you are. Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/03/14:</strong>&nbsp;Moto has dripped out a little more information on the Moto 360. For starters, it&#39;s confirmed that there&#39;s no charging port or pin, which gives the watch a clean, natural look. It&#39;s keeping mum on the details, but we&#39;re assuming the 360&#39;s battery supports wireless charging.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while the exact battery life hasn&#39;t been shared, Motorola stressed that it&#39;s aware of the importance that consumers place on battery life and that battery life was one of the most important priorities when designing the 360. Sounds promising.</p> <p>Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but Motorola has confirmed that the 360 will launch globally on the summer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">The 8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="769" height="577" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="769" height="577" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-back.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="590" height="442" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-aura.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news#comments Android Google Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:38:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433895 at http://www.stuff.tv Project Ara modular phone will use electropermanent magnets to keep pieces in place http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-modular-phone-will-use-electropermanent-magnets-keep-pieces-place/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phonebloks’ new video gives us a teasing glimpse of Google’s progress in innovative smartphone project </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The three prototype Ara shells" alt="The three prototype Ara shells" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project-ara-video-prototypes.jpg?1396669727" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Project Ara, an effort by Google to make modular, highly customisable smartphones a reality, has long been shrouded in secrecy &ndash; or something quite like it. But a new video has afforded us a first glimpse of the project&rsquo;s progress and revealed some of the technology set to be put to use.</p> <p>The video, made by Google&rsquo;s Ara partner Phonebloks, features a handful of short talking head-style interviews that reveal some aspects of Ara we haven&rsquo;t seen before.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably most intriguing is the ingenious way in which Ara components will fit the phone body: electropermanent magnets. After components are slid into place, a brief jolt of electricity (controlled by an app) locks them in, and they won&rsquo;t come out until the user wants them to &ndash; power is required only to lock them in place initially, so even if your phone battery dies they won&rsquo;t drop out. This also means that Ara phones won&rsquo;t require an exterior case to stop the various parts from falling out.</p> <p>We also get a brief glimpse of three Ara prototype bodies: a 2 x 5-tile mini-phone, a 3 x 6 medium model (most likely the mainstream Ara shell), and a large phablet-esque 4 x 7 body. The bigger these models, the more modules can be attached &ndash; the 4 x 7 body, for instance, can apparently house up to nine modules &ndash; but even the small one can accommodate six.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll know even more about Ara soon, because Google has scheduled the first ever Ara Developer Conference for 15th April. Expect more interesting revelations then.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-ara/modular-smartphones-are-building-blocks-tech-shambles/feature" target="_blank">Modular smartphones are the building blocks of a tech shambles</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Q1JzJadgHY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/project-ara-modular-phone-will-use-electropermanent-magnets-keep-pieces-place/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Project Ara Smartphones Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:34:26 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434843 at http://www.stuff.tv Google shoots for better portraits with upcoming Android update http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-shoots-better-portraits-upcoming-android-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera update will come independent of KitKat too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" alt="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android_cam.jpg?1396455904" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While Google holds the advantage in the smartphone arena where flexibility is concerned, Android cameras often have a poor rep next to Nokia&#39;s Lumia series and Apple&#39;s iPhone. It&#39;s the one aspect of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Google Nexus 5</a>&#39;s performance we aren&#39;t utterly taken with.</p> <p>But the big G is certainly trying. A hefty camera update is in the works, and it brings some cool new tricks.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better photos for all, via Google Play </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s interesting is that instead of just releasing the camera tweaks with the next Android 4.4.3 update, Google&#39;s releasing the camera tweaks separately on Google Play. This is good news, as it gives some hope to non Google-stock phones (such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>) that they could also enjoy a better Android picture-taking experience. Many Android models aren&#39;t even on Kit Kat yet, after all.</p> <p>The coming update will also see burst mode shooting, face detection and RAW capture, which means every bit of data captured by the camera&#39;s image sensor will be stored. The latter feature isn&#39;t something you&#39;ll find on any smartphone outside of Nokia&#39;s excellent Lumia PureView handsets, so it sure will be interesting. But seeing how large RAW images are (30MB files are pretty standard), it&#39;s doubtful people are going to start utilise the format that much on their smartphones. Still - we&#39;d certainly take an Android phone with a PureView camera, and software tweaks like this could pave the way for just such a hybrid.</p> <p>For a refresher on how KitKat performs, check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">KitKat review</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/01/google-new-android-camera-app/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="We still can&#039;t believe they actually made a real KitKat" alt="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android_kitkat.jpg?1396455904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-shoots-better-portraits-upcoming-android-update/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-shoots-better-portraits-upcoming-android-update/news#comments Android Google Smartphones Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:23:01 +0000 Will Findlater 1434727 at http://www.stuff.tv Galaxy S5? You'll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s latest superphone is nearly with us - but no matter how good it is, it won&#039;t be a patch on Google&#039;s most recent effort, says Mark Payton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 5: a masterpiece of understatement" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-001.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&rsquo;s get the disclosure bit out of the way first: this is not going to be a completely objective view of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>.</p> <p>For starters, I&rsquo;m a sucker for Android as Google intended it. I&rsquo;ve owned an arsenal of Nexus phones and tablets, and couldn&rsquo;t care less that millions of you seem to think that Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz is a thing of beauty. All I see is garish colours, cheesy icons and more misalignments than a dress made in the dark. By comparison, stock Android is lean and polished.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the fact that Samsung and HTC insist on cramming their hardware with their own apps and interface tweaks. Some are theoretically useful, assuming you live the life of the ultra-fit, hyperactive fantasy folk who populate television advertising. I&rsquo;ve never used a single one of them; they&rsquo;re the mobile equivalent of the bloatware on an HP laptop, destined to be uninstalled the moment it leaves the box.</p> <p>Lastly, there&rsquo;s the little matter of price. I wavered for all of 30 minutes before putting the cash down on a 16GB black N5 on the day of its launch. That lost half hour was spent deciding between the Nexus, Apple&rsquo;s newly released <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a> and the imminent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>. But either of the latter two would have meant putting at least &pound;200 more on the counter. At just &pound;299 for the unlocked 16GB N5, the decision&rsquo;s pretty much made for you.</p> <p>But that was then. I&rsquo;ve had the Nexus 5 by my side for five months now, so boredom should be setting in (keep in mind that my smartphone months are in dog years). HTC&rsquo;s new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One M8 is out</a> and beckoning, while <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy S5</a> will hit the stores in a few weeks. So what I have learned from life with an N5 - and is it time to move on?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vanilla KitKat (left) and TouchWiz: polished vs garish?" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-002.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: matt, flat, featureless… and perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You may think that there&#39;s something slightly wrong with the Nexus 5 straight out of the box. Most handsets have some sort of finish to their shells. Not the N5. It looks as though it was whipped from the production line a little too early: the surfaces are flat matt, in a way that suggests it&rsquo;s missing a final spray on the casing. But then something strange happens. Give it a week, and other handsets begin to look gaudy and greasy, while the Nexus morphs from under-cooked to a design that&rsquo;s sharp, minimalist and tasteful.</p> <p>The transformation may not happen for you, of course. Shortly after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a>&rsquo;s launch, I was persuaded to review one in luminescent yellow with a powder-blue case. When I close my eyes, I can still see the damn thing now. I was objective about its performance and features, but every moment with the little Apple was an embarrassment - I flat refused to take it out in public. No surprise, then, that the black, almost featureless N5 is my idea of heaven. The only people who ever comment on it are Android fanboys, most of whom want to prove that their LG G2 is better (which, with that LG UI skin, is a fruitless task).</p> <p>Functionally, the Nexus is as business-like as the design. The power button is on the right-hand edge (HTC: are you watching here? It&rsquo;s the one flaw with the One that you could so easily put right&hellip;). And the volume rocker&rsquo;s on the left - easy to locate, easy to use (how much fuss can there be designing something that only does two jobs?). If you want to plug in headphones, you use the mini jack found on the top left. And if you want to charge it, head for the microUSB on the bottom of the unit. No waterproofing plastic caps, no slide-out keyboards, no funky buttons - the Nexus is as Route One as a phone design can get, and none the worse for it.</p> <p>You will find, though, that while the screen does an admirable job of repelling fingerprints, the slightly rubberised back of the unit is addicted to them. My black N5 does its best to hide the issue, but you&rsquo;re always aware of the smudges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/10-best-google-nexus-5-apps/feature">The 12 Google Nexus 5 apps you should download first</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The &quot;sharp, minimalist and tasteful&quot; Nexus 5 " alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-003.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The back is matt and grippy" alt="The back is matt and grippy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-back-004.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Everything is where you want it to be" alt="Everything is where you want it to be" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-side-005.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: Moore’s Law no longer applies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The spec battle between hi-end Android handsets is all good fun, but ultimately misleading. A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Galaxy S4</a> is more or less a match for my N5 in processing power, memory and screen. Yet one responds instantly to every touch, while the other spends milliseconds scratching its chin before agreeing to your demands. In other words, the Nexus 5 is laughable value if what you really value is speed. And who doesn&#39;t? </p> <p>There&rsquo;s absolutely no lag in Android 4.4 KitKat, and the 2GB of RAM delivers multi-tasking that is instantaneous, regardless of how many apps I have open. I&rsquo;m sure the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/lg-build-google-nexus-6-and-nexus-smartwatch/news">Nexus 6 this year</a> will see an upgrade to the memory and processor, but I honestly cannot see the point. My Snapdragon 800-powered N5 does everything without fuss or delay.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The N5 has power to burn" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 power" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-performance_3_2.JPG?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life: read my lips - they ALL last for a day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the world&rsquo;s forums are to be believed, 80 per cent of all smartphone chat is about battery life. And none are more vocal than Android forums. Owners claim everything from 30 days to 30 seconds for their handset, with countless suggestions for tweaks that&rsquo;ll squeeze another day&rsquo;s life from the device. Oh, and incessant chatter about the update or ROM that&rsquo;ll fix it all.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve always viewed the exchanges with bemusement: most handsets I&rsquo;ve owned in the last three years have show 25-30 per cent at the end of the day, and since I sleep in a bed with a plug socket nearby (I know - weird, right?), it&rsquo;s just natural to plug the phone in overnight. I&rsquo;ve never owned a phone that lasted two days, or habitually drained its juice to zero in minutes. But then, I replicate the same settings on every Android handset I use - turn off all background sync for every app bar mail and calendar, and turn off GPS (who wanders the streets needing that kind of accuracy anyhow?).</p> <p>And guess what? The Nexus 5, with its sealed 2300 mAh battery, performs precisely like every other handset. Like most of you, I hammer my phone during the day - constant email, browsing and a manual updating of apps (Evernote, Play Newsstand, Twitter etc). By bedtime, it&rsquo;s showing 25 per cent. Regular as clockwork. If I really thrash the N5 (tethering my Toshiba Chromebook to it on a one-hour train journey, for example), I can kill it by 7pm in the evening. But then, what else would I realistically expect?</p> <p>The Nexus runs Android 4.4.2, which brings a simpler interface for controlling location settings (&#39;high accuracy&#39;, &#39;battery saving&#39; and &#39;device only&#39;) and monitoring the apps that are using location to draw on your power. It works well, but - as I pointed out earlier - you&rsquo;re as well served taking 10 minutes to check how many of your favourite apps are set to background sync or push notifications. As I write, the internet&rsquo;s alive with tales of an update from Google to fix alleged Nexus 5 battery drain issues. I&rsquo;m sure that the people experiencing the problem are telling perfectly valid tales, and can&rsquo;t wait for the update to land. Me? I have no idea what they&rsquo;re talking about. Which either infers variability between Nexus 5s in build (ie mine has different components to yours), or rogue apps.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/ultimate-setup-google-nexus-5/feature">The best accessories, cases and headphones for your Google Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The N5&#039;s battery lasts for 1 SSD - that&#039;s Standard Smartphone Day" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-battery-006.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display: not designed for showroom show-offs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I&rsquo;ve used a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Galaxy S4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Note 3</a> in the time I&rsquo;ve owned the Nexus 5. Both examples of the top-selling Samsungs suffered from a cold blue tint to their displays, especially evident in applications with white backgrounds (if you&rsquo;re an S4 or Note 3 owner, go grab <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.todoist&amp;hl=en_GB">Todoist</a> - you should see what I mean). The Nexus, by comparison, is more neutral, and therefore easier on the eye for long periods of time. It&rsquo;s also beautifully sharp, as you&rsquo;d expect from a full HD, 1080p display. And at 4.95in, it&rsquo;s the perfect size - so much so, that I hadn&rsquo;t noticed how much it had displaced my iPad Air in day-to-day use. </p> <p>Positioning the Nexus as a full laptop replacement would be dumb, but it&rsquo;s more than powerful and sizeable enough to bring the need for a Nexus 7, say, into question. You should find yourself setting the N5&rsquo;s brightness to around 25-30 per cent. This gives the best of all worlds - any brighter, and you&rsquo;re simply draining battery faster; any lower, and it can be a struggle to make out text and images in sunlight. I can&rsquo;t imagine why anyone would set their N5 to 100 per cent for daily use&hellip; unless they wanted to spend their days bragging about their 1920x1080 IPS+ display to friends from a distance of five yards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Full HD FTW" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-screen_3.JPG?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Storage: giga-fetishists look away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another common gripe among Nexus haters and owners alike is the absence of a microSD card slot; you&rsquo;re limited to either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage. Until recently, I never understood what the problem was - many popular apps didn&rsquo;t offer the option to move default file locations, so effectively rendering a microSD slot useless anyway. But the criticism has become more valid in recent months, especially with updates to Google Play Music (and the launch of All Access subscriptions), letting you choose where offline files are stored. </p> <p>Maybe I&rsquo;m unrepresentative of the average smartphone user: my Nexus 5 is a mere 16GB, but I&rsquo;ve only ever used roughly half of the onboard capacity. If you&rsquo;re the type who shoots mini Hollywood epics during the day while chomping your way through the collected works of The Beatles, go for the 32GB N5 - easy as that. Or buy yourself a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable, and you should be able to connect your unrooted N5 to an external flash drive (check around before doing this - reports vary on compatibility).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5/feature">Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2 - which is better?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Storage space might be an issue for power users and Google Play Music fans" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-storage-007.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound: do not turn it up to 11 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5&rsquo;s speaker is the one thing that make me regret ditching my HTC One. Notice I said &lsquo;speaker&rsquo; - although you&rsquo;ll see twin grilles on the base of the Nexus, only one of them houses a loudspeaker (the other, in case you&rsquo;re wondering is a mic). I can&rsquo;t count the number of times I used the HTC One last year to show off the speakers - either playing a video for someone, or just letting it run through a playlist. But since switching to the N5, the habit has entirely gone. </p> <p>The Nexus&rsquo; speaker isn&#39;t awful - it&#39;s just painfully average. Tap the Google phone up to full volume, and you&rsquo;ll be treated to a layer of distortion and lack of dynamic range (don&rsquo;t expect much by way of bass). It&rsquo;s perfectly usable for calls day-to-day, but this is no micro hi-fi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The twin grilles on the N5&#039;s base hide its speaker and mic" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-speakers-008.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tap &amp; Pay: and the point of this is…? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Boot up your Nexus 5 for the first time, and you&rsquo;ll find NFC enabled by default. Now flick through your Settings screen, and you&rsquo;ll see Tap &amp; Pay, promising that you can use your shiny new phone to pay at the nation&rsquo;s NFC-enabled tills. Only problem is, you live in the UK, so the feature&rsquo;s useless - Google Wallet isn&rsquo;t available on this side of the pond, and it&rsquo;s the only app that will bring this specific feature to life (although there are alternatives which use other apps - see below). </p> <p>Now I understand manufacturers making tech products for global audiences (just one factory line, with customisation of languages and features by territory). But I can&rsquo;t quite get why Tap &amp; Pay is enabled on a UK Nexus 5 when there&rsquo;s no damn point - unless Google is planning to launch Wallet here soon. Rumours of an imminent Wallet UK launch have been bouncing around for months now. Until then, NFC on my 5 is disabled - and with it, Tap &amp; Pay vanishes from the Settings screen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature">NFC mobile payments explained</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oi Google! Can we please have Google Wallet in the UK?" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 mobile payments" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-tap-n-pay-010.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about the camera? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might notice one thing missing from this long-term test - any mention of the Nexus 5&#39;s camera. Well that&#39;s because I don&#39;t use it. Not at all.&nbsp;</p> <p>But before you cry, &#39;Ah, we&#39;ve found the Nexus 5&#39;s Achilles hell&#39;, just hang on. The reason I don&#39;t use it isn&#39;t because I don&#39;t like it; the 8MP snapper is in fact perfectly acceptable, if not best-in-class. I just don&#39;t use smartphone cameras. Sorry, but that&#39;s the way it is. If you want a proper analysis of it, you&#39;ll have to look elsewhere. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Our full review might be a good place to start</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Now: a snack, not the main course (yet) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In many ways, the Nexus 5 is Google Now. It&rsquo;s the flag bearer for the latest Android upgrade (4.4), which puts Now front and centre (well, OK, swipe left or swipe up) and it&#39;s seemingly updated once a month with a host of cool new features every time.&nbsp;And with KitKat, Google is actually reversing the Android experience into Now; in basic terms, regard all of your home screens as extensions of the Now interface.</p> <p>But try as Google might, the service that attempts to predict your world still feels like an occasional snack rather than the main course. Don&rsquo;t get me wrong: I use it. But that&rsquo;s mostly as a distraction when on the train or stuck for something else to do. It&rsquo;s an in-between-time service, so not one that I couldn&rsquo;t lose (if it died, a mash-up of your current apps could be used to replace it). I also have a hunch that there are N5 owners wandering the land with no idea that Now is installed on their phone. Fresh from the box, the N5 shows two home screens - you only get the prompt to activate Now if you swipe up or begin a search: it isn&rsquo;t on by default. I couldn&rsquo;t figure Google&rsquo;s logic here on the day I got the Nexus 5, and I still don&#39;t get it now.</p> <p>On the upside, Google Search and its accompanying voice activation have finally learnt British in their most recent updates. Until a few weeks back, you needed to switch your default language to US English before the Nexus would recognise the &lsquo;OK, Google&rsquo; voice command - now, it works with the UK English, and it answers you in a plummy English accent.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review">Android 4.4 KitKat review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now in full flow" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 Google Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-Google-now-011.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What The Nexus 6 Needs To Fix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Google remains true to form, you&#39;ll see a Nexus 6 in November of 2014 (so honouring the annual upgrade pattern set by the N4 and N5). Expect months of rumours about octa-core processors, 4K flexible screens and gigabytes of on-board storage. All of it will be rubbish - the Nexus range has built its popularity on good specs at spectacularly low prices&hellip; it would be extraordinary if Google decided to outgun rivals spec-for-spec (and given the performance of today&rsquo;s N5, pointless). </p> <p>Me? I&rsquo;d put the money on the counter for an N5 with two simple upgrades: 1. Fix the speaker. Just &lsquo;pay tribute&rsquo; to HTC&rsquo;s One (M8); there&rsquo;s no shame in it. 2. Upgrade the battery: I&rsquo;m happy to recharge every night, but being able to hammer the N5 harder in a working day would be welcome. Keep the processor where it is, and the RAM - just nudge the battery to 3200mAh, and everyone&rsquo;s happy.</p> <p>Of course, much of the Nexus 5&#39;s DNA was inherited from the LG G2, and with the Korean giant expected to build the Nexus 6 too, we&#39;ll get a good idea of what it&#39;ll look like when the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> arrives sometime in the late summer/early autumn. Click the link below for more on that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 5 took many features from the LG G2. Will the G3 inform the Nexus 6?" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 - LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-G2-013.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anyone want to buy my used Nexus 5? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, you can&rsquo;t. At least not until November. Even then, my N5 may emerge as one of the few handsets I&rsquo;ve owned that will survive the next generation of hardware. I&rsquo;m not remotely interested in a Galaxy S5 (blame the plastic, the Band Aid back cover, and that TouchWiz interface, however much they&rsquo;ve refined it). Even the new HTC One (M8) hasn&rsquo;t turned my head (well, OK, maybe a slight flinch - everyone else around here has decided that it&rsquo;s The Second Coming).</p> <p>In fact, the only thing that could tempt me is a larger-screened <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> - launch it with iOS7.1 and a 5in+ display, and my credit card would begin to involuntarily twitch. For now, the N5 is ridiculous value for money, and I can&rsquo;t think of a thing it does that irritates me. Unless Google and LG read my fix list for the Nexus 6 later this year, this one&rsquo;s a keeper.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2915880808001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2915880808001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 5 long-term test </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why the Samsung Galaxy S5 won&#039;t beat Google&#039;s Nexus flagship </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 Google Nexus 5 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:33:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434597 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/g2/video-lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does LG&#039;s very own G2 flagship compare to the LG-flavoured Nexus 5? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5" alt="Video: LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-01%20at%2011.05.52_0.png?1396406549" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3395289203001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3395289203001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/g2/video-lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5/video#comments G2 Google LG Nexus 5 Smartphones Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:22:07 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1434646 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's April Fool joke challenges you to catch all the Pokémon http://www.stuff.tv/google/googles-april-fool-joke-challenges-you-catch-all-pokemon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google advertises vacancy for a Pokémon Master in its latest April Fool&#039;s Day gag </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Pokémon Master" alt="Google Pokémon Master" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-maps-raichu.jpg?1396404597" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year, Google pulls out all the stops with for its annual April Fool&#39;s Day joke.</p> <p>From the <a href="http://www.google.co.uk/virgle/" target="_blank">Virgle mission to Mars</a> to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qFFHC0eIUc" target="_blank">Google Maps Treasure Mode</a>, Google&#39;s tried to outdo itself.</p> <p>This year, it&#39;s advertising an augmented reality game that challenges players to travel the world in search of Pokémon and catch them using their smartphones &ndash; to compete for the title of Google Pokémon Master.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no such job on offer &ndash; but as a consolation prize, Google&#39;s added a Pokémon treasure hunt to iOS and Android versions of the Google Maps app.</p> <p>Pop into the Maps app and tap on the search bar, and lo and behold, there&#39;s a little Poké Ball icon. Tap on it, and Pokémon will appear scattered across the map for you to catch &ndash; though in reality, there&#39;s no AR component to the game.</p> <p>All you have to do is tap on a Pokémon to add it to your Pokédex &ndash; there are 150 in all, though they&#39;re reportedly not the original 150 from the first game. Still, it&#39;s a diverting way to while away the hours. Gotta catch &#39;em all!</p> <p>[<a href="http://googlejapan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/blog-post.html" target="_blank">Google Japan Blog</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/31/5567184/google-maps-april-fools-joke-challenges-you-to-become-a-pokemon-master" target="_blank">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/noses-ready-amazon-kindle-paper-scent-brings-smell-real-book-your-kindle/news" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Paperscent brings the smell of real books to your Kindle</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4YMD6xELI_k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Pokémon Master" alt="Google Pokémon Master" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-maps-pokemon.jpg?1396404597" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/googles-april-fool-joke-challenges-you-catch-all-pokemon/news#comments Google Maps Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:13:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434642 at http://www.stuff.tv Google partners up with Ray-Ban and Oakley to make Glass more fashionable http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-partners-ray-ban-and-oakley-make-glass-more-fashionable/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it possible to un-nerdify Glass? Google certainly hopes so </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google partners up with Ray-Ban and Oakley to make Glass more fashionable" alt="Google partners up with Ray-Ban and Oakley to make Glass more fashionable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-glass-person-1.jpg?1395834505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As much as we love <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/glass" target="_blank">Google Glass</a>, there&#39;s no getting around the fact that you look a bit, well, ridiculous when wearing it.</p> <p>You&#39;re likely to be on the receiving end of many an awkward stare every time you don the smart specs on in public, and for many, this awkwardness will be a barrier too big to overcome.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-partners-ray-ban-and-oakley-make-glass-more-fashionable/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/google-partners-ray-ban-and-oakley-make-glass-more-fashionable/news#comments Geek accessories Glass Google Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:48:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434341 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Buy this 70mph flying dragon right now, LG shows off G Watch and Google Now comes to desktop Chrome http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/fully-charged-buy-70mph-flying-dragon-right-now-lg-shows-g-watch-and-google-now-co <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily round-up of all the gadgety goings-on in techland </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Buy this 70mph flying dragon right now" alt="Buy this 70mph flying dragon right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/remote-control-dragon.jpg?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying, fire-breathing remote control dragon goes on sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you have a spare US$60,000 (around &pound;36,000) lying around and easy access to large, open areas, we have something amazing to tell you: you can now buy a remote control dragon that flies through the air at up to 70mph (it&rsquo;s jet-powered) and, once it&rsquo;s landed, breathe fire thanks to a built-in propane tank.</p> <p>The dragon, which boasts a nine-foot wingspan, has been built and designed by remote control modeller extraordinaire Rick Hamel, and is on sale in the US via Hammacher. True, you could buy a car, an extension to your house or the holiday of a lifetime with the cash&hellip; but then you wouldn&rsquo;t own a dragon, would you?</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=12185&amp;PID=3640130">Hammacher</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/you-can-finally-buy-that-flying-fire-breathing-rc-drago-1548702195">Gizmodo</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG shows off second photo of G Watch Android Wear smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google revealed the existence of an upcoming LG smartwatch last week, but only showed off one (fairly uninteresting) image of the device. Well, LG UK has just released a second photo of the G Watch and it gives a much better impression of how it&rsquo;ll look on your wrist. The G Watch will be among the first wave of Android Wear devices to arrive, and LG says it&rsquo;s &ldquo;coming soon&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/LGUK/status/448093846744735745/photo/1">LG UK Twitter</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="675" title="LG shows off second photo of G Watch Android Wear smartwatch" alt="LG shows off second photo of G Watch Android Wear smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-second-pic.jpg?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Now cards come to Chrome desktop browsers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Now is one of the company&rsquo;s best new(ish) services for smartphones and tablets, and now it&rsquo;s rolling out beyond mobile. From today, Google Now cards &ndash; which deliver various piece of info that Google believes you&rsquo;ll find interesting &ndash; are available in the Chrome web browser for Mac OS and Windows. The cards, which are a subset of those that would be sent to your mobile device, are available to view by clicking the Chrome notifications icon.</p> <p>Because Google gleans so much about you from your online activity, the cards tend to be on the money, but you can manually tweak the settings if you find yourself getting stuff you don&rsquo;t want &ndash; or turn it off entirely.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/4414004?p=ib_google_now_welcome&amp;rd=1">Google</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now cards come to Chrome desktop browsers" alt="Google Now cards come to Chrome desktop browsers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-now-for-chrome.jpg?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One and One Max now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great news for owners of HTC One and HTC One Max smartphones: the company has officially released an Android 4.4 KitKat update to both. The One update can be pushed to Vodafone, O2, Three and unlocked handsets from the <a href="http://www.htc.com/uk/go/htc-software-updates/">HTC site</a> (EE users have to wait for their phone to update itself), while the One Max update will be pushed to the phone by HTC. Look out for it in the coming days.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-max/review">HTC One Max review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One and One Max now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update" alt="HTC One and One Max now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-review-htc-one-size_2.JPG?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android 4.4 KitKat Google One One Max Wearable tech Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:35:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434218 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can this tiny, cheap streaming dongle vanquish the Apple TV? Not quite yet… UPDATE: UK version with BBC iPlayer tested </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast-stones.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new generation of &ldquo;cord-cutters&rdquo; has abandoned the traditional concept of TV, instead using web streaming, catch-up services and devices such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-tv-video-review/video" target="_blank">Apple TV</a> to watch shows whenever it&rsquo;s convenient for them &ndash; rather than when the broadcaster says so.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny, forget-about-me design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Idiot-proof setup and use </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong audio and video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Few compatible apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly untidy USB power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t cast local videos on smartphones, tablets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Small and simple </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you thought the puck-sized Apple TV was small, wait until you see the Chromecast, which more than anything resembles a USB memory stick. A mere 35g in weight and possessing a single button, this dinky dongle plugs into a spare HDMI socket on your TV.</p> <p>It can&rsquo;t draw power via HDMI, however, so you&rsquo;ll also need to hook it up to a USB port or wall socket. It&rsquo;s not the most elegant of solutions, adding as it does to the cable spaghetti behind your telly, but if your TV&#39;s got a spare USB socket (and many do) you could replace the fairly long USB-to-micro-USB cable that&#39;s bundled with the Chromecast for one that&#39;s shorter and a little neater for just a couple of quid.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-plugged-in_0.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting started </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Setup couldn&rsquo;t be much simpler. Once plugged in, the Chromecast displays a setup screen on your TV and opens up its own Wi-Fi network. Connect to that on your computer, phone or tablet, change the Chromecast&rsquo;s settings so that it&rsquo;s hooked up to your main home Wi-Fi network and you&rsquo;re ready to go.</p> <p>As well as &ldquo;casting&rdquo; iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix and Google Play videos, you can also use Chromecast to beam tabs from the Chrome browser (desktop version only) onto your TV screen. To do so, you&rsquo;ll need to install an extension in Chrome. Again, very easy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compatible devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromecast has no dedicated remote so relies entirely on you having a companion device for control. You&#39;ll need something running at least Android 2.3, iOS 6, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.7 or Chrome OS - the only officially supported Chromebook is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromebook-pixel/review">Pixel</a>.</p> <p>Left out in the cold are Windows Phone devices, BlackBerry devices and Kindle Fire tablets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video casting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To cast video to your TV you simply tap the icon that appears in both the mobile app and desktop versions of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube. After a few seconds, the video will begin playing on your TV, in quality up to 1080p if its available. 5.1-channel surround sound is also supported (with no dedicated audio output on the Chromecast itself, you&rsquo;ll have to connect your TV&rsquo;s audio output, if it has one, to an external speaker setup).</p> <p>Video quality depends on the source material to a large degree. Old, low-res YouTube videos look decidedly ropey on the big screen, while newer HD clips and Netflix material fares much better. In fact, with up to Full HD Netflix and 720p or 1080p YouTube videos, the crisp detail and colour reproduction is on a par with HD broadcast services such as Sky HD, or even better if you&#39;ve got an internet connection that&#39;s compatible with <a href="https://signup.netflix.com/superhd" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s Super HD</a> streams, with which Chromecast is compatible.</p> <p>You control playback and volume using the device from which you&rsquo;re casting. There&rsquo;s a momentary delay from the time you press the button, but it&rsquo;s not long enough to become an annoyance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-netflix-phone-remote.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-netflix-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-youtube-cast-button.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-youtube-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The truth about casting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One thing to note: despite the phrasing, video isn&rsquo;t actually travelling from your laptop, phone or tablet to the Chromecast. The dongle is streaming it direct from the web &ndash; the casting device simply kicks off and controls that process, so even if you&rsquo;re watching downloaded Google Play movies, you&rsquo;ll still need a working broadband connection to use the Chromecast.</p> <p>This needs to change if Chromecast is adapted for playing games in the future - if controls have to be sent from your casting device to the great wide internet before heading back to the Chromecast it&#39;s likely to cause car-crashing, shot-missing delays. Perhaps Google has no gaming plans for Chromecast, but that would be a shame given that Amazon&#39;s rumoured to be working on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-set-top-box-tiny-chromecast-and-offering-game-streaming/news">gaming-ready dongle</a> and the fact that Apple TV supports just such a feature via Airplay.</p> <p>Back to the here and now and we found that video streamed in HD very smoothly on our fairly &quot;normal&quot; 16Mbps broadband connection, but those still making do with just a couple of megs should expect Netflix&#39;s adaptive streams to deliver softer, lower-res videos, while ambitiously selecting 1080p from YouTube will necessitate a fair bit of buffering if you want an uninterrupted video.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: BBC iPlayer is Ready To Cast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google knows the way to British hearts. Casting BBC iPlayer is now just as simple as doing so with Netflix and YouTube. With smartphones and tablets on your home network, it&#39;s just a case of making sure the iPlayer app is up to date before hitting the new in-app Cast button.</p> <p>BBC iPlayer on desktop hasn&#39;t been treated to a Cast button just yet, but if you&#39;re happy to settle for lower quality streams, you can as ever cast a tab from Chrome. Stick to Casting from mobile devices and streams max out at 720p, which makes for a perfectly crisp picture - as with Netflix, iPlayer automatically adjusts the quality depending on the connection but as long as you&#39;ve got fairly solid broadband you should be up to 720p very shortly after starting the stream.</p> <p>As with any Chromecast-friendly app, you can still navigate around your smartphone or tablet as <em>The Great British Sewing Bee</em> is playing on your TV screen.</p> <p>There&#39;s no support for BBC Radio or BBC Sport just yet, but we&#39;re sure both are just a matter of time. Somewhat surprisingly you can even cast live BBC TV - we&#39;d recommend you check your TV license is in order if you&#39;re going to make use of that feature.</p> <p>And it&#39;s good news for those eager streamers who imported a Chromecast from the US - the BBC iPlayer app works fine with those, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC iPlayer on Chromecast " alt="BBC iPlayer on Chromecast " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-top-gear.JPG?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Cast button in BBC iPlayer app " alt="Cast button in BBC iPlayer app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc.JPG?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: New Chromecast apps are niche or not ready </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone who picked up a Chromecast as a cheap way of getting Netflix on the telly probably adores it. But that won&#39;t stop &#39;Casters getting excited at the prospect of ten - yes ten! - new apps. There&#39;s no update to the Chromecast itself, just download the compatible apps and look for the Chromecast symbol at the top. Just keep your expectation in check - these are not the apps you&#39;re looking for.</p> <p>In the first batch of Google dongle-friendly apps comes Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud, all hell bent on becoming your go-to media server and cloud storage buddy. But RealPlayer Cloud, for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and desktop, isn&#39;t available outside the US yet (we pre-registered for updates here in the UK) and the popular but sometimes messy Plex requires a US$3.99 per month PlexPass.</p> <p>That&#39;s not a huge amount but considering the Chromecast itself is only &pound;30 and everything else is free (bar the Netflix sub), it seems unncessary. Plex is rolling out Chromecast compatibility to free users in the near future, but for now we&#39;d give <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.videon.android.mediaplayer&amp;hl=en">Avia Media Player</a> a go. It&#39;s far from perfect itself and enabling Chromecast compatibility requires a one-off payment of &pound;1.86 (US$2.99), but it does the job.</p> <p>If you can forgive connection and buffering stutters, you can now play your own local videos plus media dragged in from Dropbox, Facebook and Picasa. Videos have a video reel icon rather than a thumbnail, which is very annoying if you shoot a lot of untitled smartphone footage, but making playlists is easy and it&#39;ll do until Google introduces a better integrated alternative.</p> <p>Still, there&#39;s nothing here to rival <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news">Roku&#39;s incoming &pound;50 Streaming Stick</a>, which promises easy playback of locally stored videos on smartphones and tablets with the Roku app.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the new Chromecast apps are VEVO for ad-laden music videos, Red Bull TV for skateboarding and motorsports, PostTV for news footage from The Washington Post and the confusing but useful BeyondPod Podcast Manager for blasting out Brian Cox in audio-only form. There&#39;s also the international video app Viki for fans of Korean or Venezuelan TV, and playlist app Songza, which had dropped off the Google Play store at the time of writing but will probably be back on soon.</p> <p>So the best Chromecast apps are still the ones that have been there all along - Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies. Here&#39;s hoping this is the first wave in Google&#39;s long game to catch up to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature">&pound;99 Apple TV</a>, which still has the upper hand in terms of simple AirPlay mirroring as well as extra apps such as Sky News and Vimeo.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Chromecast apps - Avia Media Player (left) and Red Bull. TV (right) " alt="New Chromecast apps - Avia Media Player (left) and Red Bull. TV (right) " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-apps-avia-red-bull.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="New Chromecast app BeyondPod for playing podcasts through the TV " alt="New Chromecast app BeyondPod for playing podcasts through the TV " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-chromecast-apps-beyondpod.png?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Casting web pages </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromecast&rsquo;s other ability is tab-casting from computers running the Chrome web browser: just click on the cast icon and whatever tab you&rsquo;re currently on will appear on your TV screen. This feature is still in beta, and it&rsquo;s not nearly as rock-solid as video casting. You can&rsquo;t see an on-screen pointer, so there&rsquo;s no way to use your TV as a proper monitor, and while embedded videos (from Vimeo, say) work, they do so with stuttering playback and choppy sound.</p> <p>As a little bonus feature, it&rsquo;s fine, but it really needs to be viewed as such, at least until Google can perfect it and bring it out of beta. We&#39;re hoping that happens sooner rather than later, as it could open up almost all of the streaming services on the web and make Chromecast a far more flexible video-on-demand device.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-browser-cast-button.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-browser-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Chromecast is cheap, easy to use and works well for Netflix, YouTube and now BBC iPlayer, but it&rsquo;s not really bringing anything truly essential to the video streaming table just yet. If you have an Apple TV, PS3, Xbox 360, smart TV or smart set-top box, chances are the Chromecast just isn&rsquo;t necessary, because these are all able to get YouTube, Netflix and more onto your telly already (and they don&rsquo;t require a companion device to do so).</p> <p>The addition of more essential apps (rather than filler we&#39;ve never heard of) and a more robust web-casting experience could make Chromecast a far more appealing prospect for tech-heads in the future, though. Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud fill a gap but we hope Google is working on its own AirPlay-rivalling solution for mirroring locally stored videos and photos. If not, there&#39;s always the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news">&pound;50 Roku Streaming Stick</a>, which lands in Blighty in May.</p> <p>But if you&#39;re on a budget and want to re-awesomise your dumb TV or you&#39;re just fed up of squinting at videos on your laptop then this dongle is still your cheapest route to Netflix nirvana.</p> <p>Original review by <a href="https://twitter.com/samkieldsen" target="_blank">Sam Kieldsen</a>, additional words and testing by <a href="https://twitter.com/sophiecharara" target="_blank">Sophie Charara</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-front.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tiny and costing a pittance, Chromecast does exactly what it claims to &ndash; just make sure you actually need one before you buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UK Chromecast tested </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s ace smart TV dongle, now with iPlayer </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chromecast Connected home Google iPlayer Netflix Streaming YouTube Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:26:39 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425542 at http://www.stuff.tv Google working on "high-performance" 8.9in Nexus 9 tablet http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-working-high-performance-89in-nexus-9-tablet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Nexus 10 is too big, the Nexus 7 is too small, but this Nexus 9 is just right, said Goldilocks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7" alt="Google Nexus 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google-Nexus.jpg?1395366369" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a> too tiny for you? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-10/review" target="_blank">Nexus 10</a> a little too big?&nbsp;You&#39;re in luck; Google is looking to create an 8.9in Nexus 9 tablet.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-working-high-performance-89in-nexus-9-tablet/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-working-high-performance-89in-nexus-9-tablet/news#comments Google Nexus 9 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:59:09 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434039 at http://www.stuff.tv