NVIDIA dropped quite a surprise on the Android community just a few minutes ago. Code named Project
Thor Shield, NVIDIA has designed their very own gaming/Android device. This hybrid mobile device looks like a gaming controller on steroids and is surprisingly running pure Android. That’s right, PURE Android!
I’d like to take this time to give new Android users some very sage advice: “choose your Google account wisely!” Creating a Google account is one of the very first steps you’ll take as a new Android user, and believe it or not, it’s the most important. Most of us are so excited when we get our first Android device that we don’t give much thought to our Google account username, but I’m going to tell you why you should think long and hard before typing in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google has confirmed a number of manufacturers who will be showcasing Google TV products in the upcoming weeks at CES, however, it’s the ASUS Qube I’m most excited about seeing. I’ve been hoping for an affordable Google TV solution to hit the market for quite some time and yes, I’m aware there are already a few affordable options (I currently own a Vizio Co-Star). However, none of those options have worked quite as well as I had hoped and if there’s one company that can get it right, it’s ASUS.
Every month, Google gives us look at the various Android platform versions accessing the Play store. This kind of information is crucial to developers looking to ensure support where support is needed and also gives us an idea of how fast devices are or aren’t being updated. Surprisingly, every month, good old Cupcake shows up with a proud 0.1% distribution, reminding us that Cupcakes never say die. However, I am sad to report, for the first time ever — Cupcake is missing.
The AOKP team welcomed the new year with a bit of a surprise for ROMers. After making a tough decision to start over, the team has gone ahead and built their 4.2.1 ROM from the ground up and releasing it as JB-MR1 Build 1. Most features have been forward-ported to the new build, however, there’s still a bit missing and currently features limited support.
Speaking of the Nexus 4, it looks like T-Mobile will begin carrying this elusive beast in all their retail stores starting this month. If you still haven’t managed to score a Nexus 4 from Google Play and don’t mind paying an extra $150, you might want to consider walking into your local T-Mobile store to see when they’ll have them in stock.
The Nexus 4 didn’t exactly have the smoothest launch and was riddled by server crashes, fluctuating stock, and just plain miscommunication. Despite all of these mishaps, the sales of this pure Google device continued to soar. Well, at least that’s what we were led to believe by the perpetual “Sold Out” notification and ever slipping shipping dates.
We’ve all come to love the adorable little green robot known as bugdroid, but did you know the first proposed mascot more resembled the love child of Rosie the Robot Maid and the Robot from Lost in space? That’s right! Long time Android engineer Dan Morrill was doing some, erm.. winter cleaning, and came across a few relics that could have changed the entire course of Android’s history.