Google’s new line on Nexus devices
Google just released their latest line of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet and a surprise media box called the Nexus Player which is running the Android TV platform that was released back in June. The Android TV is a version of Android made to be used on TVs.
First Android One phones
Today, Google released the first smartphones of it’s Android One program. The Android One program works so that Google designs a certain minimum spec sheet for a phone and the manufacturers will just produce them. Because the hardware is specified by Google, they can (and do) promise the phone’s will get the latest Android updates for 2 years after the release of the phone. The phones released today are from Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, and they have 4.5-inch screens, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processors, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel back and 2-megapixel front cameras, dual SIM-card slots, microSD expandable storage and FM radios. Haven’t seen those in a while!
The Apple Watch has a square screen, comes in two sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm and in three different collections, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. They say they’ve essentially shrunk a computer on a one tiny chip. The watch has Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluethooth connectivity and also GPS, accelerometer and a heart rate sensor to track your daily activity. You can watch the data it collects on your iPhone via the companion Fitness app. You navigate through the watch UI using the new Digital Crown and the touch screen. Apple calls the touch screen a “Retina display” as usual (It basically just means that the screen has a high enough resolution that you can’t see the individual pixels from a normal viewing distance) and the screen can sense how much pressure you use when you touch it.
What Apple’s smartwatch came to be was bit of a surprise to me.