TomTom has announced that its Android Navigation app has been released in Google Play for the Indian market. The app carries a price-tag of INR 2050 and will compete with the likes of Sygic Navigation (paid) and Google Maps Navigation (free).
Features of TomTom Navigation app:
– TomTom Offline Maps. Maps are stored on your smartphone – so you can plan a new route, get re-routed, or search for points of interest. Without needing data coverage.
– FREE Lifetime Maps. Always drive with the latest map and get to your destination faster. Download 4 or more full updates every year for the life of your app.
– IQ Routes. The fastest routes, the most accurate and reliable arrival times at all times of day.
– Landmark Navigation. Wherever you need to be, search for the nearest landmark and let TomTom show you the route.
– Mapcode support. The middle of nowhere no longer exists. Drive to any destination within meters using its mapcode. For more info see http://www.mapcode.com
– Advanced Lane Guidance. Gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions. Merge, exit and change lanes with confidence.
– Spoken Street Names. Helping you to keep your eyes on the road, spoken instructions now include street names, to make turnings even clearer.
– Multitasking support. Clear turn-by-turn guidance while on the phone.
– Seamless Integration. Integrates easily with your Android smartphone contacts.
– Landscape/portrait orientation option
– 2D/3D driving view
– Automatic day & night mode
– Clear voice instructions
– Automatic music fading
– Fast route recalculation
– Multi-stop routes
– See http://www.tomtom.com/navigation/android for full feature descriptions
According to a report by SamMobile that cites a Dutch report, a new device, SM-Z9005 has been spotted on the UAProf (User Agent Profile) string on the company’s mobile website. The alleged Tizen-based SM-Z9005 will reportedly come with a 720p HD display, however the screen size has not been revealed, yet. It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Krait cores but right now it is not clear if it will be a dual core or a quad core processor.
The report also points out that the Tizen smartphone, SM-Z9005 may come with specifications similar to the company’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S III. Moreover, the site expects the device to be unveiled sometime in October or November.
Samsung officially announced that it was integrating its Bada OS into Tizen, a few months back. After integration of its Bada OS into Tizen, Samsung has reportedly been working on the devices running the new OS.
Google has finally announced that it is starting a service called Android Device Manager, which will help Android owners in tracking their lost smartphones. While, Google Play is filled with similar offerings, having an official service makes more sense and it would be great if Google integrates it directly in the operating system with the next Android version.
According to a blog post on official Android Blog, Android Device Manager not only allows users to ring their smartphone at the maximum volume even if it is on the silent mode, it also lets them track it in real time on a map.
In addition to these two very important features, Android Device Manager will also allow consumers to wipe personal information and data if they fear that their information might fall in wrong hands.
Android Device Manager app as well as the web based service will be available later this month for devices running Android 2.2 or above.
Google is going pretty fast with Android 4.3. The company has revealed that the source code of the newly announced Android 4.3 will reach AOSP today and also the factory images and binaries for Nexus devices are now live in Google Developers portal.
“Google Airlines welcomes you on the ground in Android International Open Source Airport Project. The local time is exactly 4:30 pm. We will be taxiing for a few minutes to our gate JSS15J while ground support guides us to the public git server. We hope that you had a pleasant flight and we welcome you to Jelly Bean, or that you have a conflict-free rebase while connecting to your final version,” Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru wrote in Android Building Google Group.
While, the source code is primarily important for manufacturers and custom ROM developers, normal to advanced users can use the factory images to flash their Nexus devices like Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 to the latest Android version. It is important to note here is that flashing factory images wipes your user data, so make sure to make a backup.
Along with the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google has also unveiled Android 4.3 at today’s Breakfast with Sundar Pichai press event. The latest Android version, which is still called Jelly Bean, will be available for original Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus devices beginning today as an over-the-air (OTA) update. The Google Play Edition devices will be next to get the update.
Android 4.3 comes with a bunch of improvements but most of them are under-the-hood and a normal Android user is very less likely to notice them.
First of the improvements in Android 4.3 is the introduction of restricted profiles in multi-user support. So, on Android 4.3, parents can restrict part of the app or the actions you can perform in app to some users – like, no access to in-app purchases to children or limited access to options in a kiosk.
Among under-the-hood changes, Android 4.3 adds support for Bluetooth Smart Technology, OpenGL ES 3.0 for better graphics, new set of DRM APIs, dial-pad autocomplete and faster user-switching.
The new version also includes more languages support – Africaaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili and Zulu.
As you can see, Android 4.3 is mainly a maintenance release for Android and it is the Android 5.0 aka Key Lime Pie, which is going to bring major new features.
New Nexus 7 is going to be the first device to come with Android 4.3 pre-loaded. Other manufacturers already have or will soon get access to the Android 4.3 code, so news about Android 4.3 updates to existing devices will be coming in the upcoming weeks.