Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 has been announced by Google. We dont know any detail yet but I hope this means a new nexus phone by the end of the year that works on LTE and is NON Contract:) I also hope this means my galaxy nexus finally gets update 4.3…

Android 4.4 KitKat

Droid Moto X

Well the moto x has been announced. My thoughts: total let down. The actual specs were not really surprising as they had been released. Its a mid level phone. I still do not understand that but yes its a mid level phone. The thing I do not understand is the price. Its 199 with a 2 year contract. What is the point of that? There are better phones for the same price already out. The draw of this phone would have been $199 off contract. Anyway, I will not be picking this phone up. I still believe my galaxy nexus is the best phone that you can have for verizon. Maybe the next nexus will be good?

moto x

Firefox Mobile OS

This is something I am quite excited for as its made using HTML5. Firefox OS has an opportunity to really show how awesome FF is. Now, what I would really like to see is firefox to make a PC OS. From Mozilla “Firefox OS is an open source mobile operating system which uses Linux and Mozilla’s Gecko engine to run a user interface and set of applications written entirely in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.” What does this mean? You will be able to build Apps for firefox using HTML5, no more Xcode or Eclipse. Now sure you can build HTML5 apps for apple and google by exporting them via phonegap to xcode/eclipse however this OS is designed for HTML5. Very exciting.

Link to firefox os

Information for developers

Simulator where you can build and test your apps for firefox OS

An article discussing some of the advantages and disadvantages of firefox mobile (although more towards the negative side)

First firefox phones sell out

Android 4.2.2 out now!

Looks like the latest Android update is hitting Nexus based phones today! I got mine this morning. For those android users without nexus phones – sorry, thats what you get for buying phones with bloatware:)

Here is what the update does:

  • Fixed Bluetooth audio streaming bugs
  • Long-pressing the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons in Quick Settings now toggles the on/off state
  • New download notifications, which now shows the percentage and estimated time remaining for active app downloads
  • New sounds for wireless charging and low battery
  • New Gallery app animation allows faster loading
  • USB debug whitelist
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Read about all the updates here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history

Rumor: Motorola X phone said to be a game changer

The phone many have been waiting for (me since I purchased my galaxy nexus). This is the rumored phone that is said to change everything and set the bar for the next generation of phones.

Here is some of the article: “But then once Motorola either trolled us all or slipped up completely by listing a job opportunity for a director of product management for the X Phone team, we haven’t heard much. Well, until now, thanks to a rumor out of Australian electronics site, SmartHouse. 

According to sources of theirs, who claim to have spoken with Telstra CTO Hugh Bradlow on the matter, the X Phone will be a “game changer.” It’s supposed to be a “real breakthrough” that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple, something no one in the smartphone industry has done in a couple of years.”

The phone is rumored to be announced in May and released in July but usually those rumors are off so I wouldnt hold my breath on those dates..especially if you are waiting for carriers to get it.

Full article

google x phone

Pete & C 2013!

Here is my presentation (well poster) for Pete & C 2013. This year it is on developing apps for the K-16 classroom. I start by discussing the most difficult ways then get into how to do it using simple and free methods

petec2013

Australian university to issue 11,000 iPads next year

Some excerpts from the article:

“The University of Western Sydney said in a statement that it plans to distribute 11,000 iPads next year to every new student and member of the faculty “to support learning and teaching innovations across the curriculum and in informal learning environments.””

“The iPad initiative is part of a curriculum overhaul at UWS that will stress “flexible study options” and “a blended learning model,” The Australian reports. Traditional lectures will be augmented by a more interactive learning approach, Krause said.

“Mobile technologies will be a key part of this strategy,” she said. “We want to support our academic staff to make the most of iPads and custom-designed apps in class so that, even in the largest lecture theater, students have access to just-for-me, just-in-time interactive learning experiences.””

My thoughts:

While I am personally more inclined to use laptops over tablets because they do so much more, I think things like this can be very beneficial if implemented correctly – and that is the key. If they just buy professors and students a bunch of iPads, I would not expect much good to come out of them…at least not a large % anyway. Now if they train the professors and students how to use them, provide good resources, and support, then it could be an awesome initiative.