I really have to keep this blog writing going. In order to make up for lost time, I bring you another blog post. Today is just a collection of interesting things I read about this morning.
First we start with some Android news. On October 11th, Samsung will be holding a press event, “Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011.” The theme for it is “Google Episode”, which leads people to believe that Samsung will be unveiling the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich and Nexus Prime. (Source)
Ice Cream Sandwich is Android’s next iteration. Whereas now Android has Honeycomb for tablets and Gingerbread for phones, this is going to combine the two and be a unified Android OS, which means it will be the same for tablets and phones. Google claims it is their “most ambitious release to date” and will include facial recognition features and do a lot to reduce fragmentation.
The Nexus Prime, like the Nexus One and the Nexus S before it, will be a Google Flagship phone. This means Google worked closely with Samsung on this phone and it will be the first released with the new OS. It also means the Nexus Prime will not have any Samsung UI overlay; it will be a pure Android phone. So I’m definitely interested to hear more about all this on October 11th.
On another Samsung / Ice Cream Sandwich note, some lucky shopper ordered Nexus S on EBay. However when it arrived, it turned out his new phone was already running Ice Cream Sandwich. He made a two minute video tour of the OS and posted it online. However, shortly after Engadget posted the video, the lucky shopper lost his luck because his Nexus S was remotely locked and wiped. For more information (and the two minute video tour), you can check out the Engadget post.
Now onto two more pieces of slightly less interesting cellphone news.
1) Disney launched two new Android phones (to join their first Android Offering). Granted they’re only being released (to my knowledge) in Japan. However, here’s the rundown of both phones. One of the phones is a 4-inch 3D capable phone with a 960 x 540 qHD touchscreen. It will also have an 8MP camera and a 1 GHz processor. The other phone will be a waterproof slider phone with a 3.4” touchscreen and an 854 x 480 resolution, but the identical processor and camera as the previous phone. Both phones will be running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and come decorated with Disney’s signature insignia. (Source)
2) Flickr unveiled their free Android app. The app allows users to take, filter and upload their pictures directly to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr right from their phone. It also has a bunch of camera functions like flash, ratio selection, shutter focus and ten high-quality filters. They also announced a new social feature called Photo Session which allows you to browse through images with your friends in real-time. From Flickr’s announcement, “Just create a Photo Session, invite your friends and browse photos together in real-time. When you move to the next photo it moves for everyone else too. While you’re all browsing, have fun chatting and drawing on your photos using the built-in tools.” Photo Session is also available on iPhone and iPad.
The last two items I have are movie related.
1) Sony has decided to stop paying movie theaters for 3D glasses starting in May 2012. This means the cost of the glasses will fall onto the theaters, which means it will fall onto the moviegoers. Studios have been covering the cost to help push 3D movies, but Sony’s decision could cause other studios to follow. Who knows how or if this will play out, but it looks like that’s the plan for the moment. If so, what happens then? Do movies go up in price? Will it be up to moviegoers to purchase and keep their 3D glasses? We’ll just have to wait and see. (Source)
2) In 2012, Star Trek: The Next Generation will follow the lead of the original series and be released on Blu-ray. First they will release The Next Level in honor of its 25th Anniversary. It is a single-disc containing the pilot Encounter at Farpoint and the episodes Sins of the Father and The Inner Light. Later in the year, they will release season one and then subsequent seasons after that. All 178 episodes will eventually be remastered and released in 1080p with 7.1 DTS Master Audio sound on Blu-ray. They are returning to the original film negatives and recreating the special effects to accomplish this. (Source)