Over 500,000 Android devices activated every day:
Google Senior Vice President Andy Rubin revealed in a tweet that over 500,000 Android devices are now being activated daily, and the figure is growing by around 4.4% every day, up from 400,000 per day in May.
In addition, Android apps have now reached 4.5 billion downloads, and the rate has increased from the first billion in one year, to the most recent billion taking just 60 days.
Google misses Nortel patents with comedy bidding:
Google was among the bidders for over 6,000 patents currently held by Nortel, in an auction eventually won by a consortium featuring Apple, Microsoft, RIM and others, with a bid of $4.5 billion. But in a seemingly important auction process, the bids put in by Google raised eyebrows:
Longer battery life and better graphics?
If you’ve ever cursed the battery life of your smartphone when you’re connected to wifi, you’re not alone. When you attempt to download something, your device is often sat waiting for a turn on the wifi access point, and draining battery power while it waits. Now Duke University computer science graduate student Justin Manwelier has created software which effectively allows your phone to ‘take a nap’ until the download can start.
And you’ll have more incentive to download more apps and games when ARM releases a new Mali GPU chip design in 18 months which should equal current-generation games consoles like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
No iPhone cameras at concerts?
A patent application from Apple has revealed a new mobile camera system which would use infrared for a number of purposes, including as an automated tour guide or a retail clerk. But at the same time it could also automatically disable camera functions if you try and photograph or film a movie or concert. Part of the patent uses the musical setting as an example – alternatively a watermark could be applied to any images or video taken in a setting. It could also be used by businesses or governments to prevent sensitive documents or meetings ending up on the web.