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If you were wondering just how long it would take the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 to get Android 4.3, we can now tell you: not long at all. Owners of both devices report that they’re receiving over-the-air updates to the new OS. There isn’t yet word of any GPE-specific additions, but we’ll let you know if there are surprises in store.
Though we’ve yet to hear from LG, the third of four of the biggest Android device manufacturers in the United States, Motorola, is about to come to the Google Play store amid its first big outing this week. This device is described as the relaunch of Motorola after the Google acquisition, released in the summer […]
Google has announced that it’s extending its Windows Phone sync support until December 31. Originally, Google was going to shut down support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol on January 30, but that was eventually pushed to July 31, and now, the search giant is pushing the date back yet again until the end of the
A lot of gadgets have passed through the halls of iFixit, getting their turn on the chopping block and having their internal guts dissected. Some of them have been extremely difficult to open up, while others are pretty easy. The Chromecast, on the other hand, is just a piece of nothing if you ask the iFixit folks. They didn’t even give it a repairability score.
Essentially, the Chromecast HDMI dongle is a motherboard with a heatsink, encased in a plastic shell. The shell is fairly easy to open, as it just takes a little bit of prying to get access to the innards. Overall, there just wasn’t much to teardown. After iFixit took off the plastic shell, that was pretty much it.
So why didn’t they give it a repairability score? Well, because there’s nothing to repair. If the device breaks you have to replace the whole thing, unless you’re really, really good with soldering tiny parts together. iFixit calls the Chromecast “a throwaway gadget” thanks to its very small price tag and the fact that you just can’t repair it.
However, that doesn’t mean that the iFixit team didn’t discover some “cool stuff” on the inside. The Chromecast uses an Azure Wave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, FM combo module IC, along with a Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC, similar to the Marvell DE3005. It also has 4GB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM.
In the end, iFixit calls the Chromecast “essentially a luxury item with a limited use.” It’s certainly nothing special, and if anything, it’s mostly the price that has folks raging about it. Then again, for $ 35, it’s a pretty awesome device that can do a lot of neat things, and with the SDK out and about, we can only see the device getting better from here on out.
(Credit: CBS Television Studios / Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)
Google continues its efforts to bring us the world of “Star Trek” and life on the U.S.S. Enterprise four centuries ahead of schedule — minus the really hard stuff like the warp drive. The company’s latest effort along these lines, according to Android product guru Hugo Barra, is a real-time universal translator.
Barra told the U.K. Times that “several years” from now, he envisions devices (likely Android phones or something similar) that allow people to travel around the globe without having to be concerned about language barriers. Barra also spoke of the ability for calls to be translated from one language to another in real time, so that a person on one end of the call might speak in English, and that speech would then be instantly translated into Portuguese for the person listening on the other end in Sao Paulo.
In fact, English and Portuguese was one language pairing that Barra specifically cited as already providing “near perfect” translations on Google’s prototype devices. Translation from Mandarin to the recently extinc… [Read more]