Whipping the leads out of the back of the life support machine seems to be the norm nowadays when it comes to struggling smartphones. Following in the footsteps of Microsoft and the Kin, Google pulled the plug on the Nexus One.
Yesterday on the Google Official Blog, Max Ibel, Director of Engineering, announced several changes to Google products. Included was the news that Google is officially pulling the plug on the Google Listen app. Launched in August 2009, Google Listen was a way to access podcasts.
Earlier this week, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google’s Technical Lead on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), announced a new experiment he was starting up. Up to now, the AOSP has focused on Nexus class devices. As Queru explains, AOSP was setup so that in theory it would be possible to plug in files for additional hardware targets. Thus far though, the theory has not translated into practice.
I have created a 150x50 px image with Gimp. It shows the logo of my app and has a transparent background. I've saved it in .png format and used it in my app. The image is only 3kb small but my apk file grows from 2kb (without image) to 870 kb (with image).
Google has updated their Search app with a handful of new features, so you’ll likely start seeing a few new additions as you get the update. A majority of the new changes are in Google Now’s information cards, including extra information for Cricket teams, sports card improvements, and expandable information in cards relating to stock information.
Google has been trying to streamline their apps’ user interface to go along with the “cards” look we first saw in Google Now. Google Play Music and Play Books have already been updated over the past few days, and now Play Magazines follows with their new UI.