There are 4 new consumer products include new version of Android and new Nexus devices been announced from Google I/O 2012 event, as below:
New Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean, Builds on top of Ice Cream Sandwich with smoother, faster and snappier response. It will start rolling out over-the-air updates to Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S on Mid-July. Click here for “Jelly Bean 4.1 walkthrough” video done by Aaron Baker from Phonedog.
ii) Google Now
Smart personal search assistant which is actually big update on Google existing search and voice search to compete with Apple’s Siri. Google Now uses information-filled “cards” to response as search result instead of browser based result. Click here for the comparison between Siri and Google from TechnoBuffalo.
iii) Nexus 7
Asus build table that comes with 7-inch 1280×800 HD display, 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jellybean, Check out spec details here. Nexus 7 will cost $199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB, start shipping Mid-July. Click here for “Google Nexus 7 Unboxing” video, done by Aaron Baker from Phonedog.
iv) Nexus Q
A wireless media (music and video) streaming device that connect to speakers and TV. Nexus Q control by using Android phone or tablet. “It’s the first-ever social streaming device—like a cloud-connected jukebox where everyone brings their own music to the party. Available first in the U.S., you can preorder Nexus Q today from Google Play for $299, and it will ship mid-July.” (Source: Android Official Blog)
Endomondo celebrating their milestone of 10 Million users by offering the PRO version for $1 until July 1, 012, which normally price at $3.99. Although Endomondo still lacking of audio feedback options (ex: speed feedback, distance cues, current speed feedback and a creepy audio coach) compare to Nike+ and Runkeeper. But i believe they will included those features in future updates, $1 is really a stealing price. Pro features as below:
For Malaysian user, go to Google Play Store: Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO. Purchase it using your Visa card by simply key-in your card numbers and personal details.
Endomondo Sports Tracker sites:
I was cordially being invited to taste this set of luxurious meal at the New Majestic Hotel.
Here is my verdict. This is my tastes without even knowing what the menu serves.
Disclaimer: Taste is a very personal experience. What tingles my tongue does not necessary tingles yours. :p
Choice of the night is one of Cheg Yong’s signature.
When it’s served…
Sliced Peking Duck with Pan Seared Foie Gras and Banana topped with Black Caviar
I am not sure if the sliced peking duck skin should come with a little meat as it feels empty. So I wrapped the foie gras together. The foie gras pan seared nicely with a very fragrant outer layer and the inside is very soft. The banana is coated with a layer of torched sugar which is crispy. The caviar should be eaten with foie gras than banana but it’s layed on top of the banana.
Double-boiled Sea Treasures Soup with Superior Shark’s Fin and Black Truffle
This is very good! The soup’s taste is “enough fire” 够火候 as Chinese says it. There are many treasures which some of them are chicken and mushroom. I’m not a fan of black truffle as it’s bitter.
Baked Fillet of Fish with Sauteed Egg White Crabmeat Sauce
This fish is nice which outer layer rather fragrant with sauce but it’s only nice when it’s eaten alone. If you eat the egg white with the fish, you will not be able to taste the fish’s fragrant. The egg white’s taste is so strong that even you can’t taste the crabmeat sauce. I prefer to have only the fish and some “special” or fragrant sauce.
Braised South African Dried Abalone with Beancurd and Garden Greens in Ancient style (25 head)
When this plate is served, I was expecting to smell the fragrant sauce but instead I smell green more. The brocolli’s smell is stronger than the sauce? I had to have the brocolli first then after I could smell the nice sauce fragrant. Abalone is nice but I think it’s just a little soft. Should it be a little Q? The beancurd is fragrance, especially the outer layer which I like!
Stewed Boston Lobster Noodles with Ginger and Spring Onion
The lobster is fresh and Q which is nice. It’s good enough with just a little of the noodle sauce. It’s advisable to eat the lobster with the noodle. As I don’t eat ginger and spring onion, the noodle becomes very plain towards tasteless. I was expecting some “dried egg noodle” taste but it’s not there. I think I would enjoy more with just the lobster.
They have a list for choice of desserts, mainly on pudding, puree and hot dessert. So we had DURIAN!
It’s fried durian ice cream. The outer flour is crispy but does not taste oily which is good but the durian ice cream’s taste is not very strong for a durian lover.
“Mao Shan Wang” Durian
Real durian served with a long biscuit. Is it the durian season? The durian did not taste fresh enough but the taste is definitely stronger than the durian ice cream. It’s new to eat with the biscuit. Not bad~~
Official wallpapers on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are now available for download, thanks to kovdev . Just download the .apk file, install it and apply the wallpaper from Android wallpapers setting. Tested on Xperia Arc and HTC One X, both works well.
Download Link: JellyBeanWalls.apk
For rooted device, Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean boot animation (bootanimation.zip) is available to install too. Kindly refer here for more details as it might not work well for devices other than Galaxy Nexus.
Android Authority “Android Jelly Bean Goodies: Boot Animation and Wallpapers“
Google I/O is happening on 28th June 00:30 at Moscone Center, San Francisco. A famous tech annual Google event that sold out its tickets on the same release day. Received an email from Google Malaysia, part of the quote as below:
All About Google I/O 2012
Happening 27-29 June 2012 @ The Moscone Center San Francisco
Google I/O is the annual Google event that brings together thousands of developers for three days of deep technical content focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and social breakthroughs.
For 2012, the message that we want to send out to our users is that Google is building products that magically work together so you can spend your time on things you love rather than on technology.
We’re making it easy for you to follow all of the Google I/O 2012 keynotes and developer sessions via live streaming from this link: https://developers.google.com/events/io/io-live.
The following are the important keynotes and their approximate Malaysian times:
Day 1 Keynote – Android and Google+
- Hugo Barra (Android) and Vic Gundotra (G+)
- From 0930 PST on 27 June 2012 or 0030 MY time on 28 June 2012
Day 2 Keynote – Chrome, Apps and Cloud
- Sundar Pichai (Chrome/Apps) with Urs Hölzle (Cloud)
- From 1000 PST on 28 June 2012 or 0100 MY time on 29 June 2012
At Google I/O 2012, you can expect announcements related to:
Android consumer devices, The Android OS, Chrome, Google+, and Cloud services.
For the full schedule, visit: https://developers.google.com/events/io/
To follow on social media, the conference hashtag is #io12
On Android, you can download the Google I/O 2012 official app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.iosched
Friend of mine shared this news to me since i’m using HTC One X. If you doesn’t know what is Smart Stay yet, it is one of the Samsung Galaxy S3 feature utilizes the front facing camera to detect user’s eye, where the display won’t be shut off when user is looking at the screen.
Tested on HTC One X since morning, it still working good. Battery seems normal and no bugs detected yet. To try on the beta, just download the .apk file, install, launch it and activate Smart Stay Beta to “ON“. As images below:
XDA Senior Member elnoxvie is running beta tests for a similar app. While posted in the Galaxy S II forums, there are reports of it working on other devices such as the HTC One X, as of the most recent update.
The app is easy enough to install. Simply download the beta and install it. From there, the app works nearly identically to the original. The app runs in the background—reportedly with very few resources needed—and the front facing camera monitors whether you’re looking at it. Then it deals with the screen accordingly.
The beta is only open til the 29th, when lite and premium versions will be released on the Google Play Store. Despite the list of known working devices being mainly newer, high spec’d devices, this application should work on nearly every phone with a front facing camera.
Visit XDA original thread for more info: “Need Beta Tester for Smart Stay App“