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Google gets patent for advanced display settings based on battery life

This patent is a pretty cool one, because it’s finally something that’s at least a little bit different. It’s not just a patent for something that we’ve all seen, but rather Google has been granted a patent for advanced display settings based on battery life. And, “advanced” is the key word here, because we’re not just talking about brightness.

Google gets patent for advanced display settings based on battery life

According to the new patent granted for Google, there would be three different “operating modes” that would be implemented for OLED displays based on the batterylevel. On the first level, blur and animations would be disabled. On the second level, the resolution of the display would be lowered. On the third level, the display would only show black and red colors (the most power efficient colors for OLED displays).


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Google begins allowing all developers to respond to user comments and reviews on Google Play

Google is continuing to encourage the connection between developers and users and now the company behind Android has allowed developers to respond to user reviews on Google Play.

Google begins allowing all developers to respond to user comments and reviews on Google Play

“The feature originally rolled out to top developers, and we’re gradually expanding it to additional Google Play developers,” a Google spokesperson said.

The feature first launched for top developers in June 2012, and now all developers are getting the privilege to reply to users’ comments.
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Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

Android continues expanding its dominance of the smartphone market, Samsung keeps on increasing its lead as the biggest smartphone maker and Nokia slips catastrophically in Q3 2012. That is a quick summary of what happened in the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest numbers by Gartner.

The analytics company concludes that while overall phone sales dropped slightly, smartphone sales are growing rapidly rising by 46.9% in Q3 2012.

Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

Samsung cemented its position as the most prolific phone manufacturer selling nearly 98 million devices in the quarter.
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Apple ranked world’s most innovative company

After last year it won the title of the world’s most innovative company, this year Apple not only won, but actually widened its lead, according to Booz’s research for Global Innovation 1000 companies.

With $2.4 billion spent for research and development, Apple is far from being the company that spends most. Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia and Google all outspent the company from Cupertino. Yet, 70% of the respondents for the study preferred to name Apple as the one where innovation happens. In comparison, Google that ranked second for innovation got only 43% of the votes.
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Google’s October 29th media event in New York cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy


For those who are looking forward to Google’s media event set to take place Monday, we have bad news. Google has cancelled the media event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy, which is barreling its way to the East Coast as we speak. The company was set to make big announcements, including the LG Nexus 4, 10-inch Nexus tablet, and Android 4.2. There’s no word on when the event might be rescheduled, but we’ll let you know when we hear more. Coincidentally, Microsoft also has a media event planned for Monday, but it’s in San Francisco where the weather reports are calling for sunshine.

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Google’s Vic Gundotra is posting pics with the Nexus 10 tablet

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It’s not unusual to see top-level Googlers vacationing in some really cool places. It’s also not unusual to see them taking pictures with unannounced devices.

So here’s Google senior VP of engineering Vic Gundotra on a beach with a Samsung Nexus 10, as posted on Google+. It’s shot at 2048×1536 — or 3.1MP — resolution (which seems low and likely is a G+ resize, especially given that these pics look pretty darn good), and the camera type clearly says “Nexus 10.” (That can be manipulated, of course. But c’mon, would Uncle Vic really troll us?)

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Gmail 4.2 – Revamped Attachments, Better Navigation, And More!

If you haven’t heard, we’ve got an unreleased copy of Gmail 4.2. Yesterday we showed you the major new features: pinch zoom and swipe to archive/delete, and today we’ve made a few more discoveries we thought you’d like to know about.

As usual, the old (well, current) version is on the left and the new, unreleased version is on the right.

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Attachments have been totally revamped. For starters, attachments are now below your message, where they belong, instead of above, like in the current version. Here, in the right image, you can see the message text, but you’d have to scroll down to see it on the left. (Don’t worry about the missing Google Talk status. I broke mine. Guess how.)

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