Google IO 2014 highlights – Guest Author: @NaimC93


Guest post written by Naim Cassambai:


Google IO is an annual developer conference held by Google. The latest conference, IO 2014, was

held in San Francisco on June 25-26 and featured many new exciting announcements such as

Android L, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV and also gave us release dates for, the

highly anticipated pieces of hardware, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. While it has been just

over a month since Google IO, not everyone knows about these new announcements. I’m going to

summarise them in a simple way and tell you the important stuff you need to know. Continue reading


Lenovo buys Motorola from Google

_72612158_187865311Yeah, I can’t believe it too.

It was sold for approximately £1.8bn which isn’t that much considering how much Google spent all them years ago.

Quite shocking for the technology ans smartphone industry but I can’t wait to see what this takeover means for all three companies. Continue reading

Android Legacy #3 – Still undercooked – Android 1.6 Donut

android-donutRight in the midst of September 2009, another update for android was released. We saw many new phones being built and started running this version of android. Although, there were no major-spec phones released, there were a good few touch screen phones that were dummies and guinea pigs for android.

Fame was definitely rising and Google started seeming a little more than committed to bringing the Android experience to more devices.

Some of the changes seemed like artificial, cosmetic changes… But these changes are just as important as any in the long run… Continue reading

Android Legacy #2 – How sweet of you – Android 1.5 Cupcake

android-cupcakeAndroid 1.5 Cupcake

Android 1.5 Cupcake was released at the end of April in 2009. Technological advances hadn’t quite peaked, but Android was catching up.

Quite a few touch screen phones were on the market now with the popularity of them rising… Slowly, but surely.

It was still very limited as software is concerned… But further updates were on the way. You could say that cupcake really started it all. We all have to start somewhere, right? Continue reading

Android Legacy #1 – I have a Dream… Android 1.0/1.1

tmobile-htc-g1-dreamSay hello to the latest project on EssWhyTech! – It’s called Android Legacy and I will give you guys a brief insight as to how the glorious platform known to man simply as “Android” came about, its legacy till this day and how it has evolved over time.

The first commercial release of Android was back in late September 2008. Version 1.0 was released on the HTC Dream (AKA the T-Mobile G1) being the first phone to support this operating software.

This was a bold move by HTC, to go with a practically unknown OS. Looking at it now, we know how successful Google have made it. But back then, it was all potential, innovation and ideas that had not yet made their way out the technological shell.

So the project didn’t reeeeally catch on as such in terms of popularity or with the press. But those that saw the potential… Saw it… Continue reading

Is Android really as open source as we think? – Guest Author: @NaimC93

ff_android_fGuest post written by Naim Cassambai:

This is a question that has been asked a lot recently. Is Android as open as source as we think? How has it changed from AOSP? I will use the Nexus 5 as an example.

If you have seen my Nexus 5 review, then you know how much I praise this phone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing phone. However, I’ve mainly discussed the hardware. What about software?

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released 2 years ago and since then, we’ve only seen incremental upgrades i.e. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and now 4.4. What has really changed besides back-end performance enhancements and themes?
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Quick update: Samsung GS3 Android 4.3 JB now rolling out

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Just thought I’d give you guys a quick update… (Yes, I know that’s a Nexus 4 picture, but do you blame me?)

JellyBean 4.3 has started rolling out for the Galaxy S3 (& Note 2 I think) Continue reading