Castle Game Engine 6.2 released

June 20, 2017 in Android by Adrian Marius

We’re proud to announce the release of Castle Game Engine 6.2!

Download it from our main page.

Huawei, Google supercharge Android with new Raspberry Pi-like board

May 5, 2017 in Android, Hardware by Adrian Marius

Prepare to run Android at blazing fast speeds on a new Raspberry Pi-like computer developed by Huawei.

Huawei’s HiKey 960 computer board is priced at US$239 but has some of the latest CPU and GPU technologies. Google, ARM, Huawei, Archermind, and LeMaker all played roles in developing the board.

The HiKey 960 is meant to be a go-to PC for Android or a tool to develop software and drivers for the OS. The board development was backed by Linaro, an organization that develops software packages for the Android OS and  ARM architecture.

 

Running Android Things on the AIY Voice Kit

May 5, 2017 in Android, Raspberry PI by Adrian Marius

A major benefit of using Android Things is the ability to prototype connected devices and quickly scale to full commercial products. To further that goal, the Android Things team is partnering with AIY Projects, a new initiative to bring do-it-yourself artificial intelligence to makers. Today, the AIY Projects team launched their first open source reference project: a Raspberry Pi-based Voice Kit with instructions to build a Voice User Interface (VUI) that can use cloud services (like the new Google Assistant SDK or Cloud Speech API) or run completely on-device with TensorFlow. We are releasing a special Android Things Developer Preview 3.1 build for Raspberry Pi 3 to support the Voice Kit. Developers can run Android Things on the Voice Kit with full functionality, including integration with the Google Assistant SDK. To get started, visit the AIY website, download the latest Android Things Developer Preview, and follow the instructions.

The Voice Kit ships out to all MagPi Magazine subscribers on May 4, 2017, and the parts list, assembly instructions, source code, as well as suggested extensions are available on AIY Projects website. The complete kit is also for sale at over 500 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, as well as UK retailers WH Smith, Tesco, Sainsburys, and Asda.

We are excited to see what you build with the Voice Kit on Android Things. We also encourage you to join Google’s IoT Developers Community and Google Assistant SDK Developers on Google+, a great resource to keep up to date and discuss ideas with other developers.

 

 

The Android-x86 6.0-r3 released (the third stable release of marshmallow-x86).

April 25, 2017 in Android, News by Adrian Marius

Android-x86 6.0-r3 (Marshmallow-x86) (2017/04/24)

The Android-x86 project is happy to announce the 6.0-r3 release to public. This is the third stable release of Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The updates since 6.0-r2 include:

  • CD/DVD auto-mount.
  • Fix VMware broken since 6.0-r2.
  • A qemu-android script to launch Android-x86 in QEMU. (only available in RPM installation)
  • Update to latest Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r79).
  • Update kernel to 4.4.62 with more patches from AOSP.
  • Update Mesa to 17.0.4.
  • More updates from upstream projects (libdrm, ntfs-3g, exfat, bluez).

Asus Tinker Board Android 6.0.1 First Look And Benchmarks

April 25, 2017 in Android, Hardware by Adrian Marius

Asus has now made available their first release of the Android operating system on the Asus Tinker Board. Asus has labelled the release as TinkerOS_Android V13.11.0.2 (Beta version). It’s a release of Android 6.0.1 running on kernel 3.10.0.

 

In this video ETA Prime takes a quick look at the newest android build for the Asus tinker Board and also runs a few benchmarks.

 

Episode 64: Gradleweiss

April 18, 2017 in Android by Adrian Marius

In this episode, Chet and Tor talk with Xavier Ducrohet and Jerome Dochez from the Android Studio team. We talk about gradle, gradle, and gradle. And then some more about gradle, rounding out the discussion with a chat about gradle before ending on a brief discourse on gradle.

Subscribe to the podcast feed or download the audio file directly.



Links

Chetgoogle.com/+ChetHaase@chethaase
Tor: google.com/+TorNorbye@tornorbye

Firebird 3 version for Android

April 12, 2017 in Android by Adrian Marius

Finally the Firebird 3 version for Android was made available for download in the official site. Please note that since this version wasn’t widely tested, you must consider it as experimental.

If you find any problems, please report it to the developers mailing list.

Android things and Raspberry pi3

March 1, 2017 in Android, Devices, Hardware, Raspberry PI by Adrian Marius

For information on how to get started with Android Things and Rainbow HAT visit the official developer site for Android Things.

To put the latest Android Things image on your SD card, see the instructions here: https://developer.android.com/things/hardware/raspberrypi.html.

 

Rainbow HAT has a buffet of sensors, inputs and displays to explore Android ThingsTM. Use it as a weather station, a clock, a timer or stopwatch, a mood light, or endless other things.

We’ve worked with the Android Things team at Google to create this great add-on board that features displays, sensors, sound, and lots of LEDs! It’s the perfect introduction to developing Android Things applications on the Raspberry Pi.

Rainbow HAT also has a full Python API for use on Raspbian just like all of our other HATs that you know and love!

Rainbow HAT features:

  • Seven APA102 multicolour LEDs
  • Four 14-segment alphanumeric displays (green LEDs)
  • HT16K33 display driver chip
  • Three capacitive touch buttons
  • Atmel QT1070 capacitive touch driver chip
  • Blue, green and red LEDs
  • BMP280 temperature and pressure sensor
  • Piezo buzzer
  • Breakout pins for servo, I2C, SPI, and UART (all 3v3)

The board is designed specifically to show off the wide range of protocols available on the Raspberry Pi, including SPI (the APA102 LEDs), I2C (the BMP280 sensor and 14-segment displays), GPIO (the capacitive touch buttons and LEDs), and PWM (the piezo buzzer).

Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit for Android ThingsTM contains:

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Rainbow HAT
  • Pibow Coupé for Android Things
  • 2.5A official Raspberry Pi worldwide power supply
  • 8GB microSD card

Google Play is launching on Chromebooks

August 11, 2016 in Android by Adrian Marius

At Google I/O 2016, Google announced that Google Play would be launching on Chromebooks. As an Android developer, your apps will soon be compatible with Chromebooks. Here’s how you can improve the Chromebook experience for your Android apps:

Supercharging Android Apps With TensorFlow

May 28, 2016 in Android, Java by Adrian Marius

android-logoIn November 2015, Google announced and open sourced TensorFlow, its latest and greatest machine learning library. This is a big deal for three reasons:

  1. Machine Learning expertise: Google is a dominant force in machine learning. Its prominence in search owes a lot to the strides it achieved in machine learning.
  2. Scalability: the announcement noted that TensorFlow was initially designed for internal use and that it’s already in production for some live product features.
  3. Ability to run on Mobile.

This last reason is the operating reason for this post since we’ll be focusing on Android. If you examine the tensorflow repo on GitHub, you’ll find a little tensorflow/examples/android directory. I’ll try to shed some light on the Android TensorFlow example and some of the things going on under the hood.

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