[Tech] News to remember: Google Glass, NFC printers, and the next Nexus 7
The Google Glass integrate an internet browser … Print documents using technology NFC… The success ofAndroid in Europe… Back to tech news.
An internet browser on Google Glass
So far, the Google Glass did not have an integrated internet browser: voice searches were displayed on the glasses in the form of titles accompanied by summaries; a format that is not unanimous among testers.
At the beginning of the month, the Mountain View firm made a major update to its connected glasses. Main novelty: the appearance of a real browser in full screen, with the possibility of displaying an entire web page. Navigation is controlled from the tactile part located on the temple of the glasses.
The new update also allows users to have text messages read to each other, and to reply to them with a voice command. These improvements pave the way for the highly anticipated commercialization of Google Glass, estimated between late 2013 and early 2014.
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Samsung printers to integrate NFC technology
The wireless and paperless desktop is a flagship Samsung project. With this in mind, the Korean electronics giant has developed new printers, which exploit NFC technology. This innovation will make it possible to scan and print documents from a smartphone.
This process was already possible, with some models of multifunction printers from Samsung ; but the connection of the printer and the telephone by NFC promises to simplify it. To print their documents from a smartphone, mobile users will have to download the Samsung Mobile Print application, compatible with Android, iOs and Windows Phone.
Initially, only devices running Android will be able to benefit from NFC technology. The printers will be available at the end of July.
More than 70% of European smartphones run on Android
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has just published sales figures for smartphones in 5 European countries, for the period from March to May 2013. These results reveal the very strong increase in Android’s market share: the operating system is running 70.4% of smartphones sold in the quarter, against 61% last year. A progression that widens the gap with iOS, which occupies 17.4% of mobile phones, or 1.4% less than a year ago. BlackBerry recorded a significant drop, from 7 to 2.5%.
In France, the share ofAndroid rose to 65.2% (compared to 56.7% in March-May 2012). Spain is the most fond of the operating system, which occupies more than 9 out of 10 smartphones. study highlights the solid results of Samsung, the leading seller of smartphones in Europe with nearly 50% of the market.
One of the Ubisoft sites victim of a hack
The French video game publisher announced yesterday that it was the victim of a cyberattack. Hackers exploited one of the sites ofUbisoft, and seized the names, email addresses and passwords of online players.
However, the video game giant reassures its users: no payment information has been stolen. Likewise, physical addresses and telephone numbers have been spared. For safety reasons, a message posted on the company’s blog yesterday urges all players to change their password.
The 2nd version of the Nexus 7 tablet will have a Full HD screen
A second version of the tablet Nexus 7, produced by Asus for Google, should be unveiled before the end of July. During a discussion session on Google+, an employee of the Asian manufacturer gave many technical details about this new tablet: equipped with a Full HD screen, the Nexus 7 2nd generation should also have a RAM of 2 GB, and a storage memory of 32 GB. Its main camera would be 5 megapixels, and its front camera of 1.2 pixels.
All this information should be officially confirmed in the coming weeks. For now, no clue regarding the price of the new Nexus 7 has been released.