FPC tillhandahåller stöd för fingeravtryckssensorer till Googles förhandssläpp av Android M
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) har stöttat Google i utvecklingen av fingeravtryckssensorteknologi i förhandssläppet av Android M, som presenteras vid Google I/O i San Francisco 28-29 maj.
Vid Google I/O 28-29 maj ges utvecklare en förhandsvisning av de nya funktionerna i den kommande Android M releasen. En av de mest signifikanta nyheterna i Android M är att plattformen stöder fingeravtryckssensorer. Detta kommer att ge apputvecklare möjligheten att dra nytta av fingeravtryckssensorer med kompatibel hårdvara för säker användarverifiering, vilket eliminerar behovet av PIN-koder och lösenord för att identifiera och verifiera användaren.
I Android M releasen kommer Google att introducera betaltjänsten "Android Pay". "Android Pay" kommer även att stödja fingeravtryckssensorer för betalningar i affär och via appar.
Genom att tillhandahålla prototypenheter som integrerar touchsensorerna FPC1020 och FPC1025, har FPC hjälpt och samarbetat med Google från utveckling till integration av stödet för fingeravtryckssensorer i Android M.
Under Google I/O har några av dessa prototyper använts för demonstrationer av det nya stödet för fingeravtryckssensorer i Android M.
Jörgen Lantto, VD för FPC, kommenterar: "Vi ser nu en snabb utrullning av Android smartphones med integrerade touchsensorer, vilket möjliggörs av FPC:s breda portfölj av touchsensorer. Genom att tillhandahålla stöd för fingeravtryckssensorteknologi i Android M tar Google ett stort steg med ett säkrare och enklare sätt att verifiera användaren. Detta kommer att sporra apputvecklare till nya innovationer, ge ökade användningsområden för Android smartphones och påskynda marknadstillväxten av fingeravtryckssensorer. Vi är väldigt nöjda över att ha stöttat Google i deras insatser att utveckla och integrera stöd för fingeravtryckssensorer i Android M. Vi berömmer Google för deras vision och drivkraft när de genom denna utveckling skapar ett än starkare ekosystem för Android."
At the Google I/O 2015 developer conference, there's been plenty of news about Android Pay, the forthcoming Android M, as well as the launch of Google Photos.
In the past the way that this works is that Android's new features are announced at Google I/O and then followed up with a device launch on which they make their debut.
That's really what the Nexus programme is about, and there was more than a hint at what you'll see on the next Nexus, delivered today by Dave Burke, VP of engineering on Android at Google.
Burke introduced a number of hardware-dependent features when talking about Android M. The biggest is the fingerprint scanner that sees native support in the future version of Android. Android M will support Android Pay, and fingerprint scanners will be a core part of authentication, so it's a dead cert that the next Nexuswill have that hardware.
Burke also said "Coming to a device near you soon," when talking about native support for USB Type-C. Again, with the march of USB Type-C now underway (including the recent MacBook and Chromebook), it's a pretty strong hint that we'll be seeing it in the next Nexus device.
Our first introduction to USB Type-C on Android was in the Nokia N1 tablet we saw at MWC 2015. At the time we remarked that it would make a wonderful Nexus tablet, but there's already rumours circulating that Huawei might be lining up a Nexus device.
Oh, and we also spotted on the list of unannounced features the suggestion that Android M would support a stylus too...
There's no word on when we might see new hardware, but we'd expect a new device to make its debut with Android Milkshake (?), ready for the support of Android Pay later in the year.
Google’s annual developer conference kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow. While it’s still ostensibly about developers, Google I/O is also an opportunity for Google to show off what it’s been doing over the past year, and talk about the new products and services we’ll have soon. Last year Google announced Android L (later Lollipop), the first available Android Wear devices, Android Auto, new Chromecast features, and more.
Let’s take a look at what the rumor mill has churned out as we approach the big day. Here are the things you can expect Google to talk about during the keynote on Thursday.
Google outed itself when it posted the new I/O schedule — one of the sessions on the agenda clearly referenced Android M, so we know that’s happening. Google removed the listing, but you can’t stop the speculation. Since then, a number of important details have come to light.
First up, Android M will once again have a developer preview available for download shortly after the keynote. Android L was the first time Google did this, but apparently it’s a trend now. It will probably only run on recent Nexus devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Maybe older phones like the Nexus 5 will get in on the fun too. This will hopefully help developers get out ahead of the changes so they can be ready to go when M comes out.
As for the features in Android M, it seems it’s a lock that Google will add native fingerprint scanning to the platform. There have been a lot of commits in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that point this way, and there are a few reports that say the same. We’re also expecting security improvements in the form of a revamped permission system. Apple has been seen as more user friendly in this respect for the last few years, but that might be changing.
The way apps work right now on Android, you can see the permissions when you install something, but that’s it. If you install, the apps get whatever permissions they asked for. Android M might borrow a little from Apple by allowing users to reject individual permissions like location access or contact reading.
Google has also started to branch out and allow third-party apps to plug into the Now service in recent months, but I’d wager that will become an official open feature in Android M. Developers should be able to embed cards in Now with proper controls for users to get rid of them. There may even be a way to place Google Now in third-party launchers, which isn’t currently possible. Developers might also find themselves coping with Google’s new interest in battery life. Android M will allegedly have a focus on keeping battery usage down by making sure background apps don’t ping the system too often.
Android Pay has been confirmed by Android head Sundar Pichai, but he didn’t explain in too much detail what it will do. We can look forward to all the specifics at the keynote. This may or may not be limited to Android M, but we know that Pay will offer a platform for app developers to plug into the secure NFC payment method on devices. Google Wallet will do the same thing, so it’s not being replaced by Pay. Google is reportedly offering carriers a small cut of Android Pay sales so they’ll promote it. Carriers get nothing from Apple Pay. Android Pay will also support fingerprint authentication in the future.
Google’s wearable platform is based on the same software that runs phones and tablets, but Android Wear is much more stripped down. Still, with a new version of Android itself, there will probably be things to say about Wear too. It’s likely the long-rumored iOS support for Android Wear watches will be debuted, though. Expect a few minor refinements in the software experience with Wear, but the potential hardware announcements will be much more interesting.
There are two watches floating out there at the periphery that could make an appearance at I/O and make people very happy. There’s a watch in the works that will run Android Wear with an Intel processor and hardware designed by Tag Heuer. I’m sure it will look very nice, but the price is rumored to be about $1,400.
Huawei has already announced its Android Wear watch, but there haven’t been any more details on this device since Mobile World Congress. It has a round display, metal body, and a wide selection of 18mm bands. The price is unclear, but it certainly won’t be $1,400. Google I/O would be a good time and place to finally announce these things.
New Google Photos
There have been rumors of a proper re-launch of Google’s photo platform for months, and we know this is happening at I/O. The new Android Photos app has leaked, but it’s not just about Android. Google is taking Photos and making it a distinct product that still has strong ties to Google+. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Google+, but it puts Photos in a more easily accessible place. Instead of people avoiding it because they don’t want to dig into G+, it will have its own URL at photos.google.com.
The Android app contains all the auto-backup features, sorting, auto-categorization, and sharing features that Photos in Google+ had. It gains a few new tricks like more control over auto-awesome enhancements and stories (a feature collectively called Assistant now). The new Photos experience will also have support for a nifty method of sharing content with a link that you can deactivate at any time.
This will probably roll out shortly after the keynote, or possibly even before if you’re watching closely enough.
Google announced the Chromecast two years ago, and it was a smashing success. After years of living room disappointment, it turns out all Google needed to do was produce a cool piece of inexpensive hardware and get out of the way. The streaming media Google Cast protocol has since found its way to Android TV and a number of wireless speakers. That original piece of hardware could use some love, though.
We know Google is working on new hardware, and Google I/O seems like a good time to show it off. There are going to be several developer sessions at I/O about Google Cast, so that would jive nicely with new hardware. Some of the things Google wants to do will require a hardware update.
For example, the original Chromecast doesn’t support 802.11ac networks, or even 5GHz wireless N. It also can’t handle 4K video, 60fps video signals, or YouTube 3D videos. The Chromecast needs to stay inexpensive, but with a few years since the last iteration, Google ought to be able to keep the price point and beef up the feature set.
One of the more recent rumors for I/O is that Google is working on an operating system for connected home devices, the so-called internet of things (IoT). This isn’t google’s first shot at home automation. Do you remember Android@Home? Of course you don’t, because Google talked about it once four years ago at I/O and never mentioned it again.
The new vision for the Google IoT is code named Brillo. It’s a stripped-down version of Android that can operate on devices with 32 to 64MB of RAM. So we’re talking about things like smart lightbulbs, door locks, refrigerators, and more. Google basically wants to be the unifying force in your smart house, and we could definitely use one.
There are currently half a dozen competing home automation standards, so you always have to worry if the device you’re buying can talk to the other ones you already have. Google is in a particularly good place to make things a little less crazy. It owns both Nest and Dropcam, which are popular options for connected thermostats and security cameras, respectively.
Project ARA and Glass
Two of Google’s most futuristic products might show up at Google I/O, but there’s no solid information on this. Still, it’s about time that Google Glass came out of hiding after being turned upside down a few months back with promises of a new version. The Glass Explorer Edition hardware was rather bulky, and it didn’t offer the best battery life. It was also plagued by waves of bad press from the mainstream media who worried about privacy invasion and the general creepy factor. Google didn’t help by keeping the price high and not releasing new hardware.
Meanwhile, Project Ara is supposed to be ready for a real world beta test later this year. This modular smartphone project was inherited by Google when it bought Motorola several years ago. Consumers will apparently be able to pick and choose which modules to put in their phone shell and have it all work together. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered on both fronts, and I/O is the place to do it.
And probably more…
Google will probably have at least a few surprises up its sleeve at I/O 2015. No matter how much we think we know, Mountain View always seems to keep a few good things under wraps. The fun kicks off with the keynote on Thursday May 28th at 9:30AM PDT.
Kinesiska Huawei förväntar sig att smartphoneleveranserna i Sydostasien ökar med 160 procent under 2015 till 8 miljoner enheter. Det drivs bland annat av en stark efterfrågan i Myanmar uppgav bolaget på torsdagen, rapporterar Reuters.
Under första kvartalet ökade Huaweis smartphoneleveranser med 120 procent i regionen. Sydostasien ses som en av de mest lovande marknaderna i världen enligt Thomas Liu, chef för Huaweis konsumentverksamhet i regionen. Uttalandet kom i samband med att Huawei lanserade sin senaste mobil P8 i Thailand.
Myanmar, tidigare Burma, som länge legat efter i teknikutveckling, är numera Huaweis största marknad i regionen med en marknadsandel på 50 procent.
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STOCKHOLM (Direkt) Google bekräftar att företaget kommer att använda sig av en fingeravtryckssensor i nästkommande telefon Andriod M.
Detta framgår av Googles årliga utvecklarkonferens, Google I/O, som hålls i San Fransisco under torsdagskvällen. Fingeravtryckssensorn kommer bland annat låta användare låsa upp sin Android M. Sensorn väntas även göra betalsystemet Android Pay både snabbare och enklare.
With its cash coming from search and advertising, Google could easily have been a very dull compnay indeed. Instead it chose to invest in a mind-boggingly range of technologies - some of which may not come to fruition for decades. Google IO is the company's big annual event where it gets to show off its progress across all these areas, so we'll see the latest on self-driving cars, virtual & augmented reality, plus phones you can build to your own specific needs.
Alongside such ideas, though, we'll also see more practical advancements in the Google services of today, in operating systems, applications and online services. We'll hopefully see a new version of Android, a new cloud photo service and lots of other improvements to existing Google technology we all use everyday.
We'll be reporting on the event as it happens, from the opening keynote through two days of presentations. This article will be our hub, and we'll link out to the various big stories as we cover them across the site. So keep coming back for all the latest.
How to watch and IO Schedule
Google IO will kick off with a keynote at 5.30pm UK time on Thursday the 28th of May. You can watch that keynote, and many more events at the conference via Google's own livestream. And unlike some other tech companies, Google has a great track record with its livestreams actually working – well it does have the experience and technology of YouTube behind it.
Then at 9pm on the same day, Google will present 'What's new in Android', where we should see the latest version of the new operating system; and if you're willing to stay up until midnight then there's sessions on both 'Growing games with Google' and 'Material Now', which should please gamers and UI design fans.
The second day kicks off for us with the intriguingly titled 'A little badass. Beautiful. Tech and human. Work and love. ATAP.' at 5pm which looks to be about wearable technology among other things. Then at 6pm we have an update on Project Tango, Google's augmented reality technology. At 7pm we'll be tuning into 'Designing for Virtual Reality' and then we'll settle down on the couch for 'Developing for the living room' at 9pm. Finally at 10pm there's a talk on Android Wear scheduled, which will round off our coverage.
Undoubtedly the biggest story on day one should be the unveiling of the first version of Android M. The next version of the mobile operating system will undoubtedly contain many small improvements over Lollipop, however Google usually has one big project attached to such updates. This time around it looks to be about 'work', with a session description stating that it: "brings the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces." It makes sense for Google to want to use Android's popularity as a trojan to take a greater share of the business computing market from Microsoft, though how interesting that is the man-in-the-street is debatable.
We're also expecting developments in voice control and Google Now. The former will be necessary if Android is going to proliferate away from the touchscreen, see Android Auto and wearables below, and the latter should reduce the amount of inputs you have to make anyway, by automatically providing what you need, when you need it.
There's also been unsubstantiated reports that Google will announce fingerprint recognition support for upcoming handsets, which would tie in nicely with its aspirations for Android Pay, which is also rumoured to feature heavily.
Google Cardboard was a huge hit at the 2014 Google IO conference. However, since then the makeshift VR headset has failed to find a serious use. Google isn't giving up on this democratisation of VR though, and recently announced a 'Works with Google Cardboard' certification programme to bring all the various VR apps, and headsets, together and make them play nicely.
With a talk on VR scheduled at Google IO, we're hoping to see more on Google Cardboard, and maybe even some content deals to try and drive uptake of this great technology. It's even possible that Google will go one step further and announce a new, more sophisticated headset, to make it a bigger player in the VR space. Although we'd have thought that getting other manufacturers, such as HTC/Valve, Sony and Samsung, to support its API would be a more immediate goal.
Devices – Nexus and Android Wear
We're looking forward to a new Nexus smartphone, or smartphones, this year – following the slightly disappointing Nexus 6 from 2014. However it seems far too early in the year to be showing off new hardware now and Google IO isn't the usual place to do it. So we'd strike that one of the list.
Android Wear started well, but in our minds the whole wearables market needs to move beyond the current watch obsession (driven largely by Apple and its competitors) and try something a little different. Still for now, the smartwatch is likely to be the key device discussed in Google's Android Wear event. We might even see a new device to demo new features, an honour which manufacturers would likely to be queuing up for. We'd like too see a follow up to the Motorola Moto 360 for starters.
We use Google for a lot of things, but the company's photo storage has always been a bit confused. It started off with Picasa Web Albums, which was kind of linked to the excellent but offline, Picasa photo editing and organisation application. Then Google took Web Albums and integrated it into Google+, which became a bit of a problem as no one really used Google+. However, but then Android would let you upload your pictures (at lower resolutions) for free from your phones, so we started using it anyway, and then we found that you could upload images at high resolutions, if you were willing to use up some Google Drive space. Confused yet, well many were.
But now it looks like Google is separating Photos away from Google+, according to Bloomberg. Details are hazy but the ability to share photos with Facebook and Twitter looks to be on the cards. We'd imagine that the service will still be tied to your Google Drive data allowance in some way, at present you get 15GB for free, but a standalone app and website would go a long way to making Google a big player in photo storage for Android users.
Android is spreading rapidly. At this year's event there are talks on Android in the living room, which should provide us with more details about Google's plan for Android TV. Once a standalone box, Android has now been directly integrated by some TV manufacturers, notably Sony and Philips. You can read our thoughts on Sony's Android TV.
Android Auto is also bound to feature, with the operating system set to replace manufacturer's in-car systems rather than simply run alongside them. We're not sure how the car companies will take that, given their need to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. However, if Google's product is better, and easy to understand for Android users, then manufacturers may quickly flock to switch, simply adding their own additional feature and front-end styling as Android phone manufacturers do.
With its own talk dedicated to it, we're sure to hear more on Project Tango. The original tablet device that scanned 3D space and could be used to map a building into virtual space, or to play augmented reality games is probably just the beginning of Google's ambitions in this area. It ties in very closely to the potential uses for Google Glass-type headsets, and we're keen to see what Google has planned in this 'space'.
Den kinesiska smartphonetillverkaren OnePlus bjuder in till ett event den 1 juni där en ny produkt troligtvis kommer visas upp.
- Vi letar alltid efter sätt att skaka om teknikbranschen. Och vi tycker att det är dags för en förändring. Få reda på mer den 1 juni, skriver bolaget kortfattat på sin Facebook-sida.
Ett flertal tekniksajter spekulerar nu i att det kan vara bolagets nya smartphone, OnePlus Two, som ska presenteras. OnePlus har det senaste året gjort succé med sin mobil One som kallats "flaggskeppsdödare" och fått positiva recensioner av både användare och teknikbloggar.
Nyligen uppgav Carl Pei, som var med och grundade bolaget 2013, i en intervju med Bloomberg att företaget nu för samtal om att ta in riskkapital i Silicon Valley. Det ska användas för att expandera arbetsstyrkan och skala upp verksamheten ytterligare.
I år planerar OnePlus att släppa två nya modeller och siktet är inställt på att leverera mellan 3 och 5 miljoner enheter i år. Det ska sedan dubbleras till 10 miljoner smartphones under 2016, enligt vd Pete Lau. OnePlus sålde över en miljon av sin smartphone under 2014, då via exklusiva inbjudningar och onlineförsäljning.
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Google’s rumored Nexus 2015 flagship is finally getting a fingerprint scanner courtesy of the planned Android M upgrades, reports said. If true, the feature will match the Touch ID reader Apple introduced in the iPhone 5S in late 2013.
As expected, the use of fingerprint authentication on the next Nexus phone is mostly to bolster its security features. “The new functionality will allow users to log in to all of the supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password,” BuzzFeed reported last week, citing unnamed sources.
But like the iPhone 6 in 2014, the entry of biometric features to Google’s mobile device system could see a major revision of the tech giant’s online payment facility or Google Wallet. With the integration of fingerprint reader, the service will likely be rebranded as Android Pay, competing directly with similar initiatives from Apple and Samsung.
Android M Feature Upgrades
Android Pay and the implementation of a fingerprint application programming interface on its ecosystem are among the new fresh features Google plans to deploy with Android M, Ars Technica reported. Android Pay is Google’s answer to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, and the same report indicated the online payment service is all set for a grand launch through the annual I/O Developers Conference. The 2015 edition kicks off May 28.
Though Google has yet to issue confirmation on the matter, Ars Technica said the tech giant has been dropping hints, the latest of which is the recent acquisition of the U.S. wireless firm SoftCard. The same report added Android Pay will start from zero and likely co-exist with Google Wallet.
Touch ID Rival
As Android Pay will function with technologies like near-filed communication and biometrics, it only follows Google’s operating system 2015 refresh will include built-in support for the service. Android M, it appears, is designed to accommodate the feature.
Shortlisted on Ars Technica’s projected Android M features, a fingerprint API could finally make the cut this year as the tech site recalled a similar sensor was actually planned for the Nexus 6 in 2014 but dumped at the last minute. With Apple and Samsung poised to tussle on what could prove a lucrative mobile device sub-market, Google might be convinced to finally take the plunge. And in the event native support for biometric functions will be among the killer Android M features to be unleashed, the sequel to the Nexus 6 is naturally first in line to get the feature.
And Android fans will get first taste of what Google has cooked up with the vanilla Android M once the Nexus 2015 gets unpacked. Traditionally, that would happen in the holiday quarter of the year with October as the earliest possible release date.
Sydkoreanska mobiltillverkaren Pantech har inte lyckats hitta någon köpare och står nu inför likvidering inom kort. Det skuldtyngda företaget har varit ute till försäljning men har nu bett en distriktsdomstol i Seoul att avsluta det konkursförfarande som bolaget inledde i augusti förra året, skriver Android Authority.
Den troliga utgången är därmed att bolagets tillgångar, som uppskattas till runt 242 miljoner dollar, läggs ut till försäljning för att försöka betala tillbaka en del av skulderna. Totalt hade bolaget skulder på 900 miljoner dollar vid årsskiftet.
En eventuell köpare av hela bolaget kan fortfarande dyka upp men tiden håller på att rinna ut och nu kvarstår endast en månad innan en likvidering sker.
Under 2013 investerade Samsung i Pantech och fick då en ägarandel på 10 procent i konkurrenten.
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Försäljningen av smarttelefoner växte med 19,3 procent och nådde därmed upp till 336 miljoner sålda enheter under första kvartalet.
Tillväxten drivs av utvecklingsmarknader som Asien (Kina undantaget), östra Europa, Mellanöstern och Nordafrika. Försäljningen i de här regionerna ökade med 40 procent under perioden.
- Under det här kvartalet kom lokala varumärken och kinesiska leverantörer ut som vinnare på utvecklingsmarknaderna, säger Anshul Gupta, analytiker på Gartner. De här leverantörerna hade en genomsnittlig tillväxt på 73 procent inom smarttelefoner, och såg sin kombinerade marknadsandel öka från 38 procent till 47 procent, under första kvartalet.
På leverantörssidan firade Apple triumfer, särskilt i Kina. Försäljningen av Iphones ökade med 72,5 procent, vilket gör Apple till den största leverantören i landet, strax före Xiaomi. Det är första gången Apple har den positionen.
Globalt ökade Apple marknadsandelarna till 17,9 procent från 15,3 procent för ett år sedan.
Samsung däremot tappade både försäljning och marknadsandelar under första kvartalet, jämfört med motsvarande period för ett år sedan. Dock behåller de förstaplatsen globalt med en marknadsandel på 24,2 procent.
Det positiva för Samsungs del är att leverantören ökade försäljningen jämfört med fjärde kvartalet. Anshul Gupta tror att Samsung är på rätt väg med modellerna S6 och Galaxy Alpha.
STÖRST PÅ SMARTTELEFONER (MARKNADSANDEL %)
1. Samsung (24,2) 2. Apple (17,9) 3. Lenovo (5,6) 4. Huawei (5,4) 5. LG Electronics (4,6)
Källa: Gartner. Siffrorna gäller den globala försäljningen av smarttelefoner till slutanvändare.
t CES Asia 2015 in Shanghai, Chinese networking supplier Huawei and German car manufacturer Audi Group have announced a new partnership to jointly explore the future of connected car technology.
At the show, Huawei showed off new LTE modules that provide Audi’s latest Q7 SUV with the ability to support 2G, 3G and 4G networks, as well as TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards.
The firm claimed this will enable data transfers with download speeds approaching 100Mbps. It also said drivers will be given internet-enabled key features that will deliver an “enhanced driving experience”.
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu said the supplier saw “unlimited opportunities” in connected cars.
“By partnering with industry-leading automobile companies like Audi, Huawei aims to bring the best interconnection services and solutions to the next generation of cars, while actively promoting interaction between cars, smartphones, wearables and people,” he said.
Internet of cars
A recent Telefónica report suggested that 90% of cars would have internet connectivity within the next five years. This is expected to be a major early use case for the internet of things, along with smartphones and wearables.
A recent report from network analytics firm Teoco said that connected cars had the potential to cause highly variable network traffic patterns owing to how the majority of drivers use their vehicles.
It warned that mobile network operators would need to take steps to beef up their mast infrastructure alongside major roads as cell sites could struggle to accommodate the vast number of cars moving through their catchment area during the morning and evening peaks.
“If connected cars regularly cause network traffic spikes in a particular location that can’t be met, there are implications for operators in meeting service-level agreements and delivering a positive quality of experience,” said Matt Hatton, founder of Machina Research, which conducted the study on Teoco’s behalf.