You’ve probably seen plenty of Google’s stock Android L interface by now, but custom interfaces are another story. What will the OS look like when device makers get hold of it? If SamMobile‘s experience with an early, leaked version of Samsung’s TouchWiz software is any indication, it will be… remarkably familiar. At least on the Galaxy S5, it looks like the current front-end with splashes of Google’s Material Design philosophy thrown in. Core apps and notifications are now full of card-like, colorful elements, but the home screen, app tray and many other elements resemble what you’ve seen on existing Samsung hardware.
As if Android apps hitting Google’s Chrome OS wasn’t enough excitement for Mountain View’s operating system for one week. Now, you can play movies stored in Google Drive via the OS’ video player app on your Chromecast. According to Googler François Beaufort, doing so is pretty easy too: simply open the Files app, select a video clip from Drive and hit the sparkly new Cast icon. Voila, cloud-stored videos are now viewable on the biggest screen in your house and even more media functionality for your Chromebook. Of course, since this is in the developer channel there might be a few bugs here and there — if you spot ’em be sure to let the Chromium team know.
Source: François Beaufort (Google+)0
Em-Sys has announced that NEOTION has selected its Media-OS TV operating system as the middleware for its DVBeacon Headless Home Media Gateway. NEOTION is demonstrating the DVBeacon concept at IBC2014.
ACCESS CO. and Zenterio have announced the integration of ACCESS’ TV-centric browser with Zenterio OS. Magyar Telekom and M7 Group, two operators in Europe, have already deployed the solution.
The HTC One M8 running Windows Phone is real, and you need only follow a Verizon URL to prove it. HTC hasn’t yet announced the rumored device, but a photo sitting right on Verizon’s servers seems to confirm that the phone is indeed coming and likely soon. WP Central‘s original report says the “One (M8) for Windows” will be available from Verizon on August 21st. Hardware-wise, it’s probably the same M8 that’s been running Android for a few months now, but this one’s clearly aimed at fans of Microsoft’s OS.
When reached by The Verge, HTC declined to comment on the photo’s authenticity. The company is hosting a press event on August 19th, and it’s likely we’ll hear confirmation of the new, aluminum-clad Windows Phone on that date. The…0