Google makes Chrome for Android a reality

It has been made official for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich: Google Chrome for Android, as a beta. Features include the usual speed and performance associated with Chrome. Additional features include: a fresh UI (Duh!), Google is touting a new, more natural tab management interface, bookmark and tab synchronization with the desktop, support for incognito windows (this is Chrome, after all), and little something called Link Preview that makes it easier to select the right link in a densely-populated area of a page; a preview of sorts.

But! Chrome for Android! That’s good enough news on its own. Exciting and fast is all you need to describe it as a whole.

Via: Google, Android Market

Nikon D800 full-frame DSLR: 36.3 megapixels, $3000, coming in March

This is Nikon’s king camera. It has a full-frame, massive 36.3 megapixel sensor, and can produce TIFF files as large as 212MB (that’s a big photo). Besides the sensor there’s a 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot LCD, Expeed 3 processor that makes startup time as fast as 0.12 seconds, the new 51-point autofocus system with 15 cross-type sensors, iSO range up to 6400, expandable to 25,600, and a USB 3.0 port built-in, a first for any Nikon camera. For storage you can use an SD card or CF card,  and can shoot 1080p video at 30 or 24 frames per second, or 720p at 60 or 30 frames per second with B-Frame compression, which should allow room for higher-quality H.264 MP4 video.

Oh, and for those that shoot fashion, a variant is available — the D800E with antialiasing feature removed (better for fashion shots while retaining full image quality) and a $300 price increase to $3,299.95. The release is pegged for sometimes in March. Press release at the end of the post.

Rdio’s music streaming app now works with Android 4.0, redesigned as well

Not only music streaming service Rdio has redesigned their Android app to look very fresh and clean, but now it is compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Fantastic news, no doubt. The app, now available on the Android Market for free (excluding the $9.99 monthly subscription fee) has a new homescreen, UI, and is faster with much better attention to detail, including a remote control feature where music is controlled from the lock screen.

Via: Rdio (Android Market)

Google unveils “Solve for X” think-tank operation

This is Google’s “Solve for X”, a think-tank, TED-like operation that for the past few months has been very covert, and that by next Monday will have all of its new “shoot-for-the-stars” ideas posted on YouTube. Some of these ideas include: transforming education, improvements in agriculture, synthetic biology, and carbon-negative biofuels. There is even evidence of being able to pitch and idea for Solve for X and have a talk. And with that, we shall see what potentially innovative and groundbreaking ideas Solve for X by Google has in store.

Via: Solve for X

Saturday Feature: Amazing Gaming Screenshots

After discovering this site in the latter part of this week, I am very, very amazed by it. Essentially everything on photoblog Deadendthrills is a screenshot of a video game, but completely unedited and looks absolutely, amazingly, awesome *insert different synonyms for aforementioned vocabulary here*. Check it out, and come back here when you’ve had enough screenshots for one day.

Image credit: Deadendthrills

WHAT: Google Removes Galaxy Nexus From Its Support Pages (updated)

Updated: Apparently according to Google, this has nothing to do with Google Wallet. In fact, it has to do with CDMA tech and other stuff. Also, Google will continue to support the Galaxy Nexus’ firmware updates. Whew.

This is beyond our imagination. Google has removed the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from its support pages perhaps due to the Google Wallet fiasco/delay, where Verizon has seemingly been unable to allow Google to add Wallet support to their version of the Galaxy Nexus. Furthermore, the phone (model codename “toro”) has disappeared from Google’s list of downloadable factory ROM images; all mentions of toro are “archived, for reference only.”

This all essentially meaning that Samsung and Verizon are now responsible for future updates and the Galaxy Nexus is no longer support for Android development.

This is not supposed to happen.

Via: Droid-Life