By now everyone will know or have heard about Android. So now the big question is: Is Android moving up, well ill leave that decision up to you. A story that is making waves in the market is that NASA has decided to release a powered Android Smart phone nanosatellite.
They are planning on launching up to three of them later this year. They will be relying on engineers from the Ames Research Centre in their Bay Area’s Moffett Field. The team of engineers will be a small team. Each prototype will have an decreased cost because they will have off the shelf hardware installed on them.
NASA is planning on developing the cheapest and lightest satellites to be launched and to fly in to space. A nanosatellite is a cube shaped mini satellite they are less that four pounds in weight and are about four inches in size. NASA had said online that these new “Out-of-the-box smart phones already offer a wealth of capabilities needed for satellite systems, including fast processors, versatile operating systems, multiple miniature sensors, high-resolution cameras, GPS receivers, and several radios”. NASA already have built two nanosatellites.
They are operated by mobile phones, which will also provide operating system’s as well as the communications capabilities that are needed. Two PhoneSat 1.0 and one PhoneSat 2.0 will be launched with the Orbital Sciences Corp Antares Rocket”. It is set to launch later this year from Wallops Island,VA. The PhoneSat 1.0 is created to stay alive in space will run off of HTC and a Samsung Nexus 1 phone. It will be able to take photos of Earth as well as send them back along with Health Information of the Earth. At this point we are pretty sure they won’t be sending WhatsApp for Android to Space. We can’t think of a reason to text message a nanosatilite. The PhoneSat 2.0 will come with a lot more features and capabilities. It will run off a Samsung Nexus S smart phone and will also have a two-way S-Band radio which will be able to be controlled from Earth. It will also be equipped with Solar Panels which will help extend the mission duration and will also have a GPS receiver.
The development of the nanosatellites is a small part of the Space Agency and the Small Spacecraft Technology Program. Their aim is to support the development of new technologies as well as to improve the capabilities of small space crafts which weigh less than 220 pounds. NASA has been working on this program since 2010. The PhoneSat has been put through balloon tests as well as other high-altitude tests. Even Google employee’s have helped with the image compression algorithm tests and serial data ports tests. In time the PhoneSat nanosatellites will eventually be able to provide research on the Sun, low-Earth Orbit observations and debris tracking.
Not only has Android now become the brains behind NASA’s nanosatellites, android is now making waves in music apps as well. Cricket wireless has now released a ‘Muve Music’ plan which will be available to all Android phones as of September the second. It will allow you to download music into a monthly package which will also include texting, talking, as well as web browsing. The plan has been in production since January 2011. The new plan offers three plans ranging from $50 – $70 per plan. Each plan either provides 1GB, 2.5GB or 5GB of data access. If you decide to purchase the most expensive data plan you will also be able to have:
- Unlimited Voice Minutes
- As well as music uses
What Muve Music has now given Cricket also makes it different than others on the market. Muve Musics activities don’t account against the clients data buckets. Approximately 60% of Crickets newer clients are using smart phones and the majority of that percentage are using an android hand set. By the end of the year 2012 Cricket is planning on offering more than ten million music tracks, they also plan to release another nine Muve Music Smart Phones. This will mean that there will be fourteen Muve Music Phones available.
So Android is fast moving in the operating system market as well as the smart phone market. If you are a music lover the Muve Music smart phone will be perfect for you and your love of music. If you are more of a technology boffin or geek then the fact that NASA is using Android as the brains it may give you the inspiration to experiment and create more.
If you have an Android smart phone you can now use Looxcie video streaming straight to your smart phone. You don’t need to use the Looxcie Bluetooth Video Camera Device to have video streaming on your phone. This is great. It also provides you with 480p resolution video streaming as well as up to fifteen frames every second. The new app works with AAC LC audio and you are also able to accept as well as play calls even if you are busy streaming. Your video will halt the streaming until you are ready to continue browsing. The mobile app as well as the new Facebook app now also allows you to browse public live channels through the Community Channels. You are also able to now connect with your friends in either channel. The video quality will also depend on your phone’s internet connections. You are also able to use the Push to Talk function anywhere, anytime. Whatsapp Messenger seems small an insignificant compared to all the new offerings by android. But if NASA would ever send an instant messenger to space it might was well be WhatsApp
Android is slowly becoming increasingly popular and is slowly taking the technology world by storm. If Android is good enough for NASA, isn’t it good enough for you?