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Monday, November 8, 2010

Google Instant Search for Android

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 08:00 PM

"Instant Search is a new search method Google unveiled in September. As the name implies, results appear instantly as someone keys-in a word or phrase."

The much hyped Instant Search has finally made an appearance on Android devices. I tested this on both Dolphin HD and the built-in browser, and it worked great.

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The Gingerbread Man Cometh: The Nexus One Is Getting An Update "In The Next Few Days"

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Google had originally wanted to launch the Nexus Two device alongside Android 2.3, the next release of their mobile operating system, also known as "Gingerbread". That's not going to happen. The Nexus Two has been delayed. But it appears that Google is full steam ahead on the Gingerbread release."

What wonderful news to wake up to this morning! Will our beloved Nexus One's be getting a taste of Gingerbread this week? I certainly hope so! Far from being official, this news comes from one of the leadership team members of the Open Handset Alliance. So there is a chance that he has some idea of what might be going on. This lines up well with the rumored November 11th release date for the Gingerbread SDK. I'll for sure be keeping my fingers, toes, and antennae crossed. If you get an update in the coming days be sure to let us know.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Android

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

""Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single 'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models.""

Android is 3 years old today - as in today was the day 3 years ago the Open Handset Alliance was formed, and Android was announced. How far we've come in 3 years!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Android To Blackberry: "All Your Market Share Are Belong To Us"

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 02:00 PM

"Android's market share has continued its rise in the third quarter of the year and Apple's iOS and RIM are struggling to keep up. According to NPD's Mobile Phone Track, Android was installed on 44 percent of all smartphones sold during the third quarter, up from 33 percent in the second quarter, while iOS saw a slight bump from 22 to 23 percent and RIM dropped into third place at 22 percent."

The smartphone market in general is growing fast but no where near as fast as Android. Someone's gotta take the hit. Unfortunately for RIM, Google's rapid ascension to the top is coming mostly at their expense. As Android's market share continues to climb Blackberry's continues it's downward spiral. Are any of you out there converts from the Blackberry OS? What made you jump ship to Android?

How Smartphone Users See Each Other

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 01:31 PM

Check out the rest of the comic here - funny stuff! No, there's no Windows Phone user yet, but that's not surprising right?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Facebook for Android Update Is Coming

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 12:00 PM

"PALO ALTO, Calif.--Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today may have disappointed some people who were hoping to see Facebook release a phone. "There are rumors out there that Facebook is building a phone," Zuckerberg said this morning at the company's mobile event at its headquarters. "No."However, Android and iPhone users will have something to look forward to. In addition to announcing platform changes, Zuckerberg shared some updates to Facebook for iPhone and Android. The iPhone app will be receiving Facebook Groups, which recently made its debut on the social network. Facebook Places, its listing service, is also getting updated, and will include geotagging. In addition, after you check in to a location with Places, you'll be able to add a photo."

Groups and Places will soon be coming to the Android version of Facebook's mobile application. Honestly Facebook for Android needs to step it up a bit - it's way behind iOS (And even Windows Phone 7) in looks and (some) functionality. Hopefully this update will be dropping quickly and we can start "placing" ourselves on the go!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Creative Ziio Tablets Shout "Me Too!" to the World

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 06:00 PM

"Somewhere in the world, Creative just announced a pair of 7-inch (480 x 800) and 10-inch (1024 x 768) Ziio tablets running the Android 2.1 OS. Both feature a ZiiLabs ZMS-08 processor, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, WiFi 802.11b/g, and microSD expansion."

Another vendor jumps on the bandwagon with a pair of Android 2.1 tablets. Creative has announced 7-inch and 10-inch tablets scheduled to ship in December 2010. According to many of the comments, the resistive screen technology is a big negative, but I think, if done right, they can be used in all types of weather, and offers a great deal of precision. Interesting that the commenters seem surprised that the tablet may be targeted to China, and 1.5-billion potential buyers (who prefer resistive technology for writing). Critics seem to be scared of the great numbers of tablets flooding the market, at all price points, but in my opinion, choice is good, and consumers will vote with their wallets.

Four Phones A Ringing: At T-Mobile For Less Than $100 This Holiday

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 10:00 AM

"Starting this week, T-Mobile will be offering four Android-based handsets below the $100 price point. While they aren't necessarily the high-end super phones some of you readers might be after, they will definitely attract new Android users."

Happy Holidays, Android junkies! T-Mobile is bringing you a wonderful selection of stocking stuffers to help bring peace, joy, and little green robots to your loved ones this holiday season. For as little as $9.99 (T-Mobile Comet after rebate and contract) you can make those visions of robots dancing in your head a reality. Other options include the LG Optimus T for $29.99, the Motorola DEFY for $99.99, and the Motorola CHARM for $49.99. Anyone looking to spread a little Android cheer this holiday? Heck, at these prices it would be cheaper than that lump of coal you've had your eye on.

The Galaxy Tab is not so Far Away

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

"The Tab certainly packed the specs -- a 1GHz processor, full Flash support thanks to Android 2.2, dual cameras, support for up to 32GB of storage and WiFi / 3G connectivity -- to put other Android tablets to shame, and our initial hands-on with it only had us yearning for more."

Sell! Sell! Sell! Slate tablets are the hottest thing right now and everyone wants a piece of the potentially lucrative pie. Samsung's entry is the Galaxy Tab, a 7 inch Android wonder. Along with the usual Android goodness there are some custom Samsung apps to help the lightweight tablet along and make better use the screen. It is nice to see that there is going to be some competition against the iPad as it will help drive innovation and make sure that no one stagnates in this revived market. The big decision looks like it will be either you go with a 7 inch or 10 inch model. Both have their advantages and there could be room for both. I am just waiting for the standardized keyboard to use with all these tablets so I can type faster. Oh, wait...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Andy's Ranks Are Swelling, But Does He Need a Desktop App?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"A quick trip to your local Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Sprint or T-Mobile store is all it takes to find evidence that Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android platform is quickly joining the ranks of big-league smartphone platforms. But while the most visible evidence of Android's rise comes from the high-profile phone launches provided by Motorola (NYSE: MOT), HTC, and Samsung (not to mention Google itself), the statistical proof is even more impressive. Here are a few of the most recent examples"

flickr: laihiu

The numbers for our little Android friends are looking good: Better scores, higher numbers of apps, lots of ad dollars. But Motley Fool makes an interesting assertion: That Google Needs a desktop client to provide an iTunes like experience on Android. Personally I only use DoubleTwist on the desktop to move music and keep playlists in check. If a suitable on-device app were to do that, I wouldn't want a desktop tether in any form. What about you - does Android need an iTunes-like desktop app? Or should Google focus on making Andy and his buddies as mobile as possible by cutting the USB cord?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Army Goes Android!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"The Army is 20 years and a half-billion dollars into a star-crossed effort to build custom communications and digital-mapping gadgets for its soldiers. Special Operations Command, on the other hand, is taking a simpler approach: They're planning to use Android phones. Last week, the SOCOM asked coders to create a suite of applications for keeping commandos linked up while they're out on missions. The software should include chat functions, file transfers, video display and "multi-touch whiteboarding aka John Madden tool." SOCOM calls it the Tactical Situational Awareness Application Suite, or TactSA, and it has to work in low-connectivity areas - the middle-of-nowhere places you'd expect to send the military's most elite troops. It's got to be peer-to-peer, encrypted "at the application level" and able to recover from "network outages and substantial packet loss." But rather than go the Army route and custom-build hardware, SOCOM is happy to use off-the-shelf gadgetry. It's the software that interests them more."

I guess it's telling - first you see your brother-in-law (who is a 1LT currently in Afghanistan) using a Droid at Christmas time, and before long he's convinced his entire company to adopt Android! Seriously, Android makes a logical choice for the Army: They can control the entire operating system, since it's open source, and build exactly what they need. Not a bad idea - let the hardware be off-the-shelf, program all the software!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maximum PC Camera Showdown Pits Phones Against Each Other!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 12:00 PM

"Let's face it: here at Maximum PC, we're all about competition. It's in our blood. From CPUs to video cards to motherboards to sandwich shops, we live to pit like products (or foodstuffs) against one another. In fact, we recently published an all out showdown between four warring phones and mobile platforms in our quarterly Maximum Tech issue which we're sure you read. That story (as many of our published stories sometimes do) encouraged us to dig a little deeper, and perform a little more testing. The cameras attached to these complex microcomputers are becoming increasingly powerful-many, in fact, are fully capable of taking very sharp and professional looking photos. But are these phones capable of holding their own against more sophisticated equipment? And which phone does it best?"

The above shot, despite being of cute little Android robots, was taken with an iPhone 4. The article it came from, over at Maximum PC pits many of the top phones against each other specifically in the area of camera quality. Thinking of buying a phone and the camera is a big factor? Then take a look and be informed!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NOOKcolor Packs Android Goodness, Odd Capitalization

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

"NOOKcolor, built on Android, is a full-color touch device dedicated to reading that opens up a whole new world of digital reading materials. NOOKcolor provides access to the largest ebookstore with an unprecedented selection of over two million digital titles-all just a single search away. Plus, digital content - from bestsellers to favorite magazines in full color, and interactive children's picture books to enhanced cookbooks - has never looked better than on NOOKcolor's stunning 7-inch VividView Color Touchscreen."

Well well well... here we have a color eReader, although obviously not using eInk. The NOOKcolor (For some reason I think the C should be capitalized, but hey, what do I know). You can pre-order it for $249 now, and it should be shipping sometime around November 17, although given B&N's track record, don't hold your breath. Not a bad looking product though, and I do know a few NOOK lovers, so perhaps this will make the experience even better for the B&N crowd!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

T-Mo Officially Offering Tethering on November 3

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 12:00 PM

"Listen up T-Mobile tetherers, we've just been sent in some intel that indicates America's fourth largest carrier will begin to offer/charge for tethering on November 3rd. The Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On, which will have a monthly cost of $14.99, will allow customers to use their smartphones as a tethered modem or Wi-Fi hotspot."

You can hit up BGR for the full text of the announcement, but the details are thus: You need a phone capable of it, you're gonna pay $14.99, and it's available on both prepaid and postpaid plans. Legal tethering, as opposed to possibly flying under the radar now ;)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Gingerbread Decoration Put On Lawn To Cool

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

"Cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo. That's not just a list of Android iterations, it's also an inventory of all the giant decorations..."

A giant gingerbread man has been spotted on the lawn of the Google Headquarters to join his other "sweet treat" friends! Does this mean that gingerbread may soon be out of the oven and ready for our enjoyment? We hope so because gingerbread is always a tasty treat!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gadget Census Reveals Android Rules Mid-Country And My Home State!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 08:00 PM

""The great state of California, home to Hollywood and the place Tony Bennett left his heart, casts its 83 votes for the iPhone." Meanwhile, "New Jersey, the Garden State, home to Tony Soprano and Thomas Edison pledge their votes to Android." In this make believe world, "electoral," or should we say "gadgetoral," votes are defined by how many smartphones of a particular type are represented in every state of the union. In fact, if the government felt it needed to "apportion" the nation by smartphone ownership, it could use the findings from Retrevo's 2010 Gadget Census that looked at what gadgets people own and how they use them, including data on how many smartphones are represented per capita in each state."

Retrevo's Gadget Census results are in, and they're pretty interesting to me. Blackberries still rule the roost in most traditional "business" states like New York (My current home), iPhones are popular down south and in the trendy west (Sorry Oregon, you're not trendy, just kidding...). But Android seems to rule the middle of the country and (surprisingly to me) Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and my home state, Ohio. What do I see in the future? Well, I'd like to think that the "blackberry" states will slowly turn green, or at the least drop that antiquated OS for something newer and shinier!

Advertising Revenue: Apple vs. The (Android) World

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Millenial Media has released its latest report on cross-platform mobile advertising, and the iPhone has lost another step on the Android platform. According to Millenial's reporting, revenue for advertising from the Android platform has exceeded iPhone-only revenue. That's not quite as bad as it sounds -- the Android platform, as we already know, has outstripped the iPhone in terms of user numbers, just because there are so many more available handsets and carriers for those devices."

Ah, nothing like hard statistics to tell a fuzzy story. Android cross-platform mobile advertising revenue (that's Android on -all- devices) has exceeded ad revenue generated from (only) the iPhone. That's a nice many-to-one statistic, but the true numbers behind the numbers indicate that iOS revenue growth (again, from advertising) increased 316% in the last quarter. At the same time, Android ad requests have grown 1283% since January 2010. So what does this all mean? We're getting more and more targeted advertisements on our mobile devices, one might even say that the onslaught is just beginning. Now, if I only had a TiVo-like device on my iPhone to let me skip (or fast forward through) advertisements ...

SuperOneClick: Root Your Android Device In One Super Click

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 08:00 AM

"We recently featured Universal Androot, an app that rooted many Android phones, but had a few limitations (and Google's already killing it with a patch). Windows program SuperOneClick is the easiest, most universal rooting app we've seen yet."

If you've ever wanted to root your device yet don't want to (or are afraid to) dig into the horribly cryptic land of command line hacking SuperOneClick is definitely a program you should check out. It is supposed to work on almost any Android device. All you have to do is put your device in USB debugging mode, plug it in to your computer, and press the root button. That's it, you're done. Another feature worth noting is there is also a button to enable the ability to install non market apps on devices that just so happen to have this feature disabled *cough*AT&T*cough*. Does this program change the mind of anyone out there who was wanting to root but afraid to take the jump? Check out the thread at XDA Developers for the download.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Commentary on the Competition from Infinite Loop

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:00 PM

"The first 15 minutes of Apple's earnings call today were not all that surprising, although the numbers were impressive. Quarterly revenue at the end of the company's fiscal year (late September) was $20.34 billion, making this the company's biggest quarter ever. This exceeded analyst expectations and predictions, so big score for Apple. Then things got really interesting when Steve Jobs got on the call and started ripping his competitors a new one."

Let's see, biggest quarter ever, yet, there's still plenty of time to bash the competition, rather than graciously bask in the glow of spectacular financial results (Thank you consumers, you've voted with your wallets! ). I don't quite understand what benefit is derived from publicly pointing out the obvious - see! we sold more stuff than you sold. And, despite the fact that the competition in the tablet space doesn't have real products shipping in meaningful number yet (at least here in the US), we're told that they'll be inferior, and that the small size will be a disadvantage unless fingers can be made smaller. I read that, and thought, gee, I'd better get rid of my iPhone then, because I don't have sandpaper to make my fingers smaller. I love Apple products, because, as Steve J points out,"they just work," but I'm not real happy with the whole "cult of personality" that seems to be developing and causing bad feelings in the industry. All the sniping between CEOs is getting old! Just build the products and let the consumers decide.

Friday, October 15, 2010

CoPilot Live USA Hits Market for $4.99

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"ALK Technologies today announced CoPilot Live USA, bringing full-featured, voice-guided GPS navigation to Android smartphones and tablet devices for the breakthrough price of just $4.99. Already a popular choice for iPhone and iPad owners, CoPilot Live USA for Android provides easy to follow, powerful turn-by-turn guidance with clear 3D guidance views and voice directions throughout the USA. Detailed street-level maps are stored directly on the Android device, not downloaded each trip, so drivers don't need to rely on a mobile internet connection for navigation. Destination entry is made easy thanks to predictive address matching that finds addresses as you type. Millions of useful Points of Interest (POIs) are pre-installed as standard, including gas stations, restaurants and attractions. The app also features sophisticated guidance features such as ClearTurnTM realistic display with lane indicator arrows and real sign post information for clear guidance at highway exits and complex intersections."

What's this you say? Turn-by-Turn for less than $5 that doesn't require a data connection? That's not bad at all for those of us who drive through spotty coverage areas (or with older phones we want to turn into a GPS). Requires a 2GB SD card, however other than that, it's a pretty sweet deal!

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