Google Maps for Android just got updated to version 4.5.0 and brought with it a couple cool new features.
What’s new in Maps?
First up is Navigation for walking directions. This is especially handy when you want to get from one point to another, but you don’t want to hop in a car to do it. Cars have to follow roads and obey one-way signs, whereas, someone walking can cut through an alley, walk “the wrong way” down a one-way street, and go places that a car can’t.
And second, with this version you can now filter your search results by [...]
Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you’ve seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it’s time for Part 2 of the software overview.
In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times.
You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom [...]
So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s hardware. The 4″ capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4″ seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it’s not too small and difficult to use and it’s not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims [...]
CoPilot now comes with traffic support for an additional $10 per year subscription fee. Real-time traffic information is used to avoid congestion, offer a more accurate arrival time, and provide alternate routes when available. Users of CoPilot Live v. 8 for Android, iPad, iPhone, and Windows Mobile will be able to try out ActiveTraffic, the traffic monitoring feature, for free for 14 days; after that, the fee will be $10 per year for an annual subscription. Users of CoPilot Live v. 8 U.S. Traffic will be able to upgrade to ActiveTraffic free of charge. CoPilot and its maker ALK [...]
Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music [...]
We were in San Francisco earlier in the week and got a chance to see the Samsung Epic 4G, a dual-mode 3G/4G hybrid smartphone that runs Google’s Android operating system. The Epic 4G is definitely the most unique Galaxy S smartphone model, outpacing its competitors like the Captivate on AT&T, Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Fascinate on Verizon Wireless.
Unlike its close cousins, the Epic 4G has some unique features that make it stand out from the pack. First, it’s the only 4G smartphone on the market from the Galaxy S family, running on Sprint’s growing [...]
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5″ Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen.
The Streaks 5″ screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and [...]
We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add “rooms”, or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5″ screen also gives the user much [...]
Join us as we kick off our next review series by unboxing the Dell Streak Android tablet device! Some of our recent Android coverage has been of smaller form factor devices. We now take it to the opposite spectrum by looking at the largest Android phone to date.
The Dell Streak is a combination of a phone and tablet that is graced with the Android operating system. Devices like the HTC EVO 4G have gained a large following due to its large 4.3″ screen size. The Dell Streak takes the cake with a screen measuring 5″. Will this large, Gorilla-glass screen make the [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can’t help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire!
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Our software overview part 1 video gave you a tour into the HTC Sense skin that the HTC Wildfire utilizes for navigation. In this next video, we compare how well the HTC Wildfire performs against one of its big brothers, the HTC EVO 4G. As mentioned in the hardware overview, the Wildfire has a 528mhz processor, whereas the EVO is equipped with a 1Ghz processor. The EVO is also equipped with a better GPU and more available RAM.
Below, we run through a series of comparison tests with these two devices including gaming, loading YouTube videos, and social networking applications. [...]
Google just released an update to their Maps app for Android, bringing it to version 4.4. So far Google has bee releasing a fairly substantial update to this app every month for the past several months.
Rather than just talk about the new changes, in the following video I’ve broken down Google Maps based on its four distinct functions (including the new “Places” feature), and demo’d adding a Directions & Navigation shortcut to one of your home screens.
0:00 – Intro0:49 – What’s new in Google Maps1:43 – Overview of [...]
We’ve written about CoPilot Live before (here and here), with rave reviews. I’m so impressed with this software that I’ve owned copies for my GPS-enabled laptop computer, Windows Mobile phones, and now my Android.
Unlike Waze or Google Maps Navigation, CoPilot Live doesn’t need a data connection to help you get from point A to point B, which can be an especially good thing if you plan on driving cross-country or to the sticks! (Trust me on that one!)
Through the end of August ALK (the folks who make CoPilot Live) have reduced its price in the [...]
The HTC Wildfire has been described by many as a miniature-sized cross between the Nexus One and the HTC Desire. As previously mentioned, HTC has targeted the masses with this device by making it very affordable. The shell of the device is much like the Nexus One in its combination of aluminum and Teflon painted plastic. Quite obviously, the overall design of this device is not lacking, despite its low price point.
On the spec side of things, the HTC Wildfire is accompanied with a 528MHz processor and 384MB of RAM. Based on the current generation of Android smartphones, these [...]
In our unboxing video of the HTC Wildfire, we had the opportunity to power on the device for the first time and give you a brief introduction to this device’s software. In part 1 of our software overview we now dive further into exploring the Android OS and the HTC Sense skin.
Sense is a skin created by HTC for use on many of their Android devices. Sense makes Android user friendly by adding new widgets, more home screens, and by streamlining certain menus and functions. Many of HTC’s custom widgets include stocks, news, weather, and the acclaimed flip-clock on the [...]
It’s time to kick off another series of videos on an Android device. This time we get the opportunity to unbox the HTC Wildire.
The HTC Wildfire is a compact and budget friendly device. Much like Sony Ericsson’s X10 Mini, HTC is targeting everyone with this offering. Right away you’ll see that the Wildfire shares many design aspects with the Nexus One. With that being said, its 3.2″ screen and a 528mhz processor, the Wildfire is sure to be a different experience.
Join us below as we unbox the HTC Wildfire and take a gander at what comes packaged [...]
If you’re one of the lucky folks who has a Samsung Galaxy (also known as the Vibrant or Captivate, depending on your carrier), you may have noticed a problem with GPS either taking a long time to resolve your position (or not at all), or your location being “way off.” Lucky for your, the uber-geeks over at XDA-Developers cooked up a way to quickly and easily fix the problem!
This fix won’t require any flashing of files, unlocking of bootloaders, or anything that could void your warranty, and reportedly Samsung is aware of the issue and is working on an [...]
Part 1 of our software overview gave you a look at navigating through Sony’s custom user interface on the X10 Mini. Just slapping any old version of Android onto the smallest smartphone would not suffice. Sony’s skinned version of Android 1.6 does the job very well and makes the X10 Mini very usable, even by the most skeptical.
In part 2 of our software overview, we venture further into the software making up the X10 Mini. We take a look at the social networking applications, the browser, and we also look at the video playback capability. Surprisingly, for such a [...]
In this next video, we explore the hardware of the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini. With a capacitive screen measuring only 2.5″ and a resolution of 240 x 320, the X10 Mini is surely a unique device. Sony set out to design a smartphone that could be used by anyone, while being very affordable and easy to use.
Weighing in at only 3.11oz, the X10 Mini weighs almost half of the HTC EVO 4G (6oz). While it is thicker than many of today’s smartphones, it is easy to forget that is in in your pocket. The X10 Mini is also Bluetooth 2.0 capable, has built in WiFi, and has a MicroSD [...]
I’ve been a fan of CoPilot Live since my Windows Mobile days. I was thrilled when they released an Android app… but very discouraged when Froyo (Android 2.2) was pre-released and CoPilot no longer worked.
I contacted the developers at ALK, the company who makes CoPilot Live and reported the bug. They thanked me and assured me they’d start working on it right away.
Last night they pushed an update via the Android Market that brought Froyo compatibility with it (v184.108.40.206).
If you’ve previously purchased the app, head back to the Market and [...]
Part one of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S featured a browser test and a look at the overall speed in general navigation as well.
Next up is our hardware comparison. The HTC EVO 4G features a 4.3″ LCD screen and the Samsung Galaxy S is equipped with a 4″ Super AMOLED screen. While Super AMOLED does certainly look better, typing on the virtual keyboard is somewhat easier on the EVO’s bigger screen.
The HTC EVO 4G initially received a lot of attention as one of the first devices to feature a Micro HDMI out port. [...]