LG broke into the tablet game earlier this year with the release of the Optimus Pad / G-Slate. The Honeycomb slate featured some interesting design choices, like the inclusion of a 3D-capable digital camera but lacking the autosteroscopic screen needed to display such images without requiring the user to wear glasses. Now we’ve spotted what looks like a new LG tablet; could this be the Optimus Pad’s successor?
If it wasn’t for the LG logo up-front, we might mistake this model for original Optimus Pad, which keeps its LG badging on the tablet’s back [...]
After 6 months of being in an “Invite only” beta, Google has just unveiled their Music service to the world. We’ve got to admit we were expecting a little more with this event, but it is what it is. Google has finally teamed up with Universal, EMI, Sony Music and 23 other independent music labels to finally allow you to purchase music from the Android Market. You’ll also be allowed to upload as many as 20,000 songs for free and have these streamed to your devices along with the music you purchase. It also brings improved services for music discovery where you [...]
There was a rumor going around earlier today that Google was just about to release the Ice Cream Sandwich source code to the Android Open-Source Project. While there weren’t many details available, this was all supposed to go down by November 17. Now it seems that even a three-day wait won’t be necessary, and Google has gone ahead and released the source code to Ice Cream Sandwich, along with the first release of the Honeycomb sources.
This is huge news for the Android development community, and should usher-in the era of some more complete custom Android 4.0 ROMs, [...]
In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will keep you entertained, help you find free Wi-Fi hotspots in your proximity, and clock unwanted calls. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market.
Call Block A free application
Block unwanted phone calls and SMS messages from unknown, blacklist, and whitelist numbers. Import numbers to your [...]
Earlier this year, the world got its first chance to try out Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the release of Motorola’s Xoom tablet. Now, less than a year later, Motorola is ready for its follow-up, announcing not one, but two new tablets, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition.
What do the two new Xooms have in common? Both have dual core 1.2GHz TI processors, just like the Droid RAZR. They each feature a five-megapixel main camera in addition to a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. Both are equipped with 1GB of RAM, have 16GB internal flash storage, and will arrive running Android 3.2 [...]
Most Android-powered smartphones have been shipping with a GPU for quite some time. (For those who don’t know, think of a GPU as a central processing unit for anything that you can see on your screen.) The problem has been that Android itself hasn’t had that much support for taking advantage of a phone’s GPU. Games and other graphics-heavy apps have been able to tie into the GPU via APIs, but for the run-of-the-mill app, they didn’t get any of the extra speed that utilizing the GPU would have given them.
With Ice Cream Sandwich, that’s about to [...]
In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will keep you entertained, have a Siri clone on your Android, and find recipes based upon collections and searches. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market.
Iris A free application
The iPhone 4S has Siri but Google has been using voice services for years. Iris (Siri spelled backwards) is an [...]
After Netflix was updated to support all Froyo and Gingerbread devices, it felt like there wasn’t much more to be done so far as extending the app’s compatibility. It had started out with a very short list of approved smartphones, but there have always been ways of running the app unofficially on additional phones, and the officially approved list has been steadily growing up to its current state. Today the app is taking things one step further, adding blanket support for Honeycomb tablets, as well as granting access to users in additional nations.
With this full [...]
After wowing us with some demos in the first half of the year, NVIDIA fell a little bit behind in its plans to see the first devices built around its “Kal-El” Tegra 3 chipset make it to market. We won’t end up seeing the first smartphone based on the platform arrive until sometime next year, but even with these delays, the plan remained unchanged to have at least the first tablet using Tegra 3 arrive sometime in 2011. ZTE recently started showing-off its T98 tablet, putting it the running for becoming the first-such Kal-El device to be released.
The T98 [...]
In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will entertain, allow you to back up your data, and share viral videos and news clips with friends. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market.
Move The Box A free lite application
Move The Box is a simple puzzle game. The object of the game is to move boxes in a set number of turns to eliminate them [...]
With iOS 5 on the horizon, we’ll soon see nearly all of Apple’s userbase, with the exception of those poor saps still on 3G (or earlier) hardware, make the move to the latest version of the operating system. What’s the upgrade story looking like over in Android land, though? The latest figures showing the breakdown between Android revisions are out, detailing the continuing trend towards Gingerbread.
The good news is that there are clear signs of users updating, whether that’s because new software was made available to them, or they traded-in an old [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we cover what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we go through all the smartphone releases for the week, which finally include Verizon’s Droid Bionic and AT&T’s LG Thrill 4G. We cover all the current leaks, which begin by disappointing us with rumors of the Nexus Prime bringing a WVGA screen. We summarize our week’s coverage in videos for the week, and we end the hot section by going through Eric Schmidt’s recent interview regarding the [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android Project. In today’s show we go through all, and we mean “all” the Samsung device releases we got during the week in both their US event and their IFA event in Berlin. We go through the release of the Motorola Droid Pro and the final release dates for the LG Thrill 4G. We also dig in to a huge list of rumors, which include more information on what to expect on the Google Nexus Prime, or Droid Prime probably. We talk about our [...]
AT&T has finally launched the LG Thrill 4G on their network. This is AT&T’s first 3D smartphone, and also one that’s been delayed and anticipated by many in these past weeks. Make sure you catch Adam Lein’s recent unboxing video for details on specs and first impressions, and all our evolving coverage of the device from here on.
The HTC Jetstream, which is the official name of the HTC Puccini we leaked months ago, is also available as of today on AT&T. This Honeycomb tablet brings all the joy of HTC Sense to Honeycomb, but sadly with some lack of [...]
HTC’s 10-inch, LTE-powered tablet known by the codename Puccini will be sold by AT&T as the HTC Jetstream. New screenshots from the Jetstream confirm its “true” 4G capabilities. Just like the HTC Flyer is sold through Sprint as the EVO View 4G, we suspect that Puccini will go by a different branding when sold internationally. The most likely candidate on the table right now is “HTC Skyrocket,” although that’s purely speculation based on current European trademark filings.
We’re expecting Puccini/Jetstream to pack a 1.5GHz dual-core [...]
We’ve told you before that according to various sources inside Google Android Honeycomb won’t be coming smartphones — it’s tablet only. We’ve also heard that “parts of Honeycomb” will come to smartphones.
We finally have some definitive information, and it comes straight from the top. Google’s CEO came out and told us that Android version “I” (which we think is Ice Cream Sandwich) will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Whether or not Ice Cream Sandwich will be just for smartphones or if it will be for tablets as well [...]
Ever since Android Honeycomb for tablets was announced, those of us with smartphones were a little concerned. Would Android be truly fragmented into different versions based on the size of our screens? Would developers have to write separate apps for each?
Our fears were quickly put at ease, Google told us that Android will be re-unified with the version following Honeycomb, the version we now know to be “Ice Cream Sandwich”.
The primary differences between the tablet-based Honeycomb and the smartphone-based Gingerbread and Froyo are primarily in the UI. There [...]
The developer who designed the Rotary Revamped and Lense lockscreens in CyanogenMod 7 is working on a new lockscreen style, based roughly on the lockscreen on Honeycomb tablets.
Although not meant to be an exact copy, his goal was to offer a “similar experience while also providing as much informations as possible” on an elegant lockscreen for Gingerbread phones and tablets.
Currently it’s nothing more than a concept, but if things progress as planned, the developer hopes to include this as an option in an upcoming CM7 release.
For those searching from the U.S. today, Google‘s “doodle” features an olde-fashioned Ice Cream Sundae because it’s reportedly the 119th anniversary of the “first documented” Ice Cream Sundae. If you’ll pardon the pun, that’s where things get sticky. Apparently there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding where the “first” Sundae was made. The controversy isn’t new, the disagreement has been around for quite some time. So why would Google go on-record and take sides now? More importantly, what does a Google doodle [...]
Part of the core of what makes Android Android has been its open-source development, creating a thriving community of hackers and tinkerers. Much of this scene is fed by the periodic release of the Android source code, letting developers adapt the software for not-yet-supported handsets. This seems so intrinsically Android that it’s almost shocking to learn that Google is not planning on releasing Honeycomb code anytime soon, fearing that unauthorized smartphone ports would create a user experience too awful to allow.
Business Week reports that Google has been telling [...]
Pocketnow Dream Phones is a new series where Pocketnow.com editors get to work with a professional artist to design our own dream phones. Introducing the PN4: Joe’s “Connectorless”, Android-powered Smartphone!
After trying nearly every form factor out there, there’s one that is just right for me: the mini-tablet. Once the screen reaches a certain size, physical keyboards become a novelty more than a necessity.
At 4.4-inches the PN4’s screen is big enough accommodate even the largest hands via an on-screen keyboard. To [...]
Following the update of Flash Player for Android, Adobe has released an update for their Air engine as well.
Version 2.6 not only brings official support for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but improvements for Android 2.2+ devices as well. These changes include improved performance, updated Android gesture support, improved handling of HTML content within Air apps, smoother video delivery, faster rendering and animation of games, and tighter visual integration between Flash and HTML content.
By itself, Adobe Air doesn’t provide much functionality. However, as apps written [...]
Just in time to meet their previously announced March 18th release date, Adobe just released their 10.2 Flash Player update for Android-powered devices. This release is a “final build” for Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones, but serves as a “beta” for devices running Android Honeycomb 3.0.1 (note the .1 at the end, which is required).
Some of the features of this update include:
+ Hardware accelerated video presentation for H.264 (Android 3.0.1+)+ Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine (Android 3.0.1+)+ [...]