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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Archos Arnova 7 hits the FCC, on the cheap

Posted by John London in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 08:00 PM

"For those who like their Android tablets cheap, it looks like Archos is ready to unleash yet another budget-friendly addition to the Arnova family stateside."

Is this tablet something that would interest you? Unfortunately, the specifications are still under wraps. I would think this will sport a 7 inch screen (18 cm). Archos has announced 8 and 10 inch screens. This is a low cost device which is targeted for the penny pincher. I have not used Archos equipment and limited exposure to Android, so chime in if you think this device has potential and tell me why Android is good.

UPDATE: Here are some further details about the tablet...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Notion Ink Adam: From Prototype to Disappointment

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:00 PM

"The saga of the Notion Ink Adam is a tale like many we could name -- it's the story of a tiny company struggling to bring a vision to market, facing friction from investors, factories and the march of time itself. The difference is that the Adam captured the imaginations of gadget fiends like ourselves with ideas that were fantastic from day one and are still novel now that it's finally been released, including a paneled UI, full USB host functionality, and of course that Pixel Qi screen. But does the Adam deliver on the promises of unifying form and function with such technology? In two words: Not really."

From a unique prototype to a disappointment in production, the Notion Ink Adam tries to implement some of the features that techies initially found so cool, but fails on most. The Pixel Qi screen can be used outdoors with the backlight turned off, but it disappoints otherwise. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a UI called Eden, the Adam looks cool, but fails to deliver on its promises. Frequent crashes on apps and games, reboots, and hangs are the order of the day. Apps don't behave the same in different modes, and, for instance, the calendar app doesn't import-from or export-to any other calendars, so it's a standalone calendar. Even the battery life is about 1/3 of what was initially anticipated. The Adam really is not ready for the marketplace in this version.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Exclusive Game For Xperia Play and the G2X Announced

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 02:30 PM

Two great annoucements: First, the Xperia Play phone from Sony Ericsson will exclusively launch the game BackStab on it's phone. The game appears to be an action type game with the ability to battle opponents. It will be available for all Android devices eventually, but to get it first purchase the Xperia Play. Second, T-mobile has announced the G2X, which will be available this spring. This new phone will be the first duel core device for T-mobile and will come with games, a 4 inch screen and Android 2.2. So keep your eyes peeled for both the G2X and the Xperia Play!

Update: Rumor has it that the G2X will be available April 15th. Read about it here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Milestone Finally gets an Official Froyo Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

"Flash Player 10.1, a faster browser and mobile hotspot capabilities await the intrepid updater, but Motorola warns that any DRM-locked media you have on your SD card will be lost. Weirdly enough, there's also a caution that "users may experience some adverse effects associated with the upgrade which could include slower operation of some phone functions and applications.""

This is great news for all Milestone owners across the pond! I don't understand why it took Moto this long to get Froyo ready for the Milestone when they had it for the Droid back in August or something like that. I guess it has to do with one carrier over here verses many over there. Anyway, it's finally available. It does seem a little odd to me that apparently the upgrade is via a connected computer and not over the air as most of us are used to over here. That last line in the quote warning about the possibility of "some adverse effects" is a little disconcerting though. Did you install the update? Let use know what you think!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

PlayOn App Brings Hulu and Netflix To Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 06:30 AM

"Hulu, Netflix Instant Queue*, Comedy Central,*, CNN, CBS, ESPN, ESPN3,, SpikeTV, The Ultimate Fighter, Amazon VOD, TBS, BET, Adult Swim, Oprah Winfrey Network, Nick, PBS, PBS Kids, MTV, Vevo, and many more. Now you can watch the online content from all of these channels on your Android Phone."

The PlayOn application lets Android 2.2 and up users watch your favorite channels via your mobile device. It includes Netlix, Hulu, Adult Swim, and other popular channels. The app allows for connection by 3G or Wi-Fi as long as you have the PlayOn Media Server running on your PC. The app is free to download, but there is a subscription fee for the Media Server plus certain channels require an additional subscription fee. If unsure whether you want to pay for the server or not, there is a 14 day free trial to help you make up your mind. But for some Android users unable to support channels on their own, it may be well worth the fee!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Have a Vibrant? Get your Froyo!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM

According to TmoNews Froyo is finally available for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant on T-Mobile. It's taking a long time for the Galaxy S phones to get Android 2.2. I'm glad to finally see it coming to the Vibrant. Have you gotten it? How's it working for you?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Samsung Vibrant Due To Get Froyo Tomorrow?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 03:00 PM,281...,2376045,00.asp

"An Android 2.2 upgrade for the Samsung Vibrant will roll out to subscribers starting on Jan. 21, T-Mobile's chief marketing officer Cole Brodman confirmed to PCMag today."

I suppose some would say, "It's about freakin' time!" T-Mobile has confirmed that the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant will begin rolling out in waves starting January 21. Not everyone will get it the first day but they expect to have it pushed out to all users with in a few weeks. One interesting thing to note is that according to T-Mobile, Samsung gave them the base 2.2 update back in November. It has just taken this long for T-Mo to get all of their skins and bloatware mashed into the device. And people wonder why I refuse to buy carrier branded phones...

Monday, January 10, 2011

News On Two Anticipated Updates

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:30 PM

Two little news bits on upcoming updates: First, the bad news. The myTouch Slide Android 2.2 update will be delayed due to unreliable Wi-Fi calling and a misdirection of which partition to store the update. HTC is working on the issues but no release date is set yet. Second, the good news. The myTouch 3G 3.5mm Jack and myTouch Fender LE Android 2.2 Froyo updates will be released beginning January 12th with all customer's receiving their update by February 1st. This update has been desired by myTouch fans since the release of the myTouch 3G updates in October and December of last year. Finally, the wait is over!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: Best of the Android Bunch

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:30 AM

"The Galaxy Tab is the most refined Android tablet we've tested, in large part thanks to its "Super TFT" screen. At 1024x600, this 7-inch display exceeds Android 2.2's maximum screen resolution of 854x480. While Android apps built to that standard spec will be "upscaled" on the Tab's screen, we didn't notice any ugly pixel interpolation during testing."

Still the best of the Android bunch, the Galaxy Tab does a great job taking Android where it wasn't really meant to go - yet. The inevitable comparisons to the iPad go on and on, with this generation of Android tablets still coming up second best. I'd love to get a Galaxy Tab, but, at about $600 off-contract, I'll have to wait until the new year. Do any of you readers think that a non-Apple competitor to the iPad will appear in 2011?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sneak Peek At Viewsonic's G Tablet and Tegra 2

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"The slate computing market is about to explode, with a literal flood of new tablets releasing over the coming months. Many of them will be Android based, running Nvidia's Tegra 2 SoC."

Here's a preview of Viewsonic's new G Tablet and the performance of Tegra 2. The tablet boasts a 10 inch WSVGA screen, Tegra 2 SoC and Android 2.2. Also included along with the preview is a comparison with the Galaxy Tab. Take a look and let us know which one you would be more interested in!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Archos 43 Tablet Features Android 2.2

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

"A connected AndroidTM palm-sized tablet A simple tap. Just a simple tap on the home screen of the ARCHOS 43 internet tablet and you'll be accessing all the major functions you need throughout the day wherever you are: HD video playback, HD camcorder, apps, emails and full Internet browsing. It's as simple as a tap."

An ideal form factor for carrying in a pocket at 4.3-inches, light at 4.6-ounces (130g), and sporting a ARM Cortex A8 processor with DSP at 1 GHz, as well as 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, this Wi-fi only tablet seems like quite a bargain at $249.99. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) already on-board, and a 720p video camera (camcorder), it seems that the only thing lacking is access to the Android Market. Archos' own AppLib store is offered, but is really no replacement. Reviews have been good, but many tablet seekers seem to be waiting for the larger Archos 101, already on sale in Europe ( link ), and rumored to be available soon in the US for $299.

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