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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Archos Android Tablets Now Have A Real Marketplace

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"Our biggest complaint about the variety of Archos tablets? The lack of the Android Market, of course. But while you've been able to sideload the Market apk on lots of these devices, there were apparently compatibility issues with Archos' new Android 2.1 / 2.2 tablets (like the Archos 32 we reviewed just a few weeks). But fear not: ArchosFans to the rescue!"

There may be a huge range of Android tablets and phones out there right now, but a depressing amount of them have been castrated by the lack of access to the Android Market. Some companies have tried are are trying to go their own way, such as Archos, Verizon, etc. However, those attempts find a much more limited selection of tools and toys. Part of what has made the iPhone the success that it is now is the app store. A simple, central location to get new programs and games and a fart app for any occasion. Without the Market, I find any Android device a lot less compelling to own. How about you? Is access to the Android Market a consideration when you get an Android based phone or tablet?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Be Prepared To Welcome Your Android Overlords

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 03:30 PM,+and+Updates)

"Apple seems pretty confident that they are going to keep the iPad at the top of the tablet market well into 2011. We know otherwise, but so does Gene Munster who is a Senior Research Analyst with Piper Jaffray."

Let us gaze into the Mystical Silica Ball and guess what the future holds in store. Hearing estimates and predictions from industry experts has always been entertaining. The interview did produce one nugget of information that I would apply to the whole tablet market, and that estimates can be hit or miss, not just for Asian production lines, but for estimates in the technology industry. Apple has certainly brought attention and revived the previously stagnant tablet market and in doing so, has turned everyone's focus on slates. Android certainly seems the next most suitable OS and will likely sellore units. I am not sure if that can be considered dominance though. Whether slates have fundamentally changed the PC market, well, those words were also said about netbooks and then smartphones. Technology is certainly moving fast, but I have doubts as to whether consumers are able to keep up with the pace that manufacturers want us to move. Do we really need to buy a new computing device every year or two?

T-Mobile G2 Getting an OTA Update, Includes WiFi Calling, Hotspots

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 07:06 AM

Word is trickling through the grapevine that the T-Mobile G2 is getting an OTA update as we speak, enabling WiFi Calling, and mobile hotspot. Probably the quickest I've ever seen a ROM update, and it does remove one of the things I disliked about the G2 (lack of hotspot capability). Any G2 owners getting updated?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Give Those People Air: Adobe AIR Now Available For Android

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"We showed you video last month of what Adobe has in store for Android with Adobe AIR apps. And AIR is now available for Android, downloadable in the Android Market."

And here it is, Adobe AIR is now available for download to your Froyo powered Android device strait from the market. If you're not familiar with it, Adobe Air is a runtime environment similar to .Net or a Java VM. It provides all the necessary tools and libraries for you to run programs written using Adobe AIR on your Android device. This opens up the possibility for some great cross-platform software in the near future. In theory the exact same app could run on your Android phone and your PC/Mac without having to be recompiled.

You might also like to know that AppBrain has put together a very nice way for you to browse all of the Adobe AIR apps currently in the market. Check it out here. Find anything you just can't live without? Let us know.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thinking of Hacking your G2? Think Again!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 06:30 AM

Well here is something truly annoying. It appears that the T-Mobile G2 may ship with a hardware rootkit that re-installs the device's firmware upon re-boot, basically stopping those who would want to root and load a custom firmware in their tracks... for now. I'm skeptical that it can't truly be overcome because if so, that would seriously limit the device's appeal - after all, if we can't change the OS, how would official updates actually work? I guess time will tell with this one. All I know is I'm holding off buying one until I know if it's mine to hack as I please, or T-mobile's to control. $500 isn't chump change!

Tags: android, g2, rooting

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Skype Now Available For Non-Verizon Android Phones

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 07:00 PM

"It seems unfathomable that Skype didn't have an app for Android until now*, but it's true. Phones running Android 2.1 or 2.2 can download the free app now, for free Skype-to-Skype calls, IM and more."

Good news! Android users not on the Verizon network can finally get their Skype on... kind of. Apparently everyone in the world can make calls and send texts over WiFi or 3G, except for anyone who just happens to live in the United States. Those of us living in the states must fire up WiFi to make a voice call over Skype. That, along with the hefty 13.84MB install on my Nexus One pretty much means this is getting uninstalled very soon. Any Skype users out there glad to finally be able to make calls from your Android phone?

All I Want For Christmas Is An Android Tablet

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"LG had initially said their tablet would be available as a Christmas stocking stuffing, but it appears it's been delayed until January's CES show now. It's no big deal really, but according to Bloomberg it's due to software issues."

This is not the first time that a product has not made its initial release date, though I wonder if missing the holiday season is a good decision as those who might like this delightful tablet may not want to wait and spend their gift money on a competitor, like, say, an iPad. With other Android tablets coming out, the claim that the delay is because of Android makes me wonder if the tablet really will be ready or reliable. It almost sounds like LG is working on their own layer on top of Android to try and differentiate themselves and are having problems making it a smooth experience. Whatever the problem is, it probably is best to wait until the reviews come out over this tablet to see if the added wait is worth it.

LauncherPro Released

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 08:30 AM

LauncherPro is easily one of the best things I've found/installed/used with my Nexus One. The look is great, the added functionality is superb, and now with the latest version, you can do even more without ever leaving "home". Check it out if you're a bit tired of the stock launcher!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Giant Android Thoughts Tips Thread!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 10:00 AM

A few weeks ago, reader Steve The Yaz suggested that it might be a great idea (and useful) for our community to form a thread of tips, tricks, hacks, fun stuff, neato things, stuff to make your friends jealous, etc... about our Android phones. So without further delay, I'd like to kick off the Giant Android Thoughts Tips Thread! Help it grow to be GIANT by submitting your favorite tip - no matter how mundane (However supa-cool tips are highly encouraged as well). Let the party get started!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Turn your Android Phone Into an IP Webcam

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 04:00 AM

"Thinking of turning your Android phone into a network camera? Yes, it is possible. Ip Webcam can turn your phone camera into a webcam and do tweaks like image quality, image size, and set login & password to secure it. On the top of all these features, no special player is required, you can preview video on famous browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Chrome. Download IP Webcam from Android Market and run it. Main settings will appear on your screen with the camera preview on the background. Variety of image sizes are available depending on your camera resolution. Image quality can be adjusted as well (this is actually recording quality, the higher it is the more bandwidth it will take)."

Addictive Tips has a nice write-up about IP Webcam, a piece of software that might finally make it worth it for me to carry my G1 around again. Simply load it up and you'll get a makeshift webcam through your Android Phone. Great for wherever you need to temporarily spy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

7-Inch Nationite Rocktab Android Tablet Starting at $129

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:30 PM

"For those who think most high-end Android tablets seem way too pricey, but still like the idea of having a tab around, the entry-level Nationite Rocktab may prove to be an acceptable alternative with its modest $129.50 price tag (2GB model)."

Another in a series of modest but inexpensive tablets with a 7-inch resistive WVGA screen, this Android 1.5 (ouch!) device is available in 2, 8 or 16GB of storage, 128MB RAM, a Rockchip RK2808 600MHz processor, trackball, accelerometer and Wi-fi. Maybe a good entry-level device for Android newbies!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Android Tablets Coming Soon to a Store Near You

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 08:00 AM

"This report doesn’t come from one of our usual suspects in the tech blog word but the good folks over at Appolicious had a conversation with a T-Mobile rep. The most worthy note here, if this report is to be believed is that T-Mobile have an Android tablet available before the Christmas holiday. What’s more interesting is that this report coincides with our inventory sheet leak yesterday showing off the LG Optimus T which some of our readers believe is an Android tablet."

With slate tablets being as hot as Georgia asphalt these days, it is no surprising that companies are exploring the possibility of adapting the Android OS to the tablet form factor. While some say that Froyo may not be the ideal candidate, Android 3.0 is coming along and manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola will try anything for a piece of the tablet pie. I find it interesting that at least with the North American market, it looks like there will be two main categories of tablets to choose from. Generic, multi-purpose tablets that can be had from PC companies such as Dell and HP, and then those that will be tied to telecommunication carriers. Carriers must be salivating at the revenue potential of these babies. Not only will people be tied to their carriers owing to hardware limitations but with separate app stores like Verizon's V Cast's proposed app store, they stand to make a considerable amount of money. It does not seem that the strangehold that carriers have in the United States and Canada will not be loosened anytime soon.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Official Samsung Galaxy Tab Promo Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:30 PM

"[The] Samsung Galaxy Tab is loaded with superb cool features, and is going to give the iPad a real tough fight. The widgets interface is specifically neat! The video shows other features, all titled under the "It's Go Time" slogan."

So, where does the Samsung Galaxy Tab fall on your "Want" list? High up? I really like the size - I think it's a logical bump up from a smartphone, but not as gigantic as an iPad.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interview Reveals Guild Wars 2 Available for Android

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

"Video games have evolved far past the button-mashing days when your entertainment was easy to forget because the game was simple. Games today often influence our emotions, making us feel as though we are part of the story, part of the game universe, and that we matter in important ways. The end result is that, very much like other forms of entertainment, we find ourselves drawn to the experience even when we aren't in-game. Proof of this are the fan sites, forums, and other applications that we devour in order to continue the in-game experience. The bragging, information sharing, and verbal sparring we engage in on these sites are all signs of high levels of passion and our desire to continue the experience outside of the game."

The exciting game, Guild Wars 2, will be available for Android phones according to ArenaNet's Tech Director, Rick Ellis. The game looks fun and will allow you to interact with other players. And the best part - Android is one of the first platforms to have it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

YAPPER - Another Android Development Tool for Non-Developers

Posted by Don Sorcinelli in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 11:00 AM

"While at the APPNATION Conference last Monday and Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with several people talking about some cool things that are being released for Android. One that caught my eye right away with the new Yapper 2.0, an online app development tool for people who might not be as code savvy as they need to be.I think that there is a bit of desire in everyone who is involved in the Android community to be a developer of some sort. I heard time and time again about how people have a great idea for an application, but simply do not have the know how to actually code and create that app themselves. (I probably need to admit here that I am one of those people who secretly desires to be a wicked cool dev) So when I was able to interview Nicole Demeo from from Yapper, I was instantly interested as the folks there have created a HTML 5 powered web app to help those of us who are code challenged be app developers."

Over at the AndroidGuys web site, Ray Walters had an opportunity to take a look at a tool that is similar in nature to Google's own App Inventor for Android. The simple premise - provide an application development platform that does not require programming knowledge. As a software developer, I am always a bit wary of tools of this sort. They are definitely anything BUT new in concept; I recall seeing similar types of applications over 20 years ago. The usual issues with these types of solutions happen when the "developer" wants to step outside of the limitations of the tool and do something unsupported. Either it's difficult at best, or downright impossible at worst. However, if the application needs are focused and fall within the tool's capabilities, however, YAPPER may be worth a look.

Google Announces Two-part Verification and Mobile Doc Editing on Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"Today we're hosting more than 300 CIOs and IT professionals from around the world in Paris at Google Atmosphere, our annual European event dedicated to cloud computing-web-based applications that are built on shared infrastructure and delivered through the browser. This year, the discussion at Atmosphere is focused on how companies can benefit from the breakthroughs in productivity and security that cloud-based applications are uniquely capable of delivering....We're launching new cloud-powered capabilities: two-step verification to help enhance security and soon, mobile editing in Google Docs on Android and the iPad."

Looks like two exciting achievements are coming from Google. The two step verification will allow for tighter security on an account so that if someone did get the password, it would be harder to steal the account. Mobile editing will will allow you to edit your documents where ever you are - great for making changes as they come to you while you are on the go!

Friday, September 17, 2010

LG Tegra 2-Powered G-Tablet Details Emerge

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"A little over a week ago I was in Berlin lamenting that many of the sweet tablets on display were not coming to the U.S. yet, maybe ever. ViewSonic's ViewPad 10 and 7 were among them, but the company had some good news for us today. We got a sneak peek at another of the company's 10-inch slates, the ViewSonic G-Tablet. This one is definitely coming out in America, hitting shelves in late October. This won't be an online-only, no touching before you buy tablet. The company plans to sell it through outlets like Costco, Sam's Club/Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, Sears, etc. The list hasn't been finalized yet, but you get the idea. This is a tablet meant for the masses. On the other hand, a $529 MSRP (lower street) for a 10-inch tablet is pretty steep when you consider the Archos 101 will start at $399. Is this high-powered slate worth the premium?"

A little on the pricey side, but if you're a fan of LG's you might want to check out this recently released information on the upcoming G-Tablet.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Beware - Security Warning Issued for Android Adobe Flash Player

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

"A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player for Android. This vulnerability also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh."

Watch out! Adobe issued a security warning for the Android Flash Player as well as Flash Player on other operating systems that may allow an attacker to take control of your systems. According to Adobe's security bulletin, they should have an update for Android out the week of September 27, 2010. Hopefully it will be sooner, but in the meantime check out Adobe's security bulletin on the issue!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Android and the "Two Enterprises"

Posted by Don Sorcinelli in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 06:00 AM

When it comes to any technology that can be used for work, the question of "enterprise-ready" comes to the surface sooner or later. With all of the advances in mobile phones in recent years, it often seems that this question is asked on a monthly basis. One of the more recent mobile platforms receiving enterprise scrutiny as been the Android operating system. Answering the question "is Android ready for the enterprise" may not be quite as simple as one might expect, however. Read more...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Viewsonic Shows Off Android Tablet

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"Viewsonic was showing off their first Android tablet, the Viewpad 7, at IFA this week and we got to spend some quality hands-on time with the device. What I found was a pretty remarkable first effort from Viewsonic, but the Viewpad 7 will not be able to take on the Samsung Galaxy Tab."

The Viewpad 7 is a great looking Google-approved device, supports full-size SIM cards, and a front-facing camera for video-conferencing on the go. Anyone out there planning to purchase an Android tablet soon? If so, what are you most desired features?

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