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Saturday, August 6, 2011

More Android Goodness For Your BlackBerry, But You'll Have To Wait

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

"RIM previously announced that its PlayBook tablet would be able to run Android apps by the summer, but we've just heard something to the contrary."

I hope that all this murmur about Android apps running on your shiny new BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't got your hopes up too much. Looks like the new buzz is that your 'Berry won't be sporting Android apps until late this fall. That's ok though, I'm sure RIM will still be in business by then. No worries.

Friday, August 5, 2011

An Unholy Union: Android Market Seen Running On BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"We've already seen the Android App Player leak out, and now the BlackBerry PlayBook has taken one more (unofficial) step towards being a full-fledged, psuedo-Android tablet."

Grab your holy water and wooden spikes, kids. The unthinkable has happened. As seen in the video above some one was actually able to download and install an app from the Android Market onto a BlackBerry PlayBook. Well, kind of anyway. I just have to ask, are people really that hooked on BlackBerry? Why not just get an Android device?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The RIM Playbook Will Run Android Apps

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"After some speculation, RIM has formally announced that their tablet, the Blackberry Playbook, will run Android apps. The inclusion of support for Android apps is huge because it means RIM’s new tablet will ship with the ability to run hundreds of thousands of apps."

Now if you follow the "read" link for all the info you'll see that what it actually will do is run RIM approved apps within an Android "app player" of some kind. This also means you will not have direct access to the Android Market. Android developers that want their app to be available for the Playbook will need to do some work to repackage their app, submit it to the BlackBerry App World, and wait for approval. I think it's smart for RIM to do this but only time will tell if developers will do the work needed to make their app available for the Playbook. I think a lot of eyes will be on the Playbook as well as the HP Touchpad (running WebOS) as so many people have been disappointed by current Android offerings. Also, I know I'm not the only one who thinks iOS is terrible on a phone and even worse on a tablet. The Playbook has some great hardware with 1GB of RAM, dual core processor, 3MP front camera, and 5MP rear camera. It does have a 7" screen which some people may think it too small, for me I think the 10" would be too big. The question is will it work well and will people buy it? What do you think?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MobileSync Pro - Sync, Share, Backup, and Protect

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Retina-X Studios, LLC announced today the release of MobileSync Pro, a cross-platform mobile phone freeware for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows smartphones. MobileSync Pro is the most versatile and feature-rich mobile software utility yet to come out from Retina-X Studios, which has bundled a 4-in-1 solution by incorporating backup, theft-protection and file sharing solutions, besides its key function as an all-purpose sync solution."

Most mobile phones have built-in synchronization for your contacts, email, calendar, etc. But what happens if you want to change platforms. How do you move your data if you want to ditch your iPhone to try out Windows Phone 7? Or move from BalckBerry to Android? In most cases this would not be an easy process. MobileSync Pro is a free application that can do this for you. It also adds the capability of sharing your data with others. They offer 200 MB of free storage. They are also currently working to offer support for Windows Phone 7 and other platforms that should be finalized in the coming weeks. Curious? Check them out here.

Sprint's New App Finds Your Phone and Wipes Your Data

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 06:00 AM

"With the TEP app, you'll be able to track your phone via a web interface, force it to sound an alarm even if muted, lock it, and finally wipe your contacts (which can later be restored once you get your handset back)."

This looks like a nice perk if you're already paying the $7 a month for the equipment protection plan, but I doubt that it's enough of a benefit to get people to sign up for the program, especially with so many solutions out there which are either free or have a one-time fee associated with them that do so much more. If you're with Sprint, is this something you're inclined to sign up for? What do you do to keep your phone safe and your data secure? Let us know in the forums.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Are Pigs Flying? BlackBerry PlayBook and Smartphones May Run Android Apps!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"Here is the big news: we have been told RIM is very much considering the Dalvik virtual machine, and we ultimately expect the company to chose Dalvik. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s the same VM that the Android OS uses, and it would allow RIM’s PlayBook and other QNX devices to run just about any application built for the Android platform."

This sounds great to me! I don't see any way it would hurt Android and it could save RIM. I'm all for more competition and I love when software can work on devices it wasn't intended for. Would this make you consider the PlayBook, Torch 2, or Storm 3?

Friday, December 31, 2010

What The Geeky Got for Gifts

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

"If you got an iPad as a gift during the holidays, you certainly weren't alone. In a recent poll of holiday gift recipients, iPads accounted for a full 22.7% of all gadget or hardware gifts, making iPads the single largest category in our gift poll, outstripping the nearest runner-up by nearly 14% of votes. That runner-up was Amazon's Kindle - not surprising considering that the Kindle is the best-selling product in Amazon's history."

It's a relatively small sampling size - less than 2400 votes, and only from people who read Mashable - but among the geek-set, there are a couple of stand-out points: the iPad was the #1 gift, more people got Macs (60%) than Windows machines (40%), Android phones let the way in the smartphone category with a hefty 50.3% figure (iPhones were 30%), but Windows Phone 7 devices at 10.3% just eeked out Blackberry devices (9.4%). Not bad for a brand new platform that most people still haven't heard about! Lastly, the Xbox/Kinect one-two punch clobbered the PS3 with a 54.3% figure versus only 11.9% for the PS3. The Kinect really is driving the Xbox 360 to new heights of popularity!

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, 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!

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