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Ubuntu OS to Run on Smartphones

Posted in Android,Canonical,Mobile Phones by Chetz on January 2nd, 2013

SmartPhones running Ubuntu Operation SystemThe company behind the Linux-based OS Ubuntu announced on Wednesday that it will be offering a version of its software that will run on smartphones. Namely, the Ubuntu operating system uses the same drivers as Android and would work as a replacement software for existing phones running the Android OS, according to Canonical.

Canonical will release the open-source code as a file that can be installed on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, initially. Plans are also in the works with manufacturers to provide the software pre-installed on a device sometime before the end of the year.

Aside just from the fact that Ubuntu is a powerful, popular, free and open-source OS that will now be available on a smartphone, this news could mark a milestone in tech history as an operating system significantly blurs the line between a …

Onkyo Unveils New Android Remote Streaming App

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2011

Those of you with an Onkyo music system will like this news. Onkyo has announced the launch of their new Android remote control streaming application. The new Android Onkyo application connects to your music system using your Wi-Fi network and allows you to stream music from your Android devices to an Onkyo network audio system.

The new App also allows you to browse your networked music collection without viewing on-screen menus on a connected display, instead using the touch-screen GUI on your Android device. Pretty sweet. Onkyo will sell more units now that they have a fancy new remote.

R/C cars steered by Android smartphones

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

R/C cars are fun. Almost every kid has played with one at some point. Now the BlueDrone project wants to use your Android smartphone as a controller and get rid of those clunky remotes. The concept pairs the car with the Bluetooth-enabled handset and allows you to maneuver it with your phone using the onscreen controls.

It delivers a drive time of 3 hours with a range of about 30 feet. The custom app will let the driver use the accelerometer to steer as an alternative to the onscreen wheel as well. They just need $200,000 to commercialize the project. We hope they get it.

Android trash can robot

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

We aren’t sure what it is about the Android robot, but he’s just so adorable. Even as a trash can. You could probably build your own if you have a spare trash can. This one was made by a Taiwanese guy who loves Android.

It has LED eyes, movable “arms” and “legs” and you can control it with a remote, and rotate the joystick to spin it 360 degrees. Hopefully we won’t see an army of these on our streets anytime soon.

DyzPlastic Heroes And Villans Android Collectibles

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on June 29th, 2011

We’ve shown you the previous versions of the Android collectibles from the guys at DyzPlastics, and they are all very cool, but now they are releasing a new line of Android collectible mascots called Heroes and Villans.

Just look at those guys. Awesome. There will be four different versions and they will make their debut at the 2011 International Comic-Con in San Diego. Of course they will only be available in a limited number, with one design being made available each day starting on Wednesday the 20th of July at Comic-Con. Now you have to be there.

Unofficial Android MP3 Speakers

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2011

These Android MP3 speakers may look like the real deal, but they appear to have “gotge” written on them, not Google. We don’t even care. They are still adorable.

Each one has a small full-range driver built into the bottom, and they also have colorful LEDs around the neck that light up when the music is playing. Pushing the droid’s head starts and stops the music, and turning it left or right adjusts the volume.

Hulu Plus for Android is available

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2011

Great news. Hulu Plus for Android is available, however you may not be able to install it yet. The Hulu Blog states that six phones: the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix are compatible, with “additional device announcements” coming later in the year.

If you look at the list, many flagship phones are missing, but we have high hopes that they will have it running for everyone in no time. Hopefully that is the case.

miScroll Android Tablet From Storage Options

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2011

Storage Options has launched the miScroll, the latest in their Scroll tablet range. It’s designed for the youth market and can be personalized with interchangeable colorful covers. It sports a 7” 800 x 480, 16:9 resistive touchscreen, runs Android 2.3 and is powered by a 1GHz ARM11 processor supported by 256MB DDR.

It also features a built in 4GB MicroSD card expandable up to 32GB and a 0.3 megapixel camera on the front for video calling, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and a mini HDMI socket. The built in rechargeable battery will deliver four hours of useful life.

Starbucks mobile payment app for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

Since they already have their own iOS app, Starbucks is now bringing mobile payments to Android users, as well. The Starbucks for Android app is free. Just add credit to your mobile Starbucks Card and scan the app’s barcode at the cash register.

It’s available on devices running Android 2.1 or later and the service will also locate all Starbucks shops in your area and offer even more incentives via Starbucks’ rewards program. Right now, there are about 6,800 stores that support mobile payments and the company is planning to add an additional 1,000 locations in July.

i’mWatch Android-powered Watch

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2011

The i’mWatch from Blue Sky Italy is the world’s first Android-powered watch. Because let’s face it, your watch needs apps too right? It is powered by a Freescale ARM9 IMX233 CPU with 64MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1.54-inch TFT touchscreen display.

The 600mAh battery will deliver 2 hours of talk time or 48 hours of standby time. The i’mWatch can also be paired up with your iPhone, BlackBerry or Android phone. The i’mWatch Android-powered watch retails for €249 (or $360). Want one?

PAC-MAN is free app of the day on Amazon App Store for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Are you in the mood to play some Pac Man on Android? The app is available today on the Amazon App Store for free. It beats pumping quarters in the machine each time.

The app usually sells for 99 cents. And this is the full game, not a lite version. Just head over to the Amazon App Store and download it now. The game has two control methods, a virtual joystick and a swipe method. I can already hear the music.

OTA Gingerbread 2.3 update available for Droid X

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Android 2.3 for Droid X owners arrived earlier this week, but of course it required a tethered, manual install. That changes today as the update is available over the air, completely cable-free.

We first saw 2.3 show up in March and you can now enjoy speedy navigation, a customizable dock, and an overhauled camera app. Now you are cooking some Gingerbread.

Sharp AQUOS Hybrid 007SH: World’s first Clamshell Android phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

Though it isn’t something I would brag about, Sharp’s latest offering, the AQUOS Hybrid 007SH captures 3D Photos and videos and is the world’s first clamshell phone to run the Android OS. The phone also features a 3.4″ WVGA 3D New Mobile ASV touchscreen.

Other features include a 16.10 megapixel rear camera with a high-definition 720p video recording mode, AQUOS TV connector, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It also has an attractive IPX5/IPX7 waterproof body that keeps it safe in water. The phone’s keypad also has ergonomically placed keys to make typing easier.

Geniatech Android TV Set Top Box

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2011

Geniatech has released a new Android TV set top box. It packs in Google Android 2.2 Froyo, an Amlogic 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU, 512MB of RAM and a USB port for connecting an external hard drive. You also get 2GB of internal storage and it has a memory card slot for up to 32GB.

This set top box connects to your LAN via WiFi or Ethernet and delivers digital TV, internet TV, a web browser, a music player, IM and SMS apps. You also get access to the Android Market, so you can download additional apps. Nothing on pricing yet, but hopefully we will know soon.

Android finally gets Netflix app, for five devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2011

Netflix finally has an Android app that is publicly available. The app is pretty identical to the one released for the iPhone and it lets users manage their instant queue and watch videos. Of course to use it you need a subscription starting from $8.

Thing is, only a handful of phones can use the Netflix app, all of which are using Snapdragon processors. These first five include the Samsung Nexus S and four HTC phones, including the Evo 4G, the original Incredible, the Nexus One, and the T-Mobile G2. The Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt, weren’t mentioned, though they have also have Snapdragon.