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Android Honeycomb Shown on Desire HD

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2011

Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the tablet-optimized version of Google’s mobile operating system. Check it out here, outside of the tablet environment. Specifically on an HTC Desire HD phone. Most phones have too small of a screen to make Honeycomb usable, but that might not be the case with the Desire HD, which has a 4.3″ display.

Performance is fine. Could be better, but with the larger display, using Honeycomb on a phone becomes a lot more manageable. Performance won’t be the best of course, but at least they proved a point.

Unstoppable is the first Blu-ray film with Android-compatible Digital Copy

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

I know. We can’t believe there’s finally a Digital Copy that’s compatible with Android. It’s about time. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that “Unstoppable” will allow Android users to watch the movie on their Android mobile device.

It’s the first time that this has been possible with Google’s mobile OS, but just realize that you will need the disc itself, a WiFi-connected BD player, Android 1.6 or higher and the free PocketBLU app. Both the movie and app can both be downloaded today.

Flash 10.2 Coming to Android Devices

Posted in Android by Darrin Olson on February 14th, 2011

Flash 10.2 Coming to AndroidAdobe announced today in Barcelona at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona that Flash 10.2 will be hitting Android smartphones and Android tablets within just a few weeks. What this brings you is more frames per second and better graphics in Flash animation on your devices, just on the heals of the 10.2 release for Windows and Mac.

Adobe says that devices with dual-core processors such as Snapdragon they are scaling 1080p resolution video and seeing it at 30 frames per second. All this combined with a lower hit to battery life when viewing the video. Pushing the new, faster and more efficient version of the Flash player out to more handsets is a big move for Adobe to bring more popularity to website using Flash technology. Users might not necessarily choose a devices based on its Flash-playing capabilities, but it is something that those producing the devices can add to their list of features to bring more popularity.

Series 2 Android Toys from DyzPlastic

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

We love our toys and Android fans will be happy to know that some cool new figures have surfaced. These bots are series 2 from DzyPlastic and these guys are looking cuter than ever. They have three new designs including a Racer with the green color and white stripes and a driver in the belly.

Rupture is a pink robot with a black and white head popping out of the top. Then there’s Bluebot which is the basic Android mascot painted blue. The official launch date for the new designs is unknown, but of course we want all of them.

BBC iPlayer app coming to Android and iPad this week

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

The BBC has made its iPlayer app plans a bit more official by announcing that iPad and Android-specific versions of its software will be arriving by the end of this week. The iPlayer is a free TV catchup service hosting the best and most popular from the BBC’s catalog of recent programming, and the new native apps will let you watch on your portable device in a touchscreen-optimized format.

The finishing touches are being applied to the app right now and the apps should be available before the end of the week.

Google launches Android Blogger App

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2011

Google has launched its official Blogger App and released it to the Android Market. It allows you to easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location information directly to your Blogger blog from your Android device. It requires Android 2.1 and up.

The app also makes it easier to manage several websites with support for multiple sites allowing you to easily switch between blogs within the app when you need. There’s also an offline feature that lets you write posts even when a data connection isn’t available. Photos taken on your smartphone camera can be imported directly to your posts as well and uploaded straight from your Android phone.

RD Mute App will mute your Android Smartphone when face down

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2011

Want a quick way to mute your Android smartphone? Well, a new Android App called RD Mute mutes your smartphone when you place it facedown on a surface. It also has some other features to notify callers you are driving.

The application is free to download and can be started by flipping the phone on its face or when the GPS registers a traveling speed of 31 mph. It will automatically SMS anyone who calls you while driving to notify them that your at the wheel and will call them back later. Pretty handy app.

Verizon has an Android sale

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

This is what we call a pre-iPhone 4 blow out bonanza friends. Come one, come all and get some awesome deals on Android phones from Verizon right now. Everything must go as we prepare for the almighty Jesus of phones, the iPhone 4. We got your Samsung Fascinate and Continuum, the HTC Droid Incredible and yes, even the Motorola Droid R2-D2.

All available now for just $100 on the usual two-year contract. The sale doesn’t include the Droid X, Droid Pro or Droid 2 Global, but Verizon says they will have some additional one-day only sales during its “ten days of sweet deals” from now until February 10th.

Parrot Asteroid Android-powered car stereo

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

You don’t see many radios powered by Google’s Android OS. The Asteroid by Parrot is one of the few to be powered by the Android OS and it also offers three USB ports that allow you to hook up your other devices, including a 3G card or GPS USB device.

You can play music from a variety of sources, like MP3 players or SD cards. Aside from that there’s also Parrot Maps, a service that offers turn-by-turn navigation and traffic and construction alerts. Bluetooth connectivity will give you voice dialing and hands-free calling, as well as voice-activated artist search.

Epic 4G to get Android 2.2 Froyo update on Dec 26th?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

The Samsung Epic 4G has been waiting patiently as numerous other devices have been granted with the Android 2.2 Froyo treatment, but the good news is that Epic 4G owners might be in for a Christmas treat.

Some leaked screenshots hint that Android 2.2.1 will be rolling out to the phone on December 26th, one day after Christmas. Hopefully this is accurate and the update will arrive on time for a nice after Christmas gift.

Sega Dreamcast Emulator for Android Smartphones

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

Looking for some retro gaming on your Android Smartphone? Well, you’re in luck. A new Sega Dreamcast Emulator is currently in development for the Android OS. It’s still in the early stages of development, but it shouldn’t be very long before you are playing the classics on your Android phone.

Can you believe its been 11 years since the Sega Dreamcast was first launched? It was the first console to include a built-in modem and Internet support for online play. Sadly, it was discontinued a few years later, but remains a favorite of many gamers.

P8000 Moon may be Pantech’s first Android phone for AT&T

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Not a single one of AT&T’s Pantech-branded handsets thus far has been powered by the Android operating system, but the Pantech Moon P8000 may change all of that. This smartphone recently visited the FCC and features support for AT&T 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It might not ship with a QWERTY keyboard, so there’s that to consider. And we don’t have any info on when they plan to roll out the Pantech Moon P8000, but we will let you know when we have more info.

PlayStation controls spotted in Android 2.3 SDK

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Just shortly after Google released the Android 2.3 SDK, developers have already spotted some new code that appears to be related to buttons on Sony’s PlayStation controllers. This discovery corroborates earlier rumors and leaks, including videos and images showing a PlayStation phone with a control configuration similar to the PSP Go.

The new code includes references to the L1, L2, R1 and R2 triggers found on PlayStation controllers, while Google has given generic labels to what looks like the Square, Triangle, X and Circle buttons.

Android Market gets ‘Related’ apps tab without Android 2.3

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2010

Google has updated its Android Marketplace to deliver the highly requested ‘Related’ tab to help shoppers looking for similar apps. The feature which makes apps more easily discoverable, was at first thought to be unique to the forthcoming Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. But users with a Droid 2 and Nexus One running Android 2.2 (Froyo) have discovered the tab appear on their devices overnight.

However, judging by the initial screenshots, the accuracy of the recommendations seems to need more tweaking. Users have reported finding related apps that are more relevant to their search up to a page down.

Android 2.x on 83 percent of Android devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

Not every Android-powered device out there has the latest firmware update. Sometimes that’s due to carrier or hardware restrictions. Now the stats are in and according to the Android Market, Android 2.0 or higher is already on 83 percent of all Android devices with Android 2.2 Froyo already installed on over 43 percent of all Android devices.

That’s up 10 percent since October. Not bad at all. Older versions of Android like 1.5 and 1.6 are still around, but you can expect the share to slowly shrink. With Android 2.3 and 3.0 coming, we hope this chart will be updated soon with those versions.