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PLX Kiwi debuts devices to help you drive green and watch your car

Posted in Android,APC,Software by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2010

One of the keys to driving with an eye towards being green and improving economy is to watch how you accelerate and keep an eye on mileage figures. Some cars have onboard computers for this, but others lack such systems.

PLX Kiwi has unveiled several cool products that plug into the OBDII port on modern cars, can monitor all sorts of things on the vehicle. The Kiwi Drive Green Save Gas module monitors green savings, and offers 20 green driving lessons.

Stream TV gets new eLocity A7 tablet ready to fight iPad

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

You can rest assured with the huge success of the iPad that there are a huge amount of tablets in the works that will be coming to market soon. Many of these tablets will run the Android OS and offer lots of multimedia and other features.

One of those tablets that is coming to market is the Stream TV eLocity A7. The maker of the device says that it will be up for pre-order on August 24 and that the full details of the device will be offered then. For now, we only know a few tidbits about the tablet.

Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 PSP Go inspired gaming phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Sony Ericsson hasn’t really ventured into the Android market, but we may soon be seeing an Android 3.0 phone from Sony Ericsson that will be designed with the PSP Go layout in mind. Instead of a QWERTY keyboard there may be gaming controls sliding out of the phone. The display is on the large side and likely around the 4 inch mark.

An android gaming phone inspired by the PSP. Color us intrigued. Soon you will be playing games like God of War or LittleBigPlanet on your Android phone!

Android GPS Navigation X-wing Edition

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Obsessed with Star Wars? So is Flash-developer Christopher Caleb, who has come up with an Adobe AIR-based app for Android that lets you use an authentic looking X-wing targeting system on your Android device to navigate to your destination.

Sure, you won’t get all the features of your typical GPS apps, like maps, points-of-interest etc, but you will see your destination ahead of you as if you were in the Death Star trench. It also features plenty of Star Wars sounds to complete the experience.

Netflix working on official Android app

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for the next Netflix app to show up on the Android platform and it looks like it is coming soon. Soon you can enjoy Netflix’s movies and shows on all of your Android devices.

A recent job listing for an Android Video Playback Expert seems to suggest that we will be getting some Android Netflix streaming in the near future. We just don’t have a date yet.

Google is activating 200,000 Android phones per day

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Things are looking great for Android. Google chief Eric Schmidt must have been feeling elated when he revealed that his company is now activating 200,000 Android phones a day. That number is 25 percent higher than the 160,000 per day from late June and is double the 100,000 phones that were being switched on just three months ago. People really love them some Android.

Schmidt said he wasn’t sure how long it would continue. He isn’t concerned about the free licensing hurting revenue since many Android owners run Google searches that pop up ads and generate revenue from impressions and click-throughs. He noted that iPhone owners also make money for Google that way.

Android is now top-selling OS in American smartphones

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

BlackBerrys and iPhones are so last week. The American consumer has voted with his wallet and it turns out that Android is his favorite OS of the last quarter. NPD has just announced their findings for Q2 2010 and they conclude that 33 percent of phones sold during the period had Android on board as the OS.

This is the first time, since 2007, that RIM has not been in the lead for most purchased smartphone OS in the US. BlackBerrys accounted for 28% of the market and Apple’s iPhone is third with 22%. Motorola and HTC are the two big reasons for Android’s soaring ascent.

Viper SmartStart app available for Android users

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on July 30th, 2010

Way back in October of last year we talked about the Viper SmartStart app that would let the user unlock and start their car from their iPhone. That app was also available for Blackberry users as well.

Viper has announced this week that the app is now available for Android users. The app has the same features as the app offered on other platforms.

Create your own android with this paintable Android figurine

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2010

Dyzplastic’s blank Android canvas is awesome. You can make it into any droid that you want. Give it a Joker face, make it into R2-D2, whatever floats your boat.

This $6 Do It Yourself geek project will be available at Comic-Con this week and should pop up for sale on Dyzplastics in early August. The possibilities are endless. Create an Android Steve Jobs or make it look like an X-Man. I want one.

Nook for Android

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

Nook for Android is here, allowing to you read your Nook books and buy new titles on any Android phone. The app will automatically syncs bookmarks and your most recently read pages, and includes LendMe.

You’ll get all of the usual ebook app standbys like turning pages just with a flick, and there also are 8 fonts and 5 sizes for text so you can set it how you like it.

Droid Incredible gets One-Click Root

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2010

Rooting your device to get full access can be quite a process, you have to break down those walls like breaking into a fortress, but it’s getting easier thanks to the folks who do such things. After the HTC Droid Incredible was rooted, the folks behind Unrevoked decided that it was time for a one-click root method to be available to the masses.

The process should be as easy as clicking once. If you weren’t planning to root your HTC Droid Incredible, maybe this method will make it more attractive to you.

Opera 5.1 browser hits download for Android

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2010

Opera has announced that the full version of the Mini 5.1 web browser is now available for download. The browser promises to speed up surfing the web on any Android smartphone. Opera claims that 61 million people are using the Mini browser globally.

The new version 5.1 for Android has some new features that will make it more appealing. 5.1 can be set as the default browser on Android smartphones. The browser is also optimized for use on devices with larger screens.

Android App Inventor Lets You Build Your Own App

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on July 12th, 2010

Android App InventorIf you’ve always wanted to make your own applications to use on your Android phone but have never had the time or interest to learn all of that programming syntax, this just might be your chance. Google has announced the beta of the App Inventor for Android, a visual programming tool for creating mobile phone applications on Android devices.

Google says that no programming knowledge is necessary and you can begin building apps within minutes of getting started with the software. App Inventor uses a block-editing tool developed at MIT and tested at educational institutions around the country for the past year.

Google Open Spot lets Android users find free parking spaces

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

Google’s latest initiative is called Open Spot. It’s an Android (2.0 and up) application that allows you to search for unclaimed spaces that have been reported by other Open Spot users. Once users head elsewhere, it allows you to mark your spot as open and available. Once a spot is marked, the color gradually goes from red to yellow the longer it remains unclaimed.

Engadget checked it out and they generally like it, however they feel that the ability to add notes to each marked place is needed. There should be a way to see whether a spot is metered, covered by a strange city permit law etc. Hopefully an update will enable comments.

Night-vision mode could double your Android’s battery life

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2010

Want to extend the battery life of your Android phone? Would you switch your display to night-vision mode to do so? Probably. Especially if it could reduce the power consumption by half.

Android engineer Jeff Sharkey has discovered a hack that lets you power each specific color channel (red, green, and blue) found in an AMOLED display. Organic LED displays have separate pixel elements for each color channel so powering only one color can save a lot of power.