Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Running Android

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2014

Nokia X2 from Microsoft with Android OSNokia announced on Tuesday the release of the Nokia X2 Dual SIM smartphone. The X2 is the successor to the X1 with more power and the intention of delivering a reasonably prices smartphone to the “next billion” people according to Microsoft.

The device will sell for around $135 USD but most interesting is that the device will continue to run the Android OS despite the purchase of Microsoft who themselves have been struggling to keep up with their own operating system in the smartphone market. Microsoft stated that despite the phone having the competing OS, it will have access to some Microsoft services including Skype and the OneDrive cloud storage service.

This move by Microsoft seems counter-intuitive but also can serve as a good opportunity to highlight the differences between the phone OS platform and services that …

Motorola Launches Inexpensive Moto E Smartphone

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 13th, 2014

Motorola Moto E SmartphoneMotorola took the wraps off of a new Android smartphone on Tuesday with a price point that targets those who might be just looking for a cheap cellphone. The Moto E comes with a no-contract price of just $129 and focuses on durability and basic features to bring more users into the smartphone market.

The mobile phone features a water-resistant coating with a gorilla glass screen similar to what Apple has used on the iPhone. The display is 4.3 inches and it comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage – not enough to store much of anything these days, but plenty to get someone new into a smartphone.

Boeing Announces Boeing Black Secure Smartphone

Posted in Boeing by Darrin Olson on March 1st, 2014

Boeing Black SmartphoneBoeing Co, best know for creating jets and fighter planes, has announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing its own secure smartphone targeting the US defense and security communities. Boeing stated that they had identified a need for agencies to have secure data communications that current devices on the market have not met.

The Boeing Black Smartphone will run on Google’s Android operating system and contain multiple features to maintain secure data storage and communications with the most significant of those being a self-destruct feature. Any attempt to break into the device case, according to Bruce Olcott of Boeing’s council, will trigger functions that will delete all data and software on the device leaving in inoperable.

According to a product card released by Boeing the device will have a 4.2 inch display and dual SIM supported bands for LTE, WCDMA and …

Nexus 5 leaked on Google Play Store

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2013

Google Nexus 5On Thursday Engadget has reported seeing the anticipated Nexus 5 appearing on the Google Play Store website, if only briefly. For a time the advertisement for the existing Nexus 4 was gone and replaced with one for the Nexus 5, listing at $349 for a 16GB model.

The display was short-lived and not appearing any longer today, but enough information has been leaked this month to give a good overview of what is expected to come. The Nexus 5 is anticipated to sport a 1080p, 4.95 inch display, storage up to 32GB and the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU.

We had been anticipating the release of the Nexus 5 by now, but there is no official word of the release date. Engadget is speculating the release to coincide with a the possible release of the Android 4.4 KitKat OS later in …

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.

AMEX Digital MP-G7 Android TV Media Player

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Looking for a new media player? AMEX Digital has unveiled the MP-G7 Media Gate Android TV media player. This device is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex processor and will deliver full HD video output over HDMI. The AMEX Digital MP-G7 also supports USB devices, like a keyboard and a mouse of course.

Some other specs include a 2.5-inch hard drive, an SD memory card slot, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. The AMEX Digital MP-G7 Android TV media player will cost you about $200.

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.

Gingerbread coming for the Thunderbolt

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2011

HTC had said back in March that we’d have Gingerbread (Android 2.3) on the Thunderbolt in Q2, however that time frame is drawing to a close. Well, what we have learned is that an HTC rep has confirmed that the next update for the Thunderbolt won’t just fix the reboot issues, but it will also update the phone to Gingerbread.

We may not have a date, but this is better than no news at all right? Keep your fingers crossed. Q2 only has a few days left. Maybe they will keep their word.

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.

Panasonic unveils Android Toughbook Tablet

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

Are you prone to tablet abuse? Well, feel free to treat your tablet rough with Panasonic’s Android Toughbook tablet. It features a sunlight-friendly 10.1-inch multi-touch display, satellite-based GPS, full-shift battery life and optional 3G / 4G.

It’s an Android tablet built tough. We don’t have any info on pricing or a release yet, but more info is sure to trickle in. The point is, this is a tough Android tablet. It’s tough enough for you. Are you tough enough for it?

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?