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FlatPad 10 inch Android tablet in the US for under $300

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Flat Computing has introduced its 10.2″ FlatPad A10 which features a 1024 x 600 resolution resistive touchscreen display, powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 256MB RAM and 2GB of internal memory. We’re talking Android 2.1, not Froyo.

Some other features include a built-in accelerometer, Wi-Fi, and a microSD memory card slot. Battery life is 5 hours with Wi-Fi turned on, and you get another 2 hours with Wi-Fi off. The Android 2.2 update will come sometime this month.

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.

AT&T Code Scanner app lands for Blackberry and Android users

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

A new application form AT&T has landed called the AT&T Code Scanner. The app is available right now for download on Blackberry devices and on the Android Marketplace.

The app lets the smartphone user scan both 2D barcodes and 1D barcodes that are printed in magazines, online, and other places to get more information on a product or service. The application also has a barcode generator that allows the user or a business to generate their own bar codes.

Most BlackBerry users plan to defect to iPhone or Android

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Nielsen put out some interesting smartphone numbers today. There’s the usual market share numbers that put Google, RIM, and Apple at 27 percent, 33 percent, and 23 percent in sales to new smartphone subscribers. But more interesting are the numbers having to do with brand loyalty.

Those numbers don’t look good for BlackBerry. Here’s how it breaks down. 89 percent of iPhone owners plan on getting another iPhone, while 71 percent of Android buyers plan to re-buy, but only 42 percent of BlackBerry owners plan to stick around.

Crazy Creepy Telenoid R1 will scare grandpa into a new pair of Depends

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

Why is it that the Japanese make so many robots and give them the creepiest designs they can find? What happened to robots that looked like robots? I’d be more comfortable talking to Robby the Robot than the creepy ass Telenoid R1.

This robot is so creepy it makes Gene Simmons look like a nice guy. The idea is that the blob-like android would be teleoperated and is the size of a small child and is used by kids to transmit their presence to grandparents and others that are far away.

Samsung’s Android tablet may drop at August 11 event

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

Samsung gave some hints on Friday that its Galaxy Tab slate could be launched within just two weeks. The company confirmed in a public statement that the seven-inch Android tablet should ship before the end of the summer, but interestingly it also sent out an invite for a special event on August 11 that might include the Galaxy Tab.

The notice to CrunchGear and other members of the press didn’t give clues, but it indicated that there would be “new products and announcements” and not just existing products. So, it makes sense.

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.

DROID 2 User Guide leaks

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

We know that you want to read up on the Droid 2 before it hits stores some time in August. Lucky for you the user guide has leaked and it gives away a few key details as to what you can expect from this new Droid family member.

As Droid Life notes, there’s more confirmation that the phone will be running the same skin as the Droid X, with the Swype-enabled (and multitouch-enabled?) soft keyboard. Looks like Android 2.2 will come preloaded too.

LG confirms Android-powered tablet for Q4 2010

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

LG had already announced earlier this month that it will be introducing an Android tablet this year. Now we have confirmation that it will be part of its new Optimus brand when it hits the market in Q4 2010.

Given the timing, it looks like LG wants to position themselves for a prosperous holiday shopping season. Assuming it is a worldwide launch anyway. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Lumigon T1 Android Smartphone launching in October

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Lumigon announced a range of Android smartphones at CES and now they have announced that the first of these smartphones will be available in October of this year, the Lumigon T1.

Some features of the Lumigon T1 include a 3.2 inch capacitive TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 1GHz Freescale i.MX51 processor and a five megapixel camera with built in flash. It has the ability to output HD video in 720p via the built in mini HDMI port, there’s also integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, plus A-GPS and an accelerometer.

Piss on Apple with cool android t-shirt

Posted in clothing by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

Yeah I have wanted to kill my iPhone on a few occasions by hurling it at Steve Jobs’ testes. I really like the phone, but the thing can be frustrating at times, especially when the battery goes dead after half a day’s use.

I bet there are scores of Android fans out there who would heartily say piss on Apple. If you are one of this cadre of Android fans, we have found your club t-shirt. This shirt is on a French site called t12lve creations and the shirt is dubbed Andromod.

10 inch Motorola Android Gingerbread tablet slated for November

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Motorola and Android are hooking up more often lately. And why not? The two seem like a match made in heaven. The latest news is that the company is planning an Android powered tablet. Rumor is that this device will feature a 10-inch touchscreen display and feature Google’s latest edition to the Android OS,Gingerbread.

Seems too fast, but it’s aparently expected sometime in November of this year. We can’t wait for all of these Android tablets.

Augen’s $150 Android tablet hits Kmart stores later this week

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Augen is offering its $149.99 7-inch Android tablet at Kmart. It just hit the circulars. It’s an Android 2.1 tablet with WiFi, 2GB of storage and 256MB of RAM for just 150 bucks. Augen says that it will have access to the Android “Market App Store.”

The price is certainly right and if you want to pick one up the device should be hitting shelves later this week, though the company was unsure it would ever be on Kmart’s online store. At that price it should have no problems finding buyers.

iPad knockoff runs Android, has a Camera, costs just $129

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

This is one fake iPad that sure is tempting. It runs Android for one thing and is similarly styled to the iPad. It sports a 7″ touchscreen LCD with a 800×480 resolution. Under the hood it’s running on 2GB NAND Flash, and it can be expanded via SDHC TF cards to 16GB.

There’s also wifi, a 0.3 megapixel camera, 2 USB ports, and it even comes with a dongle that adds an ethernet jack and two USB ports.

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.