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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.

Asus to use Android on the Eee Pad

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Many manufacturers have decided to use Google’s Android OS on tablets instead of Windows 7. Asus is yet another. It has decided to ditch Windows 7 for its Eee Pad EP101TC for Google’s Android.

We aren’t sure which version of Android they will use, but the Eee Pad will be launched in early 2011, so we are hoping it will be Android 2.2 or higher. We’ll give you more details when we have them.

HP Android tablet launch postponed

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

If you had your heart set on a new tablet from HP running the Android OS, we have bad news for you. The tablet was expected to land in Q4 2010, but reports are coming in that say the project has been postponed.

AllThingsD reports that sources have told it that the launch has been postponed and there are no hints on exactly how long the postponing will last. Considering Android and WebOS, which HP paid a pretty penny for, are direct competitors the move is not surprising.

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.

1&1 SmartPad Android Tablet

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

German company 1&1 has now shipped the Android-powered 1&1 SmartPad tablet. The device comes packing a 7-inch LCD WVGA touchscreen display, an ARM 11 500MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM and Wi-Fi N connectivity.

There’s also a USB WWAN dongle that can be used as a wireless bridge to 2G or 3G connections. Some other features include a music player, use as a digital picture frame and access to 1&1 Video-on-Demand service maxdome.

Netflix hiring Android developers, client on the way

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Here’s some good news for Android owners. Netflix is on the lookout for an Android developer to help them build a streaming client for Android devices. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that an official Netflix app should be on its way.

A Netflix app that will allow subscribers to watch their movies directly on their mobile Android device. There’s no official time frame yet, so who knows when it will happen, but they are working on it.

Cisco unveils Cius Android tablet with HD video

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

Cisco has just announced a business-minded Android tablet, called the Cius. The tablet offers HD video streaming, real-time video, multi-party conferencing, plus all the regular tablet functions you know and love like messaging, email, and browsing.

No word on the size of the tablet yet, or technical specs, but we know it will weigh 1.15lbs, so it is likely on the small end. Nothing on pricing or availability yet either, but we’re intrigued. Hopefully we will know more soon.

Android-powered Pantech A630K for women

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

We don’t see too many phones that are geared toward women, but Pantech has just announced its second Android smartphone, the IM-A630K “Crystal de Izar”. And this one is targeted at the fairer sex. The crystal styling at the bottom can light up in different colors, so I guess they think women love shiny lights.

Some specifications of the Pantech IM-A630K include a 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen display, Bluetooth, T-DMB TV tuner, 5-megapixel camera, 4GB memory card bundled and of course the Android OS.

Google uses its Android App Kill Switch

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

It’s common knowledge that Google and Apple can remotely remove apps from their mobile operating systems, and it has now been confirmed that Google has used its kill switch on two apps that infringed on its terms of service.

Google admits that most people who downloaded the apps had already deleted them and that this was just a cleanup operation. Apparently users will get a notification sent to them when an app is removed, but it’s still a bit scary to think that your apps might suddenly disappear.

Toshiba AC100 Android Netbook with seven days of standby battery life

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Toshiba’s AC100 is the company’s first machine to run on Android, and packs an amazing eight hours of battery, or up to seven days of standby life.

It runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 250 chip, with 512MB of DDR2 RAM, and 8GB NAND flash memory. The SD/MMC card reader expands the storage and the 1.3MP webcam with microphone will have you using video-chatting. It’s running Android 2.1 Eclair, has a 10.1-inch TruBrite screen with LED-backlighting, and 1,024 x 600 resolution and weighs 870g.

Toshiba unveils slick AC100 Android netbook

Posted in Android,Toshiba by Shane McGlaun on June 21st, 2010

Toshiba has unveiled a thin and very cool new netbook called the AC100. The little machine runs on Android platform and uses the NVIDIA Tegra platform. Toshiba designed the machine to be a take-anywhere unit for active types looking for instant email, web surfing, and more.

Toshiba claims that the machine is good for up to seven days on standby with mixed use. The machine can boot in under a second and with constant use it is good for eight hours.

Verizon Droid X outted on its own site

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Verizon’s upcoming Droid X has surfaced on the carrier’s Droid page. The handset was expected to make an official debut next week and begin shipping on July 19. The page confirms a 4.3-inch screen and a 720p resolution, though that’s probably a reference to video capture and not the actual display.

The official unveiling event on June 23 might also bring news of the Droid 2 slider. The Droid X, also called Droid Touch on the Verizon site, will also feature a 1GHz OMAP processor, an eight-megapixel camera with HD video recording and an HDMI output.