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AT&T unveils Android Aria smartphone

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on June 14th, 2010

AT&T has not traditionally offered a bunch of Android devices. This is no surprise given that Android is one of the biggest competitors to the iPhone. Which AT&T sells a massive amount of.

AT&T has added a new entry-level Android device to its offerings today called the AT&T Aria. The Aria smartphone is an Android 2.1 device with HTC Sense UI over the top. The handset has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and operates on the AT&T 3G network with 7.2Mbps speed.

Samsung Galaxy S gets torn up and rebuilt for fun

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

Some geeks really enjoy tearing up their stuff just to see what’s inside. I’m not that sort, but I will peruse the pictures of gadgets that other people tear up to see what is inside. The latest smartphone to get the teardown treatment is the Samsung Galaxy S.

It’s funny, I expected there to be more stuff inside the case of the smartphone. The folks tearing the handset down made one video for the teardown and another for the rebuild. This should be great if you have a Galaxy S and you ever need to fix it.

Android powered Coffee Maker

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2010

Coffee makes the world go round. If we had no coffee, none of us would get out of bed in the morning. So it makes sense that we are always looking to improve coffee making technology. This new coffee machine concept is a bit different. And we aren’t sure it really improves things much.

It has a dock for an Android powered smartphone on top. Apparently the phone runs an app that would play music when docked, so you get have some tunes with your coffee. It has a QR-code scanner that reads the barcode-like tags on top of the coffee cartridges and plays music to go with the brand/flavor.

Acclaim Android slider revealed

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

We know that you’ve been wondering what the Samsung Acclaim looks like. Well, wonder no more. This is the first official pic of the handset, discovered on Samsung’s site. The Acclaim is running Android and the slider also offers a full QWERTY keypad with a dedicated number row.

That cross pattern on the left may indicate some gaming possibilities. Earlier rumors say that the Acclaim will have a US release in July with a 3.2-inch screen. We should know more soon.

Inventec Dr. Eye Android-powered MID

Posted in MID by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

It’s not often you come across a gadget that has a name like a Bond villain, but Inventec has done just that, naming its new device Dr. Eye. This new MID opens up like a miniature netbook or notebook, though we aren’t sure why anyone would want a MID like this, what with the popularity of tablet devices.

The device will cost you $400. That’s tablet price territory. Still, if you like it, some specs include: a 4.8-inch touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, a 600Mhz Marvell 624 processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, Front-facing webcam, Android 1.6 with the possbility to upgrade to 2.1.

Innocomm Shark Android 3.5G phone with mobile TV

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

If mobile TV is your thing, the Innocomm Shark Android 3.5G packs a 3.2 inch touchscreen, along with some other nice features, like for instance mobile TV. The Shark features a capacitive touch on that screen and has an 8 megapixel camera, 3.5G connectivity, Wi-fi support and analog TV.

Sounds like a nice entertainment-based smartphone to us. It’s Android and even has a provision for recording TV grabs. Nothing on price yet, but we’ll keep you posted when we find out.

MSI WindPad 110 with Tegra 2 and Android hides in the shadows

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

I just mentioned that the WindPad 100 from MSI was shown off at Computex today. The 100 was unveiled at the MSI press conference, but its Tegra 2 and Android sibling was not so lucky.

The WindPad 110 was left slinking around the MSI booth without much fanfare. The 110 is the more interesting of the two tablets to me. It has the same 10-inch capacitive touchscreen as the 100 but uses the Tegra 2 platform from NVIDIA.

Eken M003 Android MID

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

Eken’s M003 Android powered tablet is a follow up to their previously released M001 device and has now started shipping. It’s available for about $230. Some features include: Android 1.6 OS, 600MHz VIA processor, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, 128MB RAM, and an SD card slot for up to 32GB storage.

The Eken M003 also sports an 8 inch touchscreen display with icon or menu drag features and auto rotation, a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and even stereo speakers. It’s available in pink, black or white. The bezel is a tad large, but it looks like a nice affordable iPad aternative.

PayPal offers in-app payments for Android

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2010

PayPal just launched its Mobile Payments Library for the Android OS, allowing developers to include in-app payments into their software without having to worry about keeping customers’ personal financial information secure. This means that soon you’ll be able to make PayPal transactions on your Android device without having to leave the application that you’re using.

This is pretty convenient for Android users. You can even purchase a pizza using PayPal as illustrated in the image above. But does this in-app PayPal payment method violate the Android Market Content Policy for Developers? It states that “developers should only charge for applications and downloads from Android Market through the Market’s Payment Processor”.

Google TV combines TV, Android and…everything else

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Google is finally launching Google TV, which brings regular TV and web video to your TV. Plus, Android apps. Should be very powerful, given those factors. Google says that there’s the web, which lives on your laptop and your phone, and the TV world, which lives on your TV.

Google wants to incorporate both of those worlds into “a single seamless experience.” They want to give you the same experience at home on your TV as you get on your computer. A Google search box lets you search and find results from your TV and from the web. If you select the TV channel it goes to your TV channel. Pretty straightforward.

Kindle for Android coming this summer

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

Kindle for Android is coming. But hold your horses. It isn’t ready to download just yet. Amazon’s free Kindle ebook reader for Android won’t launch until this summer. When it does, devices with Android 1.6 and above (with an SD card) will let you search, browse, and purchase the books in the Kindle Store without exiting the app.

Kindle for Android features Whispersync, which will keep your bookmarks, last page read, notes, and highlights all synchronized across all your Kindle-enabled devices. You still have a wait, but it will be here soon.

Google Tablet coming from Verizon

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2010

Make way for the first serious iPad competitor. According to Verizon Chief Exec Lowell McAdam, the carrier is working with Google on “a tablet computer.” The WSJ report is light on details as you might expect this early in the game, but Bloomberg scored the news that this tablet is said be Android-based, and that more details will be released later this week.

McAdam said that tablets are “part of the ‘next big wave of opportunities,’” and that Verizon’s “looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.”. We should know more soon, but an Android/Verizon tablet already has us salivating.

Square releases free credit card readers for iPhone and Android Devices

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2010

The release of the Square Payment System is here, allowing you to use your iPhone as a credit card reader. Square will also support the iPad and Android devices. The app is already available in Apple’s App Store and the credit card reader is free to those who sign up.

The service isn’t free, however. Retailers will have to pay fees that start at 2.75 percent, as well as a 15 cent surcharge. But the setup cost is probably cheaper than other options out there.

Adobe prototype Android tablet running Air and Flash

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

Not only did they demonstrate Flash running on phones like the Nexus One and Palm Pre at the Web 2.0 Expo, but Adobe also has a prototype Android tablet that, according to Zedomax, runs Flash and Air apps “flawlessly.” There aren’t any details on the tablet itself yet, but it seems that it does indeed run Air and Flash pretty nicely.

It runs Wired’s Air-based magazine app and plays YouTube videos without any problems. However, we would like to see it pushed a little harder. Hopefully we will learn more soon. You can check out a video below.

Wii remote support coming to Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

Adding to the growing number of apps in the Android market, is the Wii Controller Demo, produced by Ryan Frawley. This fee software allows Android users to create a Bluetooth connection between their phone and a Wii Remote and then input information on the phone’s display.

This opens up some exciting long-term implications for gaming on Android. Frawley is still working on the software but it can already detect the presence of a Nunchuk and Classic Controller. Once the app is working the way they want it to, other developers will be allowed to use it in their games and emulators.