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Motorola Android Tablet spotted

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2010

We recently had a glimpse of the Android-powered Motorola tablet and now someone over in Taiwan claims to have the device, and they have shared a screenshot of a 3D live wallpaper.

According to the source, it will have a 7-inch version and a 10-inch version with the latter being the one we’ve seen already. The device in the picture above supposedly features a 1280 x 800 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core chip, gyroscope, 5-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB embedded MMC and a microSD card slot.

Toshiba prepping three tablets for CES

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

According to DigiTimes, three new Toshiba tablets are set for their debut at CES in a month. Two of them feature 10.1-inch screens and the third sports 11.6 inches. They each have a different os: Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Google’s Chrome OS and Android.

I guess Toshiba wants to see which one wins the hearts of consumers. At least you will have your OS of choice. We will learn more in a few weeks.

Samsung ships Android phone with dual Super AMOLED screens

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Samsung has announced an interesting handset in China, the W899. This flip phone features Android 2.2 along with dual Super AMOLED touchscreens on the flip portion. Each screen is 3.3 inches and has the same 480×800 resolution.

There’s also the hardware keypad, a 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p videos and in China, it supports both CDMA/EVDO and GSM networks. Then there’s Wi-Fi, a GPS sensor and a microSD card slot.

Android 2.x on 83 percent of Android devices

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

Not every Android-powered device out there has the latest firmware update. Sometimes that’s due to carrier or hardware restrictions. Now the stats are in and according to the Android Market, Android 2.0 or higher is already on 83 percent of all Android devices with Android 2.2 Froyo already installed on over 43 percent of all Android devices.

That’s up 10 percent since October. Not bad at all. Older versions of Android like 1.5 and 1.6 are still around, but you can expect the share to slowly shrink. With Android 2.3 and 3.0 coming, we hope this chart will be updated soon with those versions.

Survey says Android is for Men, iPhone for Women

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2010

A recent survey published by Nielsen shows that Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone are among the most popular phones in the U.S., with iPhone and BlackBerry leading with a 27 percent market share each and Android not too far behind with 23 percent and Windows Mobile capturing 14 percent.

The interesting aspect about the survey is that males prefer Android over the iPhone and its iOS operating system (33 percent for Android versus 29 percent for iOS) and that women were more interested in iOS (31 percent to 23 percent). Overall, the iPhone appears to be leading with 35% of those who are looking into purchasing a new phone, while 28% are choosing Android.

BlackBerry overtakes iOS in US web share

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2010

The BlackBerry had a victory today after StatCounter showed the platform overtaking the iPhone in web use in the US. They’ve been steadily narrowing the gap over the past year, and now RIM just slightly overtook Apple in traffic, accounting for 34.3 percent of American traffic while iOS slipped to 33 percent. Despite signs of growth before, Android as a web platform has leveled off at just 23.8 percent.

Worldwide figures also show RIM climbing, at 19.25 percent, but it still trailed iOS’ 21.9 percent and was well behind Symbian’s 31.9 percent. If these trends continue, Android and BlackBerry devices could get twice the web share of iOS sometime next year.

Coby Kyros MID7015 Android tablet for $250

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2010

Coby’s been selling an Android tablet on the Home Shopping Network for a few months, but now it has just released another model that’s available at retailers across the country. The Kyros MID7015 is a $250 Android tablet that packs in a 7-inch resistive touchscreen.

There’s also Android 2.1 (with apps from the AppsLib marketplace), 4GB of built-in memory, a microSD card slot for expansion and an HDMI port to output full 1080p video. It’s about what you would expect from Coby at that price.

Apple Bans Android Magazine App

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Apple is well known for being way too ban-happy, and the recent banning of an Android Magazine App from the App Store shows that they are still at it. This comes after Apple has stated that its application policies have relaxed a little more of late. Not enough apparently.

Unfortunately for publisher Mediaprovider their recent Android magazine App has been banned from the Apple App Store. Below is the conversation Dixon of Mediaprovider had with Richard of the Apple App Store team, after the app was rejected.

Find your Android/BlackBerry phone for free with iTag

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

Apple is offering their Find My iPhone service for free now, but that doesn’t mean that Android and BlackBerry users are left out in the cold. That’s because iTag is offering their Premium Membership for free for Cyber Monday.

iTag allows you to locate your device via GPS at any moment. The feature is already available for free to users, but the premium account allows you to backup your contacts over the air, which is very useful if you lose your device without backing up your data first.

Creative ZiiO 7 Android Tablet hits the FCC

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

The Creative ZiiO 7 Android-powered tablet has taken another step toward entering your hands here in the US since it has now had lunch with the FCC. The device is expected to be priced at GBP199.99 ($315) in the UK, but so far we have no info about how much it will cost stateside.

The ZiiO 7 features specs like a ZiiLabs HD processor, Support for HD video playback, a 7-inch 480 x 800 pixel display, 8GB to 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, microSD card expansion and an HDMI output.

Acer Android smartphone revealed

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

Acer has at least one more mysterious Android-powered smartphone. It’s the sleek looking device above which will also have Acer’s customized UI running on top of stock Android ala HTC Sense. Some of the features that we know about this smartphone include a 4.8-inch display with a 1024 x 480 resolution, LED edge lighting and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera.

There’s also an 8-megapixel camera that can handle 720p HD video recording, and a 6-axis motion sensor. You should expect it to hit the shelves early next year.

Steve Wozniak thinks Android will best iPhone in the long term

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

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak recently gave an interview to the dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, and it looks like Steve thinks that Android will become the dominant smartphone platform over Apple’s iOS in the long term.

According to Steve Wozniak Android is likely to win the race. He mentioned that the iPhone ‘Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading’ While he also said that Android does more for more people.

Panasonic will start selling Android-based smartphones in Japan next year

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Panasonic has sat out of the smartphone explosion of recent years, but now it apparently wants a slice of the pie. At a news conference today, the head of Panasonic’s mobile division said that the company “misjudged the speed at which smartphones would be taken up in the Japanese market,” and that “with the rapid shift to Android, we want to catch up quickly.”

Panasonic’s phones will be based on Android, and the company hopes to differentiate them by emphasizing their networking capabilities with other Panasonic devices. Panasonic will kick off sales in Japan next year, with overseas markets following in 2012.

LG’s 4-inch Android phone with dual-core Tegra 2 and 1080p spotted

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

The folks over at Engadget have managed to get some details and photos on a new Android smartphone from LG. It is codenamed Star, but surely that name will change when it is released. The LG Star has some impressive specifications, like a dual core Tegra 2 processor and an eight megapixel camera which will be capable of recording Full HD video in 1080p.

Some other specifications include a front facing video camera, a microSD card slot, micro USB and a 1500mAH battery. All indications are that this could be a popular Android smartphone.

OpeniBoot lets you run Android on your iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

This is similar to the Android on an iPhone hack that allowed the first-generation iPhone and iPhone 3G to get Android 2.2 Froyo loaded. Developers are now working together to get Android on the iPad tablet, allowing the device to dual-boot into either the normal iOS environment or to the Android OS.

This is great news for those iPad owners who love to use Android. You could run Flash content while in Android mode. It’s called the OpeniBoot project and developers are targeting the iBoot bootloader on iOS devices, so potentially other operating systems can also get dual-boot privileges, like Linux.