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Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

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

Now that iOS, Windows Phone 7 and seemingly every game console are streaming Netflix video, the company is focusing on Android. In early 2011, Netflix will appear on “select Android devices,” according to the company’s blog, which promises a “standard, platform-wide solution” for Android in the future.

So why did it take so long? And you might also be asking why Netflix will be limited to particular handsets when it first rolls out? They have an answer. “The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android,”

Dell XCD28 and XCD35 Android phones for India

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Windows Phone 7 isn’t for everyone. Maybe Android is your flavor. If you live in India, Dell has just introduced a pair of new Android phones designed specifically to be sold without a carrier subsidy. The XCD28 sports a 2.8-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel cam, 200MB of internal storage expandable with up to 16GB via microSD, and an FM radio; it sells for the equivalent of $247 without a contract.

The $382 XCD35 has a 3.5-inch capacitive display. Both devices have 3G support for India’s high-speed networks, WiFi, Bluetooth.

PocketBook IQ and 602 Android-powered Tablets now available in the US

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

The PocketBook IQ 701 and the 602 e-readers are now available to us yanks in the U.S. The Pocketbook IQ 701 sports a 7-inch LCD screen, a 1600mAh battery, the Google Android 2.0 OS, a USB port, a headphone jack, WiFi, an SD card slot and a 533MHz processor.

The Pocketbook 602 features an e-ink display, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2GB of internal storage and a micro SDHC card slot. If you are interested, the PocketBook IQ 701 and 602 Android-powered tablets are priced at $150 and $170.

Android share jumps to 25.5 percent

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

According to Gartner’s third quarter smartphone data, Android has a 25.5% slice of worldwide smartphone sales, helping it achieve the second place as an operating system, right behind Symbian. Apple’s iOS dropped a bit compared to last year, with 16.6% this time.

Symbian is still at the top spot this year at 36.6%, but their position is being threatened. Global mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35 percent increase from the third quarter of 2009.

YouTube Remote app released

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Google TV’s YouTube Leanback may have just gotten better now that the YouTube Remote app has been released to the Android Market. Just sign into YouTube Leanback on the TV or PC and the app on the phone with the same account, then select a video on the phone and send it to the bigger screen. Pretty cool.

The application lets you control the entire YouTube LeanBack experience from your phone, without having to deal with whatever the physical remote came with your Google TV.

Samsung Continuum gets official, ships November 11

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

The Verizon Wireless Samsung Continuum has just been made official and will ship on November 11th. You can pick one up at retail stores on that date as well. This Android 2.2 Froyo phone has a secondary display beneath the main display with a resolution of 400 X 96 to display ticker information and other important alerts.

The Galaxy S smartphone features a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and 8 GB of storage.

Binatone iHomePhone runs Google Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Binatone just added a new land line telephone to their lineup. One that runs on Google’s Android OS. The Binatone iHomePhone is a DECT cordless home phone with a 2.8 inch display and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, It is capable of running the same Android apps as your Android smartphone.

We like it because it looks like a UFO powered by Android. Some other features include a microSD card slot and a battery that will give you up to 80 hours on standby.

Archos 70 Android Tablet now available

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

The Archos 70 Android tablet is now finally available for purchase on Archos’ official website. The tablet device sells for $274.99 (w/ 8GB of flash storage) or $349.99 (w/ 250GB hard drive).

The Archos 70 features a 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, a microSD card slot, a front VGA camera, a G-sensor, 720p HD video playback support, WiFi, Bluetooth, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a built-in stand and the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS is running the show.

New Facebook app for Android

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

During their mobile event today, Facebook admitted that the app for Android devices has been behind other clients and so they are trying to correct things with a new version, 1.4, which is now available on the Android Market.

It’s pretty much the same, but it now supports check-ins with Places, Groups and there are some improvements to notifications as well. No chat, but hey, that’s what your phone is for. Right?

Creative announces Zen Touch2 Android MP3 Player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

Yesterday the new Creative ZiiO Android tablets were announced, and today we have a new Android based MP3 player, the Creative Zen Touch2. The Creative Zen Touch2 sports a 3.2 inch touch screen display and runs Google Android 2.1, but there is no access to the Android Market.

Other features include a built in web browser, a two megapixel camera, an FM radio, accelerometer, and a microSD card slot. The device will be available in several different sizes, with the 8GB version costing £149.99 while the 16GB version will cost £159.99. There is also an 8GB model with built in GPS for £159.99.

LG Pad coming in Q1 2011, with Android Honeycomb, dual-core Tegra 2, and 8.9-inch screen

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

The last news we heard from LG, it was canning plans for a Froyo slate and looking forward to a more suitable iteration of Android. And now a senior official at the company has clarified this to mean Honeycomb, describing it as the “tablet PC-version” of the OS.

The 8.9-inch LG Pad should arrive in the first quarter of 2011, featuring a dual-core Tegra 2 chip inside. The release window is for both domestic and overseas markets. We are intrigued by this one and can’t wait to get more details.

Virtual Walkie Talkie turns your Android phone into a CB radio

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Virtual Walkie Talkie is a free Android program which basically turns your phone into a CB radio. The software works over WiFi and features multiple channels. It will stay on in the background until you deliberately exit the program.

So if you miss the days of CB radios and need to go all “breaker, breaker, good buddy”, now is your chance. Just be prepared for Koreans, Germans and other nationalities to all be chatting away, which you wouldn’t have found on the old Citizens Band radios. Sounds like fun though. Maybe this will make CB talk popular again. Probably not though.

£90 Android Tablet comes to Toys ‘R’ Us

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

Toys R Us will soon be carrying the Elonex eTouch tablet for just £90. That makes it the cheapest model around. Just don’t expect an iPad killer. You can choose from a couple of models: There’s a 7-inch model and a 10-inch model for £149.99.

The 10-inch model comes with just 2GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD memory card. It runs on an ARM 11 1GHz processor and is powered by Android 2.1. Might be a good gift for the kids.

Novatech nTablet dual boots Windows 7 and Android

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

If you want to buy a tablet, but can’t decide between Google Android and Windows 7, why not have both? The Novatech nTablet will dual boot either OS. The device features the same design as the ViewSonic Viewpad 100 and the Tegatech Tega v2.

This is not a cheap tablet however, the device will set you back GBP349.99 ($552) without an OS. If you decide on Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional it will cost you $693 and $740.

Walgreens sells Android Tablet for $99

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

Walgreens is now going to be selling a cheap Android tablet, along with all of their usual holiday crap. Maylong has introduced the Maylong M-150 Android tablet. A Walgreen’s exclusive. It’s only available for purchase online for $99 from Walgreens.

The Android based tablet will sport a 7 inch LCD resistive touch screen, Android 1.6, an ARM9 cpu, 256MB DDR, WIfi, an 800×480 pixel display, speakers, and an SD card slot. So who’s getting a $99 tablet with the prescription drugs and chocolates?