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Samsung to unveil new Android device on November 8th

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

If you are a Samsung fan and an Android fan, you will be on pins and needles for two weeks. That’s how long you’ll have to wait before Samsung Mobile officially shows off its latest and greatest? Android device. That’s the official date, but we all know that we will get some intel before then.

We have no idea what it might be, but we are checking our wish list and as soon as we hear more info we will let you know.

New Nook is Android-based, full-color

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

Looks like the rumored Nook color e-reader from Barnes & Noble will be Android-powered and scheduled for an October 26th release. It will have a $249 price point. We aren’t sure what kind of color display this model will feature.

Hopefully one that can be viewed under direct sunlight. And we wouldn’t mind the ability to display video. If that date is correct then we will know soon. Stay tuned. You’ll get more info when we have it.

Sony explores wider range of Android-based devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

At a Google TV press event in Tokyo, Sony TV division head Yoshihisa Ishida told reporters that the company is “thinking about using Android in more consumer electronics products.” Now, he didn’t specify exactly what kinds of products, so let your imagination run wild.

Word is that Sony Ericsson has an Android 3.0 mobile gaming platform in the works. Of course you are free to speculate on what else may be coming. Maybe a Sony toaster with some decorative toast burning apps. No, probably not.

Google launches new YouTube app for Android

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Google has announced a new version of its YouTube app for Android. Most Android phones come with YouTube preloaded already, but the new version is available as a separate download from the Android Market. Google is trying to make it easier for users to update key apps without waiting for their phone company to upgrade to the latest version of the Android operating system.

The new app currently requires Android 2.2 and up. It also supports in-page playback, allowing you to read comments while a video is playing. You can still watch videos in full screen, by rotating the display. It’s easy to search YouTube, view and subscribe to channels, even shoot videos with your camera and upload them directly to YouTube.

HTC announces Green Gratia Android Phone for Europe

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

This may look like Colorware has gotten a hold of an HTC phone, but it’s actually the newly-announced HTC Gratia, which will go on sale in November across Europe.

The phone is available in green, white, and black and will be powered by Android 2.2. No mention of pricing yet, but some specs include: A 600MHz processor, 512MB ROM and 384MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 3.2-inch 320 x 480 pixel display, Front VGA camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, G-sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and a microSD card slot.

Google on track to rake in $1 Billion this year from Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

Google has now revealed its third-quarter earnings and has confirmed that it’s on track to bring in a cool $1 billion this year in mobile revenue and they expect continued growth in the mobile sector. And this does not take into account what Google earned from other platforms like iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry.

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android is much bigger than he could ever have hoped for and can become a hugely profitable business for the company and he also predicted that search on mobile will eventually exceed that of PCs.

Opera Mobile for Android coming soon

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

If you don’t like the browsing experience on your Android-powered device, then here is some good news. Opera is planning to bring its Opera Mobile browser to Android within a month. That’s right, Opera on your Android device.

The two main features of Opera Mobile are pinch-to-zoom and hardware acceleration, which promises faster navigation and improvements to the user interface. When it arrives, you can install it by searching the Android Market.

HTC Bee spotted

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

The HTC Bee will feature an Android operating system and is slated to be a CDMA model. Some of it’s features include Android’s Froyo operating system, a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 384MB RAM, a QVGA display of unknown size and a 5-megapixel camera with flash.

These specs are coming from a Russian blog. From what we know, the HTC Bee looks like it will be a more affordable Android phone. Nothing on price just yet though. It’s rumored for Verizon.

Acer Aspire One Happy netbook gets Android, pastel colors

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Acer has officially unveiled a new Aspire One netbook, the Happy. This dual-boot computer uses both Windows 7 and Android and has a pastel color palette that includes blue, green, pink and purple. The 10.1-inch, 1024×600 display is complemented by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom with 1GB of RAM.

A dual-core 1.5GHz Atom is optional, as well as 2GB of RAM with that CPU only. A 160GB hard drive is standard, and a 250GB unit is optional. There’s also a six-cell battery and the netbook weighs just under 2.8lbs. You’ll get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet standard, with 3G optional. The AC charger has multiple wall plugs for compatibility with different wall plugs in various countries, so this one is great for travelers.


AT&T announces Android Motorola Flipside

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

AT&T has announced the Motorola Flipside, an Android smartphone. The Flipside has a sliding keyboard form factor, with a front trackpad. It sports a 3.1-inch HVGA screen and Motorola’s CrystalTalk technology for noise cancellation.

Some other features include MOTOBLUR, Android 2.1, and a TI OMAP 3410 processor with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps support. There is 512 MB/256 MB ROM/RAM and a 2 GB microSD card in the box. Bluetooth, WiFi b/g, and GPS are standard.

Android is most popular OS among US phone buyers over the last six months

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Android’s huge growth has now been illustrated by Nielsen’s statisticians in the above chart of recent US smartphone purchases. It shows very clearly that over the six months leading up to August 2010, 32 percent of American new phone buyers have bought a device with Google’s OS on board.

Android is comfortably ahead of RIM at 26 percent and Apple at 25 percent. These results seem to confirm NPD’s figures, which have Android at 33 percent of new US purchases. Android is indeed dominating.

Skype for Android is here

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Android users have been waiting for this for a long time and now Skype is finally offering Skype for a wide range of Android phones. Android users just need to go to skype.com/m and follow the instructions there.

You can make Skype-to-Skype calls of course, and users will be able to send and receive IMs as, one-to-one, or in a group chat. You can also call phones using Skype Credit over Wi-Fi or 3G. If you are already a Skype user, you’ll see your full contact list when you sign into your account on your Android phone.

Nationite budget-friendly Android Tablet

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

If you’re looking to find an Android tablet at an affordable price, then check out the Rocktab from Nationite. This tablet is powered by a 600MHz Rockchip RK2808 processor, hence the name. The device packs in a 7-inch 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen display, 128MB RAM, and 2GB/8GB/16GB of flash storage.

Some other features include a microSDHC card slot (up to 16GB), WiFi, a USB port, a 3.5mm headset jack, integrated speakers and Android 1.5 OS runs the show.

HP officially drops plans for Android Phones and Tablets

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on October 4th, 2010

HP has already announced that the company won’t be launching any Windows Phone 7 devices that would use Microsoft’s mobile OS and now today the company says that they will also be killing plans for Android devices from the company’s lineup.

HP will turn it’s focus on its own webOS mobile operating system instead, taking advantage of its acquisition of Palm. The one exemption to this new mandate seems to be the HP Photosmart eStation printer, which features an integrated Android tablet.

LG puts tablet plans on hold, will wait for next Android version

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on October 4th, 2010

We have heard that Android 2.2 isn’t well suited for tablet devices and apparently LG feels the same way as we now hear that an unnamed LG official has claimed that the company will not be producing an Android 2.2 tablet.

They want the best version of Android for their tablet and apparently that isn’t Froyo. It matches what we’ve heard about Motorola planning to release its Android-powered tablet with Android 3.0 as well. When LG does release their tablets, they will perform better for having waited.