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Android Set Top Box for Japan

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

Android Set Top Box for JapanIf you thought the Android platform was just for netbooks and cell phones, think again. This free operating system from Google just may take over the entire gadget world yet. Who would have thought it would show up in a TV set top box from KDDI of Japan.

Android is an attractive proposition for budget-conscious gadget makers due to its free and open license. Motorola is first to release its new set top box in Japan, known as the au Box. The au Box can be used to do things like rip, store and playback digital movies and audio over your TV etc.

Samsung intros the AMOLED-screened Lucido

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Samsung intros the AMOLED-screened LucidoSamsung UK has announced the upcoming release of a new candybar handset, the Lucido. The name means”sleek” in Italian. The slim, 11.8mm thick body is all dressed up in brushed aluminum. Some of the set’s standout features are a 2.2-inch AMOLED screen for richer colors, an assisted GPS sensor that uses Google Maps, and 3G network support over HSPA for fast downloads and browsing.

Some more common features include: a media player, FM radio, up to 8GB of storage via an external memory card slot and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, anti-blur, face detection and smile capture.

Google bans word “netbook” from its ad network

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on February 9th, 2009

Psion NetbookUnless you live under a rock, you have heard of a netbook already. Netbooks are one of the sole bright spots in the computer industry amid the current poor global economy. The netbook market is posting significant growth as shipments of other more expensive notebooks and desktops are slumping.

Psion has been saying for over a year that computer markers shouldn’t be using the term “netbook” to generically describe the small, low cost systems we know and love today. The reason is that Psion apparently owns the trademark for the word “netbook” and has a machine that goes by that name.

General Mobile’s new Android handset

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

General Mobile’s new Android handsetGeneral Mobile is showing off their latest Android handset called the DSTL1. The company is known for it’s dual-SIM handsets, so it’s no surprise that the DSTL1 can take two different SIM cards. It also sports a 3-inch touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, 4GB of storage, WiFi, and a 624MHz Marvell processor.

The picture above is a render, but it’s what they envision the final product looking like. The phone should be released in the third quarter of this year. An Android handset like this one with the dual-SIM feature definitely has us drooling.

Kogan Agora Android phone aborted

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2009

Kogan Agora Android phone abortedBack in December we told you about the Kogan Agora, a very promising Google smartphone. Well, we have some bad news for those that were hoping to lay hands on the inexpensive Google phone.

The Kogan Agora Android release has been postponed indefinitely. The move presumably followed a meeting with Google, with Ruslan Kogan pulling out of the launch citing that it needed to be redesigned in order “to ensure its compatibility with all future Android applications.” Full refunds are being offered to anyone that has already bought the device.

Rumor: Android-powered Dream G2 Phone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2008

Rumor: Android-powered Dream G2 PhoneHere’s another rumor regarding android. According to digitimes, Sciphone from China is going to sell the Android-powered Dream G2 handset very soon (within 10-15 days)with a price tag of $179. There’s no word on whether this phone is going to be available outside China or if it’s exclusive to communist countries.

The Sciphone Dream G2 apparently runs on Android Home edition V1.0 and comes with GSM/EDGE support, 16GB flash memory, and Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube applications and will not include a physical keyboard. That’s about all we have on this one. We’ll let you know.

SIM- and hardware-unlocked G1 surfaces for $400

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2008

SIM- and hardware-unlocked G1 surfaces for $400The Android Dev Phone 1, a completely unlocked G1, is available to “developers” for just $399 after a $25 setup fee. All you need to do is register as a developer at the Android Market and the phone is yours. Registration as a developer costs $25, but after that, you’ll be eligible for the cheap, unlocked phone.

The Android Dev Phone 1 is fully compatible with Android 1.0, and being able to swap out the SIM card breaks you free of T-Mobile’s service. It’ll also let you use custom Android builds that work with the freshly unlocked bootloader. You can even get free shipping and cool detailing on the back. Google warns that it’s not really meant for non-developers, but we’re sure that won’t stop you.

ZzzPhone goes Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

ZzzPhone goes AndroidYou might expect the second Android cellphone to come from Motorola or Nokia, but according to John Biggs over at Crunchgear, it’s the Zzzphone, a full-QWERTY keyboard Chinese slider which apparently runs the Android operating system. It’s tauted as the world’s first unlocked quad-band mobile featuring the Google Android Operating System.

It seems to do everything you could ever want it to do as well. It works everywhere in the world and can be built and personalized per your custom requirements with GPS, Wi-Fi, even your choice of seven colors for cases, and 15 other options. Up to 32GB of memory, they are also claiming to be the world’s first phone with snap on modular accessories, like a full QWERTY keyboard, mini boom box, projector and more. Damn. John says that he has ordered one and it should be arriving in ten days. It’s only $119.

Software unlock code for T-Mobile G1 now available

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on November 17th, 2008

T-Mobile G1Google made big waves when it announced that it intended to enter into the mobile phone operating system world. Google’s Android operating system was very much anticipated and finally launched not too long ago on the T-Mobile G1.

The catch for many who might have been interested in the G1 was that the device is a T-Mobile exclusive. A company called Global Unlock has announced that it is offering unlock codes for the G1 that will allow the device to operate on any GSM network around the world.

Google and Yahoo offer advertising deal revision

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on November 3rd, 2008

Google and Yahoo offer to revise advertising partnershipIn an attempt to keep in the good graces of the Justice Department, Google and Yahoo are looking into revising the deal for an advertising partnership between the two companies. An anonymous person close to the negotiations has said the revisions are drastically scaled back from the original talks.

The new deal would have an agreement term of just 2 years; much less than the original plan for 10 year. It also would limit the amount that Yahoo could earn from ads placed by Google to just 25 percent, which may help ensure Yahoo stays in the advertising game. Google advertisers would also have the option to opt-out of placing ads on Yahoo at their own discretion.

Google Earth now on the iPhone

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on October 27th, 2008

Google Earth for the iPhone and iPod TouchGoogle has officially announced the availability of Google Earth to use straight from your iPhone or iPod Touch, and so far reports are that it’s not too shabby. When a good data connection is available the geographical software streams to the device relatively quickly and not only makes use of the phones full display but also it’s functionality.

Multi-touch enables users to zoom in or out of a map with ease and even rotate the map on the screen. A compass in the corner helps keep your bearings. Tilting the iPhone will change the angle of the view to better see the topology of the current terrain, and “My Location” feature will bring the map right to your current location on Earth. Google also of course incorporated their search engine to find information on local businesses and the surrounding area, and built in Panoramio and Wikipedia to get articles and pictures from near your current locale.

Google states Android has a remote kill switch

Posted in Android by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2008

Google Android mobile phoneAccording to some recently discovered fine print in the Android Market terms of service, it appears Apple is not the only one implementing a remote kill switch for applications on their phone. In this case however Google has openly stated that they may “discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement”, and in such cases they reserve the right to “…remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion”.

This all comes after somewhat of an uproar when a developer happened upon a feature that allows Apple to remotely remove applications from the iPhone. This type of remote kill feature is meant to help with security and privacy in the event that some malicious application finds its way onto your mobile device, but many find it a little intrusive since it certainly does not give you free reign to run whatever applications you would like on your Google phone with Android.

Sony Ericsson’s G705 slider handset gets official

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2008

Sony Ericsson’s G705 slider handset gets officialSony’s just gave the official word on its new G705 slider handset, and it’s pretty nice looking with attractive mid-end features. It features a 2.4 inch TFT with auto-rotation, A-GPS, DLNA, quad-band GSM and AGPS, Bluetooth 2.0, FM radio, 3.2-megapixel camera with flash plus a Java-based OS. Some other features are a full HTML browser, Exchange ActiveSync for email, Google shortcut key for Google Maps, and YouTube viewing and direct upload. It gets “turbo 3G speeds,” thanks to a Tri-band HSDPA. The European and Asian versions of the phone will be available in October, while we in America will have to wait for early 2009. No pricing details yet.

Google Chrome USB flash drive

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

Google Chrome USB flash driveLike lollipops or Popsicles, some of us like our software on a USB drive. So, looks like some German guy is offering a no-install, “lite” version of the Google CHROME BROWSER. Google on a stick if you will. On a USB flash drive. Carsten created a portable version of Google Chrome that has all the features of the main browser but requires no installation. Just unzip all the files and start using it. It will run directly from the USB stick on any Windows computer and all of your user settings like web history, cookies, etc. will also get saved to the same folder on the stick. The software is downloadable.

Google launches Chrome browser

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2008

Google launches Chrome browserGoogle has decided to get into the browser business. Meet the Google Chrome browser. They will release the browser in beta, refining it as they go just like Gmail. Google’s plan is to simplify the interface while simultaneously improving it’s inner workings. Will it eventually take on IE, Firefox and Opera? It says Google doesn’t it?

It should be released by Wednesday, if you can believe the rumors and should be available on Windows only, while Mac and Linux versions will be available later. Some of the features include: A UI that places the tabs above the address bar, Incognito mode, which allows users to browse the web in privacy, without recording any your activity, and a new JavaScript engine for speed.