Despite its handicaps, there is support for a custom Raspbian Linux distro and Fedora Linux, and it’s hard to complain when you are spending such low amounts of cash. If you really wanted to do more with the Pi though, you might finally have your chance; it seems that Android 4.0 is finally making its way to the Raspberry Pi through a custom ROM.
Huawei may not be quite the same kind of household name as Samsung or Motorola, but the Chinese company has quietly been increasingly its market share by approaching more affordable alternatives to its competitors.
The software company Paragon has launched a beta of its free NTFS and HFS+ support for Android today through the Play Store.
When it comes to Android devices, there are tons of different vendors, power configurations, prices and features. This is both a blessing and a curse for the platform, and something that it seems that Microsoft will be repeating with Windows 8 devices.
The new MiniX TV Box is one of the smallest set-top boxes you will ever encounter, and it costs just $99- same price as an Apple TV.
Today starts the official rollout of Android 4.1 “Jellybean”, at least for lucky owners of Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices.
As its name implies, the 97 Carbon features a 9.7-inch 5X multitouch IPS screen. There’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich under the hood and, thankfully, there is full access to Google Play and the full suite of Google apps right out of the box.
When it comes to after-market keyboard replacement apps, there are quite a few out there but, for the most part, the only one that really has made any major headway seems to be Swype.To be honest, I’d not a huge fan of Swype and prefer the default keyboard, but for many people it’s a wonderful choice with just one major flaw- it’s made for one-handed input, and some users would rather have a keyboard that works great with both hands.
What if you could easily capture text in a foreign language using your Android device’s video camera and instantly translate it into another language. That’s exactly what the Word Lens translator app is all about, but since its release in 2010 it has only managed to make its way onto iOS devices- until now.
Bloomberg was told by “two unnamed sources” that Amazon is working with Foxconn to build the upcoming Android smartphone. The so-called Kindle Phone would likely run the same modified version of Android as its larger Kindle Fire cousin.
Priced at $299, I personally felt that the recently announced Nexus Q seemed a little on the high side, considering it was mainly for sharing media between phones/tablets and the Q… something that could surely be achieved at a lower price point right? Apparently, I’m not the only one that felt something cheaper could be made, as ESR Labs has created a new project called Android Transporter which can essentially do many of the same things as the Q can.
Ouya is essentially a concept gaming system that uses Android as its operating system and costs just $99. The project is being backed by former Microsoft gaming publisher VP, Ed Fries, and famous designer, Yves Béhar.
Recently Google confirmed that Android Jelly Bean is indeed on its way, adding new features and debuting alongside the new Nexus 7 tablet. The new OS version is set to arrive first with the Nexus 7, and will start to show up as an update on older handsets this July. So what exactly is different this time around?
You can expect to get tabbed browsing, of course, but Chrome for Android also has incognito. There’s also the ability to sync your open tabs with your desktop to read later and the ability to switch tabs “the way you would fan a deck of cards.”
Popular social news reader, Flipboard, has now made its way over to Android after a short beta period. The new app features Youtube and Google+ integration across platforms alongside the other standard features you’d expect from Flipboard. Back in May, Flipboard was first shown off running on Android via the Galaxy S III. Now Samsung and Flipboard will be working together to include the app and a homescreen widget.
When it comes to playing video files, there is one tool that is up to the job even if all other media players have refused to play it, and that’s VLC. On the mobile side though, VLC has been in active development since what seems like the beginning of time. From alpha builds and beyond, little has been said other than we know it is eventually coming to Android. While we still don’t know much about when the media player is making its way to Android, we do have a hint in the form of a simple Twitter post from the developers.
As smartphones grow in power, the ability for them to truly be used as substitutes for traditional laptops is certainly an option. There have been a few solutions to that end already, such as the Motorola Atrix or even the ASUS Padfone, but now we get something new, something very “Apple Air” looking, the ClamBook.
There have been dozens of controller accessories that add gamepad functionality to Android and iOS, but honestly, none of these have done much more than become simple novelties. Some of the more arcade style controllers have done okay, but again, none have become ‘must have’ accessories. Now, comes yet another accessory called Power A’s Moga.
ZTE has now licensed the Rightware Kanzi UI solution, which offers a 3D homescreen that helps ZTE’s new phones really stand out.
That’s changing, now that Sony is ready to push out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the dual screen Sony Tablet P. As with the Tablet S, the update will be pushed out automatically via the software update feature.
Decades ago, no one would have thought that the idiot box would evolve into something smarter. We are in the era of the smart TV, and companies like Apple and Samsung are already heavyweights in this segment. The latest machine to enter the market is from Lenovo, who have just launched their Android powered K91 smart TV in China.
Hoping to get your hands on Android 4.0 for your Samsung Galaxy Note? Not too long ago a leaked build hit the net, but now at the CTIA in New Orleans we have real confirmation in the form of a Galaxy Note demonstration running 4.0.3.
Today ComScore introduced a new version of its Device Essentials service that includes improved analysis of mobile devices and operating systems. The biggest take away from this though is that ComScore now reports that the Kindle Fire has managed to capture 54.4% of the Android tablet market, according to information gathered through February of 2012.
Personally, one of the highlights is the inclusion of a native screenshot capture. It used to be that you had to root the Sony Tablet S to get this feature, but now it’s built-in; just press the power and reduce volume buttons at the same time.
Do you want to be among the first group of people to enjoy some sweet, tasty, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean? It seems the best way to do that is to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, because apparently it’ll be the first to get a taste of the newest Google Android iteration.
A new version of Facebook has finally arrived, and with it comes a new way to for developers to better distribute their Android apps. The newest version adds social app discovery channels, similar to the iOS version. What this means is that clicking on shared links won’t just bring you to web apps, but it can also fully launch inside many of Android’s native apps as well.
As expected, Intel’s first Atom-powered Android smartphone, the Lava XOLO X900, has arrived. But the device is a mid-tier one and is just meant for the Indian market, although what is important is that Intel’s inside and the chip maker’s first major push is just the beginning.
While Google Play “Android market” has certainly become more accurate in weeding out malware apps, the Android platform as a whole is still quite plagued by these attacks. The newest malware nuisance comes to us as a fake version of “Instagram”. Recently the real version hit the market, to much anticipation, and shortly after this fake version showed up to seize the opportunity.
It seems that a new malware program, known as UpdtBot, has been discovered by NQ Mobile Security Research Center.
One of the best things about Android devices is that they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and what you see above is one of the two landline based DECT cordless Android powered phones from Motorola. The question is, what’s the point? Everyone has cell phones these days and we’re not sure where the market is for something like this.
Apart from Android ICS and the quad-core power, one of the biggest reasons for getting the HTC One X is certainly the device’s camera with ImageSense technology. Its shooter boasts improved lens, sensor, software, and there’s also a new custom HTC ImageChip. But seeing is believing, right? So we have a new video here which compares the camera capabilities of the One X with that of the Sony Xperia S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Retro games often lose their lustre, you go back 5 or 10 years later with a hope of reigniting that once lost flame, only to be left thinking, meh. It was better before. We are pretty sure that the arrival of the Neo Geo X — which will be shipping with classic Neo Geo titles on board — is going to give you a similar unsatisfied feeling.
While there are plenty of different keyboards available on the market for Android, Siine attempts to make typing easier by giving you easier ways to input time, phrases, and notations into your messages with just a few simple swipes.
The HP TouchPad is a curious device, to say the least. It is hard to call it anything other than a failure, but it has certainly managed a fairly successful life after death, in thanks to 2011 fire-sales of the unit by companies like Best Buy, combined with the flexibility of its hardware.
Part of the reason why the iPad and iPad 2 continued to dominate the tablet space was that most of the “good” Android tablets cost just as much as their iCounterparts and many people viewed Apple’s tablet as a premium device. The original Eee Pad Transformer made some headway by launching at $399, digging under the cheapest iPad by a full $100, but even that was met with relatively limited success.
If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, then you’ll know that voice search is already an integrated feature in Google’s mobile OS. The Siri voice assistant in the iPhone 4S is stealing some serious thunder, so it looks like Google wants to fight back with something simply named Assistant.
Google made the official announcement today that, going forward, Android Market would be known as Google Play, integrating with other Google purchase platforms.
And the fun is continuing after Ice Cream Sandwich with Jelly Bean. And now we’re learning that Key Lime Pie will be the Android that comes after Jelly Bean.
There are all kinds of rumors swirling around that Google is preparing a self-branded Android tablet, but apparently it’s not joining the Nexus family. Instead, it could be called the Google “Play” tablet.
At the MWC 2012, HTC unveiled their new “One” series which includes the impressive One X handset. The only disappointment was that the device was announced to be an exclusive to AT&T in the US, but we have good news for you. According to the latest rumors, the device might be headed to other carriers as well.