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When you think of Android, what comes to mind? Most likely smartphones or tablets, right? While that makes sense, Android has found its way into much more than that. This includes media players, cameras, and now even a touch-laptop. The new GoNote has arrived, merging Android ICS, a netbook, and touch technology all under one roof.
Earlier this month, rumors were flying that Nikon was working on an Android-based digital camera. It turns out the were certainly more than just rumors after all, the CoolPix S800C has now officially been announced by Nikon, and looks to be a pretty capable camera indeed.
You know, with all this talk of a rumored Apple iPad Mini, it looks like the folks in the Android crowd are doing what they can to compete on price ahead of time. Case in point is the slashing of price on the Toshiba Thrive.
When it comes to social media sites, we often think about more traditional platforms such as Facebook- but what about photo sharing? One of the biggest sharing social networks has quickly become Pinterest, and the good news is that the social network is expanding beyond the web and iPhone with a new version that also supports Android devices and the iPad.
When it comes to searching or texting, having the ability to get the job done quickly with text alone is certainly a good way to go. For many of us, Voice Search is something we use all the time, but it isn't available for everyone.
Over on Amazon, you are able to buy the Pantech Crossover with AT&T for just $79.99, which is $120 off (60% off) the regular price of $199.99. Remember that this is the no-contract price, so the phone is yours free and clear. The phone works with the AT&T GoPhone prepaid service, so you only pay for the minutes that you use. The $25 airtime credit is then added to your account when you activate this phone. The GoPhone SIM kit is included in the box.
With the evolution of smartphones with reasonably high-quality picture taking abilities built right in though, the compact camera market has begun to look less and less appealing. According to Nikon Rumors, the upcoming Coolpix S800 is planning to do something about this by bringing out of the first truly major smart camera.
Maybe you're not a fan of signing lengthy contracts, but you also don't want to spend $500 or more on an unsubsidized smartphone. This deal on the Motorola MB632 could be just the ticket.
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.
Do you enjoy following Joshua Topolsky and the rest of his team as they make their adventures through the world of gadgets of tech? Now it's easier for you to do it on the go
According to the XBMC Team, the Android version of XBMC has all the features you'd expect to see on the standard desktop version and doesn't require any special hacks, mods or rooting to work on Android, instead it works just like any other app.
You might even remember the frenzy surrounding the PS3 launch with systems going for up to $2,000 on eBay. The Ouya is not that kind of video game console. It's only $100.
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?
On a purely official basis, the only device that supposed to have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the newly announced Nexus 7 tablet, but it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone can get some Jelly Bean action too.
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.
Want a low-cost $50 Android PC? That's exactly what VIA is now offering with their Android PC System (APC), which comes in at just 7-inches, featuring an ARM board that comes with a customized Android install.
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.
There are many ways that you can make money from mobile apps, but it has been demonstrated that in-app purchases are among the most lucrative. And now, you can take advantage of that paradigm with the Amazon Appstore for Android.
Following on the success of “Grand Theft Auto” for Android and iOS, Rockstar has announced that “Max Payne” is now on its way.
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.
According to identity theft researcher Robert Siciliano, Android smartphones are considerably less secure than a BlackBerry or Apple device, even after you "follow protocol" and use the built-in data wipe function.
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.
Now Instagram is taking things a step further by preparing an Android version of its app, as well.
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.