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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.
The never-ending wait for your vendor to update your phone or tablet to ICS seems to take forever doesn't it? If you are looking for at least a small taste of ICS features, Camera ICS has you covered.
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.
The race to ultra slimness has taken on bulemic supermodel proportions. Shaving off those precious millimeters is the newly introduced Toshiba Excite 10 LE. The Android tablet is about as thin as it gets with its 7.7mm profile.
Shazam has just announced that its media discovery app is about to get a whole lot better thanks to its support of the NFC-based Android Beam technology.
The upcoming Excite X10 from Toshiba doesn't exactly buck the trend, but you may be interested to hear that it's tentatively scheduled to hit store shelves by the end of the month. That's just a few days away.
Even though Sony is giving its new PlayStation Vita quite the significant push, it's still developing gaming-centric smartphones and here is what we think is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 2.
Ubuntu for Android appears to be the most important development for Android since the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich. But if you are too excited to know more about it before it is officially launched at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, you can check out the demo video below which comes to us via a kind hearted Canonical employee.
t's no secret that RIM's Playbook hasn't exactly been met with tons of support and enthusiasm. Despite several price cuts, nothing RIM has done so far has made any difference in terms of getting consumers to flock to its tablet. So are they throwing in the towel? Not yet, in fact they've just started releasing commercials to promote its update, OS 2.
What you see here is an apparent sneak peek at an upcoming 10-inch Android tablet from Huawei. Details are sketchy at best, but it looks like it's boasting a higher-end metal finish to go along with its notably slim profile.
When NVIDIA acquired Icera back in mid-2011, we knew that the company will soon be making its entry into the smartphone game. They have done just that by introducing the ZTE Mimosa X handset, which is the first device to feature both the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the NVIDIA Icera modem technology, and also the answer to Qualcomm.
I'm not entirely sure just how useful this could be, but I guess some people must want it. The idea behind Clik for iOS and Android is that you can browse for YouTube videos on your phone and have them sent directly to the web browser on your computer.
China and clone devices pretty much go hand-in-hand, still the newest iPhone 4S clone actually has something to offer that makes it at least somewhat noteworthy. This clone is one of the first few Shanzhai smartphone clones to feature Ice Cream Sandwich.
The reason why most people don’t go after budget devices is that those devices won’t be too impressive on the specs side. But you all should check out the teXet TM-7025, which is a new affordable Android tablet just released in Russia.
Vodafone's German arm will launch the device "sometime soon." The Velocity is a variant of the HTC Vivid LTE handset that was released in the US on AT&T’s network in the previous year.
Android fas rejoice! Another unique piece of Android swag for your collection has arrived, the Andru. This charming little guy not only manages to light up his eyes while charging, he can also move his arms, which is great for those like me that are either fidgety or have severe AD&D (they kind of go hand-in-hand though).
Google Chrome has finally hit Android mobile devices, well, those that happen to be lucky enough to run Android 4.0 at least. According to Google Chrome blog, the new Chrome app is all about Chrome such as speed and simplicity, a (supposedly) no compromise browser that is every bit as good as the desktop version many of us have come to know and love.
Just last week we talked about the new leak of information regarding Windows Phone Apollo, and today we are going to try and answer another big question: How does Apollo stack up against Android (or even iOS)? Are it's new features enough to draw new users in?
I really like my Dropbox. It's just so convenient having my files sync'd up to the cloud. It's great to have a public folder for sharing larger files with friends and colleagues too. Now, the Dropbox Android app has been updated to a new beta version and guess what? They'll give you 5GB free for trying.
Ever since the recent launch of the Transformer Prime Android tablet, Asus has been busy with the slate’s issues. But that does not stop Asus from adding new devices to their tablet line-up. We already know that the company is set to introduce a budget 7-inch slate later in the second quarter. But now, it appears like there is yet another tablet.
That's why Google has come forward to announce a new service called "Bouncer." Yeah, Android Market is the hippest night club in town and it's not going to put up with belligerant drunks and would-be thieves. Get out, buddy. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.
For better or for worse, Google controls a fairly significant part of my online life. And I want access to that online life even when I'm not plugged into the matrix. And that's why it's good to hear that the Google Docs for Android app is now bringing offline access into the picture.
From controlling a TV to helping us park our cars, smartphones these days are capable of doing a lot of things that make our lives a whole lot easier. And now you can add the Ikea SPOKA lamp to the list. The image above is not from the set of a new sci-fi movie, it’s a Spoka night lamp from IKEA being hacked for Android automation.
We know Apple has a strangle hold on which apps make it to the App Store. That’s why Google is preferred by many developers since their apps have more of chance to see the light of day on Android Market. But this freedom appears to have helped malware makers as well. According to Symantec, millions of Android devices have been infected by malicious chunks of code called Android.Counterclank.
Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to tablets these days. There's the iPad 2, of course, but you've also got an assortment of Android tablets, in addition to cheaper alternatives like the Kindle Fire. In the world of Honeycomb tablets, though, it can sometimes be difficult to really differentiate between the different offerings. Sony is certainly giving it a try.
Remember the touchscreen computer in Minority Report? Well, it seems one savvy developer has managed to create something at least sort-of similar. This is the strange bastard child DDRBoxman, he combines a Microsoft Kinect, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a computer, and a lot of mad scientist work.
It looks like Siri now has a sister. A sister that is smarter, faster, and more resourceful. A sister that is more social too, playing friendly with both Android and iOS people. The sister's name is Evi and this cross-platform voice assistant looks to be a serious challenger to Siri.
Waiting for a really, really rugged Android smartphone that looks like it's from a bond film? The device that you see above might be what you are looking for. The G-Shock smartphone, which is the latest in a range of rugged smartphones from Casio, was apparently one we missed at CES 2012 and it’s full of testosterone.
We are happy to report that what previously had been classified as 'alpha' software is finally moving on to the beta stages.
The Adam 2 will be running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS and will also feature TI’s Wi-Link 7.0 (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM transmit/receive in a single chipset) and Phoenix Audio Power Amplifiers, along with PowerVR SGX5xx GPU.
There are already many LTE devices on Verizon’s network, and now they have added one more. The LG Spectrum is now available on sale from the carrier. The smartphone, which is aimed at the mid-range market, is coming with high-end specs including a beautiful HD screen.
i-Tab has been at it for several years now, we saw the company first announce their portable guitar tab and songbook device back in 2010. At NAMM I had the opportunity to speak with i-tab CEO Andy Hirst who gave me the rundown.
What's not to love about the gigantic Samsung Galaxy Note? An oversized phone and mini-tablet in one compact device makes it a dream come true. If you can't wait untill the Samsung Galaxy Note is available, or perhaps you don't like its price, here's good news for you: Expansys-USA has the BLU Studio 5.3 phone.
Sprout Social has been around as a web-based desktop client for some time and they've also offered an iOS app for a while. Now, they've updated the Android application to let you better "manage your social media on the go."
This new Android tablet was first spotted at the beginning of December. Now, LG has officially announced their Optimus Pad LTE, the company’s first LTE capable tablet.
It will only work on devices which run Ice Cream Sandwich though for now and will not be streaming music from your Google Music account. Neal expects that he will be able to backport CM9 Music “as much as possible”, but some features such as notification and lockscreen controls on older Android versions will have to be sacrificed.
We are well aware that high end smartphones are now capable of producing very good snapshots and decent videos. This time, Polaroid's SC1630 camera is blurring the line. It runs Google Android phone OS . Hence, it's a camera that can make phone calls. In this respect, Polaroid prefers to call this device a "phone camera" (stress on "camera"), and not your regular "camera phone".
At CES this week Cyberlink announced its brand new Android device application, PowerDirector Mobile.
ZTE has a 7" tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich at CES. According to IDG analytics quoted here, the company has already overtaken Apple worldwide since 2011 in smartphone production, doubled its shipped products in Q4 compared to the previous quarter, and experienced a year-over-year increase of by almost 60%.
They are currently testing robots called SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) which actually have been around since 2006. The robots, having the size of that of a bowling ball, utilize CO2 thrusters to fly around the International Space Station.
Although Detroit's NAIAS is thought of as the first big auto event of the year, the presence of automobile giants at CES suggests that the Las Vegas event is fast becoming the kick-off of the year's major auto events in regards to in-vehicle computing. We saw some interesting stuff at the automotive area of CES 2012 this year, one among which is the RoadRover Android-powered dashboard.
Cotton Candy by a Norwegian company FXI Technologies is a prototype USB stick that is equipped with Samsung's Exynos dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 (1.2GHz) CPU, an ARM Mali 400 MP (quad-core) GPU, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and HDMI output.
This year MMT returns with a revamped version of Monitor2Go. The display has a 15.6-inch screen, a 1600x900 resolution, and your choice of an iPad 2 or Android tablet slot hinged up to a rotatable display that can turn up, down, clockwise, and counterclockwise.
Outside of its fairly beefy specs, what really makes the Element stand out is that it will be the first tablet to feature Immersion's Hi-Def Haptics technology that was soon off at CES.
One more sample of Viewsonic's latest offerings coming out of CES is the ViewPhone 3. The significant feature of this Android 2.3 smartphone will probably be its dual-SIM capability and low price point of $279 unlocked.
Introducing the ViewSonic ViewPad e70. At $169, you get Android 4.0, a low-res 800x480 display, and an unidentified ARM-based 1GHz single core processor.