Monthly Archives: March 2012

Android

5 Million Galaxy Notes Sold In 5 Months Says A Lot About The Future Of Smartphones

samsungClarification: Yes, it is 5 million sold to end consumers, officially confirmed by Samsung to Phone Scoop.

The Galaxy Note – it’s a device that stirs up passions among many technology enthusiasts. It’s big – so big that is just looks silly held up to your face. But its gorgeous, 5.3″ HD display (1280×800) has owners absolutely loving the phablet (alright, I won’t use it again – promise).

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Google Pushes Source Code Of Android 4.0.4 (IMM76D) Into AOSP

aospSource code for Android 4.0.4 (AOSP tag android-4.0.4_r1.1), the latest incremental update with “a few hundred changes over 4.0.3,” is being pushed to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) as we speak by JBQ, one of AOSP’s main sourcerers (yes, I just made that word up).
This is excellent news for any ROM developers compiling their ROMs from AOSP (such as CyanogenMod) – chances are 4.0.4-based ROMs will start appearing very soon, maybe even tonight. Oh, and, of course, it’s even more excellent news for custom ROM users (raise you hands).

Earlier today, official 4.0.4 updates got pushed out to the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi and the GSM Nexus S. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a lot more of these official updates in the coming days – JBQ has only given us the standard disclaimer:

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Clarion Unveils The Mirage, A 6.5-inch Android-Powered Car Stereo System With Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, And Angry Birds

clarionYou have Android on your phone, tablet, and TV. But what about your car? If you’re not only an Android fanatic, but a car stereo junkie, Clarion is serving up a fully loaded new car stereo system called the Mirage just for you.

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Hulu Plus optimized for smattering of Android tablets

Hulu today announced that they have optimized their HuluPlus Android application for a limited number of tablets. Joining the HTC Flyer and Vizio 8″ tablet are a handful of offerings from Motorola, Toshiba, LG, Asus, and Acer.  The updated and optimized app includes a new-look user interface that Hulu refers to as “trays”.  After just a few moments with the app we found it to be intuitive and easy to learn.

Strangely enough we found that our Motorola Xoom was not listed as supported however the ZTE Optik worked just fine.  Of course we were advised that it was not supported the moment we opened it up.  Nevertheless it was showing up in Google Play Store and worked for us in the end.

  • Acer Iconia
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
  • LG G-Slate
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola XYBoard 10.1
  • Toshiba Thrive
  • HTC Flyer (previous)
  • Vizio 8″ tablet (previous)

 

Download Hulu Plus for your Android tablet from the Google Play Store.  The app itself is free however there’s a monthly recurring $7.99 charge for membership.

 

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Android reportedly earned Google $540M over four years

Google has generated roughly $543 million in revenue from 2008 though 2011, according to reports and estimates. The numbers come from Charles Arthur of the Guardian who based his figures by analyzing a settlement that Google offered to Oracle. While this might sound like a ridiculous amount of money on the surface it’s merely a fraction of what Google earns on an annual basis.

The half billion figure is unofficial and isn’t broken down by year so it’s hard to chart growth in revenue. If you start out with $32M in 2008 and double the number each year you would still only arrive at $480 million. While the number itself might not represent anything significant at this point, the idea of doubling revenue every year certainly sounds good to us.

Via: SAI

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Accessory Review: Hub Innovations PRIZM tablet stand [VIDEO]

If you’re in the market for a stand for your Android tablet, Kindle Fire, or Nook then you may be interested in checking out Hub Innovation’s PRIZM stands.  Made of “aluminum alloys and precious metals” these are a lightweight, easy-to-travel companion to your digital device.  Available in a variety of colors, hub Innovations also offers a smaller design for smartphones and your wee-sized companion.

Color options:

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • 14k gold
  • Antique brass
  • Antique copper
  • Antique nickel
  • Carbon fiber

I’ve been using one of these for my tablet as it makes for a great way to display my second screen in the office.  Thanks to the super-light weight and flat design, this is one portable tablet stand that packs up in a mere second.

Available at: HubInnovations.com
Price:
 $24.95 to $34.95
Website: www.HubInnovations.com

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Droid Bionic 2 spotted in Asurion enrollment form

If the countless delays of the original Droid Bionic weren’t enough to keep Motorola and Big Red away from a sequel, they’re even more determined than we thought. The Droid Bionic 2 was spotted in an Asurion enrollment form, and we all have a few questions to ask. Since Asurion is a device insurance service, our first thought is that the Bionic 2 must already exist, since there’s the option to buy insurance for it.

Of course, there is always the Droid Bionic that was released without a 16GB MicroSD card, which could be the device Asurion is pointing to. If that’s not the case, then we’ll most likely see some more leaks in the near future. In the case of a Bionic 2, we’re not getting our hopes up for a launch anytime before November, based on the history of the original.

So is anyone else haunted by memories of the Bionic’s delays with this latest news? Think Motorola should move on to bigger and better things? Sound off in the comments!

Source Droid-Life

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T-Mobile making noise around Android 4.0 updates for Sensation 4G, Amaze 4G

T-Mobile has announced, albeit unofficially, that their HTC Amaze 4G and HTC Sensation 4G will be soon seeing Android 4.0 updates.  The news comes by way of T-Mobile support pages for each device and stops short of giving us expected dates for rollout.

HTC has already committed to an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for both handsets so this would not be considered news in and of itself.  The takeaway here is that T-Mobile appears to be readying things on their side and could be ready to pull the trigger.  As of right now, there have been a very low number of smartphones updated to Android 4.0 so we’re fully expecting a floodgate over the next few weeks and months.

Source: T-Mobile | T-Mobile

Via: AndroidPolice

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T-Mobile to release HTC One S on April 22, rumors suggest

It’s no secret that T-Mobile will be offering a version of the HTC One S as the carrier has already officially committed to it.  What is a secret, however, is when we’ll actually see the smartphone arrive at retail stores around the country.  According to a newly leaked screen shot, T-Mobile will be making their HTC One S available less than a month from now on Aprill 22.  The source of the leak, TmoNews has a very solid track record when it comes to this sort of thing so we’re going to assume this one is legit.  As such, we might expect T-Mobile to make an announcement of date and price in the next couple of weeks.

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Amazon releases Kindle Fire v6.3 update

Amazon has announced that a new firmware updates is available for their Android-powered Kindle Fire.  If you’re among one of the millions of users who own one of these tablets then you’d be wise to check out the update.

There’s quite a bit of detail for the update however we’re not going to break everything down.  Should you want to read the full list of updates then that’s but a link away!

  • Sharing: Customers will be able to easily share favorite passages and notes from their books directly from Kindle Fire, without even leaving the book.
  • Book Extras:  Book Extras make it easy for customers to see supplemental material about the book they are reading, without even leaving the book. Customers can view descriptions of characters, a glossary of common terms used in the book, information on the authors and common locations referenced in the book, and more.
  • Archive of Personal Documents: Customers’ personal documents will be stored in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download at any time from the Documents tab on Kindle Fire.
  • Print Replica Textbooks: Students can buy thousands of print replica textbooks to read on their Kindle Fire and save up to 60% off the list price of the print textbook.
  • Reading View for Amazon Silk: When invoked by the customer, Silk will load the body of the page in a reading-optimized, single screen view (even for multi-page articles). The full page is still available in the background, allowing the reader to easily toggle back to a traditional view to see other interesting features on the page.
  • Movie Rentals: The rental period for movie rentals that are downloaded to Kindle Fire now starts when a customer starts watching the movie, rather than when a customer starts downloading the movie.
  • Additional Enhancements: This update will also bring some of the features customers have requested, including faster re-connect of Wi-Fi after Kindle Fire has been asleep, and general performance enhancements.

If you don’t know what version of software your Kindle Fire is running you can quickly find out by going to Quick Settings>More>Device>. If you see “Current version: 6.3,” then you are golden, Pony Boy.  If not, then all you have to do is connect to a Wi-Fi network with a fully charged battery.  Tap Sync from this screen and everything else takes care of itself.

 

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