I should really know better than to actually say "I think I'm done traveling for the year" out loud. Because here I find myself, in Palo Alto, Calif., once again. In the same hotel, actually, that I stayed at for Google's Honeycomb event back in 2011.
What the hell am I doing back in California, on the tail end of the Thanksgiving holiday? You'll have to wait a few weeks to find out.
But for now, a few musings from today's trip at 40,000 feet.
Choice of ColorOS or CyanogenMod with no hacking required
OPPO's latest big flagship phone, the N1, will go on sale direct to consumers starting December 10th for $599 in the U.S. and €449 in Europe. Built to have some of the latest in hardware innovation, the N1 is sporting a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage, along with an interesting 13MP camera that swivels to face either direction on the device. It also has a touch panel on the back for navigating through the interface while using the N1 in one hand.
Beyond just its hardware, the N1 has the interesting feature of being able to run CyanogenMod out of the box through the stock recovery without any rooting or advanced tinkering required. Although there will be a limited run of special devices with CM pre-installed, all N1's will be able to make the quick conversion from OPPO's default ColorOS to CyanogenMod.
A full list of countries that will have the N1 available at launch isn't readily available, but OPPO has put up a page with a country locator that can give you a pretty good idea. You'll see the third-party OPPO Style store selling to most of North and South America, Europe and Asia, with Amazon also selling to the U.S. and some other retailers such as Mobicity in Australia getting in on the action.
7-inch HD model just $119, 7-inch HDX version only $179
Amazon has announced a sale on their two most popular tablets, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX. The 16GB Kindle Fire HD, introduced in 2012, normally sells for $169 (that's about 30-percent off) and 2013's Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch has a list price of $229, making this sale about 20-percent off.
While Amazon's Kindles aren't a standard Android tablet, and have no access to Google Play or any of Google's play services, they are very well built and fine pieces of equipment for those who want to use Amazon's services.
This sale likely won't last long, so if you've been considering either now might be the time to act.
As editors and writers for a place like AC, we look at a lot of apps. Some are good, some are bad, and to be honest — most are somewhere right in the middle. That's bound to happen with so many applications in the platform's store, and like all things the average is, well, average. We try to share ones we think are worth looking at every Saturday, but each of us has a core set of apps that get installed on every phone we have. And at certain times of the year, that's a lot of phones.
Apps are important. You don't really need them, as the essentials — things like messaging, calendar or a calculator —come pre-installed on your phone. But our phones are a lot more capable and fun with them. Hit the break and see the five must-have apps from Phil, Alex, Andrew and myself.
Dual-layer, foldable protection for your Nexus 5 that stores everything your wallet can.
It's been a little over a week since I've had any kind of real protection around my Nexus 5, that is until I got my hands on this new Intelligent Wallet. These foldable cases are a new line from Cruzerlite that feature some unique color combinations and user-friendly accommodations inside that allow you carry around one less thing in your pocket. Jump past the break for the complete lowdown.
Black Friday may be over, but the holiday sales season is just getting started - there's Cyber Monday coming up! So we're gathering the very best deals in tablets, smartphones, and other cool electronic stuff for what's come to be known as Cyber Monday. It's the day that online retailers decided to get in on the stupid good savings game, and unlike Black Friday you don't have to line up or deal with crowds of insane people. So click on through and check out all the greatest deals that online retailers have to offer on their big holiday sale day.
Amidst all the shoving and waiting in lines, there were deal to be had
Hopefully, everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving, and are having a wonderful long weekend. While for some of us, that means sitting inside where it's warm, spending time with family and maybe watching a movie or playing some games, for a lot of people shopping is a big part of it all.
While Black Friday means many things to many people (the "Black" comes from retailers making a profit and being able to use black ink versus red) it always means deals — both in stores and online. Plenty of those deals were for Android phones, tablet and accessories.
Did you score any?
Answer ye olde poll in the sidebar to the right (or after the break). Tell us all about it.
Many of us are still trying to digest a generous Thanksgiving feast, but we still rounded up a great selection of apps for our Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we have the writers here at Android Central tell us about an app that they've been using the previous week and why it has stuck around on their devices. It won't always be the best app in its category or a top seller, but if it works for them it must be doing something right.
We have another full list of app picks this week, with a bunch of games and a couple utility apps to round out the offerings. Hit the break and see if you can find a few apps to install this weekend.
Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.
If you buy Google Glass, get ready to field that question. Every day. I’m not sure what’s more surprising at this point — the number of people who can properly identify Google Glass, or the number of people who have no problem asking me to confirm their suspicion. Interestingly, a decent number of people I come across have said “How do you like Google Glass? I’ve seen a few people with those before.”
Whether they’re scared about breaking it or just shy enough to not inquire, few people have actually asked to try Glass on. In any case, the interaction always ends up being a positive one. Everyone asks a few simple questions about how it works, what I see and of course how much it costs — usually asked with a sense of intrigue and wonder that you just don’t see from “normal” people around consumer electronics today.