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3 years ago

Editorial: Now we know why Apple went after Samsung in the courtroom

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If you live in a cave and missed the "big" announcement of the iPhone 5 iPhone 4S, you need to have a peek for reference before we start.  Jump over to TiPb, where Allyson has a summary and links so you can watch the whole thing (if you can be bothered to install a proprietary QuickTime plugin, that is).  If you came back a bit underwhelmed, you're not alone, and it looks like more than a few iPhone die-hards will be skipping this update altogether

OK, we're done with the links and news about the iP4S -- promise.  I just wanted to be sure you all had a chance to see just what Apple took 16 months to release, and have an idea how it was received.  Now compare it to the reaction the Internet, folks in our forums, and people in general had to the Samsung Galaxy S II. 

Apple no longer sets the bar that others are measured against.

This goes beyond the Galaxy S II.  Samsung is releasing some amazing products, listening to user feedback, and delivering what consumers want.  I don't like Touchwiz.  Not even a tiny bit.  But, damn, it is smooth and fluid on the latest Samsung hardware, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  It's also functional, bringing things to the table that users haven't even thought to ask for yet.  Techie types are falling in love with Samsung's new products, and we all know where non-techy types look for advice.  No longer will the non-fanboy instantly say the word iSomething when asked what the best smartphone is, because until Apple can show something new, with features users have been asking for, the iProduct isn't it.

We tend to think in terms of smartphone here (we are a Mobile Nation of Smartphone Experts after all) but Samsung, like LG, sells an amazing amount of phones every year.  Numbers that dwarf any manufacturer's smartphone sales.  They are in the Prime position (see what we just did there?) to put out the product that sets the tone for the next generation of smartphones, likely running Android.  Apple can't risk that, because they have a giant cash cow they need to protect.

That's iTunes.

For all the polish and thought that goes into Apple's mobile products, they are just a front end for iTunes.  The fellows in Cupertino know that they can create buzz on a brand (and they do a marvelous job at it), but can they compete when another product comes on the scene that is simply better?  That's a risk that Apple is too smart to take.  If Samsung is able to build and sell something to make the average user want it enough to leave the iTunes universe, Apple's revenue will be hit -- hard.  Apple knows how to sell content and build mindshare.  Samsung knows how to sell a whole lot of electronic devices.  The two had to butt heads eventually, and as Android matures, that day isn't far off.  NVIDIA shows us what can be done with powerful hardware on a mobile device.  The Galaxy S II line shows us that hardware has reached a point where even less-than-optimized software can look and feel awful damn good.  When the two meet (Ice Cream Sandwich?  Maybe.), the chance to really shake up Apple's ecosystem is there.

I'm no fancy paid analyst -- I'm a middle aged father of three who happens to be a big nerd.  I have a theory that if I can see the big picture, real analysts and businessmen can as well.  Samsung is in the position to de-throne Apple, and spending the last six months worrying about legislation instead of innovation makes perfect sense to me after the recent iPhone announcement.

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3 years ago

World of Goo coming to Android as GooDroid!

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If you've never heard of the World of Goo, we have a feeling that will be changing soon. The folks behind the World of Goo, 2D Boy -- have announced they will be bringing their physics-based puzzle game to the Android platform.

Similar to Angry Birds gameplay, the obeject is to move goo around from pipe-to-pipe in an effort to get it where it needs to go. You'll be facing plenty of structures in your way though such as hills, spikes, and cliffs and you have to maintain as much goo as possible.

No pricing or launch date was announced for the game but 2D Boy states they are currently working on some of the machinery for GooDroid, as it will be called when released so with that in mind -- we're guessing launch cannot be that far off.

Source: 2D Boy

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3 years ago

Latest Android version numbers released, Gingerbread is on the rise

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Google has released the latest breakdown of the platform version numbers, and they show Gingerbread growing in a big way.  These numbers are a snapshot of the phones and tablets that have visited the Android Market up to October 3, 2011, so it's a pretty good breakdown of just what's out there in the wild. 

As noted, Gingerbread saw a big jump of almost 8 percentage points, and almost all of it came from the Froyo column.  This means OEMs are getting their phones upgraded to the latest platform version, bringing welcome security and bug fixes along for the ride.  On the other end of the spectrum, not much has changed for phones still using version 1.5 and 1.6, they still clock in at just 2.5 percent of the total.  Honeycomb has seen a slight bump from 1.4 percent to 1.8 percent of the total, and Android 2.1 has dropped a couple tenths to 11.7 percent.

It's about what anyone would have expected, some phones are going to be stuck on older versions, and phones that can be upgraded are being upgraded, albeit slower than many would care for.  The numbers are quite favorable, with 97.5 percent of all Android devices on the 2.X codebase.  Of course, this won't look quite so good when we move to Ice Cream Sandwich, and go through the waiting game all over again.  We'll visit that one next month, hopefully.

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

The Amazon Kindle Fire won't have the Android Market - that bother you?

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KMLProxy in our forums brings up a good point, if you're looking at purchasing an Amazon Kindle Fire. You won't be able to easily transfer apps that you purchase in the Android Market to the Kindle Fire. That is, you won't be able to redownload them directly, because the Kindle Fire won't have the Android Market.

That's not an insurmountable problem -- we've talked about how to pull the apps off your phone before, and you should be able to sideload them back onto the Kindle Fire. But you do see what we're getting at here, right?

Will the absence of the Android Market sway your decision to purchase a Kindle Fire? Let's hear it.

More: Preorder the Amazon Kindle Fire; Amazon Kindle Fire forums

Does the lack of the Android Market make the Kindle Fire worry you?

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3 years ago

Adobe releases AIR 3 for Android, grab it in the Market

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Abode Flash Player wasn't the only thing to get an update tonight -- Adobe AIR has also been updated to version 3, and it's again full of performance enhancements and improvements.  ActionScript developers will appreciate support for native extensions, and users will love front facing camera support (we want a Zombie Booth AIR version please!).  There's also support for speaker control and more color depth, as well as better file compression support and more secure streaming to keep Hollywood and the record labels happy.  AIR is deeply integrated into Stage 3D, and the games should be incredible once the new features are finished rolling out.  Get your update from the Market, or hit the install link after the break.

More: Adobe

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 11 available now in the Android Market

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Adobe has released Flash Player 11 right on schedule and you can now grab them  from the Market.  The changelog is pretty spares, noting only "performance improvements and bug fixes related to security and stability," but the power of the internet (and a handy link from Adobe) points us to the release notes.  Support for new compression methods, better support for high resolution pictures, protected streaming improvements (will help with DRM issues), and many other small fixes -- which all add up to better performance.  These improvements are the first step towards Stage 3D, which quite frankly looks amazing.  If you already have Flash installed, grab the update from the Market, if not, the link is after the break.

More: Adobe

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3 years ago

Chromium web browser gets files that support a build for Android

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Chromium, the open-source version of Google's Chrome web browser, got an interesting bit of code checked in a few days ago -- files and scripts that support a build for Android.  While normally we wouldn't get too excited seeing an upstream check-in about Android in an open-source project, this time the submission is from a Google employee.  Google took extra time to let everyone at Google I/O 2011 know that Android and Chrome were two separate entities, and everyone got the impression that the two would never meet.  We sure did, and discussed it ourselves over a beer or two.

Of course, things change -- maybe Google has decided that a merger of the Android browser code and the Chrome browser code would benefit everyone, and the open-source version would be the best place to do it.  Or maybe these are just files for the DIY'ers out there to build their own version of Chromium for Android.  Either way, the full Chrome browser on my Galaxy Tab is something I've been wanting.  Maybe, just maybe, this is the first step.

Source: Chromium via Conceivably Tech

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3 years ago

Google Apps have a new download location -- GetJar?

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They say seeing is believing, but I'm still not sure what to make of this one.  Google's closed applications -- the ones they keep a tight rein on and not allow just anybody to use -- apparently are available through the third-party market GetJar.  Not just Gmail that you see pictured above, but Google TV remote, Maps, Search, Books -- they're all there.  We're assuming that this is legitimate and not a mistake (GetJar is a reputable site), but we're baffled at how this came to be -- especially since Google's apps also need additions to the Android system framework to actually run.  I can tell you that they work (I tested with Google Music and YouTube -- can't afford to wipe out my Gmail app just yet), but I can't tell you why.  Hit the link and give it a try yourself.

Source: GetJar

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3 years ago

Adobe's Touch Apps sure look sweet

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Adobe's cracking through its first-day Adobe Max keynote today. And while we were teased with the Photoshop Touch SDK in the spring, we're now getting down to brass tacks. The promo video above gives you an idea of what's going on. And while things are always ideally edited in promo videos, you get a sense of what's in store. We're talking full digital content creation on Android (and iOS) devices. And as we type this, we're watching a Photoshop Touch demo being done not on an iPad, but on Honeycomb. Android, folks.

Exciting times, indeed.

Source: Adobe; More Watch the keynote live

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3 years ago

Check out whats happening at the Big Android BBQ via Android Central

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If you weren't able to make it to Austin for the Big Android BBQ this year, don't worry -- we have you covered.  We're on the scene and taking in all the sights, and sharing the highlights through the magic of social media.  In between the great food, great beverages, and great people there's even a chance to learn a thing or two.  We'll have a recap with all the details when things wind down, but in the meantime hit us up on Twitter to see what's cookin'!

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 Honeycomb update has arrived for some

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While it was rumored to not start until October 7th, it appears as though Honeycomb is now rolling out to some Dell Streak 7 owners. Though looking at the posts, we're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing quite yet.

Some are reporting that it wipes your device clean, while others say it leaves all apps intact. A wipe would make sense, however, due to the nature of the upgrade. Another issue being pointed out is the lower screen resolution (WVGA 800x480) is a little claustrophobic on Honeycomb. We're still digging around for further information since it's not been conirmed whether this is a limited regional roll-out or not. If you got the update, leave some comments and let us know.

Sources: DellStreaksmart Thanks, Sainthooligan!

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3 years ago

Best Buy cuts price of HTC Flyer to $299 starting Oct 1 - things just got interesting

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Best buy has released a statement saying that as of Oct.1, the price of the HTC Flyer (read our review) will drop from $499 to $299.  This is hot on the heels of a similar announcement about the BlackBerry Playbook, which also saw a $200 price drop to $299.  After seeing products sit on the shelves, and fire sales, and cheap competitors, it looks like retailers (and likely OEM's -- Best Buy isn't eating the entire loss I'm sure) have realized that there are a lot of people who want a tablet device, but don't want to spend $500-$800 on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or an iPad. 

Now this is the part where things get interesting.  The Kindle Fire looks to be a huge hit with Android fans who want a stock tablet experience hacked in place for a couple Benjamins.  For $100 more, you get twice the storage, cameras, and the coveted SDcard slot.  The Flyer is already bootloader unlocked, and at this price development should take off like a rocket.  And for those that don't feel like rooting and fiddling with things, we already know that Honeycomb (and we assume Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming for the Flyer.  That decision just got tougher.

Source: Best Buy

Thanks, s2h2golf!

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3 years ago

Poll: Did you preorder an Amazon Kindle Fire?

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Now that a couple days have passed, and you have had ample time to read about the Amazon Kindle Fire, talk it over with all your "knowledgeable" friends, and make a decision, we are dying to know. Did you pull the trigger and preorder one of these, or are you waiting for another device? Is the ability to sideload Android applications enough for you, or are you looking for the full Android experience? Be sure to let us know, and if you haven't gone ahead with a preorder, will you be in the near future?

Did you preorder an Amazon Kindle Fire?

Preorder the Amazon Kindle Fire

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3 years ago

Samsung announces the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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Tipped for T-Mobile a few days ago, Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, an updated version of the venerable 7-inch tablet. Samsung was first to market with a quality Android tablet, but it did (and still does) so with Froyo, not the newer Honeycomb tablet-optimized OS.

That changes with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. In addition to having Android 3.2 Honeycomb, it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 7-inch, 1024x600 display. It'll come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and weigh 345 grams.

The version announced today sports tri-band HSPA+ (900/1900/2100) and quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), but, again, there's that T-Mobile leak, so we'd expect some AWS love at some point, too.

Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi gets another update to build HTK75D

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Word on the street, in our inbox and on our Motorola Xoom Wifi edition is that an update to Android 3.2.1 is rolling in. The "new" Android Market's also along for the ride in build HTK75D, which would be a bigger deal if it wouldn't have updated itself later anyway. But might as well have it tucked into a nice update.

More in the Xoom forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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