3 years ago

Google's special 'HUD' glasses to come sometime, cost something, says NYT


Google apparently is still planning on selling some sort of special Android-powered "head-up-display" type glasses, according to The New York Times' Bits blog. The latest unnamed sources say it'll come sometime this year, and cost roughly the same as a current smartphone, which the NYT pegs as between $250 and $600. Navigation and cellular data would be included.

So, let's recap: There's a 10-month window, and a $450 swing in price -- never mind that a $250 smartphone is subsidized by a carrier. Gotcha. Thank you, drive through.

Gimmicky glasses have been around for some time -- including Android-powered visual displays in the likes of the Epson Moverio. This sounds different, however, so I'm going to do something I rarely do when anonymous sources are involved -- hold out hope that this could actually be pretty cool. But while folks are practically wetting themselves over the possibilty of some sci-fi Termintator type specs, consider the type of market a first-generation product like this might be targeting. Chances are it won't be the typical consumer.

And chances are it'll come in at the high end of that price range for the hardware. And that's not counting whatever the supposed cellular data will run.

Source: NYT; More: 9 to 5 Google
Goggles image via Shutterstock

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month: Old habits die hard


Well, that was quicker than I expected. Here we are, mostly through February -- Mobile Nations Fitness Month -- and what started as two weeks of solid daily walking as slipped back into 16-hour days at a desk.

Why am I not surprised.

I know I'm not alone there -- we've all started some sort of exercise regimen only to let life, work, school -- the old routine -- sneak back in. And you know what? All the gadgets in the world can't keep it from happening. (Or, in my case, all the gadgets in the world are the direct cause.) That one's totally on me.

But, wait. No it's not. Frankly, I'm very disappointed in all of you. Two weeks away, and not one "What happened to Phil?!?!?!" thread in our our Health and Fitness forums. Fine. I get it. I'm on my own here. Thanks for nothing.

So we've got a week to go in Mobile Nations Fitness Month. And this ain't gonna be easy -- I head to Mobile World Congress on Friday. Here's what we're going to do:

  • I'm strapping the Fitbit back on. Let's see how far one walks at MWC, shall we? And perhaps there will be a contest around it.
  • From now through Feb. 29 (it's a leap year, yo!), anyone who posts in the Health and Fitness forums is entered to win an Acer Iconia Tab A200. (Anyone who posts "I'm only posting to enter to win!" is lame and will not win.)
  • If you see me sitting down somewhere, kick me in the rear and tell me to get my fat butt moving. Time's a wastin'.

So Mobile Nations Fitness Month isn't yet a bust. We've still got some time left. And perhaps we've all learned an important lesson. ... ... ... Ah, right. The tech is fun, but it's not going to put in the miles for you.

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3 years ago

The Simpsons are (eventually) coming!


The Simpsons are coming! EA announced today that it is hard at work on a new premium title its calling "The Simpsons: Tapped Out." It'll be available on iOS in the coming weeks, and on Android "a few months" after that (doh!), though EA says that it is working on beginning to release titles across multiple platforms simultaneously. The iOS version will be free to download and play, as will the Android version will likely be, though EA is hoping to make some scratch through in-app purchases that will help you conquer the game faster and more efficiently. EA is hoping the "freemium" model will attract both users who don't want a free game, and those who are willing to make a number of smaller, in-app purchases.

EA has made it clear that it's putting its collective heart and soul into the title, which will feature dialogue and gameplay with input from the show's writers and cast. "Tapped Out" revolves around Springfield rebuilding itself after Homer gets the town into some hot water. 

While you're patiently waiting for the game to hit the Android Market, we promise to keep our eyes and ears peeled for any Simpsons-related news. Or just the Simpsons on TV. 

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

HTC Ville headed to T-Mobile?


Sure looks that way according to a new T-Mobile accessory document that has turned up. We've heard quite a bit about the HTC Ville device itself -- even caught some images and video of it in action but until now there has been no mention of possible carriers for the device. Also noted in the document is the Huawei Prism and the Samsung T769 though, overall the information is lacking aside from the names being called to the front. Either way, it'll be interesting to see where the HTC Ville ends up given its rise to fame thus far.

Source: T-MoNews

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3 years ago

DroidDoodle: How big did you say that thing was?


Cause that's pretty freakin' huge.

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3 years ago

Twitter for Android gets some ICS love, support for the Kindle Fire, Nook Color and Nook Tablet


In case you've been wondering when exactly Twitter would get around to optimizing Twitter for Android on ICS devices, we now have an answer for you -- and that is right now! In fact, as noted on the Twitter blog earlier the optimized version of Twitter for Android is now available in the Android Market.

In addition to the optimizations, Twitter has also announced support immediately for the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as forth coming support for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet. Also of import is that you can swipe a tweet to reply, retweet, share or view profiles.

Twitter is available now for the Kindle Fire while owners of the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet will have to wait until Feb. 23 for the apps to show up in the Barnes and Nobile Nook Store.

Source: Twitter Blog

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3 years ago

What's coming at Mobile World Congress? Quite a lot, actually


Mobile World Congress, one of the biggest mobile tech shows in the world, begins in just a few short days in Barcelona, Spain. We’ll be there to bring you all the Android-related developments from the show floor, starting this Sunday, Feb. 26.

As is always the case with such a big show, early details of product announcements often leak out ahead of time, and some companies even take to making announcements a few days before the event begins. We’ve covered all kinds of crazy developments leading up to this year’s MWC, and today we’ve condensed everything we’re expecting to see into one handy article.

Read on for a complete picture of what the major Android players are likely to be bringing to Barcelona. (And check back in case of updates!)

Updated Feb. 22: Fujitsu, LG Optimus 3D MAX, 4X HD and Tmo HTC Ville information.

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3 years ago

Syncing iTunes, Normal battery life [From the Forums]


With all the Android world abuzz over Mobile World Congress, we took a look at what you all can expect from Barcelona today. A must read if you've been keeping yourself up-to-date on all the latest rumors. Give it a read and make sure you also stop by the Android Central forums for some further discussion:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Nuance's Dragon Go! updated with Expedia integration


Nuance today announced that its popular Dragon Go! app for Android and iOS has been updated with direct access to travel website Expedia. Using the app's voice commands, users can now look up hotel reservations, current airfare, or user reviews for the thousands of listings available through Expedia. The travel site joins Dragon Go's already respectable content ecosystem, which includes Facebook, Fandango, Pandora, Spotify, and more. 

For those unfamiliar, Dragon Go! is Android's anti-Siri, using third-party content in its search results. Users can throw a number of different commands at the software, and Dragon Go! will use results from the content partner it deems fit. And for those embarrassed by telling their phones to "look up hotel prices in New York for this weekend" Dragon Go! also responds quite nicely to text input.

If you're still skeptical, you can check out Nuance's other Android apps, including Dragon Dictation and Swype, for an idea as to how the company's software works. If you've already got Dragon Go! installed on your device, watch out for notification about the recent addition of Expedia. You can hit the link below to grab Dragon Go! from the Android Market, unless of course you're running Ice Cream Sandwich, in which case you'll have to wait, as compatability is still listed as "coming soon."

EDIT: Ice Cream Sandwich users do have a way to snag their own working copy of Dragon Go!, though stopping by the Android Market won't help: you'll need to grab the latest Swype Beta, which comes with an integrated, Android 4.0-ready Dragon Go! build.

Source:  Nuance

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories showing up on Samsung U.S. website, but we can't have them just yet


The seemingly endless wait for the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories continues to drag on. Latest developments see the range added to the Samsung US website. Sounds good right? Before you all go rushing on over there waving your credit cards, you might want to take a step back. 

The range is showing up as out of stock, and worse still is on a two week backorder. Being on backorder is practically the same as no order, but perhaps we're gradually edging closer to getting our hands on  these -- particularly that sweet car dock. We really want one of those. 

On the other side of the Atlantic over here in the UK, things aren't looking any brighter. Clove Technology were hoping to have had their first stocks for the GSM Galaxy Nexus by now. Their product pages have been updated to reflect "availability to be confirmed" and "first stock delayed."

Expansys UK are still showing availability over Tuesday and Wednesday next week, but their dates haven't changed in some time now. We're all hoping they're accurate, but sadly not holding out too many hopes. 

If Samsung themselves have placed a two week backorder on stocks though, perhaps that means we will actually be able to get our hands on some in two weeks. Looks like for now though the wait continues. 

Source: Samsung Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket getting an update, failing for many


Folks are letting us know that the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is in the midst of receiving an update. However, that update's failing for a good many. We're not seeing any official changelog just yet either on AT&T's or Samsung's side, but we've got inquiries in. Chances are we're looking at bugfixes with just a 21MB update, but we'll let you know if/when we hear more.

Source: @travis_benjamin; Skyrocket forums
More: AT&T Skyrocket support

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3 years ago

Initial Snapdragon S4 benchmarks show promising performance


It's not often we get excited about benchmark numbers, but we'll make an exception today. Early benchmarks of the first chips based upon Qualcomm's new Snapdragon S4 ("Krait") architecture have appeared, showing dramatic improvements from earlier Snapdragon chips. The tests run by AnandTech on Qualcomm's S4 Mobile Development Platform (powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 chip), show single and mutli-threaded CPU performance dwarfing earlier models. This includes TI OMAP chips used in phones like the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR, as well as the much-vaunted 1.2GHz Exynos chip in the Galaxy S II.

The chip produced leading web benchmark scores too, according to AnandTech's results. The site recorded its lowest (best) SunSpider Javascript score with Qualcomm's new MDP, at just 1532 in the stock Android 4.0 browser. And graphical tests on the MSM8960's Adreno 225 GPU were almost as impressive, with Qualcomm's MDP being beaten by the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II in just a couple of GPU tests.

So the MSM8960 is shaping up to be an impressive chip indeed. We're expecting to see it in a number of mid-range and high-end devices this year, including HTC's "Ville" (rumored to ship as the HTC One S).  We'll no doubt hear more about this chip, and the devices it'll be powering, at MWC next week.

Source: AnandTech

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3 years ago

Free Android Wallpaper of the Day: Spiral staircase


Android Central member androidforall took this dizzying shot at a wedding reception using a Canon D60D. Don't look up.

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3 years ago

Finally, a second official Cristiano Ronaldo app for Android!


If last year's Cristiano Ronaldo Freestyle app wasn't enough for you, you can now download another official Ronaldo app, this time from developer Mobile Roadie. The official Cristiano Ronaldo app for Android gives fans access to up to the minute news and "never before seen" photos of the Real Madrid striker -- including pictures of him standing in front of a green screen, and another of kicking a football (as you do).

There's also a "fan wall", where Ronaldo enthusiasts can pour out gushing tributes to the star player (we counted two at the time of writing). And you can also earn points and compete for signed Ronaldo merchandise, if that's your thing.

If you're crazy enough to want not one, but two officially-sanctioned Cristiano Ronaldo apps on your phone, then we can only hope you're still sufficiently lucid to use the QR code and Market link after the break.

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3 years ago

Ubuntu on Android becomes real, looks to take on Moto's Webtop experience


This, folks, is Ubuntu on Android. An honest-to-goodness, not janky or VNC'd, full build of the Linux distro powered by an Android smartphone.

We'll let that sink in.

Canonical -- the company behind Ubuntu -- today announced that it's bringing the full Ubuntu experience to multi-core Android phones in the same way that Motorola has attempted to extend its hardware to a more traditional computing experience with Webtop. That is, you'll connect your phone to a keyboard and display, and from there have full control over a proper Ubuntu experience, all powered by the phone. Because your Android smartphone is already running a Linux kernel, the marriage between your phone and Ubuntu is darn near seamless. The Ubuntu build actually shares the kernel from your phone and boots in parallel.

Canonical gave us a walkthrough of the experience, and it really couldn't be more simple. Dock the phone, and Ubuntu Unity fires up. Photos and videos are instantly available in the desktop experience.

But photos and videos are chump change. You've got full Chromium and Thunderbird apps. VLC. The Ubuntu Music Player. If it's on Ubuntu, it can be on your phone.

But the real power is in the ability to launch your Android apps within that desktop experience. Same goes for contacts. Or your network settings. Or your notifications. It's Android within an Ubuntu experience. And it's pretty slick.

As for hardware requirements, you'll need a dual-core smartphone with at least a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. You'll need 2GB of storage free as well, plus USB host mode and HDMI out (MHL adapters will work, Canonical tells us), plus video acceleration. Older phones need not apply, basically.

It's worth repeating that this is your phone powering Ubuntu -- not the Ubuntu desktop on your phone. We're going to get a close look at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned. For now, we've got Canonical's full press release after the break.

More: Ubuntu

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