Intel has released the long awaited x86 system image of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Android SDK and emulator. This will allow the Android emulator (long plagued with slow and buggy performance) to run at native speed on computers using the Intel x86 architecture. Grabbing it is easy enough, just refresh the SDK Manager and grab it under the Android 4.0.3 tree. Of course, it seems like everyone else has the same idea so the download times are a bit high and you may want to wait an hour or so. We love seeing the developer tools get updated as much as we love seeing Android phones get updated. Better tools mean better apps, and everyone loves better apps. Don't forget us here at AC when you design the next great one!
The Galaxy Watch 4 continues to prove to be the smoothest and most capable Android smartwatch to date, but the app experience is still lagging. My father golfed with my Galaxy Watch 4, and it only highlighted the divide.
These new phones aren't cheap. The new iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1TB of storage is priced at $1,599. That's nearly the same price as the Samsung Z Fold 3 with 256GB of storage, priced at $1,799. So instead of buying those things, here's a list of all the things you could buy.
Whether in the shape of a smaller footprint or a foldable form factor, two of the smartphone industry's giants see value in smaller phones. I think it's time for Google to give us a more petite Pixel again, perhaps with the 6a series?