Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

11
Feb
andy_sisyphus

I think it's safe to say that Android is the best thing to happen to smartphones since the iPhone (though, I'll admit, I may be a wee bit biased). Without a doubt, the massive success of the operating system is due in large part to its openness; the ability for devices to share fundamental code, while still allowing for an amazing amount of customization, has provided something for consumers, carriers, and manufacturers that Apple would never match.

11
Feb
gals2

Last night, PocketNow landed their hands on some official spec sheet leaks from UK retailer Expansys, and the specs don't disappoint. Let's take a look:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 2
  • 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU (Qualcomm 8260 SnapDragon), Adreno 205 GPU
  • 4.3" 800x480 SAMOLED Plus
  • 8MP Camera around back (with LED flash and 1080p video recording), 2MP in front
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, microSD card support
  • HTC Desire HD2
    • 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU (Qualcomm 8260 SnapDragon), Adreno 205 GPU
    • 960x540 3.3" (typo?
    11
    Feb
    maxthon1

    There's a new kid on the browser block, and it looks like he may be giving the others something to think about. Although it's been on the market for roughly a month and has between 10,000 and 50,000 downloads, this is the first we're hearing about Maxthon for Android.  Take a look at the feature highlights:

    Sync to the Cloud - Your bookmarks/favorites travel with you from desktop to mobile.
    RSS reader widget - Find, manage and read your favorite content quickly and easily
    Speed Dial - Quick access of the best sites on the web.

    10
    Feb
    twit_1

    Twitter for Android has just been updated, taking a jump from version 1.0.5 all the way to 2.0. Based on the change log, it looks like the jump is well deserved:

    Recent changes:

    All new version!
    - Easier navigation and layout
    - Scan your contacts to find friends that are on twitter (under search screen)
    - Universal search
    - Local trends
    - Autocomplete @usernames while tweeting
    - Easier photo uploading
    - Faster tweet actions (reply, retweet, follow, etc.)

    Latest version: 2.0.0 (for Android version 2.1 and higher)

    twit2_1 twit2_2 twit2_3

    Nothing revolutionary, but certainly some pretty significant changes in the right direction.

    08
    Feb
    thunderbolt_wirefly

    Our pals over at WireFly have done an unboxing video of a production Thunderbolt, and at 7 minutes long, it provides a good look at what customers can expect to find in the box. See for yourself:

    Notable points:

    • 32 GB microSD card pre-installed (8 GB of ROM, for a total of 40 GB of storage)
    • Kickstand
    • SIM card required for LTE
    • Dual-LED flash
    • 4.3" 480x800px LCD
    • Android 2.2.1
    • 8 MP camera around back, 1.3 MP in front

    Although they just barely play with the phone while it's powered on, they mentioned in an email that "This phone cranks." They also mention that WireFly will be selling the device "soon." How soon that is is up for debate though, especially in light of today's delay.

    08
    Feb
    snap20110208_132526

    Ever since the official Honeycomb video preview was unleashed at CES, the blogosphere has been aflutter with admiration for the update's stunning UI. It didn't take long for the developer and modder community to push out Honeycomb-like visuals, either - for example, the clock widget has been available for a few weeks.

    Now there's an even better way to get that Honeycomb feel, at least for those running CyanogenMod 7 (CM7): Honeybread.

    06
    Feb
    d3_clockwidg

    In late December, XDA member marc22 requested that the beautiful clock widget from the Cowon D3 be recreated in APK form. It took nearly a month, but user rsmartin managed to come through with shining colors. Check it out for yourself:

    d3_clockwidg d3_clockwidg_2

    In typical Android fashion, user lesa0208 took what Bob began with and built upon it, adding some new color choices.

    d3_clockwidg_3 d3_clockwidg_4

    Quite gorgeous, isn't it? At this point, the widget is only available in APK form, and can be found in the official thread.

    05
    Feb
    hcomb1
    Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

    Welcome to the first of a new series of polls, where every weekend, we'll ask your opinion on a timely Android-related topic. The goal is to see where the populus stands on issues and foster discussion to broaden our view. So without further ado, let's get into our first poll.

    The Great Divide

    Ever since the SDK was released, there's been discussion on whether Honeycomb would make it to phones or not.

    03
    Feb
    chart-of-the-day-htc-gorss-proft-feb-2011

    Business Insider took a look at HTC's gross profit, and noticed something interesting: since the introduction of the Nexus One, the company's gross profit has nearly tripled. Although the Nexus One was a flop by sales standards (although certainly not by consumer standards - I've yet to meet an N1 owner who doesn't swear by the phone), there were clearly positive implications in building the device for HTC.

    chart-of-the-day-htc-gorss-proft-feb-2011

    It's hard to say what caused the massive increase - whether because building the flagship device provided the company with valuable experience, because it coincided with Android hitting its stride, or because of the attention the company received for being chosen by Google.

    03
    Feb
    atrix

    We're hearing quite a bit of news about the Atrix 4G today, and from all over the web, no less. First and foremost, AT&T has officially revealed that the Atrix will go on sale March 6, for $200 with a two-year contract. Electronista is reporting that you can buy it bundled with the laptop dock for $500; if you choose to buy the phone first (for $200) and the dock at a later date, you'll still end up paying $500 for the dock (bringing your total to $700).

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