The Beacon from Griffin is an interesting little device - it effectively transforms your Android phone or tablet into a fully-functional universal remote control. It connects to your device via Bluetooth, and then transmits the signals to your TV, DVD/Blu-Ray player, digital cable box, etc. via IR, just like a traditional remote control would. It does all this through an app called Dijit, which is the meat and potatoes of the entire system.
Ready to hear some oh-so shocking news? Okay, here it comes - Facebook is the most launched app on Android. Well, if you want to get technical about it, Facebook isn't really the most launched app - it actually shows up in the list right behind the Android Market, but considering the Market is the gateway to all other apps (including Facebook, in most cases), it's pretty safe to omit it.
There's a sea of similarly-spec'd Android 3.x tablets on the market right now, so the one with the best price (or best accessories, perhaps) can be the reigning champ on any given day. Today is the day for the Lenovo ThinkPad, which is currently available on eBay for $370 with free shipping.
What sets the ThinkPad Tablet apart from the competition and Lenovo's own IdeaPad K1 is the 99-level pressure-sensitive digitizer that works with a digital stylus/pen.
Verizon only announced the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2 a few days ago, and now both devices are available on VZW.com. If you're not the online-orderin' type and can wait through the weekend to pick up this ridiculously-named device, then a quick trip to the closest VZW store on Monday (12/12) will land one in your hands.
- 10.1-inch and 8.2-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB available for XYBOARD 10.1; 16GB and 32GB options available for XYBOARD 8.2
- Android 3.2 - will be upgraded to Android 4.0
- Verizon 4G LTE
- DROID XYBOARD 10.1: 16GB for $530, 32GB for $630, and 64GB for $730
- DROID XYBOARD 8.2: 16GB for $430 and 32GB for $530
Also, don't forget about VZW's RAZR promo: buy a RAZR, get $100 off the Xyboard's mega-high price tag.
Owners of the LG G-Slate have been waiting a long time to get some custom ROM action on the 8.9-inch device, and now that dream may finally become a reality thanks to a quick hack that unlocks the bootloader. The process is stupid-easy - it's basically as simple as flashing a .zip file in ClockworkMod.
While there aren't any custom ROMs available for the device just yet, the first custom kernels are starting to show up on RootzWiki - a good sign indeed.
Mobile devices are one of the top ways we check news, watch videos, and interact with social networks. In short, it's how we consume content. Doing what it does best, Google has released a new app for Android phones and tablets to help us get the content we want even faster. It's called Currents (previously rumored as Propeller), and, simply put, it's incredible.
Basically, it takes your favorite websites and turns them into digital magazines.
As you probably already know, the Android Market hit 10 Billion app downloads this week - a huge landmark, no doubt. Over at the Android Developers' Blog, they put together a nifty infographic showcasing some pretty cool details discovered on the path to the big 10B. Check it out:
There's definitely some really cool knowledge dropped here - who would've thought that those little fieldrunners traveled 466,216 miles each month? Or that 1.87 million hours have been spent using the IMDb app in the past four months?
The Twitter for Android app received a pretty big overhaul today to correlate with the new Twitter web interface. The redesign aims to make the app more intuitive and functional by separating everything into specific categories: Home, Connect, Discover, and Me.
As you might expect, Home is your basic timeline. When you tap on a tweet, it gives you all the details, including replies, retweets, and embedded images - much like the previous version.
If you're in the market for a portable battery pack/charger, the Godfather of them all just went on sale at Amazon: the ridiculously massive 16,000mAh i.Sound Power Max.
The Power Max has five full-size USB ports for powering/charging basically any device you can throw at it, be it an Android phone or tablet, iPad, Blackberry, or anything else with a maximum requirement of 2.4 Amps and can charge over USB. Another cool use is overnight-charging of multiple devices while only using one outlet.
If you're running a device without the Android Market and rely exclusively on the Amazon Appstore for your app-purchasing (say the Kindle Fire, for example), then you may be feeling slightly bummed that you can't score all these ultra-cheapo apps in Google's 10 Billion Promo sale. No worries, my friends, Amazon refuses to be outdone!
If you check the Amazon Appstore's $0.01 to $0.99 category, then you'll notice something interesting: quite a few $0.10 apps.