Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

08
Feb
2012-02-09 01h49_30

While the world waits with bated breath for whatever tablet Samsung or ASUS comes out with next, Archos is busy gobbling up the budget tablet market. Woot's here to help with a deal on the Archos 101 G9 Turbo Extra Super Ultimate XT MX S. The 8GB model, sporting a speedy 1.5Ghz dual-core processor is on sale right now for $279.

2012-02-09 02h05_44

We can't seem to find the Archos 101 G9 Turbo Two-Disc Limited Edition in an 8GB model from any US retailer.

08
Feb
Motorola-XOOM_thumb

Yes, we were excited too, but it looks like owners of Verizon's LTE Xoom still have to wait a bit for ICS. The tablet is about to receive a software update (HLK75H) "soon". Verizon's support page doesn't specify when. There's not much to the update, though. Your tablet will now support dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI), as well as a bugfix for restoring data connectivity after exiting Airplane Mode.

2012-02-08 19h42_06

In other words, this update is for the subset of the already small group of people who own Verizom Xooms that use their tablets for frequent international travel.

08
Feb
googleplustiny

Google just dropped an update to its social networking app for mobile. Unlike some other apps, Google's brought a ton of new features that are actually useful. The Stream is now faster, doesn't immediately jump to the top of the feed when the app automatically refreshes, and shortens entries so you can see more of them at once.

google update screenshot

A few other improvements have been made. A new What's Hot! section allows you to follow what everyone is talking about, in an obvious attempt to compete with Twitter's trending topics.

08
Feb
R1

Every tablet and phone out there has its own dock, stand, and range of accessories. Few are quite as nice, however, as the R1 tablet stand from Satechi. At $50, this universal tablet stand is an investment. Unless you know you'll be using tablets for a while, you might want to skip this one. If you know you're in it for the long-haul, though, this stand will last.

Build Quality

Satechi didn't skimp on the materials with the R1.

07
Feb
onenote

Google Docs on Android is, to put it politely, crap. While the app was recently updated with a nice tablet interface for viewing documents, editing them has always been kind of a pain, and ugly to boot. Microsoft is stepping up to save the day with their simple, elegant OneNote app for Android. Because screw your expectations.

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The only downside seems to be that if you already have .one files on your Android device, OneNote won't read them.

06
Feb
2012-02-06 18h50_01

Meet Andru. He's an Android. Like all Androids, he's adorable. He sits on your desk and makes you smile at his cute little expressionless face while you toil away on those TPS reports. This little 'droid is a hard worker, too. When you need him to, he transforms into a USB wall charger and provides precious juice to all your gadgets.

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Your new little buddy costs $25, and he'll make sure he's worth every penny.

06
Feb
drawsome

Chances are you're one of the everyone-on-the-planet who's played Words With Friends. Did you know there's other, shall we say, homages to classic board games available for your Android phone? For example, here we have Pictionary Draw Something, a turn-based, doodle-guessing game that you can play with friends wherever they are.

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Draw Something has more than a few similarities to crowd-favorite Words With Friends. You're able to add your friends or join a game with a random player, and play multiple games at once.

06
Feb
transparent

It never fails. You're walking along, reading your emails, not looking where you're going, and then boom! You trip over the cat and land nose-first into his empty food bowl. Transparent Screen aims to prevent this type of misstep by letting you see through your camera while you're walking. Unfortunately, it can't fix your cat's passive aggressive behavior, but we're sure an app like that is in the works.

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We've seen apps like this before, usually designed for texting and walking only.

05
Feb
galaxynexus

When last we checked—mere minutes ago—ICS 4.0.4 source code hadn't been released to the public. Which is why we were surprised to learn that 4.0.4 was available unofficially for the Nexus S 4G. Today, the mysterious Android version that's forcing me to resist a "page not found" joke is showing up in a few forums, this time for the Galaxy Nexus.

Update #1 from Cam: After spending a bit of time with this update, one thing is for sure: it's stupid fast.

04
Feb
winampprotiny

Nullsoft, creator of WinAmp,  a favorite media player for over 10 million Android users, is adding its premium track directly to the Android Market. Users have previously been able to download the Pro version via an in-app purchase, but now the Pro license is also available directly from the Android Market. So, what do you get for your $5? Here's a look at the feature list:

    • 10-band graphic equalizer
    • Customizable home screen
    • Browse by Folder
    • Crossfade
    • Gapless playback
    • Support for FLAC playback in Folders View (lossless audio playback)
    • Replay Gain
    • Personalized station recommendations
    • Play any streaming audio URL (supported formats only)
    • No ads

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    The Pro Bundle may not be for the casual user.

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