John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

21
Apr
android_uk

Being in the UK myself, one thing I’ve continuously struggled with when using Android is Google’s navigation on Maps. I’ve tried the hacked version of Maps in the past giving people in the UK navigation features, but it’s always been slightly unstable and troublesome for me. You can, therefore, imagine my delight when I woke up this morning to find a ‘Navigate’ option under a search result on Maps.

Although there’s some confusion as to when navigation was enabled for UK users, most suggestions point to the feature being enabled overnight, and no update was required.

21
Apr
Garminfone

Garmin-Asus have announced their first Android powered smartphone with the Garmin navigation experience fully integrated. Called the Garminfone (original, I know), it comes with a 3MP camera on board, a MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB of storage and of course a custom version of Android.

Although the key selling point of the Garminfone is the turn by turn navigation, it offers a compelling set of features for any smartphone lover.

20
Apr
iNexus Hybrid
Last Updated: April 2nd, 2011

With the number of applications in the Android Market continuing to rise, Google is apparently adopting new tactics in their bid to outnumber applications in the iPhone’s App Store. David Pogue, a New York Times blogger, reported yesterday that he was contacted by an iPhone app developer who made him aware of Google’s latest attempt to get developers writing their apps for Android.

The developer, who is behind the Texts From Last Night app for the iPhone, told David Pogue how he received an email from a developer advocate at Google.

14
Apr
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Today the official Android fragmentation chart was finally updated by Google to show the most up-to-date breakdown of various versions of Android out in the wild. The data was collected from devices which accessed the Android Market between March 29th and April 12th.

Fragmentation of Android is my main concern for the future of the platform. With Google’s rapid release schedule, phone manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the latest versions and some new, low budget phones are being released with Android 1.5 or 1.6 instead of 2.1.

12
Apr
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iPad haters rejoice! According to the New York Times, Google is close to releasing its own tablet, powered by Android, to compete with the iPad and other tablet devices entering the market in the coming months.

Although we still don’t know of all the specifics involved or what company will be responsible for creating the device for Google, the tablet is rumored to offer users “an e-reader that would function like a computer”.

09
Apr
5 Android games

If you haven’t done much gaming on your Android phone, here are a few titles to get you started (yeah, I'm not much for introductions apparently)…

Replica Island (Free)

Replica Island is a great, retro game that will keep you entertained for hours. Not only is it available for every device running Android 1.5 and above, but it’s also free.

Guiding your Android through all 40 levels, you must find a mysterious object called The Source in the middle of an island which is protected by all sorts of strange creatures that you must defeat before the Rokudou Corporation beats you to it!

09
Apr
Motorola CLIQ

Those of you with a Motorola CLIQ will want to check your phone for new updates, as Motorola is rolling out version 1.4.8 to all users. Sure, it isn’t quite Android 2, but everyone loves bug fixes right?

The 1.4.8 update provides improvements to the phone's battery, touchscreen, and Bluetooth functionality.

The update can be installed over the air, which means you can get to it by going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates.

08
Apr
Apple iPhone 4.0 multitouch

Apple has just announced that iPhone OS 4 will support multitasking, allowing users to dive in and out of apps and keep some parts of an app running in the background while doing other things.

This is all done through a pop-up dock like interface that can be accessed by double pressing the home button. This will bring up all the apps that are currently running in the background.

Steve Jobs said they’ve figured out how to implement multitasking without it being detrimental to battery life or the performance of the phone.

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