Back in 2011, Eric Schmidt (among others) predicted that Android would soon power home devices, including refrigerators and other appliances. Samsung fulfilled the refrigerator vision with the RF4289. We've questioned the wisdom of Android-powered appliances in the past, but today's pre-CES announcement from Dacor is definitely worth talking about. The California-based company, known for manufacturing quality home appliances, has just announced an Android-powered in-wall oven.
That's right – a (thirty inch) smart oven is on the way, and it's powered by a seven-inch device (called the Discovery IQ controller) with Android … ahem … baked in. And guess what – it runs the Play Store. Read More
Belkin, a little early to the CES party, has just dropped a couple of announcements regarding its WeMo brand. WeMo, for those who don't know, is Belkin's brand of electronic components (so far including a "switch" compatible with anything you could plug into a normal outlet, a baby monitor, and a motion sensor) meant to allow users to control their electronics from anywhere using their mobile device. Until now, however, WeMo has only been compatible with iOS devices.
In today's announcement, Belkin says that's about to change. WeMo is expected to bring Android compatibility "later this year," which the company considers a "necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand." An open beta test for Android users is set to start in February for users of Samsung's Galaxy SIII and "other leading devices". Read More
Falcon Pro, the beautiful Twitter client born of Joaquim Verges' Falcon Widget, got an update today, bringing the app to version 1.5. Besides the usual bug fixes, this update brings several big enhancements, not the least of which being a completely new, completely appealing "light theme," which will switch your Twitter experience to a pleasing holo light look.
The folks at eBay must love the Nexus 7 as much as we do, because it's been on their Daily Deals page several times now. Today you get another chance to pick up the larger 32GB model of everyone's favorite 7-inch tablet: the Daily Deal is selling it for $228, with free shipping. That's $22 off the retail price, and considerably more if you live in a US state where eBay doesn't have to charge taxes. You'll have to place the tablet in your cart before seeing the reduced price.
Free shipping is a nice bonus, though you can use those savings for overnight service if you just can't wait. Read More
With CES just days away, we're about to head into a dense week of tech product news. New devices across the board - phones, tablets, accessories, TV's, speakers, cameras, and more. A large chunk of those product announcements will probably, at least in some roundabout way, be relevant to Android.
But it's the phones and tablets I think that we're all most excited for, and that will probably make the biggest bang during this year's show overall. And though we won't see a Galaxy S IV, a Nexus product, or likely anything really game-changing in the Android sphere during CES, there will be products that could shift the balances of power in the mobile universe. Read More
Don't you just love when your device gets a new version of CM? It's like getting an update from the Android gods, because who knows when the manufacturer/carrier is going to send one out.
Today, four new devices are added to the CM10.1 list:
- XOOM Wi-Fi (wingray)
- XOOM 3G (everest) Note: Not compatible with the Verizon variant!
- Samsung Fascinate (fascinatemtd)
- ...and a newcomer to the scene, the ODROID-U2 (odroidu2)
That's excellent news for the owners of those devices, but we're sure there's one question on everyone's mind here: what the hell is an ODROID-U2? We wondered the same, but a little digging turned up the answer: it's an Exynos4412 dev platform with a couple gigs of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. Read More
Like most in the Android world, I've been steadily increasing my comfort zone on how big a screen I want. Back in the day, I was obsessed with getting my phone as small as possible, like Zoolander. Then I got my first smartphone in the Windows Mobile 6 days, and ever since then every device I get has a bigger screen than the last, and I end up being happy about it.
There are a couple of sizes that are natural points for a mobile device's size. The two big ones that jump to mind are:
- The biggest size that you can easily reach the whole screen with one hand, and
- The biggest size that you can comfortably fit in your pocket.
If you have a Sphero – the Bluetooth-controlled robot ball – then you know just how much fun they can be. If you happen to have more than one Sphero, you're in for a real treat, as you can now operate multiple Spheros from a single device, thanks to a new feature in the app called Multi-Ball.
It's worth noting that Multi-Ball is still in its experimental stages for the time being, so it may not work properly 100% of the time.
To use the feature, all you need to do is select each ball individually from the connection screen, hit done, and... Read More
When it comes to the Note 10.1, there's a slip in the crowd: you either love it or hate it. Those who do love it, though, really love it – if you'd like to join those ranks but just can't justify dropping five hundred dollars on a tablet, 1 Sale a Day may have your ticket. For today only, you can get a refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB for $380. That's a solid $120 off the retail price, which makes for some pretty nice savings.
Comparison shoppers will find the same tablet for $429.99 at Best Buy and the lowest price we could find otherwise: $399.99 at Walmart. Read More
If you want to use Sprint's network without signing a contract, there are a lot of options out there, including its subsidiary Boost Mobile, the American MVNO Virgin, and hybrid provider Republic Wireless, among others. Sprint hopes that there are at least some prepaid customers left out there, because starting on January 25th, it will be offering its service in contract-free flavors.
Update: Sprint confirmed the new service to Fierce Wireless and provided some additional details. There will be no limits on data or bandwidth throttling, and LTE service will in fact be enabled on the Galaxy Victory.
There are only two smartphones that will be available at the beginning of Sprint As You Go: LG's somewhat misnamed Optimus Elite, and the Samsung Victory, conspicuously absent of the "4G LTE" branding that's present on Sprint's current Galaxy model. Read More