Apple has a long history of being ironic, and not in the positive sense of the word. Their latest bout of ironic shenanigans: accusing Samsung and Motorola of being "anticompetitive." Frankly, this is such an outrageous accusation that I just don't know where to start with it.
The Droid Bionic is coming out a week from now, but its guts have already been leaked online and examined by some curious Android minds (remember the boot animation?).
One of them, P3Droid, ripped out the wallpapers unique to the device, packaged them up into an app, and posted it online. Since I like to see things in front of me, feel and touch them, I then ripped the wallpapers out of his app and am now posting them for individual viewing and downloading (the app is free, so put down your pitch forks).
We've all been there -- you're listening to a track when you hear an out-of-place lyric. You think to yourself, "what? That doesn't sound right." So you fire up a lyrics app (or browser) and begin your quest to find the real content of the misheard line.
While this method may work, it's not exactly efficient. To achieve that status, there's an app called Smart Lyrics.
Smart Lyrics is a small and useful app that sits in the notification area, monitoring currently playing tracks from the most popular media players, including Android stock, HTC music player, Winamp, RealPlayer, DoubleTwist, Meridian, PowerAMP (requires Last.fm scrobbling), and Cubed.
If you're looking for an affordable Android tablet that won't break the bank, look no further than Lenovo's new IdeaPad A1, which was announced today at the IFA Conference. It may not be top of the line, but for the price point, this little guy is definitely going to be a hard one to beat. Have a look at the specs:
- 7 -inch 1024x600 display
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
- 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB storage
- SD Card reader and microSD card reader
- 3MP rear shooter
- VGA front camera
- Android 2.3
The eight-gigger will set you back $199, while the 16GB and 32GB variants will be $249 and $299 respectively.
Over the past few years, Android has grown from a small project in Palo Alto, CA into the most popular smartphone platform on the planet. As such, developers all over the world have taken interest in the platform, providing us with some pretty amazing apps along the way.
O'Reilly Media thought it was about time for a conference to encourage, nurture, and help developers that encompasses the entire Android ecosystem -- everything from app building to revenue models, and what goes under the hood.
It has been quite a while since we heard anything about the Gingerbread update for the original Motorola Droid 2 (not Global), but it looks like VZW and Moto finally finished it up and it has received the stamp of approval, as it's rolling out in OTA fashion as I type this.
- New Download Manager
- App and Power Management Details
- Multi-touch key-chording
- Improved word selection copy functionality
- New UI and color scheme
- New dock icons
- App groups
- Improved security
- Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
- Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
- Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
- Improved email application
- Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
- Emoticons are displayed in messages
- Forward SMS message conversations accurately
- Notification LED will flash when new message is received
- Access My Verizon without any force close errors
- Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
- Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
- Clock widget updates time correctly
- Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
- GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
- Google Books is now preloaded
- V CAST Apps is now preloaded
- V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
- Blockbuster® movie rentals license remains active after download
- Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
- Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
- Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
- Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.
We've been hearing about Toshiba's new ultra-thin tablet for about a week now, and the Japanese manufacturer made it official at today's IFA event. Known as the AT200 Excite, this ultra thin tablet is quite impressive in spec and size, considering it's thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, yet still manages to include microSD, microUSB, and microHDMI.
- 10.1-inch 1280x800 LCD display
- 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- Built-in storage up to 64GB
- microSD, microUSB, and microHDMI (!)
- 5MP and 2MP cameras
- 7.7mm, 558g
- Up to 8 hour battery life
- Android 3.2
The Excite is set to land in Europe in Q4 2011, with no word of US availability of price at this time.
There are dozens of alternative alarms out there, but ever since I discovered WakeVoice way back in November, it's been my favorite. The biggest reason: I can lay in bed for a few minutes after I wake up and not feel bad about it since WakeVoice reads me the weather and news (it can also read your horoscope and, depending on your phone, your calendar). The app uses the stock Android speech synthesis voice, but third-party voices are linked from within the app and can be purchased.
Thanks to Samsung's Unpacked app, we already knew that the South Korean company would be announcing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 today, but now we have official confirmation along with a full list of specs to match.
It goes without saying that the latest addition to Samsung's tablet family will have a 7.7-inch display, but this display will pack a resolution of 1280 x 800, the same as the recently announced Samsung Note smartphone.