When it comes to high tech, downsizing is often looked at as a sign of progress. Microprocessors meant whole computers, for the first time, could fit on a desktop. LCD displays made them portable - in the form of laptops. Moore's law proved that chips that once would have been classified as capable of enterprise-level computing now occupy devices that easily fit in your pocket. And advanced lithium-ion batteries meant you could finally take yourself off the AC teat for an appreciable amount of time, and you could charge your gadgets over and over without worrying about the ridiculous cycling fatigue that plagued earlier rechargeable systems.
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.
Your new little buddy costs $25, and he'll make sure he's worth every penny.
The newest iteration of AnDevCon (Android Developer Conference) is creeping up on us, and if you want to save some serious cash, now is the time to register. While the event doesn't actually kick off until May 14, 2012, you can stick a solid $550 back in your pocket by picking up your tickets before March 2 - a pretty substantial savings. Unless you don't like saving money, of course.
While I love most everything about my Galaxy Nexus, Google made one ridiculous omission in Android 4.0: they removed the ability to set separate notification and ringer volumes. On my previous phone, Tasker was set up to automatically mute notification tones and turn the ringer volume to three at 11:00 PM as long as the phone was on charge. This way, I wasn't bothered with constant email notifications throughout the night, but if someone needed to call during the late hours, it would wake me up.
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.
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.
Like Gameloft games? Like social networks? Like to combine things you like with other things you like? You're in luck - the Gameloft LIVE! app for Android does just that. Think of it as a social network exclusive to Gameloft gamers. Oh, the possibilities.
Update: The app is no longer available exclusively from the Gameloft store - grab it from the Market if you want:
If you have an old Android phone laying around and want to gain a second phone line or have the incredible urge to make calls from your tablet (requires a Bluetooth headset), then GrooVe IP is no doubt the go-to app. For a limited time, you can save yourself a few bucks and score this app for $2.10 (normally $4.99) in the Android Market.
So, what is GrooVe IP? If you haven't already guessed, it's a VoIP (voice-over-IP) client, which allows you to make and receive calls using only Wi-Fi.
If you're due up for an upgrade anytime in 2012, Best Buy is offering a quick and easy way to save yourself $50 on your new handset, regardless of device, carrier, or plan. This new promotion, simply called Phone Freedom, is available now to all users - as long as you sign up before February 12.
Signing up couldn't be easier - just head over the Best Buy's Phone Freedom landing page, plug in your phone number and e-mail address and you're enrolled.
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.
We've seen apps like this before, usually designed for texting and walking only.
I don't like talking about "industry insider" rumors. They are inevitably wrong about one detail or another, end up being total speculation, or are just downright trolls. Those that are true tend to be the ones that are very detailed and often leak their way out days, or hours, before a device's launch. Rumors that circulate months beforehand? Not so much.
But the Galaxy S III (if it will even be called that) is likely going to be the most anticipated Android device of the year, especially after the worldwide success of the Galaxy S II.