MIUI, one of Android's most popular custom ROM flavors, has been limited to purely software for existing devices... until today. Made by a Chinese company Xiaomi which has been in charge of MIUI's software development, the MIUI phone was just announced in China (where Xiaomi is based), and I must say - it's no hush puppy and leaves us highly impressed.
It's been a long time since my opinions on a device have been so torn. On the one hand, the Revolution is a pretty impressive piece of hardware, but on the other, there are some seriously annoying things about it (specifically some software elements - the lock screen makes me want to assault something adorable). All the handset's different aspects ultimately lead to one conclusion: MEH.
I can honestly say that this is the closest to not having an opinion I've ever come in regards to a device.
Take this with a massive grain of salt, but BGR has just let loose an article detailing what they claim will be either the next Nexus phone or, if not a Nexus, simply the new Android reference handset. Far more exciting than that is what BGR's source has told them what kind of features the phone will be packing:
- A 720p "monster-sized" display - exact size unknown (also, goodbye qHD - nice knowing you)
- Dual-core processor @1.2 or 1.5GHz (either a TI OMAP 4460 or a ULP Qualcomm 28nm Krait Snapdragon)
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich (possibly dubbed Android 4.0)
- Software function buttons (ala Honeycomb - no more capacitive touch)
- 4G LTE (yes, yes, yes!)
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP rear camera w/1080p video, 1MP front camera
- Release around Thanksgiving
Unfortunately, several big questions remain unanswered.
AC's Jerry Hildenbrand makes some very valid points about why that just doesn't quite seem right, if a bit (understandably) bitterly. As an Android lover and power user, I'm more than inclined to agree.
In light of this week's bootloader lockdown bonanza, it makes sense to ask something related. We know that as an Android-centric blog, our readers are likely to be a bit more hack-'n-mod oriented, so we're interested to see: who will manufacture your next device?
The "why" isn't crucial, though you're certainly encouraged to share your reasoning via the comments.
For round one of the HTC device leaks today, we present for your consideration the HTC Lead - a device that will be coming to the AT&T network at some point in the future (...most likely).
The ever-vigilent 911sniper blog "stumbled" upon a system dump for the upcoming phone, and it reveals some interesting tidbits in regard to its specifications:
- Dual-core MSM8660 1.2GHz processor
- 4.3" WVGA (800x480) display [not qHD - oddly]
- 768MB RAM
- Android 2.3.4
- 5MP rear camera (no front camera)
- AT&T support (presumably some kind of 4G - either HSPA+ or LTE)
The WVGA resolution and screen size, along with the amount of RAM, make this sound suspiciously like a beefed-up Desire HD (Inspire 4G).
It's April 28th, the official release date for the 2nd generation Droid Incredible from HTC, and if you haven't studied this phone in detail yet, you're probably wondering just what exactly has changed since the original "Dinc" entered the market last April. Let's have a look, shall we?
First and foremost, just like the Droid 2 Global Edition, the new Incredible 2 is a world phone with both CDMA and GSM frequencies.
In keeping with the more technical nature of the last Weekend Poll: what's more important to you - battery life or thinness? Obviously there is something of a balance there, but not all phones strike it well. So which is more important to you? Would you rather have a sleek, thin device with middling battery life?
Android In Recent News
Fragmentation has been one of the biggest criticisms of the Android platform. Essentially, Google allows anybody to take the Android code and tweak it suit their own needs. This is how manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, and Samsung are able to create custom layers (MotoBlur, Sense UI, and TouchWiz, respectively) over the vanilla Android interface and how some carriers load up new phones with crapware. Although this is a price to pay for openness and customizability, a recent study indicates that 86% of developers are unhappy with the state of Android fragmentation (24% of them describing it as a "huge problem").
Lookout Inc's Lookout Mobile Security app is one of the most popular and trusted security apps on the Market, and while the company is going to continue active development of its flagship product, today it is launching Lookout Labs - a separate Android Market developer account dedicated to "pushing the bounds of mobile apps."
The first fruit of Lookout Labs' labor is a brilliantly simple yet very useful app called Plan B.