While tonight's event positively overloaded us with details about Ice Cream Sandwich, there were some features that didn't make the cut - Android engineer Dan Morrill has spilled the details on even more awesome features we can expect from the latest version of Android, posting a brief message about them on Google+. Unfortunately we don't have screen shots of these features, but we can discuss what information we do have, feature-by-feature.
A concern that's been on the tip of the Android community's tongue lately is hardware acceleration. It's something we've been waiting for for a while now, and it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich will finally deliver.
Hardware acceleration allows for a buttery smooth user experience, better graphic performance, and better responsiveness within apps. The sheer volume of improvements coming in Ice Cream Sandwich is astonishing, and I have a feeling we haven't heard about all that ICS has to offer yet.
Baseball fans rejoice, MLB has released an Android App that provides an easy and fun way of keeping track of your favorite team as it progresses through the 2011 Postseason. The MLB.com At Bat 11 for tablets is chock-full of enough stats, information, schedules and live ball-by-ball coverage to keep even the most rabid fans satiated during the Postseason.
This app features a number of interesting and innovative features, including:
The app supports all the standard features one would expect from banking apps, including the ability to:
- Deposit checks with DepositPoint Mobile - simply take a photo of the front and back of your check and input the dollar amount.
- Pay bills
- Check balances
- Transfer money between accounts
- View transactions
- Locate ATMs
Here's one for the car buffs among you: the official Top Gear app. With this app courtesy of BBC Worldwide and sponsored by Mercedes Benz, you can stay on top of the latest news, videos, and shenanigans from the Top Gear crew. The app features photos, behind the scenes goodies, Top Gear clips, previews of upcoming Top Gear "stuff," and reviews of the latest cars driven.
The app also allows content to be pulled and viewed offline, as well as the option to share news stories via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
A couple of new images of both the internally-named Motorola Spyder, rumored to be the device Moto and Big Red have planned to announce as the Droid RAZR on October 18th, as well as the 8.2-inch variant of the XOOM 2 have surfaced. While we've already seen rough prototype shots of both XOOM 2 variants once before, this new leak shows a much more polished look on the little brother, suggesting that it's near completion and most of the kinks have been worked out.
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a bank and American Express may have given potential clients one more reason to pick them by launching the Amex for Android tablet app. The app allows American Express cardholders to review charges, pay bills, and take care of most of their banking needs.
Right now, the app supports the following features, with more being added:
- Scheduling a payment
- Checking your balance
- Viewing your recent charges and payments
- Managing all your card accounts
- Viewing your membership rewards point balance
To use the app simply download it to your Android 3.0+ tablet and log in using the same user ID and password you would use on americanexpress.com.
SlashGear reports that Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless will be holding a joint press event on Tuesday, October 18 at noon.
We do not have any additional information at this time, but in the past few weeks we have reported on a number of leaks about potential Motorola devices, and the "next big innovation" could be any one of these. A big clue is the event title itself "Faster. Thinner. Smarter.
Early rumours indicated that the Samsung Stratosphere would be released in September, and there were even leaked press shots of the device. However, here we are in October, and Verizon has just now taken the wraps off of the Stratosphere.
Billed as the "first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard," the Samsung Stratosphere packs a hefty package, including:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
- 4-inch (800x480) WVGA Super AMOLED display
- 4G LTE
- 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB on-board memory
- 4GB pre-installed microSD card (up to 32GB supported)
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera (720p HD playback and 480p recording)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
The Stratosphere is clearly targeted towards the business user as alongside the QWERTY keyboard, the device will also have "enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for secure remote device management from Sybase Afaria." Additionally, the device will support "Samsung’s Enterprise Platform enhancements such as VPN, encryption and Mobile Device Management (MDM)." This is a powerful phone that looks to attack RIM's enterprise stronghold and take-away market share from the BlackBerry by offering support for features corporate users find essential.