Nokia's Media Relations fellow, Doug Dawson, puts an end of the rumors that Nokia is not looking into building a hardware for the Android OS. Rumors started online as Nokia was looking for Software engineer to Embedded Linux Middleware on LinkedIn.
@paulo_mealha Hi. Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more.— Doug Dawson (@DougatNokia) December 2, 2012
On the other hand, we did point out that the listing could be for software engineers to help build a version of Nokia's HERE mapping app to Android. And as it turns out, that is exactly what Mr. Dawson revealed in a tweet that he send out on Sunday. Dawson said that the job listing is related to HERE Maps support for both Android and iOS and other platforms.
If you Recently switched from the iPhone to an Android phone (Good for you!), you may have noticed a bug where people who previously were sending you iMessages cannot anymore. There is a quick solution to this bug, however, so you can un-trap your messages.
TechCrunch reports that bug is apparently is due to the iMessage system not deactivating the service after you switch your phone number to the other device. Here the Steps to fix this issue:
- Go to: https://supportprofile.apple.com/MySupportProfile.do
- Log in if not already logged in.
- Click on "edit products"
- Click on the "x" to the right of the product.
- Click "unregister"
Android is probably one of the most versatile platforms of today, it appears on all kinds of screens and form factors, and this here Android Book is another proof that Google's platform could land on any device. Now, the Android Book looks like a tablet with a keyboard dock/notebook/netbook running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's design is a copy of the Macbook Air.
But apart from being such an obvious ripoff, the Android Book looks like a surprisingly good solution for your computing needs. You've got tons of apps on Android, a 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor and has a 13.3" screen with a 1366x768 resolution, and the platform actually has some neat keyboard shortcuts, and you've got a trackpad. On the downside, there's no touchscreen. The internal storage starts from an 8GB SSD but an grow to 16, 32, or 64GB with the price rising accodingly.
The whole package is expected to sell for just above $200, and you get around 8 hours of battery life on the ARM version. There's also an Intel Atom variation, but it will run for a mere 3 hours. Now, that's a great value for the money, given that a bluetooth keyboard and mouse working with Android could cost you over $100 without even the computing device.
Android app virtualization specialists have announced a version of its cross-platform software support for , adding titles created for Android phones and tablets to the Metro UI of Microsoft upcoming OS.
The new version of BlueStacks App Player software will come preloaded on some new Windows 8 PCs later in the year, the company has confirmed.
HTC User Interface for Android "Sense" has just got updated, after releasing Sense 4.0 with ICS for the One series. A New version has just been leaked Sense 4.1 with Android 4.0.4 ICS build, HTC may release it with the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Update ot the One X later this year.
Early reports claim that the One X performance with Sense 4.1 is much better than the previous version.
That might all change with the release of Sense 4.1. It's not officially out yet on international HTC handsets, but as is so often the case a version has leaked onto the web. Geeksaber got its hands on the update and has been reporting very good things indeed.
According to HTC, the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC Desire S will both get the Android 4.0.3 ICS Update before the End of this month (August,2012). The HTC ThunderBolt was one of those models that was on the cusp, so this is obviously good news for the owners.
Recently, HTC explained why some models, like the HTC Desire HD, will not be joining the Ice Cream Sandwich club even though it is very closely related to the HTC ThunderBolt. Also the Update won't be released to all users in the same day, Some uses will have to wait till early september to get the update according to their region. Here is the Official statement from HTC:
"We're still working on getting the updates ready. We expect to have updates issues [sic] by the end of August for all devices that have been announced." - HTC
HTC Start Sending Invitations to its next major event and it will take place on February 26. Look like HTC will announce its new smartphones the day before the MWC 2012 starts.
Perhaps HTC really has something special for the MWC this year. It may be the with a 720p screen and a quad-core CPU, it will be the first Quad-core Android phone for HTC.
HTC already announced devices a second round is ready to be unveiled after the first one for the HTC Sensations and Evo 3D line.
A reliable internal source received information about an April release of Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 3.5 for the HTC Desire S, Desire HD and Incredible S. The three devices will receive the new firmware on different days during the month, and will follow the upgrades of the Sensation family (February) and the EVO 3D.
The HTC Primo will be targeted as a mid-range Android smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it seems that HTC will be moving to make its premium audio experience with Beats Audio Integration, more widely available and the mid-range Primo will be bundled with Beats Audio.
The latest image of the HTC Primo depicts a device with a 3.7-inch screen without any Android navigation keys. Using onscreen navigation keys instead. The device will feature Gorilla Glass but it is unclear if this will be the new Gorilla Glass 2 screens that were introduced at CES 2012. The phone will have a dual-core 1.0 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512 MB RAM, and rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture.
Planning to buy an HTC smartphone ? Do Not expect HTC to pack a Beats headphones or earbuds with the Evo 4G LTE, One Series or any of its smartphones for the time being.
HTC is shelving the idea. One lesson the company learned from last year Sensation XL and the Rezound, that customers do not really choose smartphones based on the headphones even headphones with a brand as recognizable as Beats.
"An accessory like the headphone doesn't factor in when someone is buying a smartphone. If they want a Beats headphone, they'll buy it directly." Martin Fichter, HTC Product executive
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 update is already available for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. The new ROM is about 300MB in size and we suggest doing a backup before applying it.
ICS has been available in Germany and the Nordic region since March, while Malaysian users also got the update two weeks ago.
Since the beginning of April users from the UK, France and the Netherlands have reported getting the ICS update. We assume that more countries will be joining this list in the upcoming days. We can also confirm Sensations in Pakistan are being updated as well, so the update rollout should continue in Asia as well.
HTC One X Firmware 1.28 is Now Available worldwide addressing Wifi bug and battery life Improvements, Middle-East region also got Arabic Support along with the Update too.
The HTC One X has a power management problem according to some developers over the XDA forum who are wooing on creating custom ROMs. The problem is that an NVIDIA power control app known as "NvCPLSvc.apk" was misplaced in the /system/bin folder, rather than its proper location in /system/app.
The Developer "mike 1986" posted an unofficial fix that puts the APK in the proper location. The problem involves Tegra 3 power management controls and is obviously only on the international variant of the model, which comes equipped with the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor under the hood.
The incorrect APK placement is costing the HTC One X user 10% to 20% of his battery life. The fix that was posted on the Xda forum claimed to recapture that missing battery life. If you want to try the fix on your One X head to the source link below. We suggest to wait until the One X Firmware 1.28 release, as it will address all battery issues, including this bug too.
HTC rezound alresy got an ICS RC-1 back in March, This new leak is version 3.13.605.7 RC-2 (the one from March was 3.11.605.22) and also includes a new radio baseband. Keep in mind that this is still not official but a BETA testing ROM before the actual release , so there is always the possibility that it may still contain bugs and damage your phone. But those of you who are feeling adventurous can give it a try.
- Facebook force close when you tap a video album
- Roaming charges when in Canada & Mexico
- "Android updating" message on power up
- Camera not launching
- Hotspot turning off after 10 minutes
- Exchange mail account removed after FOTA
- Car dock limiting charging current
- "Set Current Date" popping up frequently
- BUA+ (multiple issues)
- Flash player removed
- OTA over incorrect APN
- OTA SW update time
- Camera dark when using Facelock
- Text field difficult to read
Today, HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire C as the successor of HTC Explorer, The deivce brings all ICS features on avery affordable price (around $270 or 180).
The Desire C powered by Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top out of the box. It also features Beats Audio technology (no headphones included in the box) and packs a 3.5" LCD of HVGA resolution.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chipset with a CPU clocked at 600MHz. The actual chipset model number wasn't announced, but it is probably the MSM7225A with a Cortex-A5 CPU and 512MB RAM.
The HTC Desire C brings some more upgrades compared to its predecessors. The camera is a 5MP unit with F/2.8 aperture and 34mm focal length (in 35mm equivalent). You also get 4GB of built-in storage (plus 25GB cloud space from Dropbox for 2 years), a microSD card slot, 3G with 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and USB 2.0. The battery has 1230mAh capacity and it's user-accessible.
HTC One X will soon get a Major Update that will include the latest Ice Cream Sandwich build, Android 4.0.4. The Update based on a ROM leaked on the XDA Developers forum, The new update will be FW 2.05.401.2, and should be a noticeable update over the current FW 1.29.401.11. There is no Changeling for Now but it will increase the Gaming performance of the device.
Android version number gets an update up to Android 4.0.4, which includes some default stability improvements, also baked in are updated kernels, radios and software drivers, too. Early adopters of the new ROM have been happy, with some reporting a better web browsing experience, tweaked auto brightness settings, a smoother user interface and faster unlock speeds can't complain at that
After releasing the One XL with Dual-Core processor and LTE-Support, HTC decided to release a more powerful LTE smartphone called "HTC One XXL" which will be the first Android Quad-Core Smartphone with LTE-Support in the market. HTC One XXL will have a better graphics and more RAM too.
A couple of leaked screenshots show some of the specs of this purported beast a 4.7" 720p screen, 8MP main and 1.8MP secondary cameras and a codename "Closurexxl".
The chipset specs of the One XXL are more interesting though a Quad-core processor (reportedly a Snapdragon S4 with Krait cores), 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU plus the Ultra fast LTE connectivity.
Amazon is one of the first retailers that come to mind. For example, take the HTC EVO 4G LTE it launched on Sprint less then a month ago for $200 on contract, yet Amazon is now willing to sell you one for only $130. The offer is valid for new Sprint subscribers, however, with an upgrade for existing customers costing $150. Still, the deal seems pretty good considering what you get in exchange.
Verizon has just announced that the previously unveiled HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE will now be available from them exclusively starting this Thursday, July 5th.
The DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE will be sold for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year contract on all Verizon's retailers and the online website too. Head to the link below to see the full specs of the Device.
HTC has only two tablets in the markets Flyer and JetStream and non of them was successful, but it will get back in the game. Shortly after a spokesperson from the Taiwanese company confirmed HTC's intent of bringing a new slate to the UK soon, we now have the first actual proof of its existence. The above photo is a leaked photo of the tablet and also we have its benchmark results.
The tablet is will be called "HTC Vertex", Same as the Google Nexus 7, it's powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. The screen of the Android ICS-running slate is of yet unknown size, but we know it's going to have a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
We are not sure if HTC is working on another 7″ slate that should succeed the Flyer, or if the Taiwanese are going to go big with a 10″ size this time. If they choose the first option, their tablet will be positioned dangerously close to the Google Nexus 7 and that's a competitor few would like to have.
The HTC One X is one of the best looking Android phones around and if you are an owner of this device you don't want to damage its appearance, right?
Naturally, what most of us do when we feel we should get some kind of protection for our device is to buy a case. But we know how hard it is to find a case that actually doesn't ruin the looks of our smartphone completely, that's why we took on the daunting task of seeking out a number of cases that will protect your handset without giving you that terrible feeling of being embarrassed of putting it on the table.
Head to the Source links below if you like any of the cases we are showing in this page for the One X.
Dear Owners of the HTC Desire HD or Inspire 4G (carreir version of the Desire HD), We have some Bad News for you, The Android 4.0 ICS update for your phones has been canceled by HTC. The information came from an updated document for Canadian carrier TELUS which shows that HTC had canceled the update because of poor device performance during testing.
Looking at the specs, this previous flagship device does have 768MB of RAM, but only a single-core 1 GHz processor. For HTC Desire HD users, it might seem disappointing but it is much better to have a device running Android 2.3 smoothly than one having Android 4.0 but with many lags.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been release about a month ago. If you've been waiting for some awesome customized ROMs for your Evo 4G LTE, We have good News, You'll find some very soon around the web.
HTC has just posted the source code for the kernel of the Evo 4G LTE on its HTC Dev site. The package is about 97.5 MB and the EVO 4G LTE toting developers out there will be jumping all over this one.
Telstra, Australian carrier document has leaked shows that HTC is working on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for HTC One XL and HTC One S, We are sure that other One series devices like One X are included in the Update too but since the carrier has these two devices only (XL, S), the documents included them only.
The info on the carrier's site is pretty sure, HTC is preparing the update but even Telstra doesn't know when it we will get it. And when they do get it, they'll put the update through a testing phase before pushing it out to its users.
After HTC released the One Series and its saled affected due to heavy competition and overzealous pricing, The Taiwanese are reportedly planning price cuts across the Android board, but are also venturing to release their Windows Phone 8 handsets at more affordable levels than usual.
HTC is said to be preparing for an upgraded version of the One X to be called "HTC One X+" to replace the One X as the company's Android flagship device. Also the Company is exptecd to release a tablet by the End of the year.
When HTC made a partnership with Beats Audio a year ago to boost the Audio Quality and Music Experience for its users, it was a big jump for the company back then, but HTC's fortunes have changed.
First, HTC stopped offering the Beats by Dre earphones with its phones due to cost. Still, as recently as April, the manufacturer said it was committed to the partnership.
Second, HTC made the decision to give up majority ownership of Beats. The speculations that HTC may no longer add the Beats technology to its upcoming smartphones and removing that highly recognizable logo from the back of their future handsets.
However, HTC commented on these speculations with the following statement:
"HTC remains strongly committed to Beats Audio and including their innovation in our devices. Any rumor of HTC no longer integrating Beats Audio into our devices is categorically false."
HTC announced that the company will hold a press conference in New York City on September 19th to join the other companies and announce its Upcoming Flagship device for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS.
HTC may over a range pf Windows Phone 8 handsets low,Mid and High-range, and may be a 10" tablet for the Windows 8 Pro. We are sure that HTC will announce more than one product given how quiet HTC has been recently.
We have some more information now on the HTC device which has a model number of HTC 6435LVW. HTC Source has been calling the device the DIx which could stand for the HTC DROID Incredible X. Additionally, the device is said to emit the the red/black color scheme which looks very much like the HTC DROID Incredible smartphone series.
The 5-inch screen is said to have 1080p resolution. That works out to a pixel density of an amazing 480ppi which goes well beyond Retina display territory. A Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor is under the hood with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage on board. The HTC DROID Incredible X supposedly has a second notification light on the back so you can be alerted even with the device placed face down on a table.
HTC has just unveiled its latest dual-core One Series Smartphone "HTC One XC", at the chinese Telecommunications fair, today.
The One XC is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5Ghz with a 1GB RAM. It's built around a 4.7-inch display of HD resolution and has an 8MP camera at the back, which is identical to the one found in the One X.
The HTC One XC runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, The body build is a two-tone black and gold design. The Smartphone will be available only on Chinese carriers.
Today, Flipboard for Android received an update on Google Play. The new update brings the app to version 1.9.6 with easier navigation through the use of drop-down menus that appear when you tap on the section you're viewing.
You will also find an improvement in the method used to display feeds from Google Reader. You can Install/Update Flipboard for Android via Google Play HERE.
Nikon, the popular Camera brand, will make a New Camera powered by the world's popular Mobile OS Android, The model name will probably be "Coolpix S800" and it should be coming very soon.
Here is the expected specs of the Android Camera:
- 25-250 mm lens
- 3.5" OLED screen
- The camera runs all Google Play apps
- The camera will probably run Android 2.3 GB
- Built-in GPS
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Possible announcement: August 22, 2012
OUYA is The World's first Android-based gaming console is now available for pre-order. Its shaped like a beautiful Glass-Cube and runs Google Android OS.
OUYA didn't waste any time getting its Console up for pre-order. However, you'll have to wait until April,2013 to get your device delivered to you.
The pricing isn't as bad as one would imagine for a project that scored one of the most successful Kickstarter funding of all time. The pre-order price for a console coming with one controller is $99. If you want two controllers its $129, and $189 for four controllers. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
Even if, Adobe has continued to send out updates to the adobe flash on the Google Play for the past 2 months. And with the Chrome for Android browser not providing support for Flash, Adobe has decided that it will pull the app from the Google Play Store this Wednesday 15,August. This reminds us, Steve jobs has predicted this back in 2010:
"No one would be using Flash in the future, instead they will use HTML5..." - Steve Jobs
Today is the very last day that you can install Adobe Flash on your Android model. Obviously HTML5 is the future and Adobe will be turning in that direction with its resources. if you want to Download Flash for Android go HERE.
Tomorrow, Adobe Flash for Android will be removed from Google Play Store
Google has just released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this summer, the latest Android Operating System with some tweaked GUI. Now, Reports about the Next Android OS is spreading around.
Next Android OS or Android version 4.2 will be Named "Key Lime Pie", which is a delicious Creamy Pie with Key Lime, Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie is rumored to be released in the first Half of 2013,
We are pretty excited about what Google will include on this New OS. Let's wait and See!
The Acer CloudMobile was unveiled months ago in February, and you might have already forgotten about its existence, but Acer's cloud phone is now finally gearing up for launch in September.
Retailer Expansys is now accepting pre-orders for the device in the United Kingdom and other European markets for a price of £284.99 (around $450).
Here is the Specifications of the Acer CloudMobile:
- a 4.3-inch 720p screen,
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor,
- 1GB of RAM,
- 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash,
- HSPA and Wi-Fi,
- DLNA, GPS, Dolby Sound technology
- microSD expansion slot.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Font
Among the first new features championed by Google at the Hong Kong media event was a brand new typeface for Android in the shape of the easy-to-read "Roboto." Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich System Bar and Action Bar.
At the launch event, Google showcased a host of virtual buttons that appear at the bottom of the screen in some apps and allow users access to areas of the device like phone and contacts.
These are located in the System Bar present in all apps and enables you to navigate instantly to Back, Home, and Recent Apps. Virtual buttons are present across all apps, but can be dimmed by applications for full-screen viewing.
You can also access the contextual options for each app in the Action Bar at the top of the screen.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich voice control
Android 4.0 introduces new voice input engine, You can dictate the text you want, for as long as you want. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to replace them from a list of suggestions.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich multitasking
Multi-tasking has also been given a boost and with ICS it's easier to see which apps you've been using recently. If you decide you're done with using one, you can easily flick it away to close.
Google says it has made multitasking "even easier and more visual" on Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets users jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Face Unlock
Perhaps the most 'Star Trek' of all the new Android 4.0 features is a new piece of functionality called Face Unlock which, as the name suggests, unlocks your handset based on facial recognition tech.
You can also do more without unlocking. As in iOS 5 you can jump straight to the camera. You can also pull down the notifications window.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Home Screen folders
Like iOS before it, Android is now getting home screen folders too. You can group apps or shortcuts together and, as with iOS, you can do this just by dragging icons on top of one another.From the All Apps launcher, you can now drag an app to get information about it or uninstall it should you wish.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich notifications
Notifications have also been improved. On larger devices - tablets - the updates appear in the System Bar, while on phones the notifications roll down from the top of the screen as before.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich favorites tray
On phones and other "smaller screen devices", there is now a customisable favorites tray. You can put anything you want here apps, folders, shortcuts - whatever you want check out this screen:
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich widgets
As in Honeycomb, you can now resize widgets on phones too. As in that OS, the widgets in 4.0 are designed to be far more interactive, enabling you to flick through appointments, play music and more.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich data
Android 4.0 includes new graphical displays so you can see how much data you're using and how much you have used over Wi-Fi or cellular. You can also see the amount of data used by each running application.
Warning levels can also be specified, as well as determining how much background data apps can use.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich camera
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also brings some much-needed improvements to Google camera UI, which the company says it has been working on with Samsung.
ICS devices, and the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus in particular, will have 1080p video, zero shutter lag, a new picture-stitching panorama mode, easier sharing and Instagram-esque filters.
In the panorama mode, you can start taking the picture and then move the camera. The phone assembles the full range of continuous imagery into a single panoramic photo.
"When taking pictures, continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure, and decreased shot-to-shot speed help capture clear, precise images," says Google. "Stabilized image zoom lets users compose photos and video in the way they want, including while video is recording. For new flexibility and convenience while shooting video, users can now take snapshots at full video resolution just by tapping the screen as video continues to record."
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Apps & Beam
The People app does what many manufacturers have been doing on Android for ages bringing together various social networking feeds into one place, This offers richer profile information, including a large profile picture, phone numbers, addresses and accounts, status updates, and a new button for connecting on integrated social networks.
The Calendar app has also been updated to bring together different calendars, while the email app can now autocomplete responses and is able to store oft-used replies.
The web browser is also improved especially in terms of speed and now allows up to 16 windows. You can now sync it with Google Chrome and the browser supports offline browsing it can save versions of web pages you choose.
There is also a new NFC-based app called Android Beam, which allows two phones to exchange a wealth of information, just by holding them together.
Google has launched the Android Design site, a page of guidelines, design principles, UI best-practice and style shortcuts for developers working with Ice Cream Sandwich. Made up both of guiding principles for apps and interfaces, such as "delight me in surprising ways" and "let me make it mine", as well as the actual building blocks of an Android UI, including tabs, seek bars, switches and spinners, the site marks Googlemost obvious attempt to-date to get all Android coders on the same style-sheet.
Much of what we saw and praised in Ice Cream Sandwich is being put forward as best-practice by Google today. The People hub, new in Android 4.0, is used as an example of using pictures instead of words, while the shift from physical buttons to virtual and the changing context menu is used to push the idea of not overwhelming people with too much at any one time.
AppTech new ReconAge Android app rocks. Relying on a proprietary technology developed in partnership with Cognitec Tecnologia Brazil and data processing specialist BrScan Tecnologia, it can recognize the approximate age of anyone using the phone's built-in camera to take pictures.
Available as a free download, the application is made to demonstrate the power of this patented technology called FaceMidia. which will be able to ascertain the age, gender and ethnicity of their audience and evaluate whether they are advertising the right products to the right demographics.
Verizon announced during its earnings call today that 15 million Android phones were activated and nearly 11 million iPhones were sold. This news comes after the largest wireless carrier in the United States activated a record of over 4 million iPhones in the fourth quarter.
Apparently these numbers were not too impressive as investors punished the company stock because costs associated with offering the iOS handset weighed heavily on Big Red earnings.
Despite a point of contention over the true nature of these applications, a string of 13 apps have been identified as potential threats on the Android Market. One of the largest security software makers in the business, Symantec say they have identified these applications and relate them to a botnet-like virus called Android.Tonclank.
The applications in question run a type of malware called Android.Counterclank. Botnets spread from a host command computer and take control of other device via means of spam messages or in this case, malicious applications.
Un-install These Apps Immediately, If you already have them!
Symantec already say millions of users could be affected and they consider the damage level to be "medium" with regards to data and identification theft. So far a list of 13 applications have been identified on the Android Market as malicious, with the majority of them being mobile games of some form.
According to a study by Crittercism on Android and iOS, both platforms have their share of apps that crash and it shows that iOS apps crash more often. The company which specializes in providing real-time crash reports for mobile apps evaluated reports over a period of one month and found that iOS apps crash quite a lot more than their Android counterparts.
In the first of the three quartiles we got data for, iOS apps crashed after 0.51% of all launches, whereas Android apps only crashed in 0.15%. In the second quartile the picture is similar with iOS apps crashing in 1.47% of the cases, whereas Android apps did so 0.73% of the time. Things are much closer in the third quartile 2.97% crashes for Android vs 3.66% for iOS.
Crittercism even gave us a detailed breakdown of the most problematic releases by OS. As it turns out, iOS 5.0.1 generates more than a third of all iOS crashes 33.93%, while iOS 4.3.5 is the second most problematic with 10.62%. That sounds quite believable as these two software versions are the two latest releases of iOS4 and iOS5.
Google Has just released the Chrome browser for Android. This beta version is currently only available for ICS phones and tablets and like its desktop progenitor, the synced settings and bookmarks are all in tow. Expect to see a new, more natural mobile view of the tab system.
It will also remember what you were last looking at on your desktop Chrome browser, and sync it across to your mobile device it is like Kindle or iBook bookmarking system, but for the web. Your autocorrect content from the desktop is similarly synced.
You can now bring your personalized Chrome experience with you to your Android phone or tablet. If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can:
- View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome) picking up exactly where you left off.
- Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you'll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
- Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you are using.
Chrome for Android Beta is available on phones and tablets running Android 4.0+, Ice Cream Sandwich in the Following Countries:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Demo Video Below!
We saw some rumors about a Google-Android Home Entertainment device a while ago, Today, We can confirm that Google is allegedly working on creating her own entertainment device capable of streaming music in multiple locations within a house. Imagine a Google Music Player that uses latest NFC integrations and Android OS around you gomee.
The information about the Google-branded device comes from a "Wall Street Journal" report from unnamed people briefed on the project. If true, it would mark the Google first attempt at creating a hardware product without the aid of an electronics manufacturing partner. The search giant is concentrated recently on its open-source Android operating system software for mobile and streaming media devices.
Did you ever thought about using your Android Smartphone as your Desktop PC ?
Well, Christian Cantrell did thought about it. Cantrell posted an 8 min Video on his Youtube channel showing how he used his Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a Desktop PC with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 (Not rooted) with some cables (that you may already have!) which will only cost you about $20-40 ONLY.
Cantrell showed that with only some cables and a little experience can make a useable Android-Desktop Computer with a big screen, Android devices Nowadays have enough CPU and RAM to do this, Here is the Stuff that Cantrell used to create the Android Computer:
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Not-Rooted)
- LCD Screen
- MHL cable for the Galaxy Nexus (for Display)
- MicroUSB Cable with a USB Hub
- 3.5mm Cable for Sound output
- Galaxy Nexus Charger to charge the phone while using
- Keyboard (wireless)
- Trackpad OR Mouse (wireless)
Ice Cream Sandwich Software buttons
He also showed how useful is the Ice Cream Sandwich Software Buttons as he no longer need to touch his phone, He can simply use his trackpad or mouse to click on the buttons which appear on the right-side of the screen as you can see on the screenshot above. So you have sound-output, Display-output, Wireless control, wifi ,Internet access and your phone is charging at the same time. What you need else? pair of bluetooth headset and you are good to go (or good to stay home!).
Chrome For Android and More
He shoed on the video Chrome Beta for Android running very smooth, Google Music, Notes, Facebook, Folders, Search, Gallery and all other Apps with no lag or anything. So, How much it will cost you to do that ? $20-40 depending on the cables prices that may vary between phones and retailers.
Rockstar keeps delivering great news to gamers around the globe today. First it was the new trailer of the upcoming Max Payne 3 and now the game studio confirms that the original Max Payne game will hit iOS and Android devices "very soon".
The news came from a Q&A session hosted on the Rockstar website, where a fan asked whether Max Payne will be ported for mobile devices and Rockstar responded "Yes, it's on its way".
This is not going to be the first time Rockstar launches its older game titles on mobile platforms. In fact it is quite understandable that after the successful release of Grand Theft Auto III, Max Payne is on his way.
Android had pretty tasty Names from the begins: Alpha, Beta, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich... and Now Jelly Bean. They all alphabetically organized with a name of a tasty-sweet inside. After announcing that the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean (JB) is coming in Q2, 2012... We start thinking about the Future version of Android 6.0 Name!
Rumors suggest that the Upcoming Name for the Android 6.0 will be "Kendal Mint Cake" (KMC) which begins with a "K" and its a 3 parts name like the Ice cream sandwich and its a sweet ofcourse. So this is the Most likely Name for the Android 6.0 which might be released by Early 2014.
It seems ZTE just could not wait for MWC to announce two of its upcoming Android smartphone. Both of these new phones will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
The first one is the PF200, which will be a high-end model. It has a 4.3-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution, 1.2GHz processor, 8 megapixel rear camera with a 1080p front facing video camera, LTE, DLNA, MHL and NFC connectivity.
The second one is the N910, which should be a mid-range model and will work on CDMA networks. It will have a 800 x 480 resolution display of unknown size, 1.5GHz processor (likely to be single-core), 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 1080p front facing video camera, LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DLNA connectivity.
The popular free call making and SMS sending Viber for Android has received the long-waited update for Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 devices.
Not only the update allows Viber to work properly on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, but also brings some bug fixes and new features to the table.
One of the most important ones is a new Voice engine, which should improve voice quality over the previous versions. The app can now even detect your location with a single tap and share it with your messages. Also Viber can now send and receive photos and supports landscape mode for messages, if you desire a more thumb-able keyboard to tap. And last but not least, you can now see when somebody is actually typing you tanks to a typing indicator.
Box for Android is giving a whopping 50 GB of free storage to any Android user who activates an account within the next 30 days. Box is in the red-hot cloud storage space and this offer will make it more of a competitor to Dropbox. But even if you never use it for before, that 50 GB of storage will be yours for free for the life of your Box account.
Box Also Update its Android app to include a revamped user interface that Box worked with Google on and this brings many Android Ice Cream Sandwich elements to the app. That new user interface will be coming to all versions of Android though and it will also include multiple file uploads.
How to Get your FREE 50GB ?
1- Go to the Market to Download & Install Box App on your Android phone.
2- Open The App and Go to the Register tab.
3- Register by Entering your Email and Password.
4- Click Register!
5- DONE! You got your Lifetime FREE 50GB Cloud Storage! (Photo above)
After Apple introduced Siri personal assistance for iOS, Google had to fight back by improving its voice command software to take a New shape and higher intelligent integrations. A report from TechCrunch showing that this product may have codenamed as "Majel" and to be officially named "Google Assistant" when released.
Google Assistant is now in the hands of the Android team. Reports showed Google goals of this product, There is three goals Google will accomplish on this product :
- Gather all information and make it understandable by computers.
- Create a personalization layer.
- Build a mobile, voice-powered productivity engine, which is focused less on finding information and more on getting things done.
Unfortunately, Google Assistance will be release by Q4 of this year.
Before, Google limited the Android Market applications (.apk) size to 50MB, and developers have had to make smaller apks and the user will download the expansion files after installing the APK, Well Google changed this today by increasing the Market App size Up to 4GB. The new maximum application size of 4GB does not necessarily mean the size of the APK will be increased... but rather the Android Market will host the application expansion files. This will help the Google keep a closer eye on when a user completely finishes the download of a large application to properly start the refund period.
Most of us have experienced a long in-game download like Gameloft Asphalt 6, and then realized the refund period has already passed. In the Android Market, these expansion files are added to the 50MB size of your application so users know how much space the app will really take from his Phone Memory after full Installation.
Verizon has released a list of devices that it says will be receiving the Android 4.0 update. As for the time frame each manufacturer has a say in when the Ice Cream Sandwich update will be rolled out for its devices with HTC models expected to receive Android 4.0 in the first half of this year while Motorola is planning a Q3 rollout of the latest Android build.
The Verizon's ICS Devices list:
- HTC ThunderBolt, HTC DROID Incredible 2,HTC Rhyme and HTC Rezound.
- Motorola devices included are the Motorola DROID BIONIC, Motorola DROID RAZR, Motorola DROID 4, Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, and the Motorola Xyboards 8.2/10.1.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7/10.1.
- LG Spectrum.
If you do not know yet, There is a new name for the Android Market now, its Google Play Store. For those of you who want to see what the name change and new logo looks like on your phone. You can do it directly from within your phone in about 30 seconds flat.
How to Upgrade to Google Play Store:
- Go to "Settings" and then "Manage Apps".
- Look for "Market" under the "All" tab, open it and press "clear data".
- Now open the newly updated "Play Music" app (Google Music).
- Hit that little "Market" icon in the bottom tray (If you can't find it, open the Market icon from All Apps Menu, it both cases it will work)
- Confirm Google Play upgrade.
NOTE: If the Method Above didn't work for you, You still able to Download the Google Play Store 3.4.7 APK from the link below to install it on your phone and Enjoy the New Play Store!
Google has updated its Maps Application for Android with minor small change and some bug fixes. The new version was pushed out to the Google Play Store today, and it brings Google Maps to version 6.4.0.
The only change made in this version was in the design of the menu in Navigation mode. The menu has been changed from a list of text-only options to a more touch-friendly version laid out with some icons to quickly help you find what you need.
Google has just released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this summer, the latest Android Operating System with some tweaked GUI. Now, Reports about the Next Android OS is spreading around.
Next Android OS or Android version 4.2 will be Named "Key Lime Pie", which is a delicious Creamy Pie with Key Lime, Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie is rumored to be released in the first Half of 2013,
We are pretty excited about what Google will include on this New OS. Let's wait and See!
Facebook has released a new update for its Android app. Version 1.9.0 brings Major performance update, which make the whole app feels a lot faster than before.
Also With the latest Facebook Update, It brings Two New Apps , "Camera" and "Messenger" along with the Facebook App.
Facebook Camera App is a simple App that use your phone's camera to captor photos and Instantly upload it to your facebook account without you clicking anything. The Messenger App is a direct link to your Massages on the facebook App.
So with This Update you will Get three Apps with three icons, but it worth it. Scan or Click on the QR code below to Update your Android Facebook app.
The New Android Market which known now as Google Play Store has received another incremental update to v3.5.15 with some new features, you can Update yours by Downloading the
There are two main improvements to the app: under the My Apps menu, you can see Installed and All Apps in a separate tab. This allows you to re-download any app you've previously tried and deleted, or paid for and uninstalled, bringing the functionality more in line with the desktop portal. There is still no option to manually re-install all, or a select portion, of your apps, which would go a long way to building in the same functionality for non-root users as Titanium Backup does for root users.
Android ICS 4.0.3 released first on the Galaxy Nexus, All manufactures promise to update their latest phones from Gingerbread to ICS. Now, most major phone manufacturers including Asus, Samsung and Sony have finished the testing and certification and are ready to update device to ICS very soon.
Phone makers have not yet updated their devices to the latest Android despite the fact that the 4.0.x version was released in November of last year. That is nearly a five month gap in which Gingerbread continues to be the dominant Android version on high-end handsets on the platform.
And if the rumors are true, Android 5.0 JB should make fragmentation even worse as the publication expects the new version to arrive as early as May or June. Internally, this is allegedly slowing down phone manufacturers with ICS updates as they try to prepare for 5.0.
Samsung has already pushed an ICS update for its Galaxy S II, and next in line are the Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note. Asus has also updated its original Transformer, and Sony recently announced plans to bump up the Android versions of the Tablet P and Tablet S by end-April.
Good News! Best Buy has posted Ice Cream Sandwich release dates on its internal employee news site. And we have also an even better News... it is coming Next week!
According to the BestBuy post:
"Software updates are coming for Verizon handsets next week to bring the OS to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Updates will be delivered via standard Over the Air (OTA) update."
The Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX will begin receiving the update on Wednesday 4,April.
HTC Rezound is scheduled for Friday 6,April.
Google CEO Larry Page made a statement regarding the Android Google State in 2012 bringing us the latest statistics, Page puts it plainly Android is on fire, and activating over 850,000 devices each day.
"Android is on fire, and the pace of mobile innovation has never been greater. Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers. Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version. The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device. Whether it is on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly." L. Page, Google CEO
This number was about 500,000 last year (2011), this huge increase on the number of daily activated handsets is very impressive in our opinion.
The Google Dev team at Android Design section have just put up some new sections into their guide for Android developers and made some changes to the UI of the Settings and Navigation bar design guidelines.
Highlights include a brand new section on how to create a design layout for application settings, as well as how to link to other Android applications and how to navigate to your app using widgets.
If you are an App developer or you just like to look at the Android apps layout Make sure to check out this Page HERE Enjoy!
The stylish Panasonic ELUGA originally launched in Japan, but has now touched down in Germany. The next stop for the waterproof and dustproof smartphone is the UK, where it will be available on April 24th. In Germany the device was priced in a range of €370-€400 ($484-$523 USD). In the U.K., €365 should allow you to take it home.
The waterproofing allows the device to sit in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes with no problems afterwards, Also the Eluga is Dust-proof, there is no Micro SD memory slot and it have a 1Ghz TI OMAP CPU with 1GB RAM.
Meizu just announced a Quad-core version of its MX smartphone, running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. The handset will carry the name Meizu MX quad-core, and will bring several improvements to go with the new silicon.
The CPU of in the updated device will be a 32nm High-K Metal Gate, quad-core Samsung Exynos chip, featuring four Cortex-A9-based cores. Curiously enough, there is no info on the clock speed of the aforementioned. It will also have a 1,700 mAh Batery and will come with five colors.
The Meizu MX quad-core will come in a 32GB and 64GB versions. They will be priced in China at the highly attractive ¥2,999 (US$480) and ¥3,999 (US$635) respectively.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced during a financial earnings call that the company's first Atom based smartphone will go on sale "later this week".
This is not really a surprise because the Indian company Lava, with whom Intel partnered to make Atom based Android phones, has already announced their intentions to launch the Xolo X900 tomorrow, April 19, in India.
The X900 has a 4-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution with proximately 295 PPI, 8-megapixel camera with flash, 10fps burst mode and 1080p video recording, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, HSPA+ connectivity up to 21Mbps, HDMI out and NFC built-in. The device will launch with Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 and will be Upgraded to 4.0.3 in the near future.
The Xolo X900 will use Intel Atom Z2460 processor that has a single-core 1.6GHz Saltwell CPU with Hyper-Threading, PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz and 32-bit Dual channel LPDDR2 memory. This processor, however, is based on Intel x86 architecture that differs from the one that ARM uses on almost every other SoC on the market, which means application compatibility is going to be an issue initially.
Android Updates are very slow in releasing especially the latest update to Ice Cream Sandwhich, The technical lead developer on the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, posts a post on Google+ saying that he believes the slow update rate many Android users have had to endure is very reasonable. He said on his Google+ post:
"This is actually a very reasonable time, since under the hood Ice Cream Sandwich is quite different from Honeycomb (and upgrades from Gingerbread are likely to take longer as those differences are huge),"
He Also added:
"...some variants of the Google-engineered flagship devices still haven't received Ice Cream Sandwich (or are stuck with older versions of Ice Cream Sandwich) because of delays introduced by operator approvals."
As we all know with the Android law-suits with Oracle vs Google on the whole Java issue, some clever people thought that instead, just port all of the Android code automatically to C#. And, they are getting there!
Basically, they take the Android AOSP code then pull it through a tool they have helped develop called "Sharpen" which translates Java code to C# and the results are amazing. While only some of the Android code is physically working without Java at all, it is a great start and hopefully seeing this on low-end devices can speed things up a little.
A little more on the technical side, the way Android runs Java through the Dalvik virtual machine is fairly efficient, but using Java limits you severely by it's design and complexity, slowing down execution everywhere. While Android appears to do a fairly good job, it does not do it as well as it could do with Oracle efforts.
Here is a graph from the project showing performance:
As you can see, clearly using the C# is faster. However, there is still a while to go which if you want to have a look or even help out check out the link in the source for more technical information.