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Jan 14, 2011 - 12:32 PM - by dgstorm
Regardless whether you were a fan of the nineties comedy cartoon "Beavis and Butthead"... you have to admit the following quote from Butthead, which he usually used when referring to self-flushing toilets, fits well in this situation, "This is the coolest thing... I have ever seen."
Two Japanese companies, RT Corporation and Brilliant Service have teamed up to create a large-sized Android that is actually controlled by an Android OS! His name is RIC Android and he weighs approximately 31 lbs (14 kg). He is just under 4 ft tall (120 cm). To access its on-board computer it opens its mouth. It is able to move its head, arms, and has 10 points of articulation in its hips and legs so itís even able to walk uneven ground. Supposedly, this is the start of an ongoing project for them to create 'Andy' Androids for the consumer market that follow you around like sidekicks. Okay... I want one! No. I'll take two... they're small.
Jan 14, 2011 - 12:16 PM - by dgstorm
Here is a feature-lite, but aesthetically pleasing phone from Samsung. Their 'Coming Soon' Galaxy Mini may not have a ton of released features, but it's a sexy little phone. It is pretty tiny, which has a certain 'pocket friendly' appeal, with a 240◊320 screen resolution. It has some standard features like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, bluetooth, TouchWiz UI and microSD slot. I don't know if I would give up my current Android for it, but if it were a chick, I'd ask it out.
What do you guys think, something to watch out for, or something to just watch go by?
Source: Samsung Hub
Jan 14, 2011 - 12:01 PM - by dgstorm
Since Froyo updates are in the news right now, it's rather appropriate to share some details on the leading smartphone manufacturers and cell providers for Froyo updates. This report from Computer World gathered data from June to December of last year and compiled it so that we can see the rankings for most Froyo updates. The two big winners are HTC, for manufacturers, and Verizon, for providers.
According to the report the best provider was Verizon, with 33.3%. Sprint came in 2nd with 28%, and T-Mobile was last with 12.5%. Furthermore, the wait time for Froyo was almost twice as long with Sprint and T-Mobile as it was with Verizon. Verizon's was an average of 58 days, while Sprint was 100 days and T-Mobile was 112 days.
For the manufacturers, HTC updated 50% of their Android phones to Froyo between June and December 2010. Motorola came in second with 15.4%, and, not surprisingly, Samsung is third with 11.1%. No-one else updated any handsets to Froyo during this same time frame. Interestingly, the wait time for Motorola was the best at 54.6 days on average, with HTC a close second of 56 days. Samsung users had to wait a whopping 159 days for their Froyo updates compared to the others.
It's an interesting coincidence, if you believe in those things, that this data comes out right now after we just reported on the XDA Developer's lawsuit against Samsung and T-Mobile. The data from these reports seems to fully support the claimant's argument, and does not bode well fro Samsung and T-Mobile. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out. Regardless, this data helps us consumers decide from which brand we are best served getting our Android fix.
Source: ComputerWorld via PhoneArena
Jan 14, 2011 - 11:05 AM - by dgstorm
One of the members over at XDA, MicBeast, is apparently angry enough to start a class action lawsuit against both Samsung and T-Mobile, regarding their poor support of the Samsung Vibrant, and the way they have been holding back their Froyo updates for phones. We shared a report recently, here, regarding industry rumor that Samsung was doing this as a marketing gimmick to improve sales of future phones. Apparently, MicBeast, decided he was 'fed up' and would do something about it instead of just complain like most of us. Here's a quote from him,
If you would like to join his fight against the tyranny of corporate greed, here is his email address: SinistaBeatz@GMail.com
Unfair and Deceptive Consumer Business Practices
they have continuously lied to us about the hardware,
and software reliability of this phone,
they promised us updates (to 2.2! Not the functionally dead JI6 2.1!)
over and over,
NOW they plan to release NEW galaxies
without updating the old ones they currently have
The GPS is clearly a hardware defect.
There are just too many issues with this phone
and the Customer service reps have been combative
even bullying and threatening customers!
a clear violation of US law
just let me know what your issues are,
and we can join together to fight this "TOO BIG TOO FAIL"
Anyone who has any issues whatsoever
please e mail me all your info and whatever issues you have had with this device
to my inbox
Source: XDA Developers - Class Action Lawsuit
It seems Samsung is still holding back just a bit with their recent release. Today they pushed out an OTA update for the Fascinate owners that still have some bugs on their device. This update is simply a maintenance update, and sadly has no trace of Froyo included. The fixes include GPS and Bluetooth ability to update for 3rd party apps, and improvements like music pauses when you unplug your headphones from the phone.
Regardless of all these fixes, Samsung is still holding back on us and I am sure some people may be pretty unhappy with their purchase.
Source (Verizon pushes firmware updates for Droid Pro, Fascinate -- Engadget Mobile)
Jan 13, 2011 - 4:58 PM - by dgstorm
One of our astute staff members utilized some creative juices and came up with a couple of pretty cool custom ring-tones for your Android. He used two of the most memorable sound clips from the movie "Inception", and the effect is pretty cool. Here is the download link on our sister-site Android.net: "Inception" Ring-Tones, by JohnDroid
Check them out and tell us what you think in the forums!
Jan 13, 2011 - 12:38 PM - by dgstorm
VEVO, the exclusive content video sharing service on YouTube, has released a new Android App to the Market. You can now browse all 25,000 music videos or their more than 7,500 artists collected on their services directly from your Android. It's functions give you voice search and sharing via social networks such as Twitter or Facebook. Their interface is fairly impressive too! Head over to the Android Marketplace to give it a download, and everyone what you think.
Source: VEVO via AndroidCentral
Jan 13, 2011 - 12:17 PM - by dgstorm
Here's a cool new device to make use of your Android's talents: The Viper SmartStart from Directed Electronics. With one of their kits installed and the Android App, you can start your car from your house, you can arm the alarm on your house, you can lock and unlock the car, unlock the trunk, trigger the panic alarm, call for help or a tow, or use it to track where the car is parked. Pretty slick! This thing is a bit pricey with the kits starting between $300 and $600 bucks, but perhaps worth it for all the security enhancements. It's actually been out since July, so if any of you guys have one, let us know how you like it in the forums.
Source: Viper.com via AndroidPolice
Jan 13, 2011 - 11:54 AM - by dgstorm
Google Translate turns a year old today, and as a present to us, gets a new feature... 'Conversation Mode'. This feature is still in the experimental phase, but if they can pull it off, seems pretty ridiculously awesome! The gist of it is that each person in a conversation talks into the Android device and it translates each side for the other person. It only works for Spanish and English right now, and not at 100% yet, but if this thing evolves... Can you say, 'Star Trek Universal Translator' in our lifetime?!? Wow! Are we really this close to completely eradicating the language barriers? That'll be one of the biggest birthday presents to the whole world!
Here's a video demonstration of the tech in action (kinda long):
Jan 13, 2011 - 11:39 AM - by dgstorm
Not too long ago we reported some great Android marketing numbers, here and here, that show Android pulling ahead of iOS in many ways. Since many of us love to see these numeric representations of 'Andy' beating the snot out of his competition, here is another report with Android coming out on top.
Millennial Media (don't you love the bright and happy names these marketing companies always seem to have), released their report indicating that in two of their best metrics, Android has risen above its competition. According to their research, sixteen of the top 30 devices all run Android, with products ranging from the likes of Motorola, LG, Samsung, and HTC. Also, in overall ad impressions and ad revenue from apps, Android holds 46% and 55%, respectively, compared to Appleís 32% and 39%. To add even more perspective, iOS saw little growth from January to December of 2010. Apple had 14% compared to Androidís 3,130%! And from Q3 to Q4, Android saw a respectable 141% growth compared to iOSís 12%. Simply stunning!
Obviously the iPhone coming to Verizon will impede some of this explosive growth for Android, but ultimately many of us tend to forget that iOS exists on several carriers worldwide. Some regions even have multiple carriers boasting the product, yet Andy's growth has still dominated even in those markets.
Jan 13, 2011 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
Google may have just made a pretty big mistake that could leave several developers out in the cold. It seems that Google may have been doing some 'house-cleaning', getting rid of spam and dead apps, and inadvertently included several reputable developers in their cleanup by accident. Several developers are saying their apps have been removed from the marketplace without warning and without reason given.
There is no way to confirm yet whether these apps violated the TOS at all, but at least one of the developers was even a 'featured app' on the Market not long ago. Right now, it's just a mystery, and there's no response yet from Google in the support forums, but we will try to keep you updated when something comes to light.
Jan 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
HTC Sync was updated a few days ago, and a clever user captured some images from it. Amongst them was the picture above of a phone with no capacitive buttons and no other identifiers whatsoever. It's possible this is just a generic image used as a 'placeholder' for devices that don't have there own design yet, but then why would the picture be there in the Sync if there was no phone it was a 'placeholder' for? Mystery new phone from HTC or logistics error? Speculate in the forums.
Jan 13, 2011 - 10:56 AM - by pc747
If you feel like I do then you should know that the vzw iphone will be free of vzw preloaded apps. And I think its time we get back to the OG droid that is free of bloat.
Sony Ericsson had a pretty poor last year; selling very few phones, moving down the ranks, and only having 1 device (thatís incredibly out of date) out in the market. This year they expect to do better in sales and customer satisfaction. They said in their interview with Pocket-Lint that they learned a lot from this past year, and they intend to make it a better year with what they learned. This year they expect to sell a lot of devices, and hopefully after releasing the Xperia Arc and the Xperia Play soon, they will see greater success.
What do you think of Sony Ericsson being the comeback kid of 2011 like LG is working toward? Do you think we have room for them, with Samsung and HTC running the streets? Share your thoughts below.
Source (Sony Ericsson: 2010 Wasnít the Best For Us, 2011 Will be Better | Android Phone Fans)
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