The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has been out in the US for a couple of months now. Starting on August 22nd, it’s finally making its way into the UK via Carphone Warehouse starting at £300 for the WiFi-Only 16GB model and £399 for the 3G model. The first Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been one of Samsung’s most successful tablets to date, thus I expect nothing less for their second iteration of the device. If you’re not familiar with the Tab 2 10.1, then take a look at our un-boxing and initial hands-on-review of the device below!
Probably the coolest Android related product I’ve seen in a while would be this new Android Neon lamp that has just been made available from Google. Nothing says “lets party!” than a cool little neon Android lamp, right? The price isn’t exactly cheap at $36.40, but I’m sure that won’t deter and of you Android maniacs! Head over to the source link to purchase one for yourself or fellow Android fan.
source: Google Store
PlayStation Mobile is something that I really want other companies to jump on. While HTC has been the only big supporter, that changed today as ASUS and the Wikipad have been announced to be the newest supporter of PlayStation Mobile. I obviously don’t need to tell you how big this is for ASUS as they’re one of the top Android tablet vendors out there, but if you’re unfamiliar with the lesser-known Wikipad, you can check out our post about the gaming device here.
This move will definitely bolster the gaming capabilities of several popular ASUS devices such as the Transformer Prime and Nexus 7. What do you guys think of this move? I’m sure ASUS tablet owners will love this news!
There’s a couple of apps on the Google Play Market that has some SkyDrive integration, but an official SkyDrive app has yet to be seen. Soon that will change as Microsoft have officially announced the official SkyDrive for Android app.
Today, as part of making sure SkyDrive is available to all Windows customers, we’re excited to announce that an official SkyDrive app for Android phones will be available in just a few weeks. The Android app is similar to our mobile apps for Windows Phone and iOS and allows you to browse your SkyDrive, upload files to SkyDrive, as well as share SkyDrive files with “Send a link.” You’ll also be able to open SkyDrive files from other apps, as well as upload, save, and share to SkyDrive from other apps.
While Microsoft has yet to give out an official date as to when the application will be available, we’ll be sure to inform you all as soon as we get word. Would this app be of any use to you guys? Let us know!
Keeping kids entertained these days can be quite the challenge. Thankfully we now have the necessary technology to keep them busy and entertained on the go. Sprint is helping out in that department by releasing the Disney Junior Sprint ID pack. This is loaded with content aimed for kids, or for any age group for that matter. Here’s what you can expect from the Disney Junior ID pack:
- Disney Junior Games: Keep kids entertained and engaged with games from DisneyJunior.com featuring Jake and the Never Land Pirates – including Izzy’s Pirate Puzzles and Jake’s Treasure Hunt.
- Disney Junior Facebook: Parents can get the latest tips, recipes and sneak peeks on what is happening on all of the Disney Junior Facebook pages.
- Disney Junior Videos: Your child can watch select episodes of their favorite Disney Junior shows on demand. Full episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Doc McStuffins are among those available using the Sprint TV app.
- Disney Junior Wallpaper: Customize your phone with wallpapers featuring your child’s favorite Disney Junior characters.
This should be a great tool for parents to use in keeping their kids entertained for many hours. You can hit the break for the full press release!
Well folks, we knew this day would come sooner or later. Adobe Flash for Android is now officially dead starting tomorrow. While it was widely reported that Flash was only disabled on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, starting tomorrow Adobe will disable all new installs of Flash for Android.
There’s so much talk as to whether Flash ultimately failed or succeeded. It’s clear that Adobe has now realized that HTML5 is the future, and not Flash, but I still don’t quite understand why they plan on disabling new installs all together. Adobe halting development in understandable, but why not just leave it in the market for people that wish to install it? After all, there are still plenty of sites that utilize Flash and it would be nice to have the choice to still have it if you wish so.
Either way, I’m sure folks over at XDA will have the .apk for Adobe Flash if you still wish to install it onto your device. Long live Adobe Flash, whether you see it as a failure or not, it was great while it lasted and I certainly welcomed it.
source: The Verge
Earlier this year, Acer unveiled their CloudMobile Smartphone. Now, the phone is finally up for pre-orders starting today over in the UK. Expansys, the popular mobile online retailer, is offering the Cloudmobile SIM-free and unlocked for £284.99 ($447.21). The price definitely isn’t too bad for what you’re getting:
- Android 4.0
- On-screen buttons
- 720p 4.3-inch display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM and 8GB on board storage
- 8MP rear shooter with LED flash
For those that decide to jump on this pre-order, you can expect Expansys to begin shipping the device on September 5th.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google sent shock waves throughout not just the mobile industry, but the tech industry as a whole. The purchase raised numerous questions regarding the effect that this would have on Google’s other Android vendors such as Samsung and HTC. Many were concerned that this would most certainly give Motorola “special” privileges when it came to Android considering they now belonged to Google. To my surprise, and probably to most others, that’s far from the truth.
According to an ex-Motorola employee, ever since they were acquired by Google it was harder to work with them as Google didn’t want it to seem like they were giving Motorola “preferable treatment.” This all actually makes sense because Google knows that they are now walking a thin line and has to be careful to not anger their other big Android vendors.
In time things could very well change, after all there is an ever going rumor that Google will someday follow in suit of Apple and manufacture their own phone. If Google were to actually do that, then imagine the position they’re putting their Android partners such as Samsung and HTC.
Do you guys think Google should pull an Apple and use Motorola to manufacture their own Android phones? Or do you all like the way things are with Google’s strong and ongoing relationship with Samsung, HTC, LG and others?
source: Business Insider
Starting August 14th, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will have an optional upgrade to Android 4.0.5 Ice Cream Sandwich. I say optional because the update will be through Samsung Kies and not via an OTA update. The update will bring the software to T869UVLG7 can only be completed by tethering the tablet to the computer via USB and using Samsung Kies to upload the new software to the tablet.
Head over to the source link for further instructions once the update becomes available!
It’s clear that Google intends to bolster its local reviews in any way they can. They proved that with the purchase of the restaurant rating giant Zagat late last year. Now Google is all set to acquire Frommer’s Travel Brand, one of the bestselling travel guides in America. Frommer’s also includes over 350 guidebooks across 14 series, as well as other media including the award winning Frommers.com website which covers over 3,500 destinations. Needless to say, Frommer’s is a huge acquisition for Google as it’s an opportunity to broaden its consumer offerings outside of restaurant reviews and provide information about hotels and certain destinations.
The big question is whether Google intends to change things, either the Frommer’s guidebooks will continue to be published in print or whether they will eventually migrate entirely to online. Or perhaps they may liquidate it into Zagat or maybe even into Google Maps.
Either way, I’m sure Google will find a perfect way to implement this acquisition. I just can’t wait for this to come to Google Maps on my Android device. Any of you guys excited about this recent purchase by Google?
source: Wall Street Journal