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I spent a lot of time with the folks at Fuhu yesterday, and I was thoroughly impressed with what they are doing. Not only are they cranking out tablets that appeal to toddlers, kids and tweens, but they are getting into the educational game in a major way. I had a chance to get a first look at the Wings application, which is an adaptive educational learning system. It actually is a role playing game for elementary students, and it was developed with a board of educators and school district board members.
It wasn’t the final product, but it looked very comprehensive. It’s a complete lesson plan for children that will improve their proficiency with reading, writing, and math. As your child progresses through the levels, they will earn coins that can be used to buy apps from the nabi app store and you will get a report card as well. It will come pre-loaded with the upcoming nabi Jr. tablet and will be available as a package for the nabi 2 that will include the application, a stylus, and a bluetooth keyboard. It’s still in development, but you can get a good idea of how it works in the hands on video after the break.
Last year I had a chance to see what Qualcomm Vuforia was doing with augmented reality, and I was so impressed that I had to see where things are 12 months later. To refresh your memory, Vuforia was created by Qualcomm for developers that want to utilize augmented reality in their apps. Things are going pretty well as there are over 2,500 apps available (Android and iOS) from developers in 130 countries, and there are over 40,000 registered developers. Last year we saw an app from Sesame Street, and this year they are back with a really cool educational app that I know my son is going to love. They also showed off what can be done for med students and retail catalogs. Check out the video after the break
I had a chance to meet with Qualcomm Smart Labs to take a look at the Gimbal platform. It’s a context aware platform for Android and iOS that enables developers to deliver content in a more personalized way and more importantly, timely. It allows apps to be more of a personal assistant or a “sixth sense”. An example might be that when you show up at the mall, you could be offered deals or tips. That’s nothing new, but since it’s more of a personal assistant, it knows about you. So if you’re a male, you will get deals for stores pertaining to men, but it will also learn your likes so it will be further fine tuned. It’s kind of like Google Now, and we should see a lot more of these types of apps in the future. Qualcomm’s Gimbal can be utilized by any developer for any app, which makes the possibilities endless. Just check out the hands on video after the break.
We are a few days into 2013 already, but it is still not too late for anyone hoping to add “lose weight” to their list of resolutions to invest in a little technology to help them reach their goal. One of the items on display at CES 2013 that may help with that comes from BodyMedia. They had both their BodyMedia Fit Link device and their forthcoming Core 2 monitor available for visitors to check out. The Fit Link is already on the market and is intended to be worn on the upper arm 23 hours a day. The device collects reams of data measuring vital statistics, calorie intake (via manual entry), calorie burn, and even quality of sleep. This is then fed into an app that will run on your smartphone so you can monitor your progress. BodyMedia has a new device, the Core 2, coming out in August that is much sleeker and will offer more opportunities for personalization so it does not look so much like you are hauling around a medical device. Preliminary pricing is $149 for the new device.
Check out our hands on video after the break to see how the system works.
Fitocracy has finally made its way to Android devices thanks to the newly unveiled Android port. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, Fitocracy is basically a social network allowing users to exchange information, organize groups, hold each other accountable, set challenges, and give and receive encouragement— all in the name of attaining those desired fitness goals. Best of all– joining the social network is free, so it will give an even bigger incentive for all you couch potatoes to give it a try.
Sprint issued a press release yesterday that media consumers may find interesting. First, in a new twist on the smartphone platform, Sprint announced a preliminary agreement to sell smartphones later in the year that include the capability of picking up FM radio signals. Instead of streaming a radio station over the Internet, users would have direct access using something like the NextRadio tuner application on their Android or Windows smartphone.
The second announcement from Sprint is in regard to a new service within their Sprint Zone application called Entertain ME. Sprint is trying to consolidate several services including Sprint TV & Movies, Sprint Music Plus, Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio, Shazam, and Rumpus. While most of these services are available as standalone apps, Sprint believes the inclusion within the Sprint Zone will make everything easier to access for the consumer.
Check out the full press release after the break and be sure to keep watching TalkAndroid for more news and information from CES 2013.
Harman showed off enough of its infotainment center at CES to make most of us instantly hate our car stereos. The system runs a virtualized platform where QNX runs the vehicle specific functions and an Android overlay takes care of the user interface. For now, it looks like users will have access to apps via a Harman curated appstore as well as one run by individual automakers. The unit has the usual array of mobile entertainment apps as well as a pretty cool augmented reality heads-up display. As you might expect, it’s controlled via touch screen but also has a set of gesture controls with Google voice (and Siri) functionality to come.
If you’re hoping to add another device to your shared-data plan, Harman is promising LTE connectivity support. Its being offered to OEMs but we haven’t heard of a partnership with any automakers so no telling where this might end up. CES addicts should click here for our complete CES 2013 coverage!
Press Release after the break
source: Mozilla Blog
While some of us may feel a little iffy about Windows Surface Tablets out there, Lenovo is out to change that perception by introducing the IdeaCentre Horizon tablet. While the massive 27-inch display, “Aura” custom UI and the ability to play air hockey are each nothing to sneeze at— the real noteworthy aspect of the device is the fact it can operate Android apps, thanks to the Bluestacks Android player which comes preloaded. And before you ask— yes— the apps work like a charm and operate as if you’re on a traditional Android device.
If you’re in the market for a Windows-based tablet, but want something that’s Android-friendly— the IdeaCentre Horizon may be a compelling option. Hit the break to check out the hands-on video in all its glory.
Back in the day, people used to talk about app numbers a lot. The Android platform was constantly attacked for having less available apps than iOS and thus, they’d say, iOS was a better platform. As Android adoption sped up, so did app development, and today we see that both Android and iOS have more apps than we even need. All of the major products and companies have great apps for both platforms, so its really not a numbers game anymore, but people still like to play that game, so let’s play:
Just a few months ago, Google announced that it had crossed the 700,000 apps threshold and more recently we’ve heard that the Mountain View company is only a few thousand apps away from the number that’s available in iOS’ App Store. According to a new report by The Sociable, Android app development is outpacing iOS and Google is expected to reach the 1 million app milestone before Apple does. That would be an exciting and unexpected turn of events for our favorite underdog. Really though, app numbers don’t matter as much as app quality, and in the arena of app quality iOS has had Android beat for years. Thankfully Android developers have begun stepping it up recently, and things will only continue to get better. For some examples of great Android apps, check out our most beautiful apps list. Then sit back and wait to see who crosses the 1 million app finish line first (probably Android in June 2013 if the reports are anything to go by).
Source: Venture Beat
Dropbox is an incredible product that keeps all of your files synced across your different devices. Samsung took note of the company and began integrating the software back when they released the Galaxy S III, giving users a free 50GB pass. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that it will be strengthening its partnership with Samsung (the fastest selling smartphone manufacturer in the world) by adding Dropbox integration into many future Samsung devices (smart cameras, tablets, smartphones, computers, etc). The Samsung integration will begin in March of 2013. Dropbox recently reached 100 million users, so it seems the partnership is working quite nicely for them. If you’re a Dropbox user who’s planning on buying a future Samsung device, then you better start thinking what you’re gonna do with all that free storage! To read Dropbox’s press release, hit the break.
It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.
As the Android platform continues to take a major assault against Apple’s Siri personal assistant, it’s only natural that we have events like CES to see new Android-based alternatives. With that in mind— famed voice to text company Nuance has entered into a multi-year partnership with Chinese manufacturer ZTE to bring voice-activated services for owners of ZTE devices that’s aimed to be used while owners are on the road. ZTE will be introducing its Car Mode feature, which allows for hands-free operation of the device– which shows that ZTE is certainly committed to safe operation for all on the roadways out there. What’s even better is the fact the specialized mode should be available in a multitude of languages— allowing for Nuance’s technology to shine by implementing its voice to text technology which grants access to text messages, calling features and music control— all without the need for needing a cellular data connection, so users can use all the awesome features offline.
ZTE has pledged that the newly announced Car Mode will be available on future ZTE devices released this year, though there’s no indication of when we will see an update for legacy devices.
Be sure to check out our continuing coverage of CES 2013.