Ever wanted a skee-ball machine for your home? Well in Google’s newest Chrome Experiment, you actually can— virtually, of course.
“Roll It” links your phone or tablet straight to your computer’s Chrome browser, allowing you to shoot a ball right through your computer in a virtual game of skee-ball. The game is reminiscent of “Wii Sports,” but this is entirely different technology. Setup is extremely simple— it only took me a couple of minutes to figure it out. First you have to visit the game’s start page on your computer’s Chrome browser. After some pretty sweet intro-animations, you’ll be told to grab your smartphone and follow the rest of the instructions. In a few minutes you’ll be on your way and enjoying the game.
Game-play isn’t perfect but games like this are still first pioneering the new technology (including Racer). From here on out it will only get better and more advanced. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come…
How are you guys liking “Roll It” so far? Check out the video after the break. Read more
Italian company Ekoore has announced a device that offers an interesting combination of options for the consumer that cannot decide exactly what they want. Whether you are interested in a large tablet device or laptop, Linux, Android or Windows, the Ekoore Python S3 has you covered. Making it unique is the ability to have access to three different operating systems out of the box, including Ubuntu 13.4, Android 4.2 or Windows 8. Besides offering flexibility in the operating system, Ekoore offers a choice of configurations between a large tablet or a laptop thanks to a fully QWERTY keyboard dock. The keyboard has a built-in battery that can power the entire device, extending the useful life of the device when on battery power, a touchpad, two USB ports and an ethernet port. Read more
Are you wondering when you can finally put your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S 4? Well AT&T made it official via Twitter that it will be in stores starting this Saturday, April 27. It appears they will only offer the 16GB version for now, and the 32GB version will arrive at a later date. Word is that if you pre-ordered it, you could get it as soon as tomorrow.
Ever since Sundar Pichai took over the Android team, rumors started to swirl that Chrome and Android would merge since Sundar is also in charge of Google Chrome at Google. Shortly after, Eric Schmidt put a kibosh to that by saying they will remain separate, but to expect more overlap. As you know, Chrome is primarily in notebook computers, and the closest thing we have seen of Android on a notebook would be the ASUS Transformer series. The DigiTimes is reporting that Androidbooks, as in Android notebooks, are coming this fall.
It wasn’t mentioned in the report, but if the Androidbook were to have a detacheable display, I’m not sure what more it would offer over the Transformer line. Of course, it they were to be similar to the Chromebooks, where the display is permanently attached, it would be inferior. If there really is an Androidbook in the works, what makes the most sense is for it to not only have a detachable display, but it should also have both Chrome and Android with the ability to boot into either OS. I’m very interested to see what this rumor develops into.
Looks like we have some bad news for Iconia A100, Acer A200 and Acer A500 owners. An Acer spokesperson has just confirmed that a Jelly Bean update will not becoming to either of these 3 devices. While the A100 and A500 are already over a year old, the A200 was only just launched earlier this year, thus it’s quite disappointing that these devices won’t officially see anything past Ice Cream Sandwich.
Will this announcement by Acer make you guys who own these devices to root them?
While we are waiting for Apple and HTC to hash out their differences regarding the Import delays for the possible Apple patent violations made by HTC, some folks have found a fix for a possible device annoyance. Regardless of which version of the One X is being used, folks have noticed a slight lag on HTC’s Sense 4.0 interface covering Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich.
Most of you who’ve had an HTC phone and are into modding should be familer with Rosie the Sense launcher. The mod tries to eliminate the lag being discussed. As the author of the mod puts it, it’s “a mod that locks the frame rate during page scroll in Sense launcher.” If you notice this too and have an international version of the device then hit the source link to snag the mod. As always, make a back up of your original files should the install get botched. As always you are responsible for what happens to your device when modding and tweaking.
Asus has begun bringing their lineup of tablets to market starting with the Tranformer Pad 300, which was dubuted at MWC this year along with the Transformer Pad Infinity and Padfone. The Pad 300 should be rearing its pretty little face anytime now as it’s been currently listed with several online retailers. The 32 GB model popped up in France for €499 ($650) however, according to the folks over at The Verge, they rendered Google Shopping results showing $379 (16GB) at J&R. We’re unable to duplicate those findings so we’ll just take their word for it. Just to recap on the Pad 300, it’s touting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 res, a gig of RAM and a pretty decent 8 meg camera for its main shooter. Stay tuned as we patiently await for the official launch of the device along with its cousins the Infinity Tab and Padfone. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
While our friends overseas already has their hands on the HTC One X smartphone, we here in the States are unfortunately stuck playing the waiting game for the AT&T version of the HTC One X— which is set to be played a little longer on top of that. While AT&T is still mum on the device’s release date, an anonymous user gave us all the heads up that famed retailer Best Buy will be delaying preorders by a few weeks. The new anticipated release date from Best Buy is now May 6. That’s right folks… May. Feel free to express a disappointing sigh everyone.
Good things comes to those who wait, right gang? Here’s hoping AT&T doesn’t lag too much and will give us that concrete April release date in the coming weeks.
In what seems like a never ending onslaught of legal battle after legal battle for the mobile industry, a recent court ruling regarding the lawsuit between Hasbro and Asus has been finalized. Hasbro has pushed for a ban on Transformer Prime tablet sales due to what it states could cause confusion for customers who may mistake the tablet to be a Hasbro product. The company used existing merchandise and noted the fact that Asus’s logo has been plastered on quite a number of other items such as USB drives and other related computer hardware. In a statement from the ruling judge, it seems like the argument was anything but convincing:
“There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”
The judge took it one step further to state how he thought it actually strengthened Asus’s argument in that using the word Transformer couldn’t have been a more accurate description, as it obviously “transforms” into a laptop computer once docked into the qwerty keyboard. In addition to the debacle, Asus revealed stats on the sales as far as pre-orders and actual fulfillment goes.
“…as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders … and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”
Ever heard of the Android x86? It’s a team project devoted to porting Android to x86 computer architecture, which pretty much covers most PCs, like for instance Asus Eee PCs. I loaded Android x86 on my former Eee PC back when the project featured early builds of Honeycomb. Now, the project has moved on to Ice Cream Sandwich and the result looks sweet. Read more