When it comes to smartphones, Android competes very well with the iPhone. In fact, I think it’s a much better experience, but when it comes to tablets, I hate to admit it, Android is losing. The problem has never been the hardware, it’s the availability of quality apps. Automatically the assumption is that fragmentation is the problem, but fragmentation is an issue with phones, and yet quality apps aren’t a major issue. so why hasn’t developer support transferred to tablets? Well lets first start with a little history.
Back in late 2009, Android phones seemed far behind the iPhone, but then things changed in a hurry. Even though Android’s first phone, the G1, was introduced in 2008, things didn’t get cooking until the DROID debuted on Verizon in late 2009. From that point forward the Android world really started to multiply by numbers even I couldn’t imagine. I remember when I bought my DROID, people would say there aren’t any apps available on Android to speak of. Things changed dramatically, and by the end of 2010, the iPhone didn’t have much of an advantage when it came to apps.
It doesn’t appear that Android tablets are enjoying the same kind of success. Although the Motorola XOOM, technically wasn’t the first Android tablet, it was what really started a wave of tablets with the OS about this time last year. One could argue that it’s only been one year, and look what happened to Android phones in its second year. The problem with that theory is that the success of Android phones was actually an advantage for tablets to get a better kick-start. Actually in terms of sales, Android isn’t doing so bad. According to the IDC, Android tablet market share for the 4th quarter of 2011 was 44.6%. That’s actually very good, but somehow things don’t seem that close.
I like zombies. They’re tenacious, hungry, and single-minded in their bloodlust. They’re also easy to kill when there’s just one or two, but much more difficult when there are hundreds lumbering toward you. In tribute to my current favorite TV show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, I’ve put together my top 10 favorite Android zombie apps for your zombie-killing pleasure! Check out all 10, in no particular order, after the break!
Dang it, as if we weren’t already addicted to physics games like Angry Birds and Shoot The Apple, now we’ve got Dude Perfect, an addicting as heck physics game too that calls for ballers everywhere to download. If you love taking trick-shots and are a huge fan of the Dude Perfect following, you can now bring it to your smartphone with this all new time passer. Bathroom breaks are sure to be extended as the game allows you to create and take trick-shots with all sorts of obstacles and in the most bizarre of places.
We’re Dude Perfect™—the YouTube guys that bring you the world’s craziest basketball shots—and we’re thrilled to introduce the first ever trick-shot basketball game! Prove you have what it takes to master the art of the trick-shot by taking, and making, the most epic shots imaginable!
The new puzzler offers a slew of cool trick-shots to take and even furthers game play by allowing you to create your very own levels with their new custom level editor. In addition, you can challenge friends online as you try to beat their high scores to show off to the world. Some are calling it the new Angry Birds and some are just touting how awesome and rich the graphics are. Judge for yourself by heading past the break for the download links and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. More screen shots and a video demo after the break.
I just did a review on the IDAPT i4 Universal Charging Station, which allows you to charge up to three devices wirelessly and a fourth via the USB port. The folks over at IDAPT were gracious enough to provide three units for our awesome readers. All you have to do is like IDAPT on Facebook and head over to our forum thread and tell us how many devices you need to charge each day. You will have until Sunday, March 25 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick three random winners and post them on March 26. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their username. Only one entry per person please.
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Widgets are certainly a dime a dozen on the Google Play Store however, it’s rare to find a good Gmail widget that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. In steps the Gmail Widget by Katzoft, a simple, intuitive yet very functional application for quickly glancing at your incoming Gmail. The application offers several different types of home screen widgets that display the accurate number of unread messages while also offering a quick preview of them. The developer touts they’ve made these ICS esque apps now available for devices still running Froyo 2.2 and Gingerbread 2.3. However, the application should work for most versions of Android out there. Get timely updates as emails arrive, quickly glance at subjects and the first line of the message while on the fly, see all of your priority inbox mail, compose a message and choose from several different widget sizes. The application will run you $1.49 in the Play Store and also works on tablets. Ready to give it a go? Check out the download link below as well as a qr code. Don’t forget to check out all of the features as well as the quick video demo of the app in action. Feel free to leave your comments below too.
I just reviewed Perfect Keyboard, which is one of the best keyboard replacements for Android. The folks over at Perfect Keyboard were gracious enough to provide 20 copies to give to our awesome readers. We’re going to keep things simple again. Just head over to our forum post and tell us what phone and/or tablet you are sporting right now. You have until Monday, March 19 at 11:59EST. We will randomly pick 20 winners and announce them on Tuesday, March 20. Winners will receive an email with instructions to the email account that is attached to their username. Good Luck!!!
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Ah yes, the variation of the Android platform. Some people love it while others hate it. Let’s face the cold, hard truth about Android: it’s an open-source platform in which any individual can take the basic source, tweak it a little and truly make it their own. Similarly manufacturers can take the basic open source and throw it onto all sorts of devices with all sorts of hardware configurations. What do both amateur developers and established manufacturers of Android devices have in common? Each want to develop and create an end result or product that is “unique” and more or less different from its competition, while also providing a need for its customers and consumers. Amateur developers have a different perspective from both the engineers/developers at Google and OEMS– that’s to take the Android platform which notoriously omits items such as built-in functions like the ability to take screenshots and make it available for all. OEMs and manufacturers conversely see the bare Android platform as too basic and will slap on enhanced features such as social communication widgets. Independent/amateur developers and OEMs/manufacturers have different visions, but again— they’re looking at the bigger goal of answering what they perceive to be Android customer’s need ands try to address them.
What Android users truly want or need can be subjective and there’s no real right or wrong answer. However, we all believe Android’s benefit to users involve the freedom of choice. There are a myriad of options prospective and interested consumers can look into when it comes to manufacturers. For those who want a simple phone which allows for web browsing, messaging (texting and Twitter) and basic phone calls, there are a ton of budget options such as the Pantech Burst smartphone. For others who are interested in watching videos, listening to music or gaming on the go, there are other devices which feature dual-core processors with built-in GPUs such as the HTC Rezound. Whatever it is a prospective user is interested in, they’ll find what they want. Now suppose I ask this question to you: considering Android is truly an open platform, is it fair that manufacturers generally market devices with various hardware profiles, but only one UI option? More importantly, what is the benefit of having an Android device with a custom UI and would manufacturers and ultimately consumers be better off having the option to choose between a device with a custom skin or no skin at all? I personally believe that not only is it unfair for OEMs to market most devices with custom skins, but also marketing devices with no skins may be a financial benefit as well as positive perception from the various levels of the Android community.
It’s 2012 and together, we can help start the mass outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, as well as a slew of other bizarre infections. It doesn’t matter how much you wash your hands, these infections have evolved to transmit themselves over our wireless network infrastructure.
This is the premise of Patient Zero, a new game by a fresh developer, EgonDev. In this
pandemic game, infections get transferred by players coming within proximity of each other in the real world. Players infected with your virus will carry it and infect more players. The ultimate goal is to be Patient Zero for the most devastatingly sweeping virus in the world. Here’s a few screenshot to help give you an idea of how it works.
The game is currently in open beta, and needs more players to get the sickness spreading.
The concept behind this game has some real potential. For those of you familiar with them, you can almost liken it to a modernized/easier/themed game of either “Where’s George” or perhaps even the street pass feature of the Nintendo 3DS.
Mwhahaha, looks like I’ve successfully caused people near me to contract Luposlipaphobia.
If you’re ready to get down with the sickness, check it out in the Play Store.
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Whether you’re a novice or a pro, when it comes to rooting and flashing things to your phone it seems there’s always something new to learn. The topics in the title are often the least understood and yet the most sought after enhancements to our devices. That being said they generate a lot of questions and typically few concise answers. For instance, have you ever wondered any of the following?
- “OK I have flashed this xyz kernel. What’re all these governors? How do I know which one is the best for me? How do I tweak them to bias their characters towards Battery-life/Performance/Balance between the Two?”
- “What’s this about these modules that come with the kernel? What are they? How do I use them. Are they any good? Is it OK to neglect them?”
- “What roles does an I/O scheduler play? How do I choose a reliable I/O scheduler?”
- “Can I have more control on CPU? Can I get more info and tweaks on dual core CPU, bus frequency, etc?”
If so, you should check out droidphile‘s post over on XDA’s forums. Droidphile writes,
“Hope this thread could give you answers for all these questions. We’re covering governors, modules, i/o schedulers that comes with Siyah kernel, plus more. That should cover almost all the popular governors/modules/io schedulers! Many people seem to get lost in Kernel dev threads without getting answers about governors and such.”
The thread is extensive! 18 popular governors are finally clearly defined. Sample Governor tweaks are given. INIT.D scripts are explained. A comprehensive list of modules and there functions are listed, and so much more. Hit the source link to be taken to a treasure trove of Android knowledge.
Remember a few weeks back when I told you about the awesome custom etched Galaxy Nexus battery doors that you could get through an IndiGoGo project? Well the IndiGoGo project has successfully come to an end but our good buddy Omar Trujillo isn’t finished just yet. After exceeding his pledge goal 6x over, Omar decided it was time to set up a more permanent outlet for Android lovers to pimp out their beloved handsets. Enter AndEtch - your one stop shop for the ultimate in Android device customization.