Earlier this month, we stated that the Chameleon Tablet Kickstarter project had to be restarted. It hit a road block when one of its original creators abruptly left the team which created funding issues and inevitably caused them to cancel the Kickstarter project for the time being. But now, I’m happy to say that the project is back on and the company is more determined than ever to get this home launcher to the point that they imagined it could be. You can now pledge money to the project via their new Kickstarter page.
The UI looks fantastic and very intuitive. What I like about it the most is that it looks very similar to Google’s holo UI, which makes it blend in real nicely with Honeycomb or ICS on an Android tablet. Chameleon looks wonderful and very aesthetically pleasing so if you haven’t checked it out yet you really should. Head over to the source link to learn more about it!
If you are the type of person who likes the look of iOS but prefers the benefits of an Android device, I am sure would you like the MIUI interface. Some of you are probably already familiar with the MIUI experience and have rooted your phone to get it. For the rest of you who aren’t into tinkering or don’t have the time, Xiaomi has ported their MIUI theme for Android as an installable apk and can be found in the Play Store right now. The MiHome app will provide the basic MIUI navigation and will even install a new lockscreen, but don’t expect the full fledged experience as you would if you flashed the actual MIUI firmware. Versions are available for Android 2.3 and 4.0 and can be found through the links below.
MiHome – Android 2.3
MiHome – Android 4.0
It was only a matter of time before we saw the evolution of Samsung’s impressive lineup of accessories. While it’s no stranger to having stylus pens on its products, it recently filed a patent application that turns a stylus pen into a bonafide headset accessory. This patent would cover a pen meant for capacative screens like those found in the Galaxy Note, while incorporating a wireless headset into its body as well (presumably of the Bluetooth standard).
Hmmm if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that Samsung is at the very least considering following in the footsteps of ASUS— which recently teased consumers with a similar accessory of its own. But in the meantime, let’s just wait and see if Sammy will actually follow-up this newly filed patent with a new accessory for owners of its devices to be excited for.
source: Patent Bolt
via: The Verge
Google is finally giving developers a way to respond to app reviews in the Play Store. This is a great addition since it gives developers a way to defend their apps against unfair reviews, and for improving customer/dev interaction and communication. Developers with a Top Developer Badge have access to this feature now, but other devs are going to have to wait a bit before it becomes available to them.
We love seeing Google add more features like this that help out Android developers. Keeping devs happy keeps them making apps, and we all know that a healthy software ecosystem is the key to the success of a platform.
source: android spin
The DROID Incredible 2 is getting an update to software version 6.01.605.05 710RD (no, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich yet). This 32MB update fixes a social network image download bug some folks were having, and also enables the device’s Wireless Alerting System. Verizon just approved this update so it should be coming very soon. Watch for it!
Mobile payment systems have been moving toward NFC technologies, with Google Wallet and other NFC-based systems like ISIS. This requires the use of a device with an NFC chip, and NFC-enabled pay stations.
NCR Corporation has something different in mind with their QR code-based ATM withdrawal system called NCR Mobile Cash Withdrawal. While not exactly a point-of-sale system like Google Wallet, it allows you to get money from any supported bank’s ATM. The technology does not require any new hardware on either end for it to work. NCR is using standard QR codes that can be scanned by any Android device with a camera. A user simply needs to have the NCR app installed, walk up to a supported ATM, scan a code, and withdraw money. No passwords are swapped between the phone and the ATM, so ATM password skimmers become useless.
Without more information, it’s difficult to say how secure this system is, but NCR is planning implementation this year and is currently looking for banks “with an innovative spirit” to partner with.
Watch the demo video after the break.
Another day, another leaked device coming out of the blue— this time an intriguing slider phone by none other than Sprint and MOTO. According to sources, the QWERTY device you see above is supposedly a “test device”, but looks to come jam-packed with an assortment of features. In addition to the 5-row keyboard layout, you’ll notice the gorgeous, yet completely button-less display— which will allow users of the device to truly utilize the virtual buttons found in Ice Cream Sandwich on the display screen. Aside from the obvious in the photo, there are no additional details such as what’s in the guts of the phone— though there’s some speculation this device may be the first offshoot of that little Intel-MOTO collaboration we told you about earlier in the year.
While there’s not much to go off of at this point for this mysterious device— one can’t help but be excited at the idea of possibly having a Sprint-branded DROID slider phone. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we will look out for any additional details on the smartphone.
source: Android Central
Still not sure what to get your good ol’ Dad for Father’s Day this weekend? Perhaps gaming guru, Electronic Arts’ latest price reductions on selected Android titles will help you make up your mind! In a promotion EA calls “GAMES FOR GUYS” you’ll find up to 40% off specific Dad-tastic titles such as Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Fifa Soccer 12, Dead Space and Plants vs. Zombies.
If you think your Dad would appreciate one of these games to help see out another boring Sunday or if you just fancy picking up a top EA title for yourself, now’s the time to do it! Click the links below for more details.
Need for Speed
Plants vs. Zombies
Could it be that Amazon’s ultra-cheap Android tablet is about to get even cheaper? With strong rumours that Amazon is planning to launch a refreshed 7″ Kindle Fire as well as brand new 8.9″ and 10.1″ models, it would make sense that the current model will see a reduction for a final push before it becomes yesterday’s news. Recent reports had already suggested that the once fast-selling tablet has seen a sharp decline in sales with rival budget models such as B&N’s Nook overtaking it in recent weeks. With the Google I/O around the corner where there’s a high expectation we’ll see Asus launch an aggressively priced Nexus tablet it would appear that Amazon’s window for additional Kindle Fire sales is closing fast.
The question is, will a $50 drop to $150 be enough to convince you to jump on-board the Kindle Fire bandwagon at this late stage? Personally I’ll be waiting to see what Amazon has in store for us and what Google has up it’s sleeve before considering a new tablet purchase. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Verizon DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners started receiving text messages from Verizon reminding them that their phones will “soon be upgraded to Android 4.0.” According to Motorola, the update is still due in the second quarter, which means it should arrive within the next two weeks. The full message follows:
Free Verizon Message: Your phone will soon be upgraded to Android 4.0. At that time we will remove your Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app because it is not supported on Android 4.0. Please download a new instant messaging app to use IM on your phone. Thank you for using Mobile IM!
Interestingly, Verizon is killing off their own Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app since it is incompatible with Ice Cream Sandwich.
source: motorola owner’s forum