It looks like Asus is not stopping short of trying to pull a one up in the tablet and smartphone arena. We’ve seen the innovative Asus Transformer recently and we knew that the company was working on some kind of a phone/tablet combo which they planned on revealing at Computex tomorrow. Well, it looks like we’re getting a sneak peak thanks to the folks over at Pocketnow. They managed to get some lovely screenshots of the device and we’ve gotta say, it looks pretty cool. As you can see, the device seamlessly docks into a slot on the backside of the brainless tablet. According to Pocketnow, the device will most likely be available in two different colors, copper and black. The pics also reveal that when the handset is tucked away into the tablet the camera lens will show through a whole on the backside of the tab while being fully protected. Of course, no word yet on what the device will run you or when it’ll be released, but stay tuned because we’ll find out soon enough. Check out the pics below after the break and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
The folks over at Google have heard the crowd when it came to the online web version of the Android Market. The update consist of two major little itsy bitsy features that have seemed to have been missing from day one. Numero uno was the fact that “next” and “previous” buttons were non-existent in regards to screenshot navigation. Furthermore, if you wanted to close the screenshot out you had to search for that needle in a hay stack of an “X” button. In steps team Google to satisfy the crowd. Now, when you log into the Android Market online you’ll find those ever missing previous and next arrows on your screenshot or you can simply just click on the screenshot itself to get to the next pic. In addition, you will also receive the ability to rotate the screen right side up. Lastly, you can simply click anywhere outside of the screenshot to close it out. No more pesky searching for the tiny X button. If you want to see it all for yourself, head on over to the Android Market via the source link and check it out. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
In terms of legal confusion, emulators definitely take the cake. While emulators themselves are legal, the ROMs you play on them aren’t unless you have legal copy of the game. To add to this confusion, various companies have just as shadowy stances on whether or not they’ll allow these legal demons in their stores. » Read the rest
Like everything in the mobile world, new ideas are often met with praise and jubilation by some, and criticism and detest from others. However, Google Wallet has taken tech sites by storm; way more than usual. In fact, the general idea about it is that it will fail. Sites are making claims such as “it won’t catch on,” “it’s horribly insecure,” and “it’s dead before it’s started.” As an author of a tech website, I’m flabbergasted. Since when was it our job to try to convince people NOT to try great new products? Every writer knows that by criticizing something you’ll get more page views. That’s all fine and dandy, but Google Wallet IS a good product. People should be excited about the possibilities, not afraid to get a phone with NFC because some tech blogs are calling it the devil. So I’m here to shoot down their claims and make my bold prediction. Google Wallet will not only succeed, it will take the world by storm. Crazy I know, but I have my reasons.
Near field communication aka NFC is a technology that will allow you to exchange data between devices. If you don’t have the ‘Pure Google’ phone, Nexus S (4G) you probably don’t have NFC capabilities with that Android device you have in your hand. Yea, look at it. Nope! And you know you wish you had the capability after reading all about the latest service to come from the search giant, Google Wallet.
You could take a shot at fixing that problem, or just commend the guy that made the following video for his efforts. He’s put to together a little project he likes to call the “Poor Mans NFC”. Joe Desbonnet has recorded video of his device communicating with an Arduino. By using this micro-controller and some magnetic wire strategically placed and this app as the interface, he was able to send data to his compass enabled HTC Desire . This wouldn’t be practical to set up your device with NFC this way, but sure is cool to see someone take the initiative. If you have the desire to look further into this check out his blog and instructions.
Check out the You Tube video after the break.
Looking for a little peace and serenity on your home screen? Check out Blue Skies Live Wallpaper for Android and soar high above the clouds no matter where you are. Whether in landscape or portrait you can customize this app to gain options like time of day, color changing and cool balloons that fly up to notify you when you have incoming SMS messages. There are tons of other customizations for this app as well such as cloud count, background images and wind speed. Head on over to our apps database to snag this app where you’ll also find a QR Code. You can also head on over to the Android Market for the download too. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for another screenshot and to check out the video demo of this Live Wallpaper in action. » Read the rest
This morning a report was released stating that Android puts more money in Microsoft’s bank than Windows phone. HTC, which runs Android on a number of its devices is required to pay Microsoft, $5 per unit sold, due to an out of court settlements involving patent violation. That being said, if HTC sells around 30 million devices, that would mean they would be paying Microsoft a grand total of (I’m sure our reader can do the math) $150 million. Now that’s a good chunk of cash just from HTC that’s going straight to company that owns the mobile platform, Windows Phone.
Now if you take the above information that was released by Citi analyst Walter Pritchard and compare it to Window Phone’s position, Android seems to be the money maker. Microsoft’s information says that Windows Phone has sold 2 million licenses. So at $15 a license, that would total to $30 million. Not quite the cash cow that Android seems to be.
Microsoft is making truck loads of cash from HTC, so it only make sense they would go after all the other Android device manufacturers, looking for a per unit fee, so as to get a cut of the profits across the board, as also reported by Walter Pritchard.
If you’re like any of us here at TalkAndroid you’re probably a little confused about who’s suing who. Nokia’s suing Apple, who’s being sued by Kodak, who also sued LG, who was also sued by Nokia, and it’s just a giant mess. Well, if you’re one of those visual learner types have we got the news for you. Matt Brian decided a little while ago that he would make a chart to show you who is suing who. It’s not as messy as you think (he’s pretty good). It’s great if you want a better understanding on what is exactly going on in the Judicial World of Android. Hit the break to see it.
Are you into sniping games and third person shooters? Then you’ve got to check out Contract Killer by Glu Mobile. The game puts you in the shoes of highly trained assassin, a contract killer for hire if you will.
Pulled into a world of bounty hunters, mobsters and criminals, you must check in with your contacts and accept SECRET MISSIONS that only you can handle. Select your WEAPON OF CHOICE from an inventory of sniper rifles, assault rifles and machine guns. Locate your target, zoom in, take aim and GO FOR THE HEADSHOT to earn cold hard cash. You might eliminate a crime boss and escape without being spotted, or you might walk straight into an AMBUSH…
The game can get pretty fast paced and increases in difficulty as you excel on your missions. As you can imagine, the game renders beautifully on a 7-inch tablet like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. Ready for the download? Head on over to the Android Market for the download. Feel free to let us know what you think of the game in the comments below. Hit the break for more screen shots and to check out the video demo of the game in action. » Read the rest