Android devices are everywhere. Heck, the devices can even act as a watch if we’re interested. There’s an interesting and innovative concept which places Android in combat. Yes, you read that right— Android devices which can be used in battle. Let me explain: the Harris RF-3590 is a Honeycomb-powered 7-inch military-grade tablet which is specifically intended to be used in combat zones. There’s a lot of beef inside needed to power this puppy during battle too. You’ll find a 1024 x 600 multi-touch display, a snappy dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and two 8-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras which helps commanders get a ground-level view of the combat zone.
There’s even more to the tablet too. Soldiers who are equipped with the tablet can have live updates of enemy positions and new orders at a touch of the screen. There’s also the ability to access various intelligence sources like live feeds from video cameras, satellite data and other pertinent information. As mentioned earlier, the device is a military-grade tablet. This means it can withstand rough conditions and still be a trooper. Moreover, it supports most military communication platforms, which would help to prevent any sort of issues before they even have a chance to begin. How soon before military bases around the world have their hands on this puppy?
via: Android Authority
The next great MMORPG game is almost here folks! Spacetime Studios recently teased us with an intro trailer for Dark Legends, but now the developer wants us to drool even more by showcasing some of the awesome action found in the game. In addition to the fluid and smooth look of the gameplay, you’ll be able to see details such as blood, fallen limbs and just plain gore goodness. But don’t take our word for it— check out the gameplay trailer in the video below.
It hasn’t even been a week since Mobile World Congress closed its doors, but that won’t stop manufacturers from announcing new devices. Samsung made some announcements at the event which included the Galaxy Beam and the Galaxy Note 10.1, but today they have another one for you – The Galaxy Pocket. You guessed it, it will definitely fit in your pocket. It’s actually an entry level device, and I think at this point in the game, any phone under 4-inches is pretty much entry-level or at best, mid-level. This one has entry-level written all over it as the full specs include:
- 2.8-inch (320 x 240) TN LCD display
- 832MHz Processor
- 2MP rear camera, with video recording at (320 x 240) 15fps
- 3GB internal memory
- Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 103.7 x 57.5 x 12 mm
- Weight: 97 grams
- 1200mAh battery
- Network: HSDPA 3.6UMTS 900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
- Android 2.3 with TouchWiz
Samsung says it will be available in the UK later this year. Pricing wasn’t mentioned.
Full press release after the break
AccuWeather has updated their Android app with severe weather push alerts. After the weather issues we’ve been having lately, this one feature alone could make a huge difference between life and death. Timely alerts can give you the extra time you need to take cover in severe weather conditions. AccuWeather push notifications vibrate your phone and display in your notifications even if the app is not running.
The Android Market page displays the following changelog:
What’s in this version:
- This is a major release, so make sure you update your app !
- Severe weather alerts are now sent to your device. You can opt-in during the first launch or in settings.
- New lifestyle section to help you make better decisions.
- Option to upgrade to AccuWeather Platinum
- User navigation changes to be more aligned with other Android applications
- Option to “Exit” the application (found in device menu button). Note that this does not turn off notifications.
- Fixed widget issue
Screenshots, download links, and more after the break.
In a filing made to the FCC in support of Verizon’s planned $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum licenses held by SpectrumCo, Big Red’s executive director of network strategy Bill Stone said that Verizon’s current spectrum holdings do not provide enough capacity to meet growing 4G demands, in some places hitting full capacity by 2013. More places will hit capacity by 2015.
“Our usage projections suggest that traffic on our LTE network will surpass data usage on our EV-DO network in early 2013. By year-end 2015 our LTE data traffic is projected to be 5 times the peak data traffic ever carried on our 3G EV-DO network. The impact of that growth rate compounds, resulting in a more than 20-fold increase in LTE data traffic from year-end 2011 to year-end 2015.“
Currently, only 5 percent of Verizon’s customers use LTE, but the company is trying to migrate as many customers to LTE as possible. Even though Verizon is trying to move more users to their LTE network, their EV-DO network is not seeing a drop in usage either. Stone stated:
“…overall traffic continues to increase on the EV-DO network even as some customers migrate to the LTE network. Thus while traffic is migrating to LTE, spectrum deployed for EV-DO is not fallow, but is filled by the growing data demands of remaining users. Put another way, customers are not yet moving to LTE fast enough to stop, and reverse, EV-DO traffic growth.“
Sharing is an integral part of Android. The built-in share menu is simple, useful, and ubiquitous on every build of Android. But how much has it really changed between versions? Not much. Sure, it does the job, but it’s just an alphabetical list of apps that can accept a share request. Over time, the list gets very long and unwieldy. How can it be made better?
Developer Andmade Software has an answer with their Andmade Share app. This app replaces Android’s basic share menu with one that has a few more features.
- Share to multiple applications at once
- Reorder the app list
- Fast share to Evernote.
Screenshots, download links, and more after the break.
It’s been two weeks. Do you you know what that means? It’s time for another break down of Android platform distribution. When we last left our pie chart, Gingerbread had seen significant gains from 44% in November to an absolutely dominating 58%. Meanwhile, Honeycomb held 3.4%, Ice Cream Sandwich held 1%, and all other versions (Froyo, Eclair, Donut, Cupcake) accounted for the remaining 37.6%. It’s interesting to analyze the shifts that have occurred over two short weeks. From the data posted yesterday, Gingerbread has steadily risen to 61.5%. While it may not be the latest Android OS, it is, luckily, stealing share from the likes of Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and especially Froyo which in particular has dipped 5% since the start of the year. Honeycomb remained largely consistent save for 0.1% who obviously updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 4.0 gained 0.6% adoption since our last update. Check out the chart for a tabular display of the data.
Well, the company that said they will no longer be supporting their product on future Android devices is keeping good on its word however, to support Adobe Flash on devices it’s already running on. That’s right, Adobe brings an update to the Flash app for Android bringing with it a slew of welcomed security patches. Fixes include code protection in the event of a crash, preventing someone from taking over your system. The company is usually fairly quick to fix issues like this and rarely have we seen them take so long that someone would have the opportunity to take advantage of the breach. If you’re ready to update head on over to the Android Market for the download. We’ve also provided the QR code below for convenience. Now, if we can only change Adobe’s mind about support for Chrome on Android!
Android Market Link
AT&T will be offering the Dr. Dre Beatbox this week, retailing for a pretty hefty $400. The accessory will offer Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a dock connector for smartphones and portable music players. The Beatbox is powering a 5.25″ woofer, and will most likely offer “an incredible music experience”. I’m not really sure if I want an incredible portable music experience at $400, but I digress. In addition to the Beatbox, AT&T will also be carrying the following Beats accessories: Wireless HD Stereo Bluetooth Headphones, Beats Solo HD Headphones and the UR Beats In-Ear Headphones.
Also in the press release, which I’m sure will be slightly more appealing, is AT&T’s explicit intention to deliver an update for the HTC Vivid “in the coming weeks” which includes an update to Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense experience and Beats by Dr. Dre audio profiles. Owners of an HTC Vivid rejoice, you finally get to taste the sweet, sweet, creaminess that is Ice Cream Sandwich. Full press release after the break.
Android app developers will have a much bigger world to explore from now on. The Android Developers Blog has announced that the maximum size for an Android app will no longer be 50 MB, but 4 GB. This will open the door for apps that need all the resources they can get, like 3D games.
The APK file for an app will still be limited to 50 MB, but now there is the ability to add two expansion files that can be up to 2 GB each. These files will be hosted by the Android Market, and that will translate to savings for the developers as they no longer need to pay for the file serving.
The blog had some good news for people downloading the apps, as well. You’ll now be able to see the total size of the app before you purchase it, and the download of the expansion files should start automatically on most newer devices. Best of all, the 15 minute refund time frame won’t start until after the download finishes. You’ll no longer miss some of your time to consider if you like the app on a lengthy download.
Check out the source link below to get the nitty gritty details of these changes.
source: Android Developers Blog