In a recent interview conducted by The Wire on Google’s CEO Larry Page, he was asked to respond to the late Steve Jobs’ statement that Apple was going to have a “Thermonuclear War” against Android. Page simply replied with, “How’s that working out so far?”
It’s no secret that Android has been on a recent tear, especially this past year with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 7. With Android exponentially rising, this gives Page no reason to worry about Apple’s constant battle with their OS regardless of their recent court wins against Samsung and Android’s other vendors.
Page also added, “Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.” We’re all very much excited about Android as well, especially for what it has to offer in this year.
Taking court battles aside, do you think Apple ever has a chance at bringing Android down? Or is it far too late for that now? Sound off in the comments!
source: The Wired
SamMobile is saying they’ve confirmed specs for Samsung’s next Note device, the GT-N5100. The un-cited report offers very specific information, including a name change to the Galaxy Note 8.0. As the name implies, it’s an 8-inch tablet to compete with the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and iPad Mini. It would fill the stylus gap between the Note II and Note 10.1 for those hooked on the S-Pen.
The Note 8.0 will run Android 4.2, feature a 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display, front and rear-facing cameras (5 MP rear, 1.3 MP front), 4600 mAh battery, 2 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 16 & 32 GB of internal storage and a lovely MicroSD slot. The tablet, measuring 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm, will be offered in a WiFi only (GT-N5110) and GSM version (GT-N5100). Samsung’s official announcement is expected in just over a month at Mobile World Congress.
A report from Japan’s largest business daily newspaper shows the Nexus 7 has surpassed the iPad in market share. The Nexus 7 had 44.4 percent of the market compared to 40.1 percent for the iPad. The survey for Nikkei was conducted by market research firm BCN who collected information from 2,400 consumer electronics stores in December 2012.
The report cited price as one of the biggest factors for why it was chosen over an iPad. The Nexus 7 is $100 less than the cheapest Apple alternative, the iPad Mini. Keep in mind, Nikkei also reported a huge iPad Mini shortage at the time of the survey. While this report does not represent a resounding market victory for Android, it does verify that more and more people are looking at Android as viable alternative.
Want to be a movie director utilizing big time special effects that you can only find in big budget movies? Then you need to check out FxGuru: Movie FX Director from Picadelic. I guarantee you that if you download this app you will be the life of the party or you next friendly gathering.
You can film your house with UFOs flying above it or maybe your friend’s house with a satellite crashing on their front lawn. You would think this would be complicated, but you can have a video ready for sharing in less than a minute. All you have to do is make sure there is a decent amount of light, pick your effect, and film the location. The app guides you during the filming process so that you know where the effects will take place. You’re only going to shoot for about 15 seconds, so it doesn’t take long to make a pretty polished video.
The Xperia Z, set for a March launch, will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box but Sony announced it will be updated to Android 4.2 “shortly after.” Unfortunately, that’s about as specific as we’ve come to expect from manufacturers regarding update ETAs. Looking back on the Android 4.2 announcement, it doesn’t look like the Xperia Z’s update will be too extreme. It’s doubtful Sony will scrap its camera and keyboard for their stock Android equivalent and the only other major 4.2 enhancement I can think of was to Android Beam. We’ll let you know if we learn of any specifics related to the update. In the meantime, feel free to go back and check out our hands on with the Xperia Z from CES.
Motorola, via their Motorola Owners’ Forums and Motorola Feedback Network, is in the process of soliciting testers for a software update intended for the Motorola Atrix 4G. There is no indication in the e-mail sent out soliciting candidates as to what is included in the update, though many are hopeful it will be an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola has used these soak tests for a full gamut of updates in the past, from full OS updates to just minor bug fixes.
To participate in the test, you have to own an AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G and be in good standing on the Motorola Onwers’ Forums. No start time is indicated nor does Motorola indicate how long they will accept registrants for the test. If you think you qualify, keep an eye on your e-mail and follow the directions to get signed up. Check out the full e-mail from Motorola after the break. Read more
Google’s patent request will make their DIY cyborg kit even
crazier better. Need to dial a number? Just type it on the palm of your hand. That’s at least one expected functionality of a tiny laser projector for Project Glass. The system would project the dial pad or QWERTY keyboard on to your hand, arm, desk or whatever. A tiny Kinect-like camera would then interpret your movement. Google, you had me at laser!
A few days ago information about the Sony Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) leaked. Why they didn’t show it at CES is anyone’s guess. We were thinking that it would show up at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, but it looks like it NTT DoCoMo in Japan will announce it next week on January 22. They will also display it in the DoCoMo Smartphone Lounge from January 23 through January 27.
The leaked specs include a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 6,000 mAh battery, NFC, and it’s supposed to be only 6.9mm thick. There will be an LTE version and like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it’s water and dust proof.
If you are a horror movie buff (I am too pansy for horror movies), and an Android fan (I can sign off on that one), then we’ve got the perfect little toy for you. Some creative folk on Etsy have handcrafted a Freddy Krueger version of those little Android toys that we all love so dearly. It is aptly titled: “Andy Krueger in: A Nightmare on Infinite Loop.” The toy is handcrafted by Patrick Bateman and it seems he will soon be selling these little guys, as we see shipping fees at the bottom of his Etsy page. As of yet no “Add to cart” button is available on the page, so hopefully Andy Krueger’s creator will be making a few more of these guys and posting the “add to cart” button soon. We could see of few of you readers wanting to pick one of these up for your self.
Nexus devices are certainly cool, but one thing that drives me crazy is the lack of accessories. We saw the charging orb back when the Nexus 4 launched, but still nothing. Well good news in that it has shown up on Norwegian retailer Dusin Home for a price of 739 kr or $114. A little pricey, but their price does include a 25% VAT. For now, the shipping date is February 12. Anyone want to guess on if that date will actually hold up? I am going with no.
source: Dustin Home