“What exactly is a Micro App Store” I hear you cry. Well it’s pretty much as it sounds, an app store that brings you micro apps for your micro device, specifically the WIMM One Android watch. The WIMM One boasts a 667MHz ARM processor with 256MB RAM and 2GB internal storage. There’s bluetooth and wireless connectivity as well as an accelerometer, GPS module and compass on board. The micro device weighs only 22g and measures in at 32 x 36 x 12.5mm, despite the tiny dimensions it manages to cram in a 1.41″, 160 x 160 capacitive touch screen.
Impressive tech-specs are simply the first step to success, without top notch developer support the specifications may well count for nothing and that’s where the Micro App Store comes into play. Similar to the Android Market website, WIMM’s store pushes the selected app from the web directly to the WIMM One watch. At the time of posting there are around 25 applications ready for download with the promise of many more to come. There’s no infrastructure for paid apps just yet so perhaps it’s the ideal to time to fill your boots with some free apps.
It seems that the mobile device size wars go round in cycles. In the days of the Nokia 8310 it was all about being the smallest, then the original RAZR arrived on the scene and thin was in, now with the 4.65″ Galaxy Nexus and 5.3″ Galaxy Note hitting the headlines, the current trend is all about being the biggest. Is 2012 set to be the year when we arrive full circle as we see the rise of the tiny, smart watches? We had a false dawn in 2010 with the, innovative but flawed, Sony Ericsson LiveView but this year is set to be more promising with Motorola’s MotoActv, the stylish i’mWatch and Sony’s forthcoming SmartWatch all hitting the market.
Check out the link for full details on the WIMM Micro App Store and be sure to let us know if you’re planning on picking up a smart watch this year in the comments below.
source : WIMM LABS
We brought you some hands-on time with the X10 at the CES in January and we also broke the news that the X10 was on sale in the UK (albeit badged as the AT200). Today we can tell you that Toshiba’s super-slim, Android powerhouse has arrived on the Future Shop website, available for pre-order.
The Excite X10 runs Android Honeycomb 3.2 and although Toshiba has confirmed that an ICS update is in the works, there’s no word yet on when it will land. In the engine room is a 1.2 Ghz TI OMAP 4430 processor backed up with 1GB RAM. At a mere 7.7mm, the X10 claims to be the slimmest tablet on the market and packs a 10.1″, 1280 x 800 IPS display. There’s a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera to take care of your imaging needs. Pre-order pricing is set at $550 for the 16GB model and $600 for the 32GB model.
source : future shop
In an effort to give customers a window into all that is HTC, the company has unveiled its new public blog. In a post about Mobile World Congress, HTC Director of Digital Marketing John Starkweather teases us with a picture of some bubble-wrapped devices he calls “something amazing”. What do you think? Does this look like a box full of HTC One V’s, HTC One S’s or HTC One X’s?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably played one of the many iterations of Rovio’s extremely popular Angry Birds games. The Finnish company has been very successful marketing this game on all platforms, and merchandising the heck out of the game’s lovable birds and pigs. They’ve been in movie talks and even teamed up with Korean police to help combat bullying. These little guys are literally everywhere… except, apparently, in Rovio’s next game.
In a recent interview, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed spilled the beans that they are working on a new game that is not an Angry Birds spinoff, and it will be out “in a couple of months”. That’s pretty much all he said about it, so no further details are known at this time.
Let’s hope the new game’s characters are as lovable and merchandisable as these birds are. I’d expect nothing less from Rovio.
The folks at Concept-Phones got their hands on a picture of what is rumored to be the Xperia Play 2, Sony’s follow-up to the Playstation-certified, PSP-like Xperia Play. It is unsure whether this image is a concept render or the real thing. Heck, could be a fake for all we know, but it does look fairly legit. Have a look below and decide for yourself.
I’ve got some bummer news for those of you who were hoping on seeing Boarderlands 2 make its way to Android in the future. Trust me, I don’t deliver this news in vain because all of us here at Talk Android were super stoked to see what it would look like running on a Tegra 3 Android tablet, but now unfortunately it looks like we will never get the chance. According to a statement released by Gearbox Software, the tablet in the demo video we witnessed was only used for the presentation purposes and they have no intention on releasing it on Android. Here’s what they had to say to Android and Me about the confusion:
The news out of PLXLAN is unfounded and Gearbox Software is not developing Borderlands 2 for Android. Per our press release on Wednesday, Borderlands 2 will be available on September 18 for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. As you know, the new trailer went viral yesterday and has nearly 1 million views as of today – it’s likely what was being shown at PLXLAN on a tablet. Hope this clears up any confusion, please feel free to update your readers.
Well there goes that idea I guess. Maybe it’s nothing that some constant nagging wouldn’t fix. ;-)
source: Android and Me
Yes the Samsung Galaxy Note might just be the biggest thing right now, and I’m not just talking about size. This is one of those phones that really has everyone intrigued. No it’s not for everyone, but just about everyone has a look of “wow” on their face when they see it for the first time.
It looks like the loyal customers of Three UK are going to get rewarded soon because they just announced they plan to bring this beast to the lineup soon. They didn’t announce any specific time frame or pricing, but we do know they will carry the white version.
We are about to release our review of the U.S. version soon, but you can check out our hands on with some of the S Pen optimized apps as well as our quick overall hands on.
For those of you who are curious about this weeks Ubuntu announcement from Canonical, they recently sent us a video demonstration to better help answer all of your questions. Not only does Ubuntu allow you to seamlessly dock to your Android device to your TV or desktop display, it even allows you to make and receive calls and text messages.
You can pretty much access your device in almost any capacity when linked through Ubuntu. You can access full screen pictures and video, your contacts, any and all applications, Wi-Fi and network settings, and even movies you’ve rented from the Android Market. On top of that, Ubuntu includes it’s own native apps for you to enjoy. To see this awesome program at work, check out the video below.
Last year Google gave out a bunch of Android pins at Mobile World Congress, and this year the tradition will continue. Google will scatter 85 pins among different vendors so you can imagine how crazy it will be with so many Android fans flocking from booth to booth to collect them all.
For those of you that can’t make it to the biggest mobile event of the year, Google is asking everyone to submit their own designs. All you have to do is use the template above or download it from the +Android link below. After you’ve made your design, just share it in the comments of the Google+ post. If it’s one of their favorites, they will share it during next week’s big event. Hit the break for this year’s designs.
A Google patent filed in Q3 of 2011 was published this month, showing off some new touch gestures that may help users interact with their touch devices. The patent demonstrates some key concepts involved with the new technology, which primarily focuses upon continuous gestures to initialize search functions on content anywhere on the screen. This is in hopes to maximize real estate and usability of future touch screens as well as provide innovation and ease of use for the user. Some of the proposed gestures are a “g”, most likely to invoke a Google search function, an “s” which is most likely to invoke a list of possible search engine options like Bing and Yahoo and a “w”, which will most likely provide access to search functions via Wikipedia.
Although this technology is very similar to current implementations in apps such as Dolphin Browser and Google Search, the technology in question brings content awareness to the field, allowing on-the-spot seamless searching (and even possibly app loading?) based on the content the gesture is applied to. This has the possibility to become an incredible, even fundamental way to interact with your touch device. For more information (and a very detailed breakdown) hit up the source for a (lengthy) but informative read.
source: patently apple