I’m not sure we need anymore evidence of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet, but a photo showed up on Picasa with EXIF data suggesting it came from a Nexus 7. This isn’t the first time we heard the name “Nexus 7,” but we’re still wondering if it’s a codename or the actual name. The picture itself isn’t revealing. It’s of a ceiling and has a resolution of 1280 x 960 which suggests it came from the front-facing lens.
I live and work in that area of Northern California known as Silicon Valley… the center of tech innovation. Since I moved out here in 1996 I’ve been working in the tech industry and have seen many a technology come and go, from Palm Pilots to Pocket PC’s to Blackberries.
The Fruity Revolution
Once Apple redefined the smartphone in 2007, the mobile landscape started to change. Gone was the vast variety of feature phones and PDA’s as more and more people got iPhones. Apple essentially redefined what a smartphone should be. There’s no disputing that fact. And for the longest time, Apple had no real competition, allowing them to saturate the market with their devices and increase the mind share of their mobile brand.
The Green Robot Wars
Seemingly out of nowhere in 2008, Google came out with their first public iteration of the Android mobile operating system, known as Cupcake. It was showcased on the now historic G1, a QWERTY slider on T-Mobile in the United States, also known as the HTC Dream elsewhere. It didn’t exactly take the mobile world by storm, but it was a very important release since it showed a glimmer of possible competition to the OS from Cupertino.
Three years later, Android has grown tremendously through follow-up releases Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now Ice Cream Sandwich. Android is in its fourth major release and has matured to a mobile OS that rivals the Apple juggernaut. As a matter of fact, it has now surpassed iOS in market share worldwide. With over 900,000 daily activations, Android is still growing and its app ecosystem is robust.
One of the major reasons the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box didn’t catch on is that it launched for $299, a price point that was hard to swallow for a first-gen device. Logitech bailed and put it on $99 clearance (which is when I got one).
Sony is learning from Logitech’s mistakes and is launching its new NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box at $199, a more reasonable price point, especially for a device running the latest version of Google TV. It also comes with a QWERTY keyboard remote with a track pad/button combo on the flip side. Looks like a very nice package, and now you can pre-order one from J&R. No word on when it will ship, but the page does state it’s “coming soon”.
Tempted? Hit the source link to pre-order.
via: android central
For one week, Google is promoting Collectibles Week, an initiative to drive in-game sales for over 20 games in the Play Store. Using the psychological and persuasive technique known as scarcity, Google hopes to get gamers to buy or unlock limited edition items within these games. After the week is over, those items will no longer be available.
The collectible items range from Android themed clothing for Stardom: The A-List to a special gilded rifle, gold knuckles, and lots of gold for Crime City. Collectibles Week ends this Friday, so get your collectible item now.
Participating games are slightly different between the U.S. and internationally. Click the appropriate source link for your list.
source: play store (u.s.), play store (international)
We may have seen our fair share of Siri clones out here in the Android world, but there’s one that’s looking to put all other virtual assistants to shame called Robin. This virtual assistant is aimed specifically for use when driving and allows drivers to use voice in/out and hand gestures in order to establish communication with the device. Robin comes jam-packed with the abilities and features such as give navigation, real-time traffic and parking information, gas prices, weather and more. When you’re sitting in rush hour or just plain bored during your drive, Robin can narrate personal Twitter news and even tell a joke or two.
The app is currently in beta, but it’s certainly looking like it’s on the right track for impressing users. Hit the break to see the full presser from the developers as well as grab the QR code and Play Store links.
After Amazon listed, then quickly de-listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, we knew that the pen-friendly tablet was probably coming soon, so it’s no surprise that now we have a leaked hands-on video of the tablet in action. We’re still not sure about the true launch date, but we’re guessing about 3-5 weeks for the rumored quad-core tablet based the Amazon listing that was pulled. See the video after the break.
AT&T and Verizon disappointingly opted out of the free two-year 50GB Dropbox offer for Samsung Galaxy III owners. This caused some speculation that some Canadian carriers may follow suit.
Luckily, Canadian tech blog Mobile Syrup received confirmation from Samsung that all Canadian carriers will indeed be offering the deal. This gives all Samsung Galaxy S III users 50GB of space on Dropbox for two years, which is twice the amount HTC is offering with their Dropbox deal. 50GB normally costs $99/year on Dropbox, so this is a great value.
Here’s the full statement from Sammy:
New GS III users will receive a basic 2GB of free space with Dropbox (It is permanent). When they create their own Dropbox account or link their existing account to Samsung Apps, the user will receive 48GB more space through a promotional offer, for a total of 50GB. This is available for 2yrs.
source: mobile syrup
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