Archive for February, 2011
You’ve seen it: a new Android tablet is featured on some mainstream media’s program or website, and you know it’s coming, but you still can’t help but clinch your sphincter muscles just a little when you hear it…
Will it be an iPad killer?
Samsung’s attempt to compete with the iPad…
The latest inferior and insignificant non-Apple offering that we’re forced to cover…
Can’t they see that this is like describing Colin Firth as a wanna-be Tom Cruise? After a while, you begin to wonder if these journalists have actually used an Android tablet. Do they even know what it is they’re missing?
I once owned an iPad, and it is not at all a bad tablet. It does what you would expect an Apple product to do. You get their massive collection of apps to choose from. It plays a mean Plants vs. Zombies and Netflix, neither of which have made their way to Android yet. Kudos to Jobs and company for creating another polished, market-changing device that appeals to the masses.
But after three months with the magical and revolutionary device, I started to realize that the screen looked kind of pixelated. Then I looked at the selection of apps and realized they were all slightly higher resolution iPhone apps, and at 5-10x the cost. Despite the massive biceps I was building from holding the heavy slab every day, I saw the light and switched to Android.
Once you are used to Android, picking up an iOS device is like looking back at an ex that you can’t believe you ever dated. Among the "how did I ever live with that?" aspects are:
- There is only one keyboard, and it’s pretty lame
- No voice search or native speech input
- Quality GPS apps cost upwards of $50
- You have to jailbreak it in order to enable rudimentary abilities like downloading from the web and accessing the file system
- No widgets or live wallpaper, just a bunch of boring icons and folders, scattered across the homescreen like stickers on a child’s “I used the potty today” board
Will the cycle ever be broken? Will there be a day when the common perception is that the iPad is merely one option among many for tablet buyers?
While the iPad is likely to remain the top-selling tablet for at least a couple more generations (if not much longer), I think the conversation will change, albeit slowly. This tablet door has just been opened. I predict that we will see some very early chinks in Apple’s armor of invincibility within the next few months. You could even argue that the XOOM has already begun that process. If the rumors of the iPad 2′s relatively ho-hum specs are correct (especially the one that says its display resolution will be the same as the first gen unit), it won’t be able to help but draw some mehs from at least a few next to the stampede of dual-core, Honeycomb-running Android tabs that has already commenced.
History can also lend some perspective: while Apple is often quick to the punch in marketing new computing products to the masses (personal computers, laptops, touch-screen smartphones), they don’t usually remain the undisputed king for long (mp3 players being an obvious exception). I expect that pattern to hold with tablets as well.
So you can grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and relax your sphincters: the iPad Killer label will likely soon be killed. As more and more Android tablets outperform the iPad in nearly every category but sales, it would be nothing short of a crime to pretend that they are mere supporting characters to this diva whose clock is ticking.
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If you like racing, and like 3d accelerometer games, this is one of the best games out there for Android Users Everywhere! Because of the visuals of this game, it will download 20MB to your SD card the first time you play it to conserve time and playability. The graphics really look like console style and quality graphics, but this is all on your phone! Raging Thunder 2. Buckle up Take on the most adrenaline pumping 3D street racer ever on a handheld platform. Raging Thunder features stunning console quality graphics. To conserve file space on your device, ~20MB of data will be downloaded and stored on your SD card at first launch.
Pros & Cons:
- Awesome 3D accelerometer racing game… best thus far!
- Multi-player online racing
- Very fun, challenging and addictive
- Amazing graphics, sound and smooth game play
- Competitive AI drivers
- Free version stores 20MB in phones internal memory storage (Paid version highly recommended)
- Shouldn’t be played on lower-end or less powerful Android phones
This runs great on my incredible. So much fun. Especially the online multiplayer mode. Great controls. Destroys battery but what do you expect.
I love it just like the best game i have raging thunder one and its so good and how do you pick a road
Raging Thunder 2 is the sequel from Raging Thunder 3D racer car game for Android by Polarbits AB. This version is far more intensive, faster and showcases superior 3D game play capabilities and graphics for Android phones! Use the accelerometer to control your vehicle in racking up bonuses, dodging other obstacles and drivers while causing them mayhem in the fastest time possible to win the race. The game features single play with Time Attack, Survival, Career Mode, Instant Race or Arcade; plus online multi-player modes.
- Everything is in 3D. One of the very best looking 3D games out for Android phones
- Takes 20mb of space on your SD card
- There is a multi-player online racing mode where you can either play against friends or complete strangers
- Smooth gameplay and an impressive soundtrack to enjoy while you are racing
- The AI opponents are actually pretty skilled and you will be challenged to beat them in the highest difficulty levels
- There are a variety of single player modes such as Time Attack, Arcade, Instant Race, Survival, and Career Mode
- Rack up bonuses and dodge obstacles in order to get the fastest time
- Use the sensitive accelerometer to master the game and come out victorious
Video: Raging Thunder 2
Fun Factor & Addictive:
Raging Thunder 2 is extremely fun, challenging and addictive. The computer drivers are in it to win it too and don’t take you lightly as they’re quick to knock your car out of control to gain edge.
The graphics are amazing! This is a level of quality in gaming on Android we’ve been waiting for. Superior 3D quality as compared to iPhone, comparable to PlayStation 2 graphics.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The core of the game is driven by the accelerometer, has fast-paced background music with sound effects and vibration on crashes and spin outs.
This game is a WOW game for the Android phone market and you might as well download the free trial version to see what we are talking about. This game is tops for 3d accelerometer games! We are not joking! i have been playing it for the last hour and it just amazes me that a game that looks this good can work on my phone without any problems! It really is amazing and fun to be able to share these types of games with people and show people what the Android can do.
The Google Android 3.0 or Honeycomb made Android tablets at par with Apple’s iPad. The first Honeycomb tablet is the Mororola Xoom. Here are the features that make Honeycomb a contender in the mobile platform market.
Android Honeycomb improved web browsing. Its tabbed interface makes it easy for the user to switch windows. You don’t need to exit to another screen to select a thumbnail. Now you can scroll through the tabs with ease. Plus the menus for the browser are now found on top of the page.
Text editing is made easier with the Android Honeycomb. Now you can select a text by hold your finger over it and wait for the text-selection menu to pop up. Then you can drag and select the text, then pick the menu option that’s located at the top of the screen.
Another major improvement of the Android Honeycomb is the user interface. Tap once and notification display will pop up. You can view the battery life, network signal, time and date. Tap again and you’ll see the Wi-Fi settings shortcut, airplane-mode switch, lock screen orientation button, brightness control, and the notifications enabler.
Lastly, the keyboard is improved greatly in the Android Honeycomb. The layout and responsiveness are better compared to other Android versions.
HTC has announced that its Incredible S phone would be getting Gingerbread update in the month of June. The phone was unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few weeks back. At that time, the company said that the phone will be updated to Android 2.3 ‘quickly’. Seems like, for HTC, 4 months of time period for software update come under the realm of ‘quick’.
Anyhow, Incredible S is not the only lucky HTC phone. Apparently, the company’s older models such as Desire HD and Desire Z would be getting 2.3 update as well. And let’s not forget the grand old daddy of Desire series, the original HTC Desire. All these phones will be upgraded alongside Incredible S. As for the recently announced HTC phones, Wildfire S and Desire S, these babies will come pre-loaded with Gingerbread flavor of Android.
The excitement of Honeycomb has been spilling all over XDA for the last couple of weeks. We have seen many regular devices sporting this OS, which is specifically designed for tablet devices. However, not every device out there can have the privilege of running this. In an attempt to make more people happy and possibly to expand Android 3.0′s development, XDA member bypass23 decided to post a guide on how to create a port for your device. While the steps are not hard and the guide is rather well written, this will require that you have some knowledge and at least a slight clue of what you are doing. You will need to play with various tools as well as a few commands to open, edit, and re-pack the boot.img to turn it into something geared towards your device. Please note that this is just the rom, this does not have the kernel and a bunch of functionality is still missing. So, if you are feeling inclined to try this, do so with the concept of this being just a teaser.
Please leave some feedback if you have anything to add to this guide.
I’m having TONS of private messages on how to port the sdk to other devices.
Well here is the only thing that was required for me to do in order to have a working boot.img :
So about that HTC ThunderBolt release date … We don’t know when the hell it’s finally going to be released. And at this point, we’re not entirely sure who does. The Feb. 14 in-stock date at Best Buy didn’t happen. And obviously that rumored Feb. 24 date has come and gone. We’re still confident in the sources that brought us those bits of news. But you know what? Things change.
Now there’s this image that appears in the Android Central Forums (among other places) that shows a March 10 launch. No telling how old it is, though, but at least it’s something. And that we’ve seen it distributed to a half-dozen sources at this point is making it smell like a coordinated effort, so maybe this one’s the real deal, folks.
By the way: That Best Buy store in Roseville, Calif., that tweeted a March 4 date has since killed said tweet. Maybe that means it’s real — maybe that means a single store doesn’t know what it’s talking about and doesn’t speak for an entire launch. You decide.
Via Facebook, AT&T has made its second major Android operating system update announcement in as many days. The subject of today’s post: the HTC Aria. AT&T has informed its friends that an Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for HTC’s mid-level Aria handset will be ready for public consumption beginning tomorrow. Ma’ Bell is asking eager Aria owners to hit up the company’s Facebook page tomorrow for download instructions.
The Motorola XOOM has landed! For those who have been waiting for an Android tablet running on Android 3.0 (designed specifically for tablets), the Motorola XOOM may be the tablet you have been waiting for. The Honeycomb tablet can be found on Verizon’s website or Verizon stores across the country for $599.99 with a two year data contract or for $799 if you simply want the Motorola XOOM without being tied down.
Though the Motorola XOOM is the most feature-rich Android tablet to date, new users will need to wait a bit in order to take advantage of Verizon’s 4G LTE network and Adobe Flash. Motorola is claiming that the XOOM’s LTE upgrade should be available within 90 days while Adobe is hoping to have Flash 10.2 ready for the XOOM within the coming weeks.
Thanks to our friends at Verizon, we’ve managed to get our hands on the Motorola XOOM. After some hands-on time with the Honeycomb tablet, we’re hoping to share our initial thoughts and impressions.
Now that Honeycomb has arrived, we’re wondering how many of you are going to be picking up a new Android tablet. Is the Motorola XOOM what you’ve been waiting for or are you planning to wait a bit to see how the T-Mobile G-Slate and Galaxy Tab 10.1 turn out?
DownloadAndroid Releases the New Version of MemoryBooster – Android RAM Optimizer to Speed Up Your Smartphone!
Android RAM Optimizer to Speed Up Your Smartphone!
Memory Booster is a powerful mobile memory & RAM boosting tool specially designed for Android smartphone users. It is designed to tackle the difficult yet crucial problem of memory management for all Android devices. Memory Booster reclaims lost memory for your programs by defragmenting your smartphone’s memory and recovering memory leaks from poorly behaved applications.
New Features in Memory Booster 2.9:
– Add Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) support
– Add two more widget options – Memory Booster (Combo) and Memory Booster (Auto Boost Switch)
– Embedded ‘Move to SDcard’ function
– Fixed dropping call bug on screen off auto boost
– Add pop-up window showing task killing details for Task Killer tab
– Add option to disable auto boost with one click
– Other minor improvements
Memory Booster is designed to tackle the difficult & crucial problem of memory management for Android smartphone users. Memory is the most precious resource in your smartphone; Without enough memory, your cell phone will become sluggish or even crash. If the mobile system can not handle your memory properly by itself, your smartphone will slowly lose memory over time and bring you to a critical state. Memory Booster solves these problems by reclaiming lost memory for your programs. It helps your smartphone run at optimum speed by efficiently defragmenting your smartphone’s memory, recovering memory leaks from poorly behaved application, flushing unused libraries temporarily out to disk and so on. By all this optimization tricks your favorite applications and games will run faster and efficiently with Memory Booster running in the background.
·Real-time Memory Status Report & Monitor
Memory Booster provides a live chart to demonstrate your device’s total/free memory and current memory usage.
·Setting Your Performance Target
With Auto Boost Threshold set, Memory Booster keeps your memory higher than desired level, and act immediately if memory drops down.
·One-click Quick Memory Boosting
Besides automatic memory boosting, Memory Booster also allows you to manually boost your memory by Quick Boost.
·Auto-boosting in the Background
With Auto Boost Interval, Memory Booster runs in the background and automatically reclaims memory for your Android at interval.
·Android system crash protection
Memory Booster always watches your system resources and cleans up system memory once it reaches a critical point.
·And there is more…
Other features include embedded Task Killer, Whitelist Manager, Boost Level Manager & Memory Boost Log, which assist Memory Booster performing more efficiently and friendly.
The Motorola Xoom is the first device to use Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. Here’s a look at some of the best elements of the new OS.
Since previous versions of Android were designed for 3- to 4-inch lower-resolution displays, anytime a manufacturer tried to use the OS on larger, higher-res displays, there was often screen blank space. Android 3.0 uses every inch of the Motorola Xoom’s 10.1-inch 1280-by-800-pixel display-on the home screen, each corner of the OS has some action:
The top left is a shortcut to dedicated Google and Voice commands. The top right takes you to your Apps and home-screen customization menu. Bottom left is the multitask button which shows you everything running-this is a nice addition, there’s nothing like this in Android 2.3. The bottom right is the notification area-popups appear here (new e-mails, IMs, new apps installs, etc.). The notification area is like the pulldown notification tray in previous version of Android.
The new widgets in Android 3.0 are very noteworthy, and they’re much more useful on a larger screen. For instance, the Gmail widget is terrific, you can scroll through the subject lines of your messages without actually entering the mail app. The new Gmail app takes cues from the iPad mail app, you scroll through your subject lines in the left pane while the right pane displays the body of the email.
The new Google Talk app offers video chat-it’s basically Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime. It’s long overdue for Android and it works quite well. Check out what Google Talk can do in our video walkthrough.
The last app that really stands out is the new Web browser-but there’s good and bad. Like previous Android versions, you can zoom in to enlarge the text to a comfortable size and then double tap to make it fit within the screen, which is useful. Google has also added tabbed browsing so it feels like a desktop-class browser. Now for the bad: Flash is promised on the Xoom, but it isn’t ready at launch. This is disappointing, especially considering Flash for Android 2.3 is out there, and it works well (when used on a powerful-enough Android phone, of course). The other big browser problem: Most sites default to the stripped-down mobile version. You can navigate to the full site by simply clicking on a link at the bottom of most pages, but the iPad goes to the full site by default. If this browser gets Flash support and defaults to full sites, it could truly compete with the iPad’s browser, but right now it just can’t.
Hit the slideshow for a closer look at Honeycomb and some of its flagship apps.