CES is finally winding down, and while tech sites are falling over themselves to bring you news about that iPhone coming to Verizon, we wanted to focus on some actual innovation.
At first blush, it just looks like all the other high end “4g” phones coming to carriers this year. Dual Core Tegra2 processor, huge screen, some cool HDMI features. But this little device is looking to change how we think about what a mobile device can and cannot do.
Join us after the break to find out about this amazing device, easily the best in show from CES.
The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas and while PhoneCan doesn’t have anyone there this year, we’re doing our best to try and keep up with the flood of new devices and technology. It’s a bit overwhelming, and since we can’t give you any hands on content, we’ve decided to leave that reporting to those who are at the show itself.
But Google used device announcements today to officially unveil Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. This is the first version of Android that Google built with the intention of it being used on tablets. Details are still a little slim as to all the
differences, but if you check out the video below, you’ll see that it is completely different from what we’ve come to know about Android.
This doesn’t appear to be simply a Phone OS blown up to fit on a larger screen (like the tab) or lightly customized (like the iPad) but instead it appears to be an entirely different operating system designed from the ground up for a tablet form factor.
Details are still a little light, but expect a flood of new information (and devices) in the coming weeks. Forget everything you’ve thought about Android and check out the official announcement video after the break.
Many thanks to [Android Developers] for posting this video.
I wrote in my previous post about why Task Killers are evil, and how they can harm your device if used. But a lot of users will hesitate uninstalling their beloved ATK because of the perceived battery loss.
Task Killers do provide a boost to your battery life, at least initially. But it’s not because they’re killing programs that are running wild in the background. Instead, they’re killing the ability of apps (like your Facebook account) from syncing additional information. These services aren’t constantly running; they start up, get their information, and then shut back down on their own. But left unchecked, they can kill your battery because they update very frequently as a default.
Join me after the jump where I’ll go over some tips on how to maximize your battery life without using Task Killers.
To follow up on our October 6, 2010, post about the launch of the Motorola Citrus, a starting-point (read: sub par) Android device with minimal specs that still manages to put the Motorola Devour to shame, today Verizon Wireless announced that the phone would be launching tomorrow, November 11, 2010. The phone will run $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, naturally with a two-year contract, available in stores and online.
Details available at Verizon Wireless.
This is an update to our overview of the Droid Pro on October 6th.
Verizon announced today that they would be launching the Droid Pro on November 9th, 2010 (tomorrow), as a pre-sale for online customers, and through specific “select Verizon Wireless Communication stores.” Otherwise, the phone will be available through all sales channels on November 18th, 2010. The phone will sell, on a two-year contract, for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The Verizon press release can be viewed here.
Our October 6th introduction of the Droid Pro included details about this phone.
As we wrote about just the other day, Verizon made a lot of waves with their announcement to offer the Galaxy Tab without a contract option. As expected, other carriers announced their intent to offer the Tab, surprisingly with a contract.
Both Sprint and T-mobile will offer the Tab for the discounted price of $399 in exchange for a 2 year service agreement, but is this really a decent choice for consumers?
The stock music player on Android won’t win any awards for design, and though drag and drop syncing is about as easy as it gets, a lot of customers would prefer a more elegant solution.
There are dozens over music players in the market, promising everything from additional file format support, to applications that mimic the look and feel of the iTunes player on an iPhone. Some apps, like DoubleTwist and iSyncr also provide desktop syncing applications to make transferring playlists and songs easier as well.
I’ve tried a handful of media players, and while they’re all nicer looking (and more functional) than the stock application, I never felt like any one applications stood out from the rest. Then I saw that Winamp (remember them?) released an Android music player that promised wireless syncing between your computer and phone. So I decided to dust off my Windows Winamp client, and take their Android application for a test drive.
Google hasn’t released any official press releases on this. In fact, I wouldn’t expect to see one. It will probably be dropped into a casual conversation by some Google higher-up in the next few days. But the Android development team has dropped a semi-official statement on their Twitter page about it.
This brings the Android Market much closer to the Apple App Store, which is nearing the 300,000 app mark.
To some, this is an important accomplishment. The Android Market just about a year ago had about 10% of today’s number of apps, or less, growing at a faster rate than Apple’s App Store. Still, Android Market has a long way to go, both in the number of apps as well as the quality of apps.
After the “what is root and how do I do it” question, the next question I hear is often “What task killer should I install?” The short answer to this?None of them.
Task killers are an odd animal because it’s something that most reps will offer to install for you, and if you install it you WILL notice an increase in battery life. But those same results can be had without installing a task killer, and task killers often cause more problems than they solve, especially for the average consumer.
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced yesterday the launch of two new Android devices in their Droid/Android line of phones: The Motorola DROID PRO, and the Motorola Citrus
Many people inside the rumor mills found online thought the Droid Pro would be an alternate version of the Droid 2, also by Motorola - namely, a global version. The rumor sites were in for a big shock when they discovered the phone had little resemblance to the Droid 2, looking more like a 2011-style Motorola Q. (Author’s note, this is why PhoneCan doesn’t dig too far into rumors!)
Verizon hasn’t released any pricing for the phones, and their tentative launch dates are “soon” and “Q4 2010,” so expect to see pricing and availability later.
In the meantime, we thought some of you might be interested in reading some of the specs on these phones.