While everyone was desperately waiting for the moment when the new Android version 4.3 would be announced at the Google I/O Developer Conference, that moment never came, but it seems that is not the end. It has just been moved further to a later date.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
So you just got a shiny new Android phone or tablet over the holidays. You’ve already run through the “must have” apps lists out there and you’re looking for something new. Or maybe you’re a long time user and just looking to earn a bit of side money or a Google Play gift card. We’ve rounded up a handful of apps where you can earn real money or other rewards doing simple activities on your Android phone or tablet.
Money making apps fall into a few basic categories, and there’s often crossover between the various apps. Pay-Per-Install are exactly what it sounds like, you get paid to install sponsored apps. Shopping apps are intended to work in conjunction with your shopping trips when you’re already out and about, they’re often GPS depended, so don’t think you can earn from your couch. Video apps pay you for watching videos, and most of these apps tend to have some video component. And lastly, for lack of a better description, there are apps where you perform “tasks” for points, which could be anything from liking a page on Facebook to registering for a website or taking a survey.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Nvidia's Project Shield, a portable Android-powered game console, was one of the few true surprises to come out of this year's CES. While Nvidia had a few demo units to show off then and a couple of months later at its GPU Technology Conference, we still didn't have specific information about pricing and availability.
Monday, May 13, 2013
So called background services are running on any Android device. They can be divided up into services run by system apps and applications that you have installed on the device. These services have a wide variety of purposes, from retrieving data from the Internet to running as a widget on the device. These background services are usually needed for the application or system to function properly, and disabling them would render the functionality useless.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
If you like to listen to music or audiobooks a lot using your Android phone, you have likely encountered situations in the past where you received messages, calls or notifications but did not really want to look at the phone at that moment in time. Maybe because you were jogging and did not want to stop, or in a crowded place and you felt that it would be inappropriate to take out your phone.
I'm browsing Google's Play store for apps regularly. I do not really like the store's layout that much as it is difficult to find new apps that have just been released. I have the same issue with Google's Chrome Web Store by the way, where you can't sort by date as well. You do end up with a selection of "trending" apps that Google displays to you but that is about it.
The overview displays an about this app section that lists the required Android version which can act as an indicator why an app may not be compatible with your device. If it requires Android 4.x or higher, and your device is running Android 2.x or 3.x, you know why it is not compatible.
Monday, May 6, 2013
There are plenty of Android-powered TV boxes designed to let you run apps, surf the web, and even run the XBMC media center software on yocur TV. But the G-Box Midnight MX2 is one of the few that’s really designed with XBMC in mind.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Yahoo! introduced a new Android app on Tuesday which looks to be a much cleaner experience than in previous years. Available for free in Google Play, the app provides access to breaking news, personalized stories, and rich images. While there’s no explicit mention of the Summly details we cannot help but see how it seems to convert long articles in short and sweet bursts.
Rovio will introduce the Android version of its popular Angry Birds Friends game on May 2. A tweet from the developer advises that both Android and iOS editions will be here in two days time.
What is Angry Birds Friends, you ask? In a nutshell, it’s a head-to-head game to see how you fare against other players.
Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden have developed a new device which will be able to charge phones and other small gadgets using water. According to Fox News, adding just a spoon full of water is all it takes for the device to charge a phone. Think about it, you can charge your handsets any where, including in desert, jungles or a place that has no provision of electricity. This could very well be the future of eco-friendly electricity.
MediaTek's chipsets are popularly used in budget smartphone, especially by Indian mobile manufacturers. Recently, MediaTek has now announced it's new MT6572 chipset which comes with a dual-core Cortex A7 processor along with HSPA+ connectivity. MediaTek's MT6572 is claimed to be the world's first dual-core SoC with integrated Wi-Fi, FM, GPS and Bluetooth functions