Category Archives: Android

NVIDIA CEO Says Favorable Things About A Platform It Supports

Nvidia makes some pretty sweet processors. One is even named after Superman! They’re cool. Sometimes those chips end up in Android tablets. On much rarer occasions, they end up in Apple tablets. Those occasions are so rare, in fact, that I made that up. It never happens. But it would sure make Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s prediction that Android tablets will overtake iPad shipments in about two and a half years a little less self-promoting, wouldn’t it?

Ahhhh, but come on! Let’s give the guy a break. He’s probably right! Right? Right. See, it’s what happened in the smartphone market. As you know, smartphones are generally sold on contracts, with heavy subsidies, and are replaced about as frequently as contracts are renewed in a lot of cases. Whereas tablets are….umm….well. Well, you use money to buy them! That’s one similarity.

Still. The fact that the Android platform is on a wide variety of devices from various manufacturers is likely going to be one huge advantage that Android has over the iPad. The wide variety of form factors has helped the Android market boom. And just take a look at two of the leading Android tablets right now: the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (both running Nvidia chips, naturally). And they offer a wide variety of hardware options: one of them is a large, roughly 10″ slab with a touchscreen and some ports while the other is…umm…..err. That is….

Well, look. The point is that Android won the numbers game in the smartphone space, and it will probably take only just as long for them to win in the tablet space. Probably. I guess.

Or maybe the technology industry is vast and complex, the tablet market hasn’t even really been defined yet, and there’s still plenty of room for experimentation, innovation, and discovery before anything is settled and life is less straightforward than projections on a chart. I guess.

It’s more fun this way, though, right?

[via CrunchGear]

HTC Thunderbolt Released Just In Time To Be Several Months Too Late

The HTC Thunderbolt is a pretty phone. Very pretty. It’s got a gorgeous 4.3 inch screen, a front-facing camera, 4G data, even a kickstand. A kickstand! Clearly this phone is trying to make a statement! And what statement is that?

“I wish I was an Evo.”

To continue Verizon’s parade of getting other carriers’ phones, they’ve now added the HTC Evo Thunderbolt to their lineup, giving it a modest spec boost and a generous launch delay. Nine months after the release of the Evo, and five days before we’re expected to hear about the Evo’s successor.

This phone has actually been leaking since August of last year. So long ago that, when HTC began (intentionally?) leaking shots of the device in December, Gizmodo didn’t even realize they covered it already. And really, who can blame them?

In any case, if you’re interested in getting the finest device that the Summer of 2010 has to offer, look no further than the HTC Thunderbolt.

Android Panties: For The Android/Underwear Fan Boys And Girls

I know what you’re thinking. We’ve seen our little friend Andy on everything from mini figurines to pillows, from t-shirts to knitted device cases, but I’m still naked and have no Android-related garments I can use to insulate my outer clothing from some of the more unsanitary of my external organs!

OK, three things: one: you are seriously over thinking the function of underwear. Two: gross. Three: your wait for open-source smartphone operating system themed underwear is at an end!

The panties are currently available in women’s only. Men’s panties will be available once men start wearing panties. That is, men that aren’t Tim Curry or that crazy guy from Silence of the Lambs. Boxers are still up in the air.

So, Android fanboys that have girlfriends who are willing to indulge your geeky whims, get out your credit cards and order a Princess Leia bikini. But after that head over to androidpanties.com and get your girls a pair. And Android fangirls that are willing to wear Android panties without provocation: call me.

The Evotainment Evo/Wii Controller Hybrid: Because Shut Up

If you’re like me, you own an Evo and a Wii. So did this guy. Where you and I differ from this guy is he made them have babies, and nine release cycles later, the kludgy monstrosity to your left was born. Why? Well, why not, I say! For that matter, why shouldn’t I hook my video camera up to my toaster? Or hook my car stereo up to my refrigerator? Or hook my Virtual Boy up to my cat?

Pro tip: I’ve tried at least two of those and failed. It’s not worth it.

In any case, the device actually looks pretty cool. The Wiimote connects to the Evo via bluetooth, and then lovingly brings along the Classic Controller for a ménage à trois from the hellish pits of World 8. Functional? Gloriously. Elegant? You want elegant, go check out some iPad accessories, because you’re not getting it here.

And if you were wondering why there’s also a Mario Kart steering wheel in the mix…well, what did you think he was going to hold this thing together with? Duct tape? Please. Have some class.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any instructions or Instructables on how to make this genetic defect of electronic inbreeding that I so desperately want to play with.

via Engadget

INQ: “There’s No Such Thing As Pretty Geeks”, Among Other Insults

In case you were counting, in the U.S. market, there are currently more Android handsets in users hands than iPhones. What can that tell us about the U.S. population? According to Frank Meehan, CEO of INQ, an Android handset manufacturer, we can determine that there’s more geeks than pretty people in the U.S. Because only geeks use Android. And none of them are pretty. And also none go to clubs:

“If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry. She doesn’t have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It’s too complicated. It’s a geek device, it’s all wrong.”

So, remember girls. If you want to be pretty and not a geek, get the plastic black phone with a huge clunky keyboard. confusing symbols, and a low-res, grainy touchscreen, instead of the shiny black device with a smooth touchscreen keyboard on a large, crystal clear screen. Unless that shiny black device with a smooth touchscreen keyboard on a large, crystal clear screen looks positively delicious. In that case, by all means, continue.

Frankly, Mr. Meehan’s image of the smartphone market seems less influenced by any actual consumer impression and more fueled by reruns of The Jersey Shore. either way, it’s good to know that the creator of such landmark, classy devices as the Facebook phone is well-versed in picking up hot chicks in the nightclub scene. That’s where CEOs of tech industries hang out, right? Well, at least, that’s the impression I got after watching The Social Network. And hey, when has Justin Timberlake ever portrayed a character that wasn’t entirely realistic?

Google Builds Their Own Disney Land

When Google isn’t overthrowing middle eastern governments, sometimes they hang out in Spain. And sometimes they get together which a bunch of other tech companies in Spain to show off stuff. And sometimes, they bring their giant tube slide with them.

For those who are unaware, Google is a software company. They’re not the owner of Chuck E. Cheese, as many at the Mobile World Conference have been led to believe. It was the open bar that gave it away.

When Google wasn’t displaying the myriad of Android devices on Dr. Suess’s counter, they were dressing up giant Android statues. Of course, if none of those costumes fit your taste, you could create your own. A little pink Android in high heels with her hair done? Sign me up!*

I haven’t been to many (any) trade shows, but if this is the kind of stuff that giant software companies are putting out as they try to push a software platform and maintain the ability to be taken seriously….I really want to go. Bad.

Wait, seriously? Video game demos?! *swoon*

*– Holy crap, I need therapy.

Come Talk With Samsung On XDA, Just Watch What You Say

It’s still unclear what, exactly, Samsung is up to over at XDA, but one thing at the very least is obvious. Samsung wants to hear from you! That is, if you want to say stuff they want to say! You can ask your questions over at the Communicate with Samsung page. As any good publicity manager does, though, Samsung has opted to screen your questions. From the page:

Example of good questions:

What’s the difference between Super AMOLED Plus and Super AMOLED?

Why did Samsung name its flagship phones “Galaxy S” … what is the significance of “S”?

What determines whether Samsung upgrades a phone to the next version of Android?

Examples of bad questions:

Where is my Froyo update?

What is the release date for the Galaxy S II in the US?

Why does Samsung have great/horrible customer service?

So, to summarize: if you would like an answer about the most burning question you have about your Galaxy S phone, can it. If you are eager to buy any of Samsung’s products and would like information about when you can get them, you can stuff it. If you are frustrated by Samsung’s customer service, this is not the venue to complain. This is, instead, the place to ask questions about topics that a Google search can answer faster. This is the place to ask questions few people care to know the answer to.

Perhaps Samsung is up to something a little more elaborate than a glorified Q&A with the most elite members of the development community that have managed to bring the newest, most innovative features of Android, both from within Google and from without, to Samsung’s devices faster than Samsung themselves can. We’ll be keeping a close eye on it to see what happens. Until then, if you’d like to go ask your approved questions of Samsung, have at it over at XDA.

I Will Not Make A Yo Dawg Joke About Android Virtualization

I know you’re expecting it. Heck, I’m expecting it. How can you not? But, no. I refuse. I’m sorry, Xzibit. I’m not even going to Photoshop your face on top of the picture. Not even as a subtle hint to the joke.

Sure, it’s the perfect set up. This is an LG phone. It runs Android. It also runs a VMware app. That runs Android. And, to be fair, I did hear that you like Android.

But no. I’m not doing it. I can’t. I won’t. I will not, would not, shall not make a Yo Dawg joke. About Android. In yo’ Android.

Dammit.

Android Has Miis Now

If you’re like me, you decided that the Wii was the greatest of the current generation consoles. Furthermore, you discovered the Mii feature, which allows you to create your own custom avatar (no relation) by choosing from a myriad of pre-defined clothing/hair styles and accessories and concluded it was the greatest thing on earth. You then proceeded to spend literally hours upon hours designing Miis for yourself, your friends, your dog, and Shark Week. Now all of that same totally productive fun is available on your Android phone.

It includes all the requisite features. Vector hair. A few clothing styles. Green skin. It’s all there. And the best part? Easy sharing. If there’s one thing that Miis lacked, it was the ability to plaster your Mii all over the internet via every communications medium possible.

This app will allow you to share your Mii Android via no fewer than a dozen options, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, MMS, Bluetooth, WiFis, WiMores, WiMax, WiTry, and WiWii.

This ensures that the internet will not forget about your cutesy little Android design, even though you will have roughly five minutes after you’re done with it.

Google Weddings: Because Google Knows You Better Than Your Maid Of Honor Anyways

It’s not a terribly new service by any means, but Google has just launched (?) this web page which gives users a broad view of the various services Google provides that you can use to plan your wedding. Now, of course,  normally, you don’t tend to associate a search/software company with wedding planning, but it totally makes sense! Consider! Google Docs for handling seating arrangements detailing who’s got unnecessary drama with who! Or Picnik, an online image editor owned by Google for creating cookie-cutter invitations! And that’s just the beginning!

Google, being the internet company that specializes in organizing information and making it universally usable knows the importance of knowing what your significant other is thinking. That’s why they’ve announced Google Cold Feet. If your bride and/or groom are having second thoughts, Google’s predictive algorithms will send you an alert to your Android device. No syncing with your lover required! You can also set it up to alert your friends as to what’s up. This saves valuable awkward standing-at-the-altar-waiting-for-a-bride-that-isn’t-coming time. One simple alert and everyone can move on to the reception hall! Simple.

There’s also Google Father of the Bride. In the early days of marriage, a father giving his daughter away would have to threaten the groom if any harm should ever come to his precious little girl personally. Google makes it easy with this web app for a father to issue any threats, veiled threats, passive aggressive threats, or public humiliations straight from the browser. Google is also working hard to open up the Father of the Bride APIs so that family members can also plug in directly to Google’s Threat Servers and upload their own threats. Google is really excited to see what developers do with this.

And finally, perhaps most innovative of all, is Google Virgin. Google can now aggregate data from your Android device’s messages, chats, etc., and—using their patented algorithms—calculate whether the bride should be wearing white, or if perhaps a red dress would be more appropriate.

This last feature has caused a lot of controversy. Eric Schmidt had to say on the matter “If there’s information about your virginity you’d rather not be made public, maybe you shouldn’t have ever had sex in the first place.”