Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

Long Rumoured Nokia Normandy Lands on Twitter Again

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Back in November images hit the web of a Nokia handset that was rumoured to be a prototype version of a Lumia device running Android. It looked like every other Lumia device out there, not a criticism, with the exception of its back button indicating it was an Android rather than a Windows Phone device. Now another image has leaked, seemingly showing the same device, which could be an indicator that Nokia is still working on the handset. (more…)

Google Makes the Open Automotive Alliance Official

Monday, January 6th, 2014

We may be a few years away from seeing self-driving Google cars on the road but it seems we’re not that far from being able to enjoy proper Android integration in our vehicles. The world shaking OS-maker had been rumoured to have something cooking with several major car manufacturers and this week it has made the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) official. This global alliance sees Google team up with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia with the aim of Androidifying the driving experience. (more…)

Samsung Pulls Up Its Sleeve to Reveal Galaxy Gear

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As expected last week Samsung revealed its long-rumoured Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While it may have beaten Apple to be the first dominant smartphone manufacturer to make one its high price and Samsung device exclusivity have left many wondering if the time is really ripe for a new device craze. Several factors could hinder the Korean phone-maker from being the one to launch a new fad but even so the Gear still has some redeeming features. (more…)

Ubuntu Edge Smashes Crowdfunding Record, Still Needs More

Monday, August 19th, 2013

When Canonical launched the Indiegogo campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone it set itself a lofty target of raising the $32,000,000 that is required to fund a single production run of 40,000 units. With less than 70 hours to go (at the time of writing) it’s still quite a way short of its target, about $19m short. However that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been successful in one sense, it has already broken the record for the most money ever pledged to a crowd-funded project. (more…)

Google Reveals it’s Working on Universal Translator

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Google is set to make another sci-fi fantasy device come true as it has been revealed that the company is at work on devices with real-time voice-to-voice translation. The end result would work like the Universal Translator in Star Trek, Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or the TARDIS in Dr Who. Vice President of Google Hugo Barra announced at the end of last week that such a service was in development and that he plays with it every other week to see how it’s getting along. (more…)

Google Console May Challenge OUYA

Friday, July 5th, 2013

If a report by the Wall Street Journal is to be believed then it looks like Google has been eyeing the buzz created by the OUYA Android console with green eyes. It suggests that in addition to other goodies Google is working on its own console, as a response to OUYA and rumours that Apple also has a game-centric machine in the works. “People familiar with the matter” are cited as the source of this latest nugget of believable rumour mongering. (more…)

Facebook phone may be updating its status to official this Thursday

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Facebook’s fabled phone is looking a little more likely this week as the New York Times is reporting that Thursday will see the social network unveil its first handset. There have been plenty of rumours about the release of such a device before but this is one of the most reliable yet. As ever company officials have declined to comment about the phone but there is definitely going to be a big announcement at Facebook HQ this week. (more…)

Galaxy Note 8 and FonePad launched, say hello to the tablephone

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

As ridiculous as the idea of the phablet seemed at first the Galaxy Notes and similar devices have proved to be quite popular. Now at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the yearly tradeshow where phone-makers gather to show off their latest wares, there’s a new beast – the tablet/phone. A tablephone if you will.

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The Iconia B1, Acer’s promising £99 tablet

Friday, January 18th, 2013

As cheap as Google’s Nexus 7 is tablets which are cheaper than it, especially ones which fall below the £100 mark, should generally be avoided like the plague. However Acer is releasing a £99 tablet at the end of this month which looks like it could offer both a pleasant mid-range experience and a price-tag which you could reasonably call cheap. The Iconia B1 is that tablet. (more…)

LG’s latest appliances help Android to take over the home

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The robot revolution may not have happened yet but it seems one type of green droid is well on its way to making humans its slaves. It started by taking over the mobile world and now it’s got its eyes set on the domestic one. Among the various new shiny things to come out of CES last week were a range of household appliances from LG that come embedded with Android including a refrigerator, oven, washer & dryer and a robot vacuum. (more…)