Yesterday, we created of forums for the newly announced Google Nexus 4 and 10. For many, however, the real star of the show isn’t either of the two new devices, but rather the newly refreshed OS. Retaining the code name from Android 4.1, 4.2 is a revamped version of Jelly Bean. Despite the lack of name change, 4.2 offers various new and exciting features. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the highlights!
Photo Sphere and Camera UI Improvements
Not too long ago, Google gave us native support for panoramic photos with the launch . . . READ ON »
My wife and I thoroughly enjoy the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance. One of our favorite scenes is the following exchange between the two principal characters, Adele (played by Charlize Theron) and Rannulph (Matt Damon):
Rannulph: There something you wanted to tell me?
Adele: Well, I’m trying to think of how to say it, Junuh.
There is a purpose to this visit…
…and that’s to apologize.
I’m not an apologetic woman, it takes me longer to organize my thoughts.
I want to seem properly contrite for having gotten you into this match…
…but not seem what I did was
. . . READ ON »
OK. This isn’t exactly a weekly update, but the battle that seemed to be over just a little over a month and change ago is still seeing some remnants of action. 10/11/12 was a fantastic day for Android enthusiasts as well as Samsung and Google since the patent-based ruling over the Global Search feature on Android was overturned by an Appeals Court in the US. When this happened, we all saw a faint ray of light coming in through the iCloud and hoped that it was only the beginning of something good. As it turns out, over the last week . . . READ ON »
There has been a lot of discussion recently about Samsung and their lack of open source code for the Exynos processor on the Galaxy S2 i9100 and Galaxy S3 i9300. XDA-Developers is at the Big Android BBQ in Dallas, TX this weekend, and Samsung Developers is hosting a Q&A. We’ll be updating this LIVE, as often as we can and as the overloaded WiFi network allows. They have also let us know that they will be sharing news on Exynos and source code.
You can join in and view the event by visiting the live Google+ Hangout!
Post-Session . . . READ ON »
Manufacturers and developers have a long standing love/hate relationship that has kept the fragile ecosystem where we spend most of our free time intact. The dance beat is somewhat the same across all brands and, for the most part, all devices as well. Most manufacturers out there are held against certain standards (either due to their own internal procedures and codes or due to contractual obligations with carriers) that force them to do certain things on the devices they make that keep most of us away from exploiting them and unlocking their full potential. This comes in the form of . . . READ ON »
The main stream media outlets like to say that the tablet market is essentially the iPad market. They often ignore wonderful devices like the Motorola Xoom. They shrug off other devices with awesome features becoming something other than being a “big screen phone.” For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, with its IR blaster for controlling your entertainment system and the S-Pen for taking notes. The real issue with the Android tablet market is not the hardware, it is the software.
There are very few times when we can literally jump off our seats when we read something coming out of the US courts, especially as of late with all the unfairness that has been witnessed in the case(s) of a certain Cupertino company’s crusade against a comparatively lesser known Korean company. Well, while tides are not exactly changing their course, at least we can see that some sense of justice still prevails among certain individuals who handle a third of the country’s government. These particular kudos actually go to the Appeals Court, and the reason is for reversing the decision . . . READ ON »
Those who have followed the Samsung development community recently have no doubt noticed the current difficulties caused by a lack of proper documentation for the Exynos SoC. While Samsung has traditionally acted favorably towards the community, the lack of documentation is hampering aftermarket development efforts.
Because lack of proper documentation makes it much more difficult (or impossible) for the developers to work with the devices, several high profile devs have expressed their distaste with the situation. In fact, XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx of Team Hacksung and the CyanogenMod team has shared his difficulties, and stated his plans to drop . . . READ ON »
Update: It appears as if these rumors were in fact false. We apologize for getting your hopes up. That said, we can’t wait to hear what’s actually coming up for Key Lime Pie. For your amusement, you can view the Hoaxer’s admission here.
Android, as a mobile platform, is more successful than ever before. The combination of a dynamic operating system with a flexible user interface that continues to evolve has kept the Android OS at the top of the mobile platform world. Additionally, Android is highly modular by design, allowing it to be installed and to run smoothly . . . READ ON »
Many grew up with The Little Engine That Could, a tale about the power of optimism and hard work. The goal is to spread hope through the metaphor of a little blue engine that defied all odds despite what others say. To keep motivated, the little engine chants, “I think I can; I think I can; I think I can.”
Open Source: a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details.
From it’s beginnings with the Palm Pre in 2009, webOS has always been a unique animal in the mobile device . . . READ ON »
Yesterday news surfaced across the web, which we found thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor evil_penguin, that Texas Instruments was going to “reduce their efforts” on the production and development of their not-so-popular-anymore OMAP chipsets. This report by Reuters sent a shockwave across the mobile world as one of the big chip manufacturers was thinking about getting up and leaving the market to pursue other more lucrative opportunities in other up and coming markets such as automotive and industrial applications. However, today they released a statement saying that they are not actually killing the platform, and in fact, they are working . . . READ ON »
Smartphones (previously known as PDA phones) have always been famous for a few things. They can help us organize our days better with task managers and calendars, they are great ways of storing other people’s information thanks to the “Contacts” apps, and they allow us to be productive while being away from the office thanks to the ability to send and receive e-mails. However, one of the most commonly used applications on any platform has to be the calculator function that is built onto virtually every mobile OS in this blue Earth of ours. We have seen our fair share . . . READ ON »
The Motorola Defy: a phone that, much as its name suggests, should be able to withstand elemental rage. When it came out last year, lots of blogs and websites showed how the Defy was impervious to submersion by dumping it in a cup of water. This resulted in the feeling of complete and absolute immunity, with many touting the device as “immortal.” However, as with most “immortal” characters of virtually every story, there is always something to which they are vulnerable.
In the case of mobile devices. and in particular that of the Defy, the Achilles’ Heel is the flashing custom . . . READ ON »