Google has changed the terms and conditions for the Android Software Development Kit to include a clause about Android fragmentation. The new clause is probably a response to the collaboration between Acer and Alibaba to form a new mobile operating system derived from Android called Aliyun.
Naan Studio has uploaded Echofon, its Twitter app, to Google Play. After running a public beta program of about two weeks the company has decided that the app is ready for the big time. As well as its simple and clean Twitter interface, the app boasts the ability to sync between all your Echofon apps on Android or iOS. This means that if you have a tablet and a phone, you never need read a Tweet, @Mention or Direct Message twice. Cool!
It is thought that the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said that are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. With the release of F-Secure’s Q3 2012 Mobile Threat Report and a subsequent clarification, both of which are full of statistics, it is time to look at the real truth behind Android malware numbers.
The Committee of Public Accounts, a body setup by the UK’s House of Commons, is to ask Google (along with Starbucks and Amazon) why it pays only a small amount of tax, just 3.4 million pounds, in Britain when it had 2.5 billion pounds of sales in the UK last year. 2.5 billion is 2500 million pounds in sales, well done Google. But by paying only 3.4 million pounds in tax the search giant paid less than 0.2% in tax. The company should be paying 100 times more than that.
It is all well and good having advanced Android phones with support for 4G LTE technology, but those in the UK (which has a population in excess of 60 million people and in Europe has a standard of living second only to Luxembourg) have been limited to just one 4G operator.
There are plenty of Android tablet makers out there and the big names like Samsung, Asus, Google and Amazon often get all the attention, however there are some good but lesser known tablet makers. One of these is SmartQ which has just released a 7 inch tablet with a built-in DLP projector. I got hold of one and I wasn’t disappointed.
Forget elections, forget Guy Fawkes, forget Black Friday. The most anticipated day this month is today, November 8th, the day that Angry Birds Star Wars was released. Since early October the game designers over at Rovio have been teasing us with sneak previews, featuring the Luke and Leia Angry Birds characters, and by posting videos and images. But now, the wait is over Angry Birds Star Wars is now available in Google Play Store for free.
During an internal Samsung event to mark the 43rd anniversary of Samsung Electronics, a subsidiary of the Samsung Group which is responsible for creating Samsung’s Android smartphones, the company’s CEO called on all executives and employees to find new growth engines to help Samsung succeed during the coming years. Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and CEO said to those gathered, “If you are satisfied with what you have achieved so far, then we will fall down suddenly. For a bright future, Samsung shouldn’t stop its vigorous efforts to find the next cash generators.”
In the old days (of like 24 hours ago) companies like Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments made ARM chips, while Intel and AMD made x86 based CPUs. Simple. Well not any more. AMD have announced that not only will it make x86 based CPUs but it will now make ARM based chips as well.
ARM based processors, which tech companies license from the British company ARM Holdings, are the most widely used 32-bit CPUs around. They can be found in a whole variety of devices including the majority of Android, Apple and Microsoft based smartphones and tablets.
Did you know that you can use NFC to send things like contacts and web page URLs between an Android device and a Windows Phone 8 device? Well you can! In tests between a HTC Windows Phone 8X and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean it has been shown that URLs and contacts can be sent between the devices, in both directions. However, using NFC on Android is a little simpler and requires less taps than on Windows Phone 8.