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Mediatek MT6575 1 Ghz Cortex A9 Chip to Power Sub-$200 Android 4.0 Smartphones

by: LucianFebruary 13, 2012

Mediatek is announcing a new 1 Ghz single core Cortex A9 chip called MT6575, that is optimized for Android 4.0, and should play a big role in the low-end smartphones in the next few years. I’m actually surprised we are not seeing more single core Cortex A9 chips around instead of the same old Cortex A8 that we still see in mid-end phones today.

Cortex A9 has the advantage over Cortex A8 in every way, except perhaps being a little more expensive, but definitely worth it. It’s completely out out order, while Cortex A8 still has in-order execution of instructions, so it can be around 25% faster than Cortex A8 at the same clock frequency, and this is just one [...]

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Amazon Ad: Three Kindles Still Cost Less than an iPad

by: LucianFebruary 9, 2012

Amazon has had some pretty good commercials for the Kindle, and they’re usually very good at pointing out the Kindle’s big advantages as an e-reader. This new ad is no different and it points out not only to the Kindle and Kindle Fire’s main advantages, but also pokes fun at the iPad for costing more than “three Kindles”. I really enjoyed this ad, and I hope to see more of them. They remind me of Apple’s Mac vs PC ads, which were always funny.

The Kindle Fire has a clear advantage over the iPad thanks to its $200 price point. This doesn’t mean [...]

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The Carriers Hate the iPhone (And Love Android)

by: LucianFebruary 8, 2012

That carriers love Android is not really a surprise. Go to any carrier, anywhere in the world, and you’ll notice that most of their smartphones are now based on Android. They even have their best promotions and marketing campaigns around Android smartphones. Android phones are a great way for carriers to also hook customers that have never used a smartphone before and never needed data, on their data plans, and get them to sign more expensive contracts. The conclusion: carriers make more money with Android.

But is the same true about the iPhone? Do carriers love the iPhone, too, and are they making money from it? Apparently not, and this is why it’s a [...]

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Using an Android Smartphone as Your PC

by: LucianFebruary 8, 2012

I don’t remember exactly when I first thought of this idea (your phone being the only computer you need), but I know it was many years ago, probably before Android was on the market. Imagine using your phone/mobile computer everywhere, because it’s always with you, and coming home, putting it on the desk, and boom – it connects to your desk’s monitor, and then you start using it as a PC. This future seems increasingly more likely thanks to Android.

I knew this is getting closer to reality when dual core ARM processors started appearing and when Motorola launched their laptop dock thing, where you can put your phone inside and the [...]

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Beta ICS ROM Comes to the Viewsonic G-Tablet

by: LucianFebruary 7, 2012

The G-Tablet was one of very first Tegra 2 tablets, long before the Motorola Xoom appeared. Unfortunately this also meant that it came with an un-optimized version of Android for tablets. To make matters worse, Google didn’t open source Android 3.0 or Honeycomb, so it wasn’t available for the G-tablet, because only a few manufacturers had early access to it.

Others have tried putting custom versions of Honeycomb on it, but it kept being limited by the performance and bugs of Honeycomb, plus the fact that Honeycomb wasn’t fully open source. The G-Tablet was a decent tablet for its price, so it couldn’t just be forgotten by passionate [...]

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AT&T Galaxy Note to Have Snapdragon Chip with Lower Performance than Exynos

by: LucianFebruary 6, 2012


One of the things I like about Samsung and don’t like about HTC is that they are willing to use other chips for their devices, especially if one of their favorite chip is not top dog anymore (fortunately Samsung’s chips have always maintained the lead so far). HTC on the other hand, no matter how good or bad was the performance of Qualcomm chips, they would stick with them. There are hints that this year they will use Tegra and even OMAP chips alongside the Qualcomm ones, but that remains to be seen.

I do like that Samsung is using other chips, especially when they are more powerful, but it usually happens for another model, which I’m completely fine [...]

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Google Glasses – The Next Computing Paradigm?

by: LucianFebruary 6, 2012

There’s something big coming, and that’s the Google Glasses. I don’t know exactly what the next “personal computing” paradigm will be, but I know that it needs to be even more personal (mainframe-to-minicomputer-to-PC-to-laptop-to-smartphone – all were ever more personal), more mobile, and also cheaper. If I was trying to find out what’s the next computing paradigm, I would go with something that we use even closer to our bodies than laptops or smartphones – it has to touch the skin somehow.

A lot of unexpected gadgets could take that place, that we don’t even know about right now, but if I were to bet which one it [...]

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How to Install Carrier-Blocked Apps Such as Wireless Tether, Google Wallet and Car Home

by: LucianFebruary 4, 2012

From time to time, Google complies with carrier demands that, unfortunately; censor applications that would circumvent certain restrictions that are being imposed by the carriers – even if such restrictions have already been made on some of Google’s own apps, like the Google Wallet application.

But sometimes, a few smart developers are able to find other ways to install these apps from the market (you can do it anyway if you’re rooted). It might not last too long, so use it while you still can.

Apparently, someone did it again and found a loophole for downloading any type of carrier-blocked applications from the Android Market– such as [...]

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Lookout Launches “Push Ad Detector” for Those Annoying Notification Ads

by: LucianFebruary 4, 2012

Some apps use ads from shady ad networks which allow developers to push ads into the notification bar of the phone; without requiring any action from you. In a way, they are as bad as pop-ups that show up when you click a link on the web. Not to mention, they are annoying because they will keep popping up in your notification bar.

Lookout is now releasing a solution to fight this. Called Push Ad Detector, the app will warn you if the apps you’ve installed use this strategy. It does this mainly by scanning for the following ad networks who employ such tactics:

Airpush Appenda LeadBolt Moolah Media Startapp TapIt!

Once you scan your phone using the Push Ad [...]

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“Secure” Android Phones to Be Given to Government Officials and Contractors

by: LucianFebruary 3, 2012

This piece of news is probably a bigger hit to RIM than anyone else, because when it comes to enterprises and Governments who want to use secure smartphones, they have always been their first choice. Now it’s becoming increasingly more clear that Android is a viable choice for Governments, military, security agencies and companies who want secure devices.

Currently, those with access to classified information are not allowed to view it using unsecured smartphones, and unfortunately for them they still have to use “secure” phone models from maybe more than 5 years ago, that don’t even have touchscreens. That is starting to be unacceptable for [...]

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