Christine Torralba(339 posts)

Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.

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First Intel Powered Android Prototypes Spotted at CES

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 13, 2012

At CES this year, Intel’s booth was crowded with a number of Android prototypes running on 32mm Intel Atom processors. These prototypes are Intel’s entry level phones to Android as they venture into this field. Through the prototypes, Intel got to let their viewers experience the benefits of using Atom over the other mobile processors.

However, the actual unit they displayed on the booth was a prototype of a developer device which they will not be releasing into the market. Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the prototype was loaded with the right software that aimed to showcase Intel’s mobile chipset’s capabilities. Running a high speed app didn’t have any issues on [...]

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NASA is Bringing Android Out of This World—Literally

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 13, 2012

After the recent news about Android reaching the Pentagon, there’s a new government agency which will be using Android too! Although it really isn’t anything new, it’s still pretty exciting to know that Android has taken things to a completely new height—in fact, it is out of this world (literally).

Scientists over at NASA are currently developing ‘helper robots’ which are powered by Android. Called SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experiemental Satellites), these volleyball sized helpers are capable of flying around the International Space Station, thanks to its tiny CO2 thrusters. A Samsung Nexus S is attached to each and due to its low-power [...]

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Android Developers Now Have Style Guide Courtesy of Google

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 13, 2012

Good news to all Android developers—Google has just launched a style guide for you! You can now visit Android Design, a website designed specifically to give help to its developers who are creating ICS applications. Upon visiting the site, third-party app developers gain access to a comprehensive guide that will give them complete instructions on implementing different visual elements as well as the overall back-end patterns for the latest OS.

“Designing an open mobile operating system — and doing it really well — that’s never happened before in human history,” says Matias Duarte, Head of User Experience for Android. “I’ve done the closed thing before,” he says, [...]

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Google Releases Android 4.0.2 Update for Galaxy Nexus

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 13, 2012

Even though Android 4.0 can be considered fairly new, Google has released an Android 4.0.2 update for the GSM Galaxy Nexus. If you’re still on Android 4.0.1, you will receive an automatic notification reminding you to update your phone to 4.0.2. If not, you can do it manually by following this:

Go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update

 The update has included important bug fixes so it’s best that you update your system. The update has a total size of 8.8MB and is available OTA.


If you’ve already updated your phone, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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IdolPad: Android Tablet for Everyone Priced Below $100

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

It seems like more and more tablet manufacturers are competing against each other in the field of inexpensive tablets. With other tablets such as the ViewPad E70 and the DataWind Aakash, companies have been able to turn the tablet into a tool anyone can use. IdolPad is the newest member to join this party, giving truth to their slogan ‘Tablets for Everyone.’

Idolian has recently joined the Android tablet by announcing the new IdolPad, a 7 inch tablet for less than $100. The tablet runs on Android 2.3 OS, 1GHz CPU processor, and Cortex A8 Chipset. It has 512MB memory, 360 G-Sensor, HDMI output, a front facing camera, and a multi touch resistive screen. The IdolPad has [...]

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More Country-Specific Suggestions from Google Search Android App Update

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite some time now, you’ve probably noticed that the Android app for Google Search has received an update recently. The update is for Android 2.2 or 2.3 users. Once you update the app, you will see these results:

Enhancement on UI and performance Simplified and a new color scheme for UI Faster, more responsive searches Better localized suggestions and search results for more countries Improved suggestions and query editing Easy way to remove history items (long press)

With the update, you can simply tap the little arrow located on the right of a search suggestion so you can add it to your search keywords before looking it [...]

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3D Glasses Free Gadmei Tablets Announced

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

The next best thing to 3D is, well, a screen that’s 3D glasses-free. But add that with an Android 4.0 tablet and it would be totally awesome. Fortunately, a new line of inexpensive 3D tablets has been launched by a company called Gadmei.

The features of the Gadmei T863 3D tablet include an 8 inch, 1280x768p display equipped with a 5-point capacitive touch panel, 1GB RAM, 1GHz Amlogi Cortex A9 processor, 8GB storage, 500mAh battery, and 2 cameras on both sides of the tablet. It also has ports for a mini HDMI, microSD, and mini USB.

Setting itself apart from the other tablet manufacturers, 3D is a great gimmick the brand has ventured into. But really, there aren’t [...]

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Sony Walkman Joins the Android Team with the Z1000

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

Who could ever deny the immense success of the Sony Walkman line? This is why they have returned with a big bang, starting with the Walkman Z1000—the first ever Android powered music player.

Originally, the Z1000 made its appearance in Japan back in September 2011. However, the executives over at Sony agreed that the unit was nifty enough for the US market. Its size, however, is a bit bulky with a 4.3-inch display. It does make up for it by having extra functionality such as the ability to download Android Market apps as well as DLNA support for TV compatibility. Moreover, the Z1000 has a microHDMI port and Sony’s S-Master MX amplifier to boot.

The Android [...]

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Polaroid Camera Now Powered by Android

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

While the CES 2012 revealed some pretty expected gadgets, we were very surprised by the new entry of Polaroid’s newest camera— powered by Android! The SC1630 Smart Camera by Polaroid boasts of a 16MP feature along with 3x optical zoom lens, 36-108mm lens, 3.2-inch touch based display, and Wi-Fi capabilities. But what really caught everyone by surprise was the Android UI integration of the camera.

This feature allowed its users to choose from 18 different scene modes and automatically upload their images on their frequented social networking site. While that may have been a standard for most cameras nowadays, Polaroid thought of something extra. Seeing as to the [...]

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NetChef: A Tool for Your Kitchen

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 12, 2012

Using a tablet or smartphone in the kitchen has made the lives of home cooks a lot easier. But one concern of many people is the fact that they are using their tablet with dirty hands. After mixing an ingredient, they need to swipe their fingers across the screen of their device. Because of this, there are many who would rather use a recipe book.

NetChef is the answer to this concern. Primarily, NetChef was built as an Android recipe device. But its intelligence does not stop there. It can also play music, hold photos, connect to Facebook, give weather updates, and even run other Android apps. The good news is, you no longer have to upload your favorite recipes on the [...]

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