James Tromans(710 posts)

Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.

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Google Gingerbread UI officially revealed, and unrevealed

by: James TromansDecember 2, 2010

So the strangest thing about this is that Google officially released a video of the Gingerbread UI, without realising it. It actually made it a whole week before anyone really noticed. The video in question was meant to be walk-through of Google’s new voice search. Th walk-through covers the feature on a number of different devices, and one of them is an Android device with a green and black UI; Gingerbread! Google promptly took down the video once they realised what they had done (Doh!), but it had thankfully made its way elsewhere and is thoroughly mirrored.

I have to be honest when I say that I’m not overly impressed with the adjustments I’ve seen [...]

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Android causes Motorola to split, say hello to Motorola Mobility

by: James TromansDecember 1, 2010

Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility

Business Insider are reporting that Motorola will split into two new companies. One company will house its mobile phone business, while the other will contain pretty much everything else. The companies will be called Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, respectively. So what is the reason for this split?

It turns out that the primary driving force behind the split is due to the sudden growth of the smartphone market, and in Motorola’s case, the sudden growth of Android. This is because Motorola have decided to ditch Windows Mobile, Symbian and the like and focus 100% on our friendly green robot. [...]

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LG Star Android Tegra 2 smartphone hands-on

by: James TromansDecember 1, 2010

GSM Israel have produced a wonderful hands-on video revealing the upcoming LG Star. As you may expect, the 7 minute long video is not in English, but provides a great overview of the phone’s appearance and a sneak peak into its feature set. The interface certainly bares similarities to Samsung’s Touchwiz UI, and aspects of HTCs interface too. The device itself is larger than the iPhone and more comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S. The screen looks very sharp, even next to that Retina Display. It offers HDMI out and of course packs the dual-core Tegra 2 chip which is supposed to offer an improvement in power consumption, lowering the overall usage by [...]

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Android outselling WP7 15:1 ?

by: James TromansNovember 30, 2010

Via Business Insider

MobilesPlease.co.uk have published sales figures from their network of mobile phone partner sites. According to their statistics, Windows Phone 7 sales are off to a sluggish start. Indeed, Android devices appear to be selling 15 times as many units as WP7 devices. Furthermore, Symbian devices are outselling WP7 three devices to one.

It is important to note that these figures cannot be verified nor are they necessarily representative of the market as a whole. Furthermore, Android has a lot of momentum at the moment and if we compare Android’s start, it too was cautious.

[Source: MobilesPlease]

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Text Input with PenReader for Android

by: James TromansNovember 30, 2010

Pen Reader

Paragon Software Group has released its popular PenReader handwriting recognition tool for Android smartphones. If you do not have Swype and hate using an onscreen touch keyboard, this might be of interest to you. This neat little application will allow users to input handwritten text to their mobiles “naturally and easily” without actually requiring an on-screen keyboard. The application has support for 30 languages, PenReader will integrates 100% with the Android OS and as such, you can use it in place of the default keyboard in any application. There are four types of input method,

Joint-up text recognition [...]
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Galapagos Android tablets from Sharp priced and dated for Japan

by: James TromansNovember 30, 2010

Galapagos from CrunchGear

Sharp’s Galapagos Android tablets look quite swish if you ask us. There are two types, the 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch versions. Both are set to land in Japan on December 10th and pre-orders will be accepted a week beforehand, on December 3rd. There are two pieces of bad news to accompany this information.

First, we still have no clue or word as to whether or not this device is going to land in Europe or America any time soon. We can only assume that as the Japanese release date approaches, that a worldwide one does too. Unfortunately, the second piece of bad news consists of an uncomfortable price point. The smaller [...]

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Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb show up on AIRBenchmark

by: James TromansNovember 29, 2010

Google's Gingerbread

It would appear as though Google have been tasting Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread and Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb recently. Indeed, if you head on over to AIRBenchmark you will be able to see an Android OS version of 2.3 and 3.0 listed, with their accompany AIRBenchmark scores. This website provides benchmarking facilities and score logged for Adobe’s AIR. “Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), also known as Adobe AIR, is a cross-platform runtime environment developed by Adobe Systems for building rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML, or Ajax, that can be deployed as desktop [...]
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Android 2.1 for Sony Ericcson Xperia X8

by: James TromansNovember 29, 2010

Sony Ericsson X8

According to the official Sony Ericsson Blog, if you are a proud owner of the Sony Ericsson X8, then you might find Android 2.1 finding its way to your device sometime soon.

The things added besides the obvious step-up to Android 2.1 are the same as for the already started roll-out for Xperia X10 mini and mini pro.

For instance, you can expect things like 720p video recording, improved social networking integration and five home-screens. The blog post includes a list of SI-numbers, which will give you some idea as to when you can expect the update to your phone.

Also for any newcomers – the list below is a list of [...]

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The real cost of Android: taxes and patent IP licenses

by: James TromansNovember 25, 2010

Android taxes for IP

Microsoft have consistently pointed out that Android is not free, nor open. Whether you agree on the latter point really depends on your definition. If it is a matter of degree, then Android is ‘more open’ then WP7 and, of course, iOS. That much is for sure. However, Android is not free to HTC, Samsung and the like. Here’s why.

Some of the key players making Android based mobile phones have crawled into bed with an intellectual properties company called Intellectual Ventures (IV). They pay IV a fee for access to its 30,000 or so registered patents. These patants allow companies using Android to defend [...]

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Content Rating for Android Market

by: James TromansNovember 25, 2010

Content Rating for Android Applications

Google and Android Developers blog have recently announced that a content rating for every application in the Android market will be required. Within a few weeks, it appears as though every application on the Android Market will have additional information regarding its content rating. This should allow users to “select the best applications for them.”

Android Market’s content policy remains the same as before: applications will be rated according to four content rating levels: All, Pre-teen, Teen, & Mature. Details on the rating levels can be found at Android Market Help [...]

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