James Tromans(710 posts)

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

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MD-701 standard Android Tablet says hello to the FCC

by: James TromansNovember 24, 2010


Shenzhen HuaRuiAn Technology Co., Ltd have recently developed a rather bland looking 7-inch 800 x 480 Android tablet. The general idea is that this tablet will be re-branded for an international release.

HuaRuiAn Technology Co., Ltd consider themselves a leader in the manufacturing of Portable DVD Players and Digital Video Cameras. I guess it makes sense, then, that tablet computers are within their realm. The company has a history of exporting to America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. I am no convinced that this is the most fashionable of tablets, but it does include 32GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, microSD card support and optional [...]

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Android growth report for Asia

by: James TromansNovember 24, 2010

GfK Marketing Services Japan Ltd.

GfK Marketing Services Japan Ltd. have released figures that fall squarely inline with Gartner, reporting that Android OS is already the most popular in the US and has recently overtaken Symbian as the most popular smartphone software in eastern Asia. These figures are based on Q3 reports from this year.

“Smartphones are the key drivers of the telecommunications industry at this moment. GfK’s retail audit findings are showing impressive, almost three-fold increase in value of the industry when we compare sales figures from the latest quarter to the same quarter* a year ago,” said Mr Gerard Tan, [...]

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Acer Android tablet(s) from NYC

by: James TromansNovember 23, 2010

Acer 10.1-inch Android tablet

Today in New York City, Acer held a press event for a range of devices they plan to release in the near future and into next year. There are a couple of interesting tablets to mention, the first of which is a 10.1-inch Android tablet based on a 1GHz processor with Flash 10.1. From studying the picture, it does not appear as though this device is running Google’s ‘tablet friendly’ version of Android yet. Nonetheless, the device will include HDMI output (720p), 1280 x 800 resolution, Acer UI 4.5 and a 5MP rear-facing camera. According to this slide here, there is also a HD front facing camera too. The [...]

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Sony Reader coming to Android in December

by: James TromansNovember 23, 2010

Sony Reader

Sony have recently announced that they will release an eReader application for Android and the iPhone. They have a very pleasant looking site over here which you may already be familiar with if you have ventured into Sony’s eReader stuff before. The site currently shows a sneak peak of what might be to come for Android.

Sure, if you are already familiar with the desktop PC or MAC versions of Sony’s offering, then you might not be so impressed. However, their entrance into the mobile market will surely make some impact just because Sony already has an established product and their brand name is so recognizable. With that [...]

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Angry Birds on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

by: James TromansNovember 22, 2010

For those interested in Android, tablet computing and addictive games, this ones for you. Popherald have posted a nifty little comparison article between the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the latter of which currently heads up the assult on Apple’s tablet market share. The battleground? Angry Birds of course, one of the most popular Android applications around and one that saw its climb to fame take place on the iPad. It only seems suitable, then, that the most sensible and realistic means in which to compare the latest tablet computers is with this game.

In truth, the article doesn’t delve into too much. Both systems run Angry Birds very well, and from [...]

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Information on the HTC Knight

by: James TromansNovember 22, 2010

HTC Logo

The HTC Knight is alleged to include a slide out QWERTY keyboard along with a speedy 4G radio. Indeed, it is set to land with Sprint and appears as though it will be their version of the HTC Desire Z. The fact that it uses a 3.7-inch display similar to the Desire Z helps support this notion.

However, the similarities stop there. Rumor has it that the Knight will pack a powerful dual-core 1Ghz processor. We are set to learn more come January 6th where Sprint as likely to launch this event at the first day of CES 2011.

Unfortunately there is not much else to say on the matter for now, but everything fits in with the timelines we [...]

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Edit Google Docs on your Android device in real time

by: James TromansNovember 18, 2010

Google have released an update to Android (and iOS) that now enabled you to edit your Google Documents online, in real time along with colleagues and friends who are using desktop or non-mobile devices. Edits that someone else makes on the browser will also appear directly on your Android device. One of the particularly neat features that I like about this update is the tabular editing features provided on Android. You can pan a table from right to left while at the same time keeping the rest of your editing window stationary so you can read other text on the document too. Oh, and one other thing,

“If you are using Android comma you can enter text using your voice [...]

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LG Apex landing with US Cellular this week for $80

by: James TromansNovember 18, 2010

LG Apex

It turns out that U.S. Cellular has recently announced the upcoming availability of its 4th Android device, known as the LG Apex. We can expect this device as soon as November 19th for $79.99. This price is valid after an $80 mail-in rebate and when you take up a two-year contract.

The Apex is only running Android 2.1, but I would imagine that there is an update in the works to bring this up to at least 2.2 sometime shortly after launch. It offers a 600MHz Qualcomm processor along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 3.2-inch 800 x 480 px touchscreen. The camera is only 3-megapixels but does come with an LED flash. As you would expect, [...]

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Panasonic Android phone coming soon, world wide in 2012

by: James TromansNovember 17, 2010

Panasonic Android phone

According to Reuters, Panasonic are set to launch a range of Android based smartphones in 2011. These will become available in Japan, before being rolled out to the rest of the world in 2012. This is a very modest schedule and seems feasible. Panasonic are not new to smartphones, but they have been cautious about jumping on the Android band-wagon, that is for sure.

It is refreshing to see an executive admit that his company is slow to pick up on a market trend. Indeed, this is what head of Panasonic’s mobile division, Osamu Waki, had to say. “(We) misjudged the speed at which smartphones would be taken up in [...]

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Android Market planned down-time for devs

by: James TromansNovember 17, 2010

Android market

Although this scheduled down-time will not have an impact on the consumer right away, the Android Market is going down for some good house keeping. However, only the ‘developer version’. To reiterate, the normal consumer level market will not change. At least, not yet. There is a lot of speculation surrounding what Google are planning to improve and change with this down-time, and we’re just as interested as everyone else.

Will we see the ability to buy music directly from the Android store? Perhaps we’re going to see some hybrid Amazon Android Market creation. Either way, something is coming. It might be [...]

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