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University in N.J. Pioneers Android-aided Education

by: MinaSeptember 7, 2011

Looks like the Android vs. Apple war has literally reached new grounds, the U.S. education system. iPads used to be the the tablet of choice for higher education purposes, but Seton Hall University opted for devices running on Android operating system.

The pilot program of the South Orange, New Jersey campus will involve 300 students and members of the faculty. Lenovo is the school’s manufacturer of choice, with the ThinkPad as the chosen tablet of Seton Hall, even if the device was released only the day before the school’s policy announcement. ThinkPad specs include a multitouch 10.1 screen, WiFi and 3G connectivity, 1GB of memory, and 64GB of internal [...]

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Android Now Owns 42% of Smartphone Marketshare – comScore

by: MinaSeptember 5, 2011

Android just keeps getting bigger by the minute. This is proven by a recent report on U.S. mobile phone key trends made my comScore, a respected name in the digital metrics. As of July 2011, Google has reached up to 41.8% of the smartphone users in the United States, a 5.4% increase from their April 2011 share of 36.4%.

Its closest competitor Apple also has gain ground at 27%, a 1% increase from their share last April. The casualties of Google’s and Android’s increases are obviously RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian, dropping 4%, 1%, and 0.4%, respectively, of their previous market share from April.

Aside from smartphone market share, the study also [...]

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Another Low-Priced Android Tablet: MSI Windpad Enjoy 7 spotted at FCC

by: MinaSeptember 5, 2011

Here’s another cheap Android tablet that you might want to consider: the MSI Windpad Enjoy, and it’s reported to retail at just $199.

The Windpad Enjoy 7 is one of the two Android tablets MSI announced on May 31, the other one being the Enjoy 10, which was already spotted earlier at FCC. Just recently, its smaller brother has been seen at FCC too, signaling that they are going to be out in the market very very soon.

Enjoy 7 is reported to be powered by a single core 1.2 GHz processor, with other specs including Bluetooth 2.1, microSD card slots, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2MP cameras on front and rear sides, built-in 4GB memory, and 512MB RAM– quite [...]

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August Topnotchers: Top 5 Android Phones

by: MinaSeptember 5, 2011

In the coming months, the Android landscape will definitely change, pending the release of much awaited phones like Nexus Prime, Droid Bionic, and Galaxy S II, as well as the high anticipation for Ice Cream Sandwich. Until then, there are phones in the market that can give the rest of the bunch a run for their money. Here’s a list of our August topnotchers and what makes them worth your hard earned cash.

Update: This list compiles the latest US Android releases so it might be missing some of the fancier phones your region might have available.

Motorola Photon 4G

Released July 31, 2011

Drool-worthy Photon is powered by a dual-core processor with 1GB [...]

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HTC Kingdom Specs Leak; To Be called Acquire/EVO Design 4G?

by: MinaSeptember 2, 2011

Looks like Android fans will have a lot to expect this September from our Android manufacturers, like HTC. HTC will be holding some events on September in England, France, Spain, and Germany, and rumor has it that the highlights of the show will be “Eternity” and “Omega” of Windows Phone 7 fame. However, speculations abound that an HTC phone called “Kingdom” will make an appearance, with its specs and the unofficial name recently leaked strategically before the HTC event.

According to the leak, HTC Kingdom has a 4″ qHD display (540 x 960) and will run on Android 2.3.4 with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S2 (MSM7x30) processor, and 768MB of RAM. [...]

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Best Honeycomb apps for social networking, productivity, and reading

by: MinaAugust 31, 2011

One of the most common, if not the top, drawback in buying an Android-powered tablet would be the shortage of apps in the Market. That is, of course, compared to the number of apps for iPad. In response, most tablets come with built-in apps, but it has to be said that the number of third-party apps in the Market has steadily increased, with Android’s growth potential rising by the minute.

Six months after the release of Motorola Xoom, the first Honeycomb tablet, here are some recent app releases for social networking, productivity, and reading that are spicing up the platform.

Social Networking

While the Twitter for Android app works rather well on Honeycomb, [...]

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HTC Vigor Rumored to be the First Beats Phone

by: MinaAugust 14, 2011

The rumor behind this has quite a lot of basis to it. With HTC’s official Youtube channel confirming its partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre and uploading a teaser on being able to “feel the music the way the artist intended,” many suspect that the first-ever Beats phone might be the HTC Vigor — the HTC phone reported for an October 5 release by Verizon. Two months might be enough time to fully integrate the Beats feature in the smartphone, but the question remains: will the integration really make the HTC Vigor sound better than the rest of the pack?

The answer remains a mystery, for now. The speculations however only lead to higher anticipation [...]

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Caught on Cam? First ICS Screenshots Appear Online

by: MinaAugust 14, 2011

Some screenshots of what seems to be Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s yet to be released Android version made it online this week at Android Police and RootzWiki. Both sites however confirmed that their photos are really of the highly-anticipated OS and that they come from a credible source.

So what details about ICS are revealed with the leaked photos? The most obvious change is the blue user interface, plus the notifications bar was really altered for ICS. Google also has yet to release what Android version number ICS will carry, but the build number on the About menu says IRK36B.

Other leaked details are on the camera’s panorama mode, a revamped Gmail to go [...]

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Sixaxis Controller Allows Android Users to Play Games with PS3 Controllers Wirelessly

by: MinaAugust 12, 2011

Playing games on your Android device (except on Xperia Play, those lucky owners) can be a pain with those on-screen controllers. Dancing Pixel Studios responds to this with a new app that allows Android gamers to use their PS3 Sixaxis or Dualshock 3 controllers– the Sixaxis Controller app.

What’s even better is that if you’ve got an Android tablet or phone and want to relive the glory days of classic gaming on the N64 and PSX, then the Sixaxis Controller app will work too. Check out our comprehensive guide on how to play N64, PSX games and more on your Android tablet or phone here.

The Sixaxis Controller app syncs your PS3 controller to your [...]

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Droid Bionic, Samsung Galaxy S2 Rivalry Tightens – Same Release Date, Same Selling Features?

by: MinaAugust 11, 2011

As September draws near, fans and non-fans alike await for the official release of Motorola Droid Bionic, arguably one of the most powerful Android smartphones yet. The Droid Bionic has not even debuted, but it was so powerful that it was reviewed side-by-side with the Samsung Galaxy S II, dubbed as the best smartphone during its time.

You think the Moto vs Samsung rivalry is over? Samsung is responding with the second generation S II, unofficially named “Stratosphere,” and the competition is set to heat up even further.

Verizon Wireless is reported to be releasing another powerful Android smartphones alongside the Droid Bionic in September, as [...]

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