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Battle of the 7-inch Tablets

by: MinaAugust 9, 2011

The rise of Android as an open-sourced operating system paved the way for continuous developments in the mobile device department. For the past few months, a number of announcements for upcoming devices were made, giving us an idea of what would the market be like in the near future. What is noticeable however in the list of anticipated releases (as well as in the recent ones) is the rise of 7-inch tablets– bigger than your average smartphone, but definitely more handy than your usual tablet.

Here’s a quick rundown of five of the talk-of-the-town 7-inch tablets:

ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 3D

Status: Expected release June 2011 late 2011 or 2012

First [...]

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The United States of Android: Google OS Dominates USA

by: MinaAugust 9, 2011

Jumptap recently released the findings of its mobile OS research based on state location, and surprise, surprise! If the whole country votes on the number 1 OS in the United States this July, Android will definitely rule over Apple iOS and Blackberry.

The color coded map in Yellow, Blue, Gray, and Checks reveals an over-all North vs South sentiment in terms of iOS and Android use. The latter’s loyalists are obviously in South and Southwest states– California, Texas, and Florida even over-indexed for Android use. Apple fans in New England and the Midwest over-indexed for iOS use, with Northeast and Midwest states as their bail wicks. Not pictured are Hawaii, another [...]

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A Rundown on Top Android Security Apps

by: MinaAugust 4, 2011

This list has been updated: Click here to see the current best antivirus apps for Android

With Android growing bigger by the minute, security issues also are starting hound it. Some experts believe that the open nature of the operating system makes it vulnerable to various accounts. If you recall, a number of apps were removed from the Android Market in response to the discovery of malware in them. The good news is, as more and more users jump to the Android ship, developers are also looking to making apps that would provide OS security, and our trusty PC antivirus software makers are already in the Android market.

Here are 5 of the top antivirus software that are now [...]

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This Just In: Viber Launches Free VoIP App for Android

by: MinaJuly 21, 2011

Free text messaging and phone calls has now reached millions of additional users as Viber officially launches today its app version for Android.

Viber was originally released for iPhone seven months ago, garnering an impressive 20 million registered users, 12 million of which are active users using the free VoIP feature for 11 million minutes every day, averaging 6 minutes per call. The beta version for Android has been tested by more than 50,000 users since May, in preparation for its official release. With Viber now available for both iPhone and Android, users will definitely enjoy its features with even more contacts.

The Android version of Viber allows the same [...]

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Disney’s First-ever Android App Character is Winnie the Pooh

by: MinaJuly 20, 2011

What’s a bear to do? Well, Winnie the Pooh, one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time, just went Android.

To cater to the increasing number of families wired through their mobile devices, Disney Publishing Worldwide recently released its first-ever app for the Android platform– Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do? The app appeals to children ages 3-7 with its interactive storybook, puzzles, and games. In the app, Winnie the Pooh is hungry, but he cannot find his honey.

Little kids will surely enjoy the app with its lively illustrations, fun sound effects, and well-loved Winnie the Pooh background music. The narration is also [...]

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The Latest: 550K Android Devices Activated Per Day

by: MinaJuly 20, 2011

Two weeks ago, Andy Rubin, Senior VP and “father of Android,” revealed in Twitter that there were 500,000 Android devices activated everyday. Now, those numbers are merely history: it is now 550,000 devices activated daily, according to Google CEO Larry Page himself. Back in May, the numbers were 400,000 daily. That is really an amazing feat, considering the jump after fourteen days. Furthermore, the rate of device activation for Android is now at 4.4 percent each week, and the growth is not steady, but apparently exponential.

If the growth rate will remain the same for quite some time, by October, Google would have activated over a million Android devices which [...]

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Android is Top OS, Runs on 16 out of Top 20 Mobile Devices — Millenial Media

by: MinaJuly 18, 2011

Good news for Android! Millenial Media recently released its June report, revealing significant gains of Android in the market (at least in Millenial’s ad network). For the seventh consecutive month, Android ranks as the top mobile OS, with 16 out of the top 20 devices running on it.

While Apple remains to be the top device manufacturer, it can’t be denied that the cumulative percentage of manufacturers using Android for their devices greatly outnumber that of Apple. It is interesting to note, however, that Research in Motion (RIM) still has 11% share over device manufacturing, and that three out of the top 20 devices are RIM phones running on Blackberry [...]

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Twitter for Android App Gets Major Boost

by: MinaJuly 18, 2011

Twitter recently released an updated version of its app for Android this July. The newest addition to its features are push notifications and multiple accounts support.

The inclusion of push notifications in this update might be an improvement or a mere redundancy for Android users. It can be a good sign as it levels the field for both Android and iPhone, with the latter already enjoying the feature since last fall. It might also be a little redundant for some, as Android also allows users to be updated of their Twitter whereabouts through the notification bar. This feature however will be appreciated by those who need to check their mentions every now and [...]

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Google Videos App Mushrooms in the Android Market

by: MinaJuly 6, 2011

A Google Videos app suddenly popped out of the Android Market on the night of July 3 and mysteriously disappeared after a while. Before this, only a bunch of Xoom owners had access to the app, but after the incident, those who got hold of the app just received annoying server errors.

This Videos app might not be so mysterious after all. After Google’s acquisition of YouTube and various attempts to revive it, the future that awaits Google Videos is reportedly an app reducing the service to a mere video rental service which will give Android users in the United States access to thousands of titles. However, rental services are also provided to desktop and even TV users. A [...]

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Android is Google Plus’s Edge vs Facebook

by: MinaJune 30, 2011

The race for the top social network isn’t over yet, Facebook. Giant search engine company Google expands its realms to the social networking world with the announcement of Google+, a site that could be mistaken for Facebook, if not for the logo and design. Google+ has its version of Facebook Groups with Circles (plus easy-to-use privacy settings for each ‘circle’) and Facebook Chat with Huddles (plus a video chatting feature called Hangouts). What would possibly dethrone Facebook, experts say, would be the integration of Android for photo uploads.

Google+, while it appears to be like Facebook in more ways than one, is obviously better than the previous Google [...]

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