Google is finally putting an end to the menu button which has probably been one of Android’s biggest downsides UI wise. They are telling developers to stop thinking of those actions that used to be there inside the menu button, and instead use the most important ones in the “action bar” that’s in Android 4.0+, or even implement them inside the app, as many iOS developers have already done on their iOS apps, and other Android developers have done it, too.
So why am I saying the menu button was such a big problem? There are 2 reasons – one that is that the physical buttons are completely disconnected from the touch experience, and second is [...]
According to Strategy Analytics, a market research company, Android managed to capture a whooping 39% market share in Q4 last year, or to be more exact – 10.5 million Android tablets were sold in Q4. Apple maintained its lead at 58% market share, but for how long?
So what helped Android tablets surge so much? The biggest factor in this rise is definitely the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet which was a phenomenal success that surprised even Amazon. The reason Kindle Fire was so successful is because it was a decent tablet that sold for less than half the price of an iPad – $200. While there is a portion of the population who can afford and want an Apple product [...]
LaptopMag has a pretty insightful interview with Ryan Bidan, product marketing manager for Samsung, and we can see what Samsung thinks about the Android ecosystem right now, and a bit about where they are going in 2012. One of the more interesting quote’s I saw from him was when he said that Android 4.0 implemented some features that were in TouchWiz first:
So what role does your TouchWiz software play in this dynamic and does it really add value?
Bidan: If you look between Gingerbread and Honeycomb and some of the stuff that we did on there with TouchWiz, a lot of those features are now part of Ice Cream Sandwich, so I think we’re definitely leading the [...]
WebGL is already supported on more tan 50% of the PC’s thanks to every browser out there – except IE. And very soon we’re going to see WebGL implemented in Android, too. My guess is Google will (finally) port Chrome to Android 5.0, and they will showcase it at Google I/O this year (an event that covers both Android and Chrome). But even if they don’t do that, I’m almost certain they will add WebGL support to the Android browser. It’s long overdue, if only because people have been asking for it since before the last Google I/O.
And even if that doesn’t happen, Sony Ericsson has us covered because they’ve just released [...]
Last year, LG started pushing the idea that smartphones should have 3D screens, and they were the first to do it well with the parallax barrier technology, which basically shows you animations in 3D on the screen without having to wear 3D glasses. If you ask me I think this whole 3D thing is mostly a gimmick, whether we’re talking about 3D movies or 3D screens, but it can certainly impress when you try it for a short while.
The successor of LG Optimus 3D, dubbed LG CX2 for now, is poised to appear at MWC this year, and should show us a lot more than a 3D screen, although most of them don’t seem like technology breakthroughs. The specs for the LG CX2 are a [...]
The HTC Flyer was HTC’s first tablet, which I have to say, although not too bad looking, it didn’t really impress, with perhaps the one exception of promoting the handwriting and drawing features on it. But otherwise it showed how HTC didn’t really understand tablets when they entered the market.
First, it sold for around $600 in most places, and that’s without the $80 stylus. That was one of the biggest mistakes HTC did, because they followed Motorola’s failed pricing strategy of starting with a high price. Both HTC and Motorola should’ve known from the beginning that a tablet that is more expensive than the iPad was not going to [...]
Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich is still hot and many are still waiting for this operating system to fill their phones and tablets to add more excitement and thrill to their devices. One device that is still ICS-hollow and eager for some filling is the HTC Desire S.
Unfortunately for this phone, the official ICS update is still nowhere in sight, and there are still no clues on when it will arrive–if at all.
But, thanks to programmers at XDA Developers, a beta version (BETA8R4a) of ICS for the HTC Desire S is now available and users can finally get a taste of the latest ICS firmware. Read on to know how to install the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 in [...]
As they all say, nothing spreads more quickly than gossip and advertising through word of mouth. Unfortunately, the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, was not given justice from the tradition of ‘I know someone who knows someone who knows someone….’ Friends over at SlashGear posted an article about finding an article (unknown source) that says ‘a high-ranking set of names’ has released information of a highly unsatisfied ICS user. Moreover, this source of theirs has repeatedly expressed their dislike for the latest OS, even during the CES event this year. Sadly, they spoke of their strong dislike for the OS to a group of people who do not know much about the differences [...]
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely the most-craved-for Android operating system today because of the great functionality and style that it brings to users. Ice Cream Sandwich has tons of features to talk about, but there’s one cool feature that you will surely be curious to try–the Face Unlock feature.
The Face Unlock feature is available for those who have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In this article, you will know how to set up Face Unlock on your Galaxy S2 running Android 4.0 ICS firmware. But, take note that this is only applicable if you are going to root your phone, so if you are not willing to root your phone, then you will consequently [...]
The HP Touchpad was a turning point. Everyone saw that there is a huge potential for inexpensive tablets that are simply “good enough” for daily tasks. So when the firesale happened, and the tablet was being sold for $99, a lot of people rushed to get it. Many of these people, while they knew they would be pretty satisfied with webOS, too, what they really wanted was to get the tablet so they can put Android 4.0 on it later on.
Since Honeycomb wasn’t open-sourced and Android 2.3 didn’t look all that well on tablets, everyone was waiting patiently for Google to open source Android 4.0 and for the CyanogenMod team to start working on a port for [...]