Dec 31, 2010 Android Phones
Specifications of HTC Thunderbolt one of the HTC’s latest upcoming smartphone have been leaked recently from a German retailer’s system listings . The smartphone will be heading to German carriers O2 , Deutsche Telekom , Vodafone and all others having their own LTE network , which so far has been seen with the Verizon branding for the United States.
The Thunderbolt comes with a 1.2GHz MSM8960 dual-core processor , an 8 MP rear cam and a surprising 5 MP front cam which can be useful for high resolution video calls. Some more exciting features include microSDXC memory card support expandable upto 128GB memory cards a powerful 1800mAh battery for the first time and WiFi b/g/n and a better Internal Storage capacity which you generally miss in all HTC branded devices .
The device is high specked and will give a tough fight to all other Tegra 2 devices coming in the mean while but the specs are still unconfirmed and which could possibly be announced at the CES 2011 .
Check out the complete list of details leaked from the system :
- 4.3-inch display 16.78 million colors
- Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread
- Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor 1.2 GHz
- 8-megapixel camera (primary)
- 5-megapixel camera (secondary)
- 1080p Full HD video recording and playback
- GSM / Quad Band | GPRS / EDGE / 3G / HSPA / LTE
- WLAN 802.11 b / g / n
- 16GB Internal Memory | Expansion per 128GB microSDXC
- Battery 1800 mAh
The Archos 70 Internet Tablet also include
- 1 GHz processor
- 3D Graphics accelerator
- HDMI out
- 7-inch capacitive touch screen
- Android 2.2
Its internals are pretty impressive and even with 250GB hard drive, its dimensions are 7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inches which makes it the slimmest and lightest in the market. This is now available for $350 at Archos.com. To see more spec details, you can click here.
Dec 28, 2010 News
The open souce media player, VLC has been popular for quite some time. A few months VLC hit the iPhone and now its time for the Android users to get the app.
Though a release date has not been set, the popular media player VLC will be coming to Android devices sometime in early 2011. Most of the VLC’s libraries have been ported to the platform.
The project has been going for weeks, however there were delays since the multimedia output libraries were in Java. This problem has been overcome as Google updated their NDK to allow Android developers to create apps in native code. However, developers have mentioned there may be further delays to get VLC to work on various Android devices.
Dec 24, 2010 android apps
True Axis has finally boughts its IOS mega-hit, Jet Car Stunts to the Android platform. This awarding winning app is a 3D driving game, where your opponents are not other players so much as the tracks themselves. You can feel the adrenaline rush with huge jumps, floating platforms, mid-air hoops and outlandish maneuvers.
- Smoothest, fast game play
- Tightest, most responsive accelerometer driving controls.
- Smash Physics.
- 36 insane tracks. Each track offers something new.
- Multiple play modes.
- Jet assisted drift handling.
- Half car, half jet with in-air control surfaces.
- Online leaderboards and achievements.
- Upload replays with your best times.
Jet Car Stunts is live in the Android Market for $2.00.
Dec 20, 2010 Android Tablets
While we have already seen Motorola’s Tablet demostrated by Andy Rubin from Google its time for some more teasers from Motorola .The impressive piece of innovation is landing shortly in the computing space and will be announced at the CES 2011 running with the delicious honey blend of Android (3.0/2.4) .
Treat yourself with a beautiful video teaser which Motorola has posted over at their YouTube channel
Hope Motorola’s grand release wont disappoint its desperately awaiting users and android app developers .
Dec 20, 2010 News
Does it bother you that some apps running on your iPhone or Android phone, that know all your contact information and perhaps even your current location, could be spying on you? The Wall Street Journal says:
An examination of 101 popular smartphone “apps”—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without users’ awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone’s location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders.
It seems like we’ve been talking about this since Apple added a GPS and the App Store to the iPhone 3G and iOS 3 back in 2008 and everyone from tiny, unknown developers to giants like Google began taking advantage of the features — in both senses of the word.
Sometimes it can be beneficial — Google’s web search, Gmail, and mobile AdMob adds try to give us ads that better reflect our interests so they’re less likely to annoy us and, of course, we’re more likely to click on them. Apple’s now in that game as well with iAds. But what about those tiny, unknown developers using their free or cheap apps to extract your information?
Apps sharing the most information included TextPlus 4, a popular iPhone app for text messaging. It sent the phone’s unique ID number to eight ad companies and the phone’s zip code, along with the user’s age and gender, to two of them.
Pandora is also cited as an app that transmits lots of demographic information. Apple claims they police the apps and make sure they fall within proper guidelines but the WSJ believes some, like Pumpkin Carver, can skirt the rules, and many of the developers claim they anonymize data before aggregating it and transmitting it on to advertising networks.
While permission is required to share location, no permission is required to share your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) UDID — the unique identifier, effectively a fingerprint or “super cookie* that can be used to correlate and track all your activities. Angry Birds, according to the WSJ, sends both UDID and location data back to its publisher (who says they don’t use it to advertise and don’t share it with anyone else).
The entire article is fascinating reading especially for those concerned with privacy in the mobile information age. Personally I trust Apple and Google but I’m not sure I trust every little developer who has the same access to my data or who uses Apple’s and Google’s networks and systems.
So how does this concern you and your privacy ?