Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Sony Ericsson’s disturbing Xperia Play ad

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

It’s not the first time that Sony has risen to the top of controversy with its weird and disturbing commercials. Unfortunately, for the company’s lawyers and others in their PR team, Sony Ericsson has once again shot to the top of controversy thanks to the highly disturbing commercial that can be viewed below.

Is it just me or does the commercial seem to have not the slightest thing to do with the device it is advertising? Albeit, Android is included and in the closing seconds of the commercial we do see an Xperia Play playing some games at well over 50fps. But was it necessary to have a human’s thumbs sewed to a robot to carry across the point?

If Sony intends to raise awareness for the device by releasing some of the most disturbing commercials ever seen, they have hit gold. But something tells me that not everyone in Sony is happy about the commercial. That said, it would make sense to release a controversial and compelling commercial for such a device seeing it is not being marked to those who are riding the higher years of the rollercoaster. On the other hand, I fail to see who in Sony gave the go ahead for such a commercial seeing the company has gotten into plenty of trouble in recent years for its PS3 ads as well as it over sexualized Sony Ericsson ad.

At any rate, if the company was looking to stir up an ants nest, it did. However, for companies, not all publicity is good publicity and only time will tell whether or not this worked out in favor of Sony. Until the public gives it verdict, you can check out the commercial for yourself below and give your opinions below.

Source: Engadget

Mobile Phone News: Today’s Headlines

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Optimus 2X, LG’s super smart phone has been announced in Korea just a while back. Now, we are happy to know that the device is definitely headed to the UK. According to reports, the handset will be released Q1 2011, but LG still has yet to disclose an official date. In any case, many are expecting to see the smart phone shown off at the CES this coming January. The Optimus 2X is officially the first handset in the market to make use of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU.

NVIDIA has certainly been able to make the new holy grail of the smart phone industry by providing us all with a CPU that is both high speed and energy efficient, and many engineers would tell you that energy efficiency is far more important than sheer speed. The Tegra 2 chip is so highly regarded that even Samsung has put in an order for over £200 million worth of the processors.

Many believe that these chips will be used in a wide array of Samsung’s devices, ranging from tablets to smart phones and even some of their smaller netbooks.

Did we mention that the Android OS is going to overtake the Symbian platform in a few years? According to IDC, we’re wrong, the Android will overtake the older platform by the end of this coming 2011. Considering that the Symbian OS is losing plenty of ground (and the fact that very few devices using the platform will be coming out), there is little doubt that the Android’s fast growth and distribution will be able to easily keep up.

Also, the fact that the Symbian Foundation is now a licensing organization means that the development of the OS takes a backseat priority. Nokia will also be focusing on their Intel co-developed MeeGo platform too.

Froyo Now the Standard for Android Devices

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

It has taken the latest version of the Google mobile platform, 2.2 Froyo, several months to be able to establish itself as the standard version –and just in time too.

Several weeks ago, it was announced by Google that the next version of the Android OS will not jump to designation 3.0 just yet. The search engine company announced that the Gingerbread will be given a new designation: version 2.3 and it will be released as an update to the Android Froyo OS. With the next big thing due to come out pretty soon, it is about time that Google has been able to spread out the Android Froyo love to their users.

Until now, there are still some devices that have not yet adapted to the latest version of the mobile platform. The top selling Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro are both still stuck with the much older Android 1.6 Donut. While there is already an existing Android 2.1 Éclair update for the XPERIA line, the lack of news regarding the 2.2 Froyo version is a sign that Google still needs to do some catch up.

According to the numbers, about 43.4% of all Android devices are now running Froyo –a massive feat considering all the fragmentation issues that the open source OS has. It will be a while before the rest of the Éclair using smart phones get updates (though some will never be getting updates). As for devices still stuck with much older versions of the platform, it is believed that most of these phones have such low spec hardware that a further update would be impossible.

If you currently own a high end smart phone such as the HTC Desire, or Samsung Galaxy S, Froyo updates for these devices are already available. It is advisable to use the phone’s auto-update feature to get the latest version of the Google mobile platform.

Binatone’s Android Phone is a Landline

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The Binatone iHomePhone does not have a built-in, digital camera. It lacks assistive GPS support and capabilities, and lastly, the device does not support the use of SIM cards –making it unable to access 3G networks.

So what’s the big deal?

This is a landline. While it may seem pretty pointless to use an operating system like the Google Android on a landline, the Binatone iHomePhone is a pretty practical device to have around. First off, it functions as a basic cordless landline –allowing users to enjoy their home phone conversations and still have the freedom to move around.

The wireless device packs a 2.8 inch touch screen display that can be used to access the phone’s contacts list and the rest of the Android’s features, such as web browsing, apps and games. Media playback is definitely one of the best functions on the device –with the dock serving as the main speakers.

No 3G is definitely fine, as the phone will be situated at a home or office setting, then this would mean that WiFi accessibility should always be available. The same idea goes for the lack of A-GPS capabilities. There is no point in adding in features that owners will not be able to use.

Lastly, the phone also has a very nice price tag –at £99.99, this phone will certainly be a great addition to any home. Of course, Android smart phones do not have to fear competition from this budget device –it is not a competitor at all, being a landline in the first place. But this is a definite must have for any Android fan. Even if the Google Android operating system on the device is never updated (it uses 1.6 Donut) it still makes for a pretty impressive media hub and home phone device.

Rumours: Google’s Next Android

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The next Android operating system name has already been put out in the wild: Ice Cream. Given Google’s existing naming convention for the Android operating system, it is not surprising that people already believe that version 4.0 will be named Ice Cream.

The naming officially started with version 1.5 and it was named as the Android Cupcake. This was then followed up with version 1.6 Donut. For quite some time, these two platform versions proved to the world that the Android open source operating system was a system that people can rely on and it was a great contender against the iOS.

Version 2.0 Éclair came out late last year with the launch of the Motorola DROID. The phone was exclusive to US carrier Verizon for a couple of months before the system made it to the UK under the name of Motorola Milestone.

During the second quarter of the year, Android 2.2 Froyo (which stands for frozen yogurt) finally came out, the new platform update brought lots of new features and most importantly, performance updates to the phone that made it faster and easier to use. Sadly, the shift from Éclair to Froyo has turned out to be a difficult one, with many developers and manufacturers unable to update their systems.

The next Android version, 3.0 has been announced to be the Gingerbread. This was stated by Google during the I/O conference several months back. It has also been rumored that the next version of the OS is going to be the Honeycomb and later followed by the 4.0 Ice Cream.

Technically, that makes it as the next, next, next Android OS.

Regardless of Google’s naming convention, one thing is known for certain. That the mobile platform is certain that has captured the interest of many smart phone users excited to see the latest update available.

Android Getting Gaming Boost from EA

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Electronic Arts is often considered as the big, bad, mighty gaming corporation that will assimilate every single independent gaming company out there. While that is true on certain accounts, the company is still all about bringing games to more people, and with the growing number of people focusing on mobile app gaming, EA has been pretty active in the app industry.

Obviously, like many other gaming companies, EA’s first steps were to release or publish titles for the Apple iTunes market –further improving the already impressive lineup that the Apple platform has. However, as recent updates has shown that the Android is quickly gaining ground, it has become more and more important for developers to be able to release games and titles for the Android platform as well.

EA is among those companies. According to various sources, EA’s CFA Eric Brown has confirmed that the Android platform is one area that EA cannot afford to ignore. They see the trend of the industry and they plan to take advantage of it.

This move is also heavily pushed forward by the fact that plenty of new high end smart phones are being released that uses the Android operating system. While Apple’s iOS is stuck with the technology used on the iPhone 4, companies such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC are pushing the hardware limits on Android phones.

Better processors, longer battery life and of course, better graphics handling are helping make mobile gaming much more intensive experience. While mobile gaming would never match up to the latest in console titles, having these improvements still help a lot. After all, having better hardware is a big advantage that EA can play around with –they can release new games and also port existing titles of games for older consoles to the mobile phone.

HTC WP7 Device Name Leaks, iOS 4.1 Launches and Huawei’s Android

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

China based electronics manufacturer Huawei is launching a low end Android smart phone that is poised to dominate that market range on sheer budget price alone: the Huawei IDEOS.

This brand new Android smart phone is reportedly going to be compatible with the 2.2 Froyo version of the open source mobile platform and will be arriving with a price tag around the range of 40 to 70 Quid. That’s probably the cheapest Android handset we have seen so far and the most updated too. The device will be available in wide range of color choices and is expected to be available this coming October.

Next on the new list, Apple is keeping the iPhone community happy with several new updates, and this time, it is by way of the 4.1 iOS update. Carefully added into this system update is the inclusion of new camera features that would allow users to take HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos with a single click.

Also included in the 4.1 update is an improvement for the Apple iTunes store and the addition of the Ping social network tool. The 4.1 allows users to connect to the Apple Game Center which is some sort of social hub for players.

Our final news update comes in the form of a quick leak of an O2 document that reveals what might be a new Windows Phone 7 device from Taiwan based mobile phone maker, HTC. According to reports, the device is named as the HTC HD7 –which is a major hint at what this device is.

HTC’s Windows lineup is the HD series and the last phone in the set (aside from the HD Mini) is the HD2. It skips several numbers and heads straight to HD7 to state that it is a Windows Phone 7 device. It has yet to be confirmed if this device is the same as the HTC Mondrian and Mozart.

Samsung Galaxy Tab: the Hitchhiker’s Guide

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Tablets are a pretty odd thing to have. And considering that Apple’s iPad is the first in the scene, it certainly set up a stage that other gadget developers are staying away from: fully separating the phone from the device. While adding in voice call support for the iPad may be detrimental to the sales of the iPhone 4, the same limitations are not an issue for Korean manufacturer Samsung and the Galaxy Tab.

The Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab is primarily a touch screen tablet. With the large form factor and the fact that the device is just too big, this is definitely one gadget that has been made to compete heavily in the tablet industry. What sets it apart from the Apple iPad is the unique size, support for a wide range of features and formats and most importantly, the fact that it is also capable of handling voice calls.

With a 7 inch touch screen display, this device is basically the largest Android smart phone so far, and navigating the Android UI on such a large screen is good, though Samsung could have put in some decent anti-glare coating to allow the device to be used properly when in direct sunlight.

As one would expect, the web browsing experience is truly unique as the system easily handles a wide range of web formats easily. As expected with Android Froyo, the new OS will be able to play back flash content online as well as HTML5 pages too. The Android’s WebKit browser looks quite good on the larger screen though the menu has not changed at all in terms of content.

It has also been confirmed that Samsung is working on another tablet that will be using the upcoming Android Honeycomb OS. So far, the announcement is still unconfirmed.

Samsung Galaxy Goes Large with the Tab

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Categorizing the Galaxy Tab is pretty confusing. Certainly, it has a massive touch screen display. At 7 inches, we are certainly questioning whether it still manages to fit the requirements of a mobile phone. Labeling it as a touch screen device however, completely rules out the fact that it can handle voice calls.

While that question will certainly leave us scratching our heads for a while, here is something that we can all agree upon: the Galaxy Tab is one impressive device.

There is no doubt that the Android operating system looks great on a larger touch screen display. It has already been previewed in a tablet device a couple of months back and seeing both HTML5 and Flash content support on a single system is certain to bring a smile on the faces of many media loving tech users.

The device itself has been confirmed to be an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz CPU. This means that running almost any apps on the tablet will not cause problems or significant slowdowns –unless the user decides to run several resource hogging apps at the same time.

Fans of the Android OS will be happy to know that this tablet will be running Android 2.2 Froyo right off the bat –which means that there will be no waiting time for an update (unless the user is waiting for the upcoming Android 3.0 Gingerbread).

The tab is packed with plenty of features and additional functionality. Aside from the Android OS, Samsung has also added in several new features such as an e-book reader and a slightly tweaked user interface that suits the 7 inch display.

In other Samsung related news, it seems that the Korean manufacturer is not finished with the tablet technology. According to reports, the company is looking into developing a new tablet for the upcoming Android Honeycomb.

PSP 2 and Android: Excitement and Reservations

Friday, August 27th, 2010

There is no doubt that the recent rumors about Sony being in talks with Google have been a major source of gadget fantasies for many gear heads. Gamers in particular are pretty excited about the possibility that the PSP2 might just be the smart phone that everyone has been looking forward to.

We have all seen what the Sony Ericsson Aino can do with remote play access to media; now imagine how it would be like to be able to access certain remote play PS3 titles.

Among the things that many are certainly looking forward to is the fact that Sony now has access to better hardware. When the original Playstation Portable came out, it has been limited to a 333MHz processor –which had been under clocked to 222MHz. Today, the Qualcomm Snapdragon and the Intel Atom processors bring the 1GHz processing speed as a new standard for smart phones. The same goes for the PSP’s graphics card and other hardware; better versions are available.

Of course, backwards compatibility will be a major concern –and gives Sony more reason not to abandon the UMD format as it would make the current PSP library available to the rumored PSP 2.

While the device seems promising, there are certain reservations that are also present. The first is concern regarding how the phone and gaming functions will be separated. If the device is always functioning as a phone, then what would prevent a wayward incoming phone call from interrupting a serious gaming session?

A single SMS message could ruin the experience of watching an important cut-scene in a 60 hour long epic RPG, a single voice call could ruin the completion of a massive 10 hit string match-turning combo against the hidden final boss of a fighting game.

Balancing the two features will certainly be a key, after all, how would the device manage an interruption during ad hoc gameplay among multiple players?

Naturally, there are also concerns regarding the practicality of using an open source mobile platform on a gaming device where piracy has been a major concern for quite some time.