Posted by Alan Buckingham at 12:10 PM on October 27, 2012
While the blogosphere has been buzzing the past couple of weeks about the upcoming Google event that was scheduled for this Monday in New York City, it seems that our speculation will now have to continue a bit longer. Android Police is reporting that the event has been officially canceled with no rescheduling yet set.
At the event, we expected the LG Nexus phone to be officially unveiled, along with a 32 GB Nexus 7 with 3G and a Nexus 10 as well. There has also been speculation of a $99 Nexus 7, but that seems less likely right now. In addition we heard a lot of information about a Sony Nexus, but those proved to be false. We can also expect Android 4.2 to be announced.
All of these rumors will now have to continue a bit longer thanks to Hurricane Sandy, which is currently heading up the east coast. For those waiting for all of these announcements, we assume Google will reschedule the event fairly soon.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 11:41 AM on October 20, 2012
A few days ago Android Police posted an exclusive video showing the next version of the Gmail app. Version 4.2 includes several new features that users have wanted for some time now, like pinch to zoom in emails, swiping away emails to archive them, reporting emails as phishing scams and a lot more. At the time, they also posted links to the download of the .APK file, but Google asked them to take the links down and the site complied. The folks at XDA Developers also complied with the request but, as you probably know, things posted online never really go away.
If you do some searching around you will see that the file is still available, but only a bit harder to find. Hint: you can click here. Before you get too excited though, there are a few things you should probably know. Most importantly, your device needs to be rooted in order to install this update. You will also need to have a phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or 4.1. and you will need follow several hacky steps to get it up and running. You can find all of the steps detailed over at The Android Soul.
This has been a good week for Google app updates with, not only this new version of Gmail, but also a nice update to the Google Play Store (now at version 3.9.16). The Play Store update, unlike the Gmail update, has already begun rolling out to users, but if you haven’t received it then you can also grab the .APK file, which Google is NOT asking to be taken down. The new Gmail should begin rolling out very soon.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 8:43 AM on September 19, 2012
Mozilla has been hard at work on a Firefox operating system that will power mobile devices, mostly of the lower-end variety. The OS has been rumored to be launching first in Brazil in early 2013. Now, hardware maker ZTE is rumored to be the first to get devices on the market, and they are expected very soon.
ZTE has several Android phones on the market currently, and the move to partner with Mozilla came as a bit of a surprise. “We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android,” said ZTE spokesman David Dai Shu.”It’s all part of our wider plans to create a better balance of products using various operating systems. We won’t just rely on Android or Windows.”
With Android and iOS leading the market, and Windows Phone slowly making up ground, it will be extremely tough for Mozilla get any foothold, especially given that they are several months away from launch. However, their attempt to aim at the low end of the market, potentially picking up those who currently use feature phones, may find a niche.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 9:14 AM on September 17, 2012
The folks over at XDA Developers are a resourceful bunch. The crew has come up with ways to root and flash almost every Android device, sometimes within hours of it’s release. They previously rolled out a universal root method for all ICS (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) devices. Now one of the developers there, who goes by the name Bin4ry, has released a root method that goes one step further by covering both ICS and 4.1 Jelly Bean hardware.
The new release should be compatible with almost every device, but unfortunately there is no list you can check, so you will have to take a bit of a chance when you run it. Instructions are dead simple to follow and no data will be wiped from your phone or tablet during the process. With that said, I would still do a backup first if I were you….
1.) Download attached file.
2.) Extract it using 7zip
3.) Double click the RunMe.bat and follow instructions!
If you decide to take the plunge and try this out then let us know how you made out by posting a comment below and be sure to include what device you were using.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 1:18 PM on September 13, 2012
Alright, I realize that based on my rant yesterday, and now this, I look like an Apple hater and I can assure you that I am really not. I am, however, upset about the previously mentioned connector issue that caused my daughter to decide she no longer wanted the new iPhone, and I also have a sense of humor, which is why I found last night’s Jimmy Kimmel bit very amusing.
The segment has been making the rounds today for good reason. The show sent a reporter out on the street to ask people what they thought of the new iPhone 5 but, since the handset isn’t yet available, what these unsuspecting passers-by were actually shown was the iPhone 4S, the previous model of the Apple phone. As the saying goes, hilarity ensued.
The video was certainly edited to weed out the more knowledgeable users, but it still made for some entertaining TV. I won’t give anything away, just check it out for yourself below.
The launch of 4G services in the UK by Everything Everywhere today has been heralded by the majority of the tech blogs and news sites as a long-overdue success. But is this a victory for common-sense or has Ofcom simply managed to cover-up its own incompetence? (For those outside the UK, Ofcom is the regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.)
Here’s part of article from GNC that I wrote in October of last year.
“Ofcom, the UK’s regulator for the telecommunications industry, issued an update on its plans for the auctioning off of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands. These are the frequencies that will be used for the delivery of 4G services.
There has already been one consultation on the auction of the frequencies but based on the responses received, Ofcom has decided to carry out an additional second consultation at the end of 2011 which will run for around 8 weeks. The outcome of the consultation and auction proposals will be published in the summer of 2012, with a delayed frequency auction expected in Q4 2012. More likely Q1 2013, based on their track record.”
So how is it possible that Everything Everywhere, or EE, as it is going to be called, can a launch a 4G service when the frequency auction hasn’t even begun?
The answer is that Orange and T-Mobile, the partners in EE, put a proposal to Ofcom that they should be allowed to use one of their existing frequencies (1800 MHz) to launch 4G services in the UK without waiting for the auction. Ofcom thought this was a brilliant idea and gave the go-ahead. As you can imagine, some of the other players in the UK’s telecoms market (Three, Vodafone, O2) were less than thrilled at Ofcom handing EE a 4G monopoly for at least six months. Imagine how tempting it would be to switch networks if a 4G iPhone 5 was available from EE and only EE.
Depending on your point of view, the launch of 4G in the UK is either a victory for a common-sense approach to available spectrum or else it’s a monumental cover-up over the way Ofcom has failed to manage the transition to 4G.
I’m in the latter camp and I won’t be buying a 4G device or service from EE.
Posted by JaimeDavis at 7:47 AM on August 20, 2012
Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy Note 10.1, a larger version of the surprisingly popular overgrown phone that debuted earlier this year. The tablet is available now for a starting price of around $400 and Samsung has begun pushing the device with a new ad that rolled out this weekend.
The new ad features actor James Franco of Spiderman and 127 Hours fame. The ad, which is almost three minutes in length, shows off many of the things you can do with new Galaxy Note 10.1 in your everyday life, by showing Franco walking through the set of the advertisement itself. It’s a unique approach, and rather Apple-like, although saying that brings up the specter of the whole lawsuit and reminds us of the cheeky Conan O’Brien skit from last week.
Check out the ad posted below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 10:23 AM on August 8, 2012
Late night comedian Conan O’Brien recently took on the often talked about legal battle between hardware giants Apple and Samsung. Apple has claimed that Samsung, among every other Android device maker, stole their ideas and concepts for the Galaxy line of handsets.
Of course, the reality as most people see it is that many patents in technology are simply frivolous and should never have been granted, since the system is supposed to take into account if something is”obvious”. None the less, that’s where we are in today’s tech world. Everyone is suing everyone else and there’s no end in site.
However, frivolous lawsuits aside, at least we can still laugh about some of it. O’Brien took the opportunity to put together a nice parody video. It doesn’t show Samsung in a very nice light (someone had to be the victim in this), but it’s all in fun anyway. You can check it out below.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 1:03 PM on August 4, 2012
Not long ago I wrote about Google’s plans to kill iGoogle in 2013 and it was met with howls of protest. What I didn’t know at the time was that the mobile version was scheduled to go away much sooner than the web-based one. In fact, if you were using it on a smartphone or tablet then you were probably surprised on August 1st because July 31st was the official end.
The announcement was made via a little seen Google Help Center article. In addition to this news was one that hits a bit closer to home for GNC – Google’s great poscast app for Android, known as “Listen”, will be going away soon. The search component will cease working on November 1st of this year. According to Google, users will still be able to ”access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the ‘Listen Subscriptions’ folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.”
Finally, Google will also be killing off Google Video for Business as well as some of the 150+ blogs that the search giant currently maintains.
Posted by Alan Buckingham at 3:07 PM on July 6, 2012
Perhaps it wasn’t really an official release, but Mozilla developer Rob Hawkes has tweeted a picture of the new Firefox OS running on a mobile phone. It’s not much of a leak and it really doesn’t show off the new operating system, but it is enough, for now, to serve as notice that another contender is on their way to the mobile market.
The OS is pictured running on a Samsung Galaxy S II, which is traditionally seen running Android, but apparently this was the device of choice for much of the development for the Boot to Gecko-based OS. The Firefox OS will actually be optimized for lower end devices, making it a competitor for entry-level smartphones like the Lumia 610.
Mozilla doesn’t plan to get Firefox OS to market until 2013, and it will launch first in Brazil, so U.S. users have quite a while to wait for handsets. It also remains to be seen if the operating system can even compete with what has become the big three – iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. It’s possible that, with Symbian and Blackberry falling out of favor, there will be room for another mobile OS, but we will find out for sure over the next year or two.