Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet

Posted on September 5, 2010
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released a new Android tablet, the Toshiba Folio 100 with 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch display 1024×600 pixel resolution. It’s powered by NVidia Tegra 2 processor 1 GHz, built-in 16GB storage and 1.3M pixel front facing camera.

Toshiba Folio 100 also featuring with 802.11 b/g/n wifi, add external memory with SD/MMC card reader, bluetooth v2.1+EDR, mini-HDMI, USB 2.0 port, support Adobe Flash 10.1 and DLNA, 3G and the battery life up to 7-hours. It will be available in UK on October 2010 with price GBP 329.

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Tank Recon 3D Review

Posted on July 13, 2010
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is a first person tank game that features full real-time 3D graphics (OpenGL ES).

Piloting your new advanced tank, code named Alpha, you will be shooting it out with various units such as tanks, planes, AT guns and more. Fire your main cannon and watch as the enemy explodes into pieces. Use your guided missiles to bring down enemy planes or anything else that needs blowing up!

Tank Recon 3D allows you to choose between Mission and Survival mode. Jump right into the action with Survival mode and see how long you can survive. The longer you last the harder the enemy units become. When you’re done, submit your high score to the Internet for bragging rights.

Play Story Mode to go on various missions that will ultimately decide whether you defeat the Evil Hepion forces or explode trying. Playing through the missions takes time and is no easy task but fortunately the game supports saving your progress at any point. If you do manage to complete the missions, try them again but this time choose Hard or even Mental!

Features:

  • Real-time 3D graphics (OpenGL ES).
  • Story Mode with 4 different missions to complete.
  • Instant action with Survival Mode.
  • 3 difficulty levels (Normal, Hard and Mental).
  • 9 different enemy units.
  • Submit your score over the Internet leaderboard.
  • Save and resume your game.
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Developers Betting on Android for Long-Term Success, according to survey

Posted on June 29, 2010
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Appcelerator surveyed 2,733 of its 51,000+ from June 15-17, 2010, a nearly three-fold increase in response from our March 2010 developer . With more input, this goes into more detail on the perceptions for each of the six major OS platforms: Apple (iOS), (), Palm/HP (webOS), Microsoft (Phone 7), Nokia (Symbian/Meego) and RIM (BlackBerry). Top-level findings include:

  • Interest in application development has spiked since Apple‟s iPad debut in April.
  • When stack ranking platform potential, developers give the long-term edge to Google.
  • While iOS and Android maintained a high level of interest, second tier platforms lost ground.
  • Large organizations are expressing even more interest in mobile than smaller ones.
  • Porting applications across platforms is the number one developer pain.
  • Multitasking tops the list of features.

Download the full report or explore additional survey findings below.

Mobile OS Platform Tiers

mds_june2010_1Why this is significant: Apple and Google are now playing chess while everyone else plays catch up. The surge in popularity for developing tablet applications on the two leading OSes, coupled with second tier platforms seeing flat to declining interest, suggests that Google and Apple are moving the battle from phones to a broader, more long-term platform shootout for “anywhere computing.”


Differences in Near-term and Long-term advantages

mds_june2010_7Why this is significant: Developers see Apple dominating in every category related to its devices and app store. Yet Android takes top honors for OS capabilities, openness, and, long-term outlook. Despite all of Apple‟s success, developers see that the winner long-term will be the mobile operating system that has the most capabilities and flexibility in scenarios beyond phones.


Cross-Platform #1 pain point for mobile developers

mds_june2010_6Why this is significant: When developers were presented with eight lifecycle stages for development, “porting apps to multiple platforms” stood out as the number one developer pain point.

Source: AppCelerator

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Android Devices: Droid Dominant, Evo Catches Nexus

Posted on June 17, 2010
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Which -based smartphones are ruling the market?  According to new data from online ad network Chitika, the Motorola is by far the most popular handset, and Sprint’s newly released HTC has made enough of a splash to catch the -branded One.

Android Distro by Handset

The Droid’s dominance is no surprise – the device has been in the market since November of 2009, backed by an overwhelming advertising and marketing campaign and bolstered by the tech frenzy of holiday shopping.  It currently accounts for just over a third of all Android traffic.  What is surprising is that the Evo – launched on June 4th – has already reached 1.93% of the , swiftly catching up with the Nexus One (2% of the market), Google’s first self-branded and self-promoted mobile device.

Among the cellular networks, Verizon has so far taken the most advantage of Android’s popularity, with Verizon phones accounting for 49% of Android traffic coming into the Chitika network.  T-Mobile ranks second with 23%, followed by Sprint with 19%.  AT&T, which has seen great success as the iPhone’s exclusive network, contributed a mere 1.1% of Android traffic to the sample looked at for this study – even less than U.S. Cellular, which clocked in with 1.4%.

Android Distro by Carrier

In order to come up with these results, Chitika looked at a sample of 821,201 impressions from the first two weeks of June coming into their advertising network.  It should be noted that, true to Android’s open-source and incredibly diverse nature, some 8% of the operating system’s traffic in the sample was from unrecognizable devices or devices with extremely low usage.  Cellular provider market share is based on the provider most strongly associated with individual handsets (for the purposes of this study, Nexus One is considered a T-Mobile device).

[Source: Chitika]

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7 Ways to Find Amazing New Android Apps

Posted on June 13, 2010
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If you are the lucky owner of an device, you might struggle from time to time with finding the perfect apps to fit your lifestyle and meet your needs. And often, the Internet at large can be less than helpful when you’re searching for -specific applications.

Here are seven websites for your bookmarking pleasure. Each one acts as a directory, a review site, a screenshot gallery and a stats board for the wonderful world of Android mobile apps. Take a look around these sites, and let us know in the comments if we left out any good resources.

1. The Official Android Site

We first have the official website. However, rather than being an exhaustive guide to the Android app universe, the site is currently “a showcase for some of the featured and top ranked applications and available,” according to its landing page. To get the full, official Android Market experience, you’ll have to check your mobile device. However, we expect this to change relatively soon, especially as more Android apps become available on devices other than our phones.

The site has a decent list of featured and top apps with brief descriptions and two screenshots each.

2. Androlib

This resource has a listing for just about every Android app known to humankind. It’s searchable, thoroughly categorized and contains relatively accurate stats for number of downloads and star rating on Android’s 5-star scale. It also contains frank user reviews, screenshots, QR codes for download, and, when available, video demonstrations.

One drawback is that the developer-supplied descriptions are often less than descriptive and, in the case of free trial and subscription apps, can be downright deceptive at times. When in doubt, check the user reviews. The UI is also a bit cluttered, and pages can be relatively slow to load.

The site also contains stats, forums and special sections for games and the top app of the day.

3. Cyrket

For data geeks, is the holy grail of Android-related sites. This one-man project uses “advanced data analysis and extraction to help users find apps to buy and to allow to learn how their applications fit into the extended ecosystem of the mobile application marketplace,” or so says the homepage. There are also plans to include a blog with specific, interesting findings and better ways to discover new apps.

With all this advanced analysis comes a highly useful breakdown of apps’ ratings. For example, would you rather know that an app gets 4 stars in the Android Market, or that 80% of users gave the app 4 stars and 15% gave the app 5 stars?

You can also find QR codes, screenshots, descriptions and user comments for most apps. Apps can also be searched and sorted by popularity, rating, price and other factors. Finally, the interface is simple but clean and useful, with a bare minimum of advertising to interfere with your discovery process.

4. AndroidZoom

is a straightforward, easy-to-use app directory. Its app pages contain descriptions, screenshots, rating and QR codes, but no user feedback such as reviews or comments. The site does, however, show similar or related apps from the same and other developers. You can also see the most viewed and most downloaded applications, and you can browse apps by category or search term. Apps can be sorted by popularity, rating, date submitted and whether they’re free or paid.

It’s a colorful site full of large-text links and friendly-looking icons; this is another site that’s simple and gets the app-finding job done.

5. App Store HQ

This site has the usual suspects in features: Search, browsing by category, screenshots, QR codes, etc. A unique factor of is that it aggregates Android app reviews from around the web, including sites such as this one.

You can browse through apps that are generating a lot of buzz on the web or apps that are heating up in Twitter mentions.

Posts and tweets are aggregated onto an app’s page, so you can get a good idea of real-time activity around an app before you decide to download it. This, we like a lot.

6. AndBOT

is probably one of the best-looking sites when it comes to researching Android apps. It’s also thoroughly outfitted with a blog and regular app reviews.

You can check out the latest apps, browse featured apps or peruse applications and games in a wide variety of categories.

For each app’s page, the site pulls in comments from the Android Market proper and includes stats, screenshots and a QR code for instant download.

You can also see developer info and app permissions.

7. AppBrain

Finally, we have AppBrain. This site has search, rankings, categories, screenshots, related apps and on-site commenting features. It’s also got a fairly simple layout. One of its unique factors is being able to see changelogs for new versions and dates for how quickly an app progresses through the number-of-downloads tiers.

Better yet, users can sign in with a account to enjoy site membership, which includes the ability to make lists of apps, install apps with a single click and write reviews.

Logged-in users can also see “My Apps,” a collection of the apps they’ve installed already; they simply use the AppBrain free mobile application to sync their AppBrain account to their mobile devices.

[source: mashable]

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