Dumb App Of The Day: BroApp

Dumb App Of The Day: BroApp And what's so dumb about this Android app you ask? Well basically it automates sending text messages to your assigned girlfriend (or boyfriend the protocols are fundamentally gender neutral despite the naming) to make it look like you're interested in her. The makers claim several sophisticated features like: * Girlfriend Wifi Detector: BroApp won't send messages when you are at your girlfriend's place. * Girlfriend Intrusion Detector: BroApp will prevent inquisitive girlfriends from uncovering the BroApp secret. * Recent Contact Detector: BroApp won't send messages if you have recently communicated with your girlfriend. What they don't seem to have considered is that she may …Read more  »

Would Amazon Really Give You A Phone?

There have been rumors for a couple of years now of an Amazon Phone presumably running some variant of their forked Kindle Android OS. But the latest rumor is pretty extreme. Not a low cost phone. But a free ($0.00) phone and without requiring a contract. Honestly I'm not sure they could pull that off. They haven't managed to do it with the Kindle Fire or the Kindle after all, though both are heavily subsidized. Similarly Google who have been pretty aggressive in their off contract Nexus phone pricing haven't got that down to zero yet. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/report-amazon-wants-to-offer-a-phone-for-free-without-a-contract/

Would You Buy A Camera For You Smartphone?

So the first images of this concept leaked a few weeks ago but now more information is emerging. The idea is simple, Sony will build a complete camera into a lens (not actually that hard to do) and the it will wirelessly connect to your phone using it as the viewfinder. The result should be a far better lens than you could pack into a thin phone. The biggest plus of course being the ability to do real optical zoom but also you'll benefit a lot from larger sensor size. The idea is to do a range of these lenses. With the Lens G (pictured) being at the low end with …Read more  »

Do You Want A Phone The Size Of A Tablet

On the left is the Nexus 7. On the right is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It's an Android phone. If you thought Samsung's Note line were big, apparently that's nothing compared to the 6.4" Xperia Z Ultra. I suppose this might be big enough you wouldn't need the tablet as well... http://www.xperiablog.net/2013/08/04/xperia-z-ultra-sized-up-against-the-nexus-7-2013/

Maybe It’s Time We Changed The Definition of High End?

People complain the Galaxy S4 is sluggish. Apparently the Moto X is smooth as butter. The Moto X is being called a mid-range phone, the GS4 high end. People complain the HTC One's battery life is terrible. Supposedly the Moto X has excellent battery life. The HTC One is apparently a high-end phone. Moto X offers a nearly stock experience, HTC ONe and GS4 are heavily skinned. So basically the high end phones have some bigger numbers to their name, but a poorer user experience (if initial reviews are to be believed)? People really need to start looking past raw numbers. We've been down this route before with CPU speeds and megapixels …Read more  »

Rough Start For Ouya Game Developers

It seems that sales of games on the Ouya console have got off to a poor start. Now you can't do an apples to apples comparison of game sales between Ouya and the established consoles for all sorts of reasons. It has neither the market penetration or the advertising reach nor any of the brand name titles. But what is disapointing is evidence that the people who have an Ouya are mainly sticking to the freebies and aren't buying titles. The most successful game on the system Tower Fall has apparently managed 2,000 sales in four months and about $21,000 in income. Which is not bad on a small new …Read more  »

Are Smartphones Finally Breaking Free Of The Megapixel Myth

As the article I'm linking to notes, one of the rumors about Motorola's upcoming Moto X phone is that it will use Clear Pixel technology which is an additional pixel in the sensor that will help boost it's ability in low light situations. Which makes Moto X the second major Android phone to emphasize low light picture quality over yet more mega pixels, what with the HTC One using it's UltraPixel technique to do the same thing. I've been preaching this for ages, but numbers are an easy selling point so it gets ignored. Given the tiny size of smartphone camera sensors, simply cramming more pixels into actually degrades the …Read more  »

Moto X Tech Demo

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/embed/WCucvQ1VuOk&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/embed] This is the first video I've seen that actually demonstrates some of the distinctive features of the Moto X that have been previously mentioned. There are supposed to be more (if rumors are true).Some of this stuff is part of the Google Now / Google Voice Commands functionality but the implementation shows that they're actually thinking about how people use phones and how it could be made easier rather than it being pure gimmick. Looking forward to seeing more. #MotoX #Google #Motorola #Android Reshared post from +Anthony Kelly 1st time I've wanted a Moto in years I've got a sneaky feeling that the device in the video is running Jelly …Read more  »

Does Android 4.3 Herald More Wearable Computing?

From the sound of this article that may well be the case if this report is accurate. Of course we already have various smart watches but they have had to build their own apps in order to work with Android phones. These changes to the notifications functions would make it much easier. And there was that Wall Street Journal report that Google was going to come out with a smart watch of their own... http://androidandme.com/2013/07/news/android-4-3-paves-the-way-for-big-changes-in-notifications

Are These The Specs of the Motorola X Phone?

According to the latest rumors the specs for the MotoX, the much awaited and hyped Motorola X Phone will be:1.7 GHz dual core MSM8960 Pro , 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 720p display resolution, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and Android 4.2.2. Which is to say nothing out of the ordinary at all and less than the current big two HTC One and Samsung Galaxy 4. There's nothing horrible about those specs, but it doesn't give people the blow away phone they seem to be looking for. Maybe they're fake. It's a rumor after all. http://androidandme.com/2013/06/phones/motorola-manufacturers-news/new-motorola-x-phone-specs-leaked/ New Motorola X Phone specs leaked, surprisingly mid-end The mysterious Motorola X …Read more  »

Google Shows Of It’s Sophisticated Voice Search In Glass

[embed]http://youtu.be/r7MRdBHz-cg" height="385" width="100%" frameborder="0">[/embed] I think from now on my test of good voice recognition will be the ability for it to understand me saying phlebotomy.But it also can do amazing things like answer the question: Who sings that song where the guy goes "How Bizarre?" Which is the sort of vague question I'm likely to end up asking. Incidentally Google Now can also answer all these questions right now. But it took three goes for it to recognize me say phlebotomy.

Android 5.0 In October?

And the rumors are back. Of course everyone was saying we'd have Key Lime Pie (or Android 5.0) for Google IO. But we didn't. Now it seems the rumors are about an October release and that the big focus will be on supporting as wide a range of devices as possible regardless of hardware. Right down to 512MB single core processors. Of course all of the previous rumors have been wrong so... http://androidcommunity.com/android-key-lime-pie-slated-for-october-release-according-to-insider-20130612/

Google Drive For Android Brings OCR Scanning

This is one of those things that seems like a small update but could be a huge benefit. Adding the option to scan documents straight into Google Drive from your Android phone (complete with optical character recognition) will be a huge benefit for people who need to track cheques, receipts etc. Of course it will also give my employer's security people a heart attack. We already have facilities where cell phones aren't allowed because of cameras. http://androidcommunity.com/google-drive-android-app-update-brings-document-scanning-with-ocr-20130522

The Google TV Brand Fades But Android Is Still Coming To TVs

When Google launched their Google TV brand people got very excited. Would this be the product that finally moved these sorts of streaming boxes from a niche hobby to the mainstream? Nope. Google stumbled when they forked Google TV from Android which dramatically slowed down the updates and content provides reacted in a particularly hysterical fashion by blocking their product from the service. But Google can't give up on this market. Everyone is gunning for it including Microsoft with their XBox and Apple with the Apple TV (it may be a hobby now, but eventually it will be something more). Since Google TV launched, Google have spent a lot of …Read more  »

Game Stick Android Console Demo

So Ouya seem to easily have one the PR battle when it comes to Android based gaming consoles, but they're not the only game in town.Game Stick is actually cheaper at $79.99 and launching in a similar time frame (May). It doesn't have as many ports as the Ouya offers certainly but on the other hand it's incredibly portable.Basically plug the Game Stick into any TV with an HDMI port and pick up the controller...Speaking of the controller I can't say I particularly like the look of it. But for all I know it's very comfortable in the hand.The game in the demo seemed to play fairly smoothly and looked …Read more  »

Samsung’s New Gestures and Eye Tracking. Gimmick or Useful?

Well we really won't know until someone can do an extensive hands on.In concept I like the idea of being able to gesture at the screen while I'm in the car and have it move to the next song for example. Or for it to pause the video when I turn my attention to something else.But the problem is that implementing these correctly so they work every single time and don't activate at the wrong moment is hugely difficult. Embedded Link Galaxy S4 intros even more 'natural interactions' with eye tracking, gestures, and hover previews Samsung is taking advantage of its latest marquee phone launch to expand on the "natural interactions" …Read more  »

HTC One Review By Android Community

It seems that the new HTC is not only a beautifully designed and built phone (possibly the nicest Android phone ever in that regard) but it's also a good user experience and has a quality camera.Which makes it a particular shame that Samsung's marketing for the next Galaxy will likely drown it in the marketplace. Embedded Link HTC One Review (2013) If you're in the market for a new smartphone in the next few weeks, the HTC One will be just one of several massively impressive hero devices released by major brands - and you'll have a really fun......

Google Glass Interface Demo

Google have been heavily promoting Google Glass recently. But up until now they haven't really shown you what you can do and how you can do it.This is the first of a 2 part short demonstration of the Google Glass interface and how it works.I've seen some backlash starting over Glass recently, but this demo makes me like the idea more. It's not omni-present, but it's there when you want to check a fact or catch up on the news.Part 2: http://youtu.be/kH5BbQndtxo

Which Is More Important In A Phone. Thinness or Battery Life

It's being reported that HTC have shelved plans for larger batteries on their recent phones because they believe it's more important for the phones to be thin.I can sort of see the logic in this. While battery life is important, you can't see it. But you can see how thin and sexy looking a phone is when you're in the shop. Embedded Link HTC canceled bigger battery plans for thinner phones | Android Community Would you rather have a larger phone with a bigger battery that lasts forever? Or a thin, sleek and sexy phone? This was HTC's question and apparently they Google+: View post on Google+Post imported by Google+Blog. …Read more  »