Android users rejoice, Vudu is now available (for certain tablets).
At long last, Vudu is finally available for select Android tablets. The new app arrives at Google Play about a year after Vudu launched to iOS, and it brings with it access to more than 100,000 movies and TV shows to supported tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. Vudu says it plans on expanding support to include "many more tablet models and smartphones" in the near future, though stopped short of offering up any specifics.
Dell vice chairman Jeff Clarke made a less than shocking announcement at this year’s Dell World Conference in Austin. The company is officially giving up on Android phones and tablets. From a hardware perspective its not surprising consumers didn’t embrace Dell’s lackluster attempts at mobile devices, but you could also make the argument the company predicted the rise of mammoth smartphones, a market Samsung ran away with. The 5” Dell Streak you may recall predated the Galaxy Note by more than a year.
Kingston Digital introduces 128GB Wi-Drive for storage-constrained iOS and Android devices
Kingston this week added a 128GB capacity drive to its Wi-Drive line, which hitherto only included 16GB, 32GB and 64GB offerings. With the Wi-Drive being aimed mainly at storage-starved tablet and smartphone owners, the 128GB drive seems like a good addition to the lineup and should make Kingston's wireless storage solution attractive to even those who own smart devices with external storage support. It's definitely bigger, but is it any better?
Motorola makes good on its promise to bring Jelly Bean to the Atrix HD.
Just in time for the holidays, AT&T today announced that it's gift wrapped Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Motorola Atrix HD smartphone owners. The over-the-air (OTA) update brings the Atrix HD up to speed with Google's latest and greatest major version of Android (the 4.2 build, also called Jelly Bean, is actually the newest available), and makes it AT&T's fourth Jelly Bean device, joining the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, and HTC One X.
Just about everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, so in addition to buying family/friends physical gifts, why not gift a few apps this holiday season? Ranging anywhere from $1 to $30, apps are like digital stocking stuffers, perfect as last minute purchases that won’t break your budget.
Google Now made its debut in Android Jelly Bean, however, work has begun to bring its features to desktop Chrome.
Google Now was named Popular Science’s “Innovation of the Year” for 2012, and it’s well deserved. Google’s intelligent personal assistant is nothing short of astonishing. Apple users might want you to believe Siri is superior, however, few users who have experienced both would likely agree. Google has a huge head start when it comes to voice recognition accuracy, and when it comes to understanding and presenting relevant information, there is simply no contest. Google Now has been exclusive to Jelly Bean devices, however, it looks like the company is getting ready to roll out at least a few of these features to desktop Chrome.
As Jelly Bean increases its footprint, the vast majority of Android users are still rocking early builds of the open source OS.
It appears Google's latest major version of Android is getting off to a relatively quick start, at least compared to prior versions. With another month in the books, Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean) now collectively account for 6.7 percent of all active Android devices, which are devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period, according to Google's Android Developer channel.
Why you should NOT buy a Nexus 4, iPad mini, and other popular electronic devices.
Clark Griswold's reaction to receiving a pre-paid Jelly of the Month Club membership instead of an expected bonus check in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is exactly what it feels like to buy the 'wrong' piece of technology. For example, let's say you plunk down $200 on a subsidized top-of-the-line dual-core smartphone, and then as soon as the return/exchange period expires, the manufacture releases an upgraded quad-core model with more bells and whistles. You can shake an angry fist at Mount Olympus all you want, you're still locked into a two-year agreement. Sometimes these situations are unavoidable, but many times they're not.
Smaller tablets are all the rage these days, but all those 7-inch slates don't exactly lend themselves to family time. Heck, even the current crop of larger size tablets are mostly geared towards single-user scenarios. Archos is hoping to change that perception with its new FamilyPad, a 13.3-inch Android tablet designed to "bring back game night" and put a "digital twist on family time."
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.