A journalist claims Android is popular because it's cheap, not because it's good.
Sam Biddie, a senior staff writer at Gizmodo, stoked the flames of debate with an article that proposes the reason why Android is so popular and able to outsell the iPhone is because there are a lot of "marginal" devices that "can be sold like bags of Doritos or bargain-bin sweaters." He's talking about the low-end Android handsets that are priced to move, rather than high-end phones like the Galaxy S III.
Technically speaking, Sony's newly unveiled Xperia Tablet Z is ever-so-slightly skinnier than Apple's iPad mini, measuring a scant 6.9 millimeters thin versus 7.2 millimeters. The difference in depth isn't exactly splitting hairs, which is measured in micrometers, but for all intents and purposes, the two tablets are comparable in thickness, or lack thereof. Unlike the iPad, however, Sony's tablet isn't afraid of a little water.
It’s hard to review ViewSonic’s new Smart Display VSD220 without thinking back to another of the company’s unusual products that we reviewed almost a decade ago: the Air Panel V110.
The Air Panel used Microsoft’s “Smart Display” technology to essentially let you remotely control your PC over Wi-Fi for browsing and MP3 streaming. Not to rehash ancient history, but Smart Display was just another charred carcass on the long road to a successful consumer tablet computer.
Besides functioning as a desktop-size Android device, the VSD220 can serve as a stand-alone touchscreen monitor for a full-fledged PC.
The IdeaPad Yoga 11S won't be the only new hybrid laptop from Lenovo.
Lenovo recently showed the hybrid notebook category a little love with the introduction of its ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook for enterprise clients and IdeaPad Yoga 11S Ultrabook for consumers. Both products tow the Microsoft line with Windows 8 serving as the centerpiece, but might we see a convertible laptop from Lenovo running Android instead? There's a good possibility, based on the latest chatter around the web.
And in this corner, featuring Android 4.1 and a $149 price tag: Asus MeMO Pad.
Perhaps because the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week was so heavily focused on Windows 8 devices and technologies, Asus chose to wait for the dust to settle before introducing its Android-powered MeMO Pad tablet. Or maybe Asus didn't want anything else to overshadow the fact that it's launching a 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for just $149. Could this be the beginning of a new generation of low-cost Android slates?
Only Android and iOS saw market share growth last quarter.
The latest data from the comScore MobileLens service suggests that Microsoft is having a rough time carving smartphone market share in the U.S. away from Google and Apple. It happened just the opposite, actually. Android and iOS were the only two mobile operating systems to see market share growth for the three month period ending in November 2012, while Microsoft's Windows Phone platform declined by 0.6 percent.
Split-screen multi-tasking in the original Galaxy Note? Yes, please!
Original Galaxy Note owners no longer have to look at their Galaxy Note II brethren with envy, at least not as it pertains to software. That's because Samsung is allowing Galaxy Note owners to feast on Jelly Bean, as confirmed by an updated product page detailing the device's Premium Suite update. It's a pretty extensive update that brings with it many of the same tricks and features found on the Galaxy Note II, including dual-window multitasking, pop-up Notes, photo frames, an enhanced S Note, and more.
Arguably the biggest mistake Google's hardware partners made at the outset of Android and the whole tablet craze was not undercutting the iPad in price. Sure, you could find some cheaply built Android tablets from overseas manufacturers, but they weren't very good. It appears they may have finally learned their lesson, hence the influx of lower cost Android tablets that are available at every turn, and even rumors of $99 tablets.
The dubious honor of largest “useable” Android smartphone used to belong to the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II, however if the executives at Huawei get a say, 6.1-icnhes is the new sweet spot. The company is intentionally leaking the details on its new plus sized smartphone to avoid getting lost in the CES shuffle, but the big take away here is that Android phones are continuing to increase in size at a staggering rate.
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.