Adobe may have brought the curtain down on the development of Flash for mobile devices, but it has not entirely forsaken existing users of its Flash Player for Android. Seeing as the browser plugin is so infamous for its numerous bugs and security vulnerabilities, it would be criminal on Adobe’s part if it were to completely extricate itself from Flash for Android all of a sudden. Last month, the company released the last major Flash update for Android, adding Android 4.0 support to the plugin. Now it has released a minor followup to that update in the form of Flash Player 188.8.131.52.
The next time you're out battling the crowd at Wally World stocking up on toilet paper, cereal, and fish bait (hopefully for different purposes and not because of some weird fetish), you may decide to add a Windows Phone 7.5 device to your shopping cart. It's not exactly a tough sell when the mega retailer decides to give one away for free, like it's doing with Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone.
What a difference a last name makes. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made it his mission to "destroy Android" even if it meant bankrupting Apple in order to do so. The other Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, doesn't spew the same venom towards Google's green machine as Jobs once did, and even wishes his beloved iPhone could do some of the same things as Android, or at least do certain things as well as the open source OS.
Intel has been talking up a storm about its plans to infiltrate the mobile device market and inject x86 processors into smartphones and tablets, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel was still talking about it, only with a little more detail. Two of the things Intel announced at CES is a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Google-owned Motorola Mobility to deliver Atom-powered devices.
Given a choice, most enthusiasts would prefer a stock build of Android on their smartphone, and the preference towards an unmolested UI is part of the reason people root. But not everyone has the know-how or courage to root, even though smartphones sporting custom UIs far outnumber ones with a stock build. The reason, according to Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, is because it's tough to make money on stock devices.
Microsoft has begun rolling out a Windows Phone update intended to stomp out myriad bugs and glitches associated with the mobile OS platform, and that should be received as a good thing. So why are so many Windows Phone users freaking out and suddenly worrying about fragmentation similar to what exists on Android? It has to do with a change in Microsoft's transparency policy.
You knew it would only be a matter of time before SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity arrived on smartphones and tablets, and that time is coming. Not tomorrow, not next week, and not even next month, unfortunately. But by the end of the year or early next year, USB 3.0-enabled handsets will begin to trickle out, the USB Implementers Forum said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
If it weren't for HTC, who knows what the Android market would look like today. HTC almost single-handedly turned Google's Android platform into what seemed like an overnight success, only it was overnight. Back in February 2009, HTC was the mobile device maker blitzing the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with a bevy of Android devices, and HTC's gamble into what would become a hugely popular operating system paid off big time. Record profits would follow, so the fact that HTC's numbers in the fourth quarter of 2011 weren't quite as explosive as previous quarters is not reason to panict. Let's look at the figures.
If you're a member of the little green army, chances are you've either rooted your phone or tablet, have thought about rooting it, or have no idea what we're talking about and will not click through to read more. This one goes out to that middle group — take the plunge! — but rooted users will also find some useful nuggets of info for enhancing their Android experience.
In case you're wondering, when you root your Android device, you gain access to the entire file system, with full admin rights. You can customize your own boot image, create a full backup of your phone, or install a full-blown Linux distro. But even if you don't want to get that geeky with it, there are a plethora of everyday reasons to root your Android, and thanks to many smart developers, we have rooting processes that are fairly accessible to the average computer-savvy Joe.
This is not a guide to rooting your phone. Such a thing is hardly possible, since the process varies a bit from device to device. You should know first that there are many risks to rooting, including possible bricking of the device and definite voiding of the warranty. That said, we do want to emphasize that it is usually not that cryptic of a process, and as long as you are careful to follow the instructions exactly, the success rate is high. Also, not all unsuccessful attempts result in damage to the phone.
The Internet has brought the concept of content creation to the masses in the form of social media, blogs, and personal websites. People with interests of all types are able to share ideas and passions with likeminded individuals throughout the world. But as the Internet has become more open to content created by end-users, competition has increased in the form of other competing messages, making it increasingly important for content creators to embrace new forms of media, like video blogs or podcasts.