android en VIA Toughens Up Android, Launches Ruggedized Viega Tablet <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/via_viega.jpg" alt="VIA Viega" title="VIA Viega" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Not your ordinary Android slate</h3> <p><strong>VIA today unveiled its new Viega ruggedized Android tablet</strong>. Armed with a 10.1-inch display, the Viega features IP65 certification and rocks a durable design that protects it from spills, rain, dust, shock, vibration, drops from up to two meters, and more. It has tempered glass to prevent cracks in the panel from cutting your workday short when you're out in the field, and an "extra long-life polymer batter pack" that's good for up to 9 hours of runtime.</p> <p>A 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC with NEON technology runs the show, Other specs include 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, optional 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras, micro SIM slot, microSD card slot, two micro USB ports, micro HDMI output, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support, stereo speakers, and Android 4.2.</p> <p>"As more and more enterprises seek to increase productivity and improve customer service by equipping their staff with mobile devices, they are quickly learning that it is critically important to deploy customized solutions built to withstand the demands of their target environments rather than standard off-the-shelf products," <a href="" target="_blank">said Epan Wu</a>, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With its rugged design, enhanced security features, and customization support, the VIA Viega addresses this need and provides the longevity support that enterprise level customers require."</p> <p>No word yet on when the Viega will be available to purchase or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android enterprise Hardware mobile rugged slate tablet VIA viega News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:43:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28166 at Google Talks Android L, Set-Top Box, and More at I/O Developer Conference <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_io_1.jpg" alt="Google I/O" title="Google I/O" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />It's shaping up to an Android world</h3> <p><strong>Google's I/O developer conference kicked off today</strong> and much of the talk so far has been about Android, Android, and more Android. That's not surprising, or even a bad thing, especially if you're a fan of the open-source platform. Based on the keynote, Google wants to expand Android into just about every facet of your life, from your living room to your car and everywhere in between.</p> <h3>Android L</h3> <p>One of the most exciting developments is that of Android "L," the next version of Android (it may still end up being called Lollipop), and its underlying Android Runtime (ART) software layer. Through ART, Google claims Android apps will run roughly twice as fast as they do currently. The best part about that is developers don't have to do anything different with existing apps.</p> <p>"All your app code gets the performance for free," Android Engineering Dave Burke said, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>CNET</em></a>.</p> <p>ART also works on 64-bit chips, though not just ARM-based processors that are so prevalent in mobile today -- it also supports 64-bit x86-64 parts from Intel and AMD, along with the MIPS64 architecture from MIPS.</p> <p>Just as iOS recently underwent a major design change, so too will Android with its "L" release. You can expect a flatter aesthetic, rounder elements, softer edges, simplified shapes, smooth transition animations, the illusion of depth through elevation and shadows, and more.</p> <p>On the feature end, you'll be able to interact with notifications from the Lock screen, which will be sorted by relevance and importance rather than chronologically. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> has more</a> on what you can expect.</p> <h3>Android TV (Set-Top Box)</h3> <p>Google has some unfinished business in the living room. As was previously rumored, Google is releasing a set-top box to compete with the likes of Apple TV and Roku. It's called Android TV but unlike the company's failed Google TV platform, it will have an added focus on gaming.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a>, search is baked into the Android TV experience, as is content from the Google Play Store. It will provide recommendations based on what you watch, and you'll even be able to control the software with an Android Wear-enabled smartwatch.</p> <h3>Android Auto</h3> <p>With your living room and mobile devices covered, Google switched gears to automobiles and discussed Android Auto with a redesigned interface built specifically for cars.</p> <p>"Android Auto will make it easier and safer to use the connected services drivers want in a card," Google's Patrick Brady said, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>ArsTechnica</em></a>.</p> <p>Things like navigation, communication, and music will be front and center so you don't have to fiddle around looking for the appropriate app. It's also voice enabled, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes where they should be -- on the road.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android android l Google google I/O open source Software News Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:34:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28071 at Microsoft's First Android Phone (Nokia X2) Focuses on Affordability <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nokia_x2.jpg" alt="Nokia X2" title="Nokia X2" width="228" height="135" style="float: right;" />Nokia X2 rolls out globally in July for 99 euros</h3> <p>The day has finally come that Microsoft released an Android handset. Of course, we knew this day was coming, the wheels of which were set in motion when Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile division. Still, it's a bit surreal. That said, <strong>Microsoft's launch of the Nokia X2</strong> isn't about dominating the Android space with a high-end handset, but about introducing the "next billion" people to the mobile Internet and cloud services.</p> <p>This is an entry level device from head to toe. The Nokia X2 has a 4.3-inch display with an 800x480 resolution powered by a Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. It also features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and an 1800 mAh battery that's good for up to 10 hours of talk time on 2G, up to 13 hours of talk time on 3G, and up to 23 days of standby time.</p> <p>Microsoft is being careful not to overly promote the Android brand. While Microsoft is <a href="" target="_blank">quick to point out</a> that the Nokia X2 "provides access to a world of Android apps and popular Microsoft services," the OS is referred to as the Nokia X Software Platform 2.0, which we hear is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.</p> <p>The Nokia X2 will launch as a dual-SIM device available in glossy orange, black, and green in July for 99 euros. Later on Microsoft will add glossy yellow, white, and matte gray color options to the lineup. All of these seem destined for developing regions rather than places like the U.S. where Microsoft would prefer you purchase a Lumia handset.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android Hardware microsoft mobile nokia x2 smartphone News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:33:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28061 at Kill Switch in iPhone is Working, Microsoft and Google to Follow Suit <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/activate_iphone.jpg" alt="Activate iPhone" title="Activate iPhone" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />iPhone thefts are down as a result of kill switch technology in iOS 7</h3> <p>One of the debates in the mobile phone industry is whether or not so-called kill switches can actually reduce smartphone theft. Well, early indications suggest that they do. <strong>Authorities in New York and San Francisco -- two locations where smartphone theft is a growing epidemic -- say they've seen a drop in iPhone robberies</strong> since Apple implemented its Activation Lock feature in iOS 7.</p> <p>Looking at data in the six months before and after Apple implemented the feature, police said iPhone theft in San Francisco dropped 38 percent. Those in London -- another place where smartphone theft happens far too often -- fell 24 percent. As for New York, robberies involving Apple products dropped 19 percent, and those involving grand larcenies went down 29 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same time frame in 2013, <a href=";_type=blogs&amp;_r=0" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>Police have long believed that this type of antitheft technology would discourage crooks from stealing smartphones, and the data up to this point shows they're right. However, kill switch technology might not deserve all the credit. There are other factors at play, such as an increased effort on the part of law enforcement and tech companies to educate consumers on additional security measures to protect their handsets -- things like setting up passcodes.</p> <p>Regardless of the debate, the industry is moving forward with kill switches. As it stands, both Google and Microsoft have plans to implement antitheft technology into the next version of their respective mobile operating systems. Between the three platforms -- iOS, Android, and Windows Phone -- almost every new device will have a kill switch.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android Google iOS 7 iphone kill switch microsoft mobile Security smartphone windows phone News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:20:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 28035 at BlackBerry Inks Deal with Amazon to Offer Android Apps on BB10 Handsets <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackberry_android.jpg" alt="BlackBerry Android" title="BlackBerry Android" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Can Amazon fix BlackBerry's app problem?</h3> <p>Desperate times call for desperate measures, and for BlackBerry, that means opening up your ecosystem to run Android apps -- some of them, anyway. <strong>BlackBerry announced today that Amazon Appstore will be available with the launch of the BlackBerrry 10.3 operating system this fall</strong>. The deal will give BlackBerry users access to more than 240,000 Android apps, including popular titles like Netflix, Pinterest, and Minecraft.</p> <p>"Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises," <a href="" target="_blank">said BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen</a>. "We’ve listened to our customers and have taken this important step to deliver on their needs, while executing on our strategy."</p> <p>BlackBerry has tried various different strategies up to this point to try and regain relevance in the mobile space. However, consumers have continued to show a much stronger preference for Android and iOS. By tapping into Android, BlackBerry has a shot at reclaiming lost customers.</p> <p>The other upside for BlackBerry is that this deal frees itself up to focus on enterprise applications.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amazon android apps bb10 BlackBerry mobile smartphone Software News Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:39:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28026 at Google Maps Android App Breaches 1 Billion Downloads Mark <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Google Maps Android" title="Google Maps Android" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Only the second Android app to do so</h3> <p>Seeing as how Google’s many apps are a staple on most Android devices, it’s not surprising that some of the most downloaded apps on the world’s most popular mobile platform come from the search engine giant’s stable. It was only last month that it became the <strong>first company to have an Android app with over 1 billion downloads</strong>, and now it has two.</p> <p>The Google Maps Android application, which debuted in late 2008 and became the first app on the platform to reach the 50 million downloads mark in 2011, <a href="" target="_blank">has now amassed over 1 billion downloads</a>, making it only the second app to do so after Gmail. </p> <p>With many other Google-developed apps, including Search, Text-to-Speech and YouTube, not too far behind, we expect Android’s 1 billion downloads club to remain an all-Google affair for quite some time to come.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android Gmail Google google maps play store News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:37:42 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28007 at Spotify to Update Android App Following Security Breach <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/spotify_4.jpg" alt="Spotify" title="Spotify" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Another day, another hack</h3> <p><strong>Spotify is the latest company to fall prey to a hacker attack</strong> and has launched an investigation into the data breach. Based on initial findings, only one person's data has been accessed, and that information didn't include any password, financial, or payment information. Nevertheless, Spotify says it's erring on the side of caution and plans to roll out an updated Android app, which should show up in Google Play and Amazon Appstore over the next several days.</p> <p>Mobile users running Spotify on iOS and Windows Phone don't need to worry about checking for an updated app, as the vulnerability that was exploited only affects the Android version. However, Spotify said it will be asking certain users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days.</p> <p>"Please note that offline playlists will have to be re-downloaded in the new version. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand that this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users," Spotify said.</p> <p>You can find more information related to the data breach on a <a href="!/article/downloading-android-update" target="_blank">special website</a> Spotify constructed.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android Google google play music Software spotify streaming News Tue, 27 May 2014 16:13:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 27883 at HP Launches $99 Quad-Core Android Tablet in U.S. <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HP 7 Plus" title="HP 7 Plus" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HP 7 Plus has been available in Europe for some time now</h3> <p>Hewlett-Packard entered the media tablet race in mid-2011, at a time when almost every upcoming tablet was labeled a potential iPad killer. Both the $500 webOS-based TouchPad and the $1.2 billion Palm acquisition that made it possible in the first place turned out to be patent disasters. If the company has learned anything from the whole fiasco, it’s perhaps the fact that <strong>people really love a good $99 tablet.</strong></p> <p>Late last year, the company launched a <a href="" target="_blank">quartet of affordable Android tablets priced between $150 and $300</a>. Now, the company has gone one better with the launch of a $99 tablet called the <a href="" target="_blank">HP 7 Plus</a>.</p> <p>The HP 7 Plus packs a 7-inch IPS display (1,024 x 600), Allwinner A31 quad-core 1Ghz processor, 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 8 GB (eMMC) internal storage, 802.11b/g/n, and a 2,800mAh lithium-polymer battery (with up to 330 minutes battery life). The ports on this Jellybean-running 7-incher include one micro USB 2.0, a micro SD (expandable up to 32 GB), an integrated microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack.</p> <p>The tablet is currently listed as being “out of stock” over at HP’s online store.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android hp 7 plus jelly bean quad core tablet News Mon, 26 May 2014 06:43:32 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27872 at Microsoft Formally Acknowledges Windows 8.1 with Bing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Windows 8.1 With Bing" title="Windows 8.1 With Bing" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Many devices preloaded with the free SKU to be unveiled over the coming weeks</h3> <p>Microsoft is now getting very serious about taking the fight to all those low-cost Android tablets and cheap Chromebooks.&nbsp; Hot on the heels of its decision to begin <a href="" target="_blank">offering OEMs free Windows licenses for building sub-9-inch devices</a>, the <strong>Redmond-based tech bellwether on Friday announced a new version of Windows that will be offered free of cost to device manufacturers regardless of screen size.</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">First heard of in February</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new, free edition</a> of the company’s touch-friendly tablet and desktop OS mainly aimed at “lower cost” devices. The SKU will, per Microsoft, only come “preloaded on Windows devices from our hardware partners.”</p> <p>“Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer.” Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a post on the Windows Experience blog Friday. “And of course customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu, providing them with control over search engine settings. This new edition will be only be available preloaded on devices from our hardware partners. Some of these devices, in particular tablets, will also come with Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365.”</p> <p>Microsoft is clearly excited at the prospect of Windows-based devices being able to compete in price-sensitive segments where they have hitherto failed even to find a toehold, having been seriously bogged down by Windows licensing costs. The onus is now on the company’s various hardware partners to justify this excitement by showing some some stellar devices over the coming weeks.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android chromebooks free windows microsoft OEM operating system Software tablet windows 8.1 with bing News Mon, 26 May 2014 02:39:40 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27870 at Fake AV Vendors Go Mobile <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Fake AV Apps" title="Fake AV Apps" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Recently, one paid fake AV app notched up over 10,000 downloads</h3> <p>There has been an alarming surge in malware targeting Android in recent years. According to one estimate, the platform accounts for 97 percent of total mobile malware. Under the circumstances, it makes sense to use an antivirus app — especially if you happen to use a lot of apps downloaded from sources other than the Play Store. While we’d love to tell you which AV apps to use, it is not something we’re going to indulge in at this point. Instead, let us tell you about the <strong>type of AV apps you should definitely avoid.</strong></p> <p>Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 is one AV app you should avoid at all costs. Why, you ask? Well, because it is not a real AV app, but useless (and possibly harmful) “fakeware” that was until recently available from the Play Store. What’s more, it had a $3.99 asking price and had been downloaded over 10,000 times before being exposed? It was, in fact, not the only fake AV app trying to pass off as a legit product from Moscow-based AV vendor Kaspersky Labs’ stable. As Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 was scaling Play Store popularity charts, a paid app called Kaspersky Mobile was trying to recreate its success in the Windows Phone Store.</p> <p>“The first fake app was discovered in Windows Phone Store. This in itself was unusual because scammers tend to target users of Android – via Google Play – due to the platform’s popularity. The app in question went by the name of Kaspersky Mobile,” <a href="" target="_blank">Kaspersky said on its website</a>. “The fact there is no such program in Kaspersky Lab’s product line suggests the fraudsters didn’t expect anyone to notice the discrepancy. Another interesting feature of this particular app was the fact users had to pay for it. This meant its creators immediately started making money without having to devise additional scams such as demanding payments to remove “malware” that had supposedly been detected on users’ computers.”</p> <p>“The second fake app imitating the Kaspersky Lab brand was for sale on Google Play and was called Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014.&nbsp; Unlike the app for sale in Windows Phone Store, the creators of this fake app didn’t even bother to add a simulation of a scanner – the functionality was limited to random series of statements appearing on top of an “official” logo.”</p> android antivirus fake av kaspersky rogueware News Mon, 19 May 2014 07:13:35 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27827 at Gmail is First Android App to Boast 1 Billion Downloads <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gmail.jpg" alt="Gmail" title="Gmail" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />No other Android app has been downloaded more times than Gmail</h3> <p>High fives are in order for Google's Gmail team, as<strong> Gmail is the first Android application to notch 1 billion downloads</strong> in its belt. The feat, which actually occured a few days ago, was announced today by Google VP Sundar Pichai, who <a href="" target="_blank">posted the achievement</a> on his Google+ page. It was a succinct (albeit excited) recognition, though crossing 1 billion downloads doesn't mean there are a billion people using Gmail.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Inquirer</em></a>, the ticker on Gmail's Google Play page indicates the total number of installs instead of the total number of devices that have the app. That means a single person using Gmail on his or her Android phone, tablet, and perhaps even all-in-one gets counted as a separate download for each device.</p> <p>The ticker also doesn't take into consideration inactive or duplicate accounts. This is important because Gmail comes preinstalled on almost all Android devices, so the download number is artificially inflated.</p> <p>Nevertheless, reaching 1 billion downloads is still an impressive feat, even if the actual number of Gmail users isn't quite as high.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> android apps email Gmail Google Internet online webmail News Fri, 16 May 2014 18:30:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 27823 at Archos Undercuts Chromebook Market, Unveils Android-based ArcBook for $170 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/archos_arcbook.jpg" alt="Archos ArcBook" title="Archos ArcBook" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Basically a netbook with Android running the show</h3> <p>You may have thought that netbooks had vanished from the modern era, but that's only partially true. Nobody really cares about Windows-based netbooks anymore, but would they buy one built around Android? Archos is determined to find out with its ArcBook, a 10.1-inch laptop running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We've seen low cost Android laptops before, but <strong>according to Archos, the ArcBook is the world's first Android netbook with a touchscreen display</strong>.</p> <p>The capacitive touchscreen display sports a 1024x600 resolution and is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot,, two micro USB 2.0 ports, a full-size USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack, bulit-in Wi-Fi, a pair of speakers, and a front-facing camera.</p> <p>There's a full keyboard and trackpad to play with, which you can use to work with the preinstalled Office Suite 6 productivity software. You can also access Google Play.</p> <p>Look for the <a href="" target="_blank">Archos ArcBook</a> to ship in June for $170.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android arcbook archos laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs News Tue, 13 May 2014 17:05:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 27803 at AOC's mySmart All-in-One Touch Display Comes Wrapped in Android Ice Cream Sandwich <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_mysmart_a2472pw4t.jpg" alt="AOC mySmart All-in-One A2472PW4T" title="AOC mySmart All-in-One A2472PW4T" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />A new all-in-one line with an old version of Android</h3> <p><strong>AOC is getting the work week started by rolling out a pair of mySmart All-in-One systems running Android</strong> 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich. There are two versions: the 22-inch A2272PW4T and the 24-inch A2472PW4T. Other than the size and physical screen real estate, they're configured exactly the same, right down to the Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution and odd decision to run a version of Android that's two generations old.</p> <p>Both models sport touchscreen ADS In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels. Other shared specs include an Nvidia T33 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, 8GB of eMMC storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 720p HD webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, SDHC card read, a pair of 2W stereo speakers, and both VGA and HDMI inputs.</p> <p>"The mySmart All-in-One delivers technology that empowers consumers to stay connected to the things that matter in today’s constantly evolving digital world," said Steve Young, AOC Channel Marketing Manager. "The mySmart line extends AOC’s longstanding tradition of providing award-winning technology that combines an intuitive, user-friendly experience with visually appealing yet functional design at a competitive price point."</p> <p>AOC says the <a href="" target="_blank">A2272PW4T</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">A2472PW4T</a> are available now at national retailers for $300 and $400 MSRP, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> A2272PW4T A2472PW4T aio all-in-one android aoc display Hardware ice cream sandwich OEM rigs News Mon, 05 May 2014 15:30:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 27752 at Google Splits Up Drive Mobile App <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Google Drive App" title="Google Drive App" width="228" height="266" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Separate Docs and Sheets apps are now required for creating and editing documents</h3> <p>A new version of the Google Drive app hit the Play Store and App Store on Friday. In a move Google had telegraphed a couple of days earlier with the release of standalone Docs and Sheets apps for both platforms, the <strong>latest Drive app no longer lets you edit documents.</strong></p> <p>Instead, <a href="" target="_blank">you now need the new standalone productivity apps in order to edit or create documents and spreadsheets</a>. The new productivity apps, though, don’t really have a lot of new tricks up their sleeves, save for the fact that they now allow you to edit your documents and spreadsheets offline. As for the new, emasculated Drive app, the ability to lock the app and its contents using a four-digit passcode is the only noteworthy item on the changelog.</p> <p>Launched in 2012, Google Drive effectively usurped the online productivity suite named Google Docs, becoming the front-end for the various productivity apps contained therein. This latest move has therefore come as a surprise to many. One likely explanation for the split is that Google did not want the Drive app to become bloated over time with the addition of new functionality. </p> <p>For instance, Google is also readying a third standalone productivity app called Slides for those interested in creating presentations on the go. It is not difficult to see how having this functionality in the Drive app instead — one also packed with the ability to create and edit other documents — could have made the app appear bloated to those who don’t have much use for such features.</p> <p>Please let us know what you think in the comments sections below.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> android app store docs google drive ios maximum tech play store productivity suite slides spreadsheets News Sun, 04 May 2014 23:21:27 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27744 at Intel Atom-powered Acer B1-730 HD Tablet Leaked <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Acer Iconia B1-730 HD" title="Acer Iconia B1-730 HD" width="228" height="113" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Android tablet reportedly packs an Intel Atom Z2560 chip</h3> <p>Acer is reportedly getting ready to make another addition to its Iconia B1 series of dirt cheap Android tablets. A German tech site recently published <strong>images and specs purported to be that of an upcoming 7-inch tablet called the Acer Iconia B1-730 HD</strong>.</p> <p>The 7-inch B1-730 HD, per a report over at <a href=";;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.2349j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=93&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">German site</a>, has a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6 GHz. This is a departure from the $130 Iconia B1-720, which packs a dual-core SoC from MTK. Also, unlike the B1-720, which is limited to a rather shoddy 1,024 x 600 TN panel, the upcoming tablet is said to sport an improved 1,280×800 IPS display. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8/16GB storage, 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3,700-mAh battery.</p> <p>The site expects the 10-mm thick tablet that weighs around 320 grams to hit German store shelves at around €139 (roughly $190). More details are expected to become available at the company’s upcoming press event in New York on April 29.</p> <p>Image Credit:</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> Acer android iconia b1-730 hd Intel Atom tablet News Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:05:24 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27701 at