android http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1707/ en Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Announcement Imminent http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_smartwatch_announcement_imminent354 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/microsoft-wearable-watch.jpg" alt="Microsoft Readying Smartwatch" title="Microsoft Smartwatch" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Only a matter of weeks now</h3> <p>Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the <strong>company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. </strong></p> <p>This report comes to us from <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/10/19/microsoft-wearable-smartwatch/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>, which was also the first to report back in May that a “sensor-rich smartwatch” capable of syncing with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones was in the works at Microsoft. According to the latest report, Microsoft is getting ready to unveil the device in the next few weeks. Forbes has further learned from sources close to the development effort that the plan is to make the device available soon after the launch so as to make the most of the coming holiday season.&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Other than cross-platform compatibility, the device is said to be capable of lasting two days on a single charge despite constantly tracking the wearer’s heart rate — this monitoring functionality reportedly relies on company’s extensive optical engineering know-how.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: BizJournals</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/report_microsoft_smartwatch_announcement_imminent354#comments android heart rate monitor ios kinect microsoft smartwatch spot Wearable windows phone News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:14:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28747 at http://www.maximumpc.com Are Chrome and Android About to Merge? http://www.maximumpc.com/are_chrome_and_android_about_merge721 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/chrome-android-merger.jpg" alt="Chrome-Android Merger" title="Chrome-Android Merger" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Recent management change suggests so</h3> <p>Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/17/executive-change-latest-hint-of-chrome-android-marriage/" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, such a <strong>merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.<br /></strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering at Google’s Android division, has now also been entrusted with the task of overseeing the Chrome engineering team. Google previously had Linus Upson in this role. </p> <p>This move shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. We have now finally begun to see some synergy between the two platforms, with Google last month bringing the first batch of Android apps — Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine — to the cloud OS. These apps run on Chrome using using the App Runtime for Chrome (beta), a project the company announced at Google I/O in June. The company is now “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.” To us, it looks more like the “Androidifcation” of Chrome than a merger. What do you think?</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Chrome Story</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on<a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank"> Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/are_chrome_and_android_about_merge721#comments android app runtime for chrome chrome os Hiroshi Lockheimer linus upson Software News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:42:56 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28746 at http://www.maximumpc.com This HDMI Stick Rocks a Bay Trail Chip, Supports Windows 8.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/hdmi_stick_rocks_bay_trail_chip_supports_windows_817 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows-81-intel-usb.jpg" alt="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" title="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A thumb drive-sized PC powered by a quad-core Bay Trail Atom SoC</h3> <p>ARM clearly has the PC-on-a-stick niche cornered. What’s more, it has enjoyed a near unmolested run at the top in this category. But this might be set to change. Some Chinese suppliers have begun selling a <a href="http://liliputing.com/2014/10/windows-compatible-hdmi-tv-stick-intel-bay-trail-cpu.html" target="_blank">diminutive Bay Trail-powered PC the size of a USB stick. </a></p> <p>The device in question packs a quad-core <a href="http://ark.intel.com/products/80274/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3735F-2M-Cache-up-to-1_83-GHz" target="_blank">Intel Atom Z3735F/G</a> chip with a clock speed of 1.3GHz (up to 1.83GHz burst frequency). Capable of running a wide variety of operating systems including Windows 8.1 and Android, this <a href="http://cew.en.alibaba.com/product/60038541335-800254009/2014_latest_Meegopad_Intel_Quad_Core_Z3735F_windows8_1_mini_pc_dongle_TV_dongle_windows_Android_Linux_Ubantu_set_top_box.html" target="_blank">thumb drive-sized PC</a> comes with up to 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and one HDMI out port.</p> <p>A Chinese seller on Aliexpress is selling this <a href="http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sell-Mini-PC-with-both-Android-Windows-8-system/2044898752.html" target="_blank">mini PC for $110 a pop (shipping extra)</a>. However, it’s not clear whether this price is for the the basic version or the best configuration. The former has a Z3735G chip, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hdmi_stick_rocks_bay_trail_chip_supports_windows_817#comments android bay trail Hardware HDMI intel pc-on-a-stick windows 8.1 News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:42:24 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28745 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Refreshes Yoga Line, Unveils Yoga Tablet 2 and Yoga 3 Pro Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_refreshes_yoga_line_unveils_yoga_tablet_2_and_yoga_3_pro_laptop_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_3_pro.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" title="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Hey look, it's Ashton Kutcher</h3> <p>Why's Ashton Kutcher hanging around Lenovo, you ask? The short answer, quite simply, is marketing. But the longer answer is that he joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago and purportedly helped develop the <strong>Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, one of three new products Lenovo just rolled out. The other two are the non-pro version of the Yoga Tablet and the Yoga 3 Pro</strong>, an ultraslim convertible.</p> <p>Both the <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1843" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2</a> and <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1844" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2 Pro</a> can run either Windows or Android. The Pro model sports a 13.3-inch QHD display with a 2560x1440 resolution powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom Z3745 processor (Bay Trail) and 2GB of RAM. It has a built-in pico projector, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, optional 4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8W sound system with a subwoofer, and up to 15 hours of battery life.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QyZpIVFlon8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Lenovo plans to make the Tablet 2 Pro available this month starting at $499.</p> <p>As for the non-Pro models, they're available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch form factors with choice of Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat. Both feature a 1920x1200 IPS display powered by the same Atom Z3745 processor and 2GB of RAM. Other specs are similar to the Pro except that onboard storage is cut in half to 16GB.</p> <p>The smaller version will start at $250 and the larger model at $300 later this month.</p> <p>Finally, the <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1842" target="_blank">Yoga 3 Pro</a> is a thin and light convertible with a new watchband hinge design. It boasts a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with a 3200x1800 resolution powered by an Intel Core M-70 processor (Broadwell), 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI, microSD card slot, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>The Yoga 3 Pro will ship at the end of October starting at $1,350.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_refreshes_yoga_line_unveils_yoga_tablet_2_and_yoga_3_pro_laptop_2014#comments android ashton kutcher Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs Windows yoga 3 pro yoga tablet 2 News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:32:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28696 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP 10 Plus Android Tablet Quietly Makes an Entrance http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_10_plus_android_tablet_quietly_makes_entrance_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_10_plus.jpg" alt="HP 10 Plus" title="HP 10 Plus" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />HP 10 Plus tablet is available now for $280</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/report_hp_split_two_companies500">big news regarding Hewlett-Packard</a> is that the OEM has again decided to split off its Printing and Personal Systems Group (printer and PC divisions), which is something former CEO Léo Apotheker wanted to do several years ago. However, that's not the only news related to HP. With nary a peep, the <strong>OEM just released the HP 10 Plus, a 10.1-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) tablet running Android 4.4.2 KitKat</strong>.</p> <p>There's no press release that we're aware of, though there is a <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/us/en/hp-10-plus-2201us-tablet" target="_blank">product page</a> on HP's website where you can order the tablet, along with a listing on Amazon. It's priced at $280 at both places.</p> <p>The HP 10 Plus is powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz and 2GB of DDR3L RAM. It also features 16GB of eMMC storage, microSD card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack with microphone support, stereo speakers, 2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, and a 7700 mAh Li-ion polymer battery.</p> <p>Nothing earth shattering, though if it floats your boat, you can order one today.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_10_plus_android_tablet_quietly_makes_entrance_2014#comments android hewlett-packard hp hp 10 plus mobile slate tablet News Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:48:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28669 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Paid Microsoft Over $1 Billion in Android Patent Royalties in 2013 http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_paid_microsoft_over_1_billion_android_patent_royalties_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/android_microsoft_money.jpg" alt="Microsoft's Android Patent Tax" title="Microsoft's Android Patent Tax" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Entertainment and Devices Division’s 2013 operating income pales in comparison</h3> <p>A couple of months back, <strong>Microsoft instituted legal proceedings against Samsung for its refusal to fulfill “substantial” obligations under a 2011 agreement that allows the latter to use patented technology in its Android devices in exchange for annual royalty payments</strong>. But with virtually all vital facts and figures contained in <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_sues_samsung_over_android_patent_royalties321" target="_blank">Microsoft’s complaint</a> being redacted from public view, we could do little more than take wild guesses at the money involved. Not anymore. Microsoft’s complaint was <a href="https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/241842955?access_key=key-vB1YBCdIRY6lwYS0im6n&amp;allow_share=true&amp;escape=false&amp;view_mode=scroll">unsealed</a> Friday and, as a result, we now have a much better idea of just what is at stake.</p> <p>For instance, we now know that the deal is meant to last seven (fiscal) years in all, and that the fiscal year (FY) 2 royalty payment that Samsung made late last year (albeit reluctantly and over a month late) was in excess of $1 billion. We also know that Microsoft wants Samsung to cough up over $6.9 million in late payment interest that it says is contractually its due. Of course, as we reported back in August, Microsoft believes Samsung’s refusal to pay this amount stems from its belief that the Redmond-based software giant’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business breaches the patent license agreement.</p> <p>Just to put things in perspective, the <a href="http://qz.com/276242/microsoft-makes-more-money-from-samsung-than-from-skype-windows-phone-and-xbox-combined/">FY2 royalty payment Samsung made last year was well more than the $848 million operating income Microsoft’s entire Entertainment and Devices Division</a> — includes Xbox, Skype and Windows Phone — generated in 2013. What’s more interesting is that the said amount is over half of the $2 billion per year in revenue that Microsoft was estimated to be making from all such patent royalty deals — the company has such agreements with over 80 percent of Android vendors — back in 2013. Frankly, this is hardly a&nbsp; surprise when one considers Samsung’s utter dominance of the Android device market.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;">Follow Pulkit on<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background: #ffffff;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_paid_microsoft_over_1_billion_android_patent_royalties_2013#comments android android licensing program lawsuit microsoft patent royalties samsung News Mon, 06 Oct 2014 02:39:34 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28661 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon App Store Now Serving Dozens of Android Apps Worth Nearly $175 for Free http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_app_store_now_serving_dozens_android_apps_worth_nearly_175_free_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amazon_apps.jpg" alt="Amazon Apps" title="Amazon Apps" width="228" height="199" style="float: right;" />Snag a $59 dictionary app for free</h3> <p>Every so often, Amazon offers up a collection of paid apps for free, not including its daily free app. Back in July, Amazon served up 29 apps worth over $100 for free, and this time around, <strong>Amazon is giving away over two dozen Android apps worth almost $175</strong>. The highest priced app of the bunch is Merriam-Webster's Third New International Pro from Paragon Software Group. It normally sells for $59, but can be had for free for a limited time.</p> <p>Interestingly, Amazon advertises the promotion as being worth "over $135," though when we added them up individually, the tally came closer to $175. That qualifies as "over $135," but at the expense of Amazon underselling the deal.</p> <p>In any event, you'll find a wide assortment of apps among the collection of 27 titles, everything from games like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (normally $4.99) to productivity apps like OfficeSuite Professional 7 (normally $14.95). Swype Keyboard (normally $4.99) and SketchBook Pro (normally $4.99) are a couple of other notable inclusions.</p> <p>The deal is going on now and runs until Saturday, September 27. You can check them out by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=amb_link_425170362_2?ie=UTF8&amp;hidden-keywords=B00CT2P6VA%7CB007ZF4GU8%7CB00A7W29BE%7CB00DV2D0JC%7CB008IJT0CE%7CB00JFKEQBK%7CB00701L5XS%7CB00EEL0LGY%7CB007NZ7LIY%7CB00966YLNQ%7CB00GWYAMZ6%7CB006J1P770%7CB00HWWRYC6%7CB00G1YAD42%7CB0096DZKZC%7CB0067Q42BY%7CB0051UP5NQ%7CB008X8RSTM%7CB0055S348W%7CB004GYNPL2%7CB00IIITT08%7CB00FHEP9XM%7CB00ESCJG1U%7CB005J0VPNC%7CB0055PSKE8%7CB0055S348W%7CB00J0HVB7U%7CB00A7Z8KAU&amp;rh=i%3Amobile-apps%2Cn%3A2350149011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-top-1&amp;pf_rd_r=0RTE7MSZ1TBA3DNGVTA4&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=1930242302&amp;pf_rd_i=2350149011" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_app_store_now_serving_dozens_android_apps_worth_nearly_175_free_2014#comments amazon android app store apps Software News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:21:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28607 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Extends Buyer Remorse Refund Window for Android Apps to 2 Hours http://www.maximumpc.com/google_extends_buyer_remorse_refund_window_android_apps_2_hours_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_play_0.jpg" alt="Google Play" title="Google Play" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Take your time deciding if you like an Android app or not</h3> <p>You may have noticed that Google's been a bit more lenient with its refund window for Android apps. Unlike Ron Burgundy who was able to immediately regret his decision to jump into the bear exhibit, some of us take a bit longer to evaluate the situation. Officially, Google was giving users 15 minutes to uninstall a purchased app for a refund, though unofficially, it's been a bit longer for at least a month. Now <strong>Google has gone and updated its support page to make its two-hour refund window an official policy</strong>.</p> <p>To get a refund for an app you don't like, open the Google Play Store app on your mobile device, touch the Play Store icon and select My Apps, then select the app or game you want to return and look for the Refund option.</p> <p>"If the two-hour refund window has not yet passed, Open and Refund buttons will be displayed. If a Refund button is not displayed, your purchase is not eligible for a return," <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/134336?hl=en" target="_blank">Google states</a> on its Return Paid Apps &amp; Games page.</p> <p>If you're on a PC, you can return an app by visiting Google Play in your web browser. Once there, click the Gear icon, select My Orders, point to the app you want to return and click the Menu icon that appears, select Report a problem, and then use the Refund option.</p> <p>This only works once per app. So, if you previously downloaded an app you didn't like and already received a refund, if you re-download it at a later date, you won't be able to return it.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_extends_buyer_remorse_refund_window_android_apps_2_hours_2014#comments android apps Google mobile Software News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:19:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28522 at http://www.maximumpc.com KitKat Now Powers a Quarter of Android Devices http://www.maximumpc.com/kitkat_now_powers_quarter_android_devices_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kitkat.jpg" alt="Android KitKat" title="Android KitKat" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Jelly Bean still dominates, but KitKat is on the rise</h3> <p><strong>Android 4.4.x KitKat is now baked into about a quarter of all Android devices</strong> nearly a year after it was first released -- KitKat debuted on Google's Nexus 5 handset on October 31, 2013. With 24.5 percent of all Android gadgets running KitKt, the latest release is second only to Jelly Bean and enjoys a larger market share than all previous versions combined (Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Froyo, Donut, and Cupcake).</p> <p>That's according to the <a href="http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html" target="_blank">Android Developers Dashboard</a> portal. The data contained on the site reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app and is snapshot of all the devices the visited the store within the past 7 days. In other words, it's not a wholly accurate representation of the landscape, but it is the closest estimate available and is probably not far off when consider that the majority of Android device owners don't root their phones or tablets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/kitkat-now-flavors-a-quarter-of-all-android-devices/" target="_blank">According to <em>CNET</em></a>, KitKat's share of the Android market sat at 20.9 percent just a month ago, 17.9 percent in July, and 13 percent in June. That means it's been a good summer for KitKat.</p> <p>However, JellyBean still tops the chart with a dominating 53.8 percent share of the Android market, down just a blip from 54.2 percent in August. It's also worth mentioning that Android L (believed to be Lemon Meringue Pie) is not too far off in the distance.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kitkat_now_powers_quarter_android_devices_2014#comments android KitKat mobile operating system OS Software News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:40:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28519 at http://www.maximumpc.com HTC Launches Desire 510 Smartphone, Keeps Mum on 64-bit Capabilities http://www.maximumpc.com/htc_launches_desire_510_smartphone_keeps_mum_64-bit_capabilities <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_desire_0.jpg" alt="HTC Desire 510" title="HTC Desire 510" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />HTC doesn't seem to care that its Desire 510 rocks a 64-bit chip</h3> <p><strong>You can add the Desire 510 to HTC's family of smartphones</strong>. HTC announced the LTE device, which sports a 4.7-inch display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. In case you're not familiar, the Snapdragon 410 features four Cortex A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 306 GPU. It's a speedy chip, but perhaps what's most interesting is that it's a 64-bit capable part, though you wouldn't know it from reading through HTC's press materials.</p> <p>Though the Snapdragon 410 is both 32-bit and 64-bit capable, <a href="http://blog.htc.com/2014/08/htc-desire-510/" target="_blank">HTC isn't making any noise</a> about the latter. It's probably of little benefit in the grand scheme of things (this is a budget phone, after all), which is likely the reason why HTC isn't celebrating the phone's 64-bit goodness, though it's also a bit odd since it's the first 64-bit Android smartphone.</p> <p>In any event, the HTC Desire 510 also features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 4G LTE radio, 3MP front-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 2100mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat covered with Sense 6.</p> <p>The HTC Desire will begin shipping in September in the U.K. for £149 (around $245). It will ship to other parts of the world, including the U.S., sometime later.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/htc_launches_desire_510_smartphone_keeps_mum_64-bit_capabilities#comments 64-bit android desire 510 Hardware htc smartphone News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:26:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28438 at http://www.maximumpc.com Android L May End Up Called Lemon Meringue Pie...Mmm, Pie http://www.maximumpc.com/android_l_may_end_called_lemon_meringue_piemmm_pie_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_lmp.jpg" alt="Android LMP" title="Android LMP" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Would you like a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie with your KitKat?</h3> <p>Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Gallactica. Another fact -- every version of Android since v1.5 has been named after a sweet dessert, in alphabetical order (Cupcake, Doughnut, Eclair, and so forth). As it stands, the next version of Android is currently codenamed L, and we can think of a bunch of desserts that start with that letter. However, <strong>there's evidence to suggest that Google with run with Lemon Meringue Pie for Android L</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/23/lmp-lemon-meringue-pie-looking-more-and-more-likely-as-the-official-name-for-android-l/" target="_blank"><em>Android Police found</em></a> multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as "LMP," which strongly suggest Google is baking Lemon Meringue Pie. It makes sense considering Google dropped Key Lime Lime at the last minute in favor of KitKat. Pie lovers are still owed a slice of pie, and it appears they'll get it with the next Android release.</p> <p>You can find references to LMP is in the Android SDK, which mentions the current preview builds of Android L available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 labeled as "lpm-preview-release." An LMP reference is also found in the Wi-Fi certification for HTC's "flounder" (Volantis) tablet, which points to LMP firmware.</p> <p>Fun fact (not about bears): Before Key Lime Pie was tossed aside for KitKat in Android 4.4, the release was known as KLP in internal documents.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/android_l_may_end_called_lemon_meringue_piemmm_pie_2014#comments android android l Google lemon meringue pie operating system OS Software News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:36:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28412 at http://www.maximumpc.com China Plans to Build an Operating System to Replace Windows and Android http://www.maximumpc.com/china_plans_build_operating_system_replace_windows_and_android_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chinese_windows_7.jpg" alt="Chinese Windows 7" title="Chinese Windows 7" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />China's own operating system could be ready by October</h3> <p>After banning Microsoft's Windows 8 software for use on government PCs, <strong>China is now reportedly planning to cook up its own operating system</strong>. The home brewed OS could see a launch as early as October, and it would have the full backing of the Chinese government. China's motivation in building an OS of its own is to alleviate concerns that imported software from the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple could have spying mechanisms built into the code base.</p> <p>According to <em>Reuters</em>, China's OS would debut on desktop devices before expanding into smartphone and other mobile categories.</p> <p>"We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores," Ni Guangnan, head of an of an official OS development alliance, told the <em>People's Post and Telecommunications News</em>, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/24/us-china-technology-idUSKBN0GO08H20140824" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>China banned the government use of Windows 8 back in May. Shortly after, China began investigating Microsoft for anti-trust violations.</p> <p>Tensions are also high between China and Google, with the former saying the latter has too much control over China's smartphone industry through Android.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/china_plans_build_operating_system_replace_windows_and_android_2014#comments android china Google microsoft operating system OS Privacy Security Software Windows News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:10:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28411 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fuhu Unveils Ginormous 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab Tablets for Kids http://www.maximumpc.com/fuhu_unveils_ginormous_20-inch_and_24-inch_nabi_big_tab_tablets_kids <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nabi_big_tab_hd.jpg" alt="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" title="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />A massive tablet for the little ones</h3> <p>At first glance, you might think <strong>Fuhu's 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab HD tablets</strong> were built for Shaquille O'Neal. After all, who else but a 7-foot 1-inch massive specimen would such giant slates be for? Turns out Fuhu designed the large size tablets specifically for kids, an interesting target audience for what the company claims are the world's biggest Android tablets made for sharing.</p> <p>"We are so pleased to introduce the nabi Big Tab line of products and are excited about the implications as a new category of family tablets. We were simply amazed at how Big Tab's larger format transformed our interactions with our children, family gatherings and made the tablet experience easier for seniors," <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/family-time-reinvented-fuhu-introduces-nabi-big-tab-hd-line-worlds-biggest-tablets-made-1939623.htm" target="_blank">said Jim Mitchell</a>, CEO. "We are hopeful, that everyone will fall in love with Big Tab like we have."</p> <p>Fair enough - we won't begrudge Fuhu's attempt to modernize family time, though consumers will be the ultimate judge if there can be a category such as this one. We're skeptical, considering the asking price -- $449 for the 20-inch model and $549 for the 24-inch version, both of which cost more than a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U.</p> <p>The 20-inch version boasts a 1600x900 resolution and the 24-inch features a 1920x1080 display, both with 15-point capacitive touch support. Both also feature an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, and removable carrying frame.</p> <p>Fuhu's selling point (behind the big size displays) is the software. Lots of kid friendly games, entertainment, and educational apps come bundled with the Nabi devices.</p> <p>Both models will launch this fall.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/fuhu_unveils_ginormous_20-inch_and_24-inch_nabi_big_tab_tablets_kids#comments android fuhi Hardware mobile nabi big tab slate tablet News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:42:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28378 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Shield Tablet Review http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_review_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Updated: Now with video review!&nbsp;</h3> <p>Despite its problems, we actually liked <a title="Nvidia Shield review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_review_2013" target="_blank">Nvidia’s original Shield Android gaming handheld</a>. Our biggest issue with it was that it was bulky and heavy. With rumors swirling around about a Shield 2, we were hoping to see a slimmer, lighter design. So consider us initially disappointed when we learned that the next iteration of Shield would just be yet another Android tablet. Yawn, right? The fact of the matter is that the Shield Tablet may be playing in an oversaturated market, but it’s still great at what it sets out to be.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dGigsxi9-K4" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>We've updated our review to include the video review above.</strong></p> <p>At eight inches, the Shield Tablet features a gorgeous 1900x1200 display, which shares the same resolution as Google’s flagship <a title="nexus 7 review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/google_nexus_7_review_2013" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> tablet. At 13.1 ounces, the Shield Tablet is about three ounces heavier than the Nexus 7 but still a lot lighter than the original’s 1 lb. 4.7 ounces.&nbsp;</p> <p>Part of the weight increase with the Shield Tablet over the Nexus 7 is due to the extra inch that you’re getting from the screen, but also because the Shield Tablet is passively cooled and has an extra thermal shield built inside to dissipate heat. It’s a little heavier than we like, but isn’t likely to cause any wrist problems. On the back of the Shield is an anti-slip surface and a 5MP camera, and on the front of the tablet is a front-facing 5MP camera and two front-facing speakers. While the speakers are not going to blow away dedicated Bluetooth speakers, they sound excellent for a tablet. In addition to the speakers, the Shield Tablet has a 3.5mm headphone jack up at the top. Other ports include Micro USB, Mini HDMI out, and a MicroSD card slot capable of taking up to 128GB cards. Buttons on the Shield include a volume rocker and a power button, which we found to be a little small and shallow for our liking.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_exploded_view_black_bckgr.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet guts" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet guts" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The guts of the Nvidia Shield Tablet.</strong></p> <p>All of this is running on the latest version of Android KitKat (4.4). Nvidia says that it will update the tablet to Android L within a few weeks of Google’s official release. If Nvidia’s original Shield is any indication of how well the company keeps up with OS updates, you should be able to expect to get the latest version of Android after a couple of weeks, if not a months, after release. Regardless, the Shield Tablet is running a pretty stock version of Android to begin with, the main difference being that Nvidia has pre-loaded the tablet with its Shield Hub, which is a 10-foot UI used to purchase, download, and launch games.</p> <p>Arguably, the real star of the tablet is Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 mobile superchip. The 2.2GHz quad-core A15 SOC features Nvidia’s Kepler GPU architecture and 192 CUDA cores along with 2GB of low-power DDR3. K1 supports many of the graphical features commonplace in GeForce graphics cards, including tesselation, HDR lighting, Global illumination, subsurface scattering, and more.</p> <p>In our performance benchmarks, the K1 killed it. Up until now, the original Shield’s actively cooled Tegra 4 is arguably one of the most, if not <em>the</em> most, powerful Android SOC on the market, but the K1 slaughters it across the board. In Antutu and GeekBench benchmark, we saw modest gains of 12 percent to 23 percent in Shield vs. Shield Tablet action. But in Passmark and GFX Bench’s Trex test, we saw nearly a 50 percent spread, and in 3DMark’s mobile Icestorm Unlimited test, we saw an astounding 90 percent advantage for the Shield Tablet. This is incredible when you consider that the tablet has no fans and a two-watt TDP. Compared to the second-gen Nexus 7, the Shield Tablet benchmarks anywhere from 77 percent to 250 percent faster. This SOC is smoking fast.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, Nvidia claims you’ll get 10 hours watching/surfing the web and about five hours from gaming with its 19.75 Wh battery. This is up 3.75 Wh up from Google’s Nexus 7 equivalent, and from our experiential tests, we found those figures to be fairly accurate if not a best-case scenario. It will pretty much last you all day, but you'll still want to let it sip juice every night.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_shield_controller_war_thunder.jpg" alt="Shield Tablet review" title="Shield Tablet review" width="620" height="343" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The new wireless controller uses Wi-Fi Direct instead of Bluetooth for lower latency.</strong></p> <p>Of course, if you’re going to game with it, you’re going to need Nvidia’s new wireless Shield Controller. Sold separately for $60, the 11.2-ounce Shield Controller maintains the same button layout as the original Shield controller, but feels a lot lighter and is more comfortable to hold. While most Android game controllers operate over Bluetooth, Nvidia opted to go with Wi-Fi Direct, stating that it offers 2x faster response time and more bandwidth. The extra bandwidth allows you to plug a 3.5mm headphone into the controller and also allows you to link up to four controllers to the device, which is an appreciated feature when you hook up the tablet to your HDTV via the Shield Tablet’s <a title="shield console mode" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_sweetens_shield_console_android_442_kitkat_price_drop_199_through_april" target="_blank">Console Mode</a>. Other unique features of the controller include capacitive-touch buttons for Android’s home, back, and play buttons. There’s also a big green Nvidia button that launches Shield Hub. The controller also has a small, triangle-shaped clickable touch pad which allows you to navigate your tablet from afar. One quibble with it is that we wish the trackpad was more square, to at least mimic the dimensions of the tablet; the triangle shape was a little awkward to interface with. Another problem that we initially had with the controller was that the + volume button stopped working after a while. We contacted Nvidia about this and the company sent us a new unit, which remedied the issue. One noticeable feature missing from the controller is rumble support. Nvidia said this was omitted on the original Shield to keep the weight down; its omission is a little more glaring this time around, however, since there's no screen attached to the device.</p> <p>The controller isn’t the only accessory that you’ll need to purchase separately if you want to tap into the full Shield Tablet experience. To effectively game with the tablet, you’ll need the Shield Tablet cover, which also acts as a stand. Like most tablets, a magnet in the cover shuts off the Shield Tablet when closed, but otherwise setting up the cover and getting it to act as a stand is initially pretty confusing. The cover currently only comes in black, and while we’re generally not big on marketing aesthetics, it would be nice to have an Nvidia green option to give the whole look a little more pop. We actually think the cover should just be thrown in gratis, especially considering that the cheapest 16GB model costs $300. On the upside though, you do get Nvidia’s new passive DirectStylus 2 that stows away nicely in the body of the Shield Tablet. Nvidia has pre-installed note-writing software and its own Nvidia Dabbler painting program. The nice thing about Dabbler is that it leverages the K1’s GPU acceleration so that you can virtually paint and blend colors in real time. There’s also a realistic mode where the “paint” slowly drips down the virtual canvas like it would in real life.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_shield_controller_trine2_0.jpg" alt="Shield tablet review" title="Shield tablet review" width="620" height="404" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Shield Controller is a lot lighter and less blocky than the original Shield Portable.</strong></p> <p>But that’s probably not why you’re interested in the Shield Tablet. This device is first and foremost a gaming tablet and even comes with a free Android copy of Trine 2. Trine 2 was originally a PC game and it’s made a great transition to the Shield Tablet. While the game was never known to be a polygon pusher, it looks just as good as it ever did on its x86 debut.&nbsp;</p> <p>With gaming as the primary driver for Shield Tablet, you may wonder why Nvidia didn’t bundle its new controller. The company likely learned from Microsoft’s mistake with Kinect and the Xbox One: Gamers don’t like to spend money and getting the price as low as possible was likely on Nvidia’s mind. Of course, not everyone may even want a controller, with the general lack of support for them in games. Nvidia says there are now around 400 Android titles that support its controller, but that’s only a small percentage of Android games and the straight truth is that the overwhelming majority of these games are garbage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nvidia is making a push for Android gaming, however. The company worked with Valve to port over Half Life 2 and Portal to the Shield and they look surprisingly fantastic and are easily the two prettiest games on Android at the moment. Whether Android will ever become a legitimate platform for hardcore gaming is anyone’s guess, but at least the Shield Tablet will net you a great front seat if the time ever arises.</p> <p>Luckily, you won’t have to rely solely on the Google Play store to get your gaming fix. Emulators run just as well here as they did on the original Shield and this iteration of Shield is also compatible with Gamestream, which is Nvidia’s streaming technology that allows you to stream games from your PC to your Shield. Gamestream, in theory, lets you play your controller-enabled PC games on a Shield.</p> <p>At this point, Nvidia says Gamestream supports more than 100 games such as Batman: Arkham Origins and Titanfall from EA’s Origin and Valve’s Steam service. The problem, though, is that there are hundreds more games on Steam and Origin that support controllers—but not the Shield Tablet’s controller. For example, Final Fantasy VII, a game that we couldn’t get to work with the original Shield, still isn't supported even though it works with an Xbox controller on the PC. When Gamestream does work, however, it’s relatively lag-free and kind of wonderful. The one caveat here is that you’ll have to get a 5GHz dual-band router to effectively get it working.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rh7fWdQT2eE" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Nvidia Shield Video demo.</strong></p> <p>Would we buy the Shield Tablet if we owned the original Shield (now renamed the Shield Portable)? Probably not. If we were looking for a new tablet and top-notch gaming performance was on the checklist, the Shield Tablet is easily the top contender today. We’d take it over the second-gen Nexus 7 in a heartbeat. While we understand why Nvidia decided to separate the cover and controller to keep the prices down and avoid the Kinect factor, we think a bundled package with a small price break as an alternative would have been nice. All things considered though, consider us surprised. The Shield Tablet is pretty dang cool.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>$300</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Update:</strong> The original article incorrectly labled the Shield Portable benchmarks with the Nexus 7 figures. The issue has been resolved and both benchmark charts are listed below.&nbsp;</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_review_2014#comments android Google Hardware KitKat maximum pc nvidia portable Review shield tablet wireless controller News Reviews Tablets Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:36:57 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28263 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft: We Have No Current Plans to Port IE Over to Android or iOS http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_we_have_no_current_plans_port_ie_over_android_or_ios_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ie_windows_phone.jpg" alt="IE on Windows Phone" title="IE on Windows Phone" width="228" height="221" style="float: right;" />"Oh no!," cried a single Android user</h3> <p>You can run Microsoft Office on multiple platforms, and the same goes for some of the other products and services the Redmond outfit offers, such as OneDrive and Skype. With that kind of attention being paid to cross-compatibility, might we expect Microsoft to release its Internet Explorer browser on other OSes as well? Not in the near future. As it stands, <strong>Microsoft isn't planning to port IE over to Android or iOS</strong> in the mobile space.</p> <p>That revelation came by way of a <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2dk60t/we_build_internet_explorer_i_know_right_ask_us/" target="_blank">Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session</a> featuring engineers from Microsoft's IE platform team. At one point in the conversation, Microsoft's Charles Morris fielded a question about whether IE would be ported to Android or iOS where there's much more market share to exploit.</p> <p>"Right now, we're focused on building a great mobile browser for Windows Phone and have made some great progress lately. So, no current plans for Android/iOS," <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2dk60t/we_build_internet_explorer_i_know_right_ask_us/cjq9bk7?context=3" target="_blank">Morris said</a>. "We are committed to improving our own engine. We love the fact that the web was built on multiple competing (yet interoperable) platforms and believe that this is how it is going to move forward into the future!"</p> <p>It's somewhat of a curious decision for Microsoft. The company's Windows Phone platform is losing ground, having dropped to a 2.5 percent share of the smartphone market last quarter, versus Android and iOS, which collectively account for more than 9 out of 10 smartphones.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_we_have_no_current_plans_port_ie_over_android_or_ios_2014#comments android browser IE Internet Explorer ios microsoft mobile windows phone News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:25:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28358 at http://www.maximumpc.com