Back in February last year, Google made a pretty big step by bringing the Android Market to the web through your browser, aiding the discovery and installation of apps off-device. And at other various points in recent history, the company has introduced music services, as well as accompanying marketplaces for books and movies. They’ve all been available, but as individual services that’s caused one big mess and forever shown how Apple’s simplistic approach has reigned superior.
No longer, as Google has introduced Google Play, tying together the various Google storefronts into one location with shelves for music, movies, apps, games and books. In addition to simply consolidating everything (which is already a major improvement), Google have taken some inspiration from iCloud and enforced an “everything, everywhere” mantra. In this article, we’re going to review Google’s updated service’s web app.
Mobile World Congress has just recently wrapped up in Barcelona, ending a show full of announcements from the major Android stakeholders. Just as we did with CES in January, in this roundup we’ll take a look at some of the headliners from the show, from the HTC One series to the new Sony Xperia lineup.
While not every announcement may necessarily be covered, here are a few that stood out for us.
Plans to introduce Android-powered handsets into the United States government and military have been accelerated recently, with a tentative date of March being thrown around for the program to launch. According to CNN, US officials are expected to get regular ol’ commercial Android smartphones capable of handling classified documents through a modified version of the operating system.
The United States Army has been testing and trialing touchscreen devices at bases for nearly two years, with forty phones being sent over a year ago. Now, the army plans to ship 50 more phones and 75 tablets to soliders in March, which has been described as “a hugely significant event”.
This is an interesting decision on the part of the United States government, especially considering Android’s well-known security woes. However, it might actually make sense once you take the following points into account. (more…)
With the tablet market still being dominated by Apple and its iPad, Android continues to have trouble gaining consumer attention, as evidenced by the weak tablet sales to date. However, over the past couple of weeks, there have been many rumours surrounding a mystery “Nexus tablet”: a Google-branded slate that runs much like the Nexus line of phones. Could this spell an end to Apple’s monopoly?
The Consumer Electronics Show showed off many different Android devices, including a handful of new phones and new tablets. However, while those devices headlined Android’s appearance at the show, hardware manufactures also introduced new uses of the operating system on devices including watches and webcams.
Let’s take a look at those devices…
The Consumer Electronics Show has just ended in Las Vegas, leaving a week of Android announcements behind. One category that took prominence at the show was tablets, mainly those powered by Android, including ones from ASUS, Samsung and Acer.
After yesterday’s look at new Android phones, today we’ll take a look at the tablet announcements from the show.
The Consumer Electronics Show has just finished, ending a week of technology demonstrations. This year did bring fewer headlining Android announcements, with Windows Phone 7 devices, Ultrabooks and TVs sharing the spotlight, but there’s still some significant news which we’ll look at over a few posts.
Let’s start off with the new Android phones…
Android and security don’t exactly go hand-in-hand with each other. In fact, from my view, the majority of mobile security concerns stem from an Android device, which results it seeming like the bane of mobile security. A recent report from a security company reveals the top twelve most unsecure phones all run Android, including the Samsung Galaxy Mini, HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The iPhone, on the other hand, only comes in at number 13.
There’s a number of reasons why this is the case, from malicious apps invading the unwalled garden to a very laggy update schedule amongst Android phones. We’re going to explore these reasons in today’s article. (more…)
Google and Samsung recently released their latest and greatest flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, running Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). I watched a video review of the device and I was very impressed with Google’s latest offering because it represented some big changes to Android that are going to be fantastic.
I took to my own site and penned an article praising the new phone and OS. Being an Apple-focused site, I threw a bit of iPhone discussion in there, looking at Apple’s ageing mobile interface compared to Google’s fresh, modern, almost Windows Phone-ish interface.
However, Ice Cream Sandwich is helping Google recognise some big improvements to Android that is going to edge them towards a level of customer satisfaction provided by companies like Apple and Amazon, with fully integrated devices and all-in-one solutions. (more…)