Tag Archives: Android 2.1

Android distribution chart now includes Ice Cream Sandwich

Earlier this morning, Google pulled the curtain off their latest Android distribution pie chart, showcasing just where each version of Android stands against another. In this latest version, we see some versions fall in statistics, while others climb their way up to prominence. What’s better, is that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has finally made its… Read more

Nook Simple Touch unboxing

Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Simple Touch is the third incarnation in the franchise and drops the slim color nav panel of the original NOOK in favor of an all touch-controlled, 6-inch, Pearl e-ink display at 800 X 600. The contrast of the screen is great, and it is pretty sensitive. The Simple Touch isn’t as responsive as a smartphone, and the display isn’t… Read more

Barnes and Noble announce new NOOK: The Simple Touch Reader

Barnes & Noble announced today pre-order availability for their new simplified Nook e-book reader, The Simple Touch. This Wi-Fi-only e-ink tablet runs $139 and will be shipping on June 10th. The 6″ display is black & white, and, as the title suggests, is touch sensitive. The Simple Touch runs Android 2.1 without Market access. But B&N is launching a new… Read more

Android fragmentation: where are we now

When the race between Android and iOS was first starting to really heat up, the biggest trump card Apple had was accusations of fragmentation. But that was a long time ago in mobile years. Things have gotten a lot better with Android devices, and compatibility is barely an issue. So how do the numbers break down now? According to Android Developers,… Read more

Motorola Charm maintenance update in the works

Just two days ago, Motorola announced that along with the Flipout, the Charm would not be updated past 2.1. Motorola isn’t backing out on their word, but they aren’t leaving the Charm for dead either. As of right now, Motorola is looking for 500 candidates to beta test a maintenance update. In order to get involved, you have to take a short survey by… Read more

Google extends compatibility of new Fragments API

When Google first released Android 3.0, they put out an API for better adapting applications to different screen sizes know as Fragments API. Unfortunately, as Fragments is a part of Honeycomb, the API “does not help developers whose applications target earlier versions of Android” — until now. Google has just extended the compatibility of the API… Read more

Alltel and Samsung launch the Gem

Alltel Wireless and Samsung announced the availability of the free (after $50 mail-in rebate) Gem: a budget Android with a 3.2MP cam, 3.2″ display, an 800MHz processor, and Android 2.1. The device is decidedly low end in a market environment where 1GHz processors are the norm for Android. With dual core devices just around the corner (as well as Android… Read more

NOOKcolor updated to 1.1.0

Barnes & Noble’s full color e-reader (and what might be the best bang-for-your-buck Android Tablet on the market) was updated to firmware version 1.1.0 today, which brings the following fixes/enhancements: Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop. Ability to pinch and zoom in browser. Enhanced reading experience for magazines and… Read more

Samsung Fascinate lands software update

The Samsung Fascinate (review) has a new 2.1 based software update ready to go, and (surprise surprise) it’s already been leaked online, waiting for eager modders to get their flash on. DL09, as it’s being lovingly referred to, features several new enhancements and improvements: Enhancements: + Updated versions of preloaded applications, including V… Read more

Video: Spriiing brings cute, low-end Android to Thailand

Heads up Land of Smiles, an ultra cute if not clunky little gadget is headed your way with Android 2.1 and portrait keyboard. It’s by Spriiing and it’s called…Smile. The hardware design and colorful software may bring a smile to the faces of many Thais when it launches in Thailand on January 18th. But the spec sheet on this little guy leaves a lot to… Read more