Thursday, June 30, 2011

Opera Mobile 11.1 brings Flash support to HoneyComb And More!

Opera Mobile 11.1 has been released to the masses and with it comes the most important feature of all - flash support on HoneyComb! This is probably the only 3rd party browser engine that is able to properly integrate with Flash (Dolphin Browser does not count as it uses the stock browser engine).


Skype Brings Video Calls To Android and UI Updates

Let's start with the good news : Skype has finally updated the Android version of Skype which sports an improved user interface and the most important one of all - Video Calls for Android users. The bad news is that only a few handsets are supported (in fact, a handful at the moment) and they are:

  • Google Nexus S
  • HTC Desire S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

Yeap, that's about it. They'll probably be adding more handsets to the list, but at the moment those are the few handsets that are supported at the moment. So if you want to try out the new video calls feature or take a look at the updated UI, grab the latest version of Skype here.

HTC Desire Gingerbread Build Currently In Testing Phase

Good news to all HTC Desire owners : as promised by HTC, the Gingerbread build for the HTC Desire is currently in the testing phase. So to all of you HTC desire owners out there - stay put, once HTC is done with their quality assurance stuff, you'll get the Gingerbread update in no time. 


There's still no word on whether any applications will be cut due to the fact that HTC is having a hard time cramming Sense UI and Gingerbread together in the 512 MB of internal storage in the Desire. Anyway, let's just wait this one out patiently shall we?

Google Nexus Prime Rumours Swarm The Net

There's been a lot of rumours going on lately with regards to Google's next Nexus phone project. A while back after the first Google phone - the Nexus One was launched, Google mentioned that there won't be a Nexus Two (ever) which was somewhat misleading because the second Nexus did came out in the form of Nexus S (as pictured below). But if you think carefully, they didn't  lie either because what they probably meant is there won't be a Nexus phone called "Nexus Two" but instead "Nexus S" (which sounds a bit like "Nexus Second" in some ways) got released.


The latest news and rumour is that Google is preparing to launch another Nexus series phone called Nexus Prime with the manufacturer probably being Samsung again since they did a great job with the Nexus S and sales have been pretty decent. What is interesting is that the specifications of this new Nexus phone will be mindblowing. Even the screen technology will be the best one yet sporting a cool Super AMOLED Plus HD which will be a 720p HD display from Samsung. 

Google+ Service Invite Shutdown By Vic Gundotra

With all the crazy buzz going around Google+ yesterday, almost every major Android or Google fan site out there is offering invites to this exclusive service which is set to compete with the likes of Facebook. Faced with extreme heavy traffic on Google's own servers, Vic Gundotra, the Senior VP of social at Google has decided to temporarily shut down the invite service for the day.

If you're not one of the luckier ones to snag the invite fret not, Phandroid has managed to come up with a nice Google+ Tour together with tips & tricks so you won't be totally left out and at least know how Google+ works. Check out the video compiled by Phandroid.com below:


Autodesk Releases The Inventor Publisher Viewer To The Market

If you're a user of Autodesk's Inventor Publisher, you'll be happy to know that Autodesk has released the Autodesk Inventor Publisher Viewer to the Android Market. What this application allows you to do is view the instructions created by the Inventor Publisher directly on your phone or tablet device. That's right, it is optimized for both your phone and tablet as well! The application itself allows you to zoom, pan & rotate files and also play the animated tutorials all with step-by-step instructions. Check out this quick intro video below:


So head on over to the link below to grab the Autodesk Inventor Publisher Viewer.

Another Milestone for Google: Android Market Hits 4.5 Billion Downloads

Here's another milestone for Google: the Android Market has just hit over 4.5 Billion downloads! Not too long about early last year, the Android platform was still growing slowly but just when Google launched their first phone, the Nexus One, things started to change. 


Back to the current time, Android is now considered a success although there's still much to be done by Google to resolve the many issues that plague the Android Market and also the Android platform's fragmentation issue as well. Lets give Google some time to sort things out and I'm very sure it'll be the biggest mobile OS in history (if it isn't already).

Modify Your EEE Pad Transformer's Dock Layout

For those of you who own an Asus EEE Pad Transformer (like myself) with the keyboard dock and have rooted their device, a fine chap at XDA forums have came up with a nice guide to teach you on how to remap certain keys on the keyboard. For instance, you can remap the top row function keys from the standard android ones to the normal window-esque F1-F12 if you wish.


So if you're in for a bit of tweaking, head on over to XDA Forums for the full guide. Do make sure you backup your configuration first before messing around with the dock layout. Happy configuring :)



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LauncherPro developer launches UberMusic

A while back, the LauncherPro developer mentioned on his site that he will be releasing a new music application soon and the time is well, right now. Fredrico Carnales which is known for his popular Android home launcher replacement called LauncherPro has launched a new music player called "UberMusic" which is based off the stock Android music player but of course, with more features.


One of the cool features of this app is that it automatically downloads the cover art of the album that you're currently listening to, which is something that we all wish the stock player had built-in. The interface is intuitive and easy to use as you can see from the screenshot above. Its currently in beta form, so if you're interested, head on over to UberMusic.com to grab the APK and install it on your Android Device.

TexTab SMS For Tablets

Now here's a really cool app created by one of the fne developers @ xda - TexTab SMS which is an app that allows you to both send and receive messages on your tablet device as if you were sending/receiving it directly from your phone. The good news is while the app is optimuzed for HoneyComb, it doesn't need HoneyComb in order to function properly, as long as both your phone and tablet devices are running Android 2.1 and above, you're good to go. Check out the screenshot below:


The application is currently in public beta and the XDA developer is in need of feedback, so if you're up to it, give the app a try and let the developer know if you encounter any issues. I've tested it on my Nexus One and EEE Pad Transformer and it works great, but the pairing and connecting process took a few tries to get it right though. Head on over to the source link to check out the full details and download links for TexTab SMS.

Source: XDA Developers

Google Unveils Google+ Social Project

In a bid to overthrow Facebook, Google has unveiled their latest service called Google+ which is currently in private beta, so unless you have an invite, you won't be able to access it just yet. There's a whole complete set of details and since I'm not invited to the private beta at the moment, I'll let you guys check out this quick video of Google+ below and also check out the source link below after the video for the complete details with even more videos, straight from Google themselves:

Samsung Launches Online Simulator For Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung has just launched an online simulator site for their latest Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch which allows you to preview some of the features that are available in the HoneyComb OS. You'll not only get to see a slideshow of the features available, but you'll also get a short hands-on which is basically through a guided tour that allows you to interact with the simulator (although it is limited to the featureset that is being demoed).


So if you're keen to buy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and want to try it out first, do check out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 simulator here. It'll give you a good idea on how Samsung's version of HoneyComb looks like on the actual device before you get your hands on it.

Google updates mobile version of site

I've just checked out the mobile version of Google on my Nexus One and was pleasantly surprised to see a brand new google mobile complete with icons and tabs. At the top of the previously text-only navigation bar now houses a cool looking chrome-like tab with icons as well if you scroll/swipe to the top, you will unveil the icons for each tab. Here's how it looks like on my Nexus One:


If you click on the "more" tab or icon, you'll get a nice set of icons which shows up the 12 popular google services that can be accessed. While this is just a minor change, it sure does make google mobile a lot prettier and makes the overall mobile experience a whole lot better. So if you want to check out the new look, head on over to google on your mobile phone and try it out!

Zenonia 3 Slated For June 30th Release On Android Market

The famous RPG game Zenonia 3 will be hitting the Android Market at the end of this month which is on the 30th of June according to Gamevil, the developer of the Zenonia series. 


Lots of people are waiting for this latest instalment of the series, so if you're a big fan of the Zenonia series, make sure you head on over to the Android Market on June 30th to grab the latest part of the series.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Android Hits Half A Million Daily Activations!

Back in Google I/O 2011 which was held in May 10-11, Google told us that there were over 400,000 android devices being activated every single day. Fast forward more than a month and a half, the daily activation rate for Android has reached the 500,000 mark!


That's half a million android devices being activated every single day! At this rate, it is very much possible to reach a million activations by the year end (or some time early next year) judging by the momentum of how things are going on.

Olivetti Olipad Tablet Resurfaces Again, Now On Video

Here's another tablet to look out for - the Olivetti Olipad 110. It was first spotted some time ago as the Olipad 100 but it was not running HoneyComb at the time. The new updated Olipad 110 will be sporting a HoneyComb build and will be powered by the usual arsenals that other tablets of today are being equipped with. That is, the Olipad 110 will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 1 GHZ processor, 10 inch display, front and rear cameras, 16 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM.



If you've checked out the video above, you'll notice that its not in English. So I suggest you turn off the volume in the video unless you actually understand Italian. Pricing is estimated at about 399 Euros or $549 at current exchange rates and this tablet is slated for a July release but lets just hope they lower the price tag otherwise they won't be able to compete with the major players such as the Asus EEE Pad Transformer. Check out the full specs of the tablet in the source below:

Source: Android Community

Toshiba shows us the Thrive and gives us a chance to win one.

One of the newer HoneyComb tablets, the Toshiba Thrive is being "shown off" by Toshiba US and they're giving us a chance to win one for ourselves. Do check out this really cool unboxing video of the Thrive which is full of effects to show the Thrive's thriving feature set (pun intended).



So what does the Thrive have? If you don't know already, the Toshiba Thrive is a 10.1 inch HoneyComb tablet powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor, has a 1280 x 800 resolution, 5 MP rear facing (with LED flash) and 2 MP front facing cameras, 8/16/32GB internal storage with MicroSD slot expansion, full sized USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, 802.11 Wifi b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity support. Do check out the contest page below for a chance to win a Toshiba Thrive. The site is very interactive so go ahead and try your luck!

Take note that the contest is only open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are aged 18 or older. More details on the contest page.

Toshiba Thrive Contest Page

Fieldrunners HD to be released soon by Subatomic Studio exclusive for Android

Subatomic Studio will be releasing their first Android only exclusive game called Fieldrunners HD some time this Thursday. This is probably the first time that I've heard of any game that is set to be released exclusively on the Android platform. Now what is Fieldrunners HD all about?

Well Fieldrunners HD is actually an awesome looking tower-defense style game with some really nice eye candy to boot. Don't believe me? Take a look at this really great screenshot of the game:


Looks good doesn't it? The next question you'd be asking is, how much does it cost? Well, it will be made available for FREE in the Android Market this week's Thursday. After that, the game will cost $2.99 only should you miss Thursday's deal. So set a reminder so that you don't forget - the game will only be made available for FREE for 24 hours. Check out the full press release at the source.

Source: Droid Gamers

(Still) more difficulties developing games for Android according to Mark Rein

The co-founder of Epic Games, Mark Rein has mentioned that there's still issues in Android that is causing them a lot of headache which is probably why we haven't seen any Unreal Technology games floating around in the Android Market (or even elsewhere for that matter). One of the major reasons cited is due to the limitation of the Android Market in terms of file sizes for applications or games. Some months back, Google had already increased the file size limit of applications in the Android Market to 25MB, this is still not good enough according to Mark Rein. 


If we take a look at the App Store of Android's main competitor, namely the Apple App Store, you can see that there are many games out there that are very large in size for instance Infinity Blade is a whopping 800MB in size. While most game developers such as Gameloft have managed to get their games out by allowing their applications to download the game contents separately from their own servers, this is still not the best way to deliver a game to the general consumer as we all know that Gameloft's servers had their own fair share of issues. Check out the source for the complete interview details with Mark Rein.

Source: DroidGamers

Popular Torrent Manager Transdroid Removed From Android Market

Looks like there's a lot of activity going on in the Android Market lately. The latest news is that the popular torrent manager Transdroid was removed from the Android Market apparently due to the application violating the Android Market's policies. We all know that torrent applications are actually legal but why did Google decided to remove Transdroid all of a sudden? Another interesting thing to note is that the application source codes are currently hosted on Google's own servers and some time back, Google had awarded the application author with a free phone too. Strange isn't it?


Updates from the Transdroid site indicates that the Transdroid author has requested Google to reinstate the application and has mailed them a stripped down version of Transdroid which hopefully complies with Google's policies. This new version removes the search and ezRSS features from the application which could be the very reason why it was pulled out from the android market the first place.

Lets hope that the new version will satisfy Google's program policies because this is one of the best applications out there. Despite being pulled out from the Android Market, the application is still available for download at Transdroid official site. 

Google Android Market's 15 Minute Refund Window Deemed Illegal In Taiwan

Now here's something unusual that you don't hear everyday and probably didn't expect it either - the Android Market's 15 minute refund policy is actually considered unlawful in Taiwan. You might be wondering why is having a 15 minute refund policy illegal? Well that's because in Taiwan, the consumer protection laws in the country requires that any product bought over the Internet requires a minimum of 7-days trial period.


Some time earlier this month, the Taiwanese government has given Google a 15 day ultimatum to resolve the issue and include the 7-day trial period into the Android Market. Google however failed to comply and since they were faced with a $1 million fine for not complying to the laws, Google, after some negotiations had decided to pull out all the paid apps from the Android Market in Taiwan. This of course ended up with everyone in Taiwan getting upset over the decision.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lenovo's IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad gets a release date

Lenovo's dynamic duo tablets, namely the IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad tablet is finally getting a release date. First off, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is slated for an end of June release or early July release this year while on the other hand, the ThinkPad tablet is expected to release on June 28th (a lot earlier than expected).

Both the IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad tablets will be sporting 10.1 inch screen form factors.

CyanogenMod 7.1 Release Candidate Has Been Released

The famous CyanogenMod team has now released their latest CyanogenMod 7.1 Release Candidate Custom ROM to the public. Some of the highlighted changes are base OS updated to Android 2.3.4, bluetooth mouse support, swipe-to-clear notification improvements and wake on volume key additions. 


LG Optimus One Gets Gingerbread Update...In Romania

If you own an LG Optimus one and happen to be staying in Romania, you'll be happy to know that the long awaited and rumoured Gingerbread update for the Optimus One is now finally here. I'd expect everyone else all around the world to be getting this new update in the next month or so. So don't fret, you'll get it soon enough, its just a matter of time!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Supernova Article: How to properly set HD Wallpapers on your Honeycomb Tablet

You've downloaded a bunch of really nice, awesome looking HD wallpapers with just about the right resolution for your honeycomb tablet. Then you go ahead to the Image Gallery and try to set the wallpaper and realized that the crop tool in the gallery doesn't allow you to crop the wallpaper too much, at least not length wise (assuming your tablet is in landscape mode). 

So what do you do? Its actually very simple. Let me introduce to you a very useful application that I use to set my wallpapers nicely on my EEE Pad Transformer. They're still cropped, but it is done automatically and you have a few options to choose from too. Check it out after the jump.

Web version of Android Market adds breakdown of user review ratings

If you've checked out the Android Market lately, you'll notice that Google has added a new user review ratings breakdown in the web version of the Android Market. What you get to see is a complete rating breakdown for each star and also the overall average rating.

This would then allow users such as us to have a better judgement on the quality of the apps we are downloading instead of just relying on the overall average which does not paint an accurate picture. Besides this new feature, the device compatibility feature was also added recently sometime earlier this month and I must say that Google is doing a great job so far in improving the overall Android Market experience for everyone.

Here's a screenshot of how the new features looks like (the device compatibility and breakdown of ratings) for one of our own Android Apps - Screen On Toggler:


Click on the screenshot for a larger image.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Android version of Facebook updated to Version 1.6

After a long testing period of about 1 month, Facebook for Android has been updated to version 1.6 and is now available for download at the Android Market for all of you facebooking animals out there. There aren't that many new features/changes, but these changes might be a welcome addition to the app:

  • access to pages
  • video uploads
  • news feed improvements (however, still no "like" feature).

I'm surprised that these features were left out of the app when it was first launched, but perhaps it was due to some technical difficulties getting them to work on Android. Anyway, if you're one of those who are currently using the facebook app for android, do grab this new update from the Android Market here.

Samurai II: Vengeance Has Been Released For All Android Devices

Remember that famous hack and slash (and slash again) game called Samurai II: Vengeance for Tegra powered devices that came out not to long ago? Well, the developers - MADFINGER Games has finally made the game available for all devices now, including non-Tegra powered devices! The non-tegra version also supports the new Xperia Play controls which is excellent for all of you Xperia Play owners out there.



Besides this new release for non-tegra powred devices, MADFINGER Games has also decided to drop the price for the THD version which now costs a cool $2.86. In fact, both the non-tegra version and the THD versions of Samurai II: Vengeance costs exactly the same. I'm not sure how well this game will play on a non-tegra device and how the graphics would look like, but I'd suggest you to go ahead and make the purchase and if it doesn't work well or if you just simply don't like it, you should make use of the 15 minutes Android Market window refund.

But please make sure it is within the first 15 minutes the moment your download starts, not when your game installation starts. So if you have yet to grab this game, now is the time. Here are the links to their respective versions on Android Market:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Zinio and Nvidia team up to bring you hardware accelerated magazine viewing to Tegra Powered tablets

Now this is something you don't hear everyday - hardware accelerated magazine viewing. Both Zinio and Nvidia have decided to team up together and bring Tegra tablet owners a taste of hardware accelerated magazine viewing. First, for the uninitiated, Zinio is a popular and widely used newsstand / news reader application for Android Tablets.

With this newly updated version of Zinio, thanks to the power of Nvidia's Tegra 2 GPU and hardware acceleration, all the CPU intensive processing of panning, zooming and page turning has been offloaded to the GPU and the end result is a super smooth experience when reading through a magazine. If you're into magazine reading and own one of the latest Tegra powered tablets, do check out the latest version of Zinio which can be found here.

Cut The Rope Has Finally Been Released, A Day Early On GetJar!

Yes boys and girls, one of the most anticipated games in history - Cut The Rope is finally out for Android, available on GetJar! It is scheduled to officially launch tomorrow but it is now available a day earlier on GetJar.


More after the break and the download link!

Archos brings Android to your home with the Archos 35 Smart Homephone and Home Connect

On the second portion of the new android devices that Archos has announced today is another pair of android devices for your home called the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone and the Archos 35 Home Connect which is an Android based DECT phone. Both of these devices are ideal for the home user and especially if you're into just about everything Android (like myself), you'll definitely love it. 

Starting off with the Archos Home Connect, this device is essentially a music box and allows you to stream your music contents or radio anywhere in your home such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc. The device provides Wifi connectivity and is extremely small, compact, lightweight and easy to carry around with amazing sound quality from the speakers of this device.

Archos unveils new Android 3.1 Tablets

Archos has just officially announced a pair of Honeycomb tablets - the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9. These two latest Honeycomb tablets will be running on Android 3.1 when launched and will be powered by a dual-core Arm Cortext G9 processor running 1.5Ghz and storage options of either a 16/32GB flash drive OR a 250GB Seagate hard drive on board. This is probably the first time I've ever heard of the hard drive option being made available for any tablet in the market. Both of these tablets will have support for 1080p HD video playback with 3G capability out of the box. There's no Wifi only edition so you  no longer have to choose between a Wifi only or a 3G + Wifi option anymore.


The Archos 80 G9 which sports an 8 Inch 4:3 aspect ratio screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 which also comes with HDMI output support and will be sold at just $279. According to information the official site, the price of the 32GB and the 250 Seagate hard drive costs the same, presumably the 16GB will be the one sold at $279. More after the break.

Samsung Includes Galaxy Tab 10.1 Support In Latest Kies For Mac Update

If you own the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and are a Mac user, most likely you'd be frustrated with the fact that you can't access the tablet's own internal storage from your Mac. The good news is that Samsung has listened to your cries and have updated the latest Kies for Mac to support the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Finally you can load it up with anything and everything you want, all from your Mac.

You can grab the update here.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will finally be getting Android 3.1 on the 5th of July, in Deutschland

Acer's flagship Android Tablet the Iconia Tab A500 will finally be getting the latest version of Honeycomb which is currently Android 3.1 on the 5th of July, well at least in Germany. Most likely that's where the OTA trail starts from and soon Iconia Tab A500 users from all over the world would be getting this new Honeycomb update. 


Android 3.1 includes some UI refinements, improved multitasking, better performance, support for a wider variety of USB accessories such as game controllers, keyboards, mice and digital cameras, expanded recent apps list, resizeable home screen widgets and a whole lot of other updates across the OS. 

Samsung Galaxy SII Launches...Into Space!

For some strange reason, that funky little Android seems to love space. Not too long ago both the Google Nexus One and also Nexus S was launched into space..for the fun of it. Now its Samsung's turn to launch their flagship Android Smartphone - the Galaxy S II into space in conjunction with JP Aerospace. So how did they do it? They sent the phone 30,000 meters into the air using a space balloon and the astronaut that was carrying it was filmed - the entire time! 



Well to put it simply, the Galaxy S finally got its wish to see the Galaxy out there beyond earth. The device is expected to land on the 15th of July and Samsung will be broadcasting the entire event live on UStream. Do check out the space-balloon site for an extended look on this crazy event that is sure to be the talk of the Galaxy (pun intended!)



Samsung Finally Reveals Official Galaxy Tab 10.1 Accessories

The official accessories for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been officially revealed to the public. Honestly I must say, Samsung did a great job in terms of making the accessories look great - almost as good (if not better) than Apple's own iPad accessories offerings. Just take a look at this cool keyboard dock and book cover case pictured here:

Here's a full list of the official accessories that are available for purchase now:

  • Keyboard dock priced at $70
  • Book cover case priced at $60
  • Multimedia dock priced at $35 (not including HDMI adapter which is sold separately at $30)
  • Conducive stylus priced at $20
  • Leather case priced at $30

Besides that, Samsung will also release a bluetooth keyboard (for your lap) and an SD card adapter sometime mid-summer. You can check out the Galaxy Tab and (some) of its accessories in its full glory here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tegra 3 Sequel To Asus EEE Pad Transformer Due Out In Q3/Q4?

The current best selling Android Tablet in the market which is the Asus EEE Pad Transformer is expected to be followed up with a Tegra 3 sequel some time in the 3rd or 4th quarter this year. Make no mistake, the EEE Pad Transformer is just second in overall tablet sales after iPad 2 with over 400,000 transformer tablets sold in the first half of this year alone (which makes it about an average of more than 65,000 Transformer Tablets being sold a month) and will definitely be selling a whole lot more with the upcoming Tegra 3 version of the tablet.

Motorola Atrix 4G bootloader to be unlocked with Gingerbread update?

Looks like Motorola will might be keeping their promise to make the bootloaders of their devices unlockable and they're starting with the Motorola Atrix 4G.


With the upcoming Gingerbread build of the Atrix 4G which is set to release some time soon, it looks like the bootloader will be indeed unlockable just by a simple console command if ones wishes to. For owners of the Motorola Atrix - cross your fingers and hope that Motorola keeps to their word on this. 

Gameloft's N.O.V.A 2 HD FPS Finally Available In The Android Market

Gameloft has finally made the sequel to one of their first FPS games for Android called "Near-Orbit-Vanguard-Alliance" 2 or N.O.V.A 2 for short, available in the Android Market. N.O.V.A 2 is among the many other Gameloft games that will be slowly making an appearance in the Android Market which was previously only available through Gameloft's own market.

Gameloft's N.O.V.A 2 Poster

Unfortunately N.O.V.A 2 and some of the other games made available by Gameloft in the Android Market such as Asphalt 6 and Modern Combat 2 are not compatible with Android 3.x devices at the moment. Hopefully we'll get an updated version soon so that I can try it out on my Asus EEE Pad Transformer. Check out the link here to purchase N.O.V.A 2 from the Android Market if you have a compatible device (such as the HTC Desire HD) to play it with.

Huawei To Launch Their First Android Tablet Dubbed MediaPad in August

Huawei, the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China and is the second-largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure equipment supplier in the world (Ericsson is the first) will be launching their first Android Tablet sometime in August this year dubbed the MediaPad. The Huawei MediaPad is a 7 inch Android Tablet which will be running on Android 3.2 and most likely will be the first tablet to be running the latest version of HoneyComb in the market when it is launched in August this year.

Some of the interesting specifications for this 7 inch IPS panel capacitive multi-touch capable tablet includes a Dual Core 1.2 Ghz processor, a 3G USIM card slot, HDMI type D slot, built-in microphone and Micro USB support.

The Huawei MediaPad Is Due Out In August 2011

More details and a product demo video after the jump.

Angry Birds Summer Pignic Now Out In The Android Market

Well what do you know? Rovio has just released Angry Birds Summer Pignic in the form of Angry Birds Seasons. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab it at the Android Market now and get on with getting rid of those pesky pigs before the end of summer!

Angry Birds : Summer Pignic Poster

Top 3 Best Selling Tablets In Amazon

We've recently checked out Amazon's best selling tablet list and guess what? The top 3 best selling tablets on Amazon are Android tablets! The first two are actually none other than the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the 32GB version taking the top spot while the 16GB version takes second place. Just right in 3rd place is the Asus EEE Pad Transformer (tablet only without keyboard dock).

So where does the famous Apple Ipad 2 stand in Amazon's best selling tablets list? Well its just right behind the Asus EEE Pad Transformer in fourth place. Other notable android tablets in the top 10 list includes the Motorola Xoom Wifi in 6th place and the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab in 7th place. So if you're looking to get a new tablet through Amazon, look no further than the Top 3 (of course) and check out their individual buyer reviews for more information.

Top 3 Best Selling Tablets On Amazon

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sony Ericsson Launches 3 New Handsets

Sony Ericsson has just added 3 new handsets to its current mobile phone lineup at the Communicasia show in Singapore. The three handsets are namely the Xperia Ray, Xperia Active and a full QWERTY keyboard style Txt.

First off is the Xperia Ray which may look familiar to those who own the Xperia X10 and it also uses some design cues from the its recently released Xperia Arc as well. This phone comes loaded with an 8.1 MP autofocus camera with Exmor R sensors which are capable of capturing 720p video, front facing camera, a scratch resistant 3.3" BRAVIA screen (854 x 480 pixels) and Sony Ericsson's own Timescape UI. Four colours will be made available and they are gold, white, black and pink.

Xperia Arc. Photo Credit : GsmArena.com

Check out the other two handsets after the jump.

Don't Forget, Cut The Rope For Android Is Coming This Friday!

The popular iOS game that we've all been waiting for - Cut The Rope is finally coming out this Friday. Yes, you heard that right boys and girls - this friday! For the uninitiated, cut the roap is essentially a game where you basically..well cut the ropes to drop a giant candy into this little frog/critter's mouth. Sounds easy but as the game progresses, it gets harder and harder (much like angry birds).

There's some clones of cut the rope out there in the market, but this is the real deal. Not convinced that the Android version is coming out soon? Check out this sneak preview of Cut The Roap running on Android. This video was released in March this year, so the developers really took their time to perfect this. Check it out:

More Angry Birds Coming Soon With Summer Pignic

Yeap you read that right - another angry birds instalment is coming soon in the form of Angry Birds Seasons - Summer Pignic (notice the spelling?). This new release of Angry Birds should be out sometime within this summer (June/July/August) so for all you fans of angry birds, check out this sneak preview of the upcoming Angry Birds Seasons - Summer Pignic.

Mobile Firefox 5 Out Of Beta, Now Out In The Market

Mozilla has just released the latest version of the Mobile Firefox which is now up to version 5 which was previously in beta form, now available for all to download in the Android Market. This latest release includes the much wanted "Do-Not-Track" feature which is essentially a private browsing feature that is commonly found in most modern browsers and includes numerous bug fixes and improvements such as improved page load times especially over 3G connections and improved compatibility with the SwiftKey keyboard. Check out the full list of changes after the jump and also the download link through Android Market.

HoneyComb Tip : Personalize Your Lock Screen By Adding Some Text To It

Did you know that in Honeycomb you could personalize the lock screen by adding some text to it? You could do it very easily just by going to Location & Security and then clicking on the Owner Info item to set the owner information. Make sure you tick the checkbox : "Show Owner information on screen" otherwise it will not be shown on the lock screen even though it is already set. Here's a picture of the settings page for easy reference:

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You might be wondering, what's so special about adding the owner information on the lock screen?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Site Name

Hi Guys,

I had to update and change the site name to a new name because I've just found out there's already another Android Digital out there with a .com domain name, so from now on the site will be called "Android Supernova". Sounds kinda cool right? Anyway, if you have any ideas for a site name, perhaps you could drop me a mail and I'll consider it if this one doesn't work out either - [ malcolm DOT lim AT gmail.com ].

Thanks :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Reducing fingerprints & smudges on your tablet device

This tip is a general tip and applies to all tablet users. You can reduce fingerprints and smudges on your tablets by applying a bit of a product that is commonly used on car windscreens called "RainX" or similar products. Since RainX's main purpose is to reduce rain blocking your view in the windscreen and also in the side mirrors of your car, it is also used to reduce smudges and some similar products of RainX claim to repel insects too. 

Now there's another use for it - to reduce fingerprints and smudges on your tablet device. I've found these directions from another site here, read more to find out how to apply RainX on your tablet.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Android HoneyComb Browser Tip

The built-in stock HoneyComb browser is adequate enough for browsing normal desktop-based websites. However by default, the browser would send the user-agent string of "Tablet" to all the sites that you visit and when detected, you may be redirected to the mobile version of the site. To force the browser to always display the complete and feature rich desktop site, you can configure this in the browser settings by going to the action bar context menu at the top right of the screen in the browser, then tap on settings. 

Then proceed to the advanced tab and scroll down until you see a setting called "User agent string". Tap on that option and then select "Desktop" instead of "Tablet". Then go back and re-open the site that you've visited earlier (the one that redirected you to a mobile version of the site). You should be able to view the full desktop version of the site now. Have fun!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Waking Up Your EEE Pad Transformer Without Pressing The Power Button

This is a small tip for those who owns the Asus EEE Pad Transformer and bought it together with the keyboard dock – there is a simple way to wake up your EEE Pad Transformer from sleep mode (when the screen is turned off from a display timeout) without pressing the power button. To do this, you can just disable the option “mobiledock battery saving mode” in the settings -> display section and that’s it. Here's a pic of the settings page:

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Now when the screen timeout goes into effect, you can press more or less any key (try spacebar for instance) to wake the transformer up from sleep mode. Do take note that this will however drain the battery more quickly but it is useful if you’re the type of person who goes back and forth your Android Netbook Hybrid often (like myself). Alternatively, you could always get “Screen On Toggler” from the Android Market to disable the screen timeout temporarily and then reenable the timeout when you’re done working. Hope this tip helps :)

Note: This will not work while your transformer is charging via the keyboard. It works only when your transformer is connected to the keyboard dock AND not charging (i.e: running purely on battery)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to get Apps 2 SD Working for ALL apps in Android 2.2 (and above) for Unrooted Nexus One (may work with other phones)

When froyo was out, there was no way to get the apps to install to SD unless the developer explicitly allows it. Fortunately, there’s a way to manually enable the apps2sd feature. Take note that I will not be held responsible for anything that happens to your phone if you follow these instructions, but they were fully tested on my own phone and it works great. This is only for unrooted Nexus One only but may work with other devices such as HTC Desire and should also work with Android 2.3 AKA GingerBread.

Before we proceed, take note that I am not responsible for anything that happens to your android phone/device/cat/dog/yourself should this procedure fail. I have tested this out in my Nexus One and it works great. Proceed with caution at your own risk.