Fujitsu developing dual display handset

Japanese computer hardware giants Fujitsu are developing a dual-screen android smartphone which is being showcased at the MWC. Though at the time it was shown, it ran on Symbian. But some claim it will be upgraded to Android. The form factor is pretty strange; the orientation of the screen and the hinges are user modified and can be changed as per the user's convenience. This handset is still in its initial developmental stages so there's not much info available on the device. We saw … [Read more...]

Google Music launching on Honeycomb devices

CEO of Motorola Mobility Sanjay Jha spoke at the MWC yesterday and gave out some information about the Motorola Xoom tablet and Honeycomb: "If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there’s a video service, there’s a music service – that is, there will be a music service.” This is a clear indication that Google is developing a Music Store of their own to rival the Apple iTunes Store. Honeycomb is set for a launch with the Motorola Xoom and a few other tablets, including the … [Read more...]

Google official gives out some more details about Android’s next update

Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) -  Google's Eric Schmidt gave out some information about Android's next update, Ice Cream, or  Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream has been talked about for quite some time now and is believed to be the successor to Android 3.0. This apparently would be a polished version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread combined with some functionality of the tablet OS, Honeycomb.  Today Android's engineering director, Dave Burke, said that Honeycomb's multitasking feature of … [Read more...]

ViewSonic ViewPad 4 coming with Android 2.4 Gingerbread?

According to ViewSonic, the ViewPad 4 smartphone will ship with Android 2.4 on board. The handset was originally said to ship with Froyo (2.2), but today ViewSonic said it would ship running Android 2.4 instead. The company said that Android 2.4 is the successor to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will retain the Gingerbread moniker and would bring some of Honeycomb's functions to the platform. This part seems true....however.... HTC also recently sent out a press release announcing that their … [Read more...]

HTC Flyer to get a Honeycomb update on an unspecified date

HTC's Sense UI would not be as suitable on a tablet as on a cellphone. But still HTC have decided to launch the Flyer with their native Sense UI instead of waiting for a Honeycomb launch. They've made some tweaks to the UI though, so it's not basically the UI one would see on a HTC handset. It is quite a mystery as to why HTC went with Android 2.3.3 when Honeycomb is specifically made for tablet devices, but according to Android Central, the Flyer will be updated with Honeycomb in the near … [Read more...]

RIM Working to Make Android Apps work on the Playbook Tablet

Bloomberg has reported that RIM, the makers of BlackBerry, are working tirelessly to make Android apps work on their much awaited tablet device, the Playbook. It seems RIM realizes the (coming) ubiquity of Android and thus an influx of developers developing apps for the Android platform, along with the already robust Android Marketplace. Why not tap into an already successful app Marketplace? If this rumor is true, it will show that RIM is willing to make smart, forward looking decisions and not … [Read more...]

Samsung tweets about Android 2.2 Froyo Update

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S smart phone, and you live in the United States, then you are running Android 2.1. Android 2.2, a substantial update has been delayed ad continum, ad nauseam by Samsung for quite a while now. What makes it even more of a blow to Galaxy S users is the fact that Android 2.3 Gingerbread was released by Google last month! So while the 10 million Samsung Galaxy S users plod along with 2.1 waiting in hope for 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread is already out! And yes I said 10 … [Read more...]

Toshiba shows off new tablet at CES

Tuesday night in Las Vegas at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) saw the unveiling of Toshiba's newest tablet, a 10.1in (diagonal) Android-based tablet that, according to Toshiba, will rival Apple's iPad (9.6in). The tablet shown at CES is likely running the latest version of Android (2.3) although when the tablet is available sometime later this spring, it will be running the upcoming version of Android known as Honeycomb, a tablet-optimized version of the Android mobile OS that is currently … [Read more...]

How to Enable Swype on your Android Phone

Swype is a special input method for touch screen phones that allows you to slide your finger across the letters to make words. It has a traditional QWERTY keyboard and is just like typing, except you don't have to lift a finger. The concept of Swype is to text fast and easy, sliding one finger to each letter of a word only lifting to indicate a space between words, takes less time then clicking each letter and space manually. Swype has a input path analyzer, a word search engine, and a … [Read more...]