It's a confusing landscape right now in tablet-land: Do you go 10-inch or 7-inch? Is iOS the answer, or do you go with Android or Windows 7? How about this for a strategy: just make all of them.
At Acer's press conference this morning, a variety of unnamed, unpriced tablets were demonstrated: one 10-incher ran Windows 7, and Android tablets were also demonstrated in 10- and 7-inch forms.
The Windows 7 tablet, coming in February, will run on a next-gen AMD processor and notably comes with its own docking keyboard, transforming it into a mini workstation. Wi-Fi and 3G will both be available, and twin front- and rear-facing 1.3-megapixel cameras will take care of any chat/snapshot needs.… Read more
At a press conference this morning in New York, Acer introduced a number of new touch devices, including a very eye-catching Android smartphone that's due out in April 2011.
According to Acer, the yet-unnamed device has the "soul of a tablet" but the capabilities of a smartphone, with one of the hallmark features being its 4.8-inch, 1,024x480-pixel touch screen. The company says the 21:9 aspect ratio display will provide the same user experience as a PC, so you won't need to zoom in and out and scroll left to right on Web pages. … Read more
America will be on the move this Thanksgiving week as millions crowd airports, highways and trains in search of that tasty turkey or Tofurky meal. Though travel rarely stresses me, I know the prospect of braving the tired masses and the TSA pat-downs can be daunting. So to help you navigate from home to holiday, and complete your journey with as little pain as possible, I've pulled a few must-have smartphone apps. Being the aviation nut that I am I'll focus on air travel, but I'd love to hear your titles for braving the roads and rails. And please tell me about your favorite flying apps as well.
FlightTrack Whether you're picking Mom up at LAX or flying to O'Hare as I am, a flight-tracker app is essential. There are quite a few options available in both the iTunes App Store and the Android Market, but FlightTrack by Mobiata is one of my favorites. You get a lot of information in a clean and easily digestible format and the maps are the best I've seen. Cheaper titles are available, but I think FlightTrack is worth the money.
Before a flight departs you'll see the scheduled departure time and any delay information. And once a flight is in the air FlightTrack shows the airspeed, arrival gate, baggage carousel number, present altitude, a shortcut to the airline's phone number, and the local time and temperature of the departure and arrival cities.
Availability: iPhone and Android Price: $4.99
Point Inside Though it's not devoted solely to air travel, Point Inside is the perfect app during a long airport layover or when you're delayed. For most major airports around the country, and a selection in Europe and Asia, it shows maps of everything you'll need, including shops and restaurants, departure gates, baggage claim carousels, ticketing desks, airline lounges, and related services. … Read more
An HTC handset that received approval from the FCC last week has the making of Sprint's next 4G smartphone. Though we don't know anything official, the HTC Evo Shift 4G should be a lot like the existing Evo 4G, save for a smaller size and a sliding keyboard.
Also known as the HTC Knight or PG06100 (that's HTC's model number for the phone), the Evo Shift 4G appears to share some of the design features found on HTC's earlier Desire Z. Its keyboard is similar, for example, and it features the same general shape and … Read more
If the summer belonged to the rollout of the Samsung Galaxy S series, the fall belongs to the LG and its Optimus line. MetroPCS has just announced its first no-contract Android smartphone, the Optimus M. Much like the iterations found on T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, the MetroPCS version runs Android 2.2 and features a 3.2-inch touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, messaging, and e-mail, a personal organizer, and a music player.
The Optimus M will be available at stores and online for $229 starting November 24 with no contract. MetroPCS offers a $50 monthly plan that provides … Read more
It wasn't a huge week at the Federal Communications Commission, but there were two handsets worth mentioning. As Phonescoop reported, the Casio C771 should be an Android phone for Verizon Wireless, and we saw what should be the HTC Evo Shift 4G. Because the FCC has to certify every phone sold in the United States, not to mention test its SAR rating, the agency's online database offers a lot of sneak peeks to those who dig. And to save you the trouble, Crave has combed through the database for you. Here are a selection of filings from the … Read more
As the first major music service to offer caching on the iPhone, Rhapsody has managed to stay quite competitive in the mobile space. And although the company lagged a bit on getting its Android app out of beta, the final product is sufficiently impressive for us to forgive its trespasses in the timing department. Though it may not be as pretty as some other mobile music offerings, Rhapsody's features and performance on the Android OS should make it a top consideration for anyone interested in subscribing to an all-you-can-eat service (or all-you-can-listen-to, as the case may be).
Verizon tipped its hand a bit last night by inadvertently outing its next Android smartphone. A 360-degree view of the HTC Merge landed on the carrier's Web site only to be abruptly pulled.
AndroidCentral was quick enough to see the phone and capture a video of the device. The Merge, which once carried the nickname of Lexikon, should be Verizon's first sliding QWERTY world phone. Specifications include Android 2.2, an 800MHz processor, and a 3.7-inch touch screen.
Incidentally, AndroidCentral was able to get its hands on the Merge and do a full review back in early … Read more
Android is now running neck and neck with Apple's iOS as the largest U.S. smartphone platform on the Millennial Media mobile ad network.
The number of mobile ad impressions (how often an ad appears) in the U.S. for Android jumped 8 percent in October over September, according to Millennial Media's "October Mobile Mix Report." That increase means both operating systems accounted for a 37 percent share of all impressions tracked by the ad network.
Ad requests (the number of times a mobile ad is clicked on) rose for both operating systems last month but … Read more