Category Archives: Android blogs

The latest news, views, rumours, reviews, previews and photos about Android operating systems and the phones that feature it.

Android Wear – okay, NOW wearable devices might get good!

Android Wear - okay, NOW wearable devices might get good!Right then, you all know how I love Android, ‘cos I’ve mentioned that very fact around, ooh, eleven thousand times. It’s brilliant, it really is, but what it’s not been brilliant at, up till now, is powering wearable devices. There’s a good reason for that; Android is designed to power big screens like you’ll find on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Stick it on a watch, with a diddy screen that’s too small for you to poke accurately, and it’s just not a good experience at all.

But what if there was a version of Android designed to run on smartwatches and other wearable devices? Well now there is, its name is Android Wear, and it may in fact be the thing that takes smartwatches into the mainstream. Allow me to explain… Continue reading

Jelly Bean is now the most used version of Android in the world

It’s always intriguing to watch the evolution of Android as a platform, and one of the key metrics that people use to measure its impact is the number of phones running on each version of Google’s smartphone platform. It’s not that long ago that most Android phones out there (whether they were made by HTC or Samsung or, er, someone else) were running on Gingerbread, but the world keeps on changin’, and when the change involves newer, more advanced versions of Android, it’s a change for the better.

Now, thanks to Android Developers, we know which version of Android is the most common one ye’ll find in the wild, and let’s not beat about the bush, it’s Jelly Bean… Continue reading

Google Play For Education store – the next revolution in teaching?

Y’know, I still remember the first time I ever saw a computer in my classroom, back when I was a wee nipper; I was 10, it was a BBC Micro, and it was the most amazing thing ever. We only had the one, and the competition to be allowed time on the magical box of digital wonder was fierce. I’d be lying if I said that I thought, back then, that computers would revolutionise teaching (Y’know, ‘cos I was 10), but looking back now, it seems like it was an inevitable thing to happen.

Well, now, we may well be about to see a new revolution in education, ‘cos according to the Android Developer Blog, the search giant has now launched the Google Play For Education Store. So, what’s the crack? Continue reading

Ooh, look, a photobooth that does Matrix-y bullet time using 130 HTC Ones

Y’know, I can still remember when The Matrix first came out; I went into it, not knowing what to expect, and ended up witnessing a film unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. A big reason for that was the now famous bullet time scenes, that blew away everyone who saw The Matrix and that went on to be featured in every action movie ever, after that. And now, Qualcomm and HTC have teamed up to do bullet time with smartphones…

Yeah, okay, it’s not an app that lets you do bullet time on your own phone, but there’s something rather cool about seeing mobile phones being used to recreate one of the most famous special effects in the history of cinema. So, how (and more importantly, why) did they do it?  Continue reading

Celltick unveils the new ‘Start’ launcher for Android phones

I love it when I see new launchers appear on Google Play, ‘cos that’s one of the things I love most about Android, the fact you can fiddle about with the UI to yer heart’s content, or even download an entirely new one altogether (like the awesome Splay launcher). You can also install new lock screens like, for example, a new app called Start…

Yep, what this is, right, is a lock screen replacement for your Android phone, that aims to do things a little bit differently to the standard lock screen. In fact, you could argue that it actually turns your lock screen into your homescreenContinue reading

Rumour – ludicrously overpowered new version of the HTC One on the way?

Y’know, I may well think that the HTC One X is still the best phone HTC’s ever made (mainly ‘cos I own one, and am therefore heavily biased), but I have to admit that the HTC One is a very worthy successor. It’s got a super-fast processor and a truly gorgeous screen, and although the 4MP might seem like a let-down for some, having seen it working in the flesh, I can say that it does its job really well.

Having said that, there are phones now coming out that trump it in terms of power (the Sony Xperia Z1 springs immediately to mind), so the HTC One is no longer the uber-king of mobile processors. According to UnwiredView, though, it may be about to reclaim its throne, as they reckon there’s a new version on the way…  Continue reading

So, CyanogenMod is now aiming to be the third major mobile ecosystem

I am, as I’ve said many times, a huge fan of Android. I love phones like the HTC One or the water-resistant Sony Xperia Z, and a big part of the reason why is the fact that I reckon Android is the best smartphone platform on the market. One of the reasons why I like it is the fact that it’s so eminently moddable, with custom ROMs like Paranoid Android and CyanogenMod offering whole new experiences for Android users.

In the subject of CyanogenMod, though, big things are on the horizon; according to Engadget, the creators have formed themselves into an actual company, called Cyanogen Inc, and they’re aiming to make CyanogenMod into the third major mobile ecosystem… Continue reading

Blackberry Messenger coming to iOS and Android this weekend

Welp, the Blackberry Z30 was announced yesterday, and you may remember how I said, in my post about it, that it’s nowhere near as good as other 5-inch phones on the market, and is, in fact, a bit underpowered and gutless. You may also remember how I mentioned something, in that post, about the rumours of BBM (Blackberry Messenger) coming to Android and iOS, and how that would make the Blackberry Z30 pretty much superfluous.

With an almost perfect sense of timing, the official Blackberry blog has published a post today, saying that, yes, Blackberry Messenger is coming to iOS and Android, and it’s going to be available to download this weekend. So, what does this mean for the future of Blackberry phones? Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z1 announced, and my god it’s awesome!

Ooh, awesome, here we go; I’ve been waiting for a while to write this particular blog post, because all the rumours that have been coming out about the Sony Honami have painted a picture of a truly magnificent phone. It was said to have an epic processor, a glorious screen, and a stunning camera. The rumours that leaked out also gave us a possible name for the phone: Sony Xperia Z1.

Well the Sony Xperia Z1 has now been announced, and I’m very, very happy to report that the rumours were true. Not only is the Sony Xperia Z1 a worthy successor to the Sony Xperia Z, but it’s one of the best phones ever made!

So, what’s the crack? Continue reading

Official – Android 4.4 will be Android KitKat (yes, really)!

Every now and then, I’ll come across a publicity that I can only describe as pure genius. Such was the case with LG hijacking video screens in times square, around the time the Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced, and such is the case now, with the unveiling of the next version of Android. Yes, it’s called Android KitKat, and it comes with the official blessing of Nestle. Oh, and also, Nestle’s gone and made a promo vid…

Not gonna lie, I lol’d. Rather loudly, in fact. I was going to blog about how Microsoft’s gone and bought Nokia, today, but y’know what? A chance to talk about random sweets trumps a chance to talk about Ballmer and Elop any day. So, with that in mind, what’s the crack?  Continue reading