Yesterday, we quickly wrote up a few stories reporting the important details of the Amazon Kindle announcement. A day later, it is time to reflect. Amazon has said it is about content. And they are. They started out as a bookseller, and despite being very technically adept, they’ve always used hardware as a way to move along their various content ecosystems. But we don’t quite believe them they aren’t being shrewd about the hardware too. The base Kindle is now $69 with offers. We had thought it might go as low between $30 and $50, but at $69 it is still in the impulse buying range. It is almost disposable. The Kindle Paperwhite is $119 with offers. It incorporates Amazon’s latest screen improvements, including a new lit design that allows for night reading as well as better contrast during the day, and still with amazing battery life. (8 hours). The 3G version is $179 with offers. In the case of all three, to disable the offers is an additional $20. So, let’s talk about a few things in the e-reader family before moving on to the Fires. Text to speech, a formerly touted feature, is gone on all Kindles(the Keyboard [...]
Another Monday, another podcast. The future is bright…
- Android Accessories – Rumors are that iOS is set to change its infamous connector. Will this encourage accessory manufacturers to build more USB and bluetooth accessories for universal compatibility?
- Platform News
- Nielsen issues report on smartphones in the US, 51.8% of smartphone users in June 2012 were using an Android phone, 34% iOS. Android also tops new users.
- Baird Equity Research surveyed app developers on the long term outlook 9.3/10 iOS, 8.7/10 Android…other mobile OSes way down.
- Verizon launches GameTanium, a $5.99 all-you-can-play subscription for select games.
- Ouya soars past 4 million in funding on Kickstarter. Is the Ouya Android-based gaming console destined for success or doomed to failure?
- App News
- XBMC for Android Announced
- WordPress for Android updated. Now supports the Nexus 7 and Danish.
- Accusoft USB Scanner allows for the interface of a scanner to a Honeycomb or above device
- Letris 2, a combination of Tetris, Scrabble and Boggle now on the store. After six levels, they try to make you pay $99 for infinite levels. Notes indicate it is a typo and should be 99 cents. (Play Link)
- Timer for Android offers Holo-themed customizable countdown timer. (Play Link)
- Carbon for Android Twitter app will be free, as paid apps aren’t permitted in UAE.
- IMDB updated, adds social sharing, recommendations, mobile message boards, filming locations, and more. (Play Link)
- WhoAreYou offers Free Caller ID, SMS Blocking, and Reverse Phone Number Lookups for Android. Offers good features, however, signs you up for a Youmail account, which is an alternative to Google Voice for visual voicemail (Play Link)
- Team Win Recovery updated, now includes on-screen keyboard inside recovery.
- Google My Tracks updated, allows you to view your tracked routes right inside Google Earth for Android. Has not been updated in several years. (Play Link)
- ClockworkMod Recovery set to receive update. Will add a check to ensure a ROM has root, disabling the stock flasher, and will allow the decline of an update.
- Gnucash for Android released, currently available for download for testing. Not yet recommended for normal use.
Android Buffet…now with live studio audience…
- Get Stuff Done in the Cloud. Go Google.
- Dilbert once again nails it with App Privacy…and Google Glasses
- Furious Judge decries blizzard of copyright troll lawsuits. Copyright trolls have likely stiffed the judicial system to the tune of millions of dollars.
- Discovery Communications buys Revision3…anyone want to buy us?
- Netbook shipments down 34 percent from last year, now about 5 percent of total shipments, compared to 13 two years ago. Has the tablet killed the netbook?
- The State of Mobile: Less Talking, Fewer Texts, More Data
- How Smartphones and Tablets are fueling Commerce. Nielsen reports 79 percent of respondents in a survey conducted in the first quarter said they had shopped using their smartphone or tablet. But when it came time to buy, 42 percent of tablet owners said they bought purchased items on their device compared to 29 percent of smartphone owners. Less than 30 percent of users have used their device for mobile payments.
- Infographic: Features your next Smartphone might have.
- In 2011, for the first time, smartphone sales outsold computers
- By 2015, it is estimated tablet sales will parallel computer sales, while smartphones will hit 1 billion sold
- In 2016, 72% of smartphones will include touchscreen only interface, but in the future, physical gestures, eye tracking, and voice control may play a bigger role.
- Better Cameras
- Platform News
- ICS now on 4.9% of devices.
- IDC claims tablet shipments dropped 38% last quarter.
- Oracle vs. Google reaches a unanimous decision by the jury on all but one question. Jury to take weekend to see if they can reach a decision about the remaining question.
- Meanwhile, EU rules that APIs can’t be copyrighted, as this would monopolize ideas. Computer code itself can be copyrighted, but functional characteristics—such as data formats and function names—cannot be. “To accept that the functionality of a computer program can be protected by copyright would amount to making it possible to monopolise ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development,” the court stated.
- Ars Technica reports that several malicious apps remain in the Google Play store despite Bouncer, and numerous malicious reviews.
- Samsung open sources ICS Code for the Galaxy Tab 2.
- Are Verizon reps pushing 4G Android Smartphones over the iPhone?
- Play Store now lets you charge purchases to your phone bill on select carriers.
- Android Open Kang Project reaches Milestone 5.
- Pause for Station ID and feedback request in middle of show.
- App News
- Facebook responds to feedback and removes camera/messenger buttons in latest update
- Titanium Backup Pro adds Google Drive support.
- Adobe Flash Player updated, bringing more security patches.
- Facebook Messenger updated with read receipts and usability tweaks
- D7 Google Reader updated to 2.0. Offers a new UI redesign, featuring an action bar inspired by Gmail, Readability mobilizer support, Save to Readability, bug fixes, and more. Guru’s phone reader of choice (Play Link)
- HBO and Max Go updated with ICS phone support.
- Calculations: An ICS style multi-function calculator with currencies, tipping, mortgage, measurements. Still needs improvement. (Play Link)
- Flipboard for Android is coming, exclusive to the Galaxy SIII, but eventually to the store. Flipboard was the original magazine style news viewer.
- New Swiftkey Beta available, offers improved ui with dedicated comma key, refined smart punctuation popup, improved lag and functionality.
- Firefox tries to unify design amongst all versions of browser.
- ESET Mobile leaves beta. (Play Store)
- Soundwire streams audio from your PC to your phone.
- Paper Camera update to version 3, bringing front-facing camera support, social and more. (Play Link)
- Alt Mounter simulates usb storage on ICS, and acts as a MTP replacement with the help of a help app on the computer.
- Ally Bank debuts mobile banking apps. (Play Link)
- Lookout introduces Install Monitoring and File System monitoring (Play Link)
Episode 94 – Now with Studio Audience is a post from Android Buffet Podcast – Hungry for Android? Get all you can eat at the Android Buffet Podcast…live on Mondays at 10PM Eastern. All Rights Reserved.
Harry McCracken, who write the Technologizer blog, wrote a story in December entitled: “How the iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer.” In it, he asked whether or not an iPad can replace a PC? Being as we’re Android people, we decided to look at that from a broader perspective.
The simple answer is no. The distinction between a tablet and a full-fledged personal computer is being blurred, but they are still very different animals.
The primary built-in input of tablets is the touch-screen, which is not conducive for creation of long form content. The occasional brief email, but even that can be a chore.
Having acquired an Asus Transformer, we know there are markets for tablets that offer an optional keyboard dock. For other tablets, there is the option of a variety of bluetooth keyboards, which is what Mr. McCracken uses for his iPad. These keyboards, dock and other tools add the typing ability needed to turn a limited device into a full device.
Once you have the keyboard, you can start long-form typing. As pointed out in our referenced article, “You’re typing into a radically different set of apps than are available on a notebook.” You have to find out how to perform everyday tasks you would use a computer for normally.
Tablets and their lower power processors allow for hours of battery life, and the manufacturers are always searching for better battery life..So, you pair a screen the same size as a common netbook with an optional keyboard, long battery life, and functionality equivalent to many computers…What is missing?
When you add a keyboard to a tablet, what you essentially get is a netbook. But a netbook that costs more and has limitations in comparison to an actual netbook sized computer. In the end, what is missing is the larger screen and increased flexibility. But, maybe it can’t be your primary computer, but could it be your primary travel computer? What about on the go?
We’d like to hear your opinion? Where is the line and what do you do?
- Harry McCracken uses the iPad as his prime computer (teleread.com)
The Concise Oxford English Dictionary adds`woot and noob.
Episode 57 – Welcome Noobs is a post from Android Buffet Podcast – Hungry for Android? Get all you can eat at the Android Buffet Podcast. All Rights Reserved.
Amazon announced Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player, a digital storage and music locker service. The first 5GB are free, 20GB is $20 a year(first year is free with…
Welcome New Users. Our downloads jumped 300+ users. Hope you enjoy us. Next week will be our supersized Honey
- “When this gets released for android (iphone now) the distributed remote devices problem we discussed should be solved. Check it out. http://www.squareconnect.com/” Ted
- “Hey guys, jacob from queens again. Disclaimer – i tunes for whatever reason did not list episode 0, so i have now heard all of your podcast. Android buffet has evolved quite nicely, though my one pet peeve is the audio quality. well actually the balance of the audio levels to be exact. Sometimes Guru’s voice might be too low, while Jere’s microphone level often sounds slightly distorted or much louder in comparison. Perhaps there is a program you can utilize to properly equalize/balance the audio. phone time…….i have the original motorola droid, and have not really felt compelled to purchase a new phone even though i am eligible for an upgrade. I plan to stay with verizon, unless the rates go through the roof. I’m anxiously awaiting the possibility that sprint may have something in the pipeline in the not too distant future. The bionic/thunderbolt selection lacks the wow factor in my opinion. If t-mobile had great reception. the nexus s would have been my next purchase, contract free. sooooooooo, my question is regardless of carrier lockdown, are there any android handsets that have caught your attention that are available now, or have been showcased at CES 2011 that you would purchase. Or are you fairly content with your handsets and will wait it out until all the new tech settles a bit. thanks again, be well Jacob..btw – i think you guys had mentioned your into audio. sorry i cannot incorporate the word audiophile into my daily talk. though i am pleased to own a McIntosh amp, oppo blu ray player, which are connected to a pair of aci sapphire xl reference monitors. I would love to know your choice of audio equipment that keeps you company in your living room.”
- “On your last show you lamented how you got no love from your audience at least in email form or without a blatant attempt at self promotion . This is just to say that you guys do one of my three favorite andoid-related shows as mentioned in my most recent article at datamike.net where I also detail my favorite android apps for 2010. See, I like your show, and no self promotion whatsoever.” Mike Evans (Mike commented on that post he, “thought this pretty dry a first, but I’ve warmed up to them.”
“Hello Guru and Jerry. I enjoy listening to the podcast and your take on all things android. I’ve been intrigued by Jerry’s journey to rooting his phone – I understand it may be done by now, but I am curious about why it has taken so long. If it’s lack of time, that makes sense. If it is wanting an pure device for development purposes, that makes sense too. However, I’ve heard Jerry allude to the fact that it makes him nervous. Perhaps he is being tongue in cheek, but I am curious if this is true. I own a Samsung vibrant and became frustrated with the lack of updates and some lingering glitches with the phone, so I hit xda and learned how root my phone and then flashed the Axura rom (great rom for vibrants, btw). The result was a phone that finally works the way I always thought it should. I’m a huge fan of the vibrant now. I was nervous about doing it because I knew NOTHING about it. I learned enough to work with mine and have since updated the rom several times. But Jerry is a developer – he knows a lot. So I guess my questions are, where you really hesitant to root and if so, could you walk us through why? Thanks Mark”
- Platform News
- Android/Honeycomb event scheduled for February 2nd, streamed live at youtube.com/android
- Howard Stern considers switching to Android, currently a Blackberry user.
- Blackberry to Android: Confessions of a Convert (Do you use Google Talk on your Android phone?)
- New Mobile Weather in Search
- Android x86 Project produces build of Gingerbread for Intel/AMD CPUs
- “The Age of Milk” is the first movie shot using only a Galaxy S phone.
- Verizon getting rid of smartphone rebates, going with ‘instant rebates’.
- AT&T to push Android phones now that iPhone is going to Verizon
- Google Voice now permits you to port your mobile number to them for $20. Can still ask mobile provider for new number, rather than terminating contract.
- Google Cloud Print for Mobile announced.It will support most phones that support HTML5. It requires a Chrome extension be activated on your computer. Currently, Windows support only for the extension, but Mac and Linux are coming.
- Alternate Phone to Print Services
- Market Watch
- Android In-App Payments Coming Soon
- Engadget’s description of in-app payments, “which would enable the direct-selling of add-ons, costumes, and enough other bits and bobs to ensure you’ll never buy a fully-featured app again.”
- Bloomworlds (The App Store that Grows with You) – Family Friendly and curated App store, a large portion of which are child/educational focused.
- App News
- Playstation Suite(cross device game platform) bringing Playstation Games to Android-based devices version 2.3 and up.
- Play.fm, the largest online site for DJ mixes and recordings, now has an Android app. (install via AppBrain)
- Thumb Keyboard, tablet optimized keyboard. Not working for Nook Color…yet. (Install via AppBrain)
- UK version of Amazon app launched.
- IRS2Go App launched – Check refunds, tax information, and more. (Install via AppBrain)
- Runkeeper Pro now free forever.
- Verizon rolls out VZ Navigator X, launching on several Android phones, still $9.99 a month…people wonder why they’d pay $9.99 a month for it.
- Beautiful Widgets 3.3 released, offers new ‘Superclock Widgets’
- B&H Photo releases Android app
- EA releases Worms for Android (Install via AppBrain)
- Root Report – Fresh EVO
- Tablet Talk
- Honeycomb Preview on a Nook Color
- Developer’s Corner
Episode 29 – Jere Got Rooted is a post from Android Buffet Podcast – Hungry for Android? Get all you can eat at the Android Buffet Podcast. All Rights Reserved.