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Linshof and the problem of Android vaporware
December 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

gsmarena_001 A German startup that had announced new Android devices has just shut up shop - before even opening. Linshof, the German company in question, states on its own website that: Linshof is closed. We understood that it would be a difficult project and we are grateful for having the opportunity to work on it. Unfortunately, our investors decided to close the project due to their own internal reasons. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Note: We have never accepted any kind of pre-orders, donations, or third party investments. All our liabilities and obligations were paid in full. Previously, Linshof announced a smartphone, the i8, with...

Regular Chromecast finally does screen mirroring
December 15, 2014 | 10:25 am

IMG_20141212_171203 Some readers may remember my previous gripes about the Google ChromeCast for Android, and its halfway-there functionality, which allowed individual Android apps to stream to an HDMI-capable monitor or TV, but not screen mirroring. Well, finally with the latest update for the Android ChromeCast app, this has been implemented - for my Nexus 2012 anyway. It's not perfect, but it's a start. The 1.9.6 version of the app requires Android 2.3 or above on a device for basic functionality, but for screem mirroring, Android 4.4.2 KitKat or above is needed. Scren casting is available as an option from the pull-down menu...

Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?
December 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes."...

Android app development might have just got a whole lot smoother with Android Studio 1.0
December 12, 2014 | 3:00 am

Google might have taken a critical step towards closing the proverbial time and cost gap between app development for its platform and for the Apple App Store, with the release of Android Studio 1.0, a stable Integrated Development Environment (IDE) available for free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. One of the attractions for the developer community is supposed to be that this IDE is built on the IntelliJ IDEA, and "in a report by Infoworld in 2010, IntelliJ received the highest test center score out of the 4 Top Java Programming Tools." In any case, Android developers now have a...

Google Device Assist sweetens your Android 5.0 Lollipop experience?
December 10, 2014 | 10:19 am

In the wake of all the issues reported over Android devices upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has released a helper app designed to provide "tips and proactive troubleshooting to help you get the most out of your device." Google Device Assist runs on "US-based Nexus, Google Play edition and Android One devices running Android 5.0, Lollipop," which of course, at this stage of the upgrade cycle, are the majority of devices affected....

Groupon offers 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $150
December 9, 2014 | 7:38 pm

If you were disappointed when Google stopped selling the Nexus 7, this deal on Groupon might make you feel a little better. Groupon is offering a new, not-refurbished 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $149.99. That’s $50 less than Amazon’s price. That’s the generation 2 model, with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, and a full 1080P display, capable of running Android 5.0 Lollipop without breaking a sweat. Made by Asus, branded by Google. The high-resolution, 323 pixels-per-inch display is one of the best you can get for e-reading short of an e-ink display. ...

Teleread poll: Your chance to respond on Android 5.0 Lollipop issues
December 6, 2014 | 12:19 pm

As many readers will be aware, my previous piece "Android latest: Lollipop does not suck" produced a fusillade of comment from those who had the opposite experience of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop iteration of the world's favorite mobile OS. And although at the time of writing I am still not having anything like the issues they reported, we decided to open a poll so that readers could report their own experience and problems. Please feel free, then, to fill in your responses below, and we'll report the results. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire...

Reading on your skin could be a thing?
December 3, 2014 | 4:29 pm

CicretReports of a new wearable technology called Cicret raise an interesting possibility for future ereading devices - although right now this looks like very much a vaporware thing and any actual product is years away, if it ever emerges. The device supposedly works by using a wraparound wristband to project a readable interactive screen onto your wrist or forearm - and the demo video looks very persuasive. Cicret has a website, which currently is inaccessible for some reason, and a Facebook page. The Facebook page does carry warnings from Cicret of other fake providers on eBay or elsewhere: "WARNING: we are...

Firefox for Android update didn’t fix my Chromecast mirroring gripe
December 3, 2014 | 11:27 am

firefox.pngI ranted a few days ago about how frustratingly almost-there my Chromecast is as a productivity and onscreen reading aid, chiefly because it just does not facilitate screen mirroring on Android except for a limited range of devices - and in any case, links this to Android OS 4.4.2 or above. You can even mirror the entire screen of any PC or Linux-based device running the Chrome browser to Chromecast using a Chrome extension - but not most Android devices. And short of full screen mirroring, the next best productivity and big-screen ereading option is mirroring the browser, allowing reading...

Latest Android Developer Dashboards show no Lollipop yet
December 2, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Google has just issued the latest update to its Android Developer Dashboards, detailing "data collected during a 7-day period ending on December 1, 2014." And as the pie chart makes clear, the latest OS iteration, Android 5.0 Lollipop, hasn't cracked the 0.1 percent threshold of users needed for inclusion in the Dashboards, despite all the hoopla surrounding its release. The immediately prior release of the OS, Android 4.4 KitKat, is now past the one third of the Android user base, at just under 34 percent of all users. The various versions of 4.x Jelly Bean are just under 50 percent, a...

Advent of ultra-cheap Windows machines a game changer?
November 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Arguably one of the big drivers for iPad and Android tablet adoption, besides the new form factor, has been price. Just like netbooks back in the day, tablets offered Internet and digital media access for a price far below that of traditional laptops and desktop PCs, and the home computer market has suffered accordingly. But what if Microsoft was able to drive down the prices, as well as multiply the form factors, of Windows machines, to compete head to head in the tablet/small portable device space? What is that going to do for the balance of OS uptake in the...

AndroidPIT App Center shutting down. Leaves Fire users in a bind
November 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

androidpit app centerDavid Rothman, former owner of this site, tipped me over the weekend to the fact that the AndroidPIT App Center is being shut down as of the end of next month. Their reason involved the EU and their revised VAT guidelines. This is trouble for users of the Kindle Fire who may have been counting on the App Center as a way to purchase apps, such as Moon+ Reader Pro, which are listed in the Amazon App Store as being incompatible with the Kindle Fire. Leaving aside how much it stinks that Amazon is forcing such incompatibilities on their users, what...