Monthly Archive: December 2013
WSJ. The tablet is a larger version of the Dell Streak, though according to early leaks will use NVIDIA's Tegra chipset rather than the Streak's Snapdragon. However, while we've also been hearing mutterings of a larger, 10-inch slate from Dell, that's not necessarily going to run Android. Midha confirmed that the bigger tablet is due in 6-12 months, but said that Dell will be using Windows for some devices and has even been testing Google Chrome OS as another possibility. Before then, though, there will be 3- and 4-inch devices, likely falling into Dell's smartphone line-up. [via SlashGear]
rumored Android App Store has had a shot in the arm this morning, with the suppose developer T&Cs leaking to SlashGear. Although the store has not yet been officially confirmed by Amazon, the document does set out the various royalty details we've previously heard about, together with the retailer's DRM demands. For instance, while developers can choose whether or not to allow users of their apps to install them on one, more, or an unlimited number of devices, they don't get a choice as to whether or not to include the DRM. Amazon also reserve the right to edit the original binaries, and to maintain copies even if the developer later opts out of the program.
Droidrover project presses all the right buttons. You can't really describe it as a toy, though; it's actually the handiwork of several of the team at NASA Ames Research. Basically, they're remotely-controlling a Senseta rover from a Google Nexus One, with an Arduino and Bluetooth in-between. The Arduino and Android pairing apparently makes for a much smaller controller bundle, which in turn means the rover is lighter, more manoeuvrable and uses less power. It's also a reasonably priced alternative; including a Nexus One, it all came to under $600 (though that doesn't include the rover itself). [youtube XxhBE7ghcxk] [Thanks mdNomad!]
apparent plans to venture into the App Store market, it was also said that they may be releasing a tablet soon after. Alongside the upcoming store will be a tablet release directly competing with the iPad, this of course, filling the gap that the Kindle has in competition with the famed Apple tablet.
MIUI ROM. Currently wowing with its combination of slick icons, straightforward multitasking and general visual niceness, the new ROM completely overhauls the UI. More information at xda-developers together with download links, and the Android Community guys are already talking about MIUI here. Anybody tempted? [youtube Or-9T44Bt7M] [Thanks Ewdi!]