Author Archives: Eric Abent


“Chill” White Andru collectible charger now available

There is no lack of collectibles for the Android fanatic, but some have more functionality than others. While the Android collectible figures look nice on your shelf and take a mean picture, that's about all they do. With Andru, on the other hand, you're not only getting a cute little Android figure, but you're also getting a collectible that can actually charge your other devices.

Beautiful Widgets updated with Jelly Bean support

So, you've either got a new handset that came running Jelly Bean out of the box, or you're lucky enough to have received a Jelly Bean update already. There are a number of cool things you can do in Jelly Bean, and lately we've been seeing a lot of developers pushing updates for their apps that add new features for Jelly Bean. One of the apps getting support for Jelly Bean today is Beautiful Widgets, and looking at the list of what's new over on the app's Google Play page, it seems there's a lot to get excited about.

Android distribution numbers for November see Jelly Bean making gains

Google has released the Android platform distribution numbers for November, and things are starting to look up for Jelly Bean. Whereas Jelly Bean only held a 2.7% share in October, it was up to 6.7% in November. That's not too bad when you think about the sheer number of Android handsets out there, but of course, Gingerbread is still reigning supreme as it's running on 50.8% of handsets according to the data.

SMS celebrates 20th birthday today

Text messaging, the service that has led to many ridiculously large phone bills and equally ridiculous acronyms, is celebrating its 20th birthday today. That may come as a surprise to some, considering that text messaging is often viewed as a phenomenon of the 2000s, but the first text message was actually sent on this day in 1992. What did that first text message say? Simply "Merry Christmas."

No injunction for Motorola in Microsoft case, Judge says

The US patent suit between Motorola and Microsoft wrapped up last month, but today Motorola was dealt a pretty serious blow by federal Judge James Robart. Robart denied Motorola's request for an injunction on Microsoft products today, which of course means that Microsoft can continue selling the allegedly infringing products here in the US. That isn't the best sign for Google, which shelled out billions of dollars to buy Motorola, partly so it could have access to the company's massive patent portfolio.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reportedly in the works

As if three rumored Samsung devices in the same day weren't enough, we're now hearing of a fourth device that's reportedly in the works at Samsung towers. With the Galaxy Note II currently selling like hotcakes, Samsung apparently feels it's time to introduce the Galaxy Note 7 to the world. Yes, Samsung might be planning a 7-inch Galaxy Note - something we've heard before, but today there might be even more evidence to back such a claim up.

Hardkernel unleashes ODROID dev boards for a budget price

Let's say you're looking to pick up a new dev board, but you're a little short on cash. Hardkernel doesn't think that's a problem, today introducing the world to its new, teeny-tiny ODROID-U and ODROID-U2 developer boards. As you can see below, the boards can fit in the palm of your hand, and they start at just $69, which isn't bad at all.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review by SlashGear

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has a lot to live up to after the success of the original Kindle Fire. Amazon knew it had to impress with this latest installment, given the sheer amount of tablets out there vying for your dollar. Chris Burns over at SlashGear has delivered his full review of the device, and while you'll have to head over there to get all the details, we'll sum up some of the major talking points here.

Ice Cream Sandwich update hits Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G

Some of us are always on the lookout for news of Jelly Bean updates, but of course, there are a ton of devices out there that aren't even on Ice Cream Sandwich yet. There are many Android users who are patiently awaiting the arrival of an Ice Cream Sandwich update that may never arrive. It's almost tragic in a way, but luckily, we're finding out today that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G (GT-P7300) won't be one of the devices stuck in the past.

OUYA dev consoles arrive on December 28

It's been a while since we heard from our old friends at OUYA. Ever since the Kickstarter campaign for the Android gaming console came to an end, things have been pretty silent on the OUYA front. That all changed today, with the OUYA team delivering a major announcement: OUYA dev consoles will be shipping out on December 28, which just so happens to be one month from now.