Author Archives: James DeRuvo

James has been blogging about mobile technology, photography and video for about 10 years. He's the associate producer of the Leo Laporte Tech Guy Show with Premiere Radio Networks and lives in Southern California.

Android Gaming Platform design at Yanko

Over at Yanko, there's a cool design for an Android gaming platform that could go head to head with Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play. The concept, which is being touted as the Samsung HD3 Console, would employ a 3D galaxy interface with an HD AMOLED multi-touch screen, have Dolby mobile stereo speakers, two analog sticks and a built-in microphone for chat. It also looks to stream live TV via 4G or WiFi, 250GB of internal memory and sport an insane 8MP front camera and 12MP rear shutter. And of course, it would run Android, presumably Gingerbread or above.

HBO coming to Android

HBO is expanding it's reach to subscribers who have Android handsets and tablets. The service, known as HBO Go, is part of HBOs "TV Everywhere" initiative and will be available on both Android (note the Motorola Droid X in the commercial below), as well as iOS platforms. It will enable users to stream content from every episode of HBO original series, as well as hit movies. In addition, Max Go, which is based on their sister network Cinemax, will also be available.

Turning your Android Phone into a survival tool

In the midst of a major disaster, it's likely that if cellphone towers aren't destroyed or disabled, they will be overloaded. So it may take a while to get help. However, if you're an Android user, you may have a survival tool right at your fingertips. And yes, it's all in the apps.

Samsung Vibrant gets an update tweak

Users of the Samsung Vibrant (aka the Samsung Galaxy S) can get an update for their phones that fixes a few bugs here and there. The update, known as KB5, also updates Gmail and YouTube, boosting them to R9 versions respectively. There was also a DRM issue with the music player that prevented some music from playing. Samsung has fixed that as well.

Angry Birds Seasons: Easter available now

Well, Spring has sprung and that means only one thing (other than some rodent being right about his shadow), that there's a new version of Angry Birds Seasons out! Angry Birds Seasons: Easter edition is now available in the Android Market. The new chapter of the insanely successful gaming app offers 15 new Spring themed levels, chocolate and bunnies, more Golden Eggs, and the ability to listen to the "twitter" of birds for more features.

Samsung Galaxy S II accessories show up on Clove

Accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S II (aka the Samsung Galaxy S 2) have popped up on the British cellphone site Clove. Looking at what's going to be available there's a wide range of both mobile and desktop options. The list includes a USB Gender Adapter, MHL Adapter, Sound Station and vehicle dock. There's also a home desktop dock and extended power battery pack. Or users can just get another 1650 mAh battery and Spare Battery charger for work.

Adult Swim tests the Android Waters with Robot Unicorn Attack

Nickelodeon's popular Adult Swim division is testing the waters by releasing their first Android app, a game called Robot Unicorn Attack. The app will sell for $1 and have Open Feint Support. But the good news is, that if the sales of the game go well, Adult Swim will then port "Heavy Metal" and "Christmas Editions" of the game to the Bot from iOS. Currently, both are only on iOS platforms and have been selling very well.

Samsung Galaxy S II gets first commercial

A cute commercial advertising the realistic display of the Samsung Galaxy S II has appeared on youtube. The video shows a cute little girl trying to reach for a fish swimming in the Galaxy S II's live video background so she can put it back into the fishbowl. After a few tries, she gives up and does what most kids would do, she puts the Galaxy S II into the fishbowl! The tag line reads ... "Too Realistic?"

Android App Downloads pass 3 Billion

In it's first quarter 2011 earnings call, Google let it be known that over three billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market since it opened. The tally reflects a 50% increase in Android app downloads since the last quarter of 2010. Google didn't go into details over what apps had been downloaded multiple times, meaning that the tally could be reflecting a percentage of apps that have been re-downloaded to replace and app that had been deleted. But even with that possibility, it's still an impressive tall.