video playback

VLC for Android updated with support for Android 4.3

Last week Google finally announced and released Android 4.3 Jelly Bean into the wild, and while there wasn't any major visual changes, they made plenty of tweaks under the hood. While everything is faster and smoother with the latest release, one of the changes has been causing issues for video players. Today VLC for Android quickly updated their app to solve those problems.

Stick it! lets you watch videos in other apps

Desktop media fiends will no doubt be aware of most full-sized OS' ability to display video and other windows at the same time, making multi-tasking and entertainment possible. While this isn't exactly ideal on a mobile screen, it's  now possible, thanks to "Stick It! Free your Player !" [sic] from ambitious developer MBFG. The app pops out video into its own small window on your smartphone or tablet, and the window stays above new apps, allowing you to work or browse while still enjoying a local video file.

Aigo has two new Android MIDs in the works

A Chinese manufacturer by the name of Aigo has two Android MID’s in the making. The new tablets will come in a 5 and 7 inch version. Both will be running Android 1.6, there is no word on when or if these devices will be upgraded to Android 2.1.  Price is rumored to be around 1500 Yuan which is roughly $220 and will be released in May.

SmartDevices SmartQ V5 and V7 getting Android 2.1 update

Everyone is getting some Android 2.1 love these days. The SmartQ V5 and V7 MIDs from SmartDevices will receive an update to Android 2.1. This updated will bring live wallpapers, 3D acceleration, a new UI and improved Bluetooth capabilities. The only thing missing will be multi-touch, their resistive screens is the reason for the omission of this feature.

LG Aloha Shows up in Verizon’s Inventory

Looks like my earlier suspicion of the LG LU2300 being renamed ALOHA, aka LG VS740 as it’s called in Verizon’s system, has come true. Verizon will have an impressive Android lineup this spring/summer with the addition of this, another 2.1 device that also has a 1GHZ Snapdragon and other great features.

Pasen Android MID5

Android is continuing is assault in the MID/Tablet market. This one comes from a company that is known for (knockoffs) MP4’s. But, this thing looks really good and I would imagine there are a few people that would love to get their hands on it.

Mobinova Beam Android Smartbook

The Mobinova Beam is an 8.9 inch smartbook that uses NVIDIA’s Tegra platform to deliver HD graphics while using little power to do so. It’s rumored to have the ability to play over 16 hours of video. Windows CE was the featured OS choice in the past but Mobinova chose to go with Android instead because of it's large selection of apps.
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