Color us confused. Unless we’re missing something, Samsung has installed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a chubbier, slower version of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and rebranded it the Galaxy Tab 2. I hate to open a post with such an accusatory tone, but I’ve read (and reread) today’s press release and that’s precisely what I see comparing the specifications between each “generation.”
The Galaxy Tab 2 shaves some bulk off the original 2010 design, measuring 10.5mm thick and weighing 344g (down from 11.98mm and 380g), but it’s a tad thicker than September’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (9.96mm). Assuming it uses the same chip architecture, the Galaxy Tab 2 also downgrades the Tab 7.0 Plus’ 1.2GHz processor to 1.0GHz (which is in line with the original Galaxy Tab 7.0).
The number of Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich is growing slowly, but the latest version of Google’s mobile OS is still only available on 1.12 percent of Android-based gadgets.
Mobile ad network Chitika examined the number of impressions it received in recent days and found that the most popular version of Android remains Gingerbread at 66.29 percent, followed by Froyo at 22.33 percent, and Eclair at 5.39 percent.
Google has suspended prepaid capabilities on credit cards linked to its mobile wallet after a security flaw was exposed.
Saturday’s move comes following the airing on the Internet of a flaw in the wallet’s design that could allow an unauthorized user of a phone to tap into an existing balance on a card by reconfiguring the wallet’s settings.
“We took this step as a precaution until we issue a permanent fix soon,” Vice President for Google Wallet and Payments Osama Bedler wrote in a company blog.
The security flaw was revealed last Thursday by a blogger, identified only as “The Smartphone Champ,” who explained that by opening up the settings section on an Android phone and blanking all the settings for a Google Wallet, an unauthorized user could access any balances on a prepaid card previously linked to the wallet.
Chrome for Android will not run Flash Player, the popular software that Apple has famously banned, Adobe confirmed last week.
The acknowledgment was no surprise: Last November, Adobe announced it was abandoning development of Flash for mobile browsers. In other words, Google missed the Flash boat by several months.
“Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content,” said Bill Howard, a group product manager on the Flash team, in an Adobe blog Tuesday.
The BlueStacks Android App Player lets you run Android apps on your PC. We explain how to install it, how to transfer apps from your Android smartphone, and how to run them on a Windows system.
As the popularity of smartphones and tablets increases, so will our dependence on the myriad apps available for them. Whether the end result is a hot game, a handy price checker, or a useful contact manager, the constraints of smartphone and tablet designs and interfaces have forced app developers to find creative ways to present and access data.
Unfortunately, most apps created for smartphones or tablets aren’t available for use on a PC. Some apps let you sync favorites or other personal data with a companion program or a somewhat equivalent application on a PC, but mobile apps and their PC counterparts are rarely the same.
Thankfully, Silicon Valley-based startup BlueStacks recently released an alpha version of what the company calls an app player–a PC program that enables users to download Android apps directly or transfer them from an Android-based smartphone or tablet to their PC. The BlueStacks app player essentially runs an instance of Android in a virtualized environment on the PC, so the apps act as though they’re running on a mobile device. If that’s something you’d like to try, here’s how to set it up.
There are dozens of Android phones, and newer, better ones appear every few months. Google subscribes to the Microsoft Windows scheme: write the software, and let other companies build the phones.
The result is a lot of choice, but also a lot of fragmentation. There is no one Android phone. Some models can be updated to new Android software, some can’t. A certain app might or might not run on your particular version.
That master plan differs quite a bit from the iPhone’s.
If you have one of the few Android devices currently running Ice Cream Sandwich, then you’re going to love this post. The rest of you, including those of you on iOS, will have to gaze longingly for a while.
Because Chrome just landed on Android.
It’s faster. It syncs everything (provided you want it to). It has nifty transition effects and a more intuitive system for jumping between tabs. And it’s also loaded with potential.
While Apple continues to lead the booming tablet market, Android and Microsoft are trying to keep up.
Tablet shipments, led by Apple’s iPad, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating systems, could top 125 million units in 2012, said Jeffries & Co.’s Peter Misek, as reported by eWeek.
As Research In motion, HP, and other Android OEMs, failed to compete with Apple, the market consolidated much more quickly than expected, leading Misek to cut back his original projection that the tablet market would exceed 150 millions units by 25 million.