Monthly Archives: April 2011

Android This Week: Nook Color Tablet; Video Calls Ring; Google Docs Improves

Early in a week, one of a newest e-readers became a newest Android tablets in a sense. The Barnes Noble Nook Color is good for reading e-books and is built on Google Android’s mobile handling system, nonetheless you’d never know it due to a glorious interface that hides Android. The Nook Color gained some-more inscription facilities with a program update that adds a third-party app store, a useful email client, and support for Adobe AIR and Flash within a existent web browser application.

Once a refurbish arrived, we fast ran out to squeeze a Nook Color and exam it out. Overall, I’m really tender by what this $249 device can do. My hands-on examination of a Nook Color answers a question: Is a device an e-reader, a tablet, or both?

For folks who wish to addition e-reading activities with occasional checks of email or web use, a device is positively value a look. Power users can also use program hacks to base a device and run a full Android handling system, origination a Nook Color an inexpensive double-threat.

Also this week, Google brought Android smartphones closer to relation with their inscription counterparts by adding support for video calls and discuss by Google Talk. Handsets will need to run Android 2.3.4, that Google is initial rolling out to a Nexus S phone; device manufacturers and carriers will have to follow fit on other devices.

Video discuss isn’t disdainful to Google on Android phones, however. Fring has combined four-way video calling, while Qik also went live with a video use for Android smartphones. Best of all, both of these services are cross-platform so we can call friends who have possibly Android or iOS devices.

Reading books and video chatting is nice, though some Android owners wish to get work finished too. That becomes a small easier now that there’s a dedicated and giveaway Google Docs focus available. The program allows for request modifying and copy by Google’s Cloud Print use on upheld printers.

Also accessible is a request origination apparatus that uses a camera of a smartphone: Simply snap a design of a physical document and Google will fast indicate it and emanate a request formed on a calm it sees, regulating Optical Character Recognition technology.

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Android Helping Handset Makers Who Embraced it Early

Although Apple’s success is on a rise, Google Android proves that iOS isn’t a usually diversion in town, as it is a common thread among companies such as HTC, Motorola, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, all of that have common financials this month. Even nonetheless Android adoption has helped all 5 companies, it’s transparent that those who embraced Android entirely and early on have reaped a biggest benefits.

HTC Reaches New Records

One of a initial handset makers to change over to Android was HTC, that was formerly famous essentially for a Windows Mobile phones. As Microsoft’s height fell behind that of iOS and Android after 2007, HTC indispensable a new handling complement and Google’s Android was a ideal fit. HTC finished a unequivocally initial Android phone, a G1, and never looked back, building dozens of mid-tier to high-end handsets regulating Google’s platform, such as a Nexus One, EVO 4G, G2, and upcoming Sensation 4G (shown).

What have these phones finished for HTC’s financials and sales figures? The association currently reported record revenues and net profits, with sales of 9.7 million smartphones; a 192 percent boost from a year ago quarter. Operating domain is on a arise during 15.8 percent as is a normal offering cost of an HTC handset, now during $359, or 6 percent aloft than in a initial entertain of 2010.

Motorola Reduces Losses

Android unequivocally began to take off with chronicle 2.0, spotlighted on a strange Motorola Droid handset and sum with Verizon’s offering flesh in a tumble of 2009. Multiple Motorola follow-ups arrived, some hits like a Droid X and Atrix 4G, and some misses such as a Cliq and BackFlip. But Android helped Motorola quit from a RAZR, feature-phone days over to smartphones. The mobile multiplication was also spun off from a categorical Motorola association final year, awash with money and though any debt.

In a initial mercantile entertain of 2011, Android helped Motorola boat 4.1 million smartphones or scarcely double a 2.3 million it solitary in a before year quarter. Those sales sum for some-more costly handsets reduced a company’s initial entertain handling detriment to $89 million vs a $212 million loss in a same entertain a year prior. Embracing Android too early can come during a cost though: nonetheless Motorola was a initial to offer a Honeycomb tablet, sales estimates are low. The association says 250,000 tablets were solitary in a initial quarter, though that figure is to carriers and retailers; not to customers.

It’s Samsung’s Galaxy and We Just Live In It

Samsung waited until final year to enter a Android market, though it finished a large dash with the Galaxy S line of devices, offering 10 million around a globe. The association took an Apple-like proceed by conceptualizing a singular device (with conduit variations) instead of a far-reaching portfolio of opposite handsets. The biggest downside came in a form of Android updates, that took time to get by conduit contrast and into consumer hands. Hopefully, that conditions doesn’t repeat itself with the new Galaxy S 2, that a association will hurl out to 140 carriers in 120 countries.

Samsung solitary 70 million handsets in a initial entertain of 2011, that sounds high, though is indeed a decline. However, a commission of smartphones solitary increasing to 18 percent of sales, adult from 4 percent usually a year ago. The aloft cost of smartphones equivalent a decrease in altogether handset sales, permitting Samsung to acquire 1.43 trillion won (US $1.33 billion) in operating profits.

Is Sony Ericsson Finally Ready to Play for Real?

Sony Ericsson launched a initial Android handset, a Xperia X10, in Mar of 2010, though used Android 1.6 instead of a many current, and many softened version. It took some-more than 6 months for a association to refurbish a handling complement and it usually offering a few other Android inclination during that time; mostly variations on a same theme. As a result, a association hasn’t nonetheless benefitted from Android as many as other manufacturers, nonetheless that could change with a Xperia Play, that adds Sony PlayStation diversion program and controls to a handset.

In a initial entertain of 2011, Sony Ericsson shipped fewer phones from a year ago period (8.1 millon vs 10.5 million) though relocating some-more smartphones helped revenues due to a arise in normal offering cost of 5 percent from a year ago period. Although a association has constructed smartphones with Microsoft’s height in a past, don’t demeanour for a repeat. Bert Nordberg, President CEO of Sony Ericsson recently said, “Sony Ericsson’s profitability continues as we accelerate a change towards an Android-based smartphone portfolio, with smartphones comprising over 60% of a sum sales during a quarter.”

LG Might Stand for Late to Game

As a No. 3 handset builder in a world, you’d design that LG would have embraced Android for high-end phones earlier rather than later. That wasn’t a case. The company’s initial use of Android came in late 2009 with a low-end device called a GW620. Here in a U.S. LG’s best Android seller of 2010 appears to have been a Optimus: A plain mid-market handset accessible on vital carriers as a pre-paid device. It’s usually newly that LG is competing with others in a high-end. The Optimus 2X tender me in January and usually currently we perceived a T-Mobile version, a G2x, for review.

This slowness to transition to aloft finish Android phones has harm LG’s performance, and a CEO of a mobile device devision quiescent in Sep as a result. My few hours of using a G2x tells me a association is now on track, that is good since handset shipments declined 20 percent from a before year. With few high-end inclination to sell, LG couldn’t equivalent a sales decrease with a aloft normal offering cost and increase forsaken 14.3 percent.

Without Android, we have small doubt that any of these companies would be worse off since there isn’t a constrained choice height for them to use. The solitary difference might be Samsung’s possess Bada platform, that is doing well. And it’s clear to me that while Android is assisting all of these handset manufacturers transition divided from underline phones, a ones who do so sooner, or with some-more vigor, have benefitted a most.

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MeeGo Not Dead Yet as LG Continues a Charge

Nokia might have relegated a MeeGo height to initial status, yet LG is hedging a Android gamble with a open source platform. Next month during a MeeGo Conference, LG is holding a event to uncover developers how to pier MeeGo 1.2 to LG devices, according to a report found by a MeeGo Experts site. The information points to LG display off hardware that runs on a mobile handling complement as well. Created by a partnership of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin, MeeGo might be used for netbooks, tablets, smartphones and other devices. Why would LG be meddlesome in MeeGo, when it has already embraced Android?

One usually has to demeanour during Samsung and LG’s smartphone marketplace share for a answer to that. Samsung invested heavily in regulating Google’s Android handling complement and that gamble has paid off nicely. Last year, a association sole some-more than 10 million of a Galaxy S phones that run on Android, as it continued to be No. 2 in tellurian handset sales. A series of tablets and an updated Galaxy S handset have or are nearing from Samsung as well. But Samsung knows that it is one of many Android hardware partners and has hedged a gamble on a possess handling complement in a form of Bada.

While Samsung has sole some-more phones of late, LG hasn’t. According to Strategy Analytics, LG’s sum handset volume forsaken to 24.5 million sales in a initial entertain of this year, as compared to 27.1 million in a same entertain of 2010. Last September, LG’s CEO of a mobile device multiplication quiescent over bad performance as a handset builder unsuccessful to quickly transition from underline phones to some-more absolute smartphones. A handful of new Android phones and tablets are set to retreat a disappearing sales trend, yet a uninformed smartphone height could assistance too.

Using MeeGo for mobile inclination isn’t indispensably a safest sidestep opposite LG apropos another “me too” Android device builder though. Because a MeeGo height is open source, other companies besides LG can use it. Essentially, if MeeGo takes off, LG could be another “me too” MeeGo player, that won’t concede a association to compute itself. The other plea lies within MeeGo itself as a height and ecosystem. With 44 billion mobile apps approaching to be downloaded in a subsequent 5 years, late-comers to a app store economy have a contingency built opposite them: More determined ecosystems will have a mindshare of both developers and consumers.

Still, it will be engaging to see what skeleton LG has for MeeGo inclination and software. After examination MeeGo rise over a final year or more, it’s about time we see what it can do, for consumers, for LG, and maybe even for Intel (s intc) that is still perplexing to get a chips inside of pocketable inclination and tablets.

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Google Brings Video Chat to Android Devices

After scarcely 16 months, my Google Nexus One, is finally out-of-date. That’s by distant a record for me gripping one singular phone though it’s time for an ascent since Google usually announced video discuss capabilities in Android 2.3.4, that is now rolling out to Nexus S handsets and will follow on other inclination later. I’ve been removing by with usually a single-core CPU and a 800×480 arrangement of a Nexus One, though but a front-facing video camera, there’s no video discuss in steer for me.

Google says a video discuss underline works with Google Talk and can be used on possibly Wi-Fi or mobile broadband networks if your phone conduit allows it. Just like a video job underline in a desktop chronicle of Google Talk, a camera idol appears subsequent to online contacts that can video chat. Tap a camera and a video call begins. The usually downside we can consider of is that folks with multiple Google Talk accounts will be frustrated: Android inclination usually support a singular comment for Google Talk.

I have to consternation if competing video discuss services got breeze of this development before it happened since there’s been a new flurry of mobile video communications activity. Last month Vtok delivered a video discuss product to iOS devices that leverages Google Talk and pronounced it intends to aim Android next. Fring recently delivered four-way video discuss between iOS and Android and Qik usually launched a cross-platform video job program this week too.

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What 44 Billion Mobile App Downloads by 2016 Means

Think a mobile app economy is a flitting fad? You competence wish to consider again: ABI Research currently reports that an estimated 44 billion mobile applications will be downloaded within a subsequent 5 years. By that time, a tellurian race will be around 7 billion people and while many of them will not have a smartphone, a math works out to some-more than 6 mobile app downloads for each man, lady and child on a planet!

This fast arise in mobile program is engaging to me privately for a few reasons. My initial handheld device was purchased around a year 2000: it was a Compaq Aero 2130 handheld. Regardless of a new spats over a tenure “app store,” we commissioned copiousness of program on a device. we bought it for several reasons, though one was since of a destiny prophesy that mobile inclination would bring. Of course, that prophesy is entrance to delight now: more than half of all phones sole in a U.S. final entertain were smartphones, for a initial time ever.

What we don’t remember from my Aero days, or from a many inclination that followed, is how many apps we commissioned on a device. We simply didn’t caring about tracking them since so few people indeed had inclination that could implement mobile apps in a initial place. That radically altered 3 years ago with Apple’s AppStore and subsequent competitors: now we lane how many apps are in a store, how many apps are on a normal device, a rendezvous with them, and how many apps we will have downloaded by 2016.

This vast series of approaching mobile app downloads also adds to a suspicion we had roughly a year ago in that there are dual model shifts going on right now. We’re in a midst of migrating from many activities from desktop to mobile computing and also divided from heavy, full-featured program to task-based computing:

Apps such as Seesmic, FiOS Mobile and Remember a Milk concede me to bond with people, inclination or information over a web. And they do so in a conform that’s generally some-more appreciative to use than a mobile site. we could review or send tweets by a tangible Twitter site, though we use an app for visible interest and easier entrance to functionality, that means the program has transitioned my mobile web use divided from a browser. The same scenario applies to Remember a Milk, that we use to conduct my tasks. There’s a mobile-friendly site available, though a RTM app is distant some-more manageable and offers me a improved user experience.

Essentially, these apps are bite-sized, organic chunks of a mobile web. The tiny pieces of program are designed privately for mobile use — mostly targeted for sold platforms — that brings a turn of navigation and delight not found in a browser.

This task-based approach, and a vast direct for apps that support it, underscore a plea that new inclination faces when entering a market. Specifically, I’m meditative of Research In Motion’s PlayBook, that has most to like in terms of interface, usability and design, though has few apps. HP will face a same plea with a TouchPad when it arrives in a subsequent few months, as will any MeeGo devices, if they arrive during all. Building a good device that’s easy to use isn’t adequate these days, nor will it be for a subsequent several years. And nonetheless web apps can sufficient in some cases, a guarantee of app-like facilities from HTML5 is still off in a distance.

The conditions has a intensity to be a double-whammy for Microsoft since a association faces both of these hurdles in terms of model shift. The pierce from desktop to mobile hasn’t helped a Windows authorization since we can’t squeeze a desktop user interface into to a mobile device. Again, we pronounce from knowledge as I’ve purchased a handful of inscription PCs and 7-inch ultra-mobile PCs: they usually work for a subset of users during best. Task-based computing in tiny amounts isn’t what Microsoft is famous for either; a Office authorization is an superb capability suite, though it’s filled with functionality not matched for mobile activities. The association is on lane with a Office products for Windows Phone 7, though there’s some-more work to be done.

Regardless of that companies are prepared for a mobile app economy or not, I’m enjoying these shifts in device use and thinking. we still don’t know how many apps I’ve downloaded over a past 11 years, though hey: it’s good to see a rest of a universe starting to locate up. Time to go download some some-more apps!

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Xoom Software Update Available, But It’s Not Enough

Motorola’s Xoom inscription owners have a program refurbish watchful for them today per Verizon Wireless’s support site for a device. The inscription will forewarn users when a 28 MB record is accessible for download, according to a carrier, suggesting a rollout in waves. How many waves there are is adult to discuss as analysts have pegged Xoom sales during low numbers, trimming from 25,000 to 120,000 sales so far for a initial Google Honeycomb tablet.

I recently returned my Xoom examination section to Verizon, so I’m not means to exam a upgrade. However, on paper, zero suggests that any of my vital dislikes of a tablet or platform are addressed. Honeycomb still doesn’t seem to be prepared for prime-time due to focus crashes, ubiquitous instability and a miss of useful program titles in a Android Market done for incomparable displays. Those criticisms apply equally to a G-Slate, another Honeycomb inscription we recently reviewed. But a Xoom has a few some-more issues and this program refurbish addresses neither.

Specifically, Motorola’s inscription still isn’t means to use Verizon’s LTE 4G network, that will occur after device owners send in their Xoom to have a LTE hardware added. There’s no discuss of LTE support in a recover records for this program update. Nor can Xoom owners use a microSD label container for expanding memory or for easy send of information from another device. Instead, here’s what’s new to a Xoom after this program update, version HMJ07B, is installed, per a recover records (PDF):

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with combined Proxy support.
  • SSL information send with websites is now supported.
  • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when regulating a device as a Mobile Hotspot.
  • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP.

Email and Messaging

  • POP3 HTML emails will arrangement in their entirety.

Call Features

  • Bluetooth is now upheld in Google Talk.

Additional Device Features

  • Encrypted passwords can be entered during energy up.
  • Calendar events will sojourn adult to date after an installed software update.
  • Application storage errors will not seem unless a device has reached limit storage capacity.
  • Safely wharf a MOTOROLA XOOM into a advancing adapter but interruption.
  • Ability to supplement and use a Bluetooth mouse.
  • A by-pass pivotal for a Bluetooth keyboard has been added.
  • View and import cinema from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
  • When regulating a device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

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The Best Android Calendar App Is Free Today

One of a advantages of Amazon’s AppStore for Android inclination is a giveaway program pretension any day. It’s a contrition that a store isn’t accessible in all countries only yet, though today’s giveaway app is so good, I’d buy it anyway. Business Calendar, routinely $4.99, is a giveaway offer right now and I’ve used a beta recover of it given Jan of this year. It’s a must-try, for sure. Simply put, if we wish a improved calendar concentration on your Android smartphone or tablet, currently is a day to get it during no charge.

Business Calendar is about as full-featured as we can get for a calendar app. It supports any series of Google calendars: we have during slightest 7 going during one time because any member of my family uses a common calendar, and we have a few for work purposes. The program offers mixed views as well: agenda, day, week and month. That sounds like customary transport for any calendar app, though Business Calendar takes things a useful step serve with on-the-fly visible adjustments.

In month view, for example, drumming one idol possibly adds or removes calm from calendar events. Tapping on a specific date in month perspective brings a pop-up summary with a scheduled events for that day, any of that can be tapped for details. The weekly perspective is rarely customizable as well. A corkscrew bar during a bottom changes a date operation from between a singular day to 14 days. If we have a packaged week with a ton of appointments, we can use a pinch-and-zoom gesticulate to file in on additional eventuality details, that is super for smaller screened devices. Searching for events is upheld too.

At any indicate when looking during a month view, we can concentration on a calendars of your choice: any calendar appears as a tiny add-on on a bottom of a app; simply daub one to censor it or supplement it to a view. Another intensely accessible underline on a monthly calendar is swiping your finger over a few days or a week to fast switch to a week view. And nonetheless a tip bar in any perspective routinely displays a time duration shown, we can daub it for contextual help.

Of course, Android is famous for a widgets, and Business Calendar adds a dozen to use. Essentially, they’re all a same widget, though change in terms of size, trimming from a 2 x 1 widget all a approach adult to a vast 4 x 4 size. The widgets are sincerely full-featured and totally customizable to uncover opposite sum opposite several date ranges. Tapping a widget opens a Business Calendar app nonetheless that’s not always required given we can supplement events or change views directly in a widget.

With so many facilities and intelligent user interface cues, a app is good value a $4.99 purchase. And during free, it’s a no-brainer, given we can always uninstall it. But we think many who try Business Calendar will keep it. In fact, we wouldn’t mind saying Google buy a program undisguised and confederate it with Android as a local Calendar application. For folks who can’t get a giveaway chronicle from Amazon, there is a no-cost, ad-supported chronicle in a Android Market to try. we rarely suggest it.

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Poll: 62% of Consumers Feel Their Smartphone Is Obsolete

As new smartphones are rising on a unchanging basis, U.S. consumers are starting to feel a break of accelerating record cycles: 62 percent trust that their stream smartphone is possibly archaic or will be so before a finish of their stream contract. The information comes by approach of a check from Retrevo, a Sunnyvale, CA consumer wiring selling and examination site. Retrevo’s check formula endorse a faith I’ve hold for a few years now: mobile record cycles are outpacing a extensive two-year conduit contracts.

For a support of reference, Retrevo dynamic that slightest 120 new smartphones from vital handset makers were launched between Apr 2010 and Mar 2011. While many share a same or identical specifications, this time duration saw a far-reaching operation of smartphone technologies used. Processors ranged from as low as 600 MHz for inexpensive Android handsets all a approach adult to dual-core 1 GHz processors for the new Motorola Atrix 4G.

Speaking of 4G, many phones didn’t have entrance to a next-generation network a year ago; now there are some on all 4 vital carriers, so if we wish a faster mobile broadband speeds, it’s already time to upgrade. I’m all for progress, and we adore a empowerment of mobile broadband, but I’ve been vicious of carriers for updating speeds too quickly: if a network doubles in speed each year, a two-year agreement for hardware doesn’t make most financial sense. At slightest not for consumers.

The core emanate is that as smartphone uptake is on a rise, a record inside a inclination is now improving on a yearly basis. And yet, many consumers opt for a two-year agreement in sequence to benefit a cheapest hardware cost due to conduit subsidization. Some could go month-to-month as we do, though that generally requires profitable full cost for a handset. we did that in Jan of 2010, profitable $529 for a Google Nexus One. The up-front cost was steep, though it supposing full leisure to change carriers or handsets though any contract termination fees. Ironically, I’ve enjoyed a phone so most that we haven’t transposed it, nonetheless I’ve seen a expected inheritor in a HTC Sensation 4G (shown).

One resolution to get a smartphone cycle in sync with contracts is a choice of a one-year conduit commitment. Depending on your carrier, we might compensate a small some-more adult front for hardware, though usually be committed to a year of voice and information service. Retrevo’s check found that 66 percent don’t wish to compensate some-more for a phone in sequence to get a one-year contract, while 19 percent would go for a 12-month tenure for an additional $100 hardware price. Ironically, Verizon Wireless just this month separated such a one-year agreement option, so it’s possibly compensate full cost for a phone or dedicate to what we call “cellular servitude” as your phone becomes obsolete.

Unfortunately, U.S. consumers wish it all: inexpensive smartphones and a ability to ascent to improved handsets some-more often. That’s not economically possibly for now, or in the foreseeable future, so make certain we select your phone wisely and early in a record cycle.

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Nook Color Hands-on: E-reader, Tablet, or Both?

Yesterday, Barnes Noble released a program refurbish for a Nook Color, bringing an app store, Google Android 2.2 and other tablet-like features. Since we never indeed reviewed a Nook Color when it launched — and given we was extraordinary to see if a device can reinstate a normal inscription — we ran out to buy one. I’ve used a device for roughly 24 hours now, both before and after a new program upgrade. At $249, a device impresses overall, though for many people, this is going to be an e-reader initial and pseudo-tablet second, formed on my limited, hands-on impressions. My really initial impression: Barnes Noble has dark Android improved than any other device builder I’ve seen yet, and we meant that in a good way.

A Solid E-book Reader

As someone who owned a second Amazon Kindle (the initial indication didn’t appeal) and has been reading e-books given 2003, we like a Nook Color as an e-reader. And that’s positively a device’s primary function, nonetheless it’s solemnly gaining some-more features. we might nonetheless lapse a device, given it overlaps with my Samsung Galaxy Tab, though we did squeeze a book in a Nook store; of course, we can review that calm on iOS or Android inclination too, due to Nook software.

The tone arrangement with glorious observation angles works good for calm or images and a liughtness opposite environment is wide. There are several rise and spacing options as well. we don’t review outdoors, so we can’t criticism on a arrangement in approach sunlight. The latest program refurbish adds a small page animation to a Nook Color, though it’s not a three-dimensional page spin such as Apple’s iBooks offers, for example.

Part-time Browsing Is Fine

The enclosed browser works utterly easily and is even faster after a Android 2.2 update, that we expected. One of a pivotal facilities of Android 2.2 is a speed boost to many apps. we tested a browser before and after a update, regulating a SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, usually to get a ubiquitous feel of a improvement. On a aged software, a Nook Color browser scored a indolent 11612 ms, that is among a slowest scores I’ve seen in a past year. After a upgrade, however, a device’s browser warranted a 7919 ms score, that is a conspicuous alleviation for a exam where reduce numbers are better.

By comparison, my Galaxy Tab scores 5820 ms in a local browser and roughly half that regulating a third-party application. While a Nook Color is a able browser, finish with bookmarks and support for mixed tabs, we could usually use it for partial of my day, as we enterprise faster web surfing. For occasional use, however, many folks will be usually fine, generally after a program update.

Nook Apps

Instead of charity entrance to Google’s Android Market, Barnes and Noble instead combined a possess Nook Apps store, that launched with 125 titles. Today there are 140 apps, and unless we scanned too quickly, nothing were free. we can’t see profitable $2.99 for Angry Birds nonetheless again, and few other apps jumped out during me. Plus, we haven’t motionless if I’m gripping a Nook Color over a 14-day lapse period, so we haven’t bought any apps yet.

The miss of program titles is something I’d routinely be some-more desperate about, though a some-more we use a device, a some-more we trust a tablet-like facilities are delegate supplements. As a result, any apps during all (and there are certain to be some-more in a future) are a reward for this e-reader. Plus, a device already has a few apps such as Pandora, Sudoku, Chess, a Crossword nonplus app and more. I’ve enjoyed listening to Pandora in a credentials while reading for hours already.

Email

The new program refurbish adds an email customer that’s sincerely useful. we have both my Gmail accounts in a email client, and nonetheless basic, a program works excellent for ubiquitous email use. Don’t design pull email however; a options for synchronizing email start during each 5 mins and work adult from there. Incoming messages means a unimportant presentation in a bottom left of a display.

The Nook Color email customer positively supports web-based POP email accounts, though there are IMAP settings as well, so it should work for scarcely any mail platform. we also saw discuss of mail setup by Exchange, that destined me to a Nook Color support site. According to a site, Exchange isn’t upheld directly, though TouchDown, a third-party connector app for Exchange, is accessible in a Nook Apps store.

So Is It a Tablet, E-reader or Both?

The answer to this doubt depends on what you’re looking for. Due to a plain reading experience, vast library and a ability to review Nook books on other devices, a Nook Color is positively a good, tone e-reader. As a tablet, it might usually sufficient for occasional browsing, email and program use in a stream state. That might change over time if Barnes Noble continues to mature a device with program updates.

But all a program updates in a universe won’t change a hardware. The shade is fine, and a wireless connectivity and battery life are good too. The device will always be hampered by a comparatively delayed Cortex-A8 processor, however, that was clear when perplexing to watch an Adobe Flash video. It’s good adequate for lighter inscription tasks, that creates a $249 a nice entrance indicate for a intensity inscription owner. Someone who wants to use a inscription for many hours daily and for a crowd of tasks however might find a device lacking.

Of course, a Nook Color can be a loyal Android inscription by rooting a device or installing a tradition ROM. I’ve privately abandoned that aspect for now given we wanted to weigh a device as it comes out of a box, that is how many buyers will use it. If we can bottom it and after un-root before a 14 day lapse period, I’ll do that and see if a hardware is some-more appealing with a bottom Android build and entrance to a Android Market.

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HTC Trace Takes on Swype With Better Android Keyboard

The newest chronicle of HTC Sense, a simplified user interface for Android smartphones and tablets, appears to have a new keyboard duty that allows calm submit by swiping a finger opposite keys. According to a AndroidPolice blog, a hands-on event with a arriving HTC Sensation 4G revealed the feature, called HTC Trace. Android device owners familiar with a opposite focus called Swype are certain to see a similarities.

Both Swype and HTC Trace work regulating a same concept. Instead of drumming divided during keys, calm submit is faster when users don’t have to lift a finger, as it were. Using a software, difference are fast traced that reduces a squandered time of lifting a finger for any and each letter. Automatic insertion of a space between difference also speeds adult a routine as we can see in this brief video demo.

Based on my possess use of Swype and a outline of HTC Trace, a dual program solutions seem scarcely identical. If HTC does strictly recover Trace with HTC Sense 3.0, I’m certain users will be happy to have a option, though a Swype folks might have something to contend about it unless HTC has protected a program for Sense.

Regardless of a legalities, HTC continues to uncover building intelligent hardware for handsets isn’t enough. The association is augmenting increase to new annals by conceptualizing plain smartphones, and by supplementing a inclination with effective, in-house software, HTC is creation a phones easier to use: a large offered point.

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