Google may have finally found a solution to the social networking problem that has eluded them for years – Google Plus is populated by 62 million users and will hit 400 million by the end of 2012, according to self-proclaimed “unofficial statistician” Paul Allen (no, not that Paul Allen).
The last official figure we got was 40 million users, but that was way back in October. Allen’s estimates put the growth rate of Google Plus at 625,000 new users per day. At this rate, Google Plus will hit the 100 million users mark before the end of February and 200 million in August. Read more »
HTC’s first Android tablet – the Flyer – started off with a hefty price tag in the UK (£600!), but it has dropped significantly since then. The latest price cut brings it to a manageable £200.
The specs of the 7″ aluminum-clad tablet won’t impress anyone, but with Android 3.2 already rolling out, it’s not a bad piece of kit. Read more »
Dropbox released version 2.0 of their Android app and it promises to make the mobile experience much, much better. Storing files offline, bulk uploads and Ice Cream Sandwich support are just a few of the changes that the new version brings.
Dropbox 2.0 uses a tabbed interface and one of the tabs is Favorites – files marked as such will be stored on the phone for offline use (Dropbox for Android typically doesn’t store files in the phone’s memory). Read more »
The top of the Asha line, the Nokia Asha 303, walked into our office to tell us about its 1GHz processor. We asked it about multitasking, but it quickly changed the subject by yelling “I have Angry Birds!”.
The 303 has several things that elevate it above the majority of other feature phones – from the fast processor, through a capacitive touchscreen and QWERTY to Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G with HSDPA. Read more »
The location-based social networking app, Nokia Pulse, is inviting the Nokia N9 to the party. The app debuted with Windows Phone and Symbian versions along with an in-browser version, but now you can try out the beta version of the native app for Nokia’s sole MeeGo-powered phone.
Nokia Pulse lets you check into places (and maybe post a photo for them to) and discuss those places with your friends. It’s hardly the first app to do that, but Pulse integrates with Nokia Maps. Read more »
Firefox was in a precarious position for a while because the search deal with Google was running out – and that was the main source of cash for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. Firefox fans can breathe a sigh of relief as there’s a new deal that ensures Google sponsorship for another three years.
After reports that Chrome has surpassed Firefox for the second spot in the most popular browser leaderboard, it looked uncertain if Google still had interest in Firefox. It turns out it does and Google will remain the default search provider for Firefox for the foreseeable future. Read more »
The Amazon Kindle Fire gets listed in the same column as the rest of the Android tablets, but it’s worth remembering that it’s a highly customized version of Android and works differently than the rest. Take the silent auto-updates for example – the Fire will install the latest available firmware version 6.2.1 without asking, which will break root and make the tablet immune to SuperOneClick rooting.
The update does bring several goodies, the most valuable of which is probably the ability to remove items from the homescreen carousel. Read more »
So, you’ve got yourself a cool new droid with a beefy GPU but then you find out that GTA 3 was optimized for common Androids and their paltry graphics. Luckily, it turns out that the game supports much better graphics, you just need to enable them through slightly unconventional means.
It’s as simple as replacing the right file with a customized one and you can get much improved visuals from the game if your phone’s GPU is up to it. There are a couple of more before/after pics after the jump. Read more »
The Kindle lineup has made Amazon proud – over a million Kindle devices are flying off their virtual shelves every week, three weeks in a row now. That includes the eInk readers, of course, but the droid tablet, the Kindle Fire, is doing very well too.
Amazon didn’t give any specific numbers, but said that the Kindle Fire was the bestselling product on all of Amazon for the 11 weeks during which it has been on sale. It’s also the most gifted and most wished for product on Amazon’s lists. Read more »
One of the most unusual smartphones that you have seen just landed in our office – the Meizu MX. At its core, it’s an Android phone, but it takes a lot of design cues from the iPhone. What’s unique about it is that it’s from a Chinese company – a lot of companies have their gadgets assembled in China, but this one was also designed there.
China has all the potential to become a tech powerhouse – and the Meizu MX is probably just the first of many high-end gadgets that have an actual chance of dethroning the current top phones. Read more »
Everyone who has read the The Da Vinci Code or has seen the movie knows what a cryptex is – an old-timey way to password protect your documents. Except today’s documents typically come in digital form, say a flash drive, rather than paper so as cool as a cryptex sounds, it’s no good to use today.
Enter the Crypteks USB – you can guess what it does just by its name. It’s not a real product yet, it’s just a concept on Kickstarter. Still, considering it has received $130,000+ in backing (well over the $12,000 goal), it seems a pretty safe bet that it will be a real product soon. Read more »
After the initial buzz about Google+ dried out, we barely hear any news about the service these days but Google seems determined to make this one a success. They’ve updated Hangouts with some cool new features and bringing it to Google+ Messenger on mobile devices.
With the update, Google aims to make Hangouts the online conferencing tool. The first step is to make it easier to start or join a hangout. Read more »
Look at what stumbled in front of our camera – it’s a baby Sensation. No wait, it’s the HTC Explorer – a petite droid coming to replace the Wildfire S as HTC’s entry level offering.
We were scratching our heads for a while, wondering what has changed since the Wildfire S, and it turns out there’s quite a bit that’s different. Read more »
Samsung made official their Series 5 Ultrabooks – that’s right Ultrabooks, not Chromebooks – in South Korea. While not the thinnest or lightest, they pack some mouth-watering specs.
The Series 5 Ultrabooks come in two sizes, 13″ and 14″, but the difference between them is more than just an inch. Read more »
Another letter of the Galaxy alphabet has come to visit us today – the Galaxy W a.k.a. I8150. It sits in the middle (size-wise) between the entry level Galaxy Y and the high-end Galaxy S.
The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 is in the middle in terms of performance too – the Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset packs one 1.4GHz core and Adreno 205 graphics that offer pretty good performance. Read more »