Millions this, millions that – the Angry Birds team are probably all patting each other on the back, celebrating passing 350 million downloads. The company’s General Manager Andrew Stalbow bragged about some other numbers – like people spending 300 million minutes each day on the popular bird-flinging game.
But it’s not just about the game anymore – the animated shorts Rovio has put up on YouTube (like this one) have gathered over 170 million views. Read more »
Despite all the Windows 8 demo videos that we saw over the past few days there still seem to be major features in the new OS that we don’t know about. Like telephony, for example. Yeap, Microsoft’s shiny new platform is likely going to support voice calls, which will make it suitable for voice-enabled tablets.
The information comes from the screenshot above, which features a missed calls pane in its Metro UI. And that could be used for some VoIP services, so you shouldn’t get all too enthusiastic about it just yet. Read more »
The long wait is almost over, then. Samsung’s sweet-looking Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet will be going on sale in select BestBuy stores this Thursday. Reportedly, shipments have already arrived in the US and now we are just waiting for them to be distributed to stores around the country.
According to BestBuy some stores will have to wait until 25th to get their retail units, but the company didn’t specify which ones. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is currently listed at $399 on the seller’s official website, which sound like a great deal for the Tegra chipset and the 1280 x 800 PLS TFT screen. Read more »
As promised, AT&T flipped the 4G LTE switch on Sunday. This is not the first time you’ll be experiencing LTE on AT&T’s network, however, as certain areas in the US have been enjoying this for a while now. It’s just that now it’s official.
However, if you were expecting a lot more areas to get LTE after the official launch then you will be a bit disappointed as currently it’s only available in five states. Read more »
Being already one of the premier PC makers, it was only logical for Lenovo to take a shot at the quickly expanding market for Android tablets. This summer, the Chinese manufacturer released three different models, which include the IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad and IdeaPad A1, in an attempt to offer a droid tablet for every taste and budget. We managed to spend some quality time with the entire lineup of Lenovo slates, running the Google OS at an event in New York, and here are some fresh initial impressions for you.
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WebOS has effectively died its death, but there are those who still want to keep it alive, in whatever form that may be and CardSwitcher is one such example.
For those of you sporting a jailbroken iPhone (on 4.1 or higher), CardSwitcher offers WebOS’ visual multitasking in all its glory. There are other apps available of course, but this one appears to be the most fluid and complete of the bunch. Read more »
The QWERTY slider BlackBerry Torch 9810 is our guest of honor today, that’s the third BlackBerry in a week! Just like its siblings – the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, this Torch 9810 is running on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.
It’s a hybrid between the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, combining both the hardware QWERTY keyboard and the big WVGA touchscreen. Read more »
Just a week after we had the pleasure to do unboxing of the latest BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, today we have another RIM guest – the Torch 9860. It’s in a completely different category though – with that 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen it somehow suggests multimedia prowess rather than business.
Of course, RIM would never cheat on its traditions and it has left nothing out of the business and messaging departments. Read more »
The Xbox Live Arcade game Lore Runner X is coming to the Android OS. It launches exclusively on the Xperia PLAY and Sony Ericsson will make it available on some their other Xperia phones but I guess it will hit the Android Market soon or later.
Lore Runner X for Xperia PLAY has the same 3D graphics as its console sibling and will be controlled the well-known way, thanks to the hardware gaming controls. Read more »
Google is allegedly working on a social news reader app for both the iPad and Android, which should step on Flipboard’s toes – which, incidentally, is the app that’s named 2010 app of the year by Apple.
The rumor first emerged from a comment on Google+ by blogger Robert Scoble, who said that he’s “heard from someone working with Google that Google is working on a Flipboard competitor for both Android and iPad”. Read more »
If you have been waiting for the two latest Archos G9 slates to hit the shelves so you can finally jump on Honeycomb bandwagon, we are afraid we have some bad news for you. The French manufacturer confirmed that only the Archos 80 G9 will be meeting its promised September release schedule for the Archos 80 G9, while the Archos 101 G9 has been delayed to October.
The TI OMAP4-based 8″ Archos 80 G9 and 0.1″ Archos 101 G9 prices will be starting at $299 and $399, respectively and they will both have HDD versions for those in need of high storage capacities. Read more »
Google Voice Actions is a series of commands you can use on your Android smartphone to send texts, call someone and more. The service has finally crossed the Atlantic and has landed on European shores. It’s now available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
The beauty of this is that users who wish to use the Voice Actions service in one of those countries can simply do it by tapping on the microphone icon on their Google Search widget. If you don’t have it, it can be downloaded for free here. Read more »
As you probably know, Internet Explorer 10, the version of the world’s most popular browser that will ship with the Windows 8, will come in two different flavors – Desktop and Metro. Now the desktop is a pretty standard affair, but we found some interesting bits about the Metro version.
Apparently, the Metro IE 10 won’t support any plug-ins and that includes the famous Adobe Flash Player. According to Microsoft getting rid of plug-ins will lead to improved battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers, so the company chose to do an Apple and put performance over functionality. Read more »
With Microsoft’s latest operating system looking like a great fit for tablets and Apple’s iOS still the one to beat, there this will be a choice a lot of people will be making in a few months. “What should I choose – a Windows 8 slate or an iPad?”.
Of course, the hardware and the available third-party apps will play a large part in this choice, but the underlying OS is ultimately what can make or break the user experience. So here we give you a 10-minute video showdown of the iOS 5 and Windows 8 for you to enjoy. Read more »
Samsung announced yet another exclusive service for their Android smartphones. The Korean company has launched Premium Samsung Apps, which is the second Samsung app store for Android.
However, unlike the regular Samsung Apps repository, Premium Samsung Apps will also offer paid applications. So far, Samsung Apps only offered a small number of free applications (though admittedly their quality was usually good), but now that Samsung is also offering paid apps things will change and more variety should be available. Read more »