If you like the Samsung Galaxy S4, but you’d rather have a native Android experience, if you want all the Samsung UI stripped away, if you want a pure Android device that gets Android updates when they happen and not when the manufacturer can fit it into their schedule, Google announced yesterday that they’ll be selling a pure Android version of the S4 on Google Play.
If you want one, it’s $650, because it’s unlocked, not on contract and not tied to any carrier, but if this is what you’ve been dreaming of, it might be worth it.
While the FCC has been talking about loosening rules about cell phones on planes, security experts are now warning that a properly configured Android phone could take control of the electronics of an airplane. Well that could be a problem.
Facebook held a press conference today to announce their big secret Android phone thing and it wasn’t any hardware, at least not from them. Instead, they unveiled the new Facebook Home Android skin, that takes your normal boring Android, makes it look nicer, gives it a new app launcher and makes keeping up with your friends on Facebook quick and easy and really really good looking.
The backer units of the Ouya console have shipped and if you’re curious about this little Kickstarter funded Android powered machine, Engadget has a hands on. Ouya goes on sale for everyone in July for just $99, so if you want to see what this thing can do, head on over to Engadget for a bit. Just as long as you promise to come back.
Every time Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth, people expect him to announce a “Facebook phone”. And when last week, Facebook announced an upcoming mysterious Android project, it might have been safer than before to assume it might be hardware. But wrong again… it’s most likely a Facebook-centric Android home page for your Android phone.
Ouya, the Android-powered home game console that took fire on Kickstarter last year will be shipping to brick-and-mortar stores in June. And today, Ouya announced that much like mobile phones, there will be a new model each year… unlike traditional game consoles that update hardware only every few years at the least.
While most kids aren’t carrying around little plastic Tamagotchi eggs anymore, there’s still a big virtual pet market on Android and iOS. And that’s exactly where Tamagotchi is going next, with an app/game being launched soon by Bandai.
Not sure how many people here use Android phones and use them to download stuff off the internet. But, I remember when I saw they put Norton out for phones, and thought it was funny at the time until I realized about all the potential mayhem that could be caused by that mini computer in your pocket. And now there’s a trojan for Android that can use your phone to launch DDoS attacks without your knowing, all the while possibly racking up a hell of a bill.
There are a number of snap-on game controllers for iPhone and Android phones. But if you want true geek cred, you can always turn an old white Game Boy into an Android game controller. If you’re bad enough.
The Ouya Android game console isn’t the only Android based TV console in the works. Having passed its Kickstarter goal of a hundred thousand bucks, GameStick is a full Android console inside a gamepad about the size of an SNES controller. And as you’ll see in the video below, there was a hell of a lot of thought that went into this tiny device.
Around the middle of last year, the Android-based Ouya standalone game console raised a whopping $8.5 million in Kickstarter funding, and this past week, development kits went out earlier than expected, giving game developers a head start in developing titles for the new console.
There are already Android tablets by the dozen, but not really any that do Linux. PengPod will be able to do both— a mobile Android interface and a full Linux desktop in a tablet that will only be $100 when it launches in January.
As the lines between console and phone begin to blur, you’ll have to start making more hard choices like these… do you want Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for your phone for just $5? Yes, Vice City is a great game, but do I want it on a tiny touchscreen?