Shazam unveils new Android Beam service #MWC12

During Mobile World Congress, music discovery company Shazam has unveiled an integration with Android Beam technology and what could be ‘the world´s fastest content tagging’ experience.

The integration with Android Beam, the NFC-based technology, means that users can share music, offers and television tags to one another by simply holding their devices back-to-back. If one of the users doesn’t have the Shazam app installed on their phone, they will be automatically redirected to the...

By Dani Millward, 28 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Augmented reality set to enhance London Eye’s pods

From the London Eye to London Fashion Week, the latest technology to hit the mainstream is reconstructing reality itself. So-called “augmented reality” (AR), which uses a smartphone or a tablet to layer extra information over an onscreen image of the real world, is set to be all around us in the near future.

At the avant garde end of the spectrum, Google is said to be developing eye glasses that integrate the technology into a RoboCop-style vision of the future. Although Google itself refused to confirm the rumours, the New York Times reports...

By 3Squared, 24 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Ubuntu for Android to help smartphones act as desktops #MWC12

New software has been unveiled that enables Android smartphones to have a full desktop experience.

Canonical’s Ubuntu for Android operating system will bring desktop functionality to a docked Android smartphone, making it become a mini-computer when connected to a dock and a computer screen.

When the smartphone is plugged into a dock, it will run Ubuntu so you can access the same native apps and data as you would on a PC. Android OS will continue to run when the device is unplugged.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of...

By Dani Millward, 22 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Top Apps of 2012 … So Far

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Forget the other 10 months of the year, THESE are THE apps of 2012!

At least, the lists that are starting to pop up would have you think so.

Time put out a list of the “50 Best iPhone Apps 2012.” I can’t tell if they’re in any particular order, but numbers 1-10 are:

  • Find My iPhone
  • ShopSavvy
  • Dragon...

By Mike Brown, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS.

Google to launch iPad and Kindle Fire rival tablet in spring?

Last month, the chairman of the search engine giant, Eric Schmidt, revealed the company would be launching an own-brand Android tablet in the next six months.

Mr Schmidt said it would be “of the highest quality” with industry watchers confident it would challenge Apple’s iPad while using its Nexus smartphone strategy that rivalled the iPhone.

But according to Digitimes, the new gadget would include a seven-inch panel – the same size as Amazon’s Kindle Fire – and would cost less than $200 to compete with the online...

By 3Squared, 09 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Tablet.

Who is the average Android user of 2011?

With the recent news of Google Android gaining record numbers in activations and app downloads during Christmas, it looks like the platform is going from strength to strength.

Around 6.8 million Android and iPhone devices were activated on Christmas Day, which shows a 353% growth compared to earlier on in the month. The question is: who are these people that made the...

By Dani Millward, 03 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile Analytics.

1.2 billion Android and iOS apps downloaded during Christmas

Apple iOS and Google Android saw a massive increase in app downloads during the last week of 2011, with around 1.2 billion apps, combined, downloaded across the festive period.

Mobile analytics firm, Flurry, found a 60% growth for app downloads compared to the first two weeks in December.

This reflects record activation figures for devices, which saw 6.8 million iOS and Android devices activated on Christmas Day, with 20 million estimated throughout the holiday...

By Dani Millward, 03 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Mobile Analytics.