Monday, October 24, 2011

Android Market updated to ver 3.1.5 (Update: this is the updated Korean Android Market)

I opened up Android Market today to see if I had any updates waiting for me and I found that the market was updated to version 3.1.5.  This update brings a Windows Phone 7 Metro UI look and feel to the market.  It's still not as fluid or intuitive as WP7 but it's a much appreciated update.  Check out the video after the break.

Update: While I was looking around the net, I'm realizing that this update must be just for the Korean market. Yesterday, my phone was running the old version of the market which is like the one seen here.  Now today, it looks to jump right into the "apps" section of the market.  In the US, users get to pick, Apps, Games, Books, Movies but here in Korea, you only get Apps.  You can see here in the US Marketplace where it looks the same as the Korean Marketplace only in Korea, you don't get the Android Market homepage.

So for those in the US, move along, nothing to see here.  For those in Korea, welcome to 2 months ago, sorta.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Android news round up

As some of you may have realized, this past week was a pretty big news week for Android.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

iPhone 4S breaks sales records

Despite "ho hum" initial reviews of the recently announced Apple iPhone 4S, the new iPhone set sales records on its first day of availability.  Apple reportedly sold over 1 million units on its first day of sales and it's expected to sell over 4 million units before the weekend is over.  Net revenue over the weekend is expected to surpass the first 4 Harry Potter movies combined which is saying a lot considering the popularity of the movie series.  The iPhone 4S helped Sprint and AT&T set sales records for cell phones sales in a day.

Though the iPhone 4S is cosmetically the same as the outgoing iPhone 4, the phone is upgraded with a new dual core A5 chipset, 8mp camera and Siri.  Siri is a mobile assistant that you can speak to and get results spoken back to you.  An example of this is saying, "How is the weather today?" and Siri will get your location and local weather and respond, "It is expected to rain, you should bring an umbrella."  Siri is used throughout the OS and can be used for multiple tasks such as creating reminders to sending emails.

Some say that the iPhone 4S is selling well because it's the last phone that Steve Jobs personally helped create.  I've also heard heard that it's called the iPhone 4S because its "For Steve".  I doubt that is true but some will make that association.  Regardless of how you may feel or why you decide to purchase the iPhone 4S, there is no doubt that Apple is yet again proven to be a marketing genius.  Apple's shares closed at $422 gaining 14% this week, it's highest closing price ever.

5 Reasons why I think Android is better than Windows Phone

I have been using Android phones for almost 2 years now and I have become a big fan of the operating system.  I recently purchased a HD7 to test drive Windows Phone 7 (WP7) because I broke my LG G2x.  I gave the phone a good chance to win me over for a week and then for another week after the Mango update came out.  Ultimately, I felt as though WP7 was underwhelming in a few areas resulting in me going back to Android.  Keep reading as I list 5 reasons why I think Android is better than WP7.

Friday, October 14, 2011

About me

I am a tech geek that's just having fun reviewing and commenting on mobile technologies.  I'm not a fan of any particular product since I've owned almost every mobile operating system available today.  I cycle through phones faster than most people probably change the oil in their vehicle.   I've also owned a multitude of tablets, smartwatches, and computers so my knowledge of mobile technology is pretty vast.  Ask me anything about mobile technology and I'll probably I have the answer or an opinion.

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Google Voice adding MMS support

If you don't have a Google Voice number by now, you are missing out one of the best mobile technologies going available.  Google Voice allows users to pick a phone number from anywhere area code in the United States and use that number to accept phone calls on your cell phone, office phone, home phone or any other number you want to link it to.  Use this link to find out how Google works.  Keep reading to find out about Google Voice, now with MMS.

HTC EVO 4G+ Review

Here's a video going over my HTC EVO 4G+

Engadget video
HTC Website

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Korean phone buying experience

I'm in the Army and I recently changed duty stations from Arizona to South Korea.  I was excited about this change because I know that South Korea is a country full of cheap technology.  The average internet speeds are supposed to be in the 30mbps range, the cell phone coverage is supposed to be outstanding and a lot of the newly announced cell phones come here first before they reach Europe or the United States.  A perfect example of this is the Samsung Galaxy S2 that was released here about 6 months ago and is just now reaching the US.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs passes away at 56

Apple announced today that Co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56.

Apple's board of directors released this statement:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. 

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. 

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Love him or hate him, the guy was a genius that changed the way a lot of people view mobile technology.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

iPhone 4S announced

Tim Cook from Apple just announced the highly anticipated iPhone 4S in Cupertino, CA.  On the outside the 4S looks exactly like the old iPhone 4, but on the inside it's "all new." It now has a dual-core A5 CPU alongside a new dual-core GPU that supposedly boosts graphics performance by up to 7x. Up front is the same 3.5-inch Retina display we've all seen before, and around back is a glass plate. Those antennae around the sides (which caused many users so much trouble) have been revamped and iOS will intelligently switch between two different sets on the fly to avoid dropping calls no matter how you hold it. Those antennae are connected to a dual-mode GSM and CDMA radio that will let Apple's handset roam the globe while enjoying either 14.4Mbps HSPA+ or EV-DO Rev. A.

The iPhone 4S will be available for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on October 14th, pre-orders start on the 7th. Pricing for the iPhone 4S will be $199 for 16gb, $299 for 32gb and $399 for the 64gb size.  The iPhone 4 will be available for $99 while the iPhone 3Gs will be free on contract both in 8gb size.

You can see how well the new iPhone stacks up to the competition here.
Via: Engadget