Android Version Data and Future Releases Suggest Fragmentation will Rise and Fall

Here are two interesting snippets concerning Google Android. The first concerns data on the amount of handsets that use version 2.1 or higher, the results of which show that the spectre of fragmentation has almost been banished, but our second piece of news makes us question for how long. The reason for this fragmentation was the rapid release of newer and more capable versions of the software, and the sudden increase of more powerful phones going on sale, leaving phones that were less than six months old unable to run the latest releases and becoming stuck on older versions. Aside from […]

ZTE Announce the ZTE Light Android Tablet

ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer best known for peripherals and handsets branded by other companies, have announced the ZTE Light, a 7″ tablet computer running Android 2.1. ZTE may not be that well known here, but like the similarly unknown Huawei, they want to change this and right now, so a well-priced tablet could be the device to do it with. The tablet’s feature list is good too, with 3G/HSDPA support, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, a 3 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone socket and a potential 10 hours of battery life. With a spec like this and the quoted […]

Measure Heart Rate with Phone’s Camera

There are quite a few mobile phones and apps on the market that measure your heart rate. The majority of these are sports phones for athletes, mobiles that measure many different aspects of a workout, including heart rate. However, a new app for Android and iPhone users takes a very unique approach to measuring your heart rate by using the phone’s camera. Did you know that the colour of your finger changes as your heart beats faster? That’s right, the more oxygen-rich your blood is, the redder your finger will look. Instant Heart Rate is an app that uses technology […]

Location Tools Improved on Layar Augmented Reality App

Layar, one of the most popular augmented reality apps to date, has been improved. The Android app has added Skyhook’s Core Engine to provide precise and accurate location information. This is a very important upgrade because the success of the app relies almost entirely on its ability to provide detailed geo- location info. . Layar allows users to see enhanced information about the items in their local area. For example, you could   find out which homes are for sale around you. In other words, it “layers” data over your current location. The local info on Layar has been fairly accurate […]

New Sharp Smartphone to Match iPhone 4 Screen Resolution

Currently, the iPhone 4 has the highest screen resolution – 960 x 640 – of any smartphone on the market, which along with the impressive 326 ppi density makes it a beautiful thing to behold. Apple is so proud of their so-called Retina Display, that they’ve made it the key selling point in their latest iPhone 4 TV advert. As with everything else tech-related, there is always someone right behind you and in this case it’s Sharp. While hardly the most recognised brand when it comes to phones in Europe, they do well in Japan, which is to be the destination for […]

Motorola CITRUS Joins Droid Pro in USA

Although the Droid Pro is the more interesting of the two thanks to its combination of Android and a fixed QWERTY keyboard, Motorola and US network Verizon announced another Android phone at the CTIA show yesterday, the Motorola CITRUS. No, our caps lock key isn’t stuck, as according to Motorola’s press release, the CITRUS’s name should be capitalised and therefore, shouted every time it’s mentioned. While said press release shares the name of the phone, it’s not quite so forthcoming with the specifications. Instead, we had to head over to Motorola’s site to find the juicy details, which are as follows: […]