As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Intel asked if I would be willing to contribute some of my thoughts and tips for the connected lifestyle over at their My Life Scoop blog. My previous piece had to do with the first 5 apps that I figure every new Android user should install and make an integral part of their smartphone experience. Today’s topic is for those users that have had their phones for a while, but realize that they want more from them. This is a discussion on the best ways to customize your phone.
The timing actually couldn’t have been better, since we are sharing our home screen setups today over at this post. In the post though, I walk through the different categories that I consider to be the basis for customizing. There is a focus on finding the right launcher, icon sets, wallpapers, and lock screen replacement. Lastly, I talk about taking the ultimate step, rooting, if you feel like you need even more control to make your phone the ultimate compliment to your personal style.
To read the article, head over to My Life Scoop.
We are approaching the 1-year mark for Android tablets, that is if you don’t count that silly 7″ thing that Samsung released in December 2010. As far as official tablet operating system tablets go though, the XOOM was the first and it dropped towards the end of last February. That puts us right around a full year for Android tablets.
So over the last 12 months, we have seen almost every tech manufacturer on the planet pump out some sort of tablet. Most of them have dual-core processors, the screens seem to be getting better, cameras are improving, and so on and so forth. Over the next year, we will see quad-core chips, full HD screens, cameras at the level of our smartphones, and prices dropping into far reasonable zones. It could be an exciting year for tablets, even with most looking at 2011 as somewhat of a flop if you weren’t an iPad.
As the curious crew that we are, we want to know two things for this poll. Do you already own a tablet? If you do or don’t, are you still considering one (maybe a new one) going into 2012?
At CES in January, Intel and Motorola announced a multi-year partnership that would allow the almost fully-acquired smartphone maker to produce phones using their Medfield processors. The first set of phones was expected to ship some time towards the end of 2012. You may be looking at one of the first devices in the picture above.
From what we can tell, it’s definitely running Ice Cream Sandwich and also some for of Moto’s Blur. The icon set is definitely not stock Android, but the notification bar and app drawer button are. It is also buttonless on the front side, meaning we’ll have on-screen soft keys, something that only the Galaxy Nexus can lay claim to at this point. It then has physical volume, power and camera buttons on the right side. And speaking of the camera, Intel’s Medfield chipsets can take up to 15 pictures in a single second – this device is said to include that feature.
We spent some time with a Medfield phone at CES, you can view those pictures and details here. This particular Motorola phone could make its debut at MWC at the end of the month.
Thoughts on the first Intel-powered Motorola device? Like the style? Interested in Intel chips?
The Intel booth marked one of our last stops here at CES 2012, and what better way to start wrapping things up than by looking at one of the future chipsets you will see in Android phones this year. It’s called Intel’s “Medfield” processor and is a single-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz. Don’t let the single-core part throw you though, so far from some of the benchmarks we have seen around the interwebs, this thing looks powerful enough.
For demo and display purposes, they slapped it into a Lenovo casing that may or may not ever see the light of day here in the States. The device itself ran Android 2.3 and had an 8MP camera that Intel’s chip was able to use to shoot up to 15 pictures within a single second. It also ran some of the more processor intensive games on the market without a hiccup.
We listened and watched a live demo of the device for a few minutes, but then quickly grabbed it to see how it performed. What did we think? Tough to have any strong opinions on it since this was really just a dev device, but the design that Lenovo went with was decent. The fact that the camera can take burst shots in a single second is a bonus, along with the fact that this processor is supposed to use far less energy than some of its competitors.
Pics after the break, including details on Medfield. (more…)
GooMotel, anyone? Motorola and Intel announced this evening at CES that they have agreed to a multi-year partnership that will pair Moto’s use of Android with Intel’s Atom processors. The goal is to “collaborate across hardware, software and services to deliver complete solutions and disruptive new user experiences that offer long battery life, increased computing performance, advanced imaging and video capabilities, and seamless wireless connections.”
They fully expect products to ship some time this year, likely in the second half. (more…)
I got blocked out of the Intel event, but Tim was able to make it in early. He’ll do his best to keep you all up to date on what Intel has, just in case they announce some Android stuff. Wish him luck! (more…)