Google’s Pre-Android Phone

Google were working on a phone way before they released the first Android handset ‘G1’, it’s been revealed in the ongoing court-case with Oracle this week.

The ‘smartphone’ was planned 2 years before the G1 and Android made it’s way onto the market, and it’s design seems heavily based on RIM’s Blackberry phones.

Using a qwerty keyboard and a small landscape screen, the handset was designed to house a 2 mega-pixel camera, and a mini-SD card slot. There is no mention of Android at this point, or even some of the Google applications we expect to see in modern smart phones.

Google Play v3.5.16 APK Download

 

Google are releasing yet another update to the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market), in yet another attempt to iron out the many bugs that came with the new re-vamped store.

Version 3.5.16 promises to fix a lot of bugs, hopefully stopping force closes, and allowing users who were unable to download paid apps, the ability to do so again.

The new update should be rolling out over the next few days, but if the bugs are really affecting you, you can download the APK here.

Flud 2.0, An Android Review

Last month, one of the best looking and most functional applications I have  ever used on my iPad, became available on the Google Play Store for Android users. While this excited me, I was extremely worried that they wouldn’t be able to replicate that same gorgeous design on a different operating system, and that it would become just another news reader.

However, my fears were short-lived. After logging in using the same account I use on my iPad (guest log-in is available also), the  same black and red colour scheme which has become so familiar to me recently was suddenly on my Desire S. Now, as much as I love Android, I do agree with the opinion of most in that while Android apps offer a lot of functionality, the often lack the same effort when it comes to the design department. This is where FLUD changes things. Of course, I expected this after using the iPad app and seeing the iPhone version, however it was extremely satisfying to see it on my phone.

The UI, although nice, needs to be easy to navigate to collect your daily dosage of news. Failing to do this would make even the most ugly of news readers superior. Fortunately, the functionality matches the user interface. It’s insanely easy to navigate. All you have to do is scroll sideways to change news sources, and scroll down to view the most recent articles available from that website. A relatively new feature on FLUD is the ‘FLUD Stream’ section, which collects and show you what your friends have been looking at. If you are into that kind of thing, that’s great…but not many of my friends are as interested in technology as I am.

 

As I mentioned above, FLUD is a multi-platform application. That means that I can view my news on my Wi-Fi limited iPad, and pick up from where I left off on my phone when I leave my home. Having this kind of cloud functionality really makes you feel like you will never miss a single news story again, as it can literally be taken anywhere!

Now i’m going to be honest. Up until last month, my preferred news reader of choice was Flipboard. The reason behind that being that when I was looking at purchasing my iPad, Flipboard looked like one of the most revolutionary apps ever. Even now I don’t think Flipboard is bad, it’s very very good. However if they fail to release it for Android, soon enough they will begin to lose more and more customers to FLUD, as it shares an equally amazing design, but on more platforms.

In the last couple of paragraphs, I have trailed from my main review or the Android application, and have discussed the entire news reader as a whole. And rightly so, as the application is the same on all devices. Sure, it is a bit smaller, but that is in screen size only. It still packs just as many features on all platforms and devices, has a simply gorgeous design, and is a must have for any Android, iPhone and iPad user.

Download:  iOS | Android

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You can now find Geeks Have Landed on FLUD! Simply go to the Technology section and tap our name!

 

The Rise of Draw Something, Infographic

Draw Something is the latest craze which has seen an incredible amount of downloads in just a few weeks. After being downloaded almost 40 million times, it follows in the footsteps of Temple Run, which became a huge sensation at the beginning of this year. It’s even given Rovio a run for their money, challenging Angry Birds Space for the App Store top spot for a couple of weeks now.

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Instagram Lands On Android, Finally

 

Android can finally say goodbye to ‘InstaTag‘ and ‘Catagram‘ today, as the hugely popular iOS application Instagram has officially been released onto the Google Play Store today.

The UI user interface sports the same layout as the iPhone version, however has slightly more polished icons and buttons.

It’s available for free on the Google Play Store, so if you have an Android phone running 2.2 and up, get downloading it now!

Instagram on Google Play Store

April Fools 2012, Gmail Tap

Google really enjoy April Fools Day. The web giant is known for its pranks on April 1st, and recently announced Google Maps for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Google have released their second prank of the day, named Gmail Tap.

Gmail Tap is an addition to the iOS and Android Gmail application. The app update replaced the standard keyboard with two buttons, which is used the same way as morse code. You can even type two e-mails at the same time, having two buttons at the top, and two at the bottom.

What I love about Google is that they spend so much time making a brilliant looking product and video to advertise the product, even for a joke! Despite it being an utterly stupid idea, the video made the keyboard actually look great. One thing is for sure, I want to work at Google!

Watch An Elephant Use The Galaxy Note!

Samsung have been pushing the idea of ‘bigger is better’ into our heads by introducing the Galaxy Note. Many have asked if it is too big for average use, with Samsung themselves comparing it with a tablet in adverts. Well it turns out, Samsung may have just met the note’s perfect customer.

In this video uploaded by the Technivator, shows Peter the elephant selecting music, playing the keyboard, taking and viewing photos, and even using the stylus to draw a picture.

Why? Who knows. But it’s a very upbeat video which claims to use no effects or trickery, and even has videos to support that on their channel.

Roboto Font, Download It Now!

Part of what makes or breaks an operating system is the font. When Google revealed Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), they also showed off a new default font.

Roboto has had it’s fair share of criticism, put has it’s fans as well. I personally really like it, it very simple but looks good in almost any environment. I’m currently running an ICS ROM, and the font really makes texting and browsing the contacts a much more pleasurable experience.

Google have made Roboto available for download via the Android Design Guidelines page. It’s for use in developing Android applications, but you can probably use it for personal use also.

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