Who Wants An Ouya

Apparently everyone does. It’s already sold out at Amazon and GameStop. It might be available at BestBuy and Target, but supplies are limited. Ouya is an open-source game console launched for just $99. It’s powered by Android OS and by a Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset making it easier for developers to port games into the console. There are currently 170 downloadable games.

For more details about the Ouya, read more from this CNet article.

Samsung NX First Android Based Camera

Per LinuxGizmos.com

Samsung unveiled a quad-core, 20-megapixel Galaxy NX camera with 4G LTE and a 4.8-inch display, billed as being the first Android-based, connected interchangeable-lens camera, as well as an Android-powered 16-megapixel, 10x-zoom Galaxy S4 Zoom. Also today, Samsung unveiled the Ativ Q, a dual-boot 13.3-inch convertible tablet that runs Android and Windows 8 on an Intel “Haswell” Core processor.

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Google Play Growing In Asia

I recently got a new Droid Razr on Black Friday. I ordered it online. I have been playing around with it particularly with Google Play. Computerworld has an article about how Google Play is outpacing the Apple App Store in Asia, particularly in Japan and South Korea. Here are some highlights I gathered from that article.

The growth of Google Play in Asian countries has been so robust that Japan exceeded the U.S. for the first time in Google Play revenues in October.

Google Play revenues grew 311% from January to October, while App Store revenues grew 13%.

The success in Asia for Google Play is partly because more people use smartphones and tablets in Japan and South Korea than other countries.

Since the App Store is expected to earn nearly $5 billion in 2012, that means Google Play is on pace to earn about $1.25 billion in 2012.

Windows Phone In A Horse Race

Have you ever watched a horse race with two horses running neck to neck while a third horse lags far behind? Yea, that third horse is Windows Phone, trailing behind the iPhone and the Android by a wide margin.

It’s hard enough to play second fiddle. How much more a third wheel. I think the sooner the better it is for Microsoft to realize that this gap is too wide to make up to make this a competitive race.

Dropping out of the race might be a smarter option for Microsoft, but then again smart choices and Microsoft sometimes don’t belong in the same sentence. Microsoft has made many flopped ventures. Who hasn’t!

Clearly this is a two-horse race, and it’s not changing anytime soon.

Companies Should Stop Paying Microsoft

Here’s a list of companies that pay Microsoft for selling Android. As crazy as that may sound, these companies are willfully emptying their wallets as if Microsoft is holding a gun to their head. Velocity Micro, General Dynamics Itronix, Onkyo Corporation, Wistron Corporation and HTC head the list of companies that are paying Microsoft for their Android products. In addition, Barnes & Noble, and Samsung are being sued by Microsoft on the same grounds that the Android OS infringes on Microsoft patents and companies who use the platform needs to pay up. Companies should really stop paying the Microsoft “tax” until the patent infringements can be proven in court. I don’t know exactly what these companies are thinking by letting Microsoft bully them into making deals. Let Microsoft sue Google, and let the courts decide the outcome. There’s no sense of paying Microsoft now for something that may not even materialize in the future. Crazy.

HTC pays Microsoft $5 for every Android phone

Something is definitely wrong with this picture. Microsoft gets $5 for every Android phone sold by HTC. Microsoft has been suing manufacturers that install Android on the devices they sell. The $5 fee Microsoft makes from HTC is based on the deal agreed upon by the two companies. No details were given as to what Microsoft patents were violated by the Android OS. Read the rest of the story.

Kindle for the Mac

I was browsing the Apple App Store the other night, and I came across an application called “Kindle” for the Mac. And, it’s free. So, I downloaded the application and installed it. Amazon recently made the “Kindle Apps” available to anyone with a smartphone and a computer. You don’t need a Kindle device.

Kindle Apps will work on the PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and the Windows 7 phone. If you own a Kindle, you can synch any of the Kindle Apps to work in conjunction with your Kindle device. So, Kindle owners are now able to read the books they’ve purchased, not only in the Kindle devices, but also on their computers and smartphones.

The Kindle app for the Mac comes empty. There are no books. You will need to download the books from Amazon’s website. To download, just click on the “Shop in Kindle Store” link on the top hand right corner of the window. You can purchase thousands of books, including the latest releases, as well as download all the free public domain books that are available.

If you already own a Kindle, you just have to register the application with your Amazon credentials. To synch the books you’ve already purchased, you just login and the application will download all your books. It will also remember the last page you’ve read as well as synch any annotations you have created on your Kindle device.

I downloaded two free books, the Art of War by Sunzi and The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I can see reading on the Kindle can be an expensive hobby. Reading electronically does have it’s distinct advantages. At least, you don’t have to lug around a book everywhere you go.

Chrome Web Store Is Just Around The Corner

Google Chrome 8 is just around the corner. Expect a Chrome Web Store to emerge along with the latest browser. The online store will be similar to Apple and Android stores, but built towards web users.

The online store is going to be an open marketplace where developers and millions of users will sell and buy web applications. Users will be able to download amazing web applications by way of the Chrome browser.

The web applications are going to be searchable. In addition, applications are going to be ranked by user reviews. For more information about the Chrome Web Store, watch this video from the 2010 Google I/O Keynote address on Day 1.

WordPress on Your Smart Phone

If you own several WordPress blogs and you want to manage your blogs from your smartphone, there are several WordPress applications that are available for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia.

WordPress for the iOS is an iPhone application that will let you manage your blog from your iPhone and the iPad. You can create or edit posts and pages, and add images, videos, and comments to your blog with ease. Download the WordPress for iOS from Apple’s website for free. You can also visit the WordPress for iOS blog.

WordPress for Android is an Android application that’s available in the Android Market. Just search for WordPress and install the application that’s published by Automattic. You also might want to visit the WordPress for Android blog. Here’s a preview of WordPress for Android app in the video below. See how easy it is to manage blogs from the Android.

WordPress for Blackberry is an application that allows you to write posts, upload photos and videos, edit pages, and manage comments in the Blackberry phone. The application will run on BlackBerry devices starting with the 8700, Curve, Pearl, Bold, Storm, Storm2  and the Tour. BlackBerry Device Software (OS) Version 4.5 minimum is required. Visit the WordPress for Blackberry blog.

WordPress for Nokia is an application that allows to edit your existing blog content, add new posts and pages, or simply manage comments from your Nokia smartphone. WordPress for Nokia allows you manage your blog from your S60 or Maemo-powered Nokia phone. Visit the WordPress for Nokia blog. Download the application. Older phones may not be supported.

Edit Google Docs in Android, iPhone, iPad

If you have an Android smartphone, Google just made editing Google Docs possible on your smartphone. The new application will work on any Android 2.2 powered device as well as the iPhone or iPad running iOS 3.0+.

I’ve been using a lot of OpenOffice and Google Docs the last year. I don’t miss MS Office suite at all. Now that editing Google Docs are available on smartphones is an added bonus. Edits can be made in real time. If someone edits a document, you can see the results as well.

Editing tables and spreadsheets are a breeze. Just choose a spreasheet cell and edit away. You can also enter text using your voice. That’s the coolest part of the whole app.