A new version of Google Maps for Android has rolled out today that adds useful features that will be popular with both those in urban areas and those in rural spots.
The mobile space is exploding with smartphones in every pocket and tablets on the horizon. James Kendrick brings you the latest news from the mobile world and a breakdown of what it means to you.
James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' writing has appeared in many print publications: Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine, Information Week and Laptop Magazine to name a few. James' coverage of the mobile technology sector has regularly appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com and CNN/ Fortune online. Not just a writer, James has filmed numerous video reviews and how-tos that have garnered well over a million viewers. He has appeared on local news segments and been interviewed by the Associated Press on mobile technology topics. Additionally, James has been podcasting about mobile technology for years.
Taiwan-based HTC is still rocking the Android theme song and reports its net profits have doubled in the second quarter.
Unlimited smartphone data plans are going away, and for Verizon customers very soon. Folks are concerned about the change, but the fact is most won't notice anything different on the monthly bill.
I have only owned my TouchPad for a couple of days but am happy to report the TouchPad homebrew community is active and producing good stuff.
HP and Amazon told us the Kindle app would be on the TouchPad at launch. Review units had the Kindle app installed, but why isn't it on shipping tablets?
A common complaint about the HP TouchPad is the lack of apps in the store, but there are some good ones. These are my 5 favorite free apps on the TouchPad so far, plus two cool Easter eggs for the TouchPad.
The HP TouchPad is available today and this morning I headed to my local Best Buy and bought a 16GB model. I have been testing the TouchPad today, and offer these first impressions of what I like and what I don't so far.
Owners of the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab sold by Sprint will be getting a major upgrade to Gingerbread beginning July 5.
Skype has rolled out a new version of its VoIP software for the Android platform that brings video calling to the table. If you own one of four phones, that is, and not all variants of those.
First the XOOM and the PlayBook, and now the TouchPad have gotten poor receptions that show it is hard to build a good tablet. Why is it so hard? Everyone is trying to do too much with their tablets.
All of my hopes for the HP TouchPad were based on one thing, that the hardware would perform well. The early reviews are now in and it is obvious that is not the case.
Rumors claim the next PlayBook tablet by RIM to be canceled. RIM is in a no-win situation, and is going to get bashed in the media for not launching the tablet, and equally bashed if it does.
While the lack of apps for the HP TouchPad will be a concern for prospective buyers, there is one thing HP can do for the launch that makes that less of an issue for consumers.
Sony announced its new MacBook Air competitor, and the Vaio Z is one nice piece of mobile technology. I set out to configure one for my very own, but it's a little out of my price range.
Android is definitely on a good growth curve, but even with all the buzz about the Honeycomb tablets that are appearing not very many of those activations are of the non-phone variety.