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Android: awesome 3D games are coming up, why do productivity suites stay behind?

February 15, 2011


With “productivity software” we refer in general to: “word processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, PIMs, schedulers and other software packages that are designed for individual use” – from an online dictionary. In the past month, several games are introduced on the Android platform using the Unreal engine. Allowing full fledged (and quite gorgeous) 3D on […]

Hacking away with Android pt 7 – Februari 2011 overview on what you can- and can not do with Android (devices)

February 11, 2011


Although Android tablets are offered for Netbook and Notebook prices and perceived to be the “replacement” for Netbooks (like apparently Acer is assuming), Android tablets are far from “there”. As it its really hard to find anything about where we are right now with Android and where each tablet could be placed related to the […]

Tablets, Android, fragmentation and marketing versus product development

January 14, 2011


The Android market is “fragmented”. Also, it is “not as good an experience as Apple”. Criticasters on the platform blame the OS itself. I think that is not where the pain lies. Bottom line is, that it is really frustrating to have relatively low cost hardware with a lot of potential hacking possibilities and not […]

ARM and the long tail of Acorns RISC computers

January 9, 2011


Right now, ARM is maybe one of the best, most silent and most successful challengers of Intel’s x86 dominance. If you would ask me: “who the fuck is ARM?” I would not blame you. As they have been a very modest builder of dominance in the mobile world and do not advertise: “ARM Inside” on […]

“There really isn’t much of a “tablet” market”

January 1, 2011


On December 31 Marco Arment gave his opinion on the tablet market as he sees it. The bottom line as I read it: There is not much of a tablet market. The devices have no clear use case and except for Apple – who delivered a good and solid product with the iPad – what […]

Hacking away with Android pt 5 – insides of the Archos 32 and photos of LCD screens

November 18, 2010


At the beginning of November 2010 I dropped my Archos 32. Due to the impact the power switch was dislodged. As the warranty is usually only valid for hardware failure due to construction faults I decided to take it apart. [Update, April 2011] It seems I am not the only one with this issue. If […]

Hacking away with Android pt 4 – Researching options to attach sensors and devices to your Android

November 1, 2010


I have been doing some research on attaching sensors to the Android devices in the past days. I have not tested or build solutions yet with this information. That will be one of the next steps. Purposes of this series This series of articles is written with the following uses of Android Devices in mind: […]

Hacking away with Android pt 3 – Installing modified firmware on the Archos

October 30, 2010


To make the Archos more usable for hacking, it helps when it is rooted. As there is no “standard” way to root the Android, except by installing a modified firmware, I installed the firmware on the Archos 7. Related posts Rooting my Android LG540: describing the steps to root that phone Hacking away with Android: […]

Rooting my Android LG G540

October 1, 2010


The base steps for Rooting are these: Install APK installer on your phone via the google market Download Universal Androot. Attach your Android phone to your USB port Copy Universal Androot to your phone’s SD card Run APK installer Tap the Univeral Androot.apk file to install Start the Androot app See more info on rooting […]