Even with the huge number of mobile apps already available, cellphone screens are always awaiting new ideas from innovative developers. If you have your own idea for the perfect app, whether for a wide audience or just your own use, you're in luck—you no longer need to be a deft programmer to produce it. There are now a number of app-generating tools on the Web that will enable you to bring your concept to life by clicking instead of coding.
There goes 2009, and what a year she was. Let's see, the iTunes App Store eclipsed one billion downloads, Google surprised us all with the announcement of Chrome OS, Windows 7 sent Vista to the big Blue Screen of Death in the sky, Verizon and AT&T started fighting dirty and the e-reader market exploded. But instead of looking back at the year that was, we of course always find it a lot more fun to look forward. So, here's what's on my wish list for the year to come in gadgets and tech.
Well, that didn't take long. Only two weeks after Barnes and Noble's Nook e-Book reader hit the shelves, hackers have already posted instructions for converting the machine into an Android tablet PC with a free cellular Internet connection. And while no applications currently exist for the reset reader, that's sure to change.
The last few days have seen Google's perceived positition regarding a Google-branded Android phone do an almost complete 180. Contrary to their previously publicized lack of interest in releasing a phone of their own, the Wall Street Journal this weekend reported on details of the Nexus One, a phone to be marketed directly to consumers as the "Google Phone" in the first quarter of 2010.
The Internet has been abuzz since the WSJ's initial story dropped, and more spy shots of the phone itself continue to leak out. But here's why you should care: it could finally make good on a strategy many have assumed was Google's intent with Android all along--a heavily discounted (or even free) ad-supported smartphone that's not tied to any specific carrier.
Google's Android does a lot more these days than just smart phones and nifty mobile gadgets. An Internet pioneer is using the platform to launch a interplanetary Internet protocol on Earth that could harden wireless networks against delays in data transmission.
Google's Android operating system for cell phones could allow soldiers to track fellow squad members and even unmanned drones in real time on a map -- as long as the humans and robots are on their buddy list.
You might be wowed by the fact that Spring Design's Alex e-reader runs Android, or includes both a 6-inch e-ink display and a 3.5-inch LCD screen. But the best part is that those screens have the ability to work and interact with one another -- kind of like a Nintendo DS.
Imagine reading a news story on the e-ink display that happens to have a video clip associated with it. You could hit a button to play that video on the LCD screen below. Perhaps you want to add a few notes, images or links of your own to a book you're reading. You can tag certain passages with "web grabs." Or maybe you're browsing the web on the LCD screen and you see a story you'd like to read. You can send it up to the e-ink display for a bigger view that also conserves battery life.
Well, now that T-Mobile's G1 has had plenty of time to rest on its Android laurels, it's apparently coming out season for the rest of the pack. The just-unveiled Archos 5 Internet Tablet mixes one part Archos with one part Android and seasons with some great GPS features to create a multi-function power-player.