How to Tease the Best Photos Out of Your Android Phone

Recently I wrote about some of the best ways to take, keep and share photographs with an Android smartphone. We looked at some physical aspects, like how to hold the phone, and how to zoom. This week, we’re looking at some of the tweaks you can make to squeeze out the best shots. First, build an arsenal of apps. For an investment of a few dollars, you can up your game.

How to Take, Keep and Share Great Android Smartphone Photos

It’s not all photo apps and more apps when it comes to taking photographs with an Android smartphone — there are some basics that you need to know, unique to smartphones, that have nothing to do with imaging apps. If you’re finding that you’re migrating from a dedicated digital camera and taking more photographs with your phone but are disappointed with the results, here are some pointers.

No Gold Star for Galaxy Gear

The first reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch have hit the Internet and they are generally tepid. However, "I’m not sure how anyone can give it a rating of anything until it is put through its paces over time by consumers actually using it in real-life situations," said Larry Chiagouris, a professor at Pace University. Many reviewers expressed concern over the Gear’s $300 price tag.

Google Adds Remote Locking for MIA Androids

Google on Tuesday rolled out a feature for its recently launched Android Device Manager that lets users lock down a stolen Android device from anywhere, via the Web.
"This is something that should be built into the OS and the platform because it’s an inherent security feature," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. Google is late to the game in rolling out its remote lock capability.

$7M Funding Means All Systems Go for Cyanogen

The Cyanogen free and open source Android firmware project on Wednesday announced that it had received $7 million in a Series A round of funding in April. The investment came from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. "What will change is our capabilities, our speed, and our size," wrote Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik. "I am not going to let anyone stagnate."

Tiny CuBox-i Plays Nice With Linux and Android

Aiming to capture a piece of the market that has given the Raspberry Pi such a warm reception, SolidRun on Wednesday announced a new tiny computer of its own dubbed the "CuBox-i." Available in four models with prices starting at $45, the tiny computer includes an OpenGL|ES 2.0 GPU with OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile support; and up to four i.MX6 Cortex A9 ARM processors with as much as 1.2GHz each.

Popular Mobile IM / VoIP App `Viber` Available For Linux

Viber is an application that sits somewhere between Skype and WhatsApp, which can be used to make free calls, send text messages, photos and video messages without having to register (all phone contacts that have installed Viber are listed as Viber contacts).Initially, Viber was a mobile-only application but a few months ago, a desktop client […]

Failed Funding Effort Blunts Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge

Canonical raised more than $12 million over 30 frantic days of crowdfunding its ambitious Ubuntu Edge superphone project, but it was still short some $20 million by the time the effort closed on Wednesday. The company’s target was $32 million. "We raised $12,809,906, making the Edge the world’s biggest ever fixed crowdfunding campaign," wrote Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Android’s Crazy-Quilt Syndrome

There’s no question that Android is fragmented. OpenSignal has counted nearly 11,900 distinct Android devices so far this year, compared with fewer than 4,000 last year.
OpenSignal’s visual representations of the number of devices and the brands are a welter of shapes and colors. Think crazy quilts sewn by demented craftspeople inhaling non-tobacco substances.

How Firefox OS Could Sneak Into the Smartphone Chicken Coop

Spanish wireless network Telefónica recently started selling a super-cheap Linux-driven phone called the "ZTE Open" for the equivalent of around $90, which includes about $40 worth of prepay. Essentially, it’s a $50 smartphone. Aside from the bottom-end retail price, what’s unique about this smartphone is that it’s the first to use Firefox OS.

It Will Take a Village to Raise Ubuntu’s Edge

Canonical on Monday announced a $32 million campaign to crowdfund the creation of Ubuntu Edge, a brand-new smartphone that dual-boots Ubuntu phone OS and Android. Launched on Indiegogo, the month-long campaign focuses on funding a limited production run of 40,000 devices. Backers committing $600 by Tuesday morning or $830 thereafter will receive one an Ubuntu Edge device in May 2014.

Firefox OS: Will Mozilla’s Secret Sauce Be Enough?

There’s something eternally compelling about the ages-old story of David and Goliath, and it’s one we’ve seen play out time and time again in modern form in the tech world. We’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab surge in popularity to challenge Apple’s iPhone and iPad, for example. Today, we’re witnessing a similar scenario in the mobile arena with Firefox OS.

Video Showing The Current Ubuntu Phone State

Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, has posted a video today in which he shows the current state of Ubuntu Phone OS running on a Galaxy Nexus.In the video you can see some of the core functionality like receiving a phone call and text, multitasking, as well as some apps like the weather app, web [...]

Foxconn Jumps on Firefox OS Bandwagon

Foxconn Technology Group, best known as the go-to maker of Apple’s iPads and iPhones, said Monday it had embraced Mozilla’s Firefox OS and would use the mobile platform on a raft of new devices, including a tablet it showed off at Computex. The company also demoed several smartphones running the Firefox OS and said it would make tablets, laptops and other devices supporting it.

Hackers Escalate Reign of Malware Terror on Android

Android has become a mobile malware magnet, according to F-Secure. A whopping 79 percent of all mobile malware targeted the Google OS in 2012, based on a new report from the firm. That was up from 66.7 percent in 2011 and just 11.25 percent in 2010. The fourth quarter of 2012 was particularly bad, it said, with attacks on Android spiking to account for 96 percent of all mobile malware.

Ubuntu Touch Daily Builds Available For Download

Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview daily builds (images) are now available for developers and enthusiasts.The Ubuntu Touch (also known as “phablet”) daily builds aren’t tested so they may contain new features and bug fixes but also new bugs and regressions!If you’ve installed the latest phablet-tools package (0.6) from the Phablet Tools PPA, you can run the [...]

How To Flash Ubuntu Touch From Windows

The official Ubuntu Touch installation instructions are only for Ubuntu, so if you’re running Windows, the instructions won’t work for you. So here’s how to install Ubuntu Touch if you’re using Windows.Firstly, download the images for your device from HERE:You’ll need to download the files specific for your device as well as “quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip”.The files which [...]

Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview And Ubuntu SDK Released, Developers Can Now Flash Ubuntu On Nexus Devices

The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview has been released. This includes the source code and images for both the phone and tablet interfaces and are aimed at developers so it’s not something you should install for actual every day usage. For now you’ll find that some features are missing, like playing music, no mobile data connection, [...]

Canonical Unveils New Ubuntu Tablet Interface

Canonical has unveiled a new Ubuntu tablet interface today, which shares some of the Ubuntu Phone OS elements, but it also comes with new features such as a “Side Stage” which lets you use phone and tablet apps in the same time.Side Stage – use phone and tablet apps in the same timeSide Stage is [...]

Tick, Tock, Tablet Time [Important Ubuntu Announcement Coming Tomorrow]

Just like more than a month ago, when Ubuntu Phone OS was announced, a countdown is displayed on the Ubuntu.com homepage, and this time it says: “Tick, tock, tablet time!”. So what could this be? An Ubuntu tablet is about to be released? Or more probably an optimized Ubuntu Phone OS for tablets?The announcement will [...]