Lookout – Protecting Android!

Own an Android? Androids do need protection from malicious applications just like a desktop/laptop PC. Lookout is a smartphone application that offers a free and for-a-fee service that is found in the Android Market. Since late October, I have had Lookout free version installed and running on my Droid. I have not encountered any security warnings, but the peace-of-mind Lookout has provided when a new application or an update to an existing application has downloaded,  provides a certain level of tranquility. Lookout’s security service is augmented with their backup and missing device service. Each service does have certain features that are only available with the fee-based version of Lookout Premium.

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The touch tablets are coming!

CES 2011 is in full swing and the touch tablets are coming. Verizon introduced the Motorola XOOM, an Android 3.0 10.1 inch touch tablet during their keynote address. So, this is the competitor to the iPad? The specs are impressive for the XOOM. The XOOM has a faster processor than the iPad, a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, and is 4G capable. Let’s not forget the gyroscope for gaming, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, and 720p HD video.

Motorola released a promotional video prior to CES 2011 to start the hype of a new touch tablet. It was interesting to see how Motorola position this touch tablet as the end result of the ‘tablets’ historic evolution. View the video below and do not miss the iPad!!

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Tablet evolution presented by Motorola|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quI2I8wLPdc
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Did you see the iPad? I thought it was interesting for Motorola to infer the iPad as being ‘outdated’ or is an ‘older generation’ than their touch tablet. The iPad was only released, what, about 7 months ago!

Well, the unveiling yesterday was a clear indicator of  Verizon and Motorola’s effort to present a little bit of competition to the iPad in the touch tablet market. Is it better? I do not know, yet! We will have to wait to see the consumer responses over the next few months. In the meantime, the following are Motorola’s video of the new XOOM and the making of the XOOM.

If you do purchase one, be generous and let us know your thoughts by “Commenting below”.

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Introducing the Motorola XOOM|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7zheLybA-Q
Making the Motorola XOOM|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IXEuypcd34
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comScore’s mobile report for October 2010

comScore Reports October 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share is available.

Quick summary:

Mobile OEM manufacture Samsung continues to increase (+1.1%) market share over the last three months, while Motorola (-2.1%), LG(-0.2%), and Nokia(-0.7%) falter. RIM remains basically unchanged with a slight 0.3% increase in market share.

Google and Android again has substantially increased (+6.5%) its market share in the smartphone platform over the last three months. Apple’s iOS did have a slight increase(+0.3%), but only maintains a lead of 1.1% market share over Android(23.5%). Who has taken a beating? RIM (-3.5%) and Microsoft(-2.1%) continue to lose market share to the other smartphone platforms.

Text messaging is still the consumer’s favorite way to use mobile devices (68.1%) and continues to grow over the last three months (+2.1%). Mobile web browsing gained the most over the last three months(+2.6%), followed by downloading mobile apps (+2.3%) and interacting with social networks(+2.4%).

Thoughts:

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Verizon iPhone, really!!!! Maybe!!!

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Engadget - Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual) to ignore

Check out :”Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual)Check out :”Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual) to ignore”

http://tinyurl.com/2wtw395

Is this a possibility? Apple must port over to another carrier soon. Otherwise, Google Droid will begin slicing away the pie.

Update: 5/8/2010 – Geeze, then you see stories like this from ZDNet – “Majority of Verizon customers want iPhone, but analyst say not this year” .

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Twitter has its own Android app

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Engadget repprts “Official Twitter for Android app goes live, will go open source”.

The app is really well thought out. Downloaded the Twitter app last night and it has been a joy to use. The home page has a nice layout with tweets, direct messages, lists, and retweets right at your finger tips. The animation of the most popular hashtags simplifies access to them.

Nice job by the team at Twitter! !

http://tinyurl.com/249cwzj

Android with more app storage, about time!

Emgadget reports “Android support for memory card app storage is finally “coming soon””. This is a very much needed enhancement.

http://tinyurl.com/28seywb

WP Droid App is okay for a version 1.0

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WordPress has just released an Android app for writing articles for you blog. I am creating my first post by using the app right now. The app contains basic functions like bold, italic, link, and block quotes when entering text. You can add images, tags, and categories as well. I think it is a great tool to write drafts as shown here, but I would not publish posts directly from the app. You still need to perform your SEO stuff and other tasks like scheduling publishing from the browser.

Still, all-in-all, I have been waiting for WP to come out with this app. Based on how WP team has continually improve their software, this app is only going to get better with time. Nice job and thank you.