Open Automotive Alliance (OAA)

Google Android coming to vehicles soon!

Open_Automoative_AllianceGoogle have launched the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) in partnership with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to bring Android to vehicles of the future.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF701 Review

Your laptop alternative

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701

ASUS as a general rule are in my opinion a little underrated for the products that they make.

Those who are into their technology will know what things they make well, but in the smartphone/tablet arena the vast majority would likely be a little wary as they are not such a known brand, despite having some fairly popular products on the market over the last few years, most notable the Google Nexus 7 series.

The ASUS Transformer Pad is the latest in the line of the Transformer series, which has generally only been available through selected suppliers and is not something you would see on the high street very easily.

The Transformer series works on the basis of an Android powered tablet with a detachable keyboard, to turn it into a laptop-esque device.

Tablet adoption is growing at a phenomenal rate and I can see why, but for me personally, having owned a Nexus 7 for 18 months or so now, I rarely use it like I should.

I see a couple of reasons for this:

  • It’s not that much bigger than my phone screen
  • I can’t always comfortably do what I want on it

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Therefore I end up generally opting for a rather bulky Windows laptop as this gives me a larger screen and a productive keyboard which I can use whilst on the sofa.

Like most people I imagine when relaxing in the evenings and weekends is when you are most likely to reach for a tablet or indeed desire to own one (I know there are other times too). Whilst a tablet is good when browsing, when I need to type out an email, holding a tablet and using the on screen keyboard for me is a bit of a pain and I much prefer a physical keyboard for speed and comfort.

Fed up of using the larger laptop, I desired something that is an always-on device, which was more polite to use and easier to handle, so I started looking at the options. I could have gone for a tablet and a separate keyboard, but then you have to prop the tablet up on a stand or the keyboard is a really expensive accessory. I decided to go for the Transformer Pad as it offered the best of both worlds, as it was an all in one package and I could chop and change as I like just by clipping and unclipping the keyboard.

Unlike other reviews, this is a personal purchase so I am likely to be a little more biased, although I will try to remain fair throughout.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T now available

ASUS improve their transformer range.

The ASUS Transformer range has not been to everyone’s taste, but as the world becomes more mobile, the new Transformer Pad looks to be a very enticing option with a high spec Android tablet coupled with a removable keyboard dock.

With a 10.1” touchscreen display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 32GB memory, microSD memory card slot, USB 3 port, HDMI out and a battery life of up to 17 hours when paired with the dock this has a lot to offer.

Running Android 4.2, ASUS have tweaked the setup a little to enhance your experience.

Check out the following promo video which shows it off a bit more.

If you think this is the device for you, then you can order the TF701T now from Clove by clicking HERE.

Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide

Android 4.4 KitKat / Nexus 5 Quick Start Guide / User Manual

Below you can find the digital version of the Android 4.4 KitKat quick start guide.  At 53 pages it is quite comprehensive and more of a user guide to Android 4.4.

Whilst not specifically created for the Google Nexus 5, at the time of launch the Nexus 5 is the only device running stock Android 4.4 KitKat so it can be seen as a user manual or guidebook for the Nexus 5 to some extent.

Hopefully this document will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device. However if there is anything you want to know that isn’t covered, or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

March of the Droids hit Bournemouth in May 2014 #MotD2014

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March of the Droids, for anyone who has not heard of this, is an informal gathering of anyone who has an interest in Android.

It is an annual event that each year visits a different part of the UK in an effort to make it accessible for all.

Welcoming anyone, the event is designed to be a bit of fun and a great opportunity to talk Android and technology with others that are interested.

The event usually consists of demos, giveaways and more.

The organisers have confirmed that the 2014 March of the Droids will be taking place in Bournemouth, the home town of Clove Technology.

The date of the event is the 10th May 2014, with a start time of 12pm. 

It is being held at the Live Centre, 715 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2AU.

Tickets are just £12.50, a fraction of the cost of other events and all proceeds are designed to cover the cost of the event, there are no ‘profits’ made here.

Purchase your ticket at www.marchofthedroids.co.uk or follow the event and attendees on Google+: http://plus.google.com/u/0/117302776812400153217/posts

LG G Pad hands on

Earlier this week, we posted here how we were now taking orders for the new G Pad 8.3 from LG.

Just a couple of days on and we have a sample of the G Pad that we can show off to you.

In the following video we give you a very quick hands on with the device, giving an overview of the key design and features.

You can find out more about the G Pad here or do check back within the next few days for further videos on tablet, that we will be posting.

Is there a need for an Android music player?

I posted an article a few weeks back asking whether a secondary music device was needed as well as your smartphone?

Has the lack of internal storage on your smartphone led to you pondering whether or not you need an MP3 player?

Yes you may have the ability to expand your memory with a micro SD card but so many of us are opting to listen to music through our favourite streaming apps. When you download music onto your device through Spotify you will not be given the option to download straight on to your SD card leaving you with just the one alternative – your internal storage.

If your device is not blessed with a large internal storage then you are highly likely to struggle once you’ve installed all of your favourite apps.

Of course we can just stream music straight from our apps without the need to worry about our internal storage, but what if there’s no internet connection where you are and you want to listen to your music? you’ll be kicking yourself thinking ‘if only I downloaded that album onto my phone’  you’d then be able to listen to your music in ‘offline’ mode – problem solved.

Many of us may still use an iPod as well as our smartphone but have you ever thought of using an Android based MP3 player that you can load certain apps on? this would be the perfect solution for those that own smartphones with limited storage as you can keep all of your music apps together with your offline music library.

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An Android based MP3 I hear you say? I wasn’t aware that one existed, I remember when Samsung released the Galaxy Player 50 a couple of years back, it was powered by Android (2.3) and featured a 5-inch display with 8GB of internal storage with the option of a micro SD card slot (32GB) however, it never really rose to prominence, perhaps it was the wrong time for Samsung to release an ‘MP3’ player at the time with Apple’s iPod dominating the market.

If you’re a music fanatic and do not have a top end smartphone with masses of internal storage then I would strongly recommend looking at alternatives like the one I just mentioned. Android based MP3 players will allow you to store apps with some even allowing you to stream through a Wi-Fi connection. You’ll also have the option of an offline library ensuring that you can listen to your favourite albums anywhere at any time.

Do you use an iPod/MP3 player as well as your smartphone or do you just opt to use your smartphone for sheer convenience? we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S3 and S4 in October

Lost in other ‘high-profile’ announcements at this weeks IFA was the information that both the Samsung S3 and S4 will be receiving an update to Android 4.3 in October. That means that 3 months after the software’s introduction, these Samsung handsets will be receiving their own Android 4.3 update.

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The update will allow the devices to connect and interact with Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, currently the watch can only communicate with the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 and the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1. One of Android 4.3′s headline improvements was native support for the power-hungry Bluetooth 4.0, this kind of low-power communication seems ideally suited to wearable computing devices like smartwatches and Google Glass. The 4.3 update should, for the S3 owners bring with it not just the ability to use Galaxy Gear but also a number of other backported features.

Android 4.4 will be known as KitKat

No Key Lime Pie, but a KitKat and a glimpse of the Nexus 5

Android KitKat

In a move that has surprised nearly everybody, Google has announced that Android 4.4 will be known as ‘KitKat’.

Prior to yesterday’s announcement, it had been widely believed that the next iteration of the Android OS would be known as ‘Key Lime Pie’, but Google has now teamed up with Nestle to name the update after one of its ‘favourite chocolate treats’.

Seeing the Android man made up of five KitKat fingers makes a nice change. The Android website gives a run-through of previous versions and Nestle has also put up a nice page to celebrate the news.

The new KitKat page design is a parody of an Android device announcement and many have been quick to describe the included video, which describes KitKat 4.4 as ‘confectionary perfectionary’, as a jibe at the style of Apple.

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Andru Android Robot USB Phone Travel Charger

It is not often that you can refer to a mains charger as cute, but the Andru Android robot USB charger is one that I believe you can apply ‘cute’ to.

As the name and images suggest, this is a mains charger in the shape of an Android figure.  Whilst suitable for all microUSB powered devices, this mains charger appeals more to the Android fans out there.

When purchased from Clove, you get 3 mains adapters, US, EU & UK along with a 1.2metre length microUSB cable.

The eyes of the Android even light up white or blue to indicate charging or fully charged.

This is a perfect gift to give in my opinion.

Check out our hands on video below or CLICK HERE for more information.

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