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From: sylvester804/18/2012 12:45:19 AM
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Flashify for Android lets you use Chrome browser, run Flash content

The Google Chrome beta web browser for Android is fast, powerful, and offers some nifty features such as the ability to synchronize your bookmarks and currently open browser tabs across multiple devices.

But one thing it doesn’t support is Adobe Flash. If you want to view a Flash video or play a Flash game, you’ll have to switch web browsers. A new free app called Flashify makes that very easy to do.

Basically you can surf the web using Google Chrome (or any web browser), and when you run across a page with Flash content, just hit the Share button and then choose the Flashify menu option.

A list of web browsers will pop up, and you can choose to open the web page in any of the browsers installed on your device. Most will probably support Flash, as long as you have the Adobe Flash plugin installed.

This lets you continue using Chrome as your primary web browser, while switching only when you run across content it can’t handle.

Flashify was originally called “Another Browser,” but the developer changed the name on April 12th to avoid confusion. The app is open source and you can access the source code and view the change log at github.

via reddit

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From: sylvester804/18/2012 12:54:28 AM
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Quad-core Tegra 3 Acer's Iconia A510 Available From Amazon Right Now In Black, For Pre-Order In Silver, for $450
Acer's Iconia A510 Is Available From Amazon Right Now In Black, For Pre-Order In Silver
Posted by Eric Ravenscraft in Iconia Tab A510, News

Remember Acer's quad-core tablet that managed to beat out ASUS' Transformer Prime by a pretty wide price difference? It's available from Amazon for an easier-on-the-wallet $450 right now. If you're holding out for the silver version, you can still place a pre-order with Amazon here. In case you need a refresher, here are the specs:

10.1-inch 1,280x800 displayQuad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor1GB RAM32GB built-in storage with microSD Card slot5MP Rear shooter, 1MP front-facing camera9,800mAh battery for 12 hours of continuous video playbackAndroid 4.0 with Acer Ring

The Olympics-branded tablet is an attractive choice for those who are looking for a budget tablet that doesn't strip away features that the bigger players share. At $450, it still clocks in cheaper than most of ASUS or Samsung's higher-end tablets, and the Tegra 3 inside means it should pack some serious processing power.

If you want in on this action, head over to Amazon to either buy the black version, or pre-order the silver version.

Source: Amazon

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From: sylvester804/18/2012 1:31:55 PM
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BREAKING..Android has 42% of U.S. tablet market, will overtake iPad [Chart]
By Eric Lai | April 18, 2012, 6:48am PDT

That startling statistic and prediction comes courtesy of Javelin Strategy & Research of Pleasanton, California.

A boutique research firm known for its bank technology coverage, Javelin published a paid report today on tablets and their impact on mobile consumer banking. I was able to read the report and interview the primary author, Javelin research director Mary Monahan.

Javelin’s findings and predictions are based on two surveys of more than 5,000 consumers each last October and December.

It found that among the 16 million U.S. tablet owners, 42% owned an Android tablet. While iPads still led (55%), the lead was far smaller than every other estimate I’ve seen. Forrester Research, for instance, found last September that the top 3 Android tablet makers at the time - Samsung, Motorola and Acer - combined held only 12% of the U.S. market.

“Piece by piece, Android tablets have a pretty big share of the market,” Monahan said.

Because respondents could indicate if they owned more than one tablet, Javelin’s total added up to 119%. Dividing 42 by 119, Android really had closer to 35% of the U.S. tablet market.

(Here’s my post with charts compiling other analyst forecasts for the global tablet market. And here’s a list of large enterprise Android tablet deployments.)

Of course, Amazon’s Kindle Fire was not available when Forrester did its survey last September. According to Javelin, 10% of American adults had a Kindle Fire in December.

Bolstered by the Kindle, Javelin predicts that Android will eventually overtake the iPad, though it doesn’t say when.

“For the future, Google Android is expected to continue to gain consumer market share at Apple’s expense, until it takes the lead. While Android’s gains have come at the expense of profits, price-cutting is an established platform strategy that has paid big dividends in the past. Although Apple is clearly the innovator, the sheer number of Google Android tablets, price ranges, and carriers will soon prove overwhelming,” according to the report.

Meanwhile, Windows tablets also held a surprisingly high 10% of the market as of December.

For future purchases, iPads still lead (36%). Android, including the Kindle, ranked 2nd (27%), followed by perhaps surprising interest in Windows tablets (21%).

Blackberry PlayBooks had 9%, but future interest among consumers was only 4%.

Other interesting tablet statistics:

-17% of U.S. mobile phone users, or 34 million Americans, will own a tablet by the end of the year.

- Tablet adoption is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 40.3% to 40% of all U.S. smartphone users by 2016, or 87 million adults. That compares to Forrester’s forecast of 112.5 million adults by 2016.

Banks investing in new features

Javelin, naturally, honed in how consumers are using tablets to bank.

Due to its large screen, tablets are indeed becoming a popular way to bank, with 44% of tablet owners having banked via tablet or smartphone in the last 90 days.

Mobile Web sites are more popular than banking apps today, says Monahan, though that could be a function of supply rather than demand. While about 90% of banks have apps for iOS or Android, only 4% have one optimized for Android tablets (as opposed to smaller smartphones), while only 20% had an iPad-specific app.

As a result, consumers are still mostly using tablets to look up information on their accounts, rather than do transactions or pay bills, Monahan said.

Monahan cited USAA, Bank of America and Citi as having created good mobile banking apps. This year, she expects larger banks to invest in new features such as remote deposit capture (depositing checks via tablet or smartphone) and inter-bank payments to other individuals, while smaller banks roll out their apps for the first time.

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From: sylvester804/18/2012 1:41:24 PM
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Chrome for Android Doesn’t Need No Stinking Mobile Websites
By Scott Gilbertson

Chrome for Android. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/

Google has released an upgrade for its new Chrome for Android web browser. Chrome for Android — which was released earlier this year — is still a beta release, but the latest version adds several nice new features, including a way to circumvent websites that try to force a mobile version on you.

The latest version of Chrome for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Note that Chrome for Android requires Android 4.0 or better.

This release fixes a number of bugs and adds some new features, like the ability to reload a site that has redirected you to a mobile page. Despite Jakob Nielsen’s recent pronouncement that users want to be auto-redirected to simplified mobile sites, Google’s Chrome for Android developers think otherwise.

Chrome for Android’s new feature subverts websites that automatically redirect you to a mobile version by spoofing Chrome for Android’s user agent string, in this case sending the string for the desktop version of Chrome instead of the mobile (which developers should note has been updated as well).

The new feature means that if a site offers a sub-par mobile experience by default, you can always reload the desktop version with the press of a button.

Also new in this release is the ability to add bookmarks to your home screen for fast access to your favorite sites and web apps.

In addition to the new features, Chrome for Android is now available in 31 more languages and in all countries where Google Play is supported. Chrome for Android is still a beta release and there are plenty of known issues, but the browser is getting closer to a finished product.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (5555)4/18/2012 2:06:23 PM
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Any reason why CHROME mobile was not designed to play FLASH? Still waiting to upgrade my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II SGH-T989 to ICE (Adroid 4.0) so I can install Chrome. XDA has yet to have a stable working ROM I can flash for my T989 phone current ROM runs Android 2.3.6 that can not install Chrome. I want to utilize the Web syn options across all my devises that run Chrome.


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To: E_K_S who wrote (5556)4/18/2012 2:23:03 PM
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Flash for Chrome... Message 28088927

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To: E_K_S who wrote (5556)4/18/2012 2:29:09 PM
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Cause Flash player is being faded out?

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To: E_K_S who wrote (5556)4/18/2012 2:53:40 PM
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Flash adds a lot of overhead and even adobe is moving to HTML5 which Chrome supports. So all the flash sites will also eventually move to HTML5. In the mean time, you can still access flash web sites with Android including android 4.0 who's default browser supports flash and you can do that from within chrome via flashify.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (5559)4/18/2012 3:17:04 PM
From: E_K_S
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I saw your "Flashy" link. My problem is Chrome only is available for Android 4.0 correct? My Android phone has yet to have a "clean" ported and tested ROM that runs Android 4.0.

I plan to try this version: [ROM] [cwm]-BLACKEDITION FOR THE SGS2 4-10-2012-IC

165K downloads but still not 100% working.

Do you know if Chrome for Android will sync w/ my Chrome on desktop (w/ all the bookmarks and password settings)? I like how Google calender and Google mail work and soon my Google voice sync together on all of my devices (desktop, tablet and now new smart phone). This is very important.

Is the "sync" service in the Google Services application or is it knitted together in some type of application? I would hope it is part of the Android 4.0 and the general Google Service application that runs in the back ground.

Can you explain how that works and/or post an article that explains that.


P.S. Still working on porting my main number over to Google Voice but need to find a solution to my home SIP device. Been thinking of buying one of these to replace my SipuraSPA box. OBi110 Voice Service Bridge and VoIP Telephone Adapter says it can receive Google Voice calls

Still not sure my Google Voice calls will ring my different devices (Cell Phone & OBi110 box) w/o setting up another separate SIP account.

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To: E_K_S who wrote (5560)4/18/2012 3:39:19 PM
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Yes. Chrome syncs with all your bookmarks from your Chrome desktop.

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