AC Ryan Veolo Review -
Product Showcase HTPC Software
So here we can see some pre installed applications, you'll have a browser, you can check email, Pulse, have a clock, photo gallery with dandy slideshow options and so on. Trick is, you can install more apps of course. You are free to install Facebook, Twitter ... well whatever is available. You have a good 4 GB of NAND flash storage to fill up and can add a memory card up-to 32GB.
Browsing the web is another feature you'll have available, though browsing downwards on a webpage is a little icky to do. The built-in web browser includes Java and Flash support which allows you to view Flash-based websites .
There is no android market available but you can use the AndroidPIT app center, there's lots to find. Obviously you can insert apps onto Android 2.2 with the help of installable APK files on your memory card or USB stick as well.
Let's have a quick browse though the preferences of the device. Above the first screen in the preferences menu. The device is quite configurable, all major languages are supported.
The market is continuously changing, the biggest trend last year where tablets, Android entered the market and that certainly changed the balance of smart phones. The concept proofs that you can do a lot of stuff with very little hardware, yet it remains intuitive. With that concept in mind AC Ryan started developing a new media hub slash player, in fact I shouldn't call it a media-player really as it is much more then that. The end product is called the Veolo. The Veolo is AC Ryan's version of a media 'HUB' powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo).
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