Jul 08, 2010 - 2:23 PM - by wuyanks
As we've become accustomed to, the guys and gals over at Google barely take a breath before releasing the next update... to something. Well, today Google has updated its Android 2.2 SDK to match the recent updates pushed to the Nexus One. This is certainly good news for app developers looking to make their applications as stable as possible on Google's latest Android FroYo offerings (FRF91 on the Nexus One).
What does this mean for the average user? Not much, but perhaps ROM developers in our community will be able to use the newest pieces of the SDK to improve the ROMs already out there. Also, it seems that in the past few hours, there has been a small push to Google's AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in the platform, tools, and kernel trees. Let's wait and see what our developers have in store for us...maybe FRF91 on our Motorola Droids soon?
Thanks to Shadez for the tip
Source Android Dev Blog
Jul 08, 2010 - 12:46 PM - by wuyanks
In case you haven't had your fill yet with Android gaming, OpenFeint is preparing for the big move to Android. You may have heard of OpenFeint, the social gaming network made famous on the iPhone and other iOS devices. Representing a gaming development community of over 9,200, this is truly a monumental day in Android gaming.
OpenFeint plans to launch on Android "later this summer", and will include an SDK for developers. Interestingly, just as Gameloft has done, OpenFeint is opting to bypass the Android Market with its own "discovery store", and will introduce a mobile payment option through Google Checkout.
Some partners of OpenFeint include Glu Mobile (which already has a few Android titles), Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Hudson Soft and independent studios like Distinct Dev (Moron Test), ustwo (Dot Dot Dot), Pik Pok (Flick Kick Football) and RocketCat Games (Hook Champ).
You can register at www.openfeint.com/developers/android for details as they emerge.
Check out the full Press Release below:
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OpenFeint To Bring World's Largest Mobile Gaming Developer Community To Google's Android Platform
Mobile Social Games Network's Expansion to Android will Accompany Titles from Glu Mobile, Digital Chocolate, And Hudson Entertainment.
Burlingame, CA – July 8, 2010 – OpenFeint, the leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for iOS devices, today announced that its 9,200 member game developer community with thousands of published games will soon have a complete solution to thrive in the Android apps economy. Launching later this summer, the company's complete solution will include its de facto standard SDK, a game discovery store and mobile payment options. It will also include high quality content from leading publishers Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and independent studios like Distinct Dev (Moron Test), ustwo (Dot Dot Dot), Pik Pok (Flick Kick Football) and RocketCat Games (Hook Champ).
With a strong set of partners at launch, OpenFeint's ecosystem provides Android users the most compelling way to discover and buy high quality online games. In addition to incorporating Google Checkout and leading community features into its developer SDK, OpenFeint will extend its wildly successful Game Spotlight discovery
Jul 08, 2010 - 12:21 PM - by wuyanks
Over the past few months, AMOLED shortages have become a well-documented problem. And those of you still waiting for your Droid Incredible are experiencing the ramifications of AMOLED shortages firsthand. Samsung, one of the world's few manufacturers of AMOLED displays, has not had much to say on the matter, but plans that it will overcome these shortages by 2012. Samsung has already committed $2.2 Billion into a new AMOLED factory, that should be in full production by 2012. However, 2012 is a long ways off, especially in the smartphone world. Due to the ever-increasing interest in these shortages, iSuppli, an independent research company, conducted an analysis on the future of the AMOLED display, and whether or not it will ever become a major competitor to AMLCDs.
Here is an excerpt from the analysis:
Rising rapidly, shipments of small-sized AMOLEDs used in mobile phones and other applications are projected to reach 184.5 million units by 2014, up from 20.4 million units in 2009, for a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 55.1 percent during the period. While such growth is impressive, the AMOLED figures pale next to small-sized AMLCD shipments, forecasted to rise to 1.75 billion units by 2014 from 1.3 billion in 2009.
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As you can see, by 2014 the projected shipments of AMOLEDs (184.5 million units) will pale in comparison to its AMLCD counterparts (1.75 billion units), even though the AMOLED's technology is newer and superior.
iSuppli goes on to explain that AMOLEDs may simply remain a niche technology, and never become a true competitor to AMLCDs, due to the fact that production of AMOLEDs is so limited. To put this into context, there are only two companies currently manufacturing AMOLEDs, Samsung and LG. As of now, both companies are producing at capacity, and are still coming up short for the global demand. Furthermore, as you may expect, Samsung gives preferential treatment to its own phones. For example, the Galaxy S Series, which uses a Super AMOLED screen, has essentially taken up all of Samsung's AMOLED production at this time.
Samsung is investing in a $2.2 billion facility that will be ready by 2012, and LG plans to do the same. Neither company, however, has yet to increase production in face of the
Jul 08, 2010 - 10:37 AM - by wuyanks
Free Phone by Trying on Jeans? You read that right. American Eagle and CellStores.com are running a promotion from July 21st to August 3rd, in which you will receive a free Android phone and a $25 American Eagle Gift Card simply for trying on a pair of AE jeans. Sounds too good to be true? Obviously, as you will of course be required to sign up for a 2-year contract on the phone. But this is surely one of the most unique promotions I have seen for smartphones.
Here is an excerpt from the AE Press Release:
And, How it Works:
)--American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) today announced a break-through back-to-school promotion in which every customer who tries on a pair of AE jeans receives a free smartphone after instant discount with a new two-year service plan, from July 21 to August 3. Customers can choose from more than 40 phones from a variety of top brands including BlackBerry® and Android™ smartphones and many others. Every customer who takes advantage of the promotion will also receive a $25 AE “Money Card” redeemable online or in stores.
“American Eagle Outfitters wants to send our customers back-to-school in style with new denim and a new phone,” said Fred Grover, executive vice president of marketing, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. “This promotion adds a level of excitement and fun to our customers’ shopping experience, as well as making a powerful statement about our confidence in the denim collection.”
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- As customers exit the AE fitting rooms after trying on jeans, they will receive a special card that explains how to select their phone and carrier at www.ae.com/jeans.
- The new phone and $25 AE Money Card is sent to the customer via FedEx.
- Users will be given the opportunity to download an AE logo to
Laptop mag has been running a 'tournament of champions' so to speak with different smart phone devices.
Both the Motorola Droid and HTC Incredible have fared really well in the competition... but as of this writing it looks like the Palm Pre Plus is beating out the Droid Incredible/HTC Incredible.
Are you going to let that happen? I didn't think so! So here's what you need to do.
- Visit this link and make sure to vote for the Droid Incredible: Battle of Champions: HTC Droid Incredible vs. Palm Pre Plus
- Come back and post in this thread and let us know the score after your vote.
We will keep track and make sure that our Droid brethren stay ahead for the win. That's it! Simple. As of this writing, the Droid Incredible has 15,657 votes and the Palm Pre Plus has 18,561 votes. Don't let them steal this win, the Droid Incredible beats out the Palm Pre Plus any day of the week.
Jul 07, 2010 - 6:20 PM - by wuyanks
On June 21st, a mysterious Twitter account appeared, by the name of DroidLanding, which seemed to be affiliated with Verizon/Motorola and its upcoming Droid X. The first tweet, a rather mysterious one:
So, over the past 2+ weeks, DroidLanding has slowly been leaking hints as to where Droid Xs' are "landing." These clues seemed to fit a scavenger hunt. And yet other theorists surmised these tweets may have something to do with early released Droid X's in Alabama yesterday.
Well today, Verizon Wireless officially announced the Droid X Scavenger Hunt, and as such has recognized the validity of DroidLanding (and now we know, this has nothing to do with the Droid Xs' arriving early in Alabama). Scattered across the nation are 21 certificates, each redeemable for a brand-new Droid X at launch (on July 15th). DroidLanding will be tweeting clues on a regular basis, up until just before launch. The final clue will be GPS coordinates of the certificates, and contestants will have four hours to retrieve the certificates.
Here is an excerpt from Verizon's Official Rules:
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1. Sweepstakes Period:
The Verizon Wireless Droid Scavenger Hunt (the "Promotion") begins 12:00:01 Eastern Time ("ET") on July 7, 2010 and ends 11:59:59 ET on July 15, 2010 (the "Promotion Period").
: Open to legal residents of the 48 Contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age and older as of July 7, 2010. Employees of Verizon Wireless (the "Sponsor"), McGarry Bowen, Marketing Werks, Don
Jul 07, 2010 - 5:05 PM - by wuyanks
Jul 07, 2010 - 4:46 PM - by wuyanks
Youtube App? What Youtube App?
Today, Youtube announced a complete revamping of its mobile Youtube site. What does this mean for the end-user? First off, a much more intuitive layout. For example, the touch buttons and other UI elements have been enlarged. Also, available now are search query selections, the option to like/unlike/favorite a video, and the ability to create playlists, all directly from your phone's browser. Simply put, the complete desktop Youtube experience on your smartphone.
Now to get to the most intriguing improvements: a much speedier experience, and a High Quality video option. When, in the past, the mobile Youtube site would default to an extremely low quality for a clip, now there is an option to stream the video in high quality, without ever entering that Pesky old Youtube app.
Check out a video introduction to the new Youtube Mobile Site:
Next time you have an urge to watch a plethora of Keyboard Cat videos or World Cup clips, visit m.youtube.com to check it out for yourself.
So, has anyone noticed these improvements yet? Let us know.
Source Youtube Blog
Jul 07, 2010 - 4:03 PM - by wuyanks
TMoNews just received a hot tip for those interested in purchasing T-Mobile's upcoming Samsung Vibrant! The Vibrant's launch date seems to have been moved up from July 21st to July 15th. Now, this makes perfect sense, considering that the Droid X will be released on July 15th as well.
We are not certain whether or not the revealed photo showing the "new" date is simply a misprint, or part of a sneak attack against Verizon and its Droid X. However, the screenshot clearly shows that the Vibrant will be available to Retail on July 15th, for both new customers and those upgrading.
For those of you who don't know, the Vibrant is T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S Series has perhaps been the most hyped non-Verizon Android smartphone to date, and with its 4" Super AMOLED Display, 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU, and HD Video Capture will certainly be a formidable opponent to Verizon's Motorola Droid X. Whenever it is released, and we believe July 15th to now be the date, you will be able to purchase the Vibrant for $199 with a newly upped two year contract.
So Samsung, when will we see Verizon's Galaxy S, a.k.a. the Fascinate?
Jul 06, 2010 - 6:46 PM - by wuyanks
MobiTV, a live streaming and video-on-demand service for mobile handsets, has had a presence in the Android world for quite some time. However, the service is currently limited, as it is available only on few Android smartphones, such as the HTC Evo 4g, Motorola Backflip, and HTC Hero. Now, MobiTV is aiming to increase its Android presence, initially by launching on the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant (on July 21st), and eventually finding itself on a plethora of future Android handsets.
Considering the increasing growth of Android and the current lacking of live and on-demand media content, this is the perfect storm for a company like MobiTV, trying to strike it big. This is addressed in MobiTV's press release by Charlie Nooney, CEO of MobiTV, Inc:
An interesting fact, also noted in the press release, is that:
"As the Android platform continues to grow in popularity and availability, MobiTV believes it will play a strong role in the adoption of mobile media”.
MobiTV’s current global content partners include NBC Universal, Disney Channel, ESPN Mobile TV, Comedy Central, FOX News and The Weather Channel, to name a few.
Among its more than 10 million subscribers, MobiTV viewers on the Android platform watch 23 percent more minutes per active viewer versus all other mobile operating platforms.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and even Verizon all carry phones that allow access to the MobiTV service. Also, there is mention of MobiTV availability for some Verizon phones through the "Get It Now" feature, but what about Verizon's latest Droids? Will we ever see MobiTV on the Droid line , which is currently restricted to subpar media utilities, such as V Cast? Also, have you tried MobiTV yet? Let us know what you think!
Check out the full press release below:
It appears that some lucky people have been able to get their Droid X early. How did they do it? Well, that's the question. No pattern has been found as of yet as to why these particular people received their Droid X shipments early.
A couple of theories seem to be present and those are:
- Luck of the draw
- These members had ordered Incredibles and them switched them to Droid X's and thus the ship date may have gotten mixed up
- Part of the "Scavenger Hunt"
Regardless of the reason we are stoked to see these things getting out to users' hands so we can hopefully get ours soon and tinker with it as well.
Hat tip to Droid Life for the info and breaking down the details.
Don't forget, we've got the Droid X totally covered here at the site too with our Droid X Forum that is specific to the Droid X. Link here: Droid X Forum - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum
Jul 06, 2010 - 2:24 PM - by wuyanks
1Password, the password management utility made famous on the Mac, is now available on the Android Market! Android 2.1 is required. You will need to manually copy the data over to the phone, however, as there is no automatic sync option available between your smartphone and Mac (instructions here).
There is also a beta version for Windows available here.
Now I never tried the software, and I would be a bit hesitant to save all my passwords in one location, as this could be a treasure trove for snoopers or hackers. However, the software has been highly rated by many reputable tech journals, from CNET to Macword Magazine (testimonials here). CNET goes as far as to say that "1Password is the best software available to keep your logins secure."
And to top it all off, 1Password for Android is free! (by contrast, Mac version costs $39.99). Check out the screenshots below for a sneak peak at what to expect:
Has anyone here used 1Password? What are your impressions of the service, and will you be using this on your Android handset?
via Android Central
source Agile Web Solutions
Direct link to Market here
Jul 06, 2010 - 11:29 AM - by Shadez
Jul 06, 2010 - 9:09 AM - by wuyanks
The Samsung Galaxy S is on the verge of being launched on all four major US carriers. And, as seen recently with the Droid X, a launch would not be complete without the proverbial teardown. So here, we have for you today, the Galaxy S stripped to its core. This may make some of you cringe, but to the true tech geeks out there, this is the apex of coolness. So without further ado, the good folks at Danawa have been gracious enough to provide a detailed guide with photos and video showing the complete teardown of the Galaxy S. And to top it all off, specific hardware components are pointed out along the way.
Check out the video here (via SamsungHub)
Take a look at the teardown guide, complete with pics here
Jul 06, 2010 - 7:57 AM - by wuyanks
As if you didn't see this one coming, the Droid Incredible has been delayed yet again. Today, Verizon updated the Incredible's latest proposed ship date on its wireless webpage to August 3rd. We heard a couple of weeks ago that the next Incredibles would ship by July 28th, but apparently that date could not be satisfied.
We all know the issues surrounding Samsung AMOLED shortages, and that the Incredible will likely be switching to another screen (supposedly a TFT LCD) for its newest batch. You also may recall the EOL (End-Of-Line) fiasco surrounding the Incredible back in June, which was debunked by Verizon personnel. While the actual ship date is still up in the air, at least those patient consumers out there have a $25 gift card to keep them cozy as the delays continue.
Is anyone still waiting to purchase a Droid Incredible? Have you already purchased the DI, and are waiting for it to ship? If so, is this new development forcing you to reconsider your smartphone decision? Let us know.
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