Archive for September, 2009

Post To Twitter with Mobypicture Android App

September 30, 2009


Mobypicture has just release a new Android app called Moby.  With Moby you can post photos, video and audio directly to Twitter or create a Moby account and post to over 25 different services and  networking sites including; Facebook, MySpace, Hyves, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress, Blogger, and more…


“Mobypicture focuses on helping you share your adventures with your friends in a simple, convenient and context rich way. Directly from your mobile phone you can share photos, videos, audio and text with your friends, family and contacts on all the major social networking sites and services. You can easily post your adventure to Moby using any of the over 300 different applications for all types of phones, or by just using e-mail or mms. “

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Sports Illustrated Applications Maker to Offer Android Versions

September 30, 2009


Polar Mobile, the developer of mobile-phone applications for Sports Illustrated magazine, said a slew of new devices based on Google Inc.’s Android software will help it boost growth from abroad.

“We’re getting ready to go global,” Chief Executive Officer Kunal Gupta said in an interview. “Android does have the potential to be the top smart-phone operating system globally.”

Polar Mobile, based in Toronto, will release an Android application for in the next 10 days, Gupta said today. While the company’s customers currently are in North America, it will introduce programs for “major brands” in India, China, Brazil and Korea within the next six months, he said. HTC Corp., the world’s top maker of Android phones, plans to make seven devices for China Mobile Ltd. through 2010 alone.

Polar Mobile plans to have Android programs for Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and other customers within six months. It makes applications for BusinessWeek magazine for Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and Apple Inc.’s iPhone and for the iPhone. Program downloads reached 1 million in early September and are now at about 1.5 million, Gupta said.

At least four companies, including Motorola Inc., plan to offer Android devices in the next year as consumer demand for sophisticated handsets grows. Smart-phone sales rose 27 percent globally in the second quarter, while the broader mobile-phone market fell 6.1 percent, according to Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner Inc.

LG Electronics Inc., the world’s third-largest mobile-phone maker, said this month it will introduce an Android handset in the fourth quarter. Suwon, Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s No. 2 maker behind Nokia Oyj, also has plans for a device. Samsung gets three-fifths of revenue from Asia, and the region accounts for about 48 percent of Seoul-based LG’s sales.

60 Countries

HTC, based in Taiwan will join with Sprint Nextel Corp. to sell the Hero handset in the U.S. from Oct. 11.

Polar Mobile’s applications have been downloaded by users in about 60 countries, Gupta said. It currently develops programs for English- and French-language publishers.

Polar Mobile has about 30 employees and is looking to add at least seven more, said Gupta. He started the company in 2007 in Waterloo, Ontario, where he studied software engineering. The city is home to RIM.

by Hugo Miller

[via Bloomberg]

Verizon’s First Android-Based Smartphone Moving Closer to Release

September 29, 2009


A Motorola model that’s widely believed to be on its way to Verizon has been approved by the FCC. The smartphone — code-named the Sholes — will apparently be this carrier’s first running Google’s Android OS.

As often happens with FCC filings, most of the documentation is hidden by a confidentiality request, but not all of it. This government agency has confirmed that this upcoming device will be a CDMA phone with EV-DO Rev. A. — the wireless broadband standard used by Verizon.

The Sholes will also have Wi-Fi b/g, stereo Bluetooth, and aGPS.

A New Name?
Not surprisingly, this smartphone will not be called the Sholes when it’s released. Instead, an unconfirmed report says it will debut with the name Motorola Tao.

Motorola TaoExactly when that debut will be is not yet known, but it’s expected to hit the market some time in October.

An Overview of the Motorola Sholes/Tao
A couple of images of this model have leaked out, revealing that it will be a slider with a horizontally-oriented QWERTY keyboard. The screen will supposedly have a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels (WVGA+).

As an Android-based phone, this device will have a highly-functional web browser, and include tie-ins to a number of Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google Maps. There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available for this operating system.

According to earlier reports, this smartphone will have 256 MB of RAM and will ship with a 16 GB microSD card, which can be swapped out for a larger one when available.

This Motorola model will also reportedly include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery.

Overall, it will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.3 inches tall, 0.54 inches thick, and 6.0 ounces (115.8 mm wide, 60.0 mm tall, 13.70 mm thick, and 169 g).

by Ed Hardy

[via Brighthand]

Android App Audience More Global Than iPhone?s

September 29, 2009


iphone-android_The latest report from mobile applications reporting software maker Distimo finds a pattern no one has explained yet, but one that mobile app followers will want to know: iPhone apps, Distimo’s data shows, tend to be more popular in the geographic region they are produced. The top paid apps bought the United States differ a lot from the top apps bought in the UK.

On Google’s Android market, there’s no such distinction. Two applications, Power Manager Full and Advanced Task Manager, are the most-bought apps everywhere.

One more thing … applications Camera Genius and Camera Zoom are both among the top five most downloaded paid apps for the iPhone. I still have trouble believing Apple deliberately chose to leave a camera off the iPod Touch as some sort of clever product differentiation strategy. I believe the other rumor, the one that says the camera failed in pre-production tests. When the next iPod Touch sprouts a camera, I’ll be re-reading old blog posts and laughing at them. Yeah, I have no life.

by Paul Boutin

[via VentureBeat]

Android Invasion Of China

September 29, 2009


Google’s mobile platform, Android, has had a bit of a slow start, but 2010 is shaping up to be the year that Google’s OS will appear on well over a dozen new handsets.

In China, with its plethora of small and fast-acting electronics firms, Android is getting a boost by being adopted by a lot of brands that you’ve likely not heard of before. Indeed, several of these brands have never even made a mobile phone before–but it seems that hardware is easy to put together, and can be rendered very appealing by free, open, and good-looking software, as Android undoubtedly is. (That’s all got to be heart-breaking news for Nokia. Anyhoooo…).

Here’s a look at four Android mobiles that I reckon will make an impact in China later this year and throughout 2010. (more…)

Samsung Icon Galaxy Debuts

September 29, 2009


Samsung’s first Google Android phone, the Galaxy Icon, is aimed at users who want something simple and customisable.

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The Samsung Galaxy sports a slim design and fits comfortably in the hand. The unit has 10 keys up front which includes a five-way navigation pad, a back, menu, and home key, as well as a pick up and end/power button. The volume rocker is located on the left side of the handset, while the lock and camera hotkey are located on the right side. It also comes with a 3.5mm jack, 5-megapixel camera, and a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen.

Like any other Google Android phone we have reviewed in the past, users must first sign in (or create an account) in order to have access to its services. The handset offers access to Gmail, Google Talk, Android Market, Google Maps, and YouTube, with users being able to move an app to the home screen on the fly.

While the basic interface works, it could have been better if Samsung added a couple of useful multimedia applications to make it stand out. Right now, it is all up to a user to find, download, and install programs that will make the unit unique.

The 3.2-inch AMOLED screen is bright and crisp but is sometimes not as responsive as we wanted it to be. There were times when we tapped on an icon only to find that it only registered the gesture a fraction of a second later. Fortunately, we did not experience the same problem when composing messages, with the unit responding to each letter we typed.

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The 5-megapixel camera takes decent shots but only offers basic settings. Users can only set the camera’s video quality, change the flash settings (Auto, On, or Off), and choose where the files will be saved. There isn’t any way to change the ISO, Auto White Balance, and Shooting mode, which should have been there in the first place.

Storage-wise, the Galaxy comes with 8GB of storage and a microSD slot that can be used to expand the memory. The unit is compatible with MP3, AMR, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ audio files and MPEG4 / H.263, allowing you to listen to music or watch movies while on the go. A 3.5mm jack is available and can be used to hook up your favourite headphones or any portable speakers.

In terms of battery life, Samsung claims that the Galaxy has a talk time of up to 6 hours and a standby time of up to 340 hours. In our test, the unit lasted for a day, with us using it to make calls, send SMS, download applications, and go online.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy is a good phone – it gets the job done and can be customised according to how you want it. Unfortunately, it is a fairly basic Google Android phone that could have been better. If you are looking for a good multimedia phone, then you are better off purchasing the HD Icon.

by Mendelson Tiu
[via SmartHouse]

Radiant: Exclusive Android Game Demo

September 28, 2009



Hexage is quickly becoming one of our favorite Android game developers because they always deliver the goods. Their first two games (Buka and Totemo) are some of the most polished titles available for the Android platform. Not only do they produce quality games, but they also provide great support. Hexage continues to update their games after they are released to add new gameplay features and extend the replay value.

For their third game, Hexage decided to go retro.

Radiant is an old school shooter that plays tribute to classics like Space Invaders and Asteroids. The controls are ultra simple and the game is all about action. Hexage plans to release the game next Thursday October, 1 2009, but they gave us an exclusive demo to share with our readers.

Download Radiant Lite

Click the link above to download the apk file. You can grab it on your PC and copy it to your SD card or download it directly to your phone. If you need a file manager to install the apk file, we suggest Linda File Manager. If you have any issues downloading the apk file, grab Linda File Manager first and it will get the file correctly.

Radiant (along with Totemo) is entered in the second Android Developers challenge. Get the ADC2 judging application and be on the look out.

For the latest information on Hexage visit their official site or follow them on Twitter @hexage.


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Cyanogen vs Google, Android Community In Chaos

September 27, 2009


The Android Community is in a shear uproar over Google’s Cease and Desist Letter to Cyanogen.  If you haven’t heard here’s a quick run down of what’s going on.  On Friday September 25th Google sent the developer that has been releasing the awesome Cyanogen ROM a Cease and Desist Letter.

The XDA-Developers immediately responded with a poll “Should Google leave Cyanogen alone?” With an overwhelming response.

  • Yes (97.58% with 1,091 votes)
  • No (1.61% with 18 votes)

They added a “Wait and see” option at the very end of the poll but it wasn’t a fair gauge, so I threw it out, because it only made up 0.81% of the total votes(9 votes).

This hilarious Hitler Video was then released on YouTube.


Google then responded with a note on the Android developer community website basically saying that they approve of Android MODs but disapprove of the use of Google proprietary applications; Google Search, Google Maps, Google Voice, YouTube, etc. being distributed with the MODs or alternate Android builds.


Google’s own developers aren’t really happy with Google’s brash orders. One made a comment on twitter “To my Apple, Microsoft and Palm buddies: are you hiring to work on mobile stuff?”

Even with all this said and done the community does still realize that in the end we can continue to MOD the Android platform and enjoy the benefits from it. We just can’t go around distributing code that wasn’t meant to be Open Source. Google even says in their post that “we created Android because the industry needed an injection of openness. Today, we’re thrilled to see all the enthusiasm that developers, users, and others in the mobile industry have shown toward Android.”.  I for one definitely do not think anything is over for Android Mod’ers in general. Even Google said in their letter “We always love seeing novel uses of Android, including custom Android builds from developers who see a need. I look forward to seeing what comes next!” So as long as people do not includes Google’s proprietary apps in their distributions everything should be just fine. There are already replacements to some of these apps and people from the Android community are already asking where they can help to make the rest of the necessary applications to make complete shipping distributions.


Originally Cyanogen said “Yep, it’s over.”, but today release a statement that Cyanogen will continue.  He is going to release the next version as a bare bones version without Google Apps. He also says that he is going to be working on a backup tool which will allow you to backup the applications that shipped with your phone and then reinstall them. Cyanogen released this statement today on his website “The current state..” Please support Cyanogen and his cause by going to his website and click on the Donate button.

Things are getting very interesting in the Android community right now and I am sure we will all see everything work out for the best. The real programmers will prevail with better ROMs and the warez kiddies will trade their appz underground, like on the torrent networks.

Stay tuned for more updates that are sure to come…

by Daryll Bennett

[via GoogleAndroidBlog]

Cool New Tablet Announced – RAmos W7 Android MID

September 27, 2009


RAmos will hold an event in Shenzhen on September 25 Beijing Time, in which they will launch a set of products, including an Android MID and a 1080p PMP. Now the Event is still going on. On RAmas’ offical website, we found there’s a picture about their upcoming Android MID. There’s still not much information revealed, but we’ve got to know the Android MID is called W7. We’ll update this post when more information comes out.


update: Ramos W7 is based on Rockchip’s RK2808 chipset, with a 600MHz processor. It features a 4.8-inch 800×480 capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 780p support. It supports numerous video formats including MKV, AVI, RMVB. The device is very thin, only 2mm thick at minimum and 10mm at maximum. The price was also disclosed on the even, 1299 Yuan (about $191) for the 8GB version, and 1599 Yuan (about $235) for the 16GB version.


[via Cloned In China]

Android OS 1.6 ?Donut? Is a Treat for Developers

September 26, 2009


Android OS 1.6, codenamed “Donut”, has been released to application developers with relatively little fanfare, at least in comparison to the previous 1.5 “Cupcake” version. The list of new features suggests the public release will grab a little more attention from users; it includes a series of large fixes, frequently-requested additions, and a few surprises.

Possibly the most single requested feature for the Android platform, native multi-touch support, has been confirmed both as hardware support primarily for upcoming devices such as the HTC Hero and as software emulation. Many third-party applications will need to be updated to support multitouch gesture control, but it shouldn’t be long before they start popping up on the Android Market considering it’s been such a consistently requested feature.

The Android Market itself will be getting a facelift, including a new UI and more finely grained control for listing and searching apps. New categories will debut that should help developers list their apps more effectively. And to help visibility, the new version of the Market will give users the ability to search apps by cost and release date and show screen shots in app descriptions.

A quick-search bar has been added providing the ability to search both web content and the handset simultaneously, from the home screen (similar to Universal Search on Palm’s webOS). Quick-search includes handset contacts and responds to voice commands for both searching and placing calls. The quick-search bar includes the ability to index third-party app content, however users may add or remove the service on a per-app basis.

Multilingual text-to-speech support is now available to developers, so expect your Android handset to start talking to you shortly. Especially interesting is that the text-to-speech, in addition to being multi-lingual (English and German for now), seems to support multiple tertiary localizations (for example UK vs. US English).

The new display scaling feature only confirms the rumors: Android is moving into the PMP, netbook, and tablet markets (we’ve already seen it on an Archos tablet). Display scaling will allow the same UI used on Android handsets to be applied to larger-format devices without compromising either the multi-desktop approach or overall graphical fidelity.

Android 1.6 will also reportedly support CDMA handsets, which may not mean much to users that already own Android handsets, but for developers it ultimately means more Android users.

The HTC Hero for Sprint is the first Android handset to run OS 1.6. Reviews of the Hero have mainly been positive, but there’s a consensus that it is somewhat sluggish. And be sure to read PC World’s full review of the HTC Hero.

by Chris Head

[via PCWorld]