Archive | October, 2010

Yahoo Messenger app for video chat is extracted from a leaked T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM

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07We recently reported that a Yahoo Messenger app had been released for the Apple iPhone equipped with video chat. Unlike Face Time, Yahoo’s video chat service works just as well over 3G as it does over Wi-Fi. Although Yahoo’s intentions as to when a version for Google’s open source OS would be launched was not revealed, those willing to download a couple of files can warm up the front facing camera on their Android powered phone and start to video chat.

Thanks to MatthewJulian over at Xda-developers, a large file was extracted from a leaked T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM. That’s not the only gold discovered while panning through the ROM. On Monday, we told you how a 50 second video promo for the handset was discovered-also from the ROM.

Because the file is huge, it has been cut in two easier to digest slices. Take your Android browser and head to Part One. When you’re done with that one, head over to-all together now-Part Two.

After the installation of the program, just remember that you have video chat on your phone. If you have your front facing camera on, telling your significant other that you’re at the library when you are really at the local strip club is no longer going to work.

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Specifications

source: AndroidCentralForums

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Early take on Meizu M9

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The Meizu M9 is an Android powered smartphone due to hit by the end of the year. One guy was lucky enough to go hands-on with the device that is said to be pitted against the Apple iPhone, and even some other devices running on Android.

According to a developer, the device rivals the speed found on the Samsung Galaxy S phones and their impressive 1 GHz processor that makes navigating the phone a breeze. Compared to the iPhone, the developer claims that the M9 came out on top in regards to web browsing speeds. The cameras were also put to the test, with the iPhone’s coming out on top in that head-to-head battle.

The Meizu M9 features its own custom user interface on top of the Android platform that the developer says is even easier to use than stock Android. Other than this, not much else is known. No word on screen-resolution, internal memory, nothing.
source: Electronista

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Angry Birds for Android hits unprecedented milestone

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04Angry Birds, that insanely addictive and popular game hit the Android Market on Friday. The application hit a milestone quickly, as it was downloaded over 1 million times…in one day.

Other applications can boast that they have been downloaded over a million times, but none can even compare to the one-day accomplishment. The game has been a hit on several platforms in numerous countries around the globe.

When the lite version of the game was released on Android, many users were disappointed. That disappointment led to the frenzy that was Friday, as servers crashed trying to meet the heavy demands.

So for those of you who have played Angry Birds; are you addicted? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: Into Mobile

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Stylish HTC Gratia heading to Europe with Froyo on board

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If you live in Europe, and have been lusting over the HTC Aria since it was first introduced as an AT&T-only handset back in the summer, your cravings are about to be satisfied. The HTC Gratia will come ashore with the same 3.2″ capacitive screen in 320×480 pixels of resolution, and 600MHz chipset, but HTC has bumped the operating memory a bit to 384MB from 256MB, and loaded Froyo on the handset.

More RAM, coupled with the performance optimizations of Android 2.2, should make the interface smoother, and leave power for more intensive tasks. The HTC Gratia will come in two more colors other than the plain black – Forest Green and Pearl White. HTC Sense UI, of course, comes standard, but not of the cloud-friendly flavor that will be coming to other HTC handsets. The HTC Gratia will be available from carriers and retailers in all major European markets in November.
source: HTC

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Android action figures available from SK Telecom

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06If you love Android, and are absolutely consumed by Google’s open source OS, owning an Android flavored device is not enough. You also need to have some cute little Android toys work of art featuring the green robot. Androski is the skiing character and comes with a set of skis and poles. Put this on your desk, and everyone will know which OS you prefer.

The figures are available in  Korea from SK Telecom, which is perfect considering that the assembly instructions are written in Korean. Just looking at the manual might give you a headache, even if you know Korean. After you spend half a day putting the figure together, you have the perfect stand for your Android device.

While the Androski web site doesn’t translate into English very well, judging from the pictures on the site and a copy of the box, there are a number of collectible figures in the series including one that would turn your little Android character into a weight-lifter. The box says that the Androski figures are for those 15 years of age or older (”Not interested for children under the age of 15 reads the fractured English on the box) and the cute little figure should be considered a work of art, not a toy according to the company that produces the figures.
source: Androski

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Android keeps us hungry for new OS releases; after Honeycomb will come Ice Cream

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05Keeping the dessert tray coming, the next version of the Android OS after Honeycomb will be Ice Cream according to Forbes. Since Cupcake, we have been treated to Donut, Eclair and the current Froyo builds of Google’s open source OS. Gingerbread is expected to grace certain smartphones-like the Motorola Olympus-before the end of the year or early in Q1 for 2011. Honeycomb should follow early next year with Ice Cream due out in the middle of 2011, according to the magazine.

The Ice Cream, uh, leak comes from Tudor Brown who is the president of ARM. That company makes processors which integrate with electronic devices, some of which run Android. He told Forbes about the Ice Cream name for Android 4.0. This is the second time in recent memory that a leak revealed the name of an upcoming Android OS release. Before The Mountain View based company had a chance to make the announcement, Samsung had leaked the Gingerbread name at a trade show this past September.

So now we know that the name of Android 5.0 will probably be a dessert that starts with the letter “J”. Any ideas?
source: Forbes

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Russian consumers will have to pay 36,990 rubles for the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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04Another day, another country is getting ready to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but as we’ve been witnessing countless times, its price is somewhat a tad too much for people to hold down.

The realization that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be a premium option is further confirmed with Russia’s pricing for the highly prized Android powered tablet. Samsung Russia confirmed today that it’ll begin to go on sale in the mother land of Russia stating today, for the price of 36,990 rubles ($1,228). We know what you’re all thinking, even though the pricing is for an unlocked version of the tablet. Jaws might instantly drop to the floor knowing that it’s going to require some people to throw in a substantial investment to pick one up, but it’s still anyone’s guess as to how the US carriers will end up pricing their specific models.

So don’t be too surprised to see the other Samsung Galaxy Tab models to follow accordingly to the price structures we’ve seen thus far.
source: Samsung Russia via Samsung Hub

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Angry Birds for Android is out of beta and is ready for the taking

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03Well that didn’t take long! For the many that have grown weary of reliving the same action with the beta version of Angry Birds for Android, there is great news because the full version of Rovio’s immensely popular game is finally out of beta and is available in full version form.

Granted though, you’ll be flipping birds all around with some ads coming into your field of view, it’s not going to necessarily sway people from playing it. Although the word is out that the game is available through Get Jar, and some time later in the Android Market, it seems that the rush of excited gamers have overloaded GetJar’s servers. Let’s just hope that it gets corrected soon so that additional people can get their fix.

In addition, Angry Birds will even be playable on devices running Android 1.6 and up, however, handsets packing a QVGA display will be left out of the mix with this one.
source: GetJar via Android Central

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Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Galaxy S will be unleashed this month

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02The cooler weather isn’t preventing the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 from slowing down with sales, but the onset of fall is surely going to pack an enticing treat for those who’ve been enjoying their handsets for quite some time. As we’ve seen a few devices already receiving the Android 2.2 treatment, like the Motorola DROID X and HTC EVO 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 will be getting its dose very shortly – specifically, it’ll be ready this month.

Samsung officially announced the good news in a press release, dated October 18th, that the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S I9000 will include a host of features. Some of the expected goodies include Adobe Flash Player 10.1, search within the web browser, faster performance by JIT (Just In Time) compiler, and voice-controlled GPS through Google Maps with Navigation.

In the press release, it states that the update will “be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world.”

Naturally, consumers shopping around for their next handset will probably want to keep the smartphone in mind now that it’s going to get the jump with Android 2.2 Froyo. As for the many variants of the Galaxy S out there, no word was given in the press release about their potential update.
source: Samsung

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Adobe Flash downloaded over 1 million times from Android Market

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01It is probably no surprise to anyone that Adobe Flash Player 10.1 has been downloaded more than 1 million times from the Android Market. Along with the new Android 2.2 “Froyo” version of Google’s open source OS comes support for the Flash Player. Sure, the app takes up a ton of memory space, but it also brings the real life PC experience to your handset.

While completely expected, Adobe must feel a little vindicated by this vote of support for its software. No matter how much they act like it doesn’t bother them, Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ diatribe against Flash and Adobe can’t be good for company morale. What might put a smile on everyone’s face at Adobe is the teamwork behind the scenes that makes sure that Flash is all it can be.

For example, Anup Murarka, director of technical marketing for mobile and devices for Adobe, told ZDNet that the software company has a Flash “Swat Team” that goes around the web to make sure that sites are running well on Flash. The problem is that some sites are delivering mobile web sites and while most of these stripped down pages have a link to the full site, it just adds an unnecessary step that the user must navigate past to reach his hoped for destination.
source: ZDNet

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