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HTCSense.com is now active for HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z owners

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02The HTC Sense UI cloud service, that was revealed at the press event on September 15th in London, is now active. Active for HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z owners, that is. Only supported handsets with the relevant version of HTC Sense can take full advantage of the new service, like tracking their device whereabouts, remotely wiping it, or syncing their phone’s contents to the cloud.

Other HTC-made smartphone users can register on the site for warranty purposes, or to get some free wallpapers and ringtones. To take advantage of the full functionality, you have to have a supported handset. Alternatively, having a ROM with this version of Sense UI installed on your device could also work, but we will wait for confirmations on that.
via SlashGear

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Intel to offer tools for easy porting of iPhone or Android apps to its hardware

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04Intel is missing out on the developments in the mobile phone industry big time. Its mobile Atom line still has to be seen in a smartphone or tablet for the general public, while ARM-based chipsets have taken over the burgeoning industry.

There is no doubt that the chipset manufacturer is pretty annoyed to see these little devices turning into the main computing units for many people, who would otherwise have to use Intel’s hardware, found in laptops and desktop machines. To remedy the situation until the dual-core Atom family finds its way into tablets and smartphones, Intel is working on a tool that will allow applications developed for ARM chipsets, to be ported for Intel gear with maximum ease.

Theoretically, this could allow all applications written for the Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market, to be transformed into software for Intel’s Atom-based gizmos. Whether or not this strategy will prove successful, is anyone’s guess, but at least Intel is doing something to entice developers. The company already has an AppUp Center for Intel-based netbooks that will also double as a store for MeeGo and Windows down the road. Intel’s goal is to have a look at existing apps, try to port the relevant ones over, and have them on the AppUp Center for the end users.
source: PCWorld

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HTC’s Q3 $360 million profit beats forecasts

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03Android has been a success story that has turned around two of the industry’s former powerhouses – Motorola and Sony Ericsson. For others, such as Samsung and HTC, it has presented a great opportunity to expand their market share, and prosper.

HTC released its results for the quarter ending in September, and they beat the analysts forecasts, even though the summer months are usually the slowest time of the year for such purchases. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer earned $360 million from its phone business, mostly due to high-margin Android handsets. This is almost double what the company made in Q3 of 2009, and is derived from $2.45 billion of revenues.

This pegs the net profit margin at around 7%, which is not high, if we compare to the money Apple is making off of each iPhone 4, but still more than what most everyone else is making. Considering the broad phone portfolio of HTC, which was found just 13 years ago, it is a commendable achievement, and we are curious how Windows Phone 7 will treat HTC’s bottomline further down the road.
source: Reuters

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GetJar app store is giving away games for Android, BlackBerry and Java-enabled phones

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03GetJar is the biggest independent app store in the world and probably tied up for the second place with Android Market. To increase the awareness about its presence, GetJar has partnered with the game developer Glu Mobile to offer some of their older titles for Android, BlackBerry and good ol’ Java, for free. These games usually cost $1-$5, but for the next two weeks users can download them off GetJar, and play without spending a dime. Competition is so nice, when it benefits you. The games include strategies, like “Build-a-lot”, and action titles such as “Race Driver”.

GetJar has an ad-supported business model, i.e. developers can’t charge on it, but rather use advertising revenue, or promote their applications and upsell, in order to monetize the GetJar presence. For users whose phones don’t have a dedicated app platform, the store also offers an extensive collection of Java-based applications. You just need to redirect your phone’s browser towards GetJar’s mobile site and it will show you the compatible apps. Or, alternatively, you can visit the website and enter your cell phone or model numbers to see what’s in store for it. It is available in more than 200 countries, with about a 100 million downloads per month.

However, while wildly popular outside US, GetJar has had little brand presence in the minds of US users. Verizon phones have been a notable exception for the app store. They run the BREW Mobile platform by Qualcomm, which is a close environment. With the advent of BlackBerry and Android devices, though, GetJar’s access to Verizon’s stable is improving. The games offered are nothing very exciting, but you can’t beat free, so if you are interested, head over to GetJar and have a look.
source: PCMag

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5 million Galaxy S units sold make it a cash cow for Samsung

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02When a company puts in a product outstanding features that have been dormant for years in its R&D labs, and backs it up with a simultaneous launch in 110 countries, it should expect to reap some rewards, right?

And this is exactly what is happening to Samsung with the Galaxy S. Backed up by an extensive marketing campaign on all fronts, the Super AMOLED, 1GHz Hummingbird Android handset has earned some street cred today.

Samsung said that it has sold more than five million units worldwide, two of which in the US, and a million in Korea. Coupled with the successful sales of the bada flagship Samsung Wave, these will surely result in a nice addition to Samsung’s bottom line in the Q4 financial report. Moreover, the Galaxy S will be entering the Japanese market  later this month, with the Galaxy Tab coming there in November.

You research, innovate, come up with a product to wow consumers, and back it up with extensive marketing campaign to reap the benefits – nothing wrong with old school economics.
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Dedicated Skype app hits Android Market

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01After a long wait, Skype is finally widely available for Android phones, and can be downloaded off Android Market. It was exclusive to Verizon’s Android phones for a while in the US, but now the whole gamut of Android phones can enjoy it. Well, at least it has been tested with HTC and Motorola devices, running Android 2.1 and up, aka the Verizon Android line. Skype is admitting there are some issues with the Samsung Galaxy S still, that are being ironed out.

There were some lite versions and substitutes before, but nothing beats the real thing. With the dedicated app you can make free Skype-to-Skype calls, do instant messaging, or call phones at low rates, at home and abroad – over WiFi and 3G. The US version supports voice and video calling over Wi-Fi only. If you have a Skype account, your contact list will appear when you sign in on your Android phone. To call abroad, just dial the number in Skype, and use Skype Credit to pay. There is also unlimited subscription based calling with various rates.

Skype can be downloaded from the Android Market, or from skype.com/m on your phone. Some say Skype and the likes can kill voice plans, but we are positive the carriers will make up for it in data charges.
source: Skype

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LG will wait on Gingerbread for its Android tablet

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06What’s a company to do these days if it wants to make a difference in the cut-throat Android tablet world? Why, wait for an actual tablet Android OS, of course.

This is exactly the way LG intends to go with its plans for a slate running Google’s mobile OS. A company official has leaked some info that LG is shelving the Froyo tablet project, and will jump on the bandwagon when the next, tablet-optimised, version of Android is ready.

Codenamed Gingerbread, it is supposed to focus on the Android UI experience, and is expected to be finished some day around the end of this year, ready for appearance in tablets in Q1 of 2011. Smart move, LG, especially if you want your tablet to be more productive than Apple’s iPad.
source: Reuters

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Sharp IS03 puts Android on a Retina Display

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Ever wondered how Android will look like on the iPhone 4’s Retina Display? Fret not, Sharp has got you covered. More and more Japanese cell phones are getting smartphone operating systems, and the Sharp IS03, slated for the Japanese carrier KDDI, is the next in this trend. The Fujitsu F-06B from the summer’s lineup of DoCoMo, for example, runs Symbian, has a 13MP camera that does 1080p full HD video, and is waterproof.

Running Android 2.1 (with Froyo later on) is one thing, but combining it with 3.5″ 640×960 pixels screen, which Apple popularized as Retina Display, due to the insane resolution, adds more fuel to the fire. Sharp is one of the top screen companies, so it probably didn’t cost the guys much to come up with such resolution on its own technology for wider viewing angles. It also sports a second display for the capacitive Android buttons, which can actually show time and notifications, without the main one being active.

To top it all off, Sharp wants you to have fun with a 9MP camera, which, from the looks of it (Full HD option  in the camera interface), records 1080p full HD video. The IS03 also sports the usual goodies Japan places in its cell phones – 1seg TV tuner, pedometer, and FeliCa chips for contactless mobile payments. The Sharp IS03 goes on sale in November, and supports CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev.A (KDDI calls it CDMA 1X WIN). The handset is offered in black, orange and white, and there is a nice video presentation of it below.

source: MobileWatch

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T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ network

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T-Mobile officially put a page up for its upcoming second HSPA+ handset. The T-Mobile myTouch will be an HTC-designed Android 2.2 phone with a 3.8″ WVGA screen, powered by the next generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset – MSM8225. Since the chipset is the most powerful Snapdragon on a phone currently, it is worth noting that the manufacturing process is 45nm, which makes for blazing speeds on comparable battery life.

T-Mobile announces myTouch as the next Froyo phone on its expanding HSPA+ networkThe benchmark Quadrant scores of this same chip in the HTC Desire HD is 1974, which is very quick, partly due to the capable Adreno 205 GPU. Not Galaxy S-after-the-XDA-fix fast, but faster than stock Galaxy S with Android 2.1, and impressive nonetheless. Given the fact it is running Froyo, and we’ve reviewed Android 2.2 running perfectly smooth on the 600MHz chipset of the Samsung i5510, we don’t expect any hiccups in the interface. T-Mobile myTouch is quoted for 6hrs of talk time.

The handset comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and features Video Chat through the front-facing camera, working both via Wi-Fi, or via T-Mobile’s 3G/HSPA+ network. Real-time HD video share or broadcast is also made easy with the touch of a virtual button. The phone features probably the best voice recognition software currently – Dragon Dictation from Nuance – for dictating text messages, calling or accessing the web with the touch of an exclusive physical Genius button. Of course, you can always use Swype for typing, as it comes standard on the phone as well. The phone will ship with a few HD games out of the box – Rock Band, Asphalt 5, and Monopoly, which makes it an even more compelling package.

The T-Mobile myTouch will be available for the holidays – rumors are for beginning of next month, and will be offered in four colors – white, black, plum and red – with an 8GB microSD card included in the retail package.

In the same press release, T-Mobile announced the expansion of its HSPA+ network to more cities, so now you can grab your T-Mobile G2 or myTouch, and enjoy up to 14.4 Mbps speeds also in:

Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

Very exciting handset, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a review unit for testing those HD video share and Video Chat features, as well as the voice recognition software behavior on the new Snapdragon. Which one would you get if you are on T-Mobile – the QWERTY G2, or the myTouch?

T-Mobile myTouch Specifications
T-Mobile G2 Specifications

source: T-Mobile

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Android browsers features and speed test

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Android browsers features and speed testPC World has gone through the most popular browsers on the Android platform, and has compared them for speed and features. The test includes both the default browsers that come with Android, as well as what you can download off Android Market and a Fennec (Firefox Mobile) alpha version.

The speed results in the table below are pretty self-explanatory, but each browser has been identified with its main strengths and weaknesses, which are worth knowing. The stock Android browsers are decent, but 2.1 is not shining both in terms of rendering speeds or compatibility, while 2.2 is devoid of add-on features. The big advantage of the browser in Android 2.2 (Froyo) is, of course, the Adobe Flash 10.1 support, but not every phone comes with it working properly out of the box.

Here the other four notable contenders step in. Dolphin HD loads new sites with speeds comparable to the browser in Android 2.1, which are not impressive, but it has some neat gesture-based navigation features, supports tabbed browsing, and has a catalog with 42 add-ons to extend functionality.

Mozilla’s Fennec has the bragging rights to be a mobile version of the almighty Firefox, but, being in alpha stage, it comes at 11.5MB and loads forever. It is the slowest site loader of the bunch for now, but has the advantage of syncing capabilities and hundreds of add-ons compatible with its desktop Firefox brethren.

Opera Mini is a very popular mobile browser on almost every platform, and it doesn’t disappoint in Android either. It offers tabbed browsing, and is optimized for low signal, low bandwidth situations. The pages are compressed and pre-rendered on the company’s servers first, piping out only the most significant bits to your device in compact sizes. Add to this a finger-friendly interface, and fast loading speeds (almost second in  new websites, and first in saved pages), and Opera Mini proves it is one of the best mobile browsers out there. There is one main disadvantage, though – streaming video is not supported, due to the bandwidth hog it is.

And, last but not least, comes SkyFire 2.0. It also uses server-side compression, as Opera Mini does, but its main advantage is that it does so for videos as well. Thus the problem with the lack of proper Flash support is taken care of for most situations. The videos then stream to your device in a more friendly format, that your phone or tablet supports. Another great feature of SkyFire 2.0 is that it can mask itself as a full desktop browser, so if you need a page in its full glory, instead of the mobile-optimized version, you are covered. It is also one of the fastest browsers of the bunch – its average loading speeds put it on top for new live sites, and on par with the second-place default browsers, when it comes to saved pages. The catch – all these features make it somewhat unstable.

Overall, the results show that the stock Froyo browser is fast enough, and supports Adobe Flash, but if you don’t have an Android 2.2 device, you are better off picking another browser. Even with Froyo on board, it all comes down to what additional features and add-ons you might want with your browser.

source: PCWorld

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