Monday, 25 October 2010

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Logitech is Aware of Revue Frame Rate Issue

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:56 AM PDT

The Goole TV is a great device, bringing the full internet to your couch in a all new and innovate way is really a great thing, however if you have been using the Logitech Revue you may have noticed your video is less than stellar. Clearly there is an issue with the frame rate which watching TV, Logitech has acknowledged this and is currently investigating the issue.

The problem arises because the video is routed from your cable through the Revue before it’s output to the television, it appears that the Revue is causing frame dropping resulting in a staggering picture. In a response on the Google TV forums, Director of Logitech Revue customer care – Peter Evans said the following:

“Thank you for your feedback about Logitech Revue causing the TV picture to skip frames and for sharing information about your home entertainment setup. With your help we have been able to confirm that in some cases Logitech Revue is dropping video frames, resulting in a staggered image.

With Logitech Revue, it is our priority to provide a high quality TV experience, and we recognize that this issue is affecting your enjoyment. Logitech and the Google TV team are working hard to find the root cause of this issue and to develop a solution, which we will share with you as soon as it is available. We will keep you updated on our progress through this forum thread.

We do apologize for your TV experience being less than perfect.”

Hopefully we will be seeing a fix soon, because if you have experienced this in person you know it’s very annoying on a high definition display, almost making it unbearable.

[Via AndroidCentral]

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Google Voice Search now in Russian, Polish, Czech, and Turkish

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:54 AM PDT

Google’s Voice Search is really ramping up! It’s been since June since we’ve seen additional voices added (See: French, German, Italian, and Spanish,), but now that there’s all sorts of people like skateboarders and chubby bunnies using the function, Google’s decided to up the ante. Now they’ve got voice recognition for Polish, Czech, Turkish, and Russia (where voice read you!)

Each of the languages available using Google Voice Search is workable only when you’ve got it activated. That means that if you’re speaking Polish, you can’t then search for something in Spanish without clicking the right switch. All of the new languages are preloaded on new Android devices, where all you’ve got to do is press and hold the search button to be able to speak your query and receive a result.

If you have Android 2.0 or higher and find that you don’t have Voice search installed, you can download the “Voice Search” app in the Android Market. Other phones can use this function too, devices such as iPhone can download the Google Mobile App with Voice Search from m.google.com

[Via GoogleMobile]

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HTC Desire HD source code Released

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:44 AM PDT

HTC has just released the source code for the Desire HD and posted it to their Developer Center. Allowing developers to get their hands on the official source code, we can fully expect to start seeing ROMs popping up bringing the new reworked HTC Sense to other devices.

Check out HTC’s Developer Center for the download, coming in as HTC Desire HD – Froyo – 2.6.32 kernel source code and just under 87MB.

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T-Mobile Comet Spotted in the Wild

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:35 AM PDT

TMO News has just received an array of images of the upcoming T-Mobile Comet formally known as the Huawei Ideos. The Comet will be an entry level device that’s running stock Android 2.2.

Other features of the device includes a 2.8-inch capacitive touch screen, 3 megapixel, camera, GPS, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth – pretty impressive for an “entry level” smartphone, especially with Android 2.2 which seems is hard for other competitors to keep up with. The Comet will launch on November 3rd on T-Mobile.

Gallery:

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[Via TmoNews]

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Google Instant Now Available in Beta For some devices

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:24 AM PDT

We first heard of Google Instant back in september, and even had a way to get it to work on some devices. Although this was only a temporary bug, and the link to Mobile Google with Instant was later pulled, we now are getting word that Google Instant is hitting some devices in beta form.

The image seen above has been what users of some Android devices are seeing when they navigate to Google via their Android devices. So far we have been told that users of the Droid, Droid x, and Incredible are all seeing the toggle switch for instant.

And if you forgot, or haven’t used Google in some time, here is what Google Instant is all about:

Click here to view the embedded video.

It’s likely more devices will be available to activate it later today. What about you? Do you see it? Let us know in the comments!

[Via DroidLife]

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Slick UI Homescreen-Replacement Interface for Android Devices (CONCEPT)

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:23 AM PDT

Gorgeous! Look at the loveliness that’s been brewing in the creation boxes of the conceptual workers working on “Slick UI”! This Slick UI is similar to other apps such as LauncherPro or ADW in that it’s a homescreen-replacement launcher made to pretty-up and function-up the homescreen of your Android-based device. It aims to make your whole experience more “silky smooth, functional and highly customizable.”

Work JUST began on this project, and it already looks just splendid. Look at the couple preview pics above and the video below. The folks in charge of creating this magnificent beast will need testers in the future, which means YOU!, so get your finger clickers out and get ready to test, but also get ready to ask for what you’d like to see in an app such as this.

Click here to view the embedded video.

The video you’re about to see has a couple slides, a couple glances at what this app will consist of. It’ll have such things as the lovely app-drawer, customizable dock, and customizable content-wheel (called WonderWheel). And if you’d like to help out in any way other than in graphics (already taken care of by user Caemgen,) head over to the thread at XDA Developers and lend a hand.

[Via XDA Developers]

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Samsung Android PMP available for Pre-Order via French Online Retailer

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:16 AM PDT

The French online retailer Material.net has begun taking pre-orders for a new Android-powered Samsung PMP. The media player will be as like based off the Galaxy S series of devices, think iPod Touch compared to the iPhone, but with Samsung’s hardware.

Named the Samsung Galaxy Player 50, the device offers up a 3.2-inch 400×240 pixel display, 2-megapixel camera on the back, WiFI, Bluetooth, and GPS. We may expect for this to become a worldwide device with the possibility of this being the focus on the Samsung Event in the US on November 8th.

This marks Samsung’s venture even further into Apple territory (and market share). First with it’s incredible set of Galaxy S phones, then with the yet to be released Galaxy Tab, and now a PMP Samsung is giving everyone some more options especially us Android fans.

Check out the video of the device in action:

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via LinuxForDevices]

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Samsung Mobile Twitter Giveaway : Win a Free Galaxy Tab™!

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:07 AM PDT

Hooray! Starting today (October 25th 2010) at 12pm CST, Samsung Mobile will be launching a giveaway/sweepstakes on Twitter where you can win a fabulous new Galaxy Tab™ from the carrier of your choice! The contest lasts through November 8th, and you’ll have seven chances to win, as they’ll have seven Tabs to give away. Directions below.

All you’ve got to do to enter is this: 1. go to Samsung Mobile’s Twitter page: @samsungmobilus, 2. follow them and tweet your response to the question they’ll have posted at or near the top, 3. include hashtag #WINGALAXYTAB in your response. Hashtag NEEDED! Make it work, win that TAB.

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HTC Knight Coming to Sprint January 6th, named HTC Speedy

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 10:04 AM PDT

It seems upcoming phones accessory lists are the new place to look for device launch details. BGR has gotten thier hands on the HTC Knight’s inventory list and it reveals the release date of the case to be January 6th – You’ll need a case the day you buy it, right?

Interestingly, January 6th in the first day of CES which would be the perfect day to reveal and release a product. BGR also claims that the device will be known as the HTC Speedy.

We first heard about this device late last week when we learned that it will feature a 3.7-inch screen and run Android. Hopefully we will hear more about the upcoming Knight/Speedy in the coming weeks.

[Via BGR]

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XDANROID Multi-Device Port of Androind for WM (Project Update)

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 09:57 AM PDT

The folks over at XDA Developers are hard at work bringing you XDANROID, a multi-device port dedicated to getting Android running on your favorite HTC devices, and they’ve got an update for ye. This update shows work done on issues with layout, functionality, the light sensor that brings you the automatic brightness adjustment, and more. Take a peek at the whole change log to see if your favorite grievance has been addressed.

Oh you XDA heros, you’re so vigilant. The following items have been addressed in this newest update of XDANDROID: Talk.apk is no longer missing, buttons are no longer cut off in the open call menu, and OpenWnn IME is no longer selected by default. Google Apps have been updated to 20101020.1, the whole system has been transitioned to hdpi graphics and fonts, and the ambient light sensor and hardware auto brightness for RAPH and RHOD have been fixed. Debug output for battery service emergency shutdowns has been addressed, and data is no longer roaming off by default, (this can be dangerous for international users.) Also included is armv6j instruction support from cyanogenmod.

Take a look at the whole thread for this post over at XDA Developers. As always, please use caution and act on your own time and risk, as none of this is sanctioned by the superpowers that be. That said, have fun.

[Via XDA Developers]

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Samsung Event Planned for November 8, “New Android Device” Coming

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 09:53 AM PDT

Samsung has just started sending out invitations for an Android event that will be help November 8th in New York City. We’ve been invited to join Samsung Mobile as they unveil a new Android Device.

While details are scarce we can speculate what might be coming from the invitation graphic. The Stock ticker background could mean that this may be a business-focused device with many multimedia options. Because it’s unknown what the new device is, there is still a possibility that it may be the official unveiling of the US version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will hit carriers later that week.

Hopefully this is a completely new device, comments suggest that it may even be the unveil of the Samsung MB2 media player that we started to hear about earlier this year. This will be samsung even further into competition with Apple with it’s own cell phone, tablet, and media player. We’ll be there with live updates November 8th, so stay tuned!

[Via SlashGear]

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Android Market passes 100,000 app mark

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 08:38 AM PDT

Nothing like starting Monday with a bang, and if you’re Google that bang is the news that there are now 100,000 apps available in the Android Market.  The news was broken by the company’s AndroidDev Twitter account; we’re guessing there’ll be an official announcement later on today, but so far the official blog is yet to be updated.

Despite the milestone, the Android Market still trails the iOS App Store, which Apple claims contains 250,000 titles.  Still, there’s more to a successful download store than sheer bulk: it’s the titles inside it that count.

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Google TV teardown: Logitech Revue shares its secrets

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 07:37 AM PDT

Logitech’s Android-based Revue Google TV box has come in for the teardown treatment from iFixit.  The set-top box is based around a single Gigabyte mainboard, running Intel’s Atom CE4150 1.2GHz processor, and is among the first wave of Google TV devices to reach the market.

iFixit praise the set-top box for its straightforward construction – plenty of Phillips-head screws and standardized connectors – and there’s plenty of connectivity, too.  More info on the Revue here.

[via SlashGear]

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Sprint Galaxy Tab due November 14 for $400

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 07:09 AM PDT

Sprint has officially confirmed that their version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will go on sale in the US on November 14 2010.  Pre-orders open today at www.sprint.com/tab, priced at $399.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement on a 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plan.

Sprint customers will have two rate plans to choose from for their Samsung Galaxy Tab: a 2GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $29.99 per month or a 5GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $59.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges).  More on the Galaxy Tab here.

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Press Release:

Award-Winning Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sprint's First Android-Powered Mobile Tablet, Debuts Nationwide on Nov. 14

As the perfect combination of e-reader, media player and mini-PC, Samsung Galaxy Tab features the reliability of the Sprint 3G network, a super fast 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 and two cameras

Starting today, customers can pre-order Samsung Galaxy Tab at any Sprint Store; For more information, visit www.sprint.com/tab

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Oct. 25, 2010 – What do you get when you combine an entertainment device for e-books, movies, music and games with an amazing 7-inch screen and fast and easy access to the Web, video chat and apps in an incredibly portable design? Samsung Galaxy Tab™, the award-winning1 mobile tablet, available from Sprint beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, at select Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales and telesales at
1-800-SPRINT1.

Beginning today, customers can pre-order a tablet at any participating Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card. Customers who pre-order Samsung Galaxy Tab will have their name added to the Device Wait List and be contacted to set up an appointment to complete their Samsung Galaxy Tab purchase beginning on Sunday, Nov. 14. Through the pre-order process, customers will have peace of mind knowing they are able to get the device they want and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint's Ready Now customer service experience.

It will cost $399.99 (taxes not included) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement on a 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plan. Sprint customers will have two rate plans to choose from for their Samsung Galaxy Tab: a 2GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $29.99 per month or a 5GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $59.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges).

"Samsung Galaxy Tab is another Android innovation for Sprint, adding a new category of wireless devices to the Sprint portfolio," said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. "Samsung Galaxy Tab is a powerful entertainment device and business tool that offers our customers high-end features, including a blazing-fast processor, beautiful touchscreen for watching videos and Web browsing, two cameras, video chat capabilities and access to the Sprint 3G network with affordable rate plans that let customers take advantage of the advanced data capabilities their device offers."

Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs less than a pound and features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT touchscreen display, Android 2.2, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor, supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing, as well as dual cameras for video chat on-the-go. It offers two fast and easy ways to enter text onto the tablet – a virtual keyboard and SWYPE technology for faster and more intuitive text input with one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features two cameras – a 3-megapixel camera with camcorder and flash, and a front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera enabling video chat. It also offers mobile hotspot capability as an optional add-on to simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices for an additional $29.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges).

Additional key features include:
Android Market™ for access to more than 80,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
ThinkFree Office to open and make changes to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF documents
Sprint Navigation can also be added for $2.99 per day or $9.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges)
Stereo speakers
Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n
Integrated GPS
2GB onboard memory, 16GB microSD card included, with support for up to a 32GB microSD card
4,000 mAh battery

On-The-Go Movie Theater Experience
Samsung Media Hub offers an easy-to-use mobile video store with movies and TV shows available for purchase or rental and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience. Users can quickly get downloads of a full library of video content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment using Wi-Fi, including MTV Networks, NBC Universal and Paramount.

Samsung Galaxy Tab will also enable sharing user-generated video content with other devices with Samsung's exclusive AllShare service. AllShare wirelessly shares stored music, pictures and HD-like video (720p) to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified™ home electronics, including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras and printers. Through AllShare, users can capture special moments with the phone's camera and camcorder and wirelessly show them to friends or family on their DLNA-certified HDTV or download music from a PC to Samsung Galaxy Tab and take it on the road.

To make staying connected faster and easier, Samsung Galaxy Tab includes Samsung Social Hub, designed to integrate social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts. Calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar and social networking services, are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

For more information about Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit www.sprint.com/tab.

Reliability from Sprint 3G
Samsung Galaxy Tab will operate on the Sprint 3G network and customers can be confident in their ability to stay connected. According to the results of a 13-city test conducted by PC World on 3G performance, no one has a more reliable network than Sprint. For the second consecutive year, Sprint's reliability rates were second-to-none.

PC World's test involved Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in 13 major cities in all regions of the country during December 2009 and January 2010. In all, roughly 9,000 individual tests of Sprint’s 3G service were conducted from 280 testing locations. Testing sessions were one minute in duration per location, and network performance can be highly variable from neighborhood to neighborhood. In laptop-based tests, Sprint tied with another carrier for first in 3G network reliability.

With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of Samsung Galaxy Tab for 30 days. If not completely satisfied, customers may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2

Sprint also offers online self help through www.sprint.com and proactive data usage email and/or text notifications from Sprint will allow user to manage consumption of data to prevent billing surprises.

Application Developers
A Sprint developer guide for Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available on the Sprint Application Developer website beginning Nov. 14. The developer guide will provide details for an Android 2.2 tablet and how to take advantage of Samsung Galaxy Tab's unique hardware and software capabilities on the Sprint network.

In addition, Samsung Galaxy Tab development will be featured at the Sprint Developer Conference in breakout sessions, discussed during the Android coding lab and demonstrated in the exhibit hall. The Sprint Developer Conference is Oct. 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif. Developers can register for the conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2010.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Hello Vino lets Android users pick the right wine

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 05:01 AM PDT

I am not a wine drinker at all. I am not a fan of the taste of most adult beverages and tend to stick with Dr. Pepper for the most part. If you are a wine fan of the sort that worries about pairing the correct wine with your dinner or other meal a new app is available that will help you pick the right bottle.

The app is from a company called Hello Vino and it is on the Android Market right now at no cost. The app will pick the right wine for your needs after the user answers a few simple questions. The app was previously on the iPhone and the company says that it is used 500,000 times each month.

The app is being positioned for users that might be looking to give wine for a Christmas gift. The app will work for buying wine in stores and choosing the right glass at your favorite restaurant.

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Acer Liquid Metal S120 hits FCC aims at AT&T

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 04:43 AM PDT

We have been following the Acer Liquid Metal S120 smartphone for a while now. A couple pics of the smartphone surfaced last week and it looks pretty darn cool. You may have been waiting for more info on the device like the carrier that you can get the thing from.

Engadget has spied the device over on the FCC website as it makes its way through the regulations and tests needed to hit the market. We have been gobbling rumors for a while now about the hardware with things like a 3.6-inch 800 x 480 screen, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, and other things surfacing.

With the smartphone hitting, the FCC we now know that it will be operating on AT&T bandwidths with support for GSM/EDGA 850/1900 networks along with WCDMA Band II and V support. The FCC also confirms that the OS will be Android 2.2 and the device will have GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi. The smartphone should hit the UK this month.

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Viper SmartStart car alarm gets price cut and new features with version 2.0

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 03:08 AM PDT

Back in July the Viper SmartStart car alarm system landed on Android devices in addition to the iPhone it was already available on. Viper has now announced that the SmartStart system has new features and a new lower price that might entice more folks to buy the device.

With the addition of the Android version last summer, the SmartStart 2.0 system is now offered on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices. Version 2.0 of the system has a much better price than the original at as low as $199 as an add on to an existing Viper alarm system.

The new Verizon 2.0 of the SmartStart also included free roadside assistance, which can be a big deal for some folks. The Viper motor Club can be used by pressing a button on the Android app and the driver can get help with a flat, a tow, and more. The SmartStart 2.0 module is part number VSM200 and the VSS3000 Remote Start system starts at $299 with the full VSS5000 Security with Remote Start system at $499. The app for the Android smartphone is available free and the latest version offers access to all the new features.

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Best Buy confirm Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only model

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 01:51 AM PDT

We’ve already seen leaks pointing to a November 14 release of the Sprint version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab; now we have pricing for the 7-inch Froyo slate.  Pocketables spotted Best Buy listings of the Tab in both WiFi-only and 3G/WiFi versions for Sprint and Verizon, complete with the promise of a starting price of $499.99.

Both contract and month-to-month plans will be on offer.   It’s not clear which of the SKUs that lowest price applies to, at this stage, though since Verizon has already confirmed a $600 price for their month-to-month version, it depends on how much Sprint are willing to subsidize compared to how great an amount Samsung can shave off by leaving out 3G.

The 1409447 WiFi-only Galaxy Tab is available in silver, as is the 1411072 Sprint 3G version; the 1411045 Verizon 3G model will be black, instead.

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Adam runtime 15hrs+ claims Notion Ink

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 01:31 AM PDT

Notion Ink has been teasing with more details about their upcoming Adam tablet, and perhaps most interesting is the expected battery life.  According to the company’s blog, the current Pixel Qi units are seeing a minimum of 15 hours runtime, stretching into in excess of two days.

Meanwhile USB Host functionality is also working, with Adam supporting peripherals like keyboard and mouse, together with external storage such as hard-drives.

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Adobe AIR 2.5 released; Over 2m Android Flash Player 10.1 downloads

Posted: 25 Oct 2010 12:49 AM PDT

Adobe has pushed out a new version of AIR, v2.5, their cross-platform application framework, with manufacturers including Acer, HTC, Motorola and Samsung expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early in 2011.  The company will also be launching the Adobe InMarket, a distribution service for developers wanting to get their cross-platform apps into various download stores without the hassle of individual submissions.

As for AIR 2.5 itself, it now has accelerometer, camera, video, microphone, multitouch and gesture support, along with geo-location, native-browser control display for HTML and .SWF integration, and SQLite support.  There’s also hardware acceleration for Adobe AIR across “all major silicon partners”, including Broadcom Corporation, Intel, NVIDIA, ST Microelectronics, Trident, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and others.

Meanwhile, Adobe also confirmed that Flash Player 10.1 has been downloaded more than 2 million times from the Android Market.

Press Release:

Adobe Extends AIR Applications Across Screens

Adobe AIR 2.5 for Televisions, Mobile Devices and Desktops Unveiled; Adobe InMarket Launched

Adobe MAX 2010
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At Adobe MAX, Adobe's worldwide developer conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® AIR® 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash® Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Android™, iOS, and desktops including Windows®, Macintosh and Linux® operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011.

"The HTC Experience is centered on delighting our customers and the addition of Flash Player 10.1 to many of our phones such as the Droid Incredible by HTC, HTC Evo4G and HTC Desire demonstrates this"
With Adobe AIR, developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe Flash® Professional CS5, Adobe Flash Builder™ and Flex to build rich standalone applications. Hundreds of them are already available on Android Market, Intel AppUp center and Apple's App Store today. In addition to AIR 2.5, Adobe also unveiled Adobe InMarket today, a new service that allows developers to easily distribute and sell their applications across different device types on app stores from Acer, Intel, and others. Adobe InMarket operates seamlessly in the background and allows end users to download applications directly from the storefront. For more information visit Adobe InMarket.

"With the release of AIR 2.5, more than 3 million Flash developers can now build a single game or application and easily deploy it across multiple application stores and devices," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business, Adobe. "This is a huge step forward for developers looking to build rich, engaging applications but who have historically had to incur the cost of building them separately for each device and platform."

AIR 2.5 enables rich application experiences through a series of new features, including support for accelerometer, camera, video, microphone, multi-touch and gestures. Support for geo location allows developers to create location-based applications and services. AIR 2.5 is also able to display native-browser controls within the application allowing for the integration of HTML and .SWF content. With SQLite support, developers can easily store and cache databases inside an AIR application. In addition, hardware acceleration for Adobe AIR is enabled across all major silicon partners including Broadcom Corporation, Intel, NVIDIA, ST Microelectronics, Trident, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and others.

Partner Feedback

"The HTC Experience is centered on delighting our customers and the addition of Flash Player 10.1 to many of our phones such as the Droid Incredible by HTC, HTC Evo4G and HTC Desire demonstrates this," said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. "We are excited to be bringing a great phone experience and the collaborative results of the millions of AIR developers around the world into the hands of HTC's customers."

"As a longtime partner of Adobe, we are excited that users will have the opportunity to enjoy AIR applications and content on our devices," said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president, software and services product management, Motorola. "Since July, we’ve announced seven Android-based smartphones with Flash Player 10.1 support, including the first phone with Flash out of the box. AIR 2.5 is the perfect complement to Flash Player giving customers the freedom to choose between rich-content experiences inside and outside the browser."

"The BlackBerry Tablet OS offers developers a highly optimized and flexible platform that integrates Adobe AIR with high- performance audio, video and graphics optimizations, as well as support for a WebView class and native C++ extensions," says Tyler Lessard, VP Global Alliances & Developer Relations, Research In Motion. "By building tight integration with Adobe tools into our BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, developers are now able to optimize their applications for the tablet form-factor and deliver an enhanced end-user experience. We are excited by the breadth of content that the development community will be able to deliver for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using our new development tools and AIR."

Flash Player 10.1

Already one of the top free apps on Android Market, with more than 50,000 users giving it a 4.5-out-of-5 star rating, Flash Player 10.1 brings rich Flash based content to mobile devices inside the browser. The runtime is now certified on close to a dozen Android devices and will become available on dozens more over the coming weeks and months. Adobe also announced that Flash Player 10.1 was downloaded more than 2 million times from Android Market. In addition to Android Market, the runtime is distributed directly by device manufacturers and operators via pre-installs and operating system upgrades. Flash Player 10.1 is available on Android and Google TV today, with BlackBerry platform, HP webOS 2.0, future versions of Windows® Phone, LiMo, MeeGo, and Symbian OS also expected to support Flash Player 10.1. For a list of devices supported today, visit Adobe Flash Player 10.1 certified devices.

Flash Platform Tools

Adobe also announced previews of developer tools that make the process of multiscreen development more streamlined. With new releases of Flash Platform tools, including an AIR 2.5 software development kit (SDK), developers can build mobile and multiscreen applications for smartphones, tablets and televisions, while maximizing design and development productivity. An update to the open source Flex framework provides developers with a common framework for building Web, desktop and now mobile applications. Developers can build standalone mobile Flex applications with the same ease and quality as on Web and desktop platforms. For details visit http://www.adobe.com/go/flexsdk_preview/.

A preview release of Adobe Flash Builder adds capabilities for developers to build applications using familiar languages, components and tools, which help lower the cost of developing multiscreen applications. New features include creating and extending Flex applications for mobile devices, on-device debugging, coding tools to accelerate development, support for new Spark components in Flex and more.

Availability

Adobe AIR 2.5 and the Adobe AIR 2.5 SDK for Android and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux are available today. The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, which works with the Adobe AIR 2.5 SDK to create applications for the BlackBerry Tablet OS, is available today from RIM while the runtime is expected to ship preloaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook. For more details and to download the SDK visit http://www.adobe.com/go/air_sdk. Users of Android 2.2 "Froyo" devices can download Adobe AIR directly from Android Market today. A preview release of Flash Builder is available for download at Adobe.com.

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