Wednesday, 8 December 2010

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Barnes & Noble Manufacturing 18,000 Nook Colors a day

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:52 AM PST

Barnes & Noble is bumping up production of its Android-based Nook Color for the holiday season. According to B&N chairman Len Riggio they are manufacturing Nook Colors at a rate of 18,000 per day and load up a 747 every four to five days to bring devices to the U.S. from China.

He goes on to state that B&N is fully ready for the holiday demand of the color eReader. As far as user adaptation, he feels the demand for all eReaders will grow into 2011 before tapering off in 2012.

We have had our hands on the device and it proves to be a very impressive eReader. Although, it can not do much else without access to the Android Market, for an eReader it’s one of the best. You can check out our unboxing and initial review of the Nook Color here.

[Via cnet]


Gingerbread ROM Near Completion for DROID Incredible

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:46 AM PST

You’ve got you a DROID Incredible and you’re just itching to see what Android 2.3 Gingerbread can do for you, yes? Well guess who’s hard at work on a ROM for that? XDA Developers. They’ve already got a list of devices for whom ROMs for other devices such as HTC HD2, Droid Eris, Hero, Desire, Wildfire, and the EVO 4G, and soon enough DROID Incredible is bound to be up for completion.

Each of these are not exactly fully functional Gingerbread ROMS, but rather SDK ports ready for action so that when Android 2.3 is actually released (or leaked, of course,) working ROMs can be active for those devices listed asap. Thanks to IcedCube, spbeeking, punk.kaos, aosp, AdamG, HCDR.Jacob, and echoside as well as associated acts for their work so far, keep on crackin away!

[Via XDA Developers]


Texas Instruments Announces 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor, Launching in 2011

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:37 AM PST

Texas Instruments has just announced their new dual-core OMAP4440 processor for mobile devices. Clocking in at 1.5GHz, it will support 1080p video playback, 1080p video conferencing, gesture recognition, two 12 megapixel cameras working in parallel, and a wide range of video codecs and formats.

“The OMAP 4 platform is a highly-optimized system-on-chip (SOC) leveraging two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore general-purpose processors, reaching speeds of 1.5 GHz per core, complemented by two ARM Cortex-M3 cores to power-efficiently offload time-critical and control tasks. High-performance multimedia capabilities are provided by programmable cores including a POWERVR™ 3D graphics engine, TI IVA 3 for high-definition/multi-standard video, TI image signal processor (ISP) for high-quality/high-megapixels imaging, TI low-power audio processor and TI digital signal processor (DSP) based on the TI C64x DSP for natural user interface and signal processing innovations optimized for mobile applications.”

The impressive processor will ship in sample quantities in the first half of 2011, followed by full production starting the second half of 2011. For full specs and further information you can check out the press release from TI.

[Via BGR]


Tron Legacy Theme Outlines Your Galaxy S [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:34 AM PST

So you’ve had your TRON themes in the past, yes, perhaps a moving background into circle or three, lovely things like that. How would you like to cover your entire Galaxy S in black and bright green lines? How would you like to to it using CyanogenMod? Let’s take a look right here at this thang offered up by user Akatsukinew23, shall we?

Download for yourself the full mod over at MediaFire if you’ve already got CyanogenMod installed, or figure out for your hacker self how to get CyanogenMod working first, then brighten up your day with a big of the ol’ Grid. Take a peek at the theme in this video:

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via YouTube]


Android 2.2 Update for HTC Legend Coming December 9th

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:19 AM PST

Even though Android 2.3 has been announced that does not mean we will stop seeing devices getting updated to 2.2 Froyo, which is a good thing considering Froyo is now the “second best.” The latest phone to be getting the update will be the HTC Legend which will see the European rollout starting tomorrow.

HTC has announced that Android 2.2 will be coming to the Legend on their Facebook page where they detail the good news and state that contract-free Legend owners should expect the update to be pushed to their device in the coming week starting the 9th of December.

[Via TechRadar]


Android Phones Near Top of Network Usage Worldwide

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:17 AM PST

An study conducted by telecom network technology firm Arieso showed that Android operated phones are creating the most traffic globally, owing mostly to improvements made over the past few years to cameras and video cameras as well as software for editing footage. Arieso’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Flanagan said thusly, “When more could be done, more tends to be done, … Smartphone subscriptions are rising and so too is subscriber appetite for mobile data. It’s a trend that’s set to continue.”

Since the launch of Apple’s iPhone in 2007, they say, usage of data networks have seen roughly a double increase each year, with Android usage right up there near the top. Globally Android usage ranked second last quarter right behind Nokia’s Symbian, beating both RIM and iPhone. Next year analysts believe Android will be the leader.

[Via Reuters]


Dell Streak Recovery Now Available

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:03 AM PST

XDA Developers has always been the go-to place for all modifications of Android devices, and now, thanks to XDA member mistadman, we now have a specific implementation of Recovery with a “stock look and feel.”

The tool is currently in the early stages of development, but it does support the Streak’s landscape mode, capacitive buttons, the first stage of the two stage camera button and the signature verification setting will survive a reboot.

The project is open source and currently looking for suggestions or feedback, you can check out the forum thread for further details, to download, and a link to the source code.

[Via XDA]


Google Maps 5.0 Gets Shown Off on Nexus S at LeWeb 2010 [Video]

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:51 AM PST

Using her time well at LeWeb 2010, Google VP Marissa Mayer went up on stage, and started talking about what people can expect from the next big update to Google Maps. The 5.0 update will bring with it plenty of improvements to the system itself, as well as plenty of extra features on the aesthetic end of things, so using the application will be just as enjoyable as useful. Of course, just talking about it is one thing — showing it off is another.

The handset in question, not surprisingly, was the Nexus S from Samsung. The new flagship device, equipped with Android 2.3 under the hood, managed to run the latest version of Google Maps without a hiccup. New features include 3D landmarks, and improved cached usability. Thanks to the latter, Mayer points out that using Google Maps while offline will be a lot easier.

However, it won’t mean that you can use Google Maps completely offline. While the cacheing is better, it still will only permit you to get through a deadspot here and there. As for those 3D landmarks, you’ll be able to pan around them, for closer looks, thanks to two-finger gesture control. Check out the video below to see it in action.

[via SlashGear]


Advent Vega Team Focusing on Stock, Then Updates

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:41 AM PST

As we’ve seen in the past, ever since the Advent Vega Android-powered tablet went on sale, the demand for the device is pretty high. So high, in fact, that the company can’t seem to keep the device in stock for any longer than a handful of minutes. Of course, they’re fully aware of the situation, and they’re also aware that those who actually have the tablet are now eagerly anticipating getting an update to the recently released Android 2.3. Fortunately, it looks like they’ve got their priorities set.

While there’s no question that the team behind the tablet is already looking at getting Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) onto the tablet, they are first and foremost focusing on getting the stock refilled, and out into the customer’s hands. But, they are putting a lot of work into updating the tablet device, too. Their latest tweet suggests that Android 2.3 is coming, and that they are working on it. Just one more reason to get the tablet, right?

And remember to check out our review of the tablet right here. Just in case you were on the fence about picking one up this holiday season. Or trying to, that is.

[via @AdventVega]


Motorola Droid for Verizon Updated to Latest Version of Android 2.2

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:25 AM PST

While the Samsung Nexus S may be the handset that everyone is talking about, there’s still room for the original Motorola Droid to get some attention. Especially as people wait for the stock Android device to get updated to the latest version of Android. Unfortunately, this latest update won’t bring the Gingerbread goodness to your device, but it will put your device to the latest version of Android 2.2, and that has to count for something.

The latest update, which is set to roll out as an Over the Air update starting just about now, is set to bring some nice refinements to your device. First and foremost, you’ll get the new, shiny Gmail application. And if you use the official Twitter app, that’s getting an update, too. You’ll also get a new and improved News & Weather application. Head on through the source link to see more details about it. And, as we said, this OTA roll-out should be happening now.

[via VZW]


Pre-ordering for Notion Ink’s Adam from tomorrow, December 9

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 06:51 AM PST

Notion Ink tipped us to Android 2.3 Gingerbread earlier in the week, and now we’ve heard that pre-ordering for the Adam tablet is set to open tomorrow, Thursday December 9 2010. Our trusted source confirms that Notion Ink’s binary countdown will indeed hit zero tomorrow and the company begin accepting pre-orders.

Initially, pre-ordering will be limited to those who have registered and commented on the official Notion Ink blog, though after that there will be broader availability. Best of all, our source says Notion Ink is already working on an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update that’s expected to be released only weeks after Adam itself.

Six variants of Adam will be on offer, consisting of combinations of optional Euro/Asia or US 3G (or standard WiFi-only) and a choice of regular LCD or Pixel Qi displays. More details on Adam here, complete with pricing.

[via SlashGear]

Update: Notion Ink has updated its blog with an image of what looks like Adam about to be revealed [Thanks Pj!]:


Parkmobile Android app lets you pay for parking

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 03:59 AM PST

In my area the only place you have to pay to park is if you have to go to the courthouse or downtown for some reason. The few times I have been downtown in recent years I always forget about the meters and usually don't have change to feed the meter. If you are an Android geek in Richmond, Virginia that has the same problem, what you need to do is grab the Parkmobile app.

The app allows drivers to pay for their parking using their mobile phone. In addition to using the mobile phone app, the driver can also access the web to pay for parking or call a toll free number. Once the driver sets up an account, the app can be used immediately to pay for their parking.

The coolest part for those that worry about tickets is that the app will alert you when you have 15 minutes left on your meter so you can avoid the ticket. The app will only work with designated CityParking areas in Richmond, Virginia right now.


Angry Birds Android ads make Rovio $1m per month

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 03:49 AM PST

Developers Rovio may be giving Angry Birds away for free, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t making any money on the game. Speaking at LeWeb 2010 today, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed revealed that the adverts on the Android version of Angry Birds is pulling in $1m per month.

That’s actually more than the premium version of Angry Birds on sale in Apple’s App Store, which is a paid-app rather than ad supported.


Motorola’s Honeycomb slate poses [Video]

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 03:42 AM PST

High-resolution photos of Motorola’s Android Honeycomb tablet have emerged from its brief preview earlier this week, showing the front and back of the slender slate. The handiwork of photographer Asa Mathat at D: Dive Into Mobile, they’re perhaps the closest we’ll get to the tablet until it launches – along with Honeycomb – in 2011.

“We added new APIs to Honeycomb that allow an application to split its views to multiple views” Rubin described of Honeycomb, “on a a tablet they can be side by side, while on a phone they might be one after the other.” It’s a similar story to what Notion Ink has done with its Eden multitasking system, from the sound of things, and you can see it demonstrated in the video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[via AndroidandMe]


HTC Knight (aka EVO Shift 4G) pictured in accessory update

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 12:59 AM PST

The HTC Knight – aka the HTC EVO Shift 4G or the HTC Speedy – has shown up online, courtesy of a batch of accessories for the smartphone. HTCPedia got a bountiful crop of shots in, showing the 3.7-inch WiMAX smartphone complete with HTC Sense.

On the back there’s a camera of unknown resolution, paired with a single LED flash. The handset is tipped to arrive on January 6 2011.


Android Community Daily Wrap Up: December 7th 2010

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 03:30 PM PST

The dust is settling and Android 2.3 is beginning to be picked apart as we wait for its official public release on December 16th, when the Samsung Nexus S is made available. As we wait, we are faced with many app releases such as Comcast’s Xfinity, and updates to apps such as Foursquare. Today, has been another busy day here at Android Community and you can check out all of the day’s posts below!

R3 Media Network



Android 2.3 Gingerbread / Nexus S:
The Top 5 User Features In Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Add the new Gingerbread keyboard to your Android 2.2 device with these steps
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Confirmed by HTC (sort of)
Nexus S to get Super Clear LCD in Russia Instead of Super AMOLED
Samsung Nexus S Coming To Verizon?

Other News:
Motorola Android Honeycomb tablet gets brief preview
Google Maps for Mobile 5.0 incoming: 3D dynamic mapping, caching, more
KBB app for Android downloaded 50K times in less than a month
Students living in Campus Apartments buildings can pay rent from Android smartphones
New guide outlines packaging Tablet & Phone UI in a single APK
Optimus Mach (LG LU3000) Launched in Korea
Foursquare for Android Updated, bringing speed improvements and new Trophy Case
Comcast's Xfinity now available in the Android Market
LG Optimus U headed to US Cellular
FireFox For Android Coming to the Android Market This Month
White Droid Incredible Now Available at Best Buy


Hands-On With the Samsung Nexus S [Video]

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 02:04 PM PST

The Google Nexus S will be the new “standard” of Android handsets when it’s officially released on December 16th. Android fans have definitely been vocal about their disappointment with the device mainly because it’s not as groundbreaking as the Nexus One was, but how is the device actually once you’ve gotten your hands on it? Well, we have had some time with the device and you can check out our first impressions as well as a video demo below.

You can definitely tell this device was Samsung made with the device looking quite similar to their range of Galaxy S devices. However, the most noticeable difference on the Nexus S is its unique curved display. Proving to be surprisingly usable, the curved display is an interesting feature, and utilizing Samsung’s Super AMOLED it’s very impressive. Among the outside of the device we find the microUSB and 3.5mm headset jack at the bottom of the handset joining the mic. The microSD card slot is no where to be found, so that means no expandable memory, which is one of the major drawbacks of the device.

The device is proving to be incredibly speedy. Its 1GHz Hummingbird really gets the job done. We were concerned with their choice all the way back when we heard that Samsung will be utilizing a Hummingbird processor instead of a new dual-core chip, but with our time with the device it seems that we had nothing to worry about, it’s still a very impressive powerhouse running Android 2.3 very smoothly.

You can check out the galley of the Nexus S below as well as a full initial review of the device over at SlashGear!

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The Top 5 User Features In Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:26 PM PST

So Android 2.3 has been announced to the masses, and although you cannot have it until December 16th for Nexus S purchasers and it’s only a “minor release,” ZDNet has gone and put together what they say to be the top 5 user features of the much anticipated update to our favorite mobile OS.

The following updates are among the countless minor tweaks to the operating system as a whole and are what are said to be the “useful or game changing” updates.

  • The new on-screen keyboard: Many of us have strayed away from the default Android keyboard for varying reasons but many users keep it not wanting a 3rd party option. Now users will be presented with a more refined keyboard with faster input, intuitive typing, and a better cut/paste interface.
  • Streamlined user interface: The overall Android UI was refined with a slightly different color scheme and the entire platform was refined across the board.
  • Application and power management: Android 2.3 will provide a better understanding at what exactly is running in the background and potentially draining your battery letter the user ultimately decide which applications are running. And we even saw the introduction of a task killer, for a true multitasking experience.
  • SIP Internet calling: VOIP is definitely the future for users who use a lot mobile minutes. Offering a cheap alternative to a unlimited mobile plan, many VOIP carriers are a better option for the average user, and now Android 2.3 has VOIP integrated directly into the OS.
  • Download management: All of your downloads across the OS can now be viewed and managed in a single place.

So we were quite impressed with Gingerbread as a whole, and although it’s only a minor release (the next major release will be Honeycomb, next year), it brings along quite a bit of features that we can all appreciate. If you would like to know all of the features of Android 2.3, check out our summary post!

[Via ZDNet]


White Droid Incredible Now Available at Best Buy

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 12:49 PM PST

The DROID Incredible is still both a popular and powerful device, and although the white and red back casing have been available via HTC since September, you can now buy the White HTC Incredible from Best Buy.

Via DroidLife

The back piece comes preinstalled on your device instead of the default black we have all come to know. And we can all agree that the white backing makes the device look a lot more appealing if not stunning.

[Via DroidLife]


FireFox For Android Coming to the Android Market This Month

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 12:35 PM PST

Firefox is one of the most popular user installable web browsers in the world, and the Firefox Mobile for Android is proving to be one of the most impressive browsers available for the platform. However, as many of you know, it’s currently in beta and only available directly from Mozilla. This is about to change as Firefox Mobile is about to see a new beta release and it will be available in the Android Market this month.

Matt Brubeck, a engineer at Mozilla, stated that an upcoming beta release of the web browser should be arriving in the Market by the end of this month.

The journey up until this point has been a long one for the browser formally known as “Fennec,” but its entrance into the Android Market means it will become a mainstream competitor for the other Android browsers out there.

[Via DroidLife]


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