Posts tagged ‘Android’

Pictures of Moto Xoom 2 break cover

The Xoom 2 has been rumored for a long time now. Finally, it has leaked in pictures. The image you see above is the face of the new Motorola Xoom 2, or should i say, Googorola Xoom 2.

Anyhow, the next version of the original Xoom, is codenamed MZ617. According to DroidLife’s sources, the Xoom2 weighs similar to the original, has HDMI and micro USB at the bottom, and a HD camera on the back with big buttons for power and rotation lock. A SIM card slot is present, assuming LTE is supported. No mention about the processor, screen size looks like the same 10.1″. And look at those angled corners, they definitely remind me of Nokia’s design styling with the N8,E7 and X7. Also, the Nokia patent design for tablet looks *very* similar. Come on Nokia, sue google/motorola NOW 😛

Let’s hope atleast this Xoom is good for a tablet experience. But for this to succeed, Android honeycomb has to be good, i don’t see that happening. Check source link for the picture of Xoom 2’s backside.

Source Droid Life

Apple is suing Samsung again, this time in Japan

This is in line with a series of patent spats that Apple has started with droid manufacturers, specifically Samsung wand HTC. While HTC has retorted back with some new patents that it bought from Google, Samsung is still battling it out in various continents, mainly because Apple claims Samsung is an iClone manufacturer.

It has won the case in various european countries and has completely blocked sale of the Galaxy range of devices. Now, it wants to do the same in Japan. Apple has filed the case in the Tokyo district and seeks to ban the sales of Galaxy devices and wants compensation of 100 million Yen ( around 1.3 million $ ).

It’s game on. Either Samsung should change their designs or just use the stock Android UI so that the devices don’t look the same.

Source Reuters

Android Ice cream sandwich to arrive in October/November, says Eric Schmidt

Ice cream sandwich, the next big thing in the droid world after “Honeycomb” is set to arrive in October or November, according to Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.

Apparently, during a Salesforce conference, at which the ex-CEO of el goog was present, mentioned to Marc Benioff ( CEO, Salesforce ) :

We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.

According to Google, the ICS version of Android is THE version that will integrate the user experience of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Apart from the UI, there are many changes under the hood too, nothing unveiled yet.

The first device that will run the latest version of Android is of course, the next Nexus, which is rumored to be called as Nexus Prime, made by Samsung.

With that said, head on past the break to see the actual video of the conference, which spans more than an hour. You can see Eric making that statement at the 30th minute of that video.

Source Salesforce via TIMN

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Firefox demoes it’s browser concept for tablets, mainly Honeycomb

Firefox, the second most used browser in the world, has been there for mobile devices since the Maemo times, it’s prominently used in Android too, but gets lost due to too many choices in the market. But they are not giving up, they have just demoed the concept of how the Honeycomb Firefox browser will look like.

The UI looks much in line with Honeycomb’s minimalistic styling with Landscape tabs reminding us of the Honeycomb’s task switcher. The buttons are styled as per the Firefox specifications, for example the big back button and the address bar which incorporates a refresh button, but they look minimal with flattened lines and 2D looks.

The above image shows you the tabbed browsing interface that mozilla hid with a left swipe in mobile. Clearly taking advantage of the real estate offered in tablets, the interface offers easy management of tabs. The below image shows you how the tabs work in portrait orientation.

Oh and they chose to keep their awesome bar that was an impressive feature in Mobile.

For more update on when this will arrive for real, follow the Firefox blog ! 🙂

Source IanBarlow

CyanogenMod has done it again : Android on TouchPad [Video]

Recently, we came across a weird story that Android ran on some person’s touchpad out of the box. The person even put it on eBay for sale.

Well,forget that, no need to buy a droidPad now that CyanogenMod has really got Android working on a touchpad already.

This all started with the HP TouchPad firesale that happened the last before weekend. More than 60% of the people who bought it wanted Android running on their TouchPad.

If you are not aware, the CyanogenMod team is responsible for making the most stable Android aftermarket firmwares like the CM7, currently the most popular too. They are the persons responsible for making Android, i mean CyanogenMod 7 ( Based on Gingerbread ) running on the HP touchpad. The OS is in the alpha stage right now.

Major kudos to the team. Apparently they dont want that bounty of 2000$ thats going the rounds. They say ” We are motivated to do it right, not do it fast “. Aren’t they so cool ?

Anyhow, here’s the video of the alpha Android that is a few weeks old, seems they already have a much better version running now. Take a look :

They say they’ll provide a final solution that allows to multi boot our choice of the OS. Sounds great for all you TouchPad power users who would want some of the Green Robot’s vast catalog of apps.

via Techcrunch

HP Touchpad running Android Froyo appears in the wild [Videos]

The Firesale of the HP touchpad was so crazy, right ? Well, things just got crazier, apparently one guy who bought the fiercely sold from an online retailer, says he got the TouchPad running Froyo(yeah, Android) out-of-the-box. Say what ?!

Here’s the proof :

This guy, wants to sell his DroidPad ( i call dibs on this ! 😛 ) on eBay for 499$ . May be you  can get it from him and claim that bounty for running Android on the touchpad. Oh, and another person got hold of a similar DroidPad and has dumped the rom on Rootzwiki.

There are no theories on how this build on Android has landed on the TouchPad, this is no hack or mod. Engadget thinks it may be an internal dev device in Qualcomm. But how the heck did it go on retail ? Apparently it’s the Fire Sale to blame.

Read on to see lots of videos of Android running on Touchpad [Video]

Source eBay , Via Engadget

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DSLR controller beta App for Android allows control of Canon EOS cameras

Fancy a bigger and better live view display for your Canon EOS DSLR ? Well, there’s an app for that ! ( P.S : Currently available only for SGS 2 [KG1 or newer FW] and Honeycomb tablets )

Called DSLR controller, this Android app allows you to output the live view mode from your DSLR to your Android phone through a USB otg adapter.

Video demo :

DSLR Controller is the first and only app that will allow you to control your Canon EOS DSLR from a compatible Android device over USB. You need a Honeycomb tablet or an SGS2 (with KG1 or newer firmware) and a USB host (OTG, On-The-Go) cable / adapter for this.

It is now available from Market (desktop link):

http://market.android.com/details?id=eu.chainfire.dslrcontroller

Also see the discussion thread on XDA-Developers.com:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1202082

Cool, right ?

Priced at 8.5 $ on the Android market, this app is quite an experiment for all DSLR lovers out there.

Via

Microsoft wants Samsung to pay up 15$ for every android sold

Here we go again ! Like we saw earlier how MS makes more money off Android than Windows Phone thanks to HTC, now it’s Samsung’s turn.

" Selling Droids ? Pay me a cut first "

This is right after a series of patent license deals with Onkyo, Velocity micro and Itronix (all Android device manufacturers). Samsung on the other hand, was till now, out of this attack. Now, they seek to lower the price per device to 10 $ and also, most importantly seek a deeper relationship with MS on the windows platform (More phones perhaps ? May be the rumored SGS2 hardware running WP mango ?). While MS should be happy whatever happens, the licensing deals are a boon till Android sales soar.

I still remember what Ballmer said once ” Android does not come free “.

Source Reuters

Microsoft gets more $$$ from Android than from Windows Phone licenses

Here’s some startling information . According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC device sold, which is a patent dispute settlement over an IP infrigement. So, if we calculate how much MS earned from HTC’s androids alone, 5$ for 30 million HTC androids, thats 150 million , more than what MS gets for windows phone ( 2 million licenses, each 15 $ = 30 million ).

Hoouah !!

Also, supposedly, MS earns from other Android manufacturers too, nearly 7.50 $ to 8 $ per device. Now, we know why MS bought skype , right ? Just kidding. Point is, it earns more from Android than Windows Phone.

Another interesting claim is that, Android OEMs barely get 10 – 15 % margin for smartphones and 2 – 3 % for Tablets.All those numbers just make partnering with Microsoft just better, eh ? No wonder, Ballmer famously proclaimed ” Android is not free “. Numbers look sad for the OEMs but i am wondering how they manage to cook so many devices with such low margins, arguably.

However, all these numbers are from a single analyst, so let us not judge immediately , wait for others’ take on this matter. Am sure this will spread like wildfire.

Source SAI

Sony’s prospective tablet future starts with iconic S1 and dual screen S2

Still a concept ?

Sony, known to make the most glamorous notebooks , is now in the tablet game with the launch of two tablets namely S1 and S2 . Like Asus and Dell , Sony is jumping head-first into the second most competitive “tablet segment” and they have chosen to side with evil, errrr… i mean Google. Yes , they are using Honeycomb as their ecosystem catalyst , modifying it looks-wise and are supplying their own specialized apps like for ex : Qriocity for music streaming et al.

It is very interesting to note that Sony, not Sony Ericcsson, is bringing the stuff to the table.  Note that all legacy PC manufacturers, like HP,Dell and ASUS wanted a slice of the smartphone segment and they all did it, except Sony, because they already had Sony Ericsson to churn out a significant amount of smartphones, but looking at the tablet segment, Sony seems to have taken quite a liking . By all means, SE has better workforce in terms of skill based on ARM devices. If they had wanted , they could have slapped a Qualcomm chipset onto a bigger slab and called it a tablet, like what HTC did with Flyer. But no, Sony had seen something so lucrative in the tablet market that they ditched SE and took full control. So, virtually every big shard PC manufacturer is directly involved in the tablet arena created by erstwhile PC manufacturer Apple ( Mac is a personal computer !). And every other manufacturer than Apple or HP is using the latest version of Google’s Android Honeycomb, which is yet to take off well, in terms of native apps. While the addition of Sony brings class and innovation , we should also note that it’s also bringing huge competition to it’s own ecosystem. Now, all that info aside, let’s concentrate on the new tablets for the time being.

Some details from Sony’s press notes :

 S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.

S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.

The S1 is designed like a magazine book, when folded . Has a much traditional form factor otherwise. 9.4 inch touchscreen and a bezel on the front, and other Honeycomb standards like Tegra 2 processor, front and rear facing cameras.. etc. The S2 has two 1024×480 displays with a lot of bezel. Both S1 and S2 have a lot in common, that is , hardware innards, both are PlayStation certified, they are capable of acting as remote control for all Sony bravia AV devices,also DLNA support,while sporting a new tile based Honeycomb UI.

Hit the break for the press release.

More details and a video here

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