Android Phones, Info and Apps

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color android app
I’m really excited about this new android app from Bill Nguyen, it’s basically an app that allows you to take photos or videos and share them on a social network…. thats nothing new I hear you say…. whats different about Color is that it’s location based, meaning when you upload the photos/videos to the cloud the content automatically gets shared with people within 100 feet of your location…. cool or crazy you decide!!!

It’s whats called an elastic network, people are continually leaving or joining your network based on their proximity to your location. Color also ranks your friendship with these people, so the more you use the app around the same people the higher up your friendship rank goes and vice a versa.

Ok step it up a gear… imagine Color being used in a crowded area such as a concert, festival, a bar or a well known tourist attraction like Times Square… you are gonna be continually connected to friends and strangers all taking pictures or even videos of the same things but from different angles, sort of an augmented reality, see a concert stage in real time from various peoples points of view, you are basically looking through the eyes of a stranger!

Color I hope will explode to the main stream and it looks like it will, after getting $41 million in funding, $25 million of that coming from the ever adventurous Sequoia Capital.

Color is available for iPhone and Android, download it here Color.com

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Are you among the people, who have received the long-waited Android 2.2 FroYo on your Galaxy S handset or you are still waiting it? But no matter if you have the FroYo or not, do you still experience some lag issues or you’re not satisfied with the speed of your device? If the answer to these questions is positive, then the new custom ROM from Kalpik from XDA-Developers might be the sweet candy for your Galaxy that you’ve wanted.

The new Android 2.2.1 XXJPU ROM really boosts up your Galaxy S phone with performance improvements in the following areas:

  • 339MB free RAM because of reduced drivers footprint
  • improved UI speed
  • improved browser speed
  • reportedly improved GPS and video player
  • OTA (over-the-air) updates, however it is not known if this version will receive any.
  • ability to change lock screen wallpaper
  • Swype version 2.9.51.13071 with the following languages: (spelling by XDA) US English, UK English, Netherlands, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Polski, Portugues, Espanol, Turkce and more (reportedly Ukrainian or Korean)

So if you are into installing custom ROMs and you would like to get the maximum speed and performance out of your Galaxy S, then download this ROM and give it a try. If you haven’t rooted your handset but you are willing to try something new, or are still running on Android 2.1 and would like to try the FroYo, dive in and install this custom ROM. But please remember, that this is a leaked and modified firmware update and Android Mobiles does not take responsibility for any damage to your device. If you are unsure how to root and install custom ROMs and what exactly you are doing, then it is better to wait for the official update from Samsung.

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We’ve seen many Android smartphones with different hardware specifications – processors, display kind and/or size, RAM, ROM, hardware keyboard and so on. But all the phones have one and the same form factors – either a chocolate bar or a slider with hardware keyboard underneath. The Korean manufacturer Samsung has decided to break the ice and bring us back in time when the clamshell factor was trendy, introducing their newest Android device – W899, targeted at the Asian market.

W899 has a stylish rectangular form, similar to an ordinary chocolate bar and at first glance you will think that this is the form factor of the handset – but you are wrong. The most interesting and never seen before thing in W899 is that it has two 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen displays. One of them is positioned like the ordinary display of a clam-shell handset and the second one is placed on the back side of the lid. So you will have a display at your disposal when the phone is opened and when it is closed. It’s an interesting concept but whether it will be success or not – the sells will show. The rest features of W899 include multitouch support, Android 2.2 FroYo OS, 5MP rear camera and a VGA front-facing one for video calling, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and only 512MB internal memory.

It’s not clear yet if Samsung will release W899 to the rest of the world, but if they do, it will surely be part of the Galaxy family. As for the Asian market – still no info about price and availability.

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Nov/10

3

Creative goes Android too

Today there is plenty of news coming from the famous audio-oriented manufacturer Creative. We all know their sound cards for computers, portable media players and headphones. But today they have surprised us, presenting two new devices – one is an Android powered PMP (looks like Philips is not the only one who will launch such device) and … Android powered series of tablets, called Ziio.

But let’s begin with the portable media player, called Zen Touch 2. The first noticeable think when one looks at its computer generated pictures is that the icons on the buttons are facing left, suggesting that the device is intended to be used in landscape mode. As for the rest of the hardware, Zen Touch 2 hides in itself 3.2-inch screen, Bluetooth 2.1 support, 802.11 b/g/n (nice to see a support of “n” networks), 2MP camera (not much but.. hey guys, this is media player, not a camera), GPS, FM radio and all of this powered by Android 2.1. Sounds pretty good? Yeah, until you see that it will have a resistive touchscreen display. The player is expected to be released soon in 2 versions – one with 8GB memory and one with 16GB with prices starting from 279$.

Talking about the upcoming Ziio tablets, there will be 2 devices – one 7 and one 10 inch. Both will be running Android 2.1 (it seems that Creative are not keen on FroYo J ) and will be available in different memory configurations. They will also have a front facing camera on board, built in microphone, an accelerometer, microSD card slot, GPS, FM radio and a composite video-out connection. I guess that you expect some fancy audio equipment on board and sound optimizations and you are right – Creative will be using their X factor – named X-Fi Crystalizer which restores the lost data from CD ripping, and X-Fi Expand. Again a drawback is the resistive touchscreen, but the custom UI of Creative makes the navigation a bit easier. Both devices will be available from December for 199.99 pounds for the 7-inch, 8GB going up to 369.99 pounds for the 10-inch 16GB model.

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Oct/10

26

Huawei presents 2 new Androids

The not-so-famous manufacturer of mobile phones Huawei has presented 2 new mobile phones, running Android. Many of their devices are sold around the world rebranded by different mobile carriers. Usually their devices are ranged in the low or mid-low segment, but these new handsets break the trend.

The first of the two – Ideos X6 looks very similar to Motorola Droid X. It features a large 4.1-inch WVGA display running at resolution of 800x480px, made by Toshiba, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB ROM, 512MB RAM, HSPA+ data connectivity, a HDMI output, 5MP camera capable of recording 720p HD video and last but not least – the usual sensors and connectivity hardware like WiFi, GPS, FM radio and orientation sensors. All this will be under the control of Android 2.2 FroYo OS.

The other device – Ideos X5 is targeted in the middle class handsets. It is also running Android 2.2 and has HSPA+ connectivity,  5MP camera, and all the sensors and connectivity abilities. A difference between X5 and X6 is that X5 has a bit smaller display – 3.8 inches, but it is still quite big, having in mind that HTC Desire has a 3.7-inch one.

Both devices will run the stock version of Android, without any makeover with skins like Motoblur or HTC Sense. The handsets are expected to show on the shelves in the first quarter of the next year in Hong Kong, but still no word if they will be available to the rest of the world.

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For a long time the users of Samsung Galaxy S have waited for an update to Android 2.2. Samsung had promised many times to release it until some date but later on they apologized and postponed it for a later date. This really frustrated everyone but none of Galaxy S owners could do anything but wait. But it seems that the wait and delays are over. Users from Norway, Denmark and Sweden report that they have successfully updated their Galaxy S to Android 2.2 via Kies. And this surely means only one thing – soon everyone should expect an update either OTA or via Kies.

If you want to try and see if you have the update, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Samsung Kies (If you don’t already have it)
  2. Update Kies to the latest version.
  3. Connect your phone and after being registered, click on the phone with the little arrow icon at the bottom right.
  4. Complete the firmware update do JPM (if you are lucky to have such an update).

As for the new things in Android 2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S – this is the list:

  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-update feature
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom
  • Better default keyboard
  • Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
  • Improvements in UI of app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings menu
  • GPS Fix which was awaited for so long
  • Media Hub
  • New menu theme
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application

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These days T-Mobile has announced that they will enable Wi-Fi calling on their Android devices, particularly mentioning the upcoming new myTouch and Motorola Defy. Until now this feature was present only on the rest of T-Mobile’s phones and Blackberry, but now Android users will take advantage of it too. This will help users saving their free minutes and on the other hand it is very useful for areas with low or no cell coverage at all, but you have internet access.  I think that everyone  would like such a feature on his mobile phone, because most of us have wireless internet connection in their home and could make free calls using it. Let’s hope that more carriers will follow T-Mobile, because until now it is the only one who offers such services.

The other news from T-Mobile is about a new mobile phone in their lines – LG Optimus T. The device is aimed at the first-time smart phone buyers. It will be running on Android 2.2 with full integration with all Google features, including Google search, maps, voice actions, talk, gmail, calendar and so on. Optimus T features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display running at 320x480px resolution, 3.2Mp camera, microSD memory card slot (with 2GB one in the package), Wi-Fi (Unfortunately no WiFi calling), Bluetooth, GPS and a 1500mAh battery.  The devices is expected to be exclusively available for T-Mobile customers this holiday season. Yet, no information about the price.

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