Monthly Archive: December 2013
2.1 update for the Droid. This update was supposed to be send out today via OTA. Now it's has been delayed until further notice. The guys over at BGR acquired this screen shot that shows the update has been delayed. Droid users have been waiting on this day since it was announced and it looks like the wait continues. We Cliq users pretty much expected this, a Cliq update was sent out around a month ago then it was quickly pulled due to "technical difficulties" then when it finally came it bricked a few devices. It seems as though Motorola doesn't quite know how to administer updates to their Android devices and this needs to be addressed real soon. [via slashphone]
a Summer 2010 release, but Skype look to be getting serious about VoIP on Android too. A new job listing on the company's site calls for an Android developer to work on "delivering Skype solutions on Android OS based mobile platforms." While there's already an official Skype app in the Android Market, it doesn't yet offer the full range of VoIP functionality desktop users are accustomed to. Instead of carrying voice calls over a data connection, it instead dials into a local number, bridging those calls to national and international users for reduced fees compared to your carrier. This new role, meanwhile, suggests that Skype are getting more serious about their Android VoIP proposal, and leaves us quietly hopeful that we'll see a full, data-based app from them at some point in the near future.
The Brief Your role will be developing the Skype application on the Android platform. You will be working within Skype's development organization, with both the architects and other developers, creating the solutions to fulfil Skype's mobile strategy. Most important for us is that you are a good and competent developer. It is obviously a great plus if your expertise areas are in mobile runtime platforms, services and networks and an understanding of the possibilities and limitations they offer. Key Responsibilities[Thanks Cumulus Nimbus!]
- You will be a developer in the team responsible for delivering Skype solutions on Android OS based mobile platforms
- Participating in estimating the workload for the team and architectural discussions
car running Android? Before you get any ideas about something you can remotely control from your Nexus One, James Bond style, the new Roewe 350 doesn't use Android for anything so dramatic as engine management. Instead, the Chinese car relegates the OS to its integrated DVD/GPS system. That's still notable as perhaps the first time we've seen Android used in a factory-fit ICE system. In the Roewe 350's case, Android 2.1 is used for navigation, media playback, internet access and even real-time IM conversations, which seem like a recipe for crash-disaster. The 350 was based on a concept Roewe showed last year, and has now gone into production for the Chinese market. It's expected to be priced from 70,000rmb to 130,000rmb ($10,000 to $20,000). [Thanks Ash!]
Sling Media have confirmed that their SlingPlayer for Android client will be released Summer 2010, having previously confirmed that they were "keeping an eye on" the Android platform. The app will stream over both 3G and WiFi, bringing content from your home Slingbox to your Android smartphone screen. It's pretty hard to make out in androidandme's video below, but Sling are showing the client running on both a Google Nexus One and a Motorola DROID. According to the company rep, the UI for the app hasn't been completely finished, but it's expected to resemble the interface on their iPhone version. No word on how much the SlingPlayer for Android app will cost, though the iPhone, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry are all priced at $29.99. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brSQk7QxMZs[/youtube] [via UltraMobilePCTips]
pushed out Google Maps for mobile 4.1, for Android devices running 1.6 or higher. Among the changes are a new Latitude widget for the Android homescreen, the ability to set a map as the Live Wallpaper, and the ability to swipe through multiple pages of search results. The Latitude widget shows the people listed as your friends who are geographically closest to you, while the Live Wallpaper - which obviously requires a device running Android 2.1 right now - lets you set a regular map, satellite map or topographical map (complete with optional traffic data) as your homescreen wallpaper. That map automatically moves as you do, using GPS and aGPS to track your position. It certainly looks good, though it has the potential to really hammer both your battery life and data connection. Google have also reworked the way search results are presented, putting all the information on one page rather than splitting it across multiple tabs, and allowing you to swipe from side to side to see more details. Finally, you can switch between multiple Google accounts on the one device, so if you have a personal Buzz account and a work Buzz account (or perhaps use Latitude with one or both) you can see results for either. If you've an Android device running OS 1.6 or above, you can update your version of Google Maps for mobile by heading into the Android Market and checking the Downloads tab.
Apple's legal assault - that they'd basically been surprised by the announcement, and that they value IP but have a strong portfolio of their own - left many people wanting more, and the company's lawyers have worked up just that. In a new statement from the company, under the overly polite headline of "HTC disagrees with Apple's actions", HTC lay out their own history of innovation to show that they're not just a copycat firm. That history includes the first color touchscreen smartphone back in 2002 - but with a design process that started several years earlier, in 1999 - and moves through Windows Phones, the first "gesture based smartphone" and all the way through to Android. They've also listed some of their innovation awards, received from industry and consumers alike. The underlying message lurks in the second paragraph: "HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself." Legal experts are already predicting that this battle could go on for years before being settled, and there are big issues at stake not only for HTC and Apple but Microsoft, Google and other firms. Press Release: HTC DISAGREES WITH APPLE’S ACTIONS Seattle – March 17, 2010 – HTC Corporation today outlined its disagreement with Apple’s legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people’s lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators. “HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA The O2 XDA by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the world in 2002. and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition The T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the United States in 2002., our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then.” The industry has recognized HTC’s contributions through a variety of awards including Fast Company’s 2010 Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and MIT Technology Review’s 2010 50 Most Innovative Companies. The GSMA also recently awarded the HTC Hero as the “Best Phone of 2009.” Some of HTC’s technology firsts include: First Windows PDA (1998) First Windows Phone (June 2002) First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005) First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007) First Google Android smartphone (October 2008) First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008) In 2009, HTC launched its branded user experience, HTC Sense. HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience was fundamentally based on listening and observing how people live and communicate. “HTC has always taken a partnership-oriented, collaborative approach to business. This has led to long-standing strategic partnerships with the top software, Internet and wireless technology companies in the industry as well as the top U.S., European and Asian mobile operators,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “It is through these relationships that we have been able to deliver the world’s most diverse series of smartphones to an even more diverse group of people around the world, recognizing that customers have very different needs.” For more information on HTC’s history of innovation, please visit: www.htc.com/history.