Author Archives: Paul Fang

Motorola, Microsoft partner to launch Bing search & maps on Android phones in China

So who's Motorola partnering with to provide search and maps services on its Chinese Android-based smartphones?  Apparently Microsoft, with its Bing search tagging along.  You can call this a hardly anticipated move, although Motorola did look a bit desperate with Google on the verge to back out of China altogether, along with its search technology.

Dell Mini 5 ‘Streak’ leaked flyer confirms specs, color options galore

Dell's Mini 5 tablet is without a doubt, real, but until now, there hasn't been much in the way of full-blown advertisements or promotions from the company itself.  A leaked promotional flyer of the Dell Mini 5 , or what will evidently be called the "Streak", has just surfaced, and the tablet's certainly looking gorgeous as usual, with what seems to be an array of color options to choose from.

Third release of Android NDK supports OpenGL ES 2.0, for 3D games

The third release of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) is now available for download from the official Android developer site.  According to a blog post by Android developer David Turner, applications focused on Android 2.0 or higher now gain the ability to directly access OpenGL ES 2.0 features, which brings the capability to “control graphics rendering through vertex and fragment shader programs, using the GLSL shading language”.

Android smartphones harnessed for autonomously controlling robots

It’s not unheard of that Android smartphones can be used to control other devices, say with the GMote app for remote media playback on your computer.  But Tim Heath and Ryan Hickman, a duo of web engineers, are going beyond the “remote control” concept, having built an Android-powered robot with the lofty ambitions of autonomously controlling itself.

Microsoft releases first app for Android platform

Things just keep on getting more interesting, as Microsoft has just announced the launch of its first-ever app for the Android platform.  Yes, that’s Google’s Android platform.  Dubbed Tag, it’s similar to the Microsoft’s iPhone app of the same name, and lets you use your handset as a mobile barcode reader.

Android 2.1 leaked onto Droid Eris

There’s quite a few Verizon Droid Eris owners out there hankering for the features only available to newer Android versions, considering the last alleged update was something of a slip-up.  An updated build has been leaked on XDA Developers, and the link to instructions is available after the cut.
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