Android 1.6

Enso ZenPad Android tablet now available

Although it has Android 1.6, this a great buy for anyone in the market for a nice tablet. This can be yours for as low as $155, or go for the top of the line version for a whopping $180. This great deal doesn’t stop there, you can have it shipped anywhere in the world for $25.

Gesture Search Now Available For 1.6

Google announced today that it has added support for all Android devices running 1.6 or higher. Initially, this was only available to phones that has 2.0 and up leaving only two Android’s capable of using this new feature.

Firstview HK Electronic Limited presents its SmartBook

Firstview HK Electronic Limited has presented a SmartBook that only cost $65 to make. It's called the Nike PC706V, it will has a 7-inch screen (800 × 480), a VIA 8505 ARM 9 clocked at 533Mhz with 128 MB of RAM, a 2GB capacity, WiFi, a USB drive and a 2100 mAh battery that should last 4 hours. It has Android 1.6 installed but this could potentially be upgraded to Android 2.1.

Dell Mini 5, Pictures And Specs

Dell’s latest entry into the world of Android will be the Mini 5 tablet. This is a beautiful device and it might make its way to AT&T sometime soon. If it does, this will be their first Android device.

IBM Plans to Release Lotus Notes App for Android

Apparently IBM finally recognizes Google's Android OS as a viable platform, good enough to create a Lotus Notes app for it. Windows Mobile, iPhone and Nokia's Symbian S60 handsets already have their own version of IBM's Lotus Notes Traveler. According to ZDNet UK, IBM announced at its Lotusphere conference in Florida that they will release a secure Lotus Notes client for Android devices. The app will be free to download, but you'll have to buy the Lotus Domino server software in order for the app to work. The mail, calendar and contacts app will run on handsets with Android 2.0 and higher (sorry Android 1.6 and 1.5 users), and will be the second major secure email platform outed for Google's free mobile OS. Back in December 2009, Good Technology launched an email client that isolates and encrypts sensitive data on Android-powered phones. So far there's no word from IBM on the specific features of Lotus Notes Traveler for Google's open-sourced mobile OS or when the Android email app will be made available. Will you get it when it comes out? Let us know in the comments.

Android 1.6 Donut finally hits Archos 5 Internet Tablet

Archos have again released the Android 1.6 Donut firmware update for their Archos 5 Internet Tablet.  This marks the second attempt for the company, who briefly released an update back in December 2009 before promptly yanking it over a "major issue" with the web browser. The update brings with it all of the non-cellular improvements we're used to seeing in Android 1.6: a new Quick Search feature and improved power management are likely the two biggest draws for Archos 5 owners.  However there's also improvements in media file support, a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile documents viewer, and better UPnP support over WiFi.  There's a full changelog here. [via Twitter]

Gigabyte’s First Android Phone Spotted

Last week we told you that Gigabyte Technology and AboCom Systems were negotiating with Vibo Telecom to produce an Android-based smartphone. Apparently they already have one ready to be release on the Russian market as early as next month. As we mentioned before, Gigabyte Technology has been successful with their GSmart series running Windows Mobile, but now they - as many other manufacturers - want to jump on the Android bandwagon. Their first Android-powered phone doesn’t have a name yet, but as you can see on the image above, it will be one of the GSmart series handsets. According to Mobile-review, the new handset runs Android 1.6, measures 103 x 54 x 13.4 millimeters, and it comes with a trackball, G-Sensor, and 3.5 mm audio jack. The price is rumored to be around 9000 rubles (€214 or $303) which isn't bad, unfortunately the device comes with such a small display compared to other Android handsets in the market. More Specs for Gigabyte’s first Android: • EDGE / GPRS / GSM 900/1800 MHz • Processor: Qualcomm ESM7225 528 MHz • Memory: 256 MB RAM / ROM 512 MB • Screen: 2.8 "QVGA • Built-in GPS / AGPS • Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g • Bluetooth 2.0 • Memory card: microSD • Connector microUSB (Charging / Active Sync) • Battery 1500 mAh • Camera 2.0 megapixel with autofocus

Google is Blocking the Maps Navigation Hack for International Users

If you are running Android 1.6 on your smartphone, then you are one of the lucky ones who got the update to be able to use Google Navigation Maps Beta. Unfortunately, if you live outside the United States, you might not be so lucky afterall. Even if you were able to hack your Android device. As we all remember, the Google Navigation Maps Beta was only available at first for Android 2.0 devices in the US only. However, Google decided to give the update to Android 1.6 users too, but also available for US users only. It wasn't long before someone got Google Navigation to work on devices outside the US, thanks to a "little hacking". Apparently, Google is now blocking this hack for all the Android smartphones that had access to the Google Maps Navigation beta outside of the US thanks to the hack. Maybe Google is doing it to cover their butt... errr, to cover themselves from any legal action. So, we must blame licensing restrictions, and not Google, from preventing the use of Google Navigation outside the US. Hopefully, Google is hard at work to get this working on all the Android devices of the world. I can only hope.
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