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Spotify for Android update suits tablets, speeds performance

Spotify has pushed out a new version of their Android media player app, complete with high-resolution graphics to suit large-screen devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and performance boosts that reduce time between tracks and other lag. The company now reckons the app will work on "almost any screen resolution, rotation and density, even tablet resolutions." Spotify for Android is a free download from the Android Market, though you'll need a premium account with the service in order to use it. Changelist below.
  • All the graphics have been re-done and are now available in high-definition.
  • The overall design has been re-done.
  • Support for almost any screen resolution, rotation and density, even tablet resolutions.
  • On-the-fly screen rotation support, used on devices with fold-out keyboard.
  • Multiple performance improvements to increase applications speed.
  • Improved error messages with better descriptions.
  • Improved detection of network connection and faster reconnections.
  • Fixed the texts and controllers that were cropped in some places.
  • Fixed the album art view which was often inconsistent with what was playing.
  • Fixed when the widget was not showing the correct content.
  • Fixed an issue with the application not playing the next song in certain cases.
  • New devices supported: HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z, Huawei U8300, Motorola Cliq, Motorola Cliq XT, Motorola XT720, Samsung Galaxy 3 (Apollo), Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, Sony Ericsson X8 and ZTE Blade

Google Maps 4.7 released with Hotpot shared recommendations

Google has pushed out Google Maps 4.7, complete with integration with the company's new Hotpot rating and recommendation engine. Available through the Android Market, Google Maps 4.7 adds a new homescreen widget that allows for instant rating of places; those ratings are then used to further customize your search results. However, as you build up friends in Hotpot, the scores also help them find places; meanwhile their ratings and feedback shape your search results. Google Maps 4.7 is a free download now.

20+ custom Adam apps claim Notion Ink

Notion Ink has been sharing a little more detail on their fast-approaching Adam slate, including new photos of the company's latest manufacturing samples, and word that their software engineers have come up with more than 20 customized apps. As we've seen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, apps that are suited - not just scaled - to a tablet's display make a world of difference in usability, so we're excited to see Adam's custom Email, Calendar, Office, Paint, Gallery, Settings and File Browser software. Meanwhile there's confirmation of a second round of the company's early-access program for developers, simply to accommodate demand for those wanting to create apps for the Adam slate. Pre-orders for Adam will be taken in December. [gallery]

LG Optimus GT540 gets Android 2.1 update

It's obviously a week for Android 2.1 updates, as LG has pushed out its Eclair ROM for the LG Optimus GT540. The new firmware takes the GT540 from the Android 1.6 OS it shipped with to Android 2.1, complete with live wallpapers, multiple Google account support and Microsoft Exchange support. There's also Bluetooth 2.1 support, HTML5 in the browser, and the Quick Contacts UI. Full instructions on how to upgrade can be found here.

Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android released [Video]

Opera has released its latest browser, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android, offering faster rendering, tabbed browsing and - optionally - the company's data-reducing Opera Turbo compression. A free download, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta also gets pinch-zoom, wireless bookmark sync and a password manager. You can download the new browser by visiting http://www.opera.com/mobile/ on your Android phone. [youtube VbJPAPoOZho] [youtube oYZgR9N8kDs] [youtube i9zZD2BtobY] [youtube ii5weSxTOJk] [youtube RlKlpP6M3RQ] [youtube bVRa2pg3tq4] Press Release:
Turbo charge your Android Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android available Oslo, Norway — 9 November 2010 Android users now have a new choice when it comes to browsers. Today, Opera Software announced that Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is available in the Android Market for free, providing the many millions of Android users better browser performance and an improved user experience. Android users are known to appreciate speed and functionality. They are also known for their demands for new and improved software for their handsets, as well as an almost emotional relationship to their phones. Now, they have the opportunity to run Opera Mobile, made by a company that shares their passion for a better browser. “Android users now have a better choice when it comes to using a browser on their mobile devices,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With Opera’s new browser for Android, we give users the opportunity to access the Web, using the best tools available.” Opera Mobile boasts faster page loading than other browsers and a highly fluid panning, scrolling and smooth zooming experience. Speed Dial, another Opera innovation, gives quick and easy access to the user’s favorite websites while the password manager saves the user from cumbersome mobile-phone typing. Additionally, users will experience better browsing on slow or congested networks with Opera Turbo, which provides up to 80 percent data compression. Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for Android also features: Easy tab management with visual tabs Opera Presto rendering engine Sync your bookmarks across devices with Opera Link Ability to be set as the default browser Geolocation support SVG support Download Download Opera Mobile directly to the Android phone for free from the Android Market or at m.opera.com/next. For more information, visit http://www.opera.com/mobile/. Opera Mobile is available for Android users in the following 18 versions: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Evernote 2.0 released: Search & Share integration, Offline Notebooks, more

Evernote is one of those must-have apps we tend to install on every Android handset we're testing - even if it's only going to be around for a couple of days. So, we're excited to see Evernote v2.0 for Android released, complete with features like offline notebook synchronization (selective for Premium subscribers), integration with Android 2.1/2.2 searches and new Share functionality that allows you to add any content to a new Evernote note from elsewhere on the smartphone. There's also improved browsing, a new UI and general speed improvements, and the homescreen widget is tweaked as well. Evernote 2.0 for Android is a free download, and accounts with the service are free as well.

HTC App Store in development tip insiders

HTC are tipped to be readying an App Store of their own, which would offer ebooks and applications according to the Financial Times' sources. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, HTC is apparently hiring content editors for an online store; that team will begin with a small number of Taiwan-based staff, but is expected to grow to around 100 people spread around the world. HTC will only say that the company is "growing very fast" and that it is "hiring for a variety of positions including marketers, developers, technical writers and many others. We are always exploring new areas we can add value to our customers but we can’t comment on our future plans." The latest version of HTC Sense, as on the Desire HD and Desire Z, includes the HTC Hub, a download-style store with various wallpapers, themes, ringtones and other content. [via Recombu]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread imminent tips Open Handset Alliance member

The imminent release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread is looking more and more likely, with a tweet from Open Handset Alliance "Leadership Team" member Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez warning developers to ready their Nexus One handsets for the new OS. The update has been tipped for November 11.
Preparen sus Nexus One (Developer version) para la actualización vía OTA de Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) para los próximos días :-D
That roughly translates to "Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days:-D". A recent Flash update would also seem to corroborate the November 11 release. [via TechCrunch and via Android Police]

Galaxy Tab Gingerbread/Honeycomb updates on the roadmap claims Samsung India

Samsung India has apparently confirmed that they intend to upgrade the Galaxy Tab to Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb, once Google has released each version of the updated OS.  According to Samsung Hub, who attended the Galaxy Tab launch event in India this week, an unnamed Samsung executive confirmed the upgrade plans. We've previously heard from Samsung that, while they would hope to update the Tab from the Froyo 2.2 version of Android it ships with to future builds, that will depend on the hardware requirements Google puts in place.  There's no timeline for Samsung's releases; Gingerbread is expected to make its generic debut before the end of the year, but Samsung will obviously need time to bring its custom apps up to speed with the new software.