New Android Music App leaks [Video]

Google's next-gen Android media player app has leaked, with xda-developers offering up the apk file for the tweaked, refreshed music software along with a video of the app in action if you're not quite brave enough to try it out on your handset. The new app has a browser more reminiscent of the gallery than the old music software, though the currently available file lacks the media streaming functionality Google showed off back at Google I/O 2010 earlier in the year. [youtube glFiw1ex7oY] [via BGR; Thanks Ward!]

Web-based Android Market imminent as Google updates app links?

The online version of Google's Android Market - as promised earlier this year - may well be just around the corner. Developer René Hesse spotted that Google has updated its Market URL convention, now using a prefix, and indicating that a more iTunes-like system is about to be launched.
Old version: market: / details? / Id = de.appsplus.widgets.footballwidget New version:
In the iTunes ecosystem, clicking on an iTunes link - whether for software or multimedia - opens a webpage for that content that automatically loads the Apple software if present on the computer you're using. While Google has online listings for some of the most popular apps available in the Android Market, you can't yet buy them online nor browse the entire catalog. Back at Google I/O, Vic Gundotra previewed the online Android Market; you can see it from around the 31 minutes point in the video below: [youtube IY3U2GXhz44]

iGloLEDset Android-controlled multicolor Christmas lights released [Video]

It's not quite whole house automation from your Android smartphone, but if you've been looking at your Christmas tree in disgust as it cycles through its preset LED lighting patterns then you need MEA Mobile's iGloLEDset. A string of 120 color-changing LED lights, the 5m string comes complete with an Android app to remotely control it. There are also iOS apps if you're an Apple user too. The whole thing hooks up via WiFi, so you needn't be in the same room as the tree either. Sadly this sort of Christmas control doesn't come cheap; the iGloLEDset is priced at $299, though the company says they're still shipping in time for Christmas day. [youtube ve8I9Ap7cok] Press Release:
Google’s Android Gets iGlo by MEA Mobile WiFi Controllable LED Light Strip Now On Google Android & Android Gingerbread Mobile Platforms NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MEA Mobile today announced its breakthrough interactive lighting product iGloLEDset is now available on the Google Android and Google Android Gingerbread 2.3 mobile platforms. iGloLEDset is an super bright, full color lighting kit which is controllable with mobile devices. Users can wave their phones in the air and control a 16 to 50 foot strip of 120 to 360 lights. “The launch of iGlo for Android and working with Google's platform is an exciting next step for our emerging company,” says Bruce Seymour, managing director of MEA Mobile. “We love the idea of moving mobile technology into specialized markets.” MEA Mobile developed its iGloWiFi controller as a platform for leveraging mobile devices for hardware control. “Light switches are obsolete,” says Seymour. “There will be an entire industry dedicated to their removal in the future.” In the mean time MEA Mobile is focused on marketing the LED lights to the architectural and lighting design markets, restaurants, custom car specialists and for individuals who want to zazz up their Christmas trees with LED Christmas lights. The Google Android app features real-time control of the color LED lights as well has dozens of presets to choose from. The iGloWiFi controller can connect to users’ WiFi hubs and can be secured using standard WiFi encryption. The app also works with Google's new Gingerbread version of Android. Multiple kits (for large Christmas Lights applications) can be controlled using a single Google Android mobile device such as the Nexus S, Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Captivate and other phones running Google Android 1.5 through Gingerbread 2.3.

Notion Ink’s Eden UI for Adam tablet gets new video demo

Notion Ink has released a new video demo of its Adam Android tablet, this time concentrating on the company's homegrown UI, Eden. The footage shows how Eden's multi-pane view can be browsed and rearranged, but also how Notion Ink's multitasking system means that only the active panel on-screen is using system resources. That means that, even if you can see the panel displayed, it's not actually running and taking up cycles in the Tegra 2 chipset. More information on Adam in the video Notion Ink released over the weekend. [youtube GCw6rWa-JJc]

Google App Inventor now open for all

Google's App Inventor has exited its closed-beta, meaning the drag & drop Android app creator tool is now open to anybody with a Google account. Announced back in July 2010, App Inventor requires no real programming knowledge, instead using preset functionality blocks that can be shuffled around to create software. Despite that simple premise, the apps themselves can be just as complex as those coded from scratch; titles can be capable of GPS awareness, integration with the Android handset’s phone functionality, internet connectivity and more. You can log in and try App Inventor here. [youtube 8ADwPLSFeY8]

LG Optimus 2X is Korean LG Star [Video]

The Korean equivalent of the LG Star (SU660), the LG Optimus 2X, has been quietly announced, packing the same Tegra 2 processor and sizeable display as the leaked Star we've already seen. As with the US version, the Optimus 2X has an HDMI output as well. According to LG's press release, the Optimus 2X is expected to arrive in Korea in the next few months. LG Optimus 2X vs Galaxy S vs iPhone 4: [youtube i96mGX0dpeg] LG Optimus 2X HDMI output: [youtube jupCAy1rRYs] LG Optimus 2X vs Galaxy S benchmarks: [youtube n_DCKl_mEJc] [via Phandroid]

Google Nexus S unboxing & hands-on [Video]

Google's new Nexus S isn't expected to hit the US market until December 16, but the Android Community review unit has just dropped onto the test bench. Google's second own-brand device, the Nexus S will eventually be used to push NFC when the short-range wireless technology gains sufficient momentum, but is initially the launch platform for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Motorola’s Honeycomb slate poses [Video]

High-resolution photos of Motorola's Android Honeycomb tablet have emerged from its brief preview earlier this week, showing the front and back of the slender slate. The handiwork of photographer Asa Mathat at D: Dive Into Mobile, they're perhaps the closest we'll get to the tablet until it launches - along with Honeycomb - in 2011. "We added new APIs to Honeycomb that allow an application to split its views to multiple views" Rubin described of Honeycomb, "on a a tablet they can be side by side, while on a phone they might be one after the other." It's a similar story to what Notion Ink has done with its Eden multitasking system, from the sound of things, and you can see it demonstrated in the video below. [youtube ZAqBPW3avYs] [via AndroidandMe]

Nexus S video demos: NFC, VoIP, more

The Google Nexus S isn't due in retail stores until December 16, but Google is hoping to tide us over with a bevy of videos of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone in action. The clips show everything from the sort of performance we can expect from the handset's 1GHz Hummingbird processor, to just how useful NFC might be. Meanwhile there's also internet calling, the improved copy/paste functionality in Gingerbread, and the tweaked color scheme which is actually supposed to improve battery life as well. Stay tuned in the coming days, as both SlashGear and Android Community will have their own hands-on time with the device. Look & Feel: [youtube 2SBMrauRSX0] VoIP/SIP Support: [youtube BXPPSTvsdaw] Copy/Paste: [youtube 9vdqfVIcuJA] Portable WiFi Hotspot: [youtube hUbrBmy93XM] 1GHz Hummingbird CPU: [youtube S_OmfumzGb8] Near Field Communication: [youtube wk5mUdeEF8c] Google Maps Navigation: [youtube mL5hqOY7lmw] Voice Actions: [youtube tIZ56bIfWzI]

Google Nexus S gets official: NFC, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, more

Google has officially announced the Google Nexus S, along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Samsung-made Nexus S has a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, T-Mobile USA 3G support and NFC (Near Field Communications) for contactless payment. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 5-megapixel camera, plus a second camera up front. The Nexus S will have 16GB of onboard storage, Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and mobile hotspot functionality. More on Android 2.3 Gingerbread here. The Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked) online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20. It will be priced at £549.95 unlocked in the UK. Stay tuned in the coming days, as both SlashGear and Android Community will have their own hands-on time with the device. Google Nexus S: [youtube lxUXulxE5o0] Android 2.3 Gingerbread: [youtube Jx3pdWBlZ34] [gallery] Press Release:
SAMSUNG AND GOOGLE TO DELIVER NEXUS S, THE FIRST MOBILE PHONE IN THE WORLD POWERED BY ANDROID 2.3 Nexus S offers the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, 4” Super AMOLED touch screen with curved design, Near Field Communication (NFC), front and rear-facing cameras and 1GHz application processor SEOUL, Korea, and DALLAS, US December 6, 2010 — Samsung Electronics, a leading mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider1 in the U.S., and Google™ today announced Nexus S™, the world’s first handset to feature the latest version of Google’s Android™ platform. Powered by Android 2.3, Samsung and Google have packed Nexus S with powerful technology and the latest in hardware features. JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung and Google have worked together closely to deliver the best Android smart phone experience for consumers. It has been our ambition in working with Google to continue to push the Android platform forward and create a smart phone that has both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience. It is extremely satisfying to see this partnership again bear tremendous fruit.” “Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS. Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google’s commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilize the open and innovative Android operating system,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Nexus S integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience.” "Google is excited to co-develop Nexus S with Samsung, ensuring solid integration of hardware and software to deliver the lead device for the latest version of Android, Gingerbread," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google. Nexus S is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more ergonomic style and feel when held to the user’s face. Nexus S also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows you to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips. Powered by a 1 GHz Samsung application processor, Nexus S produces rich 3D graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content. Nexus S is equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder, as well as a VGA front facing camera. In addition, Nexus S features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. Nexus S also comes with 16 GB of internal memory. Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is the fastest version of Android yet. It features support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, Internet calling (VoIP/SIP support), and a clean new user interface. Nexus S also includes popular Android features such as portable Wi-Fi hotspot, true multitasking, access to Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Voice Actions, Google Voice™ and YouTube™, and access to over 100,000 apps and widgets on Android Market™. Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked) online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20.
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