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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.

NOOKcolor Android 2.2 Froyo hack revealed [Video]

Having been rooted at the tail end of November, the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor is now getting Android 2.2 Froyo, though only unofficially. Several people have managed to get the updated OS onto the 7-inch touchscreen tablet, with jacememes sharing a video of it in action (that you can see below), but if it's instructions you're after then Jesse Vincent has the details. Be warned, however, this isn't the simple matter of downloading a ROM and reflashing your ereader. Instead you'll have to compile the OS yourself, and then do potentially dangerous things like shut off the battery heat monitor that could potentially see your NOOKcolor cook itself. Meanwhile WiFi, Bluetooth and many other things will be missing. Still, we're guessing a public-ready release is already in the works by the usual suspects. [youtube uviopU8Ve-Y]

Android exploit opens SD card to data theft [Video]

An Android security flaw has been identified which, if exploited, could allow unauthorized access to data saved on a user's memory card and, in some cases, on the device's own storage. Spotted by Thomas Cannon, there are certain limitations to the exploit - hackers must know the name of the files they wish to steal, not terribly difficult if you're dealing with system-named files like photos - but already the Android security team are cooking up a fix.
  • The Android browser doesn’t prompt the user when downloading a file, for example "payload.html", it automatically downloads to /sdcard/download/payload.html
  • It is possible, using JavaScript, to get this payload to automatically open, causing the browser to render the local file.
  • When opening an HTML file within this local context, the Android browser will run JavaScript without prompting the user.
  • While in this local context, the JavaScript is able to read the contents of files (and other data).
The flaw has been independently verified by Heise.de, and Google says it will be rolling a fix into Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That could be released as soon as December 6 2010. Until then, be wary of unexpected downloads or HTML code in emails from users you don't know. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/17030639[/vimeo] [via rigelt]

Eric Schmidt Nexus S video now online

Eric Schmidt bringing along the Samsung Nexus S to Web 2.0 was only a semi-surprise, but it's still the first official outing for the Android handset. If you want to relive the moment, O'Reilly Media has thrown the footage up on their YouTube event page. It's actually the full 45 minute sit-down with Schmidt, and is worth a watch if you're curious about the Google CEO's attitudes to mobile and open-source. Alternatively, the Nexus S shows up in the first few minutes of the clip. [youtube AKOWK2dR4Dg] [Thanks Paul!]

PC World yank Toshiba’s Folio 100 over poor buyer feedback?

Toshiba's Folio 100 Android tablet has supposedly been pulled from the shelves of retailer PC World, after high return rates from disappointed buyers. Engadget found an overpriced demo unit at their local store - the £999.99 figure is apparently meant to deter the stores from putting out stock and demo units, as some sort of internal shorthand, though it obviously didn't work this time - and had a play with what's described as "a letdown" of a tablet. Low pixel density, poor screen viewing angles and cheap plastics don't help, and that's before you get to the missing Android Market and bugs in pinch-zooming and other aspects. All things we put down to pre-production status in the Folio 100 we tried back at IFA 2010, but it seems Toshiba hasn't ironed out those bugs. We're waiting to hear back from all involved with the official word.

Android for iPad and iPhone 4 on horizon with OpeniBoot update [Video]

The prospect of a dual-booting Apple iPad, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS capable of loading iOS or Android is one step closer, with a new version of OpeniBoot that can apparently run on the newer Apple devices. Arch modder Hexxeh has been demonstrating the updated tool, which allows booting of unsigned code such as Linux kernels on devices. Until now, OpeniBoot has been limited to the first-gen iPhone, iPhone 3G and first-gen iPod touch. We're not quite at stable dual-booting stage yet, but if you've always liked the look of Apple hardware but miss your Android fix, this could be one way of achieving it. [youtube UIixUYaLufo]

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets shot, Gorilla Glass proves its worth

We don't actually advocate shooting your Galaxy Tab, even if it is with a CO2-powered pistol rather than a "true" firearm, but it's a good way of demonstrating your confidence in the Gorilla Glass front panel. YouTuber metafonic braved his Samsung slate with three metal pellets from around a meter away. At the risk of spoiling the surprise, the Galaxy Tab survives unharmed and unscratched, and the touchscreen still works perfectly. Incidentally, in the second video you can see what a pellet from the gun does to regular glass. [youtube 0Kt7ckZ9Xho] [youtube QWNoFOmYe9k] [via MP4Nation]

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.
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