Android 2.2 Froyo open-sourced !!!

The highly celebrated and awaited Android 2.2 called Froyohas just been open-sourced. Earlier at New York, Motorola and Verizion unveiled their newest Android powered device the Motorola Droid X. Following this unveiling, it was said that Android 2.2 Froyo would be released shortly.

Contrary to earlier expectations,the Droid X is powered by Android 2.1 rather than Android 2.2. The Android market continues to grow as is evident by the huge number of Android devices to be sold each day(nearly 160,000 everyday).

With the Android platform flourishing, Andy Rubin of Google had this to say –

To celebrate, we are open sourcing the new 2.2 version of Android, which we call Froyo, to our partners who manufacturer Android devices around the world. Customers will enjoy great new features and improved browser performance. And developers will benefit from new tools such as Android cloud-to-device messaging (which makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data).

We want to thank our partners for joining us in our vision, for creating such compelling devices, and for continuing to push the limits of what is possible in a smart-phone.

The new Android 2.2 has various improvements vis-a-vis the older versions greater performance and speed, new enterprise capabilities, faster more powerful browser,new set of APIs and services and more additions to the Android Market.

All in all, Android 2.2 Froyo is looking to dominate the market once again following the overwhelming success of the earlier versions of Android.

Source : Google

To download : Android SDK

More information : Android 2.2 Froyo

Samsung launches 3 New Phones Gravity T, Gravity 3 and Smiley

Samsung has launched three new handsets the Gravity T, Gravity 3 and the Smiley. All of them have been released with T-Mobile US. These new kids on the block definitely have a lot in common, all of them have QWERTY keyboards,making messaging a breeze. These products are not aimed at the higher end of the market, rather targeting the mid-ranged customer.

The Gravity T and Gravity 3 have the usual 3G connectivity, 2-MP camera, music player, GPS, Blue-tooth and other features including a QWERTY keyboard. While the Gravity 3 ships with a standard numeric keypad, the Gravity T comes with a 2.8touchscreen.

The Smiley is a basic entry-level handset having a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard. It has the same features as the other two, barring the 1.3 MP camera and also without the touchscreen. T-Mobile is offering the Smiley at a price tag of $19.99, Gravity 3 at $49.99 and the Gravity T at $74.99.

With all the buzz generated by the latest Android powered smart-phones and the Apple iPhone 4, its refreshing to see a few handsets doing exactly what a handset is meant to do messaging and calling.

Source : Engadget

White iPhone 4 Missing?

The Apple iPhone 4 has shattered all sales records be they pre-order buys or in-store pickups. However, come delivery time it seems to have hit another snag. The white iPhone 4 is unavailable, only its black sibling is up for grabs. Presumably, black is hot while white is not.

Of course to some, it makes no difference black or white what does it matter? It is still Apple’s newest and coolest baby, carrying all the goodies riding atop an Apple IOS4. To a select few however, the black beauty simply cannot replace the long awaited pristine white iPhone 4.

How did such a snaghappen, one would ask. Apple had this to say,

There is tremendous excitement for the new iPhone 4 and we are working to get as many of them into the hands of customers as possible. At launch, we have the black models available for purchase and we will be adding the white models as quickly as we can.

That really does not shed any light upon the reasons or factors behind this frustrating and nerve-wrenching delay come launch day. At the end, the wait for the lady in white goes on, while we may need to call upon Sherlock Holmes to find the missing lady.

Source : Engadget

512 MB RAM for Apple iPhone 4

It has been just confirmed by Apple, as reported by MacRumors, that the iPhone 4 showcasing the brand new IOS 4 comes with 512 MB RAM. This boost in memory is sure to give a notable performance jump to the iPhone 4. The earlier iPhones iPhone 3G had 128 MB and iPhone 3GS had 256 MB RAM respectively.

The higher amount of RAM will be particularly useful as Apple finally brings multitasking to its IOS 4. This multitasking feature has been present in Blackberry and Android for quite some time now. This is also the reason why the older iPhones will not get multitasking they simply do not have enough RAM to support it.

Apple unlike other manufacturers have not yet released a spec-sheet of the exact hardware for the iPhone 4. They are laying greater emphasis on the applications and features of the phone rather than the hardware.

The increased amount of RAM is not the only new feature for iPhone to boost. It also comes with a gaming social network called Game Centre where players can meet and greet, show off achievements and make friends. The iPhone is slated to come with a 5.0 MP camera. This will enable it to shoot 720p HD videos and even edit them with the iMovie app.

The iPhone 4 sporting the beautiful IOS 4 is surely the product to look forward to and like all Apple products, it has the potential to be a definite trend setter.

YouTube to launch online video editor

YouTube is all set to release a web-based inbuilt video editor. This will be a great news for all the video enthusiasts who are regular up-loaders at the video sharing website. Right now it will be a basic video editor having the most commonly use functions such as trimming and joining with promises of more functionalities in the future.

The feature will surely be light-weight but should suffice for the nominal video editing requirements while uploading videos to the website. The YouTube editor itself is based on JavaScript. The editor will be looking to use the capabilities of cloud computing to the maximum so as to enable users with average computers to edit videos easily. The main task of processing will be left to Google’s own systems.

More features are sure to be added to this innovative tool with time. The YouTube video editor is slated for release later today. This new concept is sure to increase the existing very large user base of YouTube.

Source : TechCrunch

Samsung BADA – an overview

Samsung has most definitely emerged as a big Smartphone player. Since it has already scheduled three handsets with it’s brand new BADA platform, here’s a quick view to what it really means.

Samsung Bada
BADA is the new WAVE system platform for mobiles developed by Samsung. According to Samsung this platform will replace previous phones to high end smartphones.This BADA platform will revolutionize Samsungs cellphone market by filling it with high end and affordable smartphones.

Samsung first announced about BADA platform on 10th November 2009, releasing its first phone WAVE GT S8500 on 1st June 2010 making a sensation. The WAVE is a light & slim touchscreen phone powered by Samsung’s "hummingbird" CPU (S5PC110),which includes 1Ghz ARM cortex-8 CPU and a powerful in-built POWERVR SGX 3D graphics engine,"super AMOLED" Screen and has 720 pixel HD video capability.

BADA is a platform designed with unique features; its a platform with kernel configurable architecture which allows the use of either of the Linux kernel for high-end smartphones or the real-time operating system kernel for affordable smartphones due to its smaller memory footprint. On top of the kernel BADA platform has layers such as device, service and framework respectively.

The device layer is mainly responsible to provide core function of the device such as graphics, protocols, telephony, security etc. Service layer provides more service oriented features such as SNS, map, application purchasing and so on.The topmost framework layer provides application programming interface in C++ language to developers. BADA provides different user interface controls to developers- it provides basic user interface controls sush as listbox, color picker, tab, etc.

Additionally it has web browser control based on the open source Webkit and also features Adobe flash supporting flash 9. It also offers interactive mapping with points of interest features. These features can be embedded inside the native application. BADA also supports various mechanisms to enhance interaction such as different sensors- motion sensing, vibration control, face detection, accelerometer, magnetometer, tilt and GPS which can be incorporated into many applications. it also supports multipoint-touch.

All in all this BADA platform is definitely going to have some mileage in the mobile market. With the various support mechanism to enhance interaction and user friendly interface control it has a long list of pros. The BADA platform as Samsung believes will revolutionize the mobile market with its exclusive range of BADA platform supported handsets and Samsung app stores for the BADA platform, which covers more then 80 countries and 100 carriers around the world.

Swype Beta for Android released for download

An updated version of Swype Beta for Android is now available for download. Earlier Swype was available only on mobile touchscreen devices which came pre-installed with it. The previous Beta version of Swype was also made also made available for a short duration of time last year. After that timed beta, this is the first time Swype beta for Android is being released for public download.

As reported earlier, an updated version of the Swype beta was slated for release today. The Android application has just been released at their website. To download visit here. One just needs to register with his email address and they will send a link for the download.

Swype is an very innovative application which allows text entry into mobile touchscreen devices in an entirely new method. The letters of the words you want to enter are swiped and then the application’s predictive text algorithm chooses the words you wanted to enter. According to the company officials the Swype predictive text algorithm boasts of an accuracy greater than 95%.

Swype Beta to be available for download

According to latest news, the wildly successfull and popular Swype software will be made available for download in its beta version in a few hours. Swype is a Ttouchscreen mobile application that allows text entry faster than any other method.

Untill now Swype was not available freely and only came pre-installed with few mobile devices. After the first release, the application had become highly popular and they had released a beta for a timed period last year. Within a few hours this is set to change as a beta version of the Android application will be available for download at the Swype website.

This application has totally revolutionised typing methods in mobile touchscreen devices. Recently a Swype user Franklin Page set a Guiness Book World record for fastest text entry on a mobile touchscreen device with a time of 35.54 seconds. The text was The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human,.

Source : TechCrunch

Soon be available for download here : Swype

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 – the best security solution??

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 is one of the best security packages available according to the renowned anti-virus software tester AV-comparatives. These tests are performed periodically by AV-comparatives on the numerous security solutions available.

The security software are tested basically by subjecting them to a plethora of viruses,worms,trojans etc observing how many are detected and also on the number of false positives. Also one of the most important tests is the proactive threat detection test which judges a softwares ability to detect new malware.

It was able to detect 59% of the viruses,trojans and worms thrown showing a respectable detection rate in the proactive detection test. This security package however truly made its mark in the false positives test showing only three false positives while many paid products showed over fifteen.

Its greatest advantage is that its free unlike most other security products which are paid, and their free versions are not that good. To use Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0, the only requirement is to have a genuine Windows operating system. The rest is free.

For more information : click here

To download Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0

Samsung Wave 2

Samsung unleashes the second wave of its propriety Bada OS with two new smartphones – the Samsung S5250 Wave 2 and the Samsung S5330 Wave 2 Pro. As reported earlier, the Samsung S8500 Wave was the flagship model of its Bada OS line projected to hit the Indian market next week.

The Wave 2models inspite of the name are not successors of the S8500 in the features they carry. Both the models sport 3.2″ TFT screens with WQVGA resolution which are far from the league of the high resolution Super AMOLED screen hosted by the first Wave.The remaining specs are also lower than those of the S8500 Wave.

Both are 2G models also supporting Wifi 802.11n and 3MP cameras. The only notable difference between them is that the Promodel has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung is looking to lower the price bar on its Bada OS line of smartphones with these models and thereby make an impact on the lower price range markets. They should be hitting the market by August.

Source : Gsmarena