Adobe Brings Video Calling to Android, Calls it FlashTime

Adobe has released a demo application called FlashTime which enables video chat on Android devices. The app was built using Adobe Air 2.5 for the Android platform and uses your smartphone’s camera to enable video chat with other users.

They seem to be making a point to iPhone developers (Apple doesn’t allow Flash on the iOS platform) that it’s very easy to build powerful applications using Flash and then port them over to any supported platform (like Android) using Adobe AIR. This particular FlashTime demo app took just 3 days to build.

Mark Doherty, Flash Platform Evangelist, Mobile and Devices, Adobe, said on his blog, “This is not an Adobe product, but simply a feature demo that took 3 days. Any one can build P2P applications with Flash and AIR.”

Adobe had unveiled Flash and AIR support for Android, back at MWC, Barcelona in February.

Adobe Video Calling App on Android

Image credit: Engadget

Asus Working on Android Based EEE Pad

Asus had announced two new tablets, the EEE Pad EP101TC and the EP121 a couple of months back in Cumputex 2010. Both the tablets were supposed to run on Windows CE (Embedded Compact) which had inspired a few groans from those who had tried them out. Though attractive, the Windows CE interface was a bit buggy and unresponsive.

Asus seems to have ditched its Windows CE plans and will now ship the EEE Pad EP101TC with Android on board. They are currently working on a version of the EP101TC with Android 2.2 Froyo and may even switch to Android 3.0 Gingerbread by the time shipping commences in Q1 2011. They plan to showcase the tablet in CES 2011.

Asus Android Tablet EEEPad EP101TC

In other news, even Lenovo seems to be readying its Android tablet, the LePad for a launch by the end of 2010. The tablet wars are just beginning.

Source: NetbookNews

Airtel to Launch the iPhone 4 in India by October

Apple iPhone 4Airtel, India’s largest cellular network provider, has announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in India by October, just in time for the Diwali season.

It was announced earlier today that the iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries on July 30, but there was no mention of India in that list. Soon after that, Bharti Airtel was planning an iPhone 4 launch by October.

“We are working with Apple. Hopefully, we will launch it in the September – October timeframe”

said Bharti Airtel CEO, Sanjay Kapoor, after a CII conference.

The iPhone 4 will most probably be priced upwards of Rs. 40,000 in the Indian Market. The prices of the two iPhone 3GS models will likely be slashed from the current prices of Rs. 35500 and 41500 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively.

The iPhone 4 is that latest iPhone by Apple which comes with the new iOS4 and sports some really good hardware. It has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB / 32 GB storage. It has an excellent 3.5 inch retina capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It has been plagued with signal reception problems lately.

Source: Times of India

Foursquare To Share Data With Google, Bing and Yahoo

FoursquareAccording to Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, Foursquare is in talks with the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo to share and include their location oriented data into search results.

Foursquare harvests a lot of user data from its applications on platforms like iOS and Android. They plan to anonymise the data and use it to show venues which are currently trending in real time search results.

The deal will be similar to Twitter’s deal with Google and Bing which allowed them to index tweets and display them alongside their search results in real time.

Our data generates hugely interesting trends which would enrich search. We can anonymise data and use it to show venues which are trending at that moment. Twitter helped the world and the search engines know what people are talking about. Foursquare would allow people to search for the types of place people are going to and where is trending not what.

” Crowley said.

Foursquare is the most popular location based startup and is valued at close to $100 million. It just received a $20 million cash investment from Andreessen Horowitz, a VC firm.

via Telegraph