ADWLauncher EX Brings Insanely Cool Transition Effects to Android

If you are an Android user, you are probably familiar with ADWLauncher, which is one of the most popular home screen replacement apps for Android. Why would anyone want to replace their default launcher? The simple answer is – convenience. Third party launchers like ADW and Launcher Pro support more homescreens, more icons per screens, dockbars, more widgets, gestures and other convenient features.

As mentioned earlier, ADWLauncher is already one of the more popular home-screen replacements available on Android. ADWLauncher EX takes things to the next level by adding oodles of cool features, while achieving huge performance improvements.

Launcher EX features five app drawer styles – the default vertical one, a new smoother vertical drawer, the cube style implemented by Launcher Pro, the horizontal drawer seen in Galaxy phones, and a new flingable continuous horizontal drawer. The best thing is that irrespective of the style you are using, scrolling through apps (even when you have hundreds of them) is crazy smooth.

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ADWLauncher EX also ships with numerous dazzling transition effects to wow your friends with. There are eight of them at the moment, and I love almost all of them. Once again, the transitions are fast and smooth and never get in your way. Check out the video below to see some of them in action.

Techie Buzz Verdict

ADWLauncher EX - TechieBuzz Reccomends Launcher EX is not a freeware. It’s priced at €2.50, which works out to approximately $3.50. In my opinion, the performance benefits alone make ADWLauncher EX worth buying. However, if you need more reasons, you should be pleased with the editable desktop icons for applications, shortcuts and folders, super cool transition effects, and flexible app drawers. As far as I am concerned, ADW Launcher EX is the best launcher/home screen replacement app for Android.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
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Sony Ericsson Mysterious New Handset Pictures Leak

The PlayStation Phone from Sony Ericsson is already one of the most anticipated handsets of 2011. We also know that Sony Ericsson will be launching the Anzu/X12 next year. However, the guys over at Blog Of Mobile, have managed to get their hands on leaked pictures of a never seen before Sony Ericsson handset. Along with this, they have also found tons of images shot from the phone and the phone seems to be sporting an 8MP camera.

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From the leaked picture shown above, it is clearly visible that the microUSB connector and the 3.5mm jack are located at the top on this mysterious handset. The handset also sports a very large front facing camera, possibly for HD video calls. The handset also seems to be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s Mediascape UI on top of it. The company will be announcing a slew of new Android handsets at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in 2011.

Earlier, Sony announced that they aim of becoming the largest Android handset manufacturer in 2011. Looking at the current state of Android offerings from Sony – the Xperia X10 family all I can say is that the company needs to come up with some really good Android handsets to backup its statement.

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VLC for Android is Coming Soon

VLC is the most popular media player among Open Source enthusiasts and it plays almost all video formats seamlessly making it the first choice for many Windows users as well. Be it audio, video, streaming or any other playing habit, VLC does the job.

VLC lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf has announced in talks with Om Malik from GigaOM that VLC media player will be released for Android in a few weeks time. We can safely expect to see it in early 2011.  VLC has spread across a multitude of platforms including Windows; Linux on PC, Mac, an iOS device- the iPad and now, a version for Android is awaited.

Android already sports some slick video players like RockPlayer and YxPlayer. The porting of VLC to Android has been accelerated with Google’s latest NDK that better allows running of native code. However, one setback for Android development, fragmentation has affected them all the way in this development process. Given the revolution in hardware of Android devices, the VLC media player along with other applications now have the right to be resource intensive as well.

If you want to track the development of VLC, it can be found on this Git page.

Skype Bringing Video Calling To iPhone 4; Android As Well?

Skype is a very popular VOIP application for many OS’s including mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. It also supports video conferencing on Windows and Mac. Skype had earlier announced that they will be making some huge video calls related announcement at the upcoming CES.

Now, it looks like the company is all set to bring video conferencing to handhelds as well.

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Engadget managed to get hold of a Skype help document which tells the users how to make video calls on their iPhone with the Skype application.   It is unclear whether the company intends to bring video calling only to the iOS platform or will also include other major mobile operating systems like Android and Symbian.

If Skype does announce video calling for all the major mobile platforms at the upcoming CES 2011, I expect them to dominate the video calling market.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Best Mobile Apps of the Week For iOS, Symbian and Android. In this edition of BMATW (Best Mobile Apps of the Week), we will be introducing our readers to a very useful Backup’ application for Android, a barcode and a QR code scanner for Symbian and a very popular remote access application for iOS.

Below are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

TeamViewer (iOS)

I don’t think I need to introduce our readers to TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a very popular multi-platform Remote Access application. It allows users to remotely control their computer from any part of the world. The best part of TeamViewer is that it’s available for free! TeamViewer is available for iPod Touch/iPhone as well as for the iPad.

The app also makes use of multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. A Pro version of TeamViewer is also available which provides unlimited access to any remote computers.

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The Pro version of TeamViewer for the iPod Touch/iPhone costs a whopping $99.99 while the iPad version will set you back by $139.99. To remotely access their computer, users need to make sure that they have the TeamViewer client installed on their PC as well. iOS device owners can download TeamViewer from here.

UpCode (Symbian)

UpCode is a barcode and a QR code reader for the Symbian platform as well as for Java based Nokia handsets. Barcodes are optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products’ as defined on Wikipedia. A QR Code is similar to a barcode except that it is basically a matrix code or a two-dimensional bar code.

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To scan a barcode or a QR code for data, users need to fire up UpCode on their Symbian handset and point the camera towards the QR code/barcode. The app will then decode the data and present the information on the screen. UpCode also supports some Nokia handsets like the Nokia 6020 which don’t have a camera. In this case, users are presented with a field where they enter the number or the word of the code to get the data.

Users can check here whether their Symbian or Java powered handset is supported or not.

Titanium Backup (Android)

Titanium Backup is a very handy application for Android users who love to flash Custom ROMs on their handset. Usually, flashing a custom ROM on your Android handset means that all the user related data and installed applications will be wiped out.

This is where Titanium Backup comes to the rescue. The app allows users to make a backup of all their installed application as well as their system data.

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The application also features other useful options like encrypting your apps backup, scheduling backups, Dalvik cache cleaner and integrating system application updates into the ROM. A free as well as a paid version of the Titanium Backup ($5.30) is available on the Android Market. The application requires root access to your Android handset so make sure that your handset is rooted before purchasing the paid version of Titanium Backup.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Available For All Networks In The U.K.

Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the various Galaxy S variants in different regions of the world. Today, Samsung UK gave a surprise to all Galaxy S owners in the U.K by making the Android 2.2 update available on all networks.

The company made this announcement from their official Twitter account. Here is what the company tweeted-:

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This piece of news is surely going to please a lot of Galaxy S owners in the U.K. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung KIES software to update their handset to Android 2.2. Users can download KIES from this link. Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for Three UK and T-Mobile UK branded Galaxy S variants.

I seriously hope that Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the various Galaxy S variants in the United States before the year ends. Otherwise, Samsung sure are going to piss off a lot of Galaxy S owners in the States.

Sprint Offers Sanyo Zio For Free On Contract

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Back in October, Sprint launched the Android powered Sanyo Zio, manufactured by Kyocera. It is the first handset to feature the Sprint ID, which allows Sanyo Zio users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers. This handset was originally available for $99.99 on contract, but now you can get this handset for free with a 24 months service agreement.

Sanyo Zio comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, virtual QWERTY keyboard, Sprint ID, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, MP3 player, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 512MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi connectivity, Sprint Zone, Sprint Music Plus, Visual voicemail, GPS, upto 4.6 hours of talk time and a 1130 mAH battery.

Sanyo Zio is currently available for free till 8th January with a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 years contract. This offer is available only for the customers performing the purchase of this device from the wireless carrier’s website. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.

Samsung Sells 30 Million Units Of Samsung Star

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Samsung Star is the company’s entry-level touchscreen phone. This handset was launched back in early 2009. Samsung Star is already a huge hit worldwide and it is still one of the hottest selling phones in most of the Asian and European countries. Samsung recently announced that the sales of the Samsung Star have surpassed 30 million units.

“We are very pleased with the phenomenal success of the Samsung Star,” said YH Lee, senior vice president of Marketing for the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is aiming to take the lead in the global full touch-screen mobile and dominate the market with our diverse product line up and customized marketing approach.”

Samsung Star features a 3 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display, 240 x 400 pixels resolution, 3.15 megapixel camera with Smile detection, Digital Natural Sound Engine, 50 MB internal memory, 16 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0 and more.

Samsung Star is the second mobile phone from the manufacturer to sell 30 million units after the popular Samsung E250. Samsung managed to sell 10 million units of this handset in six months and 20 million units in just one year. Samsung sold 15 million units in Europe, 5 million units in Latin America, 3 million units in Russia and 1 million units in China.

Motorola Droid Pro Gets A Minor Software Update

At the beginning of this month, Motorola and Verizon rolled out software updates for the Droid X and the original Droid. Now, they are all set to roll a software update for another Droid branded handset the Droid Pro. The software update for the Droid Pro is a pretty minor one and mainly fixes some bugs and improves the stability and performance of the device.

The OTA update weighs in at 15.9MB and is numbered V2.26.60.

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Here is the official change-log from Verizon itself :

* Improved audio on voice calls.
* Improved stability and performance.
* User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
* Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
* Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
* Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
* Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up

Droid Pro owners can pull’ the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Alternatively, they can wait for the OTA update to be pushed to their handset.

Via Droid Life

Samsung Galaxy S Sales Approach 10 Million

The Samsung Galaxy S is undoubtedly the most popular Android smartphone yet. It is available worldwide and has had record sales since its launch, eclipsing any other Android phone. In fact, the Galaxy S was such a huge hit that Google launched the next phone in the Nexus series – the Nexus S, with Samsung as a partner, and not HTC which has been the most staunch Android supporter since years.

The Galaxy S is now reaching the 10 million milestone. Earlier this week, Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy S and its variants have already sold 9.3 million units since launch. With about 10 more days since the announcements, and the Christmas shopping season in full swing, Galaxy S may end this year with 10 million sales. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab may sell 2 million units by the end of 2010, making it a very good year, for both Samsung and Android.

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