Earlier this month, SPB Software launched its popular application, SPB TV for Android and today the company announced the launch of this amazing app for BADA powered smartphones. SPB TV allows you to watch Live TV channels on the go. You can easily download this application from Samsung Apps. Check out the complete features of SPB TV below.
- Full Screen TV player with picture-in-picture mode
- Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
- A wide selection of public live TV and Video-On-Demand channels
- Integrated TV Guide with a list of current and upcoming TV shows
- Clever integration of mobile TV functionality with other mobile phone features
- On-screen control panel
- Video quality switcher
- Setting a reminder
- Advanced Video Codec support
A press release from the company states, “Bada’s exciting features such as 3D graphics and multipoint-touch combined with the best-in-class usability of SPB TV will make the process of watching TV on mobile device really enjoyable for the users. SPB TV for bada has recently become the winner in “Useful Applications” category in bada Developer Challenge Russia. The bada users can now get one of the best applications for bada platform the IPTV viewer with TV-like usability with over 150 channels in more than 20 languages.”
SPB TV is available for Bada smartphone users for free. This app currently supports Wave(S8500) and Wave II(S8530) smartphones. To download SPB TV, head over to this page.
Philips has announced a new dual-SIM phone in Russia, the Philips Xenium X116. It is a simple candybar phone with basic features such as MP3 Player, FM Radio, VGA camera and so on. The entry level Xenium X116 comes with a 1050 mAh battery that can provide a stand-by time of up to one month.
Philips Xenium X116 features a 2 inch screen with 176 x 220 pixels resolution, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM), GPRS connectivity, VGA camera, MP3 player, FM radio, MicroSD card slot, 4GB expandable memory, built-in flashlight and a standard 1050 mAh battery.
Philips Xenium X116 comes with a price tag of 2,499 RUB (approx. $80). This handset is expected to be released in this month. There is no word regarding the availably of this handset in other European and Asian countries.
If there was any doubt that Android was not a force, a simple tweet from the founder of Android should quench your doubts. According to Andy Quinn’s tweet, over 300,000 Android devices are activated each day.
That is an enormous number of phones and goes on to show that Android has finally arrived and is taking over iOS big time. Android has surely inched a lot since it was started out. In the past 6 months itself, Android has almost doubled it’s daily activation, back in July they were doing about 160,000 a day.
Android is also quickly gaining on iOS in another department, apps. According to the Android Apps watchdog Android Lib, over 23 Billion Android apps have been downloaded till date, and the count just goes up every second. In addition to that there are currently around 20K+ apps being added each month. In the past 8 days itself, 7131 apps were added to the Android market.
So is Android slowly inching towards gaining over iPhone? Also Apple does have the iPad which gives them an added advantage over Android currently, but considering the number of Android based tablets being launched by next year, Apple has Google breathing down their throats.
(Source: Fortune, Twitter and Techmeme)
The much awaited LG Optimus U will be finally available to the US Cellular customers from December 13. LG Optimus U is the US Cellular’s own version of the popular LG Optimus One. LG already managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. This handset is already available for Sprint and T-Mobile customers in the US.
“The LG Optimus U is a good fit for first-time smartphone customers who are looking to explore a wide range of games, multimedia entertainment and time-saving Android applications. Customers with one of our Belief Plans who are eligible for a phone upgrade can pick up an LG Optimus U at our promotional price without signing a new contract,” said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular.
LG Optimus U is expected to come with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, Swype onscreen keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 3.5 mm headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, 1500 mAh battery and more.
LG Optimus U will be available from December 13th for free after an $80 mail-in rebate. You can purchase this handset from U.S. Cellular stores and at uscellular.com
The well known Eldar Murtazin has just posted pictures of the, previously seen on video, Nokia X7. This time it’s sporting full AT&T physical branding and a different color scheme on the apparent speakers located at each 4 corners of the device.
Along with an 8 megapixel shooter, it’s purported to have a 4ClearBlack display and a refreshed Symbian update that includes 4 home screens, instead of the 3 that ship with the N8.
Source: Eldar Murtazin
Motorola and Verizon are soon going to roll out a new software update for the Droid X. The new software update version number is 2.3.340 and is a pretty major one. The update will include Madden NFL football game for the Droid X. Along with this; the update will also improve the performance and stability of the device.
Other various aspects of the device like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Voicemail are also getting some kind of improvement.
Droid X owners can find the full change-log below-:
Hopefully, this update will resolve most of the issues Droid X owners had with the handset after the Android 2.2 update. However, Motorola and Verizon have not mentioned when the update will roll out to all Droid X owners. Hopefully, the update will roll out by the end of this year.
Last night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference – Andy Rubin announced that Google will soon be releasing Google Maps 5. The updated version of Google Maps will bring with it many goodies like dynamic map drawing, many multi-touch gestures like using two fingers to tilt and rotate and offline caching.
The update will also improve the performance of Google Maps and will make it much smoother and snappier.
However, not all Android handsets will be able to enjoy all the features which Google Maps 5 will bring with it. Only a few selected high-end Android devices will be able to take advantage of all the features which Google Maps 5 will offer.
The list of devices includes :
o Galaxy S
o Droid X
o Droid 2
o Droid Incredible
o Nexus S
The Nexus One won’t be able to make use of the new multi-touch gestures in Google Maps 5 because it lacks the required multi-touch capability. The update is expected to be rolled out in the coming days.
The fine folks at PreCentral have shown a Palm Pre 2, with WebOS 2.0 of course, and the infamous virtual keyboard that is going to be more than a recommendation if Palm plans on delving into the tablet market. Without a patch, displaying the keyboard is actually done by keying in a specific combination on the physical keyboard the irony is awesome.
Of course, the community has come to the aid and now with the regular half swipeto bring up the normal shortcuts, the virtual keyboard is shown. Still not ideal, but an ingenious solution nevertheless. Hopefully Palm implements this properly, and it is displayed automatically when a text field is available and the hardware keyboard is hidden. WebOS is getting polished all over on the software side, now consumers are just waiting for new and improved hardware with a different form factor.
One of the major features of a smartphone platform cut, copy and paste has finally been revealed for Windows Phone 7. Long gone are the days of Windows Mobile 5.x, 6.x and 6.5 that included full copy and paste functionality, iOS launched without it and Windows Phone 7 has as well. However, it’s been discussed that the next update to WP7 includes copy and paste and here we have a video of it in working condition. It’s not very polished, and doesn’t look finger friendly at all. Hopefully this is the start and not the finished product.