Angry Birds for Android has been making a lot of Android users happy with its addictive and fun gameplay. It raked in 1 million downloads within the first 24 hours, and has been going strong ever since. Unfortunately, Angry Birds doesn’t work perfectly on some Android handsets. Although the game is not as demanding as some of the other games (especially the gameloft ones), it does require a decent processor. As a result, users with an old or a low-end Android handset, might experience performance issues.
The handsets that are not officially supported by Rovio Mobile (developers of Angry Birds) include HTC Hero, HTC Tattoo, HTC Wildfire and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini among others. Fortunately for users of these phones, Rovio doesn’t intend on ignoring them. They are currently working on a lightweight version of Angry Birds, which will be optimized for devices with less processing power. Rovio has indicated that the light version will have the same number of levels as the original Angry Birds for Android.
It was only 7 months ago that Microsoft partnered with Verizon and launched 2 KINdevices, the KIN ONE and KIN TWO. A pair of almost smartphones aimed toward the teenage generation, priced competitively low and offering a slew of social networkingfeatures. Yet 48 days later, they were discontinued and cleared out after Microsoft admitted to disappointing sales.
Fast forward to today, and CNET is reporting that Verizon is now pushing the KIN ONEmand KIN TWOmto consumers, offered without the requirement for a data plan, for $19.99 and $49.99 accordingly. The new marketing for the devices focuses on them being feature phones and they can be had with many options of data plans including pay-as-you-go packages.
The KIN platform brings social phonesto the masses, equipped with physical QWERTY keyboards, capacitive touch screens and cameras, KIN allows users to easily share pictures, locations and thoughts to your friends through the Loop, Spot and Studio.
The United States government is optioning a requirement for cars to include technology that would disable a mobile phone while a vehicle is moving. Ray LaHood, the U.S Secretary of Transportation, said â€¦the technology is there and I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones.He is concerned about the rampant distracted driving that has lead to the estimated 5,000 deaths per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
LaHood states “nearly 5,500 people were killed and 500,000 more were injured in distracted driving-related crashes” and went on to discuss the possibilities of using technology to force drivers from having the ability to use their phones while in a vehicle, but did not confirm usage by passengers or the event of a collision and the ability to dial 911 for emergency calls.
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
The rumors regarding Sony Ericsson Xperia Anzu were correct, for most part. The Anzu exists, and will be launched as Xperia X12 – Sony Ericsson’s next flagship model. The X12 is expected to hit the stores in early 2011, and will (probably) be sporting FroYo at launch. This is a deviation from initial reports that suggested that Anzu will launch with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) onboard. Now, it appears that Gingerbread will be made available as a separate update at some point during the summer of 2011.
Mobile-Review managed to get their hands on an early development build, which was running vanilla Android 2.1. The reviewer found the device to be quite snappy. However, the real question is, how well will the X12 perform once the custom shell (UXP) has been plastered on top of the vanilla Android. The X12 will also feature an twelve megapixel camera with 720p HD recording at 30fps.
Possibly the biggest let downs in the X12 are its display and processor. It will have a 4.2FWVGA (854Ã—480) capacitive display with full multi-touch support. However, Sony Ericsson has decided to continue using traditional LCD displays instead of the AMOLED or SLCD displays used by HTC.
As disclosed earlier, the Xperia X12 will be powered by MSM7230. The processor (45nm) in X12 will most likely be clocked at 800 MHz, and in terms of performance will be quite similar to the current generation snapdragons (65nm). However, the MSM7230 uses Adreno 205 as its GPU unit, which is a significant step up from the previous Adreno 200.
On the whole, the Xperia X12 is a nice update. However, Xperia X12 looks poorly poised to be the flagship model, as its modest processor is no match for TI’s OMAP 4 and Samsung’s Orion.
LG recently announced a new entry level smartphone, the LG Apex, exclusively on the airwaves of US Cellular. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.1 Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera and so on. The screen also boasts luminous sensors that adjust brightness depending on light conditions.
Phones powered by Android are perfect for customers looking for high-performance devices that help them stay productive, entertained and connected on the go,said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. The LG Apex is backed by the tremendous value of The Belief Project and our high-speed nationwide network, making it a great gift this holiday season.
LG Apex features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, slide-out landscape QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 3 megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Music player, A-GPS and more.
LG Apex comes with five customizable home screens, which allows you to create shortcuts of your favorite apps and widgets. This handset will be available from November 19th for a price tag of $79.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate and two years contract agreement.
If anyone believes in the power of the web, it’s Google. The Mountain View, California based internet giant has been one of the most vocal champions of web applications. So, it’s not surprising that some of the best web applications are from Google. Google Docs might be no match for Microsoft Office’s complexity, but it’s certainly good enough for many organizations. Unfortunately, Google Docs is restricted to the desktop. Mobile users can open documents in their browser, but can’t edit them. However, this is about to change.
Google has announced that it will begin rolling out edit support for English users of Docs over the next few days. Supported devices include Android phones (Froyo or newer), iPhone (iOS 3 or newer) and iPad. Android users will also be able to take advantage of the inbuilt voice recognition feature. Check out the video below to see Google Docs Mobile in action.
The Android market is all set to go through a major six-hour maintenance on November 18 from 10PM to 4AM Pacific Standard Time. During the update period, the developers console will only be in view-only mode. Without a doubt, this maintenance points that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is approaching its release date fast.
Now, the folks over at Phandroid are reporting that this market update will be the initial step from Google to rollout a browser based Android market.
After the maintenance update, Android developers will need to upload a high resolution icon of their application along with a link to the promotional YouTube video, if available. Google may also add initial support for third party payments like PayPal.
It is more or less confirmed that Google will soon be allowing Android users to purchase apps from the Android Market through PayPal.
In the first couple of quarters of this year, there was a huge fiasco about the multi-touch capabilities of the Sony Ericsson X10. At first, Sumit Malhotra from Sony Ericsson said that the X10 might get multi-touch support in a future software update but soon Rikard Skogberg said that the X10 lacks the hardware to support multi-touch.
Now, Sony Ericsson have announced in a blog post that the X10 will be getting an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update by Q1 of 2011 which will enable basic multi-touch (pinch-to-zoom) support on the phone.
The blog post clearly states that the X10 hardware is still not capable of multi-touch support. Some engineer( s) over at Sony Ericsson managed to change the driver and firmware so as to make the touch digitizer accept some basic multi-touch gestures.
However, the multi-touch gesture is still not perfect. A strange behavior is bound to happen when in a multi-touch gesture movement the two fingers cross each other or the X-axis and the Y-axis.
So, Sony Ericsson has decided to enable multi-touch gesture only in the web browser and Google Maps. Third party applications will also be able to make use of this limited multi-touch support on the X10.
It was only a few days ago that someone over at XDA forums had managed to enable basic multi-touch support on the X10. I think Sony Ericsson noticed this hack and are now going to use it to enable multi-touch on the X10.
Verizon Wireless recently launched the entry level LG Cosmos Touch. This handset comes with low-end features such as a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 16GB expandable memory and so on. There is nothing special in this device except the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Check out the complete specs of this device below.
LG Cosmos Touch comes with a 2.8 inch WQVGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1, microSD card slot, 16GB expandable memory, 3 home screens with 7 customizable shortcuts or widgets, Flash user interface for clear images and fun animations, 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x zoom, Image editor, Voice commands, VZ Navigator, Media Center, Full suite of messaging options and more.
This handset allows you to upload images directly to Facebook, MySpace or other social networks. LG Cosmos Touch is available for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Verizon Wireless customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card.