The Dropbox team released a new version of their Android application. The latest beta version is numbered 188.8.131.52 and it comes with some stability fixes and improvements. You can download the latest version of Dropbox for Android from the Dropbox Forum. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Better error logging
- If system clock is wrong, lets user know the reason for not being able to log in.
- Bug and stability fixes.
- Edited files were re-uploading every time their directory was browsed.
- Visual & Manifest changes to support low-end small-screen phones such as the Motorola Charm, as well as tablets.
- Added more logging, and a button to e-mail a log to Dropbox, for debugging
- Check to make sure that uploads aren’t larger than 300MB (server-side API limit)
- Proper handling & escaping of all special characters in file names
- Offline viewing of downloaded files should work again.
- Various stability improvements.
You can easliy download the latest beta version of Dropbox for Android, from the Dropbox forum. If you’d like to leave feedback for this version of Dropbox, headover to this Dropbox forums thread.
Last week we saw the leaked pics of the Sony Ericsson’s upcoming phone, the Xperia X12 Anzu, but the specs of the device were not available. Recently, the leaked specs of this powerful device has been emerged into the wild. The folks over the Unofficial Xperia X10 Blog has shared the leaked specs of this device. It comes with an amazing 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720) video recording, 4.2 inch FWVGA Capacitive display and more. Check out the leaked specs of this device below.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Anzu Leaked Specs:
- 8.1 MP AF with Exmor R (16x Digital Zoom, HD Video recording (720p/30fps) w stereo audio recording support, Pulsed LED, Face Recognition & Tracking in video recording)
- Built-in 3.5mm (w/ adaptor)
- Noise Suppression
- 4.2FWVGA (854Ã—480) Capacitive display (X.LED multi-touch display, Capacitive multi-touch, 16 Million display colour)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- HDMI (type D)
- Size (125.0 x 62.5 x 8.7-10.9 mm)
- Battery: 1500 mAh
- OS: Android Gingerbread
The Android 2.3 powered Xperia X12 Anzu is definitely an impressive smartphone. This handset is expected to arrive in the market during the Q1 of 2011 and it is rumored to come with a price tag of â‚¬650 (approx. $880).
LG Android based handsets are not very popular. The plummeting sales and profits of the LG mobile division is a testimony to this fact. However, it looks like LG has met with some kind of success with the LG Optimus One. In a press release, LG just announced that they have managed to sell more than one million units of the Optimus One. Keeping in mind that the Optimus One still has not been launched globally, it sure is no easy task!
The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600MHz processor and packs in 178MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
According to me, one major plus point of the Optimus One is that it runs on Android 2.2. LG is now expecting the Optimus One to be its first handset to breach the ten million mark in terms of sale.
LG has been seeing a lot of sales for the LG Optimus One lately, with it selling about 1 million units since launch. It is now planning to launch a high end addition to the Optimus line up, and we have some details about the new phone.
It is codenamed the LG Star, and like the upcoming LG Optimus tablet, it will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. It will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, or even Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time it launches. It will have a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
It will come with an 8 MP camera and can record 1080p HD video. It is supposed to sport the vanilla Android OS with no custom UI embellishments. It will also have a secondary camera for video calls, and will be powered by a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.
Custom firmwares are quite popular for Nokia phones. Custom firmwares not only improve the performance/speed of the phone but also increase the camera image quality, add few handy new features and most importantly allows a user to install unsigned apps on their Symbian phone.
It was only a matter of time before a custom firmware for the Nokia N8 was cooked. CODeRUS over at Daily Mobile Forum has released the first custom firmware for the Nokia N8.
Here are the special features of his custom firmware for the N8 :
- Removed Show open applications from the top of menus
- Disabled Charging notes
- Removed FM transmitter on/off notifications
- Removed Leave offline mode query to access network. Only for power key event!
- Bluetooth stays on when switching to offline mode
- Added fixed FileBrowser S^3 (full access to filesystem)
- Built-in File manager can see sys, resource and edit private folders. Also can see root of C drive.
- Lock screen and keyboard replaced by Reboot phone
- Startup tone and mbm animation moved to C drive
- My own installserver for installing unsigned with all capabilities
Sadly, his custom firmware does not include any of the camera mods by HyperX available for the N8. However, users can still apply HyperX camera mods over his custom firmware manually.
It was just a couple of days ago that we reported that Dell will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Streak within this month. Now, Dell has officially released the Android 2.2 update for the Streak. The update comes in an OTA (Over-The-Air) form for the tablet-cum-phone crossover.
The Froyo update for the Streak will be first rolled out to unlocked devices. Carrier branded Streaks will get their share of Froyo love in phase two of the rollout i.e. late December.
The Android 2.2 update for the Streak will bring with it a new Stage UI along with Flash 10.1, Mobile hotspot, better memory management and performance improvements. Since the Froyo update will wipe clean the Streak from user’s data, Dell as released a Dell Backup & Restore application on the Android Market.
The application creates a backup of all the user data on the external memory of the device so that they can restore it later on.
The original Palm Pre, exclusive to Sprint, has been tagged as EOL (End of Life). The first device with WebOS, introduced as an effort to bring Palm back into the mobile business has been unavailable from the Sprint web store since early last week and is now being cleared out of distribution channels.
Sprint had U.S exclusivity for the entire duration of 2009 and broke their sales record – Tim Donahue, VP of Business Marketing for Sprint said We experienced our best one day of sales and single weekend sales for any phone we’ve launched in our history. That is quite an accomplishment for Palm (who were recently purchased by HP for $1.2B), as they only boast roughly 4.9% U.S marketshare.
LG finally launched the Android powered LG Vortex smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System and it will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. LG Vortex is an entry level smartphone with basic features such as Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and 3.2 megapixel camera.
LG Vortex features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 Operating System, Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Mobile HotSpot capable, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder with five different camera resolutions and three different video resolutions, Video recording time up to 16 GB and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bing Search, Bing Maps, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Customizable home screens, Proximity sensor, Pre-installed LG Apps, Skype mobile, Full suite of messaging options, VZ Navigator and so on.
LG Vortex will be available for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. LG Vortex customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card and they will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.
It was expected that Google will be announcing the Nexus S and/or Gingerbread 2.3 at Web 2.0 conference. Sadly, this piece of info turned out to be a rumor. However, Eric Schmidt came to the Web 2.0 conference with a handset that looks like the Nexus S and was running on Android 2.3.
Eric Schmidt also revealed that the Nexus S will be having NFC capabilities a technology which aims at replacing credit cards. The folks over at Engadget managed to click some pictures of the Nexus S handset while Eric was using it. From the images, it is evident that the handset is running Android 2.3 (notice the black notification bar) and the carrier of the handset is indeed T-Mobile as reported earlier.
Schmidt also said that the next version of Android Gingerbread will be out in the next few weeks.
It should come as no surprise that Kik, a cross-platform messaging application that specifically lobbies as a replacement to Blackberry Messenger (BBM) has been pulled out of App World.
Kik currently has a user base of over 2 million users and is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. It boasts real time textingthat features delivery, read and replied status notifications and is completely free of charge. The application was removed on Friday and RIM has not indicated the reason for the removal nor a timeline for re-introduction or approval of reinsertion into their online application store, App World.
Similar applications have been approved and are available for download, such as WhatsApp and PingChat. Whether this is a security/privacy concern or an attempt to stifle competition is unknown, only time will tell when RIM indicates what the reasoning was.