Earlier this year, Box.net dished out 50GB of free space to users of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as a promotional attempt at gaining more users. It looks like they are back again trying to gain Android users this time. For a limited time, Box.net is offering users 50GB of free space for logging in through an Android device.
Venture Beat is reporting that Box is offering 50GB space free for lifetime for users who sign in (or sign up) to Box.net using a Android based device. To be eligible for the 50GB free space, download the Box app for Android and sign in or register for a new account. Once you have done that you should see a message saying:
You’ve been upgraded to a lifetime 50 GB account for cloud storage and sharing… Congratulations.
That’s it. You now have 50GB of free space to sync and store your files. Additionally, Box is also giving away 20 Android based tablets to a company who can tell a story on how Box is helping them improve their day to day experiences.
Box is one of the biggest players in the Cloud storage industry and will start to face competition from Microsoft who will be tightly integrating their cloud storage platform SkyDrive with Windows 8 and Google, who will also be launching their cloud storage platform Google Drive in a few months time.
If you are looking for more free online storage, don’t forget to check out our earlier discussions about free cloud storage products which will allow you to sync and store files online.
eBay India has been working on extending their reach to mobile internet users in India. After launching a mobile website at m.ebay.in, eBay has been releasing apps for all major mobile platforms in the Indian market.
- With the recent announcement of eBay.in’s Android app, which is releasing in the next week, it is covering grounds on one of the popular smartphone platforms. (UPDATE: The Android app is live here)
- An iPhone/iOS app is already available and can be downloaded from iTunes here.
- There is also an app for Nokia phones, specially customized for C2-02 and C2-03. The app is coming soon and would be made available in Nokia Ovi Suite and will be pre-loaded in those phones.
- For non-smartphone users, ebay.in already has a mobile website which works on any mobile browser: m.ebay.in.
The other two smartphone platforms – BlackBerry and Windows Phone – have been left out as of now. While Windows Phone does not have enough penetration in India to (may be) justify development costs (Although, there is a nice Windows Phone app from eBay US in the Marketplace already), it is surprising that eBay has left BlackBerry users out in the cold.
Interestingly, eBay also serves mobile users who do not have Internet on their mobile devices. The eBay SMS Pricecheck’ feature allows you to find the best deals via SMS. All you need to do is to SMS EBAY’ <keyword> to 9223892238. Note that this facility has been affected by the latest TRAI guidelines, and you would need to enable partial DND to use the service.
Verizon and HTC recently released the first 4G LTE capable phone on the big red’s network the HTC Thunderbolt.
The Thunderbolt is powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The handset runs on Android 2.2 FroYo with the beautiful HTC Sense UI on top of it.
Even though, the Thunderbolt runs on the latest version of the Sense UI, it lacks the HTCSense.com integration which the Desire HD and the Desire Z enjoy. However, the folks over at XDA have found a way to enable the HTCSense.com integration on the Thunderbolt.
First of all, Thunderbolt owners need to download and install this APK. Once done, they can simply add an HTC Sense account by navigating to Settings > Accounts and Sync > Add Account > HTC Sense.
All the goodies offered by the Sense integration works like a charm including text message forwarding, remote GPS location, Remote ring, remote lock and backup of user’s messages and contacts. Only the remote wipe and forwarding calls option don’t work at the moment.
A few days ago, rumors were floating around on the Internet that Motorola will soon be releasing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2.
Apparently, the update was then delayed because Verizon did not approve the update for some reason. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF (Firmware file of Motorola phones) files for the Droid X and the Droid 2.
As of now, the firmware is not rooted. Droid X and Droid 2 owners need to wait for some more time until someone manages to get root access.
Beside the bump in the Android version and the goodies brought by it, the update also incorporates a new version of MotoBLUR. Surprisingly, the new version is much better, functionality and performance wise, than the current BLUR version found in the D2 and DX.
The folks over at Droid-Life ran Quadrant on the Droid X and scored a commendable 1796 points! Yes, that’s more than the Nexus S score.
Both the firmwares are pretty good and bug-free. Droid 2 owners should head over to this thread, while Droid X owners should go here, to download and install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handset.
RIM announced its tablet, the PlayBook, back in September last year. The PlayBook is based on QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.
Late last month, rumors popped up on the Internet that the PlayBook will be capable of running Android applications along with apps made for it. Today, RIM has confirmed that the PlayBook is capable of running Android apps as well as BlackBerry Java apps.
The company will launch two optional app-playerswhich will provide run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. The company will also release the tablet’s native SDK so as to allow developers to start making apps for the tablet OS.
Now, this piece of news may have got a lot of future PlayBook customers pretty excited. However, there is a very big problem here. The PlayBook will provide a run-time environment for Android apps made for the mobile version of the OS (Gingerbread/FroYo), and NOT the tablet version of the OS (Honeycomb).
This means that the Android apps may not run properly, may appear stretched out and pixelated and will not be able to make use of the extra real-screen estate offered by a tablet. Until and unless, an Android app has been made keeping in mind both the tablet and the mobile version of the OS, users will face the above said issues.
Ultimately, users who will be using Android apps on a regular basis should buy an Android Honeycomb based tablet, and NOT the PlayBook.
Sony Ericsson had earlier said that the Xperia X10 will not get Android updates beyond Android 2.1 Ã‰clair. The company did decide to support’ the X10 with software updates.
Now in a surprise move, Sony Ericsson has announced via their product blog that the Xperia X10 will get the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update! Yes, the Xperia X10 will get a direct update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread from Android 2.1 Ã‰clair. This news is definitely going to please a lot of Xperia X10 owners out there.
However, X10 owners will lose some functionality compared when they upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony Ericsson aims to provide the X10 Gingerbread update with the stock Android camera interface, which means features like face recognition and smile shutter will be lost.
Sony Ericsson’s proprietary MediaScape app will also be replaced by the new media experience widgets found in the new Xperia products.
The Gingerbread update will be released via SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service and not via OTA. The company will release the Android Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10 by the end of Q2 or early Q3 of this year.
However, the update is only for unlocked and un-branded X10 handsets. For network locked X10 owners, it all depends on their network provider whether they will release the update or not.
Xperia X10 owners can read more about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their phone here.
Yesterday, along with the final version of Firefox 4, Mozilla also released the RC version of Firefox for Android and Maemo on the Android Market.
According to the Mozilla blog, the RC version of FF4 for Android and Maemo is faster and more responsive than the previous Beta release. There are improvements to Firefox Sync and UI as well.
I have been using the latest RC on my Desire Z running CM7 (Android 2.3.3.), and I am pleased to say that the performance of the app has improved considerably. I called the last beta release of Firefox for Android more of a bloat ware, but the RC version is fast and snappy! The start-up loading time of the application has been reduced significantly as well.
One major advantage of Firefox Mobile over the Stock Android browser and Opera Mobile 11 is the support for extensions. Right now, there are more than 150 add-ons available for Firefox Mobile.
The only downside of Firefox Mobile is that at the moment it does not support Flash. This is quite a major letdown considering Flash support is a very big plus of the Android OS over iOS. In fact, Opera Mobile 11 for Android also supports Flash.
Hopefully, the final version of Firefox will include support for Flash. We will also be doing a Firefox 4 vs. Opera Mobile 11 vs. Stock Android browser comparison, once the final version of Firefox Mobile is released.
HTC and Sprint have just announced the successor to the highly successful EVO 4G the EVO 3D. As the rumors suggested, the EVO 3D packs a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) glasses-free 3D display.
The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports dual-5MP cameras with dual-LED flash, which are capable of recording 720p HD videos in 3D mode (glasses free), and 1080p in 2D mode. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network. The handset will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, with the latest version of Sense running on top of it. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The handset also sports a mini-HDMI port and DLNA capabilities.
Users can connect their EVO 3D to their 3D enabled HDTV and enjoy 3D content. Sadly, the kickstand found at the back of the original EVO 4G is nowhere to be found on the EVO 3D. HTC also states that they have improved the battery life over the EVO 4G, and will ship the phone with a 1730mAh battery.
The EVO 3D will be available starting this summer. Sadly, HTC and Sprint did not mention anything about the pricing of the EVO 3D.
Samsung announced a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA as well the Galaxy Tab 8.9.
As its name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) display. Like its bigger sibling, the 8.9-inch Tab will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and pack 1GB of RAM.
The back of the tablet sports a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED Flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet is also insanely thin with at only 8.6mm!
Like its bigger sibling, the smaller Tab will support HSPA+ and will pack the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot etc. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will pack a 6000mAh battery and will weigh only 470grams!
Unlike the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will sport stereo speakers. The Tab 8.9 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX on top of it. The tablet will also feature hardware-based encryption for both internal and external storage, like the Galaxy S II.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch is coming to the United State early this summer, and the 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost $469, while the 32GB version will cost $569.
Samsung has just announced two new Galaxy Tabs at their on-going event in CTIA. One Tab will come with a 10.1-inch screen, while another one will come with an 8.9-inch screen.
Samsung did announce the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress last month, but the company has actually improved the product since then in a bid to make it an iPad killer. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thickness is virtually the same as that of the Galaxy S II (8.6 mm), making it thinner than the recently announced iPad 2.
The 10.1 Tab has a PLS display with WXGA (1280×800) display. It is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs 1GB of RAM. The back of the tab features a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash, while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling.
The usual GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack are all present. The tablet supports HSPA+ for speeds of up to 21Mbps.
The Tab 10.1 has dual-Wi-Fi antennas and supports both 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. The tablet has a whopping 6800mAh battery for up to 10 hours of video playback and weighs in only 595grams.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The tablet will be released on June 8 in some regions of the world. The 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost only $499 while the 32GB version will cost $599.