TweetDeck is a very popular twitter client on Windows and on iOS. Now, the folks behind TweetDeck are soon going to launch a beta version of TweetDeck for Android. According to the official TweetDeck blog, a public beta version of the application will be released sometime this week for some serious device testing.The TweetDeck for Android application has been built from the scratch for the best Twitter experience possible.
Here is the full press release :
Android TweetDeck – Beta Test
To get straight to the point, we’re nearing completion of Android TweetDeck and we’ve really been pushing the limits of what Android can do. Hence we will be opening up a public beta testing period this week for some serious device testing. But before all that happens I wanted to briefly explain what Android TweetDeck means to us because it’s more than just TweetDeck on Android.
First off, we’ve built Android TweetDeck from the ground up to be true multi-stream, laser focused on showing you all your friends’ cross-service activity in one app. Multi-column is still the order of the day but now columns are blended based on the type of activity rather than the service. And all this whilst retaining the most powerful functionality from each included service.
We’ve spent an inordinate amount of time making the app silky smooth from the column scrolling to the custom views – so much so that one of Google’s Android Developer Advocates recently described it as “a thing of beauty”. So look out for the beta test later this week and please do get involved.
Interestingly Android TweetDeck also represents the future of our iPhone and iPad applications. We’ll have a few bug fix releases shortly (awaiting approval in the app store) but in the background we are working on porting Android to iPhone in as quick a time as possible. Finally, it won’t be long before most of the new concepts in Android TweetDeck make it to the desktop and web – we’re also working on this now.
Speaking of the desktop, we have a new build available now which contains a workaround for a Facebook bug which caused TweetDeck to order updates incorrectly.
Android has quite a few Twitter clients like Seesmic, Tweetcaster and Twidroyd. However, none of them stand a chance against the awesome tweeting applications available for Apple iOS. Hopefully, the launch of TweetDeck for Android will change this.
It looks like Sony Ericsson have something up their sleeves. The Japanese company has put a countdown timer on their website with the Smarter is comingtagline. Below the countdown timer is the image of a mysterious Xperia device. According to GSMArena, this mysterious Xperia device is none other than the Xperia X10.
The folks increased the brightness of the image in a photo editing software, and compared the picture to an Xperia X10. The similarity between the two devices were more than enough to confirm that the mysterious device is the Xperia X10. Maybe Sony Ericsson is talking about the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 here? After all, the update to the Android 2.1 OS will bring with it tons of new features to the X10. The Android 2.1 update will surely make the Xperia X10 smarter.
Sony Ericsson has already promised 720p HD video recording, DLNA and improved Timescape and MediaScape with the Android 2.1 update. The company promised to release the update sometime in Q3 of this year. We will come to know about this in 13 hours from now. Keep patience until then folks!
The Motorola Droid 2 is the hottest thing on the internet right now. Nearly all the information is available about the device, except for its launch date. The Motorola Droid 2 is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. The original Droid was and still is one of the most popular Android phones in the market.
The Motorola Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch TFT LCD screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. According to leaks, and mini-hands on review, the keyboard on the Droid 2 has been greatly improved as well. The keyboard also features 4 arrow keys, instead of a D-Pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will be the first Android phone to hit the market with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board. Rumours say that the Droid 2 is going to be launched on 12 August.
Now, BGR has received some information from one of their Best Buy sources that the Droid 2 release date is indeed pegged at 12th August. The only thing left is Motorola confirming this piece of news. The Droid 2 launch will be pretty quiet compared to the Droid X launch.
The Motorola Droid X ranks among the high-end super-Android phone currently available in the market. The phone was launched by Verizon on July 15th, and the device has been selling in decent numbers since then. A few days after its launch, the device was sold out online as well as in the retail market. The Droid X features a massive 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen, with FWVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM as well.
The only downside of this phone for some users is that it still runs on Android 2.1. Many users cribbed that Motorola should have launched the Droid X with Android 2.2 on board. At the time of its launch, Motorola did promise that the Droid X will be getting the Android 2.2 update by late summer.
Earlier, it was thought/rumoured that the device will get the update by end of August. However, a Motorola employee while answering a problem with Exchange 2003 email that the Droid X Froyo update is “scheduled for deployment by early September.” This news surely won’t go down well with the existing Droid X owners.
It was after ages that Facebook released an update for the Facebook mobile application for the Android OS to make it less crappy. The latest release of the application boasted of tons of new features like Photo Reel, Support for events etcetera. You can read about the change-log here.
However, I will suggest our readers not to download this application. What’s the reason you ask? According to Flipz the guy behind Fresh ROM’s the updated version of the Facebook app has a wake lock bug. This bug uses/wastes the CPU and the RAM/ROM power even when the phone is in sleep mode. This has a huge impact on the phone’s battery life and drains it in no time.
According to the Android Developer website :
Device battery life will be significantly affected by the use of this API. Do not acquire WakeLocks unless you really need them, use the minimum levels possible, and be sure to release it as soon as you can.
If you hold a partial wakelock, the CPU will continue to run, irrespective of any timers and even after the user presses the power button.
Flipz has discussed about this problem in-depth on his blog. Here is the link to it. Hopefully, Facebook will release an update to fix this WakeLock bug sooner than later.
Yesterday, we told our readers that Android is the leading mobile OS in the US market. Today, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that 200,000 Android based devices are sold all over the world from the different manufacturers. This means that on a monthly basis around 6 million (!) Android devices are sold. However, this figure is not even close to the iPhone 4’s launch figure of 1.7 million in 3 days.
In May, around 100,000 Android devices were sold daily, while June this figure was pegged at around 160,000 devices. In the latest survey from NPD, Android managed to grab 33% market share in the U.S, followed by RIM at 28% and Apple at 22%. The high growth rate of Android OS can be credited to the launch of high-end handsets like the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X etcetera in the recent months.
With Android making its way into the low-end phones, the growth rate of Android is surely not going to slow down anytime soon.
It was just yesterday that I told our readers about the upcoming Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid, and lo behold the update has been officially released. Verizon along with Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.2 OTA update to the Droid owners. Droid owners don’t necessarily need to wait for the OTA update to be available for them.
They can download the official Froyo build from the internet and flash it on their Droid. A Rooted version of the official Froyo ROM is also available for download. Here is the link to download the official Froyo update from Motorola and Verizon. The folks over at Droid-Life have posted a tutorial on how to flash the official rooted Froyo update on the Motorola Droid.
Update: It looks like an updated version of the Froyo build has leaked on the internet. We will update this post as soon as we get more information about the leaked ROM.
Finally, RIM’s Blackberry had to leave its number 1 spot of the leading OS in US smartphone market. Since, Q4 2007, RIM held the first spot but now Android took that position in this quarter (Q2 2010).
NPD’s latest survey reveals that Android took 33 percent of the smartphone purchased in Q2 2010, followed by RIM with 28 percent and Apple with 22 percent. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD said,
“For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers… While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch.”
The best seller Android device in US was Motorola Droid followed by HTC Incredible. The two brands who are behind Android’s success in US are Motorola and HTC. In Q3 2010 Android will get tough competition from Blackberry 6. It will be interesting to see whether Android keeps the first spot in Q3.
The mid ranged Android device from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 will be releasing in UK by September. The X8 will be brought by O2 in UK. However, the price of the phone is not been disclosed by O2 yet. Sony Ericsson had promised earlier that the price won’t be more than EUR 200. I hope it won’t cost much.
The Xperia X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive screen with 480 x 320 resolution and 16 million colors support. It has a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external memory is expandable up to 16GB. It supports 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.
The camera on X8 is of 3.15 MP with fixed focus and lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 30fps. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release and is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1 within a month of release. The processor’s clock speed is 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present.
The X8 will have exchangeable back covers. The battery power is of 1200mAh Li-Po. The Xperia X8 is a very good phone if the price remains under EUR 200.
The HTC HD2 was among the first few phones in the mobile market to feature the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. It was also among the first few phones to feature a mammoth 4.3-inch screen. However, the phone was let down by its OS Windows Mobile 6.5. Many people, who purchased the HD2 at that time, expected the phone to be upgraded to Windows Phone 7. However, Microsoft said that the HD2 won’t be getting the WP7 update, and dashed the hopes of many HD2 owners.
Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and started porting Android to HD2. Earlier, many Android ROMs were available for the HD2 but they had some deal-breaking issues like no 3G, camera issues etc. Now a fully functional Froyo based ROM for the HD2 is available on the internet. The folks over at HDBlog.it have even posted a video of the ROM running on the HD2.
I will surely suggest all HD2 owners to dump Windows Mobile 6.5 running on their device, and shift to this Android Froyo based ROM.