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Adobe Reader Now On Android, Simply Scares Users Towards Other Alternatives

The Adobe Reader has been released for Android and is available at Android market officially. Although, the release of this app went un-noticed and has not gained popularity due to Google IO conference, it has already been downloaded for over 250,000 times now and that number is on a rise.

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The Adobe Reader app is in version 0.9.0.0 and has serious lack of features.  To start with, it has no search to look up a word or text. It has no bookmark feature to quick access and bookmark pages for later reading. It has no usable feature of a document reader. The only thing it has, is great looks and a good User Interface (UI).

The app fetches the next four pages in advance and this can help in scrolling. Though, some argue that if we want to jump to a page (far away), re-loading the next four pages from this new page takes some time and this makes the app a resource hog. However, it works nicely if you are a slow reader.

The app also supports multi-touch actions like pinch-zoom. Again, here the rendering is extremely slow and once you start moving out of zoom, the rendering takes some time giving ugly blocks on the screen in that process.

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Other options include an open file dialog and switching to text mode which shows the document as text.

Verdict

This is the first version of this product and it is too hard to judge the product from this. The guys at Adobe are clearly confused and they need more time to figure out what basic features a PDF app must contain. I would install this software for its UI and on the hope that a better next version is coming soon. Though, using it something I would not do or recommend at all.

Rating: 2/5

“Unreleased” Motorola Shadow Found Inside A Gym

First a bar, now it is a gym! Gizmodo received a picture of the Motorola Shadow, which was found in a Verizon gym, in Washington. Before the device was remotely locked, the guy who found the phone managed to read aclip_image001 text message on the device which said “unreleased”. The guy who found the phone, also managed to confirm a few things about the hardware specifications of the Shadow.

The still unannounced Motorola Shadow is powered by a Snapdragon processor. The screen size of the phone is 4.3 inch with WVGA resolution. The Shadow packs in 512MB of RAM, along with 16 GB of storage space. The phone has an 8MP camera, and will be able to record 720p HD videos. However, the guy who found the phone failed to confirm whether the Shadow features a slide out QWERTY keyboard or not. The phone is also expected to sport a mini-HDMI port. The guy could not also confirm which Android version the phone was running. We hope that the Shadow hits the retail market with the latest version of Android a.k.a Froyo.

The Motorola Shadow is expected to be the successor of the highly successful Motorola Droid. At the beginning stage, the phone will be launched exclusively under the Verizon network.

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Adobe Reader For Android Now Available

Adobe has been developing several new apps for the platform, with the release of Flash 10.1 for Android and Adobe Air for Android, Adobe has now officially released the Adobe Reader App for Android.

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The new Adobe Reader App for Android offers multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom, double-tab-zoom, flick-scrolling and panning. The Adobe team have also added a "reflow" mode which will automatically wrap content in text-heavy documents with wide margins for easier viewing on the small phone screen.

The Adobe Reader app for Android is available for Android 2.1 and above and supports Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone and Google . The app may work on other Android devices too, however it may work just fine.

Users can download Adobe Reader for Android from the Android market place for free. For more information and videos visit the official announcement post by Adobe here.

Nexus One Android 2.2 Froyo Manual Update Available

A few days ago we told you how the update will be available for shortly, and earlier today we confirmed that few Nexus One users have already started to receive the 2.2 Froyo update.

If you are a N1 user and haven’t yet received an update to Android 2.2, you can do it manually by downloading the latest firmware and uploading it to your phone.

Here are the steps to upgrade your Nexus One to Android 2.2 Froyo, courtesy of Phandriod.com.

  1. Download the Android 2.2 firmware for the Nexus One here is the link to download
  2. Rename the file update.zip and copy it to your microSD card via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named update.zip and not update.zip.zip.]
  3. Power down your Nexus One
  4. Hold down the Volume Downbutton as you power the phone back on.
  5. A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to recoveryand press the Powerbutton.
  6. When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the Powerand Volume Upbuttons at the same time.
  7. From the menu that appears, select Apply sdcard:update.zip.
  8. When the screen displays Install from sdcard completeselect reboot system nowand wait for the phone to power back up.

The latest update to Android 2.2 on the Nexus One should speedup your device by up-to 5 times, along with giving you options to tether you internet and more. So if you have been waiting for this update go ahead and follow the instructions listed above.

HP To Launch A Tablet Device By October

According to DigiTimes, HP will release a tablet device by the end of October. However, it has not been confirmed whether the tablet will running the WebOS or Windows 7. The Vice-President of HP Taiwan, Mr. Monty Wong said that HP would announce tablet and mobile based devices after HP completes the acquisition of Palm by the end of July.   He also said that the company would not launch Net books running on the WebOS. According to him, net books are similar to PCs in their usage and functionality.

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Mr Wong also said that the HP Slate featuring the WebOS and/or Windows 7 would hit the retail market sometime in October. Along with the launch of the HP Slate, users will also be offered access to a huge catalogue of applications. DigiTimes does not mention whether Mr Wong was talking about a WebOS based tablet or a Windows 7 based tablet. It is rumoured that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device dubbed Hurricane. The device is expected to hit the retail market in the third quarter of this year.

It is very well a possibility that Mr Wong was talking about the HP Hurricane only. We need to wait until the end of July or for some HP Slate news to leak to get a confirmation on this one!

Nexus One Gets An Official Upgrade To Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Just a couple of days ago at the Google I/O, Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo was officially released. According to reports, within the span of just two days, Google’s Nexus One got the official upgrade to Android 2.2. Yes, this is very quick indeed. Nexus One is Google’s phone, that is why it got the advantage of the quick upgrade to Froyo. android 2.2 on nexus one

The news of the upgrade was reported on TechCrunch, when an official there recieved the update on his Nexus One. Until now only few people have reported about the Android 2.2 update on their Nexus One.

So, all the Nexus One users check for the update because maybe Android 2.2 is just knocking at your door.

Note: We still cannot confirm this because only few people have reported about the Android 2.2 update.

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Miro Video Converter 2.0: Convert to MP4, VP8, Ogg Theora and More

Earlier this week,  the Participatory Culture Foundation launched the second version of the Miro Video Converter. This new version has support for a number of video formats including the latest VP8 video codec (WebM Format), acquired by Google a few days ago.

WebM Project is a  Google-sponsored project dedicated to create an  open and  royalty free video format that provides high quality  video compression for use with  HTML5 video.

It is an  open source project released under a  BSD-style license. It consists of the  VP8 video codec developed by  On2 and the  Vorbis audio codec, in a container format based on a subset of  Matroska.

Miro Video Converter is an open source video conversion utility. It can convert from all popular open-video formats. Apart from that, some other video formats for platforms like the iPhone and Android are also supported.

However, Miro Video Converter is also the first converter to support the VP8 video codec fully and will be extremely successful because of this.

This software has just reached the version 2.0 and is available for Windows and Mac OS X only. You can download it at the product homepage.

Most HTC Phones Launched in 2010 To The Get Android 2.2 Update

HTC one of the most popular Android phone manufacturers has confirmed that most of their phones launched in 2010 will get the Android 2.2 update. An insider from HTC told Pocket-Lint that most phones launched this year will get an upgrade to [Android] 2.2The bad news is that the update will come only in the second half of this year. By that time, the next version of Android Gingerbread will be hitting the market. The first HTC handset to get the Froyotreatment will be the HTC-made-Google-branded Nexus One. The Nexus One is expected to get the Android 2.2 treatment in the next few weeks.

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The HTC insider told Pocket-Lint-:

“As we get closer to readiness, we’ll reveal a full list, but for now have started with the most popular models like Desire [in the UK] and Droid Incredible [in the US] as well as some of the hotly anticipated new phones.”

Most HTC Hero owners are still waiting for the Android 2.1 update. The insider from HTC did not comment anything about the HTC phones launched in 2009.

Adobe Prereleases Adobe Air For Android

is probably one of the best inventions by Adobe in my opinion and there are several apps which have made good use of it, take for example . The best part about Adobe Air is that the applications are platform independent just like Java apps, and only require a runtime to run the app.

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Now, Adobe is taking the same platform independent flexibility to mobile devices with the prerelease of the Adobe Air for platform, which will allow developers to create applications using the platform and run in natively on the Android OS.

If you are a developer who uses Adobe tools and are excited about this news, you can visit http://www.adobe.com/go/airbetasignup to get a prerelease of the development tools required to build an app for Android.

Though Flex 4 is not fully supported, developers can build Android apps using the Adobe Air platform with Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Builder 4 for pure Actionscript projects.

Android Ported to iPhone 3G

ports have been available for a vast majority of Android based devices in the past, however, here is a killer port which you can install on your… 3G.

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Just like a computer, which can be formatted and used to install any OS of your choice, today’s smartphone also match them with the same capabilities. However, thanks to the phone manufacturers it is not as easy to install a different OS than what your phone came with.

However, there are several developers who work hard enough to provide users with an opportunity to try out an OS which was not designed for the phone but will work out pretty well.

Apple’s iPhone has been one of the elusive devices which could not achieve this feat, but rest assured it is possible now and users can install an Android OS on their iPhone 3G now.

Interested? Well, PC World has a very detailed instructions set which according to them is not for the faint hearted. So if you are ready to make the Android jump on your iPhone, head over to PC World and learn how to Install Android on Your iPhone.

Google TV: The Power of the Web, Now on Your Television

Google TV is here and it promises to redefine your TV viewing experience. Earlier today, the Mountain View, California based search engine giant announced its new platform at the Google I/O.

Google TV is a software platform for set-top boxes and HDTVs which is powered by the Android mobile operating system running on top of an Intel Atom processor. Chrome browser with Adobe Flash support will ensure access to the full web from your television.

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TV Meets Web. Web Meets TVis the slogan Google is using for Google TV and it is in fact the most accurate description. Search will very much be a part of the Google TV. You will be instantly able to access any channel by typing its name. Better still, if you know the name of a program, but don’t know the channel it airs on, search will help you locate it.

Google envisions its new initiative as an open platform, which will be used by others to build their own products. It is challenging developers to come up with new web and Android applications designed specifically for television sets.

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Google has already paired up with hardware manufacturers like Logitech and Sony. While Sony will be integrating Google’s new platform directly into their new HDTVs, Logitech will be manufacturing set-top boxes that will bring Google TV to older television sets.

It’s hard to say if Google TV will indeed succeed in redefining the television industry. Are the consumers ready for such a convergence device? Only time will tell. However, if Google TV succeeds, it may very well replace our standard cable TV. Imagine a scenario where YouTube takes care of live events like sports, while Netflix and Hulu take care of movies and standard television programs. Even more significantly, if Google succeeds, it will be able to significantly increase its ad reach and access new demographics of users.

Flash 10.1 Available For Downloads For Android 2.2 Froyo

Quite recently, we told you how was spotted running Flash 10.1. With the official release of Android 2.2 Froyo at the Google I/O conference earlier today and the availability of 2.2 Froyo for Nexus One customers, it was time that Adobe too released the latest version to users.

Flash 10.1 for Android 2.2 Froyo

Adobe has officially released Flash Player 10.1 beta for Android devices running Android 2.2 Froyo. So if you are a user and have received an OTA update to Froyo, you can visit the official download page for Flash 10.1 and start viewing Flash videos and using Flash applications on your device.

To download the app to your phone, you will need to open the Download Flash Player 10.1 beta on your Android 2.2 device. Flash 10.1 cannot be installed in any other way right now.

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Android 3.0 a.k.a. Gingerbread To Release in Q4 2010

We still have few days left for the official release of Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo, but the release date of the future Android OS, Gingerbread is already disclosed. The Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is scheduled to release in Q4 2010.  android-gingerbread

Google has just introduced their latest WebM media format. In the WebM documentation, is the first mention of Android 3.0 release date.

“When will other Google products support WebM and VP8?

WebM support in Android is expected in the Gingerbread release (currently planned for Q4, 2010). We expect many other Google products to adopt WebM and VP8 as they prioritize it with their other product requirements. Keep an eye on the WebM blog for announcements.”

So, we still have to get our hands on the Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo and the future Android OS is already in the Menu. Let us wait for Android 2.2 and let the Gingerbread to be baked meantime.

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TalkToMe: An Android App That Translates What You Say

With dozens of apps available to perform text-to-text translation, it has become a thing of the past. TalkToMe is a cool app for Android phones that take translation to the next level. Just say something in English and the app will translate it to desired foreign language. Not only that, the app will actually speak the translated version back to you.

So the app actually takes your speech, converts it into text, translates it and then converts it into speech again. This is fantastic technology and highly useful for people whi often find themselves in a foreign country struggling with the language. The languages supported right now include Spanish, French, German, Italian and UK or USA English. The app is complete free of cost and can be downloaded fron the Android market place.

Android App Talk To Me

Imagine yourself traveling to a remote place in Italy and not knowing enough Italian to ask for directions. With TalkToMe, you don’t need to learn a new language, you just need to know how to use the app. Here is a short video review for TalkToMe courtesy of AndroidApps:

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Your Phone’s Battery Should Last A Day, says Larry Page

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We don’t have any doubt in the fact that some Android phones have trouble with their battery performance. Many users have complained about the battery of their phone, which drains quickly.

At Google’s annual partner forum, Google Zeitgeist, a question was asked to the co-founder of Google, Larry Page, that whether he is looking forward to solve the battery issues in Android phones. To which Larry Page replied, that the battery is pretty good in the Android phones and he is pretty happy with it.

Larry Page, taking this topic into detail also said, “I have noticed there are a few people who have phones where there is software running in the background that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly. If you are not getting a day, there is something wrong.”

Google CEO Eric Schmidt also replied to the topic, “The primary consumer of the battery life on these phones is the transmit/receive circuit. So tuning that and obviously figuring out a way to not use too much of that extends your battery life”

So, the applications (which runs continuously in background) of Android are to be blamed for the poor battery performance, according to Larry Page. Note that all Android developers and users.

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