Tag Archives: Android

Details Of Meizu’s Mbook Surface

Meizu, a Chinese company, is soon going to release an Apple iPad competitor. The device will be named Mbook and will feature a 8.4 inch screen. The touchscreen is a capacitive one and has resolution of 1024*768. The battery life of the Mbook is rated at around 12 hours. The Mbook will feature a 1.5Ghz processor and will be capable of playing 1080p videos via a HDMI cable.

Meizu’s Mbook will also feature 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi. The Mbook will apparently be running Google’s Android OS. The Mbook does look like a worthy competitor to the iPad. If the device is priced right, it could very well eat into iPad’s market share. Also, it is not yet known whether the applications currently present in the Android market will work on the Mbook or not.

The higher screen resolution of the Mbook compared to other Android devices present in the market, might pose a problem. The Mbook does have impressive hardware under the hood and a phenomenal battery life. As of now, no details are available about the release date and pricing of the device.


Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Won’t Bother The Android Market

No matter how many adjectives Steve Jobs punches into describing his products, the iPhone OS 4.0 this time, smart gadget users know what others in the race are offering. With the iPhone OS 4.0, the iPhone will see multitasking and some customization on the desktop. One thing to notice is that, this feature has always been available on Android.

Though, this and most other features of the new firmware are only a subset of those offered by Android currently. It is expected that the launch will not affect the market capturing growth of Android.

The new loud-shouted feature of the iPhone OS – multitasking was a key component of Android OS from the time of its inception.

Apple has been a trend-setter and an innovator.  It has survived on its superior user experience and popularity but customers are getting smarter now.  Android offers better features at lesser prices and it seems like a fair deal.

The iPhone OS needs to gear up and get ahead of Android to get back its thunder. At least, that will help it retain the huge market it has managed to capture.
(Via: PCWorld)

Android Gains Around 2% Market Share In Feb 2010

Google’s has been seeing a steady increase in the market share of its devices in the US market. Back in January 2010, the mobile usage report by comScore, put Android’s market share at 7.1%, however, the February 2010 report has shown around 2% market growth for Android, giving it a 9.0%, an overall 5.2% increase since November 2009.

Mobile OS Market Share February 2010

The biggest losers during this period were once again Microsoft and Palm, however, RIM still retained the top position with their Blackberry device accounting for 42.1% of the total US market share. Apple though has remained stable with around 26% of the market share, however, you can expect their numbers to grow because of the recent launch.

For Device manufacturers, Motorola was still the top OEM followed by LG and Samsung, however, Motorola lost around 2% of the market share since November 2009.

In all there were around 234 million Americans with mobile devices out of which 45.4 million users owned smartphones, which is a 21% increase since November 2009. With the flurry of new devices being launched, this number will definitely sky rocket to around 100 million within the next 3-6 months.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Firmware Update

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It’s been five days since Sony Ericsson launched the Xperia X10 in India and they’ve already rolled out an update.. The phone has been updated to R1FA016. The performance has improved along with various other things.

The major changes which have been noticed are improved audio quality and the noise has been reduced with increased bass which makes the audio quality very good. Another change is in the camera quality in which shooting at night has improved drastically with less noise in the pictures.

The onscreen keyboard was a problem with the Xperia X10 as entering text was irritating. The problem was that sometimes a single touch was not sufficient to select a letter, but now it is better.

There is no official change log given from Sony Ericsson but these are the changes which are noticeable after the update. The Xperia X10 is slowly turning out to be a hit and this early update won’t give the users a chance to complain. Now all will be waiting for Sony Ericsson to update the Android version of X10.

Note: We will be reviewing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 soon.

LG GT540 Now Available For Pre-Order In UK

The Android powered LG GT540 is now available for pre-order in the UK. This is the second Android-based handset manufactured by LG. This handset was announced in January during the CES 2010. This device is currently listed on Play.com and it is expected to be delivered at the end of April.

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LG GT540 comes with a 3.0 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, VGA video recording, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, 3G Connectivity, Stereo FM radio with RDS, audio and video player, social networking integration with live updates and so on.

This device is available in 3 different colors – Black, White and Pink. This handset will start shipping from April 30. It comes with a price tag of £199.99. This is an unlocked device and it can used with any wireless operator. If you want to pre-order this device, head over to this page.

Apple iPad May Run Android OS In Next Version

If you thought that the meeting between Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt from Google was a joke, this could be a big breakthrough. According to few sources we have heard, Apple is planning to run the OS on the .

According to some real close sources the discussion was about having the Android OS on the iPad and future versions of iPhone, precisely iPad 0.00001 will see Android 0.000002 being implemented on it.

Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt

The marathon meet which was spotted by Gizmodo was an actual hands up submission about Android (as you can see in the screenshot above) by Steve Jobs to Eric Google and their superior Android OS.

This will definitely give Android (and Eric and Google) a big boost on the sales of the and give them a kick ahead with Android, which will be shortly seen in the next generation of . Thank you Steve Jobs for doing the right thing, the iPhone OS was really good, but it had no future, this decision was really mature and had all the Steve Jobs mantra behind it.

Ouch, don’t take this serious will you? This is an early April Fools Joke from our side, have fun.

(Photos courtesy Gizmodo)

Download Firefox For Android Pre-Release

We have recently seen a lot of movement in the Firefox world. The mobile version of Firefox was dropped from plan as Windows left no stone unturned to make its own browser, the last man standing on the Windows Mobile 7. Next, Pwn2Own brought out some unresolved vulnerabilities in Firefox.

Following the buzz, today, Firefox is available as a pre-release download from the Android Forum. Although this build is not feature complete, it has the basic bookmarks and some add-on support. The Firefox available is for the Droid and does not run on all handsets equally well. The application is availabe as GeckoApp.

If you want to check out the looks and feel without actually installing the latest Firefox, see this Youtube video for a demo.

(Via: DownloadSquad)

After Google Search on TV, Now Google Wants Its Own Google TV

Google, Sony and Intel have joined hands to bring a new concept called the Google TV to households. Google TV will allow users to surf through the Internet right from their television through specially designed set top boxes. Needless to say, these set top boxes will use the Android operating system. Given the news of Android booting in one second, the possibilities of this being true came closer to reality.

Google had earlier started experimenting TV search allowing users to use Google search on their televisions. This experiment was limited to Google employees. But now, Google sees a huge potential in another market into which it can expand- the television market. After the Internet, television is possibly the second largest community of dedicated users.

Logitech is also reported to be working with these three companies in manufacturing peripheral parts for this service. This includes specialized remotes and keyboards.

Surprisingly, all the companies involved are being unnecessarily secretive about this project. Google, Intel and Logitech have refused to comment on this whereas Sony has even refused being aware of any such project. However, all these companies are hiring for Android jobs which validate this news even further.
(Via: NYTimes)

Google Denies Revenue Sharing With Android Phones And Carriers, Shuts All The Ballyhoo

Last week, there were intensive reports on Google sharing ad revenues with Android based phones, their carriers, android apps and manufacturers.

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Now, Google has come out with its official statement on this matter and has denied all these rumors. Google has clearly stated that it does not share any revenue with its Droids. However, it has a search revenue sharing with some carriers.

A Google spokesperson denied the ad sharing rumors in a statement to eWeek saying,

We share revenue on search, not on mobile applications. The same is true for non-Android devices that use Google as the default search engine.

Google accepts that carriers are paid a cut of the total revenue generated from search related advertising. Google has this deal in place with the HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid. Both these phones include Google apps like Gmail, Google maps, search, Youtube, Buzz etc. This is the only revenue Google claims to have.

Although Google is not doing it now, we can safely assume it will once it acquires the mobile ad expert AdMob which specializes in ‘in-app’ ads.

A MocoNews rumor was the first to report the ad sharing. eWeek followed up busting the rumor this week.

Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 Update On April 9th [Rumors]

Looks like Sprint and Verizon users have been pushed to the wall with 2.1 updates for the Motorola Droid on Verizon, and the HTC Hero and HTC Moment on Sprint being delayed over and over again.

Earlier we had some rumors which suggested that the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Moment was coming on March 26th. A user also shared a voice message left by a Sprint rep which said that March 26th was the date.

HTC Hero Moment Android 2.1 Update

Alas, it looks like the Android 2.1 update is not coming today, and is instead going to be released on April 9th according to a leaked document that the Phandroid blog got their hands on.

Please take this with a pinch of salt as Sprint does not look to be too keen on releasing a much awaited updated on one of the best Android based phones they are selling. We’ll keep you updated on further progress in the coming weeks. For the bravehearts who can’t wait till April 9th, there is a cooked up HTC Hero Android 2.1 ROM available right now.

Sony Ericsson X10 Goes On Pre-Orders On Vodafone UK, Ships on April 6th

X10 is one of the most anticipated phones from Sony’s stable. The X10 phone which is powered by was reported to be making its debut in India this week.

Pre-order Sony Ericsson X10 Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK has started accepting pre-orders on the Phone. Vodafone will be selling the X10 for free with a a 2 year contract for which users will have to pay a minimum of £35 per month. The minimum plan includes 900 minutes talktime, unlimited texts and 500MB of mobile internet and webmail.

Users who pre-order the phone will start receiving the handsets from April 6th onwards. X10 is definitely a great phone and might help in changing the future of the company who have been on a downward spiral.

Pre-Order Sony Ericsson X10 from Vodafone UK

LG Launches Android Powered KH5200 In South Korea

Earlier this month, LG Electronics launched LG KH5200 in South Korea. This device is powered by Android operating system. This handset is now available on the airwaves of wireless carrier KT. This is the first handset in South Korea from LG Electronics that runs on Android OS. This handset comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad.

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LG KH5200 has a 3.2 inches TFT resistive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, 170MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, audio and video player, 3.5 mm audio jack and much more. It includes a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilizer.

Other feature includes a Wi-Fi connectivity, motion games, A-GPS, photo and video editor, social networking integration with live updates, document viewer, motion-based games, Stereo FM radio with RDS and 1500 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of $573. Too costly, isn’t it?

Android vs. Maemo

Touchscreen Smartphones have become massively popular since Apple introduced its iPhone.

In the last year or so, many touchscreen devices have come into the market. The growth of smartphones has led to development of better mobile operating systems.

Today, let’s compare two of the most powerful mobile OS: Android and Maemo .

Both Android and Maemo are Linux based operating systems but there is definitely a big difference between the two. Maemo   is a fully Debian based distro while Android is a solitary kernel with a few programs like Dalvik virtual machine and Sqlite database written on top of it.

Maemo`s ability to run largely-unmodified linux packages is the main difference compared to Android.

Maemo uses established desktop technology like X11 and GTK+ and is a lot easier to port existing applications. Some of the open-source apps, which are already ported to Maemo, include MPlayer, Pidgin, Gnumeric and Abiword. Android on the other hand runs applications in a Java-like virtual machine and hence the burden on authors is heavier, as they have to re-write the application from scratch.

For game developers, Maemo offers a common start-up and settings screen, and a framework called Osso-games-startup. This library has made the work of game developers a lot easier as they can now reduce the common start-up screen coding and concentrate more on game programming.

As far as strategic position is concerned, Android holds an edge over Maemo. The reason being, Nokia alone backs Maemo (featuring in four devices:   Nokia N770, N800, N810, N900 by the end of the year) , while Android is backed by  Google, Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Acer and others (featuring in more than 18 devices). Maemo has a big disadvantage here. The best apps are going to be built for Android and iPhone because those will have the most users. However it seems that Maemo   is  more suitable for larger devices   like MIDs and netbooks.

The fate of Maemo may change drastically when Maemo imports Moblin OS next year. This new OS is to be called Meego and might very well change the future of Mobile computing.

How to Run Deb Files on Android

Android is one of the most powerful OS available today. We can even run debian applications on Android. To do so, ghostwalker at androidfanatic has made a custom Debian Shell for Android. The process is quite easy and it helps you to boot into a Debian shell which expands your reach to many new softwares. Just follow the steps below :

  • You need to download a modded firmware update if you are using G1. Get it here.
  • save the update.zip file on the SDcard
  • Boot into recovery mode (home+power) then press alt+s to apply changes
  • Download the installer for Debian Shell here.
  • unzip the file and copy the folder debian to SDcard’s root.
  • Go to /sdcard/debian through the terminal
  • Type su
  • Type chmod 4755 *
  • run the installer by typing installer.sh
  • Type bootdeb to mount and boot the debian system.

That’s it. This little mod is all it takes to run deb files on your Android.

Note: This mod does not in any way change your phone’s OS or harms it in any way.

Android 2.1 "Eclair" ROM For HTC Hero

Now we are not sure if Sprint is going to release an Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Moment yet, even when we know that a Sprint Rep confirmed the March 26th release through a voice message.

HTC Hero

If you are too anxious and can’t wait for the 2.1 update for your HTC Hero, a XDA forum member has release an Eclair 2.1 ROM for GSM based HTC Hero.

The Eclair 2.1 ROM brings lots of features which are part of the latest Android OS including Live wallpapers.

If you want to update your HTC Hero ROM, head over to this post on the XDA Forums and download the ROM. Make sure to follow the exact instructions to root your room and flash it. And yes, this goes without saying that you need to make backups before you do anything with your phone.

Please root your device at your own risk, we should not be held responsible if you manage to brick your device.