March 2010 Archives

iPhone SDK 3.2 goes gold, seeded to paying dev program members.

By Chris Ziegler posted Mar 29th 2010 7:28PM

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Us freeloaders still have a bit of a wait left, it seems, but paying members of Apple's iPhone Developer Program (which now services iPad devs, too) now have access to the Gold Master seed of the iPhone SDK for OS 3.2. This is a pretty big deal since it's the very first version of the operating system to support the iPad, of course -- and seeing how the first volley of iPads hits retail this weekend, it couldn't come at a better time. Let us know if you find anything wild in this new build, and we'll do the same, alright?

[Thanks, Kory H.]

Is This a Too Similar to The Apple iPhone?

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CTIA 2010 - CNET Reviews by Bonnie Cha. March 23, 2010 12:47 PM PDT

Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S headed to U.S. this summer

A new Android smartphone from Samsung will be making its way to North America, as well as other parts of the world, this summer. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S, the device was introduced at CTIA 2010 and includes features that boast the multimedia and social experience of the phone.

To start, the Galaxy S boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, which we first saw on the Samsung Wave at Mobile World Congress. Unlike regular AMOLED screens, the Super AMOLED screen places touch sensors right on top of the AMOLED screen, which eliminates the need for an additional touch sensor panel, removes air gaps, and improves touch sensitivity. It's also less reflective so the screen should be easier to see indoors and outdoors and has wider viewing angles.

The Galaxy S is ideal for viewing video and photos. The president of Samsung's mobile communications business said that the company will work with content partners to make full-length movies and TV shows available on the Galaxy S as well as e-books and magazines. You will be able to play back HD videos at 720p resolution, and a 1GHz processor is onboard to ensure things run smoothly.

Samsung kept throwing around the term "Smart Life" to describe the user experience on the Galaxy S, which includes user-defined daily briefings for instant access to news, weather, appointments, and so forth, location-based search options, and a Layar Reality Browser that allows you to view augmented reality content. Like the Samsung Wave, the Galaxy S is also meant to be a social hub and it integrates contact information and messages from various accounts to provide a unified view. CNET's Kent German, who was at the press conference, said it reminded him of Motoblur.

The Samsung Galaxy S will ship running Android 2.1 (yes!) and comes with Bluetooth 3.0, a 5-megapixel camera, a Swype keyboard, and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology for interdevice connectivity. Pricing and carrier information were not released at this time, but the smartphone is a quad-band GSM phone with support for 900/1900/2100MHz 3G bands.

Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions and photo gallery!

Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S headed to U.S. this summer | CTIA 2010 - CNET Reviews - http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12261_7-20001007-10356022.html

Opera Mini submitted to Apple's App Store

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mini5-iphone-submission.jpgOslo, Norway - March 23, 2010

Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today. A select few first saw it at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February. Now, the "fast like a rocket" browser is taking its first big step towards giving users a new way to browse on the iPhone.

Early reviews of Opera Mini for iPhone praised the sheer browsing speed, powering through Web pages up to six times faster than Safari. Due to server-side rendering, Opera Mini compresses data by up to 90 percent before sending it to the phone, resulting in rapid page loading and more Web per MB for the end user. Those familiar with iPhone roaming charges will relish Opera Mini's ability to deliver more for less, giving users the Web they want quickly, without, the high costs.

"The Opera Mini for iPhone sneak peek during MWC told us that we have something special," said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. "Opera has put every effort into creating a customized, stylized, feature-rich and highly responsive browser that masterfully combines iPhone capabilities with Opera's renowned Web experience, and the result is a high performing browser for the iPhone."

Opera Mini is the world's most popular mobile Web browser, famed for bringing the Web to nearly any mobile phone. Its speed, usability and navigation-friendly design have catapulted this browser onto more than 50 million mobile phones worldwide. Creating a version for iPhone is part of Opera's mission to bring the Web to all platforms and all devices.

Resources

Video: The demo video is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpTCS3g-cBY

Screenshots: Screenshots are available at: www.opera.com/press/resources/.

Count-up counter: Check out Opera's iPhone count-up counter on My Opera community site and enter the contest to win an iPhone.

 

Opera Mini submitted to Apple's App Store - http://www.opera.com/press/releases/2010/03/23_3/

All about the Apple iPad (FAQ)

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All about the Apple iPad (FAQ) by Erica Ogg and Donald Bell (CNET News)

Apple finally gave us the date the first iPads will hit store shelves: April 3. We've been closely following the touch-screen tablet since Apple first announced it in late January, but here's a quick guide for your most essential questions about the device.

All about the Apple iPad (FAQ) | Circuit Breaker - CNET News http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-10464984-260.html?tag=hotTopicsBody.1

HTC Disagrees with Apple's Actions

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HTC DISAGREES WITH APPLE's ACTIONS

Seattle - March 17, 2010 - HTC Corporation today outlined its disagreement with Apple's legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people's lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators.

"HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible," said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. "From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA[i] and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition[ii], our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then."

The industry has recognized HTC's contributions through a variety of awards including Fast Company's 2010 Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and MIT Technology Review's 2010 50 Most Innovative Companies. The GSMA also recently awarded the HTC Hero as the "Best Phone of 2009." Some of HTC's technology firsts include:

  • First Windows PDA (1998)
  • First Windows Phone (June 2002)
  • First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
  • First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
  • First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
  • First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)

In 2009, HTC launched its branded user experience, HTC Sense. HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience was fundamentally based on listening and observing how people live and communicate.

"HTC has always taken a partnership-oriented, collaborative approach to business. This has led to long-standing strategic partnerships with the top software, Internet and wireless technology companies in the industry as well as the top U.S., European and Asian mobile operators," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. "It is through these relationships that we have been able to deliver the world's most diverse series of smartphones to an even more diverse group of people around the world, recognizing that customers have very different needs."

For more information on HTC's history of innovation, please visit: www.htc.com/history.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

HTC Public Relations
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(425) 638-7000

[i] The O2 XDA by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the world in 2002.

[ii] The T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the United States in 2002.

 HTC Press Release - Read the Latest HTC Mobile Phone News - http://www.htc.com/us/press/htc-disagrees-with-apples-actions/10/

HTC-HD2.jpgOslo, Norway - March 16, 2010

Today, Opera Software released the final versions of the world's most popular mobile Web browsers, Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10. Now, nearly any mobile phone can support an Opera-driven Web experience, complete with unmatched speed, style and cost savings. Simply go to m.opera.com/ to download it directly to your phone today.

Today's release puts the finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. The focus is on delivering the best Internet experience on nearly any mobile phone, along with a unified look and feel and innovative favorite features, such as Speed Dial, password manager and tabbed browsing.

"Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

Top 5 reasons why you cannot live without Opera on your phone

  • Get the best Internet experience on your phone
    Opera delivers the full Web experience on nearly any mobile phone, and it is easy and free to download.
  • No more slow surfing
    Opera mobile browsers are designed to boost your browsing speed significantly. Opera brings the best and fastest browsing experience on any mobile phone.
  • Get your mobile phone bills under control
    Opera Mini's compression technology reduces the amount of data sent to your phone by up to 90 percent, resulting in lower costs on pay-per-MB data plans or when roaming.
  • Web made easy, even on your phone
    Opera keeps it simple with a sleekly designed user interface, regardless of the phone you are using, and with the same great feature set, such as Speed Dial, tabs, and the password manager.
  • Never leave your personal information behind
    Opera Link lets you synchronize your bookmarks, notes and Speed Dial between your computer and your mobile phone. Make your information available wherever you are - at work, at home or on the road.

No mobile phone left behind: Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10 introduced in final, consumer-ready versions http://www.opera.com/press/releases/2010/03/16/

WindowsPhone7.jpgBy Nilay Patel  posted Mar 15th 2010 8:36PM -- Engadget

Well, there they are, the only three confirmed Windows Phone 7 Series prototype devices that currently exist. From left, we have the new Samsung slate that debuted today, the just-for-demos unbranded Asus unit that was the star of MWC, and the LG slider that we got cozy with at the Engadget Show. We're still hoping for more time with the Samsung -- and we're pushing for more detailed specs on all of these -- but check out some high-res crops in the gallery below.

Three Windows Phone 7 Series devices, all in a row -- Engaget  http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/15/three-windows-phone-7-series-devices-all-in-a-row/

 

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series: New phones designed for life in motion to debut at holiday 2010. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/feb10/02-15MWC10PR.mspx

Fast and Cost-efficient Browsing on Android Phones

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Oslo, Norway -- March 11, 2010

Opera Software today launched the newest beta version of the world's most popular browser for mobile phones, Opera Mini 5, on the Android platform. Opera Mini 5 beta for Android brings a fast and cost-efficient Web experience to any handset built on the Android platform.

Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables Web browsing on almost any handset by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the phone, resulting in significantly improved page loading and speed. With a simple, easy-to-use interface, Opera Mini offers a desktop-like Web browsing experience on a mobile phone, with favorite features such as Speed Dial, tabbed browsing, password manager and bookmarks. With Opera Mini optimized for Android, more people will be able to get a PC-like browsing experience on their mobile handsets.

"Android users should not have to compromise when it comes to surfing the Web on their phones. Opera Mini will give Android users a fast and cost-efficient access to their favorite Web sites and services," said Dag Olav Norem, Vice President of Products, Opera Software.

Download
Download Opera Mini directly to your Android phone. To download, simply visit m.opera.com/next with the Android browser or search for Opera Mini 5 in the Android Market. For more information, visit http://www.opera.com/mini/next/.

Screenshots
Screenshots are available at: http://www.opera.com/press/resources/.

 
The entire family of devices built on the iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) have been designed to run only software that is approved by Apple--a major shift from the norms of the personal computer market. Software developers who want Apple's approval must first agree to the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.
 
So today we're posting the "iPhone Developer Program License Agreement"--the contract that every developer who writes software for the iTunes App Store must "sign." Though more than 100,000 app developers have clicked "I agree," public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see what rules controlled the technology they could use with their phones. NASA responded with the Rev. 3-17-09 version of the agreement.
 
UPDATED: we are now also posting the most recent version of the agreement, dated January 2010.

X10_horizontal2_400px.jpgXPERIA™ X10 has a 4 inch 854 x 480 pixel screen with a capacitive mineral glass touch-screen, fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, 1GB internal storage with up to 16/32 GB additional storage via microSD™ card, an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, Wi-Fi 802.11g and HSPA at 7.2Mbps download.

Developer Toolkits

Everything you need to develop applications for XPERIA™ X10 is available from the Android Developer's website, developer.android.com.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 add-on for the Android™ SDK

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 add-on for the Android™ SDK includes the complete Android system with additions customizing it for the X10 :

  • Sony Ericsson splash screen
  •  X10 colour backgrounds
  • A "skin" of the X10 which is a simple graphic of the front of the phone
  • A hardware.ini file to set the operating parameters for screen, camera, audio and so on.

 

Sony Ericsson - Developer World - Technology - Android - Developer Tools http://developer.sonyericsson.com/wportal/devworld/technology/android/developer-tools

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Android NDK r3

Posted by David Turner on 08 March 2010 at 11:25 AM

The third release of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) is now available for download from the Android developer site.

It can be used to target devices running Android 1.5 and higher. In addition to a few bug fixes and improvements, this release includes the following new features:

Toolchain improvement

The toolchain binaries have been refreshed for this release with GCC 4.4.0, which should generate slightly more compact and efficient machine code than the previous one (4.2.1).

Note that the GCC 4.4.0 C++ frontend is more pedantic, and may refuse to compile certain rare and invalid template declarations that were accepted by 4.2.1. To alleviate the problem, this NDK still provides the 4.2.1 binaries, which can optionally be used to build your machine code.

OpenGL ES 2.0 support

Applications targeting Android 2.0 (API level 5) or higher can now directly access OpenGL ES 2.0 features. This brings the ability to control graphics rendering through vertex and fragment shader programs, using the GLSL shading language.

A new trivial sample, named "hello-gl2", demonstrates how to render a simple triangle using both shader types.

Name simplification

This NDK release is just called "r3", for "Revision 3", to indicate that it is not limited to a specific Android platform/API level. Some developers thought that the previous release's name (1.6_r1) was confusing and indicated that it could only be used to target Android 1.6, which was not true.

Enjoy!

 

Keil™, An ARM® Company was announcing Development Studio 5 Application Edition, a set of professional software tools for Linux and Android development on ARM processor-based targets.

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Development Studio 5 Application Edition http://www.keil.com/arm/ds5/

Debug Tips for Android Applications with SmartQ5

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HelloWorld.jpgAndroid Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile tool lets you manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device. Using adb via WiFi with SmartQ5 is okay, but the USB device id for SmartQ5 is not defined in "android-sdk-windows\usb_driver\android_winusb.inf" of Android SDK.  (This is in the case of  Windows version.)

At first add following lines to [Google.NTx86] section and [Google.NTx86] section in android_winusb.inf file and install USB adb driver.

;Smart Devices SmartQ5
%CompositeAdbInterface%     = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_DDDD

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android-sdk-windows\usb_driver\android_winusb.inf

[Google.NTx86] 
;Smart Devices SmartQ5
%CompositeAdbInterface%     = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_DDDD

[Google.NTamd64]
;Smart devices SmartQ5
%CompositeAdbInterface%     = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_DDDD

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When you use adb via USB, do not forget to change the USB setting to adb mode of the SmartQ5.

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