April 2010 Archives

Firefox Mobile gets started on Android

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Firefox_on_Android.jpgPublished by vladimir April 27th, 2010 in Firefox, Mozilla

Over the last few months, we've made some great progress on bringing Firefox to Android.  Michael Wu, Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin and I have been focusing on getting a build ready that's usable by a broader set of people, and we're now ready to get that build out there.  This build should be considered "pre-alpha", so there are some warnings and caveats:

  • We've only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.
  • It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
  • Memory usage of this build isn't great -- in many ways it's a debug build, and we haven't really done a lot of optimization yet.  This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
  • You'll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we're working to get rid of it.
  • You can't open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
  • This build requires Android 2.0 or above, and likely an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable device.
  • Edit: This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.

There also aren't yet any automated nightly developer builds or automated updates to this build; it's even more of a pre-nightly build (even earlier than pre-alpha).  But, it's usable enough that we wanted to get some feedback on it as we continue to develop.

Fennec on Android  at  Vladimir Vukićević http://blog.vlad1.com/2010/04/27/fennec-on-android-ground-zero/

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HOW TO: Put Android on your iPhone (with video!)

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Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 1:22PM neverknowtech

Remember when we told you that it was possible to put Android on your iPhone? Well, even though we had some bits at that point, Redmond Pie posted today about Android A lot's even easier step by step guide. This will even allow you to functionally dual-boot Android with your original iPhone!

While I don't quite have the time or the original iPhone to show you this in action right now, we're fairly confident in these steps -- but remember, follow these at your own risk! Be sure to follow each of these directions to the letter. Don't forget that this guide in intended for use only on a first generation, EDGE only iPhone (for now!).

Here is the video guide, with detailed steps after the jump.

HOW TO: Put Android on your iPhone (with video!) - never know tech - never know tech http://www.neverknowtech.com/home/2010/4/25/how-to-put-android-on-your-iphone-with-video.html

 

Related links:

HOW TO: Install Android On An iPhone 2G - ANDROID A LOT http://androidalot.com/modding/how-to-install-android-on-an-iphone-2g/

planetbeing's iphonelinux at master - GitHub http://github.com/planetbeing/iphonelinux/

Android ported to iPhone?

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AndroidOniPhone.jpgBy Sean Hollister  posted Apr 21st 2010 10:14PM

If you're a diehard iPhone user waiting for a similarly-gorgeous Android phone before you jump ship, you could spend time pining for a new HTC or Dell. Then again, the Droid you've been looking for might be right under your nose. Intrepid Linux fan planetbeing claims to have ported a debug version Android to the iPhone itself, drivers and all, and you'll find a thoroughly convincing demonstration of his bona fide dual-booting Apple device taking calls, playing music and even surfing the web after the break. While the iPhone isn't the speediest Google phone around, it's not all that sluggish, either, and with the iPhone's hardware buttons remapped to Android controls, planetbeing seems to get along just fine. Now, let's see him work on some pinch-to-zoom, eh? Video after the break.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Android ported to iPhone? -- Engadget http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/21/android-ported-to-iphone/

Linux on the iPhone: Android running on iPhone! http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com/2010/04/ive-been-working-on-this-quietly-in.html

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iPhone SDK 4 beta 2 (Build: 10M2240) and iPhone OS 4 beta 2 (Build: 8A248c) are now available from the iPhone Dev Center. The new iPhone SDK introduces an auto-provisioning feature that allows you to add a new device in a single step from within the Xcode Organizer, making it even easier to enable a device for testing your applications. View the Xcode 3.2.3 Read Me for more details on this feature.

Log in to the iPhone Dev Center and download iPhone SDK 4 beta 2 and iPhone OS 4 beta 2 today. Make sure to read the iPhone SDK 4 beta 2 Release Notes before installing this beta release.

Apple iPhone OS 4 beta on iPod touch 3G

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iPhoneOS4oniPod.jpgApple preveiwed major update iPhone OS 4 on April 8, 2010.  iPhone OS 4 comes with more than 100 new features for the user.  Top features include Multitasking, Folders, Enhanced Mail.app, iBooks, Enterprise, Game Center, and iAd.

I tried to install iPhone OS 4.0 beta (8A230m) to iPod touh 3G.

Apple has made available iPhone OS 4 beta to registered developers only.  Registered developers can download iPhone OS 4 along with SDK 4.0 from the iPhone dev center.  You can download iPhone OS 4.0 only if you're a registered Apple developer. Download iPhone firmware 4.0 from iPhone Dev Center.

 
So Opera Mini for iPhone has proved to be kind of a big deal, and that HTML-laden beacon of hope is putting a twinkle in some other developers' eyes. Take Skyfire, for instance. CEO Jeff Glueck posted this week a congratulations to the Opera team for its inclusion in the iTunes app store -- a surprise to many, us included. He also explained that "this will certainly accelerate our strategy on iDevices," and seeing as its only product is a mobile browser with Flash and Silverlight, Jeff certainly has our attention here. That said, we're not exactly getting our hopes up, especially since the App Store's rules have always forbidden any app from running a code interpreter and we don't see how SkyFire can bypass that aspect of Flash and Silverlight entirely, even though it uses a server-side rendering model similar to Opera Mini's. We'll see what happens.
 
Download Squad
sourceSkyfire blog
 
Skyfire boss on possible iPhone port: 'stay tuned for news' -- Engadget http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/14/skyfire-boss-on-possible-iphone-port-stay-tuned-for-news/

Official Twitter App Coming to Android

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TwitterOnAndroid.jpgEarlier today, Twitter CEO Evan Williams confirmed that an official Twitter app will be made available for Android devices. No word on whether it'll be a brand new app or a ported version of recently acquired Tweetie. [Android Police]
Send an email to Rosa Golijan, the author of this post, at rgolijan@gizmodo.com

Official Twitter App Coming to Android - Twitter android app - Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com/5517467/official-twitter-app-coming-to-android
 

Apple Previews iPhone OS 4

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iPhoneOS4.jpgCUPERTINO, California--April 8, 2010--Apple today previewed its iPhone OS 4 software and released a beta version of the software to iPhone Developer Program members. Apple's iPhone 4.0 release is due out this summer, and it will bring many long-awaited features to the platform.

For the third year in a row, Apple used an early spring event to give developers a preview of the changes coming to the iPhone OS. Here's a quick summary of what Apple CEO Steve Jobs and other executives unveiled Thursday in Cupertino.

Multitasking: iPhone developers and users will finally be able to switch back and forth between applications without having to shut down the app entirely to enter the new one. Probably the biggest development unveiled Thursday, it comes with a catch: iPhone 3G users won't be able to multitask due to hardware restraints.

Folders: Apple's App Store has thousands and thousands of applications sorted in lots of categories, but once those applications made it to the iPhone they were laid out side by side in a checkerboard pattern, forcing users to scroll back and forth across multiple screens. No more: iPhone 4.0 users will be able to create folders like "Games" and drag and drop apps into those folders, simplifying the home screen.

VoIP and location: Voice-over-Internet-Protocol applications like Skype could be found in the App Store already, but the new OS will make it possible for them to run in the background, mimicking the way the iPhone's native dialer allows users to open up another app while remaining on the phone. And like the VoIP apps, navigation apps and others that need your current location will be able to run in the background while doing other things with the iPhone.

In-box improvements: Unified in-boxes and organize-by-thread features are coming to the iPhone, which will give heavy e-mail users some more options for organizing their e-mail.

iAd: This was perhaps the o ne announcement where Apple is changing the playing field: it's going to give developers and advertising agencies a way to create in-app advertisements with iAd, giving ads OS-level integration that will expand the creative possibilities. It's a clear shot at Google and its plans to transform its desktop Web ad dominance into the mobile Web, if something that regular users aren't likely to be all that excited about.

Apple Previews iPhone OS 4 http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/04/08iphoneos.html

Opera Mini 5 beta on Android 2.0 (Eclair)

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OperaMini5beta.jpg  I installed Opera Mini 5 beta on Android 2.0 (Eclair).

Opera Mini 5 beta for Android brings a fast and cost-efficient Web experience to any handset built on the Android platform.

"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/.

April Fools Day! kernel.org

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kernel_dot_org.jpgApril 2, 2010: Would like to thank everyone for putting up with, and hopefully enjoying our little April Fools day joke this year. The commentary from various outlets seems to have been generally positive. If your here and you didn't see it, a semi-permanent home for it will now be at http://userweb.kernel.org/~warthog9/april1/2010/.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled kernel.org, already in progress.

The Linux Kernel Archives http://www.kernel.org/


Day 1 is here - opening up the MeeGo development

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