How-To: Install the Android 2.3 Gingerbread keyboard on your rooted device

Want to check out some new Gingerbread goodness, like… now? Well you’re in luck, as Peter Alfonso, creator and maintainer of the infamous custom ROM, “Bugless Beast”, has gotten it all tucked away in a nice, flashable zip file – the keyboard, that is. Thanks to Peter, you can now install the Gingerbread keyboard on your rooted Android device through recovery, and it’s very easy to do. Just hit the break to find out how!

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Android 2.3 coming to the Nexus One on December 16th?

Many sites, including Engadget, were reporting earlier that the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OTA update was starting to roll out for the Nexus One. However, it seems people were confusing the smaller and less critical update they were seeing for the big 2.3 update.

This was reinforced by Google developer and Android advocate @retomeier when he tweeted the following:

Not sure where Engadget is getting their reports. The Nexus One OTA isn’t happening just yet – should be coming in a few weeks.

A lot of people are now pegging December 16th, the same day that the Nexus S goes on sale, as the day the 2.3 OTA update will start rolling out for the Nexus S. However, until an official announcement is made (or until people start getting the update), this is all speculation at this point. Stay tuned, and be sure to keep your radios dialed to TalkAndroid today for all the latest and greatest Android 2.3 news.

Google’s Newest Acquisition in Their Pursuit of World Domination: Phonetic Arts

I for one welcome our Google overlords.  I mean, let’s be real…they’re going to take over the world.  Today, they came one step closer with the purchase of Phonetic Arts.  This company specializes in software to give computers (typically in video games) the ability to generate natural, expressive speech.

It’s no secret that your Android phone can translate your speech to text remarkably well.  And there certainly are plenty of apps out there that can give your phone the capability to speak to you (Vlingo, for example, has the ability to read your incoming texts or emails), but there are still issues.  Not only is it not built-in to Android, but we’ve all heard that robotic, computer voice. According to Google’s blog, they are looking to improve voice output drastically, and that’s where the purchase of Phonetic Arts comes in.  They’re increasing their investments in this issue, so we can look forward to big improvements on that front.

[via IntoMobile]

Is Skype finally getting ready for mobile video conferencing?

In a recent article by GigaOm, Skype has upped their hiring of mobile developers. Specifically, the company is looking for devs in the iPhone and Android space, and the total of people to bring on is at about 20-30 developers. While this may be a simple case of Skype trying to fix any issues in the mobile space that they’re already having, chances are they’re looking at the possibility of video conferencing in the mobile arena. 5-10 developer hirings would lead me to believe current bugfixes; 20-30 makes me thing a total revamp or addition of a large new feature.

Qik and Fring have been in the video conferencing space for quite awhile, and don’t enjoy nearly the popularity that Skype has. At this point, it would only make sense for Skype to hop on the video conferencing train, as users have been clamoring for it for quite some time – even before the Skype app for either Android or iOS was ever released.

So, Skype, here’s hoping you’re doing what’s right, and listening to the masses. Be sure to hit the source link for the original article at GigaOm, and let us know what you think of Skype possibly bringing mobile video conferencing into the game in the comments below.

[via gigaom]

NookColor SDK released, Android developers can now port their apps

Barnes and Noble has announced that the NookColor SDK is now available for developers to download and begin the process of porting their apps for the device. Some people are already questioning why this SDK only supports the NC, and not the other line of Nook devices.

You may remember that the  NC has already been rooted and that apps have already been ported over and tested, but if developers want their apps officially supported by B&N on the NC, they will have to do it the proper way.

[via TDR]

More details emerge about Gingerbread UI changes

Some more details have emerged about the upcoming changes to the Android UI that are coming with 2.3 (Gingerbread). A lot of these changes are somewhat technical in nature, but an important one is the fact that Gingerbread is finally bringing true 32 bit imaging support to Android.

If you’re a developer or are just really into the hardcore technical aspects of Android, you may want to hit up this link for some more juicy details.

[via AC]

kiteUI looks to bring a new UI experience to Android

One of the great things about Android is the freedom to customize your device in just about any way you’d like (assuming you’re willing to root it). Enter kiteUI, a concept user interface which aims to completely turn the traditional Android UI upside down. The interface takes on a minimalistic, yet stylish, approach to navigating the homescreen, breaking the various screens into different levels rather than having five or seven completely different screens.

The project is being spearheaded by XDA member Liquidice, who is currently looking for some more coders to join the team. Continue after the break to check out the concept video, and hit up the source link if you’re interested in getting involved.

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Rovio’s Peter Vesterback offers advice for mobile gaming success

By now everyone can agree that Angry Birds is a raging success, and I’m sure some of you aspiring mobile developers out there would love to experience that same level of success. To put some figures to it, Angry Birds has been downloaded over 60 million times, and over 12 million of those have been paid downloads.

Rovio’s Peter Vesterback recently spoke with Google’s Mobile Ads team for their YouTube channel, discussing the success of Angry Birds and offering advice to mobile developers. It’s a great watch, so hit up the video after the break for some words of inspiration.

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Logitech Revue with Google TV booted into recovery

Google TV owners rejoice! Well… kind of. One clever individual has figured out how to boot his Logitech Revue into recovery, which is the first logical step towards finding a solution to root the device. There’s one catch, however, in that doing so will actually wipe the device and perform a factory reset every time you do it. He has even provided the solution (which is really quite simple):

Hold power button in the back down until you see a progress bar. Then press alt + L.

Unless you own one for development purposes, have a spare, or just really really want to try this, I don’t really recommend it as it will reset the device. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this, so be sure to check back later for any updates that occur.

[via GTVHub]