More details emerge about Gingerbread UI changes

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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.

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kiteUI looks to bring a new UI experience to Android

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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

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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

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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]

Fuze Presence brings first mobile multi-party, multi-platform video conferencing to Android

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Ever since the initial talks about Adobe Air on mobile platforms, the market was breathing heavy with the thought of video conferencing. While we are still waiting for this feature to come out from AIR, GotoMeeting and even WebEx, Fuze Presence has now announed their new video conferencing platform. What makes this so cool is the multi-platform aspect. if you watch the video below, you’ll see how Fuze has taken their platform and integrated it seamlessly into not just mobile platforms, but PC and Mac applications, as well.

According to the press release:

The meeting host will access his or her account from a web browser or can meet from a downloaded app on their mobile device. The host will then start a meeting, enable video conferencing and watch the attendees conveniently access the video conference.  In just two clicks, the host can initiate a video meeting quickly and easily.

The presser goes on to say that the video conferencing through Fuze will allow for full 720p video streams, which has been previously unheard of.

While we will still have to wait until 2011 to officially see how well Fuze will function in the real world, the implications made by this are exciting. Sound like something you’d be interested in using? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and hit the break for the full presser, along with a video about the new product.

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Android 2.x OS Distribution Over 80% of Devices

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The Chart above shows the amount of Android devices hitting the Android Market by OS version. Android 2.1 and 2.2 are now above a combined 80% of the total mix in deployed Android OS’s. The first chart is represented by data collected over the last 14 days, whereas the chart below shows the mix on 14 day increments along the x axis dating back from June 1ts 2010 until today.

This is interesting because it shows the growth in Android OS deployment as Android versions 2.x became more widely released to devices, as well as newly launched devices. As you can see, September saw a spike.


Let’s hope they get everybody on board with at least Android 2.1, with quick upgrades for everyone into Gingerbread.

[via Android Developers]

NVIDIA working on Quad-Core Processors for Mobile Devices.

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It’s no surprise to anyone who has owned a desktop computer that as soon as you think you have the latest greatest technology money can buy, they double the power, and suddenly you’re $3000 gaming computer is a has been. iSad…

NVIDIA aims to make us drool again just days after Tegra 2 dual-core Processors made their way to our sweaty hands. They’re working on quad-core for mobile devices already. This was stated in a whitepaper regarding mobile multi-core processors. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, had this to say;

Every single year, there will be a new Tegra…Dual-core processors will be the standard in 2011, and quad-core is coming in the near future.

Fast pace, as always to be expected from tech manufacturers.

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Update FRG830 rolls out to Droid test group, still not Gingerbread

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Oh, oh, an update! That’s what a group of Droid test users were thinking today when they got an update to FRG830. Unfortunately, I’m sure some hearts sank when they opened up their settings afterwards and still saw 2.2.

The update is, however, said to bring along:

  • Bugfixes
  • Performance enhancements
  • 2010 Exchange support
  • Updated widgets
  • Updated Twitter client
  • New Gmail interface

Sounds pretty cool, Motorola, but when can we expect some hot, steamy Gingerbread?

If you’re in the test group and haven’t yet received your update, just hold out until tomorrow. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[via droid-life]

HTC Looking into 3D and E-Ink Technology for 2011

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2011 is going to be a big year for technology, particularly for smartphones and tablets. As tablets are pegged to take over the PC market by 2012, and seeing a boost in the technological advances with tablet manufacturing, one is left wondering how smartphones may fit into the advancement of technology besides more storage and CPU utilization.

Sharp aims to help that area out by launching 3D display screens for smartphones (and tablets no doubt) in 2011, which could make development for those devices, a whole lot more interesting.

HTC is also looking into 3D technology for new devices, as well as E-Ink display found on e-readers for better visibility.

A job posting showing HTC’s interest found in October 2010 states the following;

HTC is looking for a great Baseband Design Engineer to lead the integration and evaluation of new display and camera technologies for next-generation mobile devices. The successful candidate will have:

  • Familiarity with multiple display technologies( TFT-LCD, PMOLED, AMOLED, E-ink, etc).
  • Familiarity with 3D display and imaging technologies

Use of 3D technology in handheld devices opens many doors thought to be closed in the way of versatility and productivity. This will be interesting to see how it unfolds in 2011.

[via pocketnow]