Is Skype finally getting ready for mobile video conferencing?

by Dustin Karnes on
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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.

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NookColor SDK released, Android developers can now port their apps

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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.

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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

by Jesse Bauer on
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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.

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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.

[via NVIDIA]