I’ve never been an Apple fan. Sure, it works for some, but the closed approach has just never sat well with me. One thing that Apple does well, however, is accessory integration, and for years now, I’ve sat back as I’ve seen wave after wave of Apple-compatible home stereos, car stereos, boomboxes, toasters, and refrigerators come marching down the assembly line. Well, no more, fellow Android-users, as Google has announced the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (or ADK), available for developers who want to offer accessory integration for Android devices. Google’s demonstration at Google I/O today involved an exercise bike, so versatility is definitely on the menu for the ADK. Before you get too excited however, be aware that the service will be limited to Gingerbread 2.3.4 and Honeycomb 3.1, and right out of the gate it will be limited to USB with Bluetooth integration planned in the future. This latter part is great news as darn it all if I don’t want a Google Talk based Dick Tracy video watch. Full press release after the break! » Read the rest
Do you often worry about people getting a little to curious when you, being the kind soul you are, let them use your phone? I’m sure there’s not one of us out there that doesn’t have at least one text message, photo or video we’ve taken of ourselves or something else that we just may not want the world to see. (I don’t of course!)
Well the developer of App Lock – caotiantupi – has designed an application that’ll give us all a little peace of mind. With this app you can add your private applications that you wish for no one to infiltrate, to a locked app list. This can be used with any application you own. Here are a few features:
- Three unlocking method to select: numeric password, draw pattern and cool gesture pattern.
- Cool background picture for gesture pattern.
- One click to add unlocked app to locked apps list.
- One click to return locked app to unlocked app list.
- When visitor mode, enter password to open locked apps.
- When master mode, no need to enter password to open locked apps.
Head on over to the XDA thread and get all the info and links to download the app.
T-Mobile, the small yet scrappy innovative carrier of them all appears to be gearing up to add some new features to their smartphone plans. According to some leaked screenshots from our ninja loving friends over at TmoNews, it looks like existing customers can add unlimited WiFi calling, Name ID features for anyone not in your contact list and a voicemail-to-text feature for your added convenience. We especially love the unlimited WiFi calling for those who might be having less than par coverage in their area. This is much like the UMA (unlimited mobile access) feature we’ve seen on Blackberry devices. However, the difference is there are no hand-overs from UMA to the network and vice versa. WiFi calling is strictly over your WiFi connection and still uses your minutes unlike UMA. And once you are outside of your WiFi hot-spot, you lose the call. This is still a great feature for anyone having less than three bars in-house. Oh yeah, and it’s free. The caller ID feature will provide you with any name, number, city and state for businesses and contacts that are not stored in your phone book.
And finally, there’s the voicemail to text feature that is sure to be a hit. T-Mobile will add the feature to their existing Visual Voicemail application which transcribes messages for you via email or text message. Overall, we’d say not too shabby on T-Mobile’s part. Great job Magenta, it’s no wonder you’re constantly getting awards for innovation. As of now, we’ve not heard an official word from T-Mo on these new features, we’ve only got the leaked screenshots. So, things could possibly change or get scrapped all together. But be sure to keep it here to find out.
Yummy little guy, isn’t he? Sadly, while TalkAndroid wasn’t able to attend Google I/O (stupid day-jobs!), we’re watching the coverage closely, and there’s some interesting stuff coming out of the keynote already!
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LG announced the adoption of the world’s first 3D Augmented Reality (AR) browser on its upcoming LG Optimus 3D smartphone.
Wikitude 2D has been available for some time now, but Wikitude 3D shows places, landmarks, and objects in 3D which will make them easier to distinguish.
Wikitude 3D includes information on over 100 million locations around the world, with contributions from more than 1,000 content providers. There is support for 12 languages.
The interesting thing is that it will not come pre-loaded on the phone. Users will need to download Wikitude 3D from LG World, LG`s dedicated application store for free, starting in the middle of June. We expect that this will also become available for the EVO 3D as well.
If you would like more information on Wikitude 2D, hit our apps database for more information. Full press after the break.
If you’re a regular TalkAndroid reader, you are probably aware that Google isn’t rolling Honeycomb out to very many devices yet, and hasn’t yet released the source code. As expected, though, that will only slow the dev community down for so long. The development group over at xda-developers has been working frantically since the first Honeycomb devices were made available to pull the kernel and port it over to other devices, and today they let us know that they have some pretty solid ports on two unexpected devices: The HTC Hero (CDMA) and the Advent Vega.
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We have been hearing about the Motorola Droid X2 for sometime now and the official specs has finally leaked:
- 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
- 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen (that’s 540×960 pixels)
- EV-DO Rev. A connectivity
- 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
- 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
- HDMI out
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Proximity, ambient light, accelerometer and compass sensors
- 8GB of internal storage
There it is! June 8th we should see the Galaxy Tab 10.1 available. Samsung will be selling this device directly to us as the consumers. This, I’d say is great, being a WiFi device ran on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and the chance to purchase directly from Samsung, there’s no worries about getting locked into a contract. You buy the tablet for $399 and you’re home free.
Google I/O 2011 starts today with the keynote scheduled for 9:00am PT. We have an idea of what to expect, but you never know until it actually happens.
The much expected Google Music service is expected to be announced. Google has been negotiating with the record labels, but things haven’t been going well. They have decided to launch this service without their approval. It will be much like the Amazon Cloud service, but the plan is you will be able to upload as much as 20,000 songs for free to stream to your Android phone or desktop.
We should also hear a lot about NFC and Google’s plans over the next year. We reported that Google is predicting that between 40 million and 100 million devices will ship this year with NFC. Expect some talk about this.
Then there is the next version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. Will this be ready to show?
Then there is Google TV. Will Google unveil something new?
Only time will tell. We are about 1 hour away from the keynote. Stay tuned to TalkAndroid because we will be reporting you the news as it breaks.
In my workplace I am regularly creating PDF’s on my desktop or laptop for fellow employees and customers. Now we can do this on the go with Adobe CreatePDF for Android devices. This application is definitely important for everyday use in the workplace. You can use CreatePDF to share documents with any other device, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. As long as the receiving party has Adobe reader, they can view the pdf you create. And you’ll be hard pressed to find a personal computer that does not have Adobe Reader installed.
Here are the supported file formats:
- MS Word (docx, doc), Excel(xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
- Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDesign (indd)
- Images – JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
- RTF, Text and WordPerfect
- OpenOffice and StarOffice documents
CreatePDF come at a price of $9.99. This may seem a bit steep for some, but the advantages to having this on your corporate Android smartphone or tablet may be well worth it. Grab qr code to learn more.
[via android market]