Archive for April, 2010

Flash Video on Android Devices is here! Introducing SkyFire

April 29, 2010

Skyfire is the first and only Mobile Browser that allows you to view Flash video on your phone its a free app, could download from site (if you don’t have the market app). its not only for Android though, Nokia, and Windows Mobile users could enjoy also. But i feel sorry for Iphone users, you shall not get flash *Jobs’s voice. Don’t know if Blackberry users getting it anytime soon. #TeamAndroid for life!!

Fennec Aka FireFox Mobile for Android

April 28, 2010

Tested 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.
Weave Sync

There is an experimental version of Weave that is compatible with this build: from within Fennec on your phone, open the Mozilla Labs weave page at https://mozillalabs.com/weave/ and click on “Experimental Version”. (It’s to the right of the big Download Weave now! link — don’t click on that one though, it’s an older version.) Install the add-on, then you’ll need to restart Fennec (swipe the screen left and then click on the “gear” icon to open the browser tools panel, then click on addons and click the Restart button at the top). Follow the instructions when Fennec restarts.
Troubleshooting

Should you run into problems, such as the app not responding or just giving you a black screen, you can force it to quit by going into the Android Settings, selecting Applications, selecting Manage Applications, then selecting Fennec, and tapping Force Stop. (A utility called White Killer, available from the Market, can do the same job with fewer clicks.) Worst case, uninstalling and reinstalling would clear out your profile and any saved data.
Installation & Feedback

So, now that you’ve read all that, you can download the build here — the easiest way is to download it using your phone’s browser, and then click on it in the downloads list to install it. If you’re reading this on your desktop, you can scan the QR code here on your phone, or type in the following address in your phone’s browser: bit.ly/fennec-android. You may need to enable installation of non-Market applications by going to Settings, Applications, and checking “Unknown Sources”.

"Rooting" Your Android Device

April 28, 2010

I WARN: Proceed at your own risk, this may damage your phone and/or make it unstable. This is for advanced users only and should only be attempted by those who understand the risks of the following changes
Why should you root your Android?

•You can install a full Linux distribution, like Debian.
•You can run applications that require root, like Screenshot and or any other application.
•You can install the latest Android build directly from the Android source tree.
•Customize your boot image.
•Create full backups of the state of your phone.
•Create custom ROMs.
•Install Applications to your SD Card to save space.
•Use your phone as a tether to connect your computer/laptop to the internet.
•Turn your phone into a wireless router that provides internet access.
Do it quick here…
Other Features:
1.Full control over your system
2.Ability to alter system files. You can replace many parts of the “Android Core” with this including:
Themes
Core apps (maps, calendar, clock etc)
Recovery image
Bootloader
Toolbox (linux binary that lets you execute simple linux commands like “ls”) can be replaced with Busybox (slightly better option)
Boot images
Add linux binaries
3.Run special apps that need more control over the system
SuperUser (lets you approve or deny the use of root access to any program)
Task Manager For Root (Lets you kill apps that you otherwise could not kill)
Tether apps (like the one found at [android-wifi-tether.googlecode.com])

4.Backup your system
You can make a folder on your sdcard and backup all of your .apk files to your sdcard (helps if an author decides to “upgrade” you to a version that requires you to pay to use the version you just had)
5.Relocate your (browser/maps/market) cache to your /sdcard
6.Relocate your installed applications to your /sdcard
7.Reboot your phone from the terminal app easily (su reboot )
What Do I Lose Having Root
8.The ability to accept OTA updates (well, you can but you would lose root, so its been made so they get denied)

will update.

HTC Nexus One VS HTC Incredible Verizon

April 28, 2010

Android 2.2 aka Froyo

April 25, 2010

Android 2.2 (Froyo) (Beta) is out in the wild for testing — and it has some interesting features that I’m sure Android users will find interesting. The new version of the operating system will be available on the Nexus One, and quite possibly Verizon phones in late May — my guess will be on the same day as Google I/O (May 19).

This version of Android will feature lots of bug fixes, as well as some great additions. The new features will include:

JIT Compiler
This is huge. With JIT enabled (Just-in-time compilation), applications will run a lot faster — like 3x faster. In addition to speed improvements, it has a positive effect on battery life. This feature is all but confirmed by the session list at Google I/O.

Automatic App Updates
For both application developers, and users, this feature will make a big difference. As a developer, you want your entire user base to be on the latest version of your software if possible — it gives you a tighter grip on the user experience, and makes supporting your software a bit easier.

As a user, it takes more effort than needed to keep your applications up to date. If you’ve got 50 great apps with lots of active development, you would spend a good portion of your day updating your software. Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but it’s definitely better to have the operating system do the heavy lifting if possible.

FM Radio
This one is cool. It’s one thing to have a giant collection of MP3s that you listen to on the way to work — but what if you wanted to hear the morning show, or your local community radio station for the latest in the local independent music scene? You would have to pull out your Walkman.

Well, it sounds like Google will be enabling FM radio in the latest version of Android.

New Linux kernel
New versions of things like this are good for several reasons — Security, stability, performance, etc. This latest version of the kernel actually uses less RAM — freeing it up for applications to use. This will have an all-around positive impact on your phone.

OpenGL improvements
Gaming graphics and performance should be improved with the update to OpenGL that is planned for Froyo.

Flash 10.1 Support
Apple has been ignoring flash like it doesn’t exist. Google is taking another approach, and giving users what they actually want here. People have been clamoring for Flash support on their mobile devices, and thanks to Froyo, they will have it.

Color Trackball (like MyTouch 3G)
Well, it’s not exactly a feature that was needed, but Google will be enabling color on the trackball. I don’t know anybody that uses the trackball on their android device — but I think people may be looking at it the wrong way. It actually is useful — it serves as a great notifier for things. I use it all the time without even thinking about it — when it’s flashing, it means i have a work email waiting for me.

With color added, it can serve a multitude of different purposes, limited only to developers imaginations.

Save Money While Using Your Android

April 20, 2010

Plans could be expensive these days, from network to network. After doing some research of my own. Look what I’ve found!

I. Skype is offering really cheap unlimited calling from $2.95/ a Month (U.S/Canada) also International Unlimited plans.
II. To use Skype you will need a Internet connection, and you could get a Mi-Fi from Verizon or Sprint and pick one that fits your budget.
III. Text? Use Google Voice. Free SMS, no MMS support just yet.

Documents To Go

April 20, 2010

Documents To Go allows you to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Adobe PDF files – all in one complete package. Easily create, view, edit, save & send attachments while our InTact Technology maintains 100% of the original file formatting. Supports Office 2007 & password-protected files. Full Key is about 10 Bucks.

The Best documents app so far, “GDocs” not close.

Pandora Android App

April 20, 2010

Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio now available to stream music on your phone. Start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it. Already a Pandora User? Just log in to enjoy your stations.

Pandora got competition, “slacker Radio” from what i could see pandora is better.

HTC Incredible VZW

April 19, 2010

HTC-made, Verizon-locked device sporting a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 8GB of internal storage, 748MB of ROM, a microSD slot (with support for up to 32GB cards), an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and autofocus, 480 x 800 AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, and most importantly, Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI on-board. The combo of America’s largest (and some say best) 3G network with a super-fast, Sense-equipped Android phone is a match made in nerd heaven. We’ve seen a near-exact device in the HTC Desire basically the Incredible for the European market and the internals and screen technology are almost identical to the Nexus One, but the Incredible has a personality that’s all its own. Read the full Engadget Review HERE.

Team Android Power Saving Tips

April 18, 2010

Losing your battery bars in the middle of the day could be annoying, its not the phone! its you.

I. Make sure the Following are Off when not in use, Use the Power Control widget to help you.
a. Wi-Fi 35%, Bluetooth, Brightness 35%, GPS…

II. Don’t have too much apps open in the notifications.

III. Get a “Power Saving” App to Help you with the 3G,2G settings.

Addictional tips should be in the comments.