Archive for the ‘Updates’ Category

Finally, facebook app for android updated! 1.3

August 6, 2010

I am a geek and I have more friends on the social networks than the real world. One of the applications I installed from the market as soon as i bought my android phone was the Facebook application. But it was not complete and it took time to comment and it didn’t show the inbox messages properly, there was no notifications shown, and the look of the whole app was not that great and this was not what I expected from Facebook. Although there is a Facebook-google war going on behind the scenes, this childish fights should not affect the Facebook users. I also came to know that the Facebook app for android is not an official app by Facebook but it is google which handling this application and Facebook has given some kind of blessing to them. Well I have heard this, I am not sure whether this is a fact or not. But it would most likely is.

Anyway I was not pleased with the earlier Facebook app and almost never used it. I used the Opera browser or the xscope-gl browser to browse my Facebook notifications and to comment on some post and all my daily Facebook chores, but just a few days back I saw the Android Market showing me the new 1.3 update. Even though I thought that it would not be much of an improvement I downloaded it, and when I ran it I and I was surprised, the new polished looks, the notification pull up bar(that actually go to the browser, more on that later on this post), that was much-needed, now you can browse your friends photos,(better, then before) and also view their videos, how cool is that. This Facebook update was much-needed after all. All my friends using an iPhone would see my Facebook app and say oh, there are very less functions but now I can use my android phone proudly in front of all the iPhone and other O.S using fellows.

I will give my experience with this new updated application after the jump:

Well overall the home screen looks are very polished and beautiful color selection and it is not much dark, pleasant to the eyes.

The news feed icon is the same ,the profile icon also remains the same, I wished they could put our profile picture on that icon, anyway we should not expect too much.

The friends icon also remain the same no change to that too. The events icon is present now which before was not there and I would say it is a good addition as many people like me would like to be prepared for the friend’s birthday and would see before hand what all events are there this month and the next month…great addition I would say.

The messages icon has been changed and it has also been renamed to Messages, well its good, not much on that.

Another addition to the old Facebook app is the friend requests now you can directly accept or ignore the friend requests directly from this, you don’t have to go to the browser anymore I guess now as it has covered all the basic needs of the Facebook.

Now if we look below it, we can see it is written notifications and when i was using this application for the first time I thought that by pressing this it would take me to the browser and open Facebook and then show the notifications, but this is th coolest thing in this update,the notification bar is a pull-up bar which can be opened and all the notifications will be shown and not only on which post the comments has been posted,but it also reads what the comment is, so beautiful, love it. But the sad part is I wanted more from the notifications bar and wanted it to take me to the particular post in which I clicked on the application itself, but when I click any notification from the notification, it opens the browser and takes me too touch.Facebook.com.

Anyways moving on we can also play videos directly from the application which I found very useful. (as I mentioned before)

They have also added a new photo reel which enables you to browse through your friends photos very easily, very useful thing too. You can also read the upcoming events and also RSVP directly from the application that’s totally cool.

On the top we can see two icons, the search icon and the chat icon, well that is not a chat icon, I hoped it was, but is not, it is the news feed icon and takes you to the interface where you can read what your friends have written..

It’s easy to post comments and it is awesome fast. You can read your friends comments,etc. I have not seen any changes here.

Well beside it there is also a search icon and no matter wherever you go on this app the search icon follows you ,that means you can search anything from friends, to photos and inbox messages,etc.

Well I guess I have listed almost everything on this new facebook update. Hope it is helpful to you. If you guys want to add something, you can do so by commenting and if those comments are really helpful I will put those on this post and mention the source.

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Big Red's Droid Army: These ARE The Droids You're Looking For

June 11, 2010

These ARE The Droids You’re Looking For!

June – August 2010 will be an EPIC TIME PERIOD for Droid Lovers? Why?

Motorola will be releasing the next two chapters in the “Droid Saga” to market, the elusive Droid X by Motorola (aka Droid Shadow / Xtreme / XTRM / Evo 4G Killer) as well as the follow up to the phone that single handedly saved Motorola from self implosion, the Droid 2. Current reports, compiled from Gadget University, Engadget, and Droid-Life.com, as well as our own personal sources, both devices should be available by the end of August 2010.

Want some unofficial official specs on both devices? as well as some sexy newish shots? Check after the jump!

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Cyanogen Mod 5.0.7 Review

June 1, 2010

As you may or may not know, we did a review of CyMod 5.0.6.2 for the Motorola Droid. Well recently 5.0.7 came out, if you already are an avid CyMod follower you dont even really need to read this, skip the post and go here for the download or scan this with your phone using ROM Manager

Generally it is the same as 5.0.6.2, but there are some upgrades, after playing around with it, i noticed my radio signal (aka “Service”)  did improve some, and overall the ROM is faster, most of the changes were minor things to get CyMod up to par with the G1/MT3G version that they needed to change and upgrade to get it to work. Some of the most major additions they made were as follows:

SuperUser2.1

Speed

Now there is one problem with 5.0.7, it is that the 3D gallery is rendering the thumbnails not the ACTUAL image

UPDATE: 5.0.7.1 Was released, and fixes the problem with the Gallery, there is a way to wipe your thumbnails so it wont cause this problem if it arises after the update

UPDATE 2: well i updated to 5.0.7.1 and the problem was still there, all i needed to do was clear the Gallery Cache in Settings>Apps>Manage Apps> Gallery 3D and clear the Cache and clear the Cache on the SD card in DCIM, hope this helps if any of you had any problems

Overall this rom is just as to be expected from Cyanogen and Koush (he’s the one who ported cymod to the moto droid). If you’ve read our review of cymod 5.0.6.2 then you know that we at Team Android are avid lovers of it (well besides John…but we dont really like him to begin with 😉  ), and this just helped. Thanks for reading, if I missed something comment as always

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Tablet Wars: Episode One: The Phantom Menance

May 31, 2010

So, you’ve all read Ajit’s post on the KIRF Chinese iPed? right? No. Okay, scroll down and read it. I’ll wait.

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Okay done? Good. I’m here to talk to you about some REAL Tablets coming sooner than later from VARIOUS companies, running our beloved little green Robot OS.

Want to see whats up? The possible “DroidPad” on Verizon? Read on after the break:

First up, is MSI’s WindPad 110. Here’s some specs on this BEAST

  • 10 inch capacitive touch screen
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • nVidia Tegra 2 Processor (!!)
  • USB Port
  • Video-Out
  • Release Date: Q4 2010 (US)
  • Price Point: $399 USD

[Credit to Engadget.com for the pics / info. Check out their full photo gallery on the WindPad 110 HERE ]
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Hero: 2.1 Update, In Plain English

May 30, 2010

Sprint Hero users could now update their devices to 2.1 “Eclair”
Update includes the following:
– Android 2.1 Eclair
– Enhancements to sense user interface (UI)
– Enhanced corporate email support
– Variety of minor bug fixes
But wait, there’s more

Droid Does: TAKE OVER VERIZON! Huge VZW / Moto Update: Droid2, XTRM/Shadow, crappy motoblur device

May 28, 2010

So, here’s the deal. The Motorola DROID came out on November 6th, and now it appears that the device will be replaced with the OFFICIAL successor, the Droid2.0 sooner rather than later. NOT COOL. But whatever…

Want to see my evidence? Continue on after the break!

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Droid Does: FroYo! Kind of….

May 26, 2010

[thanks to http://www.droid-life.com for the shots!]

So it looks as if some unnamed source has FroYo running on his Motorola DROID! I must say (as I’m installing Cyanogen 5.0.7 on my own device) i’m IMPRESSED. I want it!!!!!

More info / shots after the break:

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iWhat? Evo who? Droid gets XTREME (or..Shadowy…or HD?)

May 25, 2010

so, what the HELL is up with people leaving advanced Smartphones that aren’t OFFICIALLY RELEASED PRODUCTS laying around? First the Apple employee leaves the prototype iPhone 4 in a bar, which as we all know led to the editor of Gizmodo getting the “Meth-Lab-In-The-Basement” treatment.

Now this.

So apparently, Verizon has a corporate gym (who know right?), and VZWRep J. Techsupport happened to leave his top secret Motorola Shadow on a bag, or a bench, or the floor, or a locker..or..something.

And someone (presumably with his own Moto Droid?) snapped a nice little spypic of it.

wanna see? after the break + confirmed / rumor specs:

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Droid Does: Apple Expose / HTC Leap via Launcher Pro!

May 23, 2010

Launcher Pro BETA

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Price: FREE

Overall Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

All Users (Root & Non Root)

[Market link]

Launcher Pro is the newest Launcher Replacement app to flood the Android Marketplace. This simple, intuitive and FREE home replacement, rivals the current cross-bearer of the Stock Android home replacement apps, Helix Launcher in terms of speed, look, and usabillity. But wait, there’s more

Droid Does: The Future of Android

May 23, 2010

“DRROOIIIDDDD”

that sound has become a gadget meme ever since the first “iDon’t: Droid Does” commercials hit TV in late October. Let’s do it again.

“DRROOIIIDDDD”

I’ve been following the development of the Android operating system since the early rumblings of it began to hit the interwebs in mid 2007. When it was first unveiled in November of that same year, I was stoked. Stoked for many reasons:

1) i love Google. Simple as that, Google has made the internet more or less idiot proof. There search works, unlike other search engines that claim to make “the decision making process easier.” (i’ll give you a hint. It rhymnes with Ping and is made my Microsoft). I use Google Docs, Gmail, and have used just about every other service Google has offered from time to time. One of my two main browsers are Google Chrome, I use Google Wave, I’ve used Google Voice-and the list grows and grows and grows.

2) Smartphones have seemingly become so…whats the word? Boring. Blackberry has been Blackberry has been Blackberry since the DAWN OF TIME it seems. They’ve done nothing to make their products innovative and new. While I LOVED my Blackberry Storm, I knew it was time for a change…

3) OPEN DEVELOPMENT. I was tired of paying for apps from my carrier, or from some company produced app full of propaganda and censorship. I was pumped when I heard that anyone could develop freely for Android-and not really be bounds by any stupid App Store rules that other companies install on their Markets.

those are just the top three-plus, i’m a nerd. it was hot, new and exciting.

So the months passed, and T-Mobile had launched the G1-the first US Android device. then they launched the MyTouch3G (aka G2). Rumblings of Sprint getting in on the party began, and which has been seen by the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment. TMo’s stock went up with recent devices like the Nexus One (for what its worth) and the MyTouchSlide.

But where was big red in all of this?

In October 2009-Google and Verizon announced a partnership for<del datetime=”2010-05-14T19:44:28+00:00″><span style=”text-decoration:line-through;”> global domination</span> <span style=”color:#000000;”>the release of new Android powered devices on Verizon Wireless. Once the manufacturs were announced, the world went nuts. HTC and Motorola.</span></del>

While I’m not a FAN of HTC devices, per se-they’re the undisputed King of Android phones. They’ve been pumping them out for every carrier, and are even responsible for the “Google Phone”-the Nexus One.

>Motorola? They didn’t have the best track record up until that point. I’ll even admit, when I first heard OFFICIAL news that Verizon was getting some Android loving, I jumped for joy, until I was told the lead device would be a Motorola. WHY GOD WHY couldn’t we get the Touch Pro 2 running Android and not Windows Fail? I mean Sure, everyone and their mother owned a RAZR at one point or another, but since then-they seemed to be nothing but fail. I was afraid.

then the comercials came

The first shot was fired at Apple, AT&amp;T, and the iPhone. Verizon had entered the viral marketing realm-that has worked so well for Hollywood in the past few years (read: Cloverfield, The Dark Knight). People pulled up droiddoes.com on their computers, and saw the countdown.

Then..the reveal. The times square takeover.

Droid…had Arrived.

November 6th came and went-and a new revolution in mobile smartphones was born.

Verizon Wireless + Google = the empire the future of android.

Motorola released the “Droid”, while HTC released the “Droid Eris”. VZW has paid George Lucas millions of dollars to use the name “Droid” (for what reason I’m still not really sure, seems like a waste to me)-but it paid off. “Droid” has become one of the most recognizable brands in the smartphone world.

Fast forward. It’s now May 2010, and the Droid has been out for a little over 6 months. I’m one of the THOUSANDS, MILLIONS who have had their Droid since day one-and I cannot look back. While Blackberry is moving to OS 6-and it looks to be an improvement. While I do wonder, and pray that HP does something amazing with WebOS, and while the Apple nerd in me will always pine for an iPhone on a network that actually WORKS, I simply cannot go back.

While I love Apple products, and secretly lust over the iPhone HD eventually hitting Verizon-I’m not sure if I can switch over.

Why?

You buy a Blackberry Tour, and six months later its replaced by the Bold.

You buy an iPhone 3G, and three momths later, AT&amp;T pushes out the 3GS.

Why?

Android is FUTURE PROOF. Here’s why.

Evolution, Not Fragmentation

As of today, May 23rd 2010, there are FIVE version of Android on the market today. Android devices are available on EVERY major US Carrier, be it the G1, MyTouch3G, MyTouch Slide, or Nexus One on T-Mobile. Whether it be the Motorola Backflip or Dell Aero on AT&T, or the HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero, or Samsung Moment on Sprint, or the Droid family on Verizon. Hell, second tier companies like US Cellular and Cricket are getting the Android love, as USC is expected to get the HTC Desire (aka Droid Incredible) and Cricket will be getting an Android device from Kyocera this summer. To quote professional wrestler Stevie Richards (@MichealManna), during his bWo days: “we’re takin’ over!”

Some people *cough*engadget*cough* have called this Fragmentation of the platform, something that could potentially KILL Android dead. Well, here’s the deal: there are at any given moment, THREE different versions of Windows out there running on any desktop PC (more if you wanna count the 27 versions of Windows 7). I have 3 computers in my house. An HP that is running Windows 7, my wife’s is running Windows Vista, and my Macbook. My computer at work, is running Windows XP still.

Is that Fragmentation? Is the that going to kill Microsoft dead? No. It won’t. I wish it would *gives Macbook one more hug* but seriously, it won’t. Google is the same financial and technological POWER HOUSE that Microsoft is-possibly even bigger since, yknow…people actually LIKE them.  I’d prefer to see the quick growth of Android from 1.0 to 2.2 and beyond more of a rapid evolution, than fragmentation.

Plus, really the only device that seems to be left in the cold is the G1 (T-Mobile, HTC). Even low end devices like the HTC Droid Eris are getting updated to the newest operating versions-as the Eris just got pushed out to Android 2.1 in the last week. The HTC Incredible, as well as all 2009-2010 HTC Sense UI rocking devices should expect a little taste of FroYo over the next several months. This includes the Droid Eris, Hero, and Desire-as well as the stock Android rockin’ MyTouch3G

The Droid should be expecting the Android 2.2 push within the next MONTH and everything will continue to grow and evolve.

Choice and Options

Android has a bright future. It’s only been SIX months after the Droid came out, and Verizon is already pushing out FIVE different Android devices. The Motorola Droid (aka Big Daddy Droid), the HTC Droid Eris, the Motorola Devour, and the HTC Droid Incredible. Are all currently available at any fine Verizon Wireless location (okay, the Incredible is on back order, but still) The LG Ally will be launching on May 27th-which is running Android 2.1, the Motorola Shadow is due out next month, as well as a couple Samsung Android devices, and probably another HTC one.

These ARE the Droid’s You’re Looking For!

I’m going to use an Apple meme here, but give it my own personal spin, and just use VZW branded devices in this little example.

Android offers something for EVERYBODY.

Got the socially connected teenager who just HAS to keep instant contact with her 5000 Facebook friends? There’s a droid for that! (see what I did there?) The Motorola Devour, running Android 1.6 + MotoBLUR.

New to the smartphone world? Intimidated by these ads for the Droid and Droid Incredible?

Droid Incredible by HTC Debut Ad

[URL for Mobile Users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Gesai5WlE&playnext_from=TL&videos=V62Q9qKC9pE%5D

or how about the infamous stealth bomber Droid ad? Intimidated by those? But you still want a full featured smartphone that can do everything your best friends iPhone can do-and STILL make calls? There’s a droid for that-in TWO flavors! The HTC Droid Eris rocks Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI over it. A 3.2″ Touchscreen, and a 5 megapixal camera, Adobe Flash Lite support, and a built in 8GB MicroSD card.

We also have the brand new LG Ally, which ALSO packs Android 2.1-STOCK, with an OPTIONAL (read this HTC) Theme designed by LG, which really only really adds folders to the app draw, and four hard icons at the bottom. (aka: go stock and install Helix Launcher or Launcher Pro) It has a 3.2 Megapixel camera, as  and a physical keyboard well as an included 4GB MicroSD card. It will launch on May 27th 2010 for 100 bucks after rebate on a contract.

Now, what about the POWER USER. What about the guy who wants to put his booses iPhone to shame? What about the guy who wants a monster of a smartphone, that can kick every other smartphone in the face? There’s a droid for that:  Infact, there’s TWO Droid’s for that.

The Droid by Motorola. Big Daddy Droid, “A New Hope”. the phone that SAVED Motorola from implosion. It packs an 800mhz processor (underclocked to 550 for some stupid reason), Android 2.1, a 3.7″ Touchscreen, physical keyboard, 5MP Camera with Flash, HTML5 support in the web browser, Adobe Flash 10.1 (soon), an included 16gb MicroSD card. The list goes on.

May we also interest you in the Droid Incredible by HTC? It has a 3.7″ AMOLED Touchscreen, Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI, 1ghz Snapdragon processor. 8GB of internal memory, and an 8 MP Camera with dual LED Flash.

Are any of these the droids you’re looking for? I’m sure one or two of them is. If not, don’t worry. The Motorola Shadow comes out in June, and I’m sure there will be new LG, Samsung, and HTC devices by the year end.

plus let’s not forget the eventual Droid2.

Android and Google has no where to go but forward from here. They ARE the future of smartphones, and Google WILL take OVER the Smartphone world.

As long as new updates are made available from Google-and pushed to most, if not all devices-than I can definitly see sticking with one Android device for the long haul. Like I said, Google has put minimum specs on devices-to ensure they’ll be able to handle the newest updates. They’ve future proofed their products.

We’ve seen new innovations in Android, the HTC EVO 4G is the next step in Evolution for Sprint. The Shadow / Droid2 will be the next step for Verizon. AT&amp;T..well..they got the backflip right?! right?…okay so yeah they still fail.

I haven’t seen 2 Droids come into my store looking alike. It’s so easy to make this “My Device” or “My Droid”. Theres no physical limit to what it can do. if you root your device, that customization becomes EVEN GREATER. (but we’ll get on that later)

Android is the future of smartphones. As open development continues, as companies push the limits of what the operation system can do, as google continues to innovate, Android is currently the number 2 Smartphone platform behind RIM (damn you crackberry!) and infront of the iPhone (suck on that Jobs!) and now it’s time to take out the big guns.

the war is on!

when theres no limit to what droid gets. theres no limit-to what droid DOES.

Droid Does is a blog / video series by John “Pariah” Olesen, a technology guru who works as a Customer Service Tech. John has achieved minor celebrity with his YouTube Channel, and regularly contributes to Droid-Life.com, as well as his own personal blog,  Pariah’s Voice. He can now be seen here at Team-Android. When not writing about gadgets and techs, John enjoys movies, pro wrestling and comic books. You can follow him on Twitter @johnpariah, for your daily dose of AWESOME