The developer community managed to acquire yet another Samsung-created beta ICS ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The release is named I9100XXLPB, has a build date of January 29 and, as we managed to see ourselves, is quite a major step forward, compared to previous ones.
This new release comes with a slightly more polished UI, which offers more eye-candy and, according to the guy who brought us the leaked ROM – much better battery endurance. Read more »
Skype has finally made its way as an app to Nokia Belle, folks – a good deal of time after Nokia’s latest Symbian OS saw the world.
The popular messenger app sports an improved performance as well as improved look and feel compared to older Symbian versions – right in line with the Nokia Belle UI. Read more »
Google has updated the Google Docs app for Android and introduced the much needed offline access support for documents. Now, you can mark a document for offline viewing and the app will download it to your device. You can set the app to automatically update the offline documents when the device is connected to Wi-Fi or you can also manually refresh the document at any time.
Another change brought by the update is an improved experience on tablets. Read more »
Google’s Android Developers program has just landed on Google+. It’s a bit strange that it took so long because they have had a Twitter profile for a while now.
The new Google+ profile is meant for “Android developers everywhere to meet, share, and connect with the people behind the Android developer experience”. Read more »
It’s not something usual for us to feature specific apps here on our blog (maybe this should be changed?) but this one got our attention. Big time.
The app in question is called Clear and it’s not even out yet. I stumbled upon a video ad for it and I was amazed. It’s been a while since I’ve last seen a user interface so beautifully simple, elegant and intuitive. Read more »
Google Earth has reached version 6.2 and with it come several improvements, the best of which is the improved rendering. It does away with the poor stitching that spoiled the viewing experience in previous versions.
The new version also adds a quick way to share a screenshot on Google+, improves searching and adds waling, biking and transit directions. The updates are coming to both the desktop and the Android version. Read more »
When Google launched the Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich, they removed the ubiquitous menu button that was found on all the previous Android devices. Instead, they incorporated the functionality of the menu button inside an action bar that appeared on top of the screen. If there were additional options that need not be immediately shown to the user, they were hidden inside a drop down menu signified by a Windows Phone-style vertical ellipsis.
However, this change was only visible inside the native apps in Ice Cream Sandwich whereas the third party apps continued to use a standard menu button functionality, which was replicated on the Galaxy Nexus by displaying the vertical ellipsis in the bar at the bottom of the screen.
It’s obvious that this is not a very elegant solution so now Google is urging everyone to ditch the menu button and incorporate the action bar in their application interface, which as it demonstrated on its site, is not difficult at all. Read more »
Steam has released a new companion application for the iOS and Android platforms. This app lets you browse all the Steam games, see if there are new offers and chat with your Steam friends. Unfortunately, it seems you can’t buy any games through the app for now but you can add it to your cart so you can purchase it through the desktop client.
But what’s worse is that the app will only let you use it if you’re part of the beta program. Steam has restricted access to a few accounts and you have to sign in to request an invite. After that you wait for the invite to arrive so you can use the app, which let’s face it, doesn’t let you do much. Read more »
Last month, HP announced its intentions to make webOS open source, however, they provided little in terms of details as to when this will actually happen. Today, they have announced the schedule, which details how the process will take place over the course of the year and then finally, in September, the OS source code, now named Open webOS, will be released.
Starting today, HP is releasing the Enyo 2.0 framework that will allow the developers to create applications for the platform. Unlike the previous version, 2.0 supports browsers other than those using the WebKit engine for creating apps. HP will also be using a standard Linux kernel, like on Android, that should allow the OS to run on a wider range of hardware. Read more »
CyanogenMod is working on releasing their very own application store for Android. The idea was originally by one of CyanogenMod team members Koushik Dutta, who wanted to create an application store that would host applications that were removed from Android Market for some reason. This would include stuff like one click root apps, game emulators, tether apps, visual voicemail apps, etc. Although Google’s Market is open, some of these apps do get removed from time to time when they don’t meet Google’s or the carrier’s terms and conditions.
The other reason to have their own application store is so that they could use a small portion of the money coming in from app sales to fund the CyanogenMod project, which has been made available to users for no cost at all. Read more »
Motorola has started rolling out an OTA Ice Cream Sandwich software update to its Xoom Wi-Fi tablet but sadly only users in the US can take advantage so far.
Among the new features are a faster, updated browser, swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, browsers tabs, the new app launcher, resizable widgets and more. Read more »
Microsoft has been using data from Navteq for their Bing Maps since the beginning, a subsidiary owned by Nokia and has also allowed the use of Nokia Maps on Nokia’s Lumia phones. Now, they will be making this partnership more visible to the user.
Microsoft will now be displaying Nokia’s name within Bing Maps. And this applies to every device that runs Bing Maps and not just Nokia’s. Read more »
When the whole Carrier IQ fiasco happened, Sprint was found to be one of the key offenders who sneaked in Carrier IQ software in their phones. After they were caught in the act, they promised to remove the offending software from their devices soon.
The first Sprint phone to be relieved of its Carrier IQ duties was the HTC EVO 3D through a firmware update and also added some security enhancements and bug fixes along the way. Now three more Sprint devices have joined the Anti-Carrier IQ squad. These include the HTC EVO 4G, the EVO Design 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G. Read more »
Just as expected, Apple made three important education-related announcements at their event in New York today. The company unveiled the next version of iBooks for iPad – iBooks 2, which now features interactive textbooks.
Apple also unveiled iBooks Author – a Mac OS X application that should greatly facilitate the creation of those textbooks (or other interactive books) and iTunes U iOS app, which lets you access complete courses from leading universities and plenty of free educational content. Read more »
Kindle Fire users are reporting that an OTA update is rolling out, bringing the Kindle Fire software version up to v6.2.2. Amazon still hasn’t officially announced it though.
The most notable feature of the update is full-screen mode for the web browser of the Kindle Fire. Read more »