Bored out of your mind with the stock look of your Galaxy Ace? The kind Android developers over at XDA-Developers got you covered with the release of an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM garnished with the famous MIUI v4.
The ROM entitled “TeamCooper” is still in beta, but it’s got most of the stuff working. Of course you’ll need ClockworkMod v5 to flash it, but once you do it’s good enough for everyday use, according to fellow Ace owners. Read more »
Apple has acquired Chomp. A small 20 people company focused on app discovery on the iOS and Android. This step from Apple means that the company is hard at work on a future revamp of the App Store and specifically the search and app suggestion part of it.
Chomp launched back in 2009 and since then raised more than $2.5 million in funding. With its acquisition by Apple, the whole Chomp team is transferring over to Cuppertino with all the app finding technology and future plans for development. Read more »
The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 was hotly anticipated, so the news about it seeding the other day spread like wildfire. I spent a few hours of quality time with my Playbook on 2.0, so I’m ready to give you all the details on what’s hot and what is, well, not so much.
And before we continue, I want to answer the most frequent question I got since the release came out: No, you can’t simply drop an Android app on it, install it and use it just like that. It’s an important chunk of information that was known ever since the beta 2.0 leaked, but one that many people have missed for one reason or another.
The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 does not allow you to install Android apps directly, but it allows developers to port them really easily into the .BAR format, which would then be able to run on the Playbook. RIM would also prefer it that you do not download apps from sources other than the AppWorld.
Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let’s see what novelties the Playbook OS 2.0 brings along. Read more »
Google updated the Docs for Android application and brought interface and formatting improvements, but most importantly the latest version features the cool real-time collaborative editing of the desktop version.
If you haven’t seen collaborative editing in Google Docs, you really should – it’s quite impressive. You’re able to see changes made by other people almost as soon as they make them. Read more »
Opera Mini is still a wildly popular mobile browser no doubt, but there’s always room for growth. The newest territory that the browser has conquered is a group of Samsung feature phones.
The Samsung Star 3, the Star 3 Duos, the Samsung Champ 2 and the Champ Duos come with Opera Mini out of the box and there will be more to come in 2012. Read more »
Canonical, the developers of the popular Linux-based platform Ubuntu, have been hard at work at developing a hybrid platform which transforms Android into a fully-fledged desktop operating system when you dock your phone.
Could the reality of carrying your home/work PC in your pocket be closer than you think? Read more »
The Talk Maemo forum is buzzing with news that the Nokia N9 will be getting Firefox browser and, even better, it will be Flash certified. Apparently, Flash will be enabled only in Firefox, not in the default browser or the new Opera Mobile.
It’s a bit of a weird this situation – the Nokia N900 had full Flash support, while the N9 didn’t. Mozilla’s mobile Firefox browser doesn’t support Flash on its other platforms either. Read more »
The native Twitter apps for Android and iOS have been criticized a lot since they were updated a couple of months ago. The iOS version removed basic things like the ability to swipe on tweets and mark all direct messages as read and the Android version was downright unusable due to its sluggish UI. Thankfully, the latest update fixes all that.
The new update brings a host of changes on both the platforms. On Android the performance has greatly been improved, making the application infinitely more usable now. You can also swipe on tweets now to access commonly used functions such as reply, retweet, etc. The latest update also adds optimization for devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »
The popular free call making and message sending Viber for Android has received its eagerly awaited update for Ice Cream Sandwich.
Not only the update allows Viber to properly work on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, but also brings some bug fixes and new features to the table. Read more »
Good news, Nokia N9 users! Opera Mobile is now available for your beloved MeeGo device from your local Ovi Store.
Up until now Opera Mobile was available for the N9, but not from the Ovi Store and required some work. Now, however, it’s as simple as going to the Store app and downloading the browser. Read more »
Surprise, surprise! After numerous rumors of a launch date for the eagerly awaited update, the Playbook 2.0 is finally seeding to users worldwide. We were just greeted with an update notification.
Hello, Android apps, hello Mail client, hello built-in Calendar. The update is downloading as we speak. We will update with live impressions once it’s setup and ready to go. BlackBerry has already come up with a scoop of the new features. Read more below. Read more »
User ‘dragon974′ of the droidrazr.com forums had some interesting images to share with his fellow Droid users yesterday as the screens released show what could well be a build of Android 4.0.3 running on his Motorola Droid RAZR.
Despite Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich update timetable marking both the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX with a simple ‘further details to follow’, this latest discovery could well mean the impending release of Android’s latest iteration to these devices. Read more »
Portuguese tech blog BlogdoiPhone reportedly was able to obtain a pre-Golden Master version of iOS 5.1 and uncovered two interesting novelties.
In the first leaked screenshot we see that the camera shortcut in the lockscreen is no longer a mere button but a slide up/down shortcut. Read more »
A year ago Mozilla announced its plans for a mobile OS based on web standards called Boot2Gecko (B2G). Then, in November last year the company showed us simple drawings of its prototype mobile OS and now it has come to this – Boot2Gecko is out for everyone to taste.
Not only that, but according to company’s CTO Brenden Eich, at this year’s Mobile Web Congress in Barcelona, Mozilla will announce some of its hardware manufacturing partners interested in building B2G running products. Read more »
Yet another Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 ICS ROM escaped the Samsung R&D center and walked right into the hand of indie developers and smartphone enthusiasts. Carrying the version number I9100XXLPH, the new ROM has a build date of February 9 and, as you can expect, it is the most stable and functional ICS ROM for the Galaxy S II to date.
The LPH release is only a short step away from feeling like a polished final ROM. It’s smooth enough, it supports all of the phone’s hardware and it gets rid of the nagging “set up update” notification from previous beta releases. Read more »