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Nokia Drive update enables offline route planning, Transport app enters beta

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Nokia revamped their mapping apps for their Windows Phone handsets and added one more app to the list of Lumia-exclusive apps. Nokia Drive has gained full offline functionality and is joined by the new app, Nokia Transport, so you can navigate a city with public transport instead of a car.

Nokia Drive for Windows Phone had one big problem at launch – it couldn’t plot a route in offline mode (even if you have downloaded the map for the region). The latest update fixes that and adds other improvements. Read more »

Android Design releases stencils

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Android Design, Google’s official portal for, you guessed it, Android design, has released image stencils for creating professional Android applications. Ehm…professional looking, anyway.

If you’re keen on designing great looking Android applications, or simply looking for a place to start from, Google’s Android Design team has made the process even easier. Read more »

Mozilla Boot2Gecko platform hands-on

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As the smartphone world matures, revolutionary ideas get harder and harder to come by. Yet, this’s exactly what the Mozilla Foundation brought to the MWC 2012 with its Boot2Gecko platform – a cloud based open-source mobile OS, which looks cool and should perform great on even very modest hardware.

Boot2Gecko is using the latest open web standards for its apps, which means that apps written for it will be compatible with just about any smartphone running the OS, or even every device with an HTML5-enabled browser. And don’t worry – even though the OS itself is cloud-based, you might still use your phone offline and even run apps and games on it – offline caching is a technology already supported by the web standards. Read more »

NVIDIA showcases the power of Tegra 3 with several games

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With all those Tegra 3 smartphones and tablets out there, people will need quality games to push those 4-PLUS-1 CPU cores and the 12-core GeForce GPU to their limits. NVIDIA has that covered as they’re debuting several new game titles at the MWC that claim to provide a console-level gaming experience.

The games will eventually be available through Tegra Zone, but for now you can check out the highlights for these four games. Read more »

Playing with and on the Sony PlayStation Vita

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We snatched some quality time with the recently released 5″ PlayStation Vita here at the MWC and boy, do we have lots of pictures to show you.

The Vita’s multi-touch display is an OLED unit, has a 960 x 544 resolution and there’s a capacitive multi-touch pad on the back. Read more »

Adobe releases Photoshop Touch for the iPad 2

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After an accidental launch yesterday, where the app was prematurely made available on the New Zealand app store and then pulled down, the iOS version of Photoshop Touch is now available worldwide on the App Store. It will, however, only work on the iPad 2 and also requires the presence of iOS 5.

This app is part of Adobe’s mobile suite of applications for the iOS, which also includes the Adobe Revel, Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop, Adobe Nav for Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Express, and lets you ‘combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.’. Read more »

CoPilot bringing free offline navigation to Android and iOS, what?

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We hardly believe what we’re seeing. SatNav apps are among the most expensive mobile applications here in Europe. CoPilot Live app has not been any different so far. It comes with $19.99 price tag for United States maps, and about €40 for the full Europe maps.

But all that is about to change, as CoPilot plans to offer its offline navigation app for free on Android and iOS. Read more »

Updated Chrome Beta for Android adds support for more regions

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Chrome Beta browser for Android has received its first update. The biggest improvement is added support for more regions. The updated list now also includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, India, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. As before, however, the browser is only available on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and it’s going to stay that way.

Other changes include the addition of Android Beam support, which means you can now beam URLs to other NFC-enabled Android devices by simply touching them. Lastly, there are some bug fixes and some performance updates. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace gets a MIUI v4 ICS ROM, poses for video

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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 buys mobile app discovery company Chomp for its App Store search revamp

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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 »

Our BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 review

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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 Docs for Android updated with collaborative editing

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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 now comes pre-installed on four Samsung feature phones now

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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 »

Ubuntu for Android bridges the gap between smartphone and PC

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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 »

Nokia N9 about to get Flash-capable Firefox browser

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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 »