Android’s growing popularity is making everyone design products for the OS now. Adobe is planning to do a mobile compatible flash player for Android 3.0 based tablets. Flash Player 10.2 – the mobile version of the flash will be integrated into the hardware allowing it to decode the video which would save the battery power by a fair margin when compared to the software doing the decoding.
Also, Blackberry devices are also expected to get the Flash Player 10.2. At the moment, the version is being tested intensively on the Motorola Xoom, various other netbooks and the Blackberry PlayBook. As of now, this version of the flash is going to be released for the above mentioned devices, while the other devices have some compatibility issues which will be dealt with accordingly.
Adobe has already mentioned that Android users across the world have downloaded the flash version for their devices 20 million times in the six months after the launch.
The Mobile World Congress has finally kicked off. On the first day at the MWC in Barcelona, the South Korean giant Samsung and the Japanese giant Sony showcased their range of new smartphones and tablet devices based on Google’s Android OS. While Samsung showcased its Galaxy S smartphone and the next generation Galaxy Tab tablet, Sony Ericsson unveiled its Xperia Play – the playstation induced mobile phone. Sony is also planning to ship the new gaming handsets soon.
The MWC which is going to last two more days is going to see many more mobile products in the next couple of days with the like of RIM, Motorola and HTC eagerly waiting to unleash their products. No doubt, Android is the leading phone OS in the world right now and it is topping every other OS at the moment by some margin. But, Apple’s products are in the waiting and anything can happen.
Apple is definitely responding to Google’s challenge with various new products expected this summer from them. It was reported last week that a prototype of an iPhone, approximately two-thirds the size of a normal iPhone was spotted. If the rumors and reports are be believed, this smaller iPhone would cost much lesser when compared to the iPhone 4. Also, the smaller phone is expected to be released alongside the iPhone 5, which is expected to be in this summer.
According to reports, the smaller iPhone would be lighter in weight (which is of course understood) and a smaller edge-to-edge touchscreen. Also, included in the phone would be a voice enabled navigation feature. This voice enabled navigation system could be a reference to “Siri”, a voicenavigation feature which was acquired by Apple last year and is expected to feature in the iPhone 5.
No other details about specs are out yet. So, we will have to wait and see how Apple plans to reduce the size.
AT&T, which is heavily investing into Google’s Android based phones is coming up with a new social gaming platform for these phones. This move happens to come as AT&T has lost its monolpoly over the Apple iPhone. OpenFeint video game network, which develops social games that help users on different platforms play against each other and chat at the same time is partnering with AT&T for building the gaming platform for Android phones. Along with playing and chatting, the social gaming platform would also allow interested users to create content.
Apparently, OpenFeint is Apple’s competitor on the social gaming platform. Apple has its own gaming platform called the Game Center which was last by Apple in September 2010 for the iPod Touch and iPhone. With AT&T losing its grip on Apple and the increasing popularity of mobile gaming, Android phones gain.
The Samsung Galaxy Indulge, the new smartphone from Samsung which supports the latest 4G-LTE feature is being released by Samsung through MetroPCS. This new smartphone would be an extension to Samsung Craft that was released last year. Indulge apparently possesses several multimedia oriented features that is sure to keep its users indulged into it. Along with multimedia, the phone also comes with several other features like oraganisational tools and various entertainments. Despite possessing so many features, the phone runs at lightning speed, thanks to its 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Also, the 4G-LTE service that is going to be provided by MetroPCS is ure to improve the browsing experience of users.
The smartphone which was launched a couple of days ago, runs on Android 2.2, possesses a 3.5 inches HVGA screen, a 3.0 megapixel camera along with the alrerady mentioned Samsung’s Hummingbird processor.
INQ Mobile yesterday unveiled two Facebook oriented smartphones that run on Goolge’s Android 2.2 or Froyo. The two smartphones viz. Cloud Touch and Cloud Q have been developed by INQ Mobile and facebook together. While Cloud Touch has a touchscreen keyboard, Cloud Q possesses the conventional QWERTY keyboard. Both the phones have facebook at their core. The Cloud Touch comes with a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen and a 5.0 megapixel camera with autofocus. On the other hand, Cloud Q possesses a 2.6 inch touchscreen.
As both the phones are facebook oriented, the homepage contains a facebook widget that provides live news feed from time to time. Also, both these phones run a spotify overlay along with facebook overlay. The features of facebook can be accessed directly with the help of a scrollbar which is also included on the top of the home page.
Both the smartphones would hit the markets sometime this summer.
According to the latest reports, Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry have overtaken Sony Ericsson and Motorola to claim the fourth and fifth spots on the top mobile phone manufacturers list of 2010. The top three places were shared by Nokia, Samsung and LG respectively. Although Nokia and LG have held on to the first and third places, their market share in 2010 when compared to the previous has come down drastically, no thanks to the iPhones anf Google’s Android based smartphones. Right now Nokia and LG are under a lot of pressure and it is also being rumored that Nokia might shelve its phone OS Symbian and join hands with Microsoft for developing smartphones. Ironically, Symbian also observed a steep decline in the last quarter of 2010.
The strong sales of Apple’s and RIM’s smartphones in the last quarter of 2010 has enabled them surpass Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
The new Xperia Arc smartphone by Sony Ericsson which will hit the markets this April is just 8.7mm in thickness. Just imagine how slim this phone could be. Despite its thin framework, the phone comes with some outstanding specifications. The 4.2″ touchscreen of the phone is powered by Mobile Bravia engines which provide a Reality Display. And of course, the phone runs on Android 2.3 or Gingerbread OS.
Along with these, the phone also enables high-definition video recording with face detection and various other multimedia features like playback of the videos and sharing of the high-definition videos. The 3G network on the phone is also pitted to be one of the best.
Other key features of the phone are an 8.1 mega pixel camera, HDMI connectivity and a 1GHz processor. The high definition recording runs a t 30 frames per second and possesses a resolution of 1280×720, otherwise known as 720p.
We are all aware by now that the much awaited HTC Desire 2 smartphone would be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The pictures of the HTC Desire 2 appeared on the Android forum only to show that the smartphone is running on Android 2.3 and not the much speculated Android 2.4. As per the images posted on the forum, the phone shows the usual dark grey notification which we are familiar with on the Android 2.3 or Gingerbread running phones. According to the forum, the phone’s specs are the Gingerbread OS, HTC 2.0 user interface, front an drear cameras, dual core processor, iGB built-in memory and the AMOLED 3.8″ touchscreen.
While Viewsonic has already announced the launch of their tablet Viewpad on at the MWC that would be running 2.4, rumor had it that the HTC Desire 2 would also be on the same lines. But, the latest images suggest otherwise.
Sophos which offers enterprise security solutions has now launched the Sophos Mobile Control for mobile phones that run on Goolge’s Android OS and the iPhones. It has to be noted that Sophos does not offer any solutions for home based computers and only concentrates on enterprise solutions. This new mobile security is also for businesses that are run on hand held smart devices like the iPads, iPhones, Android based phones and the Windows phones. This Mobile Control Security adds extra security to the data on these phones.
This mobile security options on phones is also centralised allowing the users to wipe off any confidential data from the phones or lock them in case the handset gets lost. This new security control also restricts the use of other unwanted devices like the camera,youtube et. allowing the users to carry on with their work unhindered.