To all those Firefox fans out there also having an Android phone there is good news. Mozilla just announced the release of the Firefox 4 Beta 1 for Android. The app is called Fennec [I guess I recall talking about it ages back] and is available for download at the Mozilla Site, which should ensure that it is official [I get a lot of emails and questions about an app being official or not]. You can download Firefox 4 Beta 1 here and take your Firefox anywhere.
Lets face it, when it comes to screen display, Android phones are no way close to the screen quality that you get on the iPhone. And with iPhone 4 and it’s Retina display many of the top Android based phones from numerous manufacturers have been left behind. The screen resolutions on all the top models, including the HTC Desire HD, Evo 4G, Nexus One and the Samsung Galaxy S are all limited to 800 by 480 pixels, it isn’t bad, but it leaves a lot desired, especially when you have used the Apple iPhone for a couple of hours.
I have just made a switch to Android to brand myself as a person with a smartphone and I am hooked. The extent is not just confined to using those addictive apps or games but almost instantly had me trying to figure out ways to root, hack and do all sorts of coding possible. Honestly, I know I am not really into all that but folks at XDA are all into this. The T-mobile G-2 has just been out and almost instantly the developer community has had it rooted.
The T-Mobile G2 by HTC comes with the stock version of the Android 2.2, which means there is not a lot you can. At least those developers think there needs to be some toying around with the code and get the device rooted. The method that has been used is temporary and the root access disappears right upon a reboot. It is therefore advisable that once you do make an effort just try not to restart the device or you will be repeating the whole procedure again.
I have said it before, Google has the habit of acquiring anything idea it likes and it is available for the purchase. The most recent acquisition of BlindType. BlindType has an interesting concept with an equally impressive execution as the startup enables you to type on your touch screens without the need to look at them by removing the need to view the onscreen keyboard to do so.
The technology analyzes the touch of your fingers anywhere on the screen and based on the positions of each tap determines the alphabets you were typing. The app or the software isn’t yet available but expect that coming soon enough to your Android Phone. I would personally love to have this app as I have great difficulty typing the right words on that small keypad.
Now I almost always wonder what if Apple, in some seriously cracked state of mind decides to release an iPhone fully customized for the Google Android OS? I know it’s never happening but still. Haven’t you asked yourself when and how can you run Android on the iPhone 4? For those of you who are very new, you can already power your iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch with Android.
The news is about web developer and hacker, Hexxeh experimenting with the Chromium OS build and has managed to power the Apple iPad with Google’s Chromium OS. How has he installed the Chromium OS on the iPad? Well we aren’t aware of it as yet. But he has been one of those early adopters, since the release of the Chromium OS source.
What good is having a smartphone when all you have to do is wait for your carrier to bring the update? Going manual is always the best way for all those anxious users who can’t wait. Google’s Nexus One is getting an OTA update for its Android 2.2.1 and though we aren’t sure of what this is going to bring for the users lets be assured that it will ensure stability of the device.
If there’s an idea or startup that Google likes and it’s available for a buyout Google will purchase it. The latest reports are of Google has acquired Schedule Management Startup, Plannr [as per reports]. The startup focuses at knitting friends in groups to enable sending alerts on events to multiple friends, more like a group messaging service but with plans to integrate more features. Plannr isn’t that old and was launched a couple of months back.
Recall Motorola going the George Lucas’ way with a special release of their Android based phone? Well if you had been one of those waiting for the R2-D2 Droid from Motorola then wait no more as Verizon hints at the device will be in stores on September 30. I just wonder if this release would encourage an epic collection of Star Wars’ collection.
The device will be the second generation of the DROID 2 with an R2-D2 touch to it. It will also boast an updated 1.2 GHz processor compared to the 750MHz that powered the DROID 2. Other than looks of the R2-D2 it would also have the R2-D2 ringtone and sounds for notifications, a clock widget, four live wallpapers and a bonus binoculars app. Let me just clarify, that the 1.2GHz processor is not yet confirmed, which if not true will be quite a disappointment. I mean if looks are all that matter, they can even try to turn Barbie into a Doll Mobile?