Nov 30, 2010 Android Phones
If you’re eyeing Motorola’s DROID 2 Global but aren’t keen on Verizon’s $199.99 pricing – even with a buy-one-get-one-free offer – then Wirefly may be your salvation. They’re currently offering the global-friendly Android smartphone for a mere $79.99, as long as you’re a new Verizon customer.
Unfortunately that does mean that, if you’re already with Verizon and looking to upgrade, you’ll be looking at $119.99.Check out more details at Wirefly .
Nov 30, 2010 Android Phones
LG’s smartphone Star marks it entrance into the ultra-powerful smartphone market. A member over at Android Forums got his hands over the anticipated device and posted some details on the forum .
The device has a HDMI-out port. It’s hidden by a door labeled HDMI. We also found out that it’s not running the slightly tweaked stock version of Android that we heard a few weeks back. The device pictured is running LG’s Android 2.2 but it definitely has the power to run Android 2.3 and further updates, but the OS it is going to be shipped with is still unknown. It embeds a Tegra 2 processor which makes it a powerful monster , check out the Quadrant score below in the picture.
It looks like LG has finally stepped up to the plate and is moving away from only offering up starter Android handsets. And if this is as impressive as it seems, then we have a top Android phone here in the making.
Nov 30, 2010 Android updates
Its been a long time since we first heard the rumors of Gingerbread and Honeycomb , and now again its time to check out these delicacies from Google’s kitchen . Recently AIRBench had performed a test to see how well Adobe AIR runs on Android phones, and Nexus One was the one spotted running both Gingerbread and Honeycomb . with a few different builds of Honeycomb and Gingerbread (HRI783D, HRI83D & GRH47B ) .
While everyone has been desperately waiting for the Gingerbread for a while but if the test results are true , honeycomb is going to be next desired OS from Android before the Ice cream is released in mid 2011 .
Nov 30, 2010 News
Residents of U.S had an awesome weekend with the Thanksgiving followed by Sprint’s 4G service launch in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus ; another reason for U.S residents to be happy about . Sprint’s 4G service is seeing massive expansion in the last few weeks where it has been implemented in most of the major area’s in U.S . 4G is live in Los Angles 2 days before the scheduled launch which was supposed to be on Dec 1st .
If you are already paying for the $10 premium data fee now its time to enjoy up to 10 times faster speeds with 4G . You can check your speeds at speedtest.net and feel the difference .
Check out the Press Release below :
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 29, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today officially unleashed the power of 4G – enabling fast mobile downloads, wireless video chat and turbo-charged mobile Web browsing up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Customers in these metropolitan areas can now take full advantage of the Sprint 4G network using a wide range of 4G-capable devices. With the addition of these six markets, Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City. Additionally, the wireless carrier announced that it expects to launch the San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts – on Dec. 28.
How will 4G benefit Sprint customers in these areas? With the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, a visitor to Washington, D.C., (including Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland) can connect to the Internet with a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled device to check the news at speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G. A hungry tourist in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach can search for the best food truck in their vicinity using one of the food-truck applications in the Android™ Market on Samsung Epic™ 4G. If sports fans in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus are looking for up-to-date scores, no problem – it’s easy and quick to find on HTC EVO™ 4G. And, surfers in Los Angeles can forgo the waves and surf the Internet on-the-go using the first 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook from Sprint – the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 (1012) netbook and Dell™ Inspiron™ 11z notebook.
“We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”
Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September 2008 and since then has delivered a comprehensive consumer, business and public sector strategy and a robust portfolio of devices, consisting of phones, USB aircards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers, that are being used by satisfied consumers and businesses.
To get an insider’s view about how Sprint is making sure that 4G is ready for its customers, visit the YouTube Web video series “Wiring Up 4G.” Videos are available for Los Angeles and New York City.
Sprint is delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint andwww.twitter.com/sprint.
1 “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary by plan or based on other factors.
2 Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets: California – Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Stockton, Visalia; Connecticut – Hartford, New Haven; Delaware – Wilmington; District of Columbia – Washington D.C.; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul: Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New Jersey – New Brunswick, Trenton; New York – New York, Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Ohio – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus; Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.
Nov 25, 2010 News
If you are one out there fiddling to find the right app for your needs , the content rating will be the something you may need to look at in the Android Market before you grab any app from there . The content rating will be providing users additional information to help them sort out the best apps for their Android device .
The content policy on Android market remains the same having four content levels namely All , Pre-teen , teen and mature . Check out the content policy at the end of the post.
Android app developers need to get prepared for this launch . All apps and updates submitted there after will require rating while app developers will also have few more weeks of time to add a rating to their existing apps and games . Once the content rating goes live on Android market , apps which have not been rated will be treated as mature content and will be only available to users looking into that category . This has been implemented to make sure all android app developers update the content rating of their app .
Android has been blamed in the past for allowing users to download porn after Apple and Microsoft put in place measures to stop developers from creating these apps.
In September, Microsoft moved to banish any naughty apps from its upcoming Windows Phone 7 by publishing guidelines for developers looking to create programs for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 platform. One underlying theme was a stringent focus on banning apps with violent and sexual themes and now its time for Android to do this .
This is nice move Google has made towards the Android Market giving it a much cleaner look , making sure the mature content doesn’t get delivered to teen age and below teen age group .
Android market content policy :
There are four levels to content ratings:
Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
Apps that include references to drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or their use should be rated “Teen” or above. Apps that focus on the consumption or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco should be rated “Mature”. Illegal activity or content that is targeted at minors is not allowed in Android Market.
Apps with gambling themes or that include simulated gambling should be rated “Teen” or above. Real gambling is not allowed in Android Market.
Hate speech is not allowed in Android Market. If your app includes inflammatory content that may be offensive to many users, please rate it “Teen” or above.
Applications rated “All” should not ask users for their location at any point. Apps that ask to access course or fine location data should be rated “Pre-Teen” or above. Apps that enable users to publish or share their location with others should be rated “Teen” or above.
Profanity and Crude Humor
Apps that include profanity or crude humor should be rated “Teen” or above.
Sexual and Suggestive Content
Apps that include suggestive or sexual references should be rated “Teen” or above. Apps that focus on such content should be rated “Mature”. Pornography is not allowed in Android Market.
User Generated Content and User to User Communication
Apps rated “All” should not host any user generated content or enable communication between users. Apps that focus on allowing users to find and communicate with each other should be rated “Teen” or above.
Apps that include mild cartoon or fantasy violence should be rated “Pre-Teen” or above. Realistic or intense fantasy violence should be rated “Teen” or above. Graphic violence should be rated ‘“Mature”. Gratuitous real violence is not allowed in Android Market.
Nov 24, 2010 Android App Reviews
Water is fun and so is swimming , a perfect exercise a fun filled sport whatever you call it . If you have been in a swimming pool you would be probably disappointed to see the person next to you go on length after length whilst you are struggling to swim just a couple of these. Is your swimming style employed to keep you afloat rather than going forwards in the water?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to swim like fellow swimmers , moving through the water faster , overtaking slower swimmers and completing a mile in just one go .For them Android app developer egor ovcharenko from Humantouch comes up with "Swim a mile" app for Android . The app is a real coach for people willing to practice swimming for straight one mile and how to improve your swimming techniques to swim longer . You can also visit the website of the author at http://ruthkazez.com for more useful tips and details about his techniques .
Basically this app focuses on improving your stamina and breath control during this 6 weeks course , and this probably is the first thing you need ot work on when you plan to swim longer and faster .
The app provides essential tips to beginners who plan to achieve the goal of swimming a mile in one go in just 6 weeks . The tips are very helpful and will answer most of your questions and clear your doubts you may face in your daily sessions .
The app makes it easier to start with your everyday sessions by having a to-do tracker within it which also gives you the necessary details about the course you need to follow on every specific day right from the first week to the sixth week .
You can tick the tracker and proceed to the next level . On the first day of Week 1 you start with four 100 meter crawls , four 50m crawls and four 25m crawls , summing up to a total of 700 meters with limited amount of breaths mentioned in the app. As you keep on proceeding to higher levels the difficulty of courses also increases every week until you reach your target .
The android app and Ruth Kazen have made a joint effort to make swimming easier and a fun filled experience .
The app is available on the Android Market for Free and is decently sized to conserve the space on your device . While the app could be given a "A2SD" capability but its small size doesn’t matter a lot to your device .
Price : FREE
In App snapshots :
Download the App via QR code : (need help ?)