When Google released the Android open mobile platform, they have made an Eclipse plugin to be able to develop Android software using the Eclipse IDE. If you’re a Netbeans user, don’t worry because you can use Netbeans for creating Android applications also. Several guys created a Netbeans plugin that makes it possible to do Android software development under Netbeans.
When the first Android-based T-Mobile G1 mobile phone came out, it doesn’t have support for multi-touch. Luke didn’t take this sitting down. Instead he created the needed code to have support for multi-touch features on the Android open mobile platform. Although it’s not available on the commercially available T-Mobile G1 just yet, you can alway try it out by replacing your current Android OS (caution: some technical geekiness required 🙂 ).
Watch the video and check it out for yourself to decide whether it’s worth the risk of bricking your Android cell phone. You can read about the details of the multi-touch hack for Android over at Luke’s blog.
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It looks like it won’t be long until we will see the Dell Adamo line of thin notebooks in the store. The thin notebook aims at the until now exclusive turf of the Macbook Air. The photos of the Dell Adamo looks pretty good with both black and white versions of the notebook to be made available. This was confirmed to Brian Solis who was given an exclusive photo shoot of the upcoming Dell Adamo.
From the photos, it looks like the ports on the Dell Adamo are located at the back. I sure hope there’s at least a USB port on the side for plugging in those USB memory sticks. I think those flip down ports on the Macbook Air are sleeker. 🙂
I’ve been very excited with the Android open mobile platform and have been following up it’s developments. I believe it to be a disruptive technology that has a good potential to change the way we can use our mobile phones.
Already, a good number of phone manufacturers and even computer makers have expressed their intention to create a mobile phone that is based on the Android open mobile platform. After the launch of the T-mobile G1 cell phone last year, everyone has been waiting for the next Android phone to arrive on the market. I’ve made a list of the Android based mobile phones.
The Palm Pre mobile phone is not even out the door and it looks like some very cool guys are starting to do their homework on how to jailbreak and Pre’s WebOS to allow dual booting of the Android open mobile platform. People have started looking into the Pre’s TI OMAP processor to study the possibility of hacking the Pre.
Android already runs on the OMAP processor like the Nokia N810 tablet so it should be something of a walk in the park to make it run on the Palm Pre.
The Pre is Palm’s upcoming mobile phone that based on Linux and offers a touch interface plus all of the features you’d expect in a modern mobile phone. Features like GPS, high resoluton screen, wifi, bluetooth, 3G.
Looks like the next generation of the Android open mobile platform based G2 cell phone will be coming out soon — maybe in time for the Mobile World Congress. Gizmodo caught a photo of the new G2 mobile phone which supposedly won’t have a physical keyboard which results in a thinner device.
How about putting video capture and full bluetooth support in the mainstream — those would be interesting too.
The Android open mobile platform is bound to be all pumped up this year as more and more mobile phone makers release their Android-based mobile handsets. This time Chinese manufacturer Huawei has announced the availability of an Android based mobile phone this coming third quarter of 2009 — just in time for the Mobile World Congress.
Early users of the Android based mobile phone may be the Australian telecommunications companies according to the Cnet article. Huawei which is popularized in the Philippines by it’s HSDPA USB mobile available from local Philippine telecoms companies’ prepaid broadband services. This may be a chance to have a locally available Android based mobile phone this year in the Philippines.
Sony has release the Sony Vaio P series netbook Lifestyle PC which offers a beautiful and sleek pocketable computer with a full size keyboard. The netbook Lifestyle PC (darn!) has an Intel 1.33Ghz processor under it’s hood. It’s preinstalled with Windows Vista but gives you the option to use an Instant On version of Linux. The instant on Linux allows you to use it without having to wait more than 20 seconds at a touch of a button.
Other great things under it’s hood are 60GB hard disk with the option to order a 128GB solid state disk storage, 2GB RAM memory, Memory Stick Pro slot and also a SD/MMC card slot, audio, webcam, internal microphone, USB ports, wifi 802.11 b/g/n, wireless broadband, bluetooth with A2DP stereo, a full size keyboard and a 1600 x 768 8-inch LED display (great for surfing). And since you’d be using this gadget a lot for surfing, it comes with a 4-hour standard battery with option to put in an 8-hour version. Now do you think you’d need anything else?
All these in a pocketable 1.4 pound 9.65″ x 0.78″ x 4.72″ body priced at about US$ 1,000.
If you’re one of those Apple iPhone users that doesn’t seem to get enough decibels from your mobile phone, here’s a very elegant solution. It won’t even cost you an arm and a leg to get one.
An smart company called Ten One Design has created the equivalent of having to put your hand over the iPhone speaker just to redirect and concentrate the sound coming out from it. A tuned conical deflection chamber designed to make the audio from your iPhone clearer and also slightly louder. Sound waves are reflected toward you, instead of away, so you feel more involved in your game, movie, or music.
SoundClip is said to amplify the iPhone audio by 10dB between 6kH and 20kHz, resulting in a cleaner, more accurate response. Storaging the SoundClip is easily done by a cord-gripping feature that fastens the object to your charge cable during syncing and charging.
HP has just released it’s new HP Mini 2140 Netbook which is basically a 10.1 inch version of its HP 2133 Mini-note. Pretty standard specifications like Intel Atom, 1-2 GB of RAM, 160GB hard disk (optional 80GB SSD), Expresscard and SD slot, bluetooth, webcam, wifi 802.11 b/g/n, ethernet and 10.1 inch display (LED instead of LCD).
But still no touchscreen. Common HP, you can do better than that. 🙂 Aside from Windows Vista, you can have OpenSuse installed with your order. I wish they’d put those trackpad buttons back to it’s normal place. The HP Mini’s are pretty sleek though, I love the way HP constructs their notebooks and netbooks.