Whoa! While I did know it was 106 degrees at the LaptopMemo New Jersey Summer Vacation office (instead of Miami or NYC) while I was staying there, I didn’t expect for Mozilla to give me a go at the Firefox 4 beta 1 download button. The changelog is waaaay too long to post up here and the new broswer works on Windows, Linux and OS X-based machines, so you’re covered. Along with the new UI, faster speeds, and tons of extra security, “the world’s favorite browser” as Mozilla puts it is available at the official beta download link.
Just don’t say that I didn’t warn you that a few of your add-ons might not work with the new release,’kay?
Motorola DROID X. FroYo and Flash. Adobe’s Sr. Technology Evangelist, Ted Patrick. The result: a YouTube video above showing a demo of a Flash game, along with other nice tidbits on the Motorola DROID X running a full version of Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 FroYo. At the end of the vid Patrick mentions that FroYo & Flash will be headed to the DROID X in “late summer.” I suppose we have to believe, no?
The idealab company Tweetup, which does bid-based and influence-ranked twitter search, has bought the #1 Twitter app on Android — Twidroid. Reflected in today’s 3.4.0 release, twidroid has been renamed to Twidroyd to avoid getting zapped with a lightsaber by Mr. George Lucas, who owns the trademarks to everything called “droid” due to a little something we call Star Wars. The interesting part of this deal/buyout is that Twidroyd will be bundled into “millions of phones” by 5 leading Android handset manufacturers. Looks pretty exciting, especially for the competition that will arise with Twitter’s official app that already is close #2. Check after the line break for the press release!
The Optimus series recently outed by LG will feature Android 2.2 FroYo as the baseline, and will include both high-end and entry-level Android devices (including a tablet, yum), which would be available overseas (not the U.S.A guys). The Optimus One “with Google” (per usual) will include Android 2.2, an OMAP3630 processor, a 3.8-inch display, HD camera, and HDMI/DNLA support. Secondly there’s the Optimus Chic (optimus means “best” in Latin, dudes) which also has FroYo. Lastly the Optimus Android 2.2 tablet will be a high-end, sleek and stylish tablet with tons of processing power. The three devices mentioned before will all be released in second half of 2010, and 7 more devices will join the crop later on.
The Samsung intercept — more like the Samsung Moment’s successor — is a classy Android 2.1 slider with the Touchwiz 3.0 UI (FroYo comes this summer), a 3.2-inch screen and 3.2 megapixel camera, with a 800 x 480 WVGA resolution gracing the new AMOLED screen, and a keyboard that seems revamped and improved. The ports and buttons have also been completely redesigned and re-calibrated, so it’s really worth 4 minutes and 7 seconds of your time if you’re looking into a slider on Sprint that’s not as high-end as the Epic 4G.
If you’re getting bored of your Xbox 360 S already, then you might want to contact Colorware. I can definitely say they’re reliable, and will charge you a motherload as well. For any color or texture, you can fork over $500 and they’ll send you a new 360 S system in the colors of your choosing. Or, you can ship your unit in for $175, and they send it back to you in agonizing 3 weeks. Take your pick, gamers.
How far would you go to extend the battery life on your Android phone that uses an AMOLED screen?
Would you order the pixels to display certain colors as seen above to save energy? Android engineer Jeff Sharkey took 5 Nexus Ones (Nexi?) and only powered each color channel seen in an AMOLED screen (red, green, and blue). Apparently, Jeff found out with an industrial-level power meter that by only using red pixels, which could serve as a night-vision mode, used the least power.
“Filtering to show only red pixels only requires 35% of the original baseline OLED panel current, on average. Adding back the baseline current, the best case overall is about 42% of the original system current, effectively doubling the battery life. Also, showing only red pixels doubles as an awesome night vision mode, perfect for astronomy.”
To get your night-vision fix on your Android, check out his blog, then expect that the modder and hacker communities (xda-developers comes to mind) will come up with a solid hack that can do this easily.
The LG Ally is the cheapest Android phone you can find on Verizon Wireless, which would be $99 on a two-year agreement. It’s an all plastic build, including the screen, which makes everything feel… plasticky. I tested, flown over 300+ miles, and navigated with the Ally for quite a while, and this post was written while tethering to the device. So what do I have to say about the Ally? In one word word: decent. In longer words, “it’s all plastic, and is no DROID, but it’s meh.” Let’s move on to figure out why…
So, in the latest part on Apple’s take of the iPhone 4′s ability to not get calls and use data due to the faulty antenna issue when it gets into contact with human flesh, they’re claiming that the issue is simply an incorrect signal reading, which would be a possible explanation to the “dramatic drop in [signal] bars”. So far, they’re promising that software update will be the answer, and they fix it. As they say in Futurama, “Fixitfixitfixitfixitfixit”!
Apple’s letter to iPhone4 users about this issue is after the break.
So the Nexus One just got a new Android 2.2 FroYo update, AGAIN. This time, instead of having build FRF85 — the final, real build — users will now get the OTA (over-the-air) message eventually (or apply the update themselves via the Google source link) for the newer,hopefully safer and newer FRF91 firmware version.
[Thanks to the wizards at xda-developers for this story!]