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Prakash

Nikon is releasing the CoolPix S800C in September. With the Android and WiFi powered, you will be able to use your favourite application (Whatsapp, Facebook, Ubuntu One, DropBox, etc.) to share photos easily. Here is the cool features of the CoolPix.

  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819,000-dot resolution,
  • 10x optical zoom
  • GPS, 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second
  • 1.7 GB onboard storage
  • SD and SDHC external storage support
  • 18 filter effects
  • HDMI Out (up to 1080i resolution)
  • USB port, and Wi-Fi
  • Weight than a half-pound (6.5 ounces)
  • 1.1-inch depth.

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Prakash

Samsung has announced the Note II, lets see how they compare:

Features Note II Note
Processor Quad Core Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB 1 GB
Built in Memory 16/32 GB 16/32 GB
Screen size 5.5" 5.3"
Camera 13 Megapixel 8 Megapixel
Android 4.1 4.0.4 (currently)
Availability September 2012 already available

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Prakash

From TheDroidGuy.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean operating system tests have passed through the firmware tests and is currently awaiting a few things including a ‘public version of software agreement’ from Google.  There have been no issues in the testing of the SII and Galaxy note Jelly bean so far but they went ahead and said that in case they change their minds on the update, they may roll out a ‘value pack’.  There is no cause for worry on this issue now though considering that the SIII and the Galaxy Note 2 are still the hottest items in the Android market at the moment.

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Victor Palau

In my previous entry, I argued that Ubuntu is possibly the best development environment to write connected android apps, thanks to Juju. Although using WordPress was possibly not a great example :) I still think that this idea has legs! Hence, I have decided to build an example project.

The example will mainly  be a simple and plan ToDo list app for Android, that gets its items from a back-end MySQL server.

So here is my list of things to get done for this example project:

  • Proof that you can access a Juju local environment from the Android Emulator
  • Develop a TODO list android app
  • Using a few charms from the charm store plus a custom one, set up a MySQL database that can be exposed through a web service with simple commands/steps
  • Connect the android app and the webservice, so they talk to each other.

And as there is no time like the present, here is the first bullet point!

Accessing a Juju Local Environment from the Android Emulator

As I was working on my wordpress charm, the easiest thing for me to do was to access the local webserver set-up for the blog.  I first installed the Android SDK, which turned out to be pretty easy to do by just following the instructions posted at http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html . Apart of the sdk tools that download you the emulator, build tools and so on.. you can also choose to use Eclipse as your IDE. If you do this, you can then install an Android plug-in that is *very very* complete.  Having had previous experience with Eclipse, I choose this root and unless you feel very strongly against it, I recommend that you do the same.

Once I had the SDK installed, I run the 2.2 emulator (because that happens to be the version in the spare Android phone that I plan to use later on) and open the local IP address of the WordPress service.  That just worked fine.

Then I decided to create a sample android project and tried some code to do the same. I found that the following method within the main activity of the project was able to ping and then open in a browser window the wordpress app:

private String hostip = "192.168.122.137";

...

public void pingme(View view) {
 TextView info = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.mytext);
 WebView mweb = (WebView) findViewById(R.id.webView1);
 InetAddress in = null;

 Log.w("PING","trying to reach" + hostip);
 info.setText("trying to reach" + hostip);
 in = InetAddress.getByName(hostip);

 if (in.isReachable(5000)) {
   info.append("\nHost found");
   Log.w("FOUND",in.getCanonicalHostName());
 } else {
   info.append("\nHost found");
 }
 mweb.getSettings().setJavaScriptEnabled(true);
 mweb.loadUrl("http://"+hostip);
}

So in a nutshell, the first bullet point (and the easiest) of my list is completed!


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Prakash

XBMC Media Center is a very popular free and open source cross platform media player application that is developed by the XBMC Foundation. Being an open source application, XBMC media center software is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms.

It has been a popular alternative to Windows Media Centre and likes, and now the popular platform is finally going to be available for Android.

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Prakash

As if Android everywhere wasn’t enough :)

Microwave Android Integrated Device (MAID) can auto-cook virtually unlimited number of dishes besides making microwave operations simpler with user-friendly interface.

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John Bernard

We’ve been extremely busy at Computex, with over 1,000 people visiting the Ubuntu booth, and over 25 media interviews about Ubuntu for Android, Ubuntu Cloud and Ubuntu TV.

One of the highlights so far was ARM’s Ian Ferguson, director of server systems and our very own Mark Shuttleworth presenting a keynote session at the Computex industry forum about cloud computing. As part of this, they unveiled MiTAC’s new ARM server, based on Ubuntu. This is only the third ARM server made in the world and it’s a significant step forward in a new era of hyperscale computing. Based on ARM processors, these servers have higher densities and lower power to enable more efficient cloud deployments and lower cost.

The MiTAC server can be seen on the Ubuntu stand at M0106, Nangang Exhibition Hall, alongside the latest developments in Desktop and Cloud until the end of the show on June 9th.

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John Bernard

Canonical will be exhibiting at Computex in Taipei, June 5th – 9th, Asia’s largest ICT trade show. We will be at the show alongside some our partners and biggest names in the industry. At the booth (at M0106 in the Nangang exhibition hall) we will be showcasing new products and services, including Ubuntu for Android, Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu Cloud.

Today, Ubuntu for Android will be demoed at a pre-show ARM media gathering and in addition, Mark Shuttleworth will be part of a keynote presentation on Tuesday at the TICC.

We look forward to seeing you at the booth. If you can’t be at Computex, we’ll be updating the blog with pictures and more as it unfolds.

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Prakash

After having a very successful Galaxy S II, now samsung has come up with SIII. It is Samsung’s flag ship brand and they seem to make no compromise in the configurations. Here is what is cool.

  • Quad-core 1.4 GHz
  • 4.8 inch display Super AMOLED
  • Resolution 720 x 1280  with 306 ppi pixel density, close to Apple’s retina display
  • Gorilla Glass 2 for extra tough screen
  • MicroSD Slot
  • 16/32/64 MB in built memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 1.9 MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.0.4

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Prakash

After the successful ASUS Transformer Prime which also comes with a full size keyboard dock, ASUS has launched a lower priced version of the Prime the ASUS Transformer Pad 300.

The prime has better display and Aluminum body, while the Pad had plastic body. Here is what is cool.

  • 10.1″ Display
  • Android 4.0
  • Quad Core 1.2 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Optional Keyboard Dock at $149
  • Micro HDMI slot
  • microSD Slot for expandable memory
  • 16/32GB built in memory options
  • Bluetooth 3.0

 

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Prakash

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is being priced to compete with Amazon Fire. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with WiFi is priced at US$249, just $50 more than Kindle fire but offers a lot more features. Here is how they compare:

 

Features Amazon Kindle Fire
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Processor Dual Core 1GHz Dual Core 1GHz
Storage 8
GB
8/16/32
Expandable Memory No Yes
Size 7 inches 7 inches
Display Capacitive
Touch with IPS
PLS Capacitive Touch
3G No Yes (Optional)
Camera No Yes 3MP
Front Camera No Yes VGA
Bluetooth No 3.0
IR Blaster No Yes, can be used as a IR Remote
GPS No AGPS
Weight 413g 344g
OS Android  2.3(customised) Android 4.0.4 ICS

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Prakash

If dual-core phones wasn’t enough for you, now you have quad-core phones. And many of them have got launched at the Mobile World Congress 2012. Let’s compare a few quad core phones which matters.

All of them will run Android 4.0

LG Optimus 4X HD Huawei Ascend D quad HTC One X Samsung Galaxy S III
1.5 GHz 1.2 GHz 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM
16 GB Storage 8 GB Storage 32
GB Storage
TBC
8 MP Camera 8 MP Camera 8 MP Camera 8 MP Camera
1.3 MP Front camera 1.3 MP Front camera 1.3 MP Front camera 2 MP Front
camera
8.9 mm thickness 8.9 mm thickness 9.3 mm thickness 7
mm thickness
4.7″ Screen 4.5″ Screen 4.7″ Screen 4.8″Screen
Resolution 720 x 1280 Resolution 720 x 1280 Resolution 720 x 1280 Resolution
1920 x 1080
TBC Micro SD slot No slot TBC
HDSPA 21 Mbps HDSPA 21 Mbps HDSPA 21 Mbps HDSPA 21 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 3.0 TBC

Three of these have got announced at MWC, so expect to see them in the summer. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is still not officially announced, hence some of the specs are not known.

Have some Quad fun now!

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John Bernard

The Ubuntu booth at Mobile World Congress has been a resounding success. In the first two days of the show alone, over 4,000 delegates visited the stand to see the first live views of Ubuntu for Android.

The reception has been overwhelmingly positive among hardware manufacturers and operators, and indeed among hundreds of individuals and enterprises who can’t wait to get their hands on a new smartphone running Ubuntu for Android.

The race is on; who will become the first manufacturer to launch one of the most talked about products at the show – the real killer-app from Barcelona 2012.

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Prakash

Samsung Galaxy S Plus is for those who can’t wait or afford the Samsung Galaxy S III .

Specifications

  • 1.4 GHz Single Core
  • 4″ Display with 480×800 resolution
  • 5 Megapixel camera, Secondary VGA camera
  • 16 GB inbuilt memory.
  • MicroSD slot for expandable memory
  • Android 2.3
  • Bluetooth 3.0

 

 

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Prakash

HTC One @ MWC

HTC doesn’t want to be left behind in the Android race. They are coming up with the HTC One in 3 different models.

The top end: HTC One X

  • Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor 1.5 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.7″ Display with 1280×720 resolution
  • 8 MP Camera: f2.0 lens and a back side illuminated sensor, excellent in low light conditions
  • Android 4.0
  • 32 GB storage
  • Near field communications (NFC)
  • LTE option in HTC One XL

Whats missing.

No expandable memory, but do you need one if the phone already has 32 GB ?

Interested? Read the review.

The midrange: HTC One S

  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.3″ Display with Gorilla Glass
  • 8 Megapixel Camera

At the lower end: HTC One V

  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3.7″ Screen
  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • Android 4.0
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • Micro SD Memory slot.

 

HTC A9192 Inspire 4G Unlocked Phone with Android OS, 3G Support, 8 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS--(Black)

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Prakash

The hugely successful Samsung Galaxy family is having a new Galaxy S III. Hold your breath..

  • 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Ceramic case
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0

What more could you ask for ?

Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II Unlocked GSM Smartphone with 8 MP Camera, Android OS, 16 GB Internal Memory, Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and GPS--No Warranty (Noble Black)

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John Bernard

Mobile World Congress begins tomorrow, and for the first time, Canonical has a presence at the show.

Further to our announcement earlier this week, for the first time in public, we will be showcasing the brand new concept ‘Ubuntu for Android’.

Ubuntu for Android is the world’s first full-featured desktop on a docked smartphone. You can use Android on the phone and Ubuntu as your desktop, both running simultaneously on the same device, with seamless sharing of contacts, messages and other common services. Users get all the flexibility and productivity of a full desktop with the convenience of a smartphone when on the move. This is the first opportunity for handset makers and network operators to address this growth opportunity in emerging markets.

We are located in Hall 7 at stand 7C87, so visit to see Ubuntu on Android and Ubuntu TV – launched to great acclaim at CES last month – as well as the latest developments on Desktop, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu One and Ubuntu on hardware for sale at retail.

More than ever in 2012, a record numbers of consumers and businesses are using Ubuntu. To set up a meeting with us during the show or to find out more on enabling your hardware with Ubuntu or working with Canonical, please email sales@canonical.com.

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Prakash

For those who have been waiting for Android 4.0, there is a good news and bad news. Good news for those who’s device will receive the update, bad news for those who won’t get the update! Here is the list.

1. Acer Iconia Tab A200 – mid-February
2. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer – no date set so far
3. HTC Sensation – March
4. HTC Sensation 4G – March
5. HTC Sensation XE – March
6. HTC Sensation XL – March
7. HTC Rezound – Later this year
8. HTC Vivid – Later this year
9. HTC Amaze 4G – Later this year
10. HTC EVO 3D – Later this year
11. HTC EVO Design 4G – Later this year
12. HTC Incredible S – Later this year
13. HTC Desire S – Later this year
14. HTC Desire HD – Later this year
15. LG Optimus LTE – Q2
16. Prada phone by LG 3.0 – Q2
17. LG Optimus 2X – Q2
18. LG Optimus Sol – Q2
19. LG my Touch Q – Q2
20. LG Eclipse – Q2
21. LG Optimus 3D – Q3
22. LG Optimus Black – Q3
23. LG Optimus Big – Q3
24. LG Optimus Q2 – Q3
25. LG Optimus EX – Q3
26. Motorola DROID RAZR – no date set so far
27. Motorola RAZR – no date set so far
28. Motorola XOOM – no date set so far
29. Motorola XOOM family edition – no date set so far
30. DROID BIONIC by Motorola – no date set so far
31. DROID Xyboard 10.1 by Motorola – Soon
32. DROID Xyboard 8.2 by Motorola – Soon
33. Samsung Nexus S – It needs source
34. Samsung Galaxy S II – 1 March
35. Samsung Galaxy Note – 1 March
36. Samsung Galaxy S II LTE – 1 March
37. Samsung Galaxy R – 1 March
38. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Q1
39. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Q1
40. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 – Q1
41. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – Q1
42. Sony Xperia arc S – March-April
43. Sony Xperia neo V – March-April
44. Sony Xperia ray – March-April
45. Sony Xperia arc – April-May
46. Sony Xperia PLAY – April-May
47. Sony Xperia neo – April-May
48. Sony Xperia mini – April-May
49. Sony Xperia mini pro – April-May
50. Sony Xperia pro – April-May
51. Sony Xperia active – April-May
52. Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman – April-May

Is it worth the wait? Tell me your experience.

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Chris Johnston

This week I will be attending Linaro Connect Q1.12 in Redwood City, California. Infact, I’m in an American Airlines plane at 34,000 feet heading there now. In-flight WiFi is awesome!

Over the past two months Michael Hall and myself have been doing a large amount of work on The Summit Scheduler to get it ready for Connect this week including modifying more than 2,400 lines of Summit code. You can find out more about that in my previous post.

I have a few things that I want to get out of Connect. The first is that I want to get feedback on the changes to Summit, as well as figure out what other things we may need to change. The second thing that I want to do is to learn more about the Beagleboard-xM that I have and how to use it for the many different things it can be used for. The third thing that I want to do is to learn about Linaro’s LAVA.

LAVA is an automated validation suite used to run all sorts of different tests on the products that Linaro produces. The things that I would like to get out of Connect in relation to LAVA are how to setup and run LAVA, how to set it up to run tests, and how to produce results and display those results the way that I want them.

If you are at Linaro Connect, and would be willing to talk with me about Summit and the way you use it and your thoughts on the changes, please contact me and we will set aside a time to meet.

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Prakash

HTC Flyer 5MP,16GB,Android OS,AD2P 7inch WIFI Tablet

The Amazon Kindle Fire has started price war. Since its priced at $199, other similar tablets have to drop prices to stay afloat. Blackberry playbook has already dropped pricing starting at $300. Now HTC flyer is down to $299 from $499, a $200 price drop on Bestbuy. Here is how they compare:

Features Amazon
Fire
HTC
Flyer
Processor Dual Core 1GHz 1.5 GHz
Storage 8
GB
16
GB
Expandable Memory No Yes
Size 7 inches 7 inches
Display Capacitive
Touch with IPS
Capacitive Touch
3G No No
Camera No 5MP
Front Camera No 1.3MP
Bluetooth No 3.0
GPS No Yes
Weight 413g 420g
OS Android (customised) Android 2.3

Overall the HTC Flyer looks like a better bet with GPS,  2 cameras, 16GB and expandable memory all fur just a $100 more.  Besides it also has full fledged Android rather than restricted customised Android in the Fire.

Note: Both don’t have 3G. If you need 3G connectivity, look elsewhere. 

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