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Joshua Hoover

It’s been on it’s way for a while now, so we are pleased to announce that our new free Android files app is ready for download from the Android Market.Ubuntu One files app for Android QR code

So what does this super new files app do? Well, Ubuntu One’s files app for Android gives you the freedom to take your files, photos and more with you and access them on the fly. It’s been picked as Pocket-lint’s ‘App of the Day’ today so see the full review here.

You can secure and manage your photos, files and folders directly from your Android device anywhere in the world. You can browse, select and download all your files and folders as well as upload and send files directly from your phone.

Ubuntu One files app for Android browsing files

What’s really cool is that Ubuntu One files automatically backs up photographs taken from your Android phone’s camera directly to your Ubuntu One personal cloud. Giving you peace of mind knowing that all the great photos on your mobile are backed up and available for you to share. Speaking of sharing, you can do that directly from the app – just tap and hold on the file or photo you want to share and instantly post it straight to Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.

Ubuntu One files app for Android managing and sharing a file

Other news, last week we submitted our new Music streaming app for iPhone to the app store. We’ll tell you more as soon as it’s available for download so keep your eye on our blog.

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Prakash

Apple iPhone 4G 16GB Quadband World GSM Phone (Manufacturer Unlocked)Do you envy when your Blackberry friends talk about BBM, short for Blackberry Messenger. Time to show them Whatsapp.

What is Whatsapp?

Its a cross platform instant messenger, think SMS/BBM.

It works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia. Currently BBM is restricted to Blackberries only.

It offer messages, videos, photos, audios and more.

No cost of sending messages because it uses your data connection. You can use WiFi or 3G. A world of caution: if you have a limited data plan or on roaming, you may be paying for sending messages.

Sounds too good to be true? Now the fine print :) Its a paid app, on no! For iPhone its $.099 and for Android its free for first year after that its $2.

Its still worth it. Enjoy Whatsapp.

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Prakash

Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks For DummiesEarlier Microsoft sued Android phone makers, now Oracle is suing Google for Android. Patents were to protect innovators instead its being used to stop innovation.

The big old daddies of the IT industry are going after the new companies.

The old ones have nothing new to innovate. Thy are too comfortable in their zone to make the big bold moves. These companies are eventually going to get extinct and are only resting on their past laurels. They are utilising their patent portfolios to make money and stop other companies from innovating.

HTC is paying $5 for every Android phone to Google Microsoft , yes Microsoft! Microsoft makes more money than Google on every Android phone for patents! The business models is similar to the Mafias asking for protection money. The patents hoarders are the new age Mafia.

If you don’t believe me they are going to be extinct? Do your maths. If you bought Microsoft stock 10 years back for $60, today it would be worth US$28. You would have lost more than 50 percent of your value in 10 years. This is for a company that controls the software on 90 percent of the computers.

Now Google is buying patents, not because they need them. But to have a defensive patent portfolio. You see in the tech industry the big 800 pound gorillas never get sued by other gorillas because they have a patent portfolio.

From Google’s Blog:

The tech world has recently seen an explosion in patent litigation, often involving low-quality software patents, which threatens to stifle innovation. Some of these lawsuits have been filed by people or companies that have never actually created anything; others are motivated by a desire to block competing products or profit from the success of a rival’s new technology. The patent system should reward those who create the most useful innovations for society, not those who stake bogus claims or file dubious lawsuits. It’s for these reasons that Google has long argued in favor of real patent reform, which we believe will benefit users and the U.S. economy as a whole.

Google wants to purchase patents from Nortel Network, a company now gone bankrupt (you cant live on patents for too long you see). Microsoft has a license from Nortel Network and fears Google may cancel their license.

Reuters:

Microsoft, which claims a “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to all of Nortel’s patents” following a 2006 deal, said in a filing with a Delaware bankruptcy court that existing agreements should be transferred to any new owner of the intellectual property, which spans many fields.

Google has bid $900 million to buy more than 6,000 patents and patents applications belonging to Nortel, a once mighty Canadian network equipment maker that filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2009.

Glyn Moody says:

I mean, let’s be consistent here: if you want to abuse the patent system, expect to be on the receiving end of similar abuse. On the other hand, rather more laudably, why not stop abusing, in which case you can take the moral high ground when others start abusing the system to attack you?

Its high time we replace the patent system with open source and let the innovation happen again.

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I took a trip out to see the folks at the Indiana LoCo team to talk about 11.04. That means ROAD TRIP! (Note how we avoid Ohio):

One thing I totally suck at is remembering to sync my phone with new music before I go on a trip. For the last 6 months or so though I don’t really have to, since we have Ubuntu One Music Streaming

The basic idea is that since I keep all my music in the cloud anyway I can just stream it back to myself, so when I buy a new album it’s just there, so I don’t have to remember to sync my phone or whatever.

But on a 3.5 hour trip with varying network conditions? Surely this won’t work. I’ll have to switch to more conventional ways to rock out for sure. Let’s find out.

The first step to any road trip is preparation:

I have Bluetooth audio support in my car, so the first thing I did was pair my phone, this was pretty straightforward. Then I fired up the application, queued up Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies and hit the road. At this point in my trip I was on 3G.

One of the nice things that the application automatically does is cache songs for you. That way the next time you want to listen to it you don’t have to hit the network. I told the music app to store 10GB of cached songs. So basically instead of my usual “Sync 10gb of songs to my phone” smartlist I just use these settings. When a song is cached the application shows a little yellow asterisk:

So as I’m listening to the songs the U1 app is caching the next songs for me. While the Alice was cranking I went ahead and queued up more albums. Since the app integrates with last.fm you can see what songs I listened to on the way there and on the way back. And since they’re my songs it’s at a nice high bitrate.

The queuing works well, the only interruption was when I was north of Fort Wayne, where I spent a while on a “G” network, which is apparently even worse than edge. I had finally caught up to the queue. This is also where I discovered the “unlimited” setting for caching songs. On longer trips where you know you’ll be far from 3g you probably want to turn this on instead of the default 3 songs.

Other tips:

  • You’ll need power. You have the bluetooth and data radios on, and if you’re using the map, GPS.
  • The phone gets quite warm. It was uncomfortable sitting on my lap, for a longer trip I am mulling a bracket for the dash.
  • All of a sudden I want to replace my car radio with a tablet that runs this.
  • The app has an offline mode, if you’re totally without network it just functions as a music player playing the songs you have cached.

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Martin Albisetti

The Ubuntu One team are feeling the joys of Spring, because after several months working hard we’ve got some great news about updates to our Android Music app, which don’t forget works anywhere in the world!

The first thing you’ll notice in the new UI is album art so you will now see any saved album covers. Managing your playlists is now even easier as you can create, edit and delete playlists straight from your device. Those of you with lots of music will notice the overall speed improvement, meaning you can enjoy your huge music collection without any long waits. Plus, we have also added support for non-DRM iTunes songs so that you can stream songs you’ve purchased from iTunes just as easily as your MP3s, bringing all your music together.

Album view Playlist view Playing paylist

In addition many of you requested this next feature so we’re sure you’ll be pleased that we now support songs in Ogg Vorbis format so you can stream your collection of Ogg music natively, without the need to convert it to another format. If you’re a developer you may be interested in knowing that playlists are stored in your CouchDB database allowing you to write applications that read/write to them.

So that’s faster access to more of your music wherever you are in the world. The latest version 1.2 is now available in the Android market, happy listening and watch this space for upcoming updates to our iPhone app.

Enjoy!

- Martin and the web & mobile team

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Prakash

HTC has launched the HTC Incredible S, which is an update over HTC Desire HD. Here are the improvements of HTC Incredible S over HTC Desire HD.

  • Its lighter, 135g vs 165g
  • Incredible S has 4″ display, while the HTC desire is 4.3″. Incredible S however has better quality Super LCD with the resolution remaining the same 480 x 800 pixels. Aparently HTC had LCD supplies Delays from Samsung and hence has switched to Super LCD from Sony.
  • Incredible S ships with Android 2.2 just like the Desire HD, however is upgradeable to 2.4. No word yet on whether Desire HD will be upgradeable to 2.4 althought 2.3 is expected.
  • Incredible S has secondary front facing camera for video conferencing.
  • Has image stabilisation
  • Touch sensitive control buttons

Both the phones have:

  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • HSDPA 14.4 Mbps

My two cents: If you already have the HTC Desire HD, then stay with it. If you were planning on buying the Desire HD, then this is for you. Battery life is nothing to write home about.

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Prakash

I have been using an Android phone for more than month now. I used the original iPhone which I upgraded upto iPhone 3.0. I have used newer iPhones 3GS, 4 occasionally. Here is what I find better in the Android platform:

  1. No Need for iTunes: Apple insists for syncing music, video and other things, you need iTunes. Which requires a PC/Notebook with Windows or Mac. This is a big limitation for me for two reasons. One, you need a computer, today cellphones are out-selling computers so why have the need for a computer. The second is I don’t use Windows or Mac, I use Linux. So every time I needed to add an MP3 into my iPhone, I had to re-boot into Windows.. newer version of Ubuntu, allow you to sync with iPhone without iTunes, which is nice but it still requires a PC.
    With Android, I can stick-in a memory card full of music and it will allow you to play it. You can also transfer from another phone/PC via Bluetooth.
  2. No Apple Tax on data usage: In India Vodafone charges higher for data usage if you have an iPhone, essentially a part of the data revenue gets shared with Apple.  Do I get any benefit of paying the Apple Tax? No, so why should I ? Android phones data plans are the standard plans and they are cheaper.
  3. Choice of Vendors: With Android, you have a choice of vendors to choose from. Android has the large number of vendors supporting it, while iOS is only available from Apple. Competition is always good for the customer.
  4. Cheaper and pricing options: You can purchase an Android phone from Rs. 6800 ($150) up to Rs. 32,000 ($710), while the iPhone costs $800 in India.
  5. Faster availability: iPhone 4 is still not available in India, while 3GS is priced very expensive. Android phones are hitting the markets faster pace.
  6. No Vendor lockin: When you buy an iPhone you are locked into apple and also with the service provider due to contracts etc.. With Android you can choose to buy your own handset and take the plan of your choice without any contracts.
  7. More Free Apps: Lots of free apps right from Wi-Fi hostspot to games are available. While many of these apps are charged on the iPhone.
  8. Play you own ring tone! Apple doesn’t allow you to select any music from your collection as your ring tone, while Android has no such restrictions.
  9. Expandable Memory: When you buy an Apple product, you better be sure how much memory you are going to need. You would either end up buying more than what you need or if you buy with less, you would always feel wish I had bought the model with higher memory. With Android, you have a choice of phones which has expandable memory slot. So if you every run out of memory in the phone, you can always add expandable memory.  This also works out cheaper.
  10. OS upgrade make your phone faster. With iPhone, every time I would upgrade the OS, my phone would slow down.. it was tell me time to get the new  iPhone. With Android, upgrading to the newer version of the OS actually makes your phone faster. The upgrade on Android also doesn’t require iTunes or a PC, so can be done directly

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Prakash

Motorola Atix the most powerful Android phone is now available for purchase.

US$599 without any contract and $129 with 2 year contact with AT&T.

Order Motorola Atrix on Amazon.

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Prakash

Samsung has announced the I9100 Galaxy S II, here is whats new..

  • 8 MP Camera
  • 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen
  • 16 or 32GB memory
  • HSDPA 21 Mbps for high speed data downloads
  • USB on the go, so you can connect other USB devices
  • Full HD, with 1080p video recording
  • Gyroscope sensor for gaming and other applications which require 3D orientation
  • Dual Core 1GHZ processor
  • Near Field Communications (NFC) support, which doesn’t have any application today but could be used in future for payments, etc.

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Prakash

Samsung has discontinued Samsung I9000 Galaxy S and has replaced it with Samsung I9003 Galaxy SL, here is the difference:

  • Sumer AMOLED display is replaced by Super Clear LCD. Resolution remains the same.
  • Slight heavier 131 grams vs. 119 grams.
  • Preloaded with Android 2.2, while Galaxy S has 2.1 but is upgradable to 2.2
  • Has 16G storage, while the Galaxy S has 8 or 16.
  • 1GHz Hummingbird (Samsung) processor is replaced by TI, speed remains the same.
  • Battery has been bumped up from 1500mAh to 1650mAh, that answers the increase in weight.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t see much change in specification,  If you are using Galaxy S, you need not upgrade. If you are planning to buy a new one, you could get a good deal on Samsung Galaxy S. You can always add additional memory if you need and change the battery to 1650mAh.. since battery life was one big complain for Samsung Galaxy S users.

Samsung Galaxy S is available on Amazon for $539.

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Prakash

Intel CEO Paul Otellini agrees with me :)

Otellini said Nokia’s Chief Executive Stephen Elop received “incredible offers — money” from Google and Microsoft to switch.

“I wouldn’t have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him,”

Otellini said Nokia would find it hard to differentiate using the Windows platform: “It would have been less hard on Android, on MeeGo he could have done it.”

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Prakash

After the Motorola Atrix which runs both Android and a Linux based OS, ARM showcased a TI OMAP4 based phone that runs Ubuntu and Android.

Todays phones have become powerful enough to as a phone as well as provide basic PC functionality. This should get more PCs accessible to People, as more people today have mobile phones than PCs.

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Prakash

Motorola has finally launched the Defy in India. This is 3 months after it was launched in US by T-Mobile. Motorola is improving, some of their other phones, took 4-5 months to be launched in India. Lets hope they launch the Atrix sooner in India.

Motorla Defy

Here is whats cool:

  • Waterproof, scratchproof, dust proof. Should I say child proof ;-) ?
  • 3.7″ touchscreen  display
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with Video recording
  • MicroSD Card slot for additional Memory
  • 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • WiFi
  • MicroUSB for charging (This is soon becoming a standard)
  • 3.5mm standard headphones jack
  • AGPS and Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
  • Android 2.1 with Flash player, this will get upgraded to 2.2
  • FM Radio

What would be nicer:

  • Device should have shipped with 2.3 or atleast 2.2, no word yet on when it will receive 2.3 update
  • Gyroscope for the gaming enthusiast
  • Xenon flash for indoor night photography for the party animals
  • HSDPA+ with 14.4Mbps
  • AMOLED display.

Nevertheless its a nice phone for its price. Its available for Rs 18,900 at Croma.

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Prakash

A cool looking phone from Google. Bbuilt by Samsung, hence the similarity to Samsung Galsxy S.

Here is what I like:

  • Android 2.3 (first and currently the only phone to have this)
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • 4″ Display
  • 1 GHZ Processor

Here is what I don’t like:

No expandable memory slot, Whith 16 GB built in, you may not need it..but why not have it?

Only HSDPA 7.2Mbps, No HSDPA+ which offers 14.4 Mbps

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Prakash

Motorola has managed to come up with a very good concept. Its essentially a very powerful phone, which can be converted into a PC or a netbook. This will provide a serious competition to the iPhone4 and also provide a single device which can double up as a PC or a netbook.

It has two docks which are optional accessories

  • The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock has three USB ports and an HDMI port enabling connections to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor for working at your desk/office, or connecting to an HDMI-compatible television and home theater audio system for interacting with content and enjoying video, music, games and more in your living room.
  • The Motorola Laptop Dock has an incredibly thin design with an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 2.4 pounds. Users simply dock their Motorola ATRIX 4G into the back of the Laptop Dock to turn it into an active, connected machine to experience true mobility at work, home and playing on-the-go in a form factor that’s lighter and smaller than most laptops on the market.

Comparison between Motorola Atrix 4G and Apple iPhone 4

Comparison Motorola’s Atrix 4G iPhone 4
Availability Coming soon. Exp. release 2011, Q2 Available. Released 2010, June
Size 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1 mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight 135 g 137 g
Display TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors,
worlds first qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels, 4.0 inches 640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches
Input Sensors Gorilla Glass display
Multi-touch input method
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Fingerprint reader for security
Scratch-resistant oleophobic surface
Multi-touch input method
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Three-axis gyro sensor
Audio jack 3.5 mm audio jack 3.5 mm headset jack
Memory 16 GB storage 16/32 GB storage
RAM 1 GB RAM 512 MB RAM
Expandable memory microSD, up to 32GB No
3G HSDPA+ 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
USB Charger Standard microUSB v2.0 Apple proprietary
Camera 5 Megapixel, Geo-tagging, image stabilization 5 Megapixel, Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video Recording Yes, 720p@30fps, will be upgraded to 1080p Yes, 720p@30fps
Front Camera Yes, videocalling over 3G and Wi-Fi Yes, videocalling over Wi-Fi only
Operating System Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) iOS 4
CPU 1GHz Dual Core processor NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H 1 GHz Apple A4 processor
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS No
Java Yes No
HDMI Port Yes On, TV-out via Apple cable
Compass Digital Compass Digital Compass
Adobe Flash player Adobe Flash 10.1 player No
Battery Lithium 1930 mAh Li-Po 1420mAh

Image curtesy: Motorola.com

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Prakash

???More than 40% of U.S. customers who purchased smartphones over the last six months have chosen Android-based phones.

Apple is still leading with 28.6 percent, followed by RIM (Blackberry) at 26.1 percent and Andorid at 25. percent. With the current growth, it won’t be long before Andorid becomes number 1. Read the complete report.

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Prakash

???Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak says:

The Google OS is likely to win the race similarly to the way that Windows ultimately dominated the PC world. Woz stressed that the iPhone, “Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading.” However, he then conceded that, “Android phones have more features,” and offer more choice for more people. Eventually, he thinks that Android quality, consistency, and user satisfaction will match iOS.

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Prakash

As per last quarter reports published by Gartner, Android is now number two Mobile operating system with 25.5 percent market share. While Symbian is loosing market share, it still retails the number 1 slot due to Nokia.

Android market-share jumped from 3.5 percent to 25.5 percent vs the same quarter last year. Android 2.3 is just round the corner, expect it to fuel more growth for Android phones.

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Prakash

A while back, my friend Ramnath forwarded me this interesting flow chart, It holds true for iPad and may apply to many of our wants [not needs].

A few people who owned iPads, [althought many would not admit], were finding their iPad had diminishing marignal utility. After a few days of use, they were not find much utility for it.

Are tablets good computing devices or just for browsing and viewing? Are tablets going to replace the netbook? Well lets wait to have more tablet options based on Android platform. In fact Android team says Android is not designed for Tablets and Android 3.0 expected by end of the year, is expected is suppose to be tablet ready.

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Prakash

Motorla Defy
Motorola has announced Motorola Defy which is Water Resistant, Dust Resistant and Scratch Resistant. Which is excellent if you had kids around who like to throw phones into the water!


Here are some interesting features:

  • 3.7″ touchscreen  display
  • 480X864 resolution screen
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with Video recording
  • LED Flash
  • 2 GB Internal Memory
  • MicroSD Card slot for additional Memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Dual Band 3G and Quad Band 2G
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm standard headphones jack
  • AGPS and Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
  • Android 2.1 with Flash player

What would be nicer:

If It has Android 2.2 update available which Motorola hasn’t announced yet, but is likely to come.

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