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Motorola® won’t update Charm or Flipout beyond Android™ 2.1

Motorola handsets are the ones that have gained prominence and importance over the past decade. Starting from the very basic models, the brand has introduced a variety of apps and services through its upgraded handsets and a variety of models. The latest news doing the rounds in the technology circles is about the decision of Motorola to pull back its plans to update the Charm (T-Mobile) and Flipout (AT&T) handsets with Android 2.2 Froyo. These smartphones were released with Android 2.1. This further adds them to the growing list of Motorola handsets being left behind on older versions of Android. Thus, there have been more devices in the list that would never see an upgrade. Most recently, the company decided that the Cliq XT would stay on Android 1.5 and it would not have features such as live wallpapers or Google Maps navigation.

After updating its Android software upgrade timeline, Motorola had said that the Flipout and Charm handsets would remain on 2.1 for as long as possible. We can only hope that the new handsets such as Droid X or Atrix 4G get more than one update. Probably the problems arise from having to work with a lot of hardware configurations and form factors. On the other hand, these issues can also stem from the Motoblur interface that overlay Android. It could be possible that Moto integrated the custom UI too heavily, which prevents it from acting quickly for rolling out updates. There could be another likely scenario wherein these phones are not being sold out as much as what was anticipated, and that it would be a loss of time and resources on working on updates for such a limited quantity of devices.

Windows® Phone 7 or Google Android®?

If one is referring Gingerbread, it is believed that it is in fact Android 2.3 and not the 3.0 as rumoured previously. It is not actually known whether the specific date on which the Gingerbread operating system may be released, however, it is heard that it is going to be before the year end, and it will be in early part of the year 2011.

So far as Droid X is concerned whether it will be updated, it is presumed that there is a high possibility of it being so; however, one will have to wait for more time prior to Motorola comes around for releasing an updated version which is compatible with software of its own. It will not be wise to assume that there will be hardware update for the Droid X soon. If one is prepared to drop one’s Storm, it will not be right to assume that there is difficulty in getting the Droid X presently, particularly because the prices are beginning to drop.

Will a Windows Phone 7 handset be much user friendly as compared to Android? Windows Phone 7 is a type of platform which is new, but one will be best served with the Wilndows Phone 7 handset in comparison to other kind of two choices. The nice entry level handset is Motorola Bravo with Android 2.1, and Sony Xperia X10 will take longer time for upgrading.

One should bear in mind that Windows Phone 7 is somewhat new, therefore, the online support will not be strong as Android. However, Microsoft targets the timely updating of its software.

Ultra slim Android based Laptop Released by Toshiba

Android OS has been a new entry in the world of OS and is expected to do great business around the world. An increasing number of manufacturers are taking up the OS for their smartphones or even laptops now. A recent news rose from the world of Toshiba. The laptop is an excellent development that is casting the Dual Core ARM processor as well as Android 2.1 to bring an excellent machine to you.

There was news in the beginning that the laptop model named AC-100 would be running on Linux and the processor would come from the U.K based manufacturer ARM. The laptop was said to use mobile technologies instead of the typical laptop based technology. It was termed as a smart book.

The reality

The reality of AC-100 is just amazing. You can easily get this machine running the perfect way with the design being contemporary and different from all other laptops that are in the range. The unique design would certainly get you enough experience to enjoy. The machine is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 250 combined with Android 2.1 as being the Operating system. The processor is from a line of cutting edge processors that is being used in the world of smartphones and is said to rise up to the speed of 1GHz. The processors that have been used up before this were all single core processors while the latest development that would be integrated with Toshiba is a Dual core version.

The use of Android is justified in the world today for its functionality for some of the very exotic and exhilarating smartphone experiences have been brought to you by Android. This includes Motorola’s Droid and Nexus One by HTC. The whole laptop is like a smartphone more than a laptop because of the integration of the use of the mobile broadband being used in the development. The machine is said to take less than 1 second waking up from the standby mode. This feature makes this machine “always on” like a mobile phone.

Technical Features

The laptop is uses a 1 GHz Dual core ARM processor with a memory of 512 MB DDR2. It has a built in storage space of around 32 GB that is being provided by the solid state drive. The battery life is also remarkable that gives you a power back up of around 8 years. The laptop is having a display of 10.1”. The device is also been integrated with Bluetooth 2.1 and WLAN (802.11 b/g/n) as well as mobile broadband that gives it an edge over many other machines of the same caliber. The device has one USB 2.0 port, one Mini USB and one SD, MMC port. You even have the HDMI connectivity port as well.

The laptop also has a 1.3 megapixel webcam that has an integrated microphone. The machine is expected to strike the Japanese market somewhere in the third quarter this year with a launching price of less than $500. The weight to this laptop is another factor to consider. The ultra slim laptop is ultra light as well with a weight of 870g.

Adobe’s PDF reader too slow for Android

The Google I/O developer conference was followed by the release of the official PDF reader for the Android mobile operating system of Google. The application has a simple and very effective feature set which allows viewing and navigating PDF files on Android devices.

The program was tested on an Evo 4G Smartphone made by HTC and powered by Android 2.1. The latest issue of Full Circle Magazine was used as a sample PDF, in order to make it possible to evaluate its performance by using relatively complex layouts. Initial load time seemed a bit longer than expected, when opening the PDF file from the download manager of the browser. Almost six seconds were necessary for the application to launch and render the document’s first page.

The user interface appears as simple and functional, although it is not consistent with the interface offered by other Android applications. Semi-transparent toolbars situated on the top and bottom of the screen fade out when not needed and give the user maximum viewing space possible during reading. Buttons for scroll and zoom are placed at the bottom toolbar, while the top toolbar displays the document title and is provided with a button allowing the user to switch the viewing mode.

Features

Multitouch pinch-zooming as well as flick-scrolling are supported by the application, but they were a bit slow during the test due to the overhead of content redrawing. Flick-scrolling is also occasionally slow while loading and drawing more content. If flick-scrolling is too fast, only blank sheets will appear instead of content of the pages. This makes it difficult to detect where you are in the document if you try to navigate faster.

Although this lag is somehow inconvenient during navigation, the reading experience is not affected. When the content is zoomed, the application is able to provide new rendered material fast enough to make reading comfortable and does not affect the pace of scrolling.

There is an alternate display mode, in addition to the standard one, in which the text is wrapped automatically, in order to fit the width of the screen. This alternate mode breaks down any element of the layouts and provides a solid stream of text that makes panning useless.

This display mode works fine with PDFs consisting mainly of formatted text with simpler layouts, such as e-books, and does not handle PDFs with intensive graphics. When in re flow mode, the zooming buttons of the toolbar situated on the bottom of the screen are replaced with a set of buttons that can be used to increase or decrease the font size.

Feasibility

The application runs properly and can support the kind of touch screen interaction expected by the users of modern mobile software. However, it is not a surprise that PDF rendering speed for a Smartphone is weak. The feature set, although sufficient, is modest, the main feature that is missing that supports searching.
The Adobe Reader for Android can be found in the Android market and is working on most devices running the Android 2.1 version or later. Adobe has performed tests on popular handsets like Google’s Nexus One or Motorola’s Android.

HTC EVO 4G

Its official people, 4G is has arrived. Blessed with divine net speeds 4G aims to revolutionize our lives further and HTC has joined the bandwagon with its latest release, the HTC EVO 4G. Previously known as the HTC Supersonic, the phone is a totally new experience. This sure is one fully stacked phone.

The phone features a 4.3 inch screen, large enough for hassle free browsing. The resolution is at 480×800 which makes sure the picture quality is crisp. We were disappointed not to see an AMOLED screen on it but the TFT LCD does not fail to satisfy. The Evo runs on the latest iteration of Android, Android 2.1. This sure has spiced up the phone further. Android now features a search by picture functionality where you can click a picture of anything and run a search for it. For instance you could click a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and the search would return all the available links about the bridge. There is also the feature of voice to message where you can just dictate your SMS to the phone. Keeping in touch has never been this simple. And before we forget there are hordes of developers who are just waiting to take advantage of the 4G’s speed and connectivity.

The phone is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You can sense the power of this processor right from when you power up the phone. The browsing through menus is instantaneous and also the web browsing is pretty quick with the videos from Youtube flowing in seamlessly. The Evo also has the pinch to zoom functionality which makes browsing all the more fun. The phone has two cameras, one front facing 8 megapixel auto focus camera and the other a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calls. The 8 megapixel camera also has the capability of recording HD videos. Capturing videos and uploading them is now a very simple task requiring no time at all. The new 4G network ensures that.

The Evo is packed with a number of other features which make normal use even more fun. The phone comes with HTC Sense which packs all your social networking sites into one block and sends the updates in one channel. There is the ‘leap’ feature which allows you to jump between different home screens. HTC has also added the funky ‘polite ringer’ feature where the phone quiets down once it is picked during a call. There is also an HDMI out which enables you to watch your HD videos on your large screen TV.

On the whole this is an absolute stunner. The lack of an AMOLED has disappointed a bit but considering the other factors the phone is well stacked. The build quality is great and HTC has included the kickstand which is perfect in its position. As of now this phone is available through Sprint.

Leaked Dell Streak (Mini 5) tablet PC

Dell has joined the tablet PC race by announcing, that it will release its new tablet PC, called Dell Streak (previously known as Mini 5) running on a Android 2.1 Operating System (OS) in late 2010.

With the introduction of stylish gadget like iPad, HP slate, WePad and iPhone, various manufactures such as Dell have planned to launch their own gadgets.

The Dell streak is designed as multi functional tablet with Amazon as its content provider. This means that Dell Streak will also features Mp3, kindle reader application and video streaming. Like Dell notebooks, the Dell streak will come in different colors, two multi colored designs called Sea Sky and Kaleidoscope. This tablet has a 5-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen display, 30 pin docking connector on the bottom edge, three touch-sensitive buttons on right side, 5 megapixel camera and a VGA camera for video chat.

The Dell Android tablet has a 5-inch, 800*480 capacitive touch screen display, supporting multi-touch gestures. The Dell Streak will also have 3G broadband, Bluetooth, WI-Fi connectivity, micro SDHC slot for storage and 1500mAh battery for solid battery life. In addition, the Streak will come with a standard suite of application like G-mail.

There are also some rumors about its processor; that the streak will have an Atom Processor instead of ARM chips, which are mostly used with Android device.

Dell Streak specifications are:
• Operating system-Android 2.1
• 800*480 screen resolution
• 1000 MHZ CPU
• 5” screen size
• 2 Micro SD slots
• 3 axis accelerometer
• 5 Megapixel cameras with video LED
• Front facing camera
• Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
• Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• A-GPS
• 405 MB DRAM
• 1530mAh capacity Li-ion Battery
• 3.5mm audio/headset jack
• AAC,MP3,WAV and WMA audio support
• Available colors: black, green, red, purple, silver, pink ,blue

Pricing & Availability
Though Dell has released the specifications for the mini 5, there still is no information available for the 7 and 10 inches models with regard to their price and shipping dates. However, according to rumors in the media, the Dell streak might release in late 2010.

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