Archives for April 2010

Vodafone Google Nexus One Already Out of Stock

Vodafone [VOD] are not due to sell the Google Nexus One in the UK till this Friday, but we are already hearing reports that they have already sold out of stock in terms of pre-orders being ready to ship.

The information comes from a customer who tried to order one and was told the following…

Thank you for placing your order, reference number [redacted]. Unfortunately we have suffered a surprisingly high demand for the Nexus One From Google, which means that it is unexpectedly out of stock. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope to have further stock available within 7-10 working days and will contact you again once your order has been dispatched.

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Apple iPhone Opera Mini Browser is #1 in US

When Opera Mini launched for the iPhone a couple of weeks back it surprised us for a couple of reasons. First off, it showing up in the app store as an approved app was kind of unexpected and secondly over 1 million downloads occurred the day of launch.

TechCrunch looked further in to the numbers to see what they are like at the moment, and so far all is good. Currently the Apple iPhone is the third most popular handset around the world for Opera Mini users. Also the iPhone in the US is #1 on that list and the most popular handset. Before the launch of iPhone Opera Mini, BlackBerry held the number 1 spot. [Read more…]

Apple iPad 3G Now Shipping

Just a quick update for those who have ordered their Apple iPad 3G.. I am sure you are more than aware that you will be receiving yours shortly as notification went out yesterday for those who ordered in time that their shipment was in progress.

Via: 9to5Mac

Google Android 2.2 to get Flash

In a recent interview, Google [GOOG] VP of Engineering Andy Rubin mentioned that the next version of Google Android, codenamed Froyo, would get Flash support… “…He also promised that full support for Adobe’s Flash standard was coming in the next version of Android, code-named Froyo”

It is expected that Android Froyo (2.2) will be launched sometime in May due to statistics packages already starting to pick up traffic from the platform under the 2.2 version.

Also in the interview Rubin spoke about Android eventually outselling the Apple iPhone due to the iPhone being stuck to 1 manufacturer (ie, Apple [AAPL]) where as Google take the open approach and have a number of different mobile phones running the OS. [Read more…]

TomTom Go Live 1000 Announced

TomTom [TOM2] today announced a new satnav device called the TomTom Go Live 1000. The device is capable of bringing real-time services to users which we will go in to more detail shortly.

The TomTom Go Live 1000 uses an ARM 11 500Mhz processor and uses a new Webkit-based user interface along with a capacitive touchscreen.

The new Go Live 1000 product allows integration of third party applications. The system comes with TomTom HD Traffic (a 1 year free subscription) along with a mobile speed camera database and local search across 16 countries. [Read more…]

Google Nexus One not going to Verizon

Google [GOOG] had plans to sell the Google Nexus One on the Verizon [VZ] network. This has now changed and the Nexus One will not be going to Verizon.

Not many reasons have been mentioned, if any at all, although a statement released by Verizon indicates that they have never had an official stance on the Nexus One and have not once mentioned it.

‘Verizon had never made a comment or statement about the product coming to our network, says Verizon Wireless spokesman Marquett Smith.

‘In the beginning, Google made the statement about the product coming to the Verizon Wireless network and we never made comment around it.

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Nokia N8 Officially Announced

Nokia today announced officially the Nokia N8 that we have been seeing leaked pictures of for a while now. The new N8 is to run the Symbian^3 platform and also has an impressive 12 megapixel camera using Carl Zeiss optics.

We have known most of the features for a while now with all the leaks going around, so it’s good to hear that most of what we heard was correct.

The 12 megapixel camera sensor also allows the Nokia N8 to be able to capture HD videos. A smart built-in editing suite is included on the device for quick edits to movies captured. The screen measures 3.5 inches and is also HD and capacitive touch. A HDMI connector is included on the N8 allowing it to connect right up to a HDTV if needed. [Read more…]

Minput Multipoint Optical Tracking Device turns Small Devices in to Mice

Minput is a device that uses a couple of optical sensors to track movement on a device such as an MP3 player. By moving the device around, various menu functions can be accessed. By using optical sensors on a device such as an MP3 player or mobile phone, it gives you the option to use the device as its own computer mouse.

e.g., a matchbook-sized media player that is essentially all screen on its front side. The device could be operated using any convenient surface, e.g., a table or palm. The use of two tracking elements enables not only conventional x/y tracking, but also rotation, providing a more expressive design space. The latter motion is calculated by taking the difference in velocities of the two sensors.

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Microsoft Office on Windows Phone 7 Unveiled

Two videos of Microsoft Office running on Windows Phone 7 have been revealed that show the UI and how it all will work.

From what we see, Microsoft [MSFT] seem to have got it right in that the UI looks great, features integrate very well, such as the ability to quickly edit documents.

We know that MS Office isn’t the most exciting of products, but it’s a product that needs to be spot on in terms of usability. [Read more…]

Android 2.2 Could get Automatic App Updates

Google [GOOG] are expected to launch Android 2.2 sometime in May. For this release there is very little information about the build as Google now takes the stance not to pre-publish what will be included.

What we have here though is what is believed to be a leak that indicates automatic app updates will be included in the next build. What we see in the image above is the Android Market Place with a check box option to allow automatic updates of the specific app being looked at.

Of course, images can be faked quite easily although it seems like quite a legit picture of Android 2.2 running a new Market. [Read more…]

LimeRa1n iPhone and iPad Unlock Coming Soon – 3.1.3 and 4.0

LimeRa1n comes from the iPhone hacker Geohot. Although the LimeRa1n tool hasn’t been announced just yet, we are hearing that it is expected soon and will be capable of unlocking iPhone OS 3.1.3 and iPhone OS 4.0 (no word on the iPad’s 3.2 OS just yet). A website has been set up that can be found here although at the moment it’s simply a rain drop on a black screen.

It is expected that when LimeRa1n does launch (hopefully next month) that it will also get rid of the current tethered boot that the BlackRa1n jailbreak requires on iPhone 3GS models. This is believed to be the case due to a video last month showing an iPhone OS device not requiring tethered boot. [Read more…]

Apple iPhone Wi-Fi Syncs Unofficially

Some iPhone and iPod Touch users want the ability to use Wi-Fi to sync to their iTunes library. Right now there is no official way to do this and the only way to sync is by using the regular 30 pin connector via USB.

The video below shows an application loading up that allows the iPhone to do just that… sync to a computer wirelessly. From what we understand in the YouTube description, the application will be launched soon on the Apple app store which indicates it probably won’t require rooting your device. [Read more…]