Multi-Touch enabled Motorola Milestone browser ported to the Droid

Here’s some good news for all you Motorola Droid lovers; the multi-touch enabled browser of the Motorola Milestone (the european version of the Droid) has been extracted and ported to the Droid as you can see in the following video:

Your device must me rooted first:

Instructions:
- Do a nandroid backup or whatever to back up the files (Browser.apk and Browser.odex) you’ll be patching (ps: I’m not responsible for you screwing up your phone)
- Remount /system to RW (mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system)
- Delete /system/app/Browser.odex
- Extract the zip file somewhere on your computer
- adb push libmtwebcore.so /system/lib
- adb push Browser.apk /system/app/Browser.apk
- Profit!

Head over here to grab the files

Source: alldroid forums

Can we expect better video decoding support in Windows Mobile 6.5?

As I’ve mentioned several times already the HTC HD2 running Windows Mobile 6.5 is currently unable to natively playback 720p videos even-thought the SnapDragon chipset supports it and the recently released Acer Liquid Android smartphone can do it (same for the future HTC Bravo / Passion). So far it seems like this is a Windows Mobile 6.5 limitation (FYI I have never seen any demo or video of a WM6.X/WinCE5 device playing back a 720P video, only WinCE 6 and Android/Linux demos). We already know that this feature should be enabled in Windows Mobile 7 according to the info here but are we going to be stuck with sub-par video decoding on Windows Mobile 6.5?
The latest I found is this little piece info on Linkedin:

Qualcomm Inc
(Public Company; QCOM; Telecommunications industry)

September 2009 — December 2009 (4 months)

Working with Video Decoder software team developing drivers for H/w decoders (DSP) on Windows Mobile (WM6.5 and WM7) platform

So it now looks like Qualcomm is still developping drivers for WM6.5. It remains to be seen how all this would work given that the SnapDragon’s FPUs aren’t even supported/enabled in WM6.X.

Nokia X6 unboxing videos an quick hands-on

Here are two unboxing video of Nokia‘s soon to be released Symbian S60 smartphone, the Nokia X6. The X6 is the company’s first samrtphone featuring a capacitive touchscreen and is IMO one of the best looking smartphone ever designed. You’ll see some short UI action in the first video from Tracy & Matt:

Here’s All About Symbian’s funny un-boxing video:

source: Tracy & Matt / All About Symbian

HTC Nexus One first-impressions


The boys at Engadget just posted their first-hand impressions after handling the HTC Nexus One for a little while. I must admit that the device looks quite a lot better than I thought (now that we have non-blurry pictures) but still not I nice as the HTC HD2 and the Android 2.1 UI is just miles ahead of Windows Mobile 6.5. Check out the hands on video to the some of the new changes made to the OS and how snappy the device is. Other than that there isn’t really anything to be excited about:

Now, of course everyone seems to have one question about the device — is this the be-all-end-all Android phone / iPhone eviscerator? In two words: not really. The thing that’s struck us most (so far) about the Nexus One thus far is the fact that it’s really not very different than the Droid in any substantial way. Yes, we’d say the design and feel of the phone is better (much better, in fact), and it’s definitely noticeably faster than Motorola’s offering, but it’s not so much faster that we felt like the doors were being blown off. It is very smooth, though we still noticed a little stuttery behavior (very slight, mind you) when moving between home pages. Still, opening applications and moving between them was super speedy, as was Google maps, and any area of the phone where you’ve got to get through long lists. Don’t get us wrong, the phone cooks — but it’s not some paradigmatic shift for Android.

Check the whole thing here

Source: Engadget