Another day goes by and another Windows Phone 7 application pops-up. This one is called Pillbox ans is an open-source (yes!) application that helps users track the médications and interface directly with Microsoft’s HealthVault. The application only took two weeks to be developed.
With Pillbox, you can check off when medications are taken, and easily get more details on those prescriptions. You’ve got easy easy access to contact information for the doctors and caregivers in your social circle. You can even leave notes about a patient for doctors and other caregivers. All of this data would be stored and shared across multiple devices using Microsoft HealthVault.
As a general rule for good user experience, we tried to avoid lengthy data entry on the phone. Prescriptions, schedules, and contacts in Pillbox would all be set up in HealthVault on a desktop computer.
Head over here for a video demo and grab the source code right now. See, this what Microsoft is aiming for with Windows Phone 7′s launch this fall; a boatload of applications.
HTC has just released an OTA firmware update fixing a rather important bug affecting the recently released HTC Legend. The bug in question prevented third-party application to have access to the camera functionality of the handset. The results was that several applications on the Android market were unavailable to the HTC Legend users (QIK, Google Goggles etc..).
Update – HTC Legend Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update
In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to your phone to enable apps that use the camera. Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Software Number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Software information> Software number). The new software number after the update will be 1.31.405.4 for an HTC phone. Note? We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply.
Android has finally been ported to the iPhone and so far it looks like it works without much of a problem according to the video posted below (the iPhone’s hardware buttons had to be remapped to make the OS usable). Currently it Openibot only works on the first gen iPhone and can be downloaded directly from here . For more information and instructions just head of here.
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Google has just updated Google Maps for mobile to version 4. on to bring Voice activated Search on Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 handsets. Unfortunately this implementation is currently a buggy mess on some HTC handsets. To activate the voice search the user has to press on the call button of the phone and this is where things crap out. The call button is by default assigned to the call function of the phone so instead of voice search half of the time you’ll get to see the Dialer poping-up (or the app will crash). Nice job Google. You can download this version by going to http://m.google.maps with you phone.
Clarity Consulting have just the first screenshots of a Microsoft Hohm energy management application for Windows Phone 7. Hohm is Microsoft ‘s home energy tracking and monitoring service aimed at help user to save cost and use less energy in there homes. The Windows Phone 7 application use the OS’ panoramic UI to comply with the UI Design and Interaction Guide and features all the basic functionalities and info found in Hohm. Here’s a description of the apps features:
By monitoring home consumption in real time and with yearly projections users can pinpoint vampire devices, times of high or low consumption, and wasteful patterns of energy use. Energy usage meters indicate total current consumption as well as individual device consumption. Users can then use the information to take action, make adjustments, and change their consumption behaviors. The app can be used to automate certain systems like lighting, temperature, or alarms. Other features can be turned on an off at the touch of a toggle switch on your phone, away from home. Forget to turn off the TV or shut the garage door? No problem, you can do it from your phone. Through settings you can enable and disable features of the phone that apply to your home making it a completely customized and convenient experience. To be clear, this equates to more security, big environmental impact, and even bigger savings
Remember that this is currently just a in-house proof of concept and that Clarity Studio isn’t announcing if this app will eventually be made available to the public once Windows Phone 7 is released later this year. You check out Clarity’s other WP7 projects here.
Source: Clarity Consulting
Last but not least, the Dell Looking Glass Android tablet. At the heart of it ia nVidia’s Tegra 2 chipset coupled with 7″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen. The Looking Glass runs Android 2.1 like the smaller Dell Streak and is said to feature a optional ATSC or DVB-T tuner. Release date is estimated around November 2010, but like I said earlier: those slides are probably dated which means that the info isn’t reallt up to date (and having a Tegra 2 on board doesn’t help in light of nVidia’s curent problems when it comes to shipping dates and quality control).
Here comes the second Froyo handset, the Dell Smoke
(I’m waiting for the Dell Vapour now…). With a design similar to the Palm Pixi
and a hint of Sony Ericsson, the Dell Smoke is the company’s second Android Froyo
based handset and like the Dell Flash
, features a Qualcomm SMS7230 at 800Mhz. THe screen is said to be a 2.8inch QVGA panel even though it doesn’t exactly look like that in the slides above.
Seems like the leak won’t stop tonight. Here’s the Dell Flash
handset based on the upcoming Android version named Froyo
. The Dell Flash is aimed at the mainstream market and packs a Qualcomm MSM 7230 SoC clocked @ 800Mhz (the “mid-end” shrunk down version of the SnapDragon
) and 3.5inch WVGA TFT LCD screen. It also features a 5Mpix camera and all the connectivity option you can expected on a modern smartphone. Like the Dell Thunder
the Flash will feature Dell’s on UI on top of Android. Shipping is expected in Q1 2011 (on AT&T?). Please keep in mind that all the leaked slides
are probably a couple of months old and that all the specs are subject to change without notice…
After the lightning….comes the thunder. It’s leak time today: The Dell Thunder is the company’s upcoming Android based smartphone expected in Q4 2001. Not much is known about the specs (other than the 4.1″ OLED screen), but from the looks of it I would guess that it has basically the same hardware has the Dell Lightning minus the hardware keyboard. The deivie is also said to include a Hullu application to watch on-demand video (via Flash 10.1) and will also feature the Swype onscreen keyboard.
Wow, this came out of nowhere. Engadget just got the hands on some internal slides of Dell’s upcoming Windows Phone 7
handset: the Dell Lightning
. The lighting features a portrait sliding qwerty keyboard, a 4.1″ OLED screen, 1G Rom of internal Flash, 512Mb of Ram and 8Gb of storage on a Micro-SD (weird given that micro-sd aren’t supposedly allowed on Windows Phone 7..). A Qualcomm Snapdragon
clocked at 1ghz is also on board. Check out the slides for the rest of the info. The device is expected to launch in Q4 2011 with full flash/silverlight support in the browser (this info is definitely old/wrong). As you can see the Bing application shown in the slides is actually the iPhone version
, also it’s actually the Zune HD
interface you see there and the OS is still called Windows Mobile 7 instead of Windows Phone 7, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the slides were a couple of months old
(dating before WP7′s announcement at MWC10
in Feb 2010).