Pre-Alpha version of Fennec Firefox for Android released


Mozillla is today releasing a pre-alpah version of Fennec aka FirefoxMobile for Android for everybody to try it out:

Over the last few months, we’ve made some great progress on bringing Firefox to Android. Michael Wu, Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin and I have been focusing on getting a build ready that’s usable by a broader set of people, and we’re now ready to get that build out there. This build should be considered “pre-alpha”, so there are some warnings and caveats:

•We’ve only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.
•It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
•Memory usage of this build isn’t great — in many ways it’s a debug build, and we haven’t really done a lot of optimization yet. This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
•You’ll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we’re working to get rid of it.
•You can’t open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
•This build requires Android 2.0 or above, and likely an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable device.
•Edit: This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.

THe browser is obviously not available on the Android Market so you will have to hit this link via your phone browser to install it: http://bit.ly/fennec-android. Last month Mozilla announced that developement of the Windows Mobile version was halted because Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support developement of third-party native application.

Source: Mozilla

Nokia N8 720P HD video sample looks amazing

Following yesterday’s camera samples here comes the first ever 720P HD video sample captured withe Nokia N8 camera and it looks amazing for a phone IMO.You can download te original .mp4 file directly from Vimeo to check it out in its fully glory.

Source: Nokia Conversations

Microsoft Announces patent agreement with HTC for Android phones

No you aren’t dreaming and this is for really. Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent agreement with HTC letting the  Taiwanese company use Microsoft’s patented technology found in Android. To make it simple: Microsoft’s is claiming that Android infringes on several of their patents so HTC decided to license those patents to continue to build Android handsets. This means that Microsoft is now gatting paid for every Android phone build by HTC:

REDMOND, Wash. — April 27, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for HTC’s mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC.

The agreement expands HTC’s long-standing business relationship with Microsoft.

“HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”

According to Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez :

“Microsoft has a decades-long record of investment in software platforms. As a result, we have built a significant patent portfolio in this field, and we have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to ensure that competitors do not free ride on our innovations. We have also consistently taken a proactive approach to licensing to resolve IP infringement by other companies, and have been talking with several device manufacturers to address our concerns relative to the Android mobile platform.”

Source: Microsoft & TechFlash

Three new Zune HD applications released

Two new games and one stopwatch application have been made available today for the Zune HD on the Zune application marketplace. The first one is a basic Stopwatch application:

The second one is Labyrinth puzzle game similar to HTC‘s Teteer and countless other games on the iPhone/iTouch where you have to use the devices accelerometer to get the ball rolling:

Finally the last game is the famous Solitair card game:

you can download them now for free via the Zune desktop application.

Via: Twitter

HTC releases Music Stability update for the HTC HD2


HTC released today a new update for the HTC HD2 that is supposed to fix music playback issues.

This update for HTC HD2 HTC Sense enhances the stability of the music application so your enjoyment of your music is no longer interrupted by the player behaving unexpectedly.

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM versions equal to 1.73.xxx.x, or lower

As usual HTC’s changelog doesn’t say much….but this patch supposedly fixes music skipping issues when using Bluetooth AD2P headphones. You can grab the fix here.

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled


Neowin just got the scoop on the official Windows Live Messenger application for the iPhone. As you can see in the screenshots above the UI looks nearly identical to the desktop version and features some of the same features like photo sharing, social stream updates, chatting etc… Microsoft is said to be ready to unveil Windows Live Wave 4 tomorrow. What would be interesting to see is how Windows Live Messenger will be integrated into Windows Phone 7. So far nothing has been shown other that FaceBook integration in the people’s hub but no sign of a messenger client yet. This launch of the messenger app on the iPhone will not be Microsoft first entry in Apple’s Appstore; the company already launched Bing for iPhone back in December.

Source: Neowin