KIN is DEAD!

Can’t say I didn’t call it…but it is now official: Microsoft’s KIN project is now officially dead. The KIN team will now be integrated into the Windows Phone 7 team. Just yesterday I posted that I found it strange that nothing was ever announced about the EU launch date…I wonder if the rumored update will ever see the light of the day now. On a brighter note; it will be interesting to see how KIN Studio will be integrated into Windows Phone 7.:

“We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”

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Android 3.0 Gingerbread Rumors and specifications

Got some salt nearby? Grab it and take a seat. According to E.Murtazin who isn’t the most trustworthy source around…. Google is aiming to take a similar approach to Windows Phone 7 with the upcoming Android 3.0 aka gingerbread release at the end of the yer. OEMs will supposedly no longer be able to customize the UI and there will be minimum specifications for the hardware:

•Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
•Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.
•New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher.
•Completely revamped user interface. If you want to get a feeling of what Android 3.0 Gingerbread UX is like, check out the Gallery App on Nexus One. The same overall feel, light animated transitions,etc. Natively, through all the UI.
•Android’s split into 2 branches becomes official. 3.0 for top of the line/high end devices. Cheap, low-end mass market handsets will keep Android 2.1/2.2

Salt please!

Via : Unwiredview

McObject Offers Perst Embedded Database For Microsoft Windows Phone 7

Software company McObject has announced today the that it is offering support for its Perst object-oriented, open source embedded database on Windows Phone 7. We’ve been hearing a lot about the so called lack of developer support for Windows Phone 7, but each day we see new applications being developed and developers praising Microsoft’s development tools and platform.

There has been some comment about the lack of a client side database for Windows Phone 7 Silverlight. Windows Phone 7 does have SQL Server Compact Edition installed in the OS image, but in the initial release, it is there to support the built-in apps only and has no public API to allow Silverlight developers to use it for data persistence.

However, there is a database available that WP7 Silverlight developers can use: it’s called Perst .NET which is developed by McObject and the source code is pure C# and freely downloadable. As distributed, it works fine with the full .NET Framework, with the .NET Compact Framework and with desktop Silverlight, and they have a demo app of a CRM that runs in the desktop browser in Silverlight (read about it here). Using Perst for .NET, developers using Silverlight can now include true database management system features in their Silverlight applications, including adding persistence to this data by storing it in a container file in isolated storage.

Check out the full press realease after the break:

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All Samsung Galaxy S phones will get Android 2.2 this year

Nothing terribly new here. but it’s good to have an official statement about the future Android 2.2 upgrade of the Samsung Galaxy S handsets (the Samsung Epic 4G, Captivate, Vibrant and Fascinate) will receive Froyo (with obviously Adobe Flash 10.1 support) in the coming months.

Source: Twitter

Motorola Droid 2 launching on August 23rd with Android 2.2


The latest rumors are pointing at an August 23rd launch of the Motorola Droid 2 with Android 2.2 on board. As we have seen a few days ago the current handsets are still running Android 2.1 but with the expected July launch of the Froyo update for the Motorola Droid it’s only logical to think that the lastest Moto hardware will be up to date when coming out the gate.

Source: Androidandme

Xbox Live Arcade Shoot 1UP game ported to Windows Phone 7

Who said the Windows Phone 7 isn’t popular among the developer community? Here’s the Shoot 1UP Xbox Live Arcade shooter game ported to Windows Phone 7 thanks to the XNA Game Studio 4 Framework.

This is a ‘smoke test’ of the upcoming Shoot 1UP release for the Windows Phone 7 platform. We’re currently targeting to release the game with the launch of the phone.

The test loads all game art appropriately and constantly loops the game to check for any memory leaks. The computer randomly positions the ships, fights enemies, and goes through menus, all at 10x speed. The actual level lengths are much shorter (the number of waves is lower than the final game) but the unique enemies per level is accurate.

The graphics in the final game will improve and be uniquely tuned for the Windows Phone 7, in addition to a special game play modes just for that platform, and a new playable ship.

Check out the video after the break:

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iPhone 4 Noise cancellation test

Tired of all the Retina display vs Super AMOLED comparisons? Well, here’s  something we haven’t seen..heard before: a quick look at the iPhone 4 noise cancellation capabilities. Similar to the HTC Touch Pro2 and Google Nexus One,the iPhone 4 features dual microphone for noise cancellation. So does it work or is it just a gimmick? Check out Pocketnow’s test after the break:

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Official Android 2.2 Froyo update available on the Nexus One

Android 2.2 aka Froyo is now officially availble to all Nexus One users. The FRF85 build is currently being pushed out OTA to all devices on AT&T and T-Mobile but you can safely download directly from Google Servers here and install it yourselfs using the following instructions:

- Rename the file to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exlamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

Source: Google

KIN prices dropping and software update coming

Microsoft’s KIN phone may be on the way out, at least that what all the signs are pointing out. Verizon and Redmond don’t want to communicate on the estimated sales of both handsets since their launch a little bit more than a month ago and this can only mean that they aren’t worth talking about (contrast this with Apple’s 1.7 million iPhone 4 sold in a single day…) Some Verizon workers are now claiming that they are being outsold by the Palm Pre (how lame is that?). To try to make things a little better Verizon is hopelessly going to lower the KIN One price to $29 and KIN Two to $49, unfortunately they will still require a $29/or more data plan. On a brighter note; A software update is apparently in the works and should be released this summer. I find it rather “strange” that we haven’t heard anything new about the worldwide launch of both device (and there still is no carrier enrolled in France!). My advice to Microsoft would be: Forget about it, integrate Kin Studio into Windows Phone 7. KIN is dead.

Source: Cnet, BGR and Microsoft

Kindle for Android is available

The Kindle application for Android was announced a little bit more than a month ago and today Amazon is proud to deliver the goodies. The Kindle application is now available on the Android Market. I’ll re-post all the application’s features after the break but note that it requires Android 1.6+ to work so grab the last ROM for you device before attempting to download it. The recently announced Samsung Vibrant will have  it pre-loaded:

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Android 2.1 for HTC Hero officially being rolled out

The day has finally come! HTC Hero owners in Europe are now able to update their handsets to Android 2.1. The update is currently being rolled out OTA if you have a sim-free device (carrier handset will get it in the coming hours/days) but you can already download the ROM from several location around the web (but don’t flash it on your phone, it has only been made available for development purposes).

Source: XDA-Devs here & here & coolsmarphone

HTC EVO 4G OTA software update pushed out

Sprint has just started to push out an Over The Air update to all HTC EVO 4G devices this morning. The update number version is 1.47.651.1 but nointhg much is known about it yet but it supposedly improves the WiFI and adds WiFi N support. The File is 21.43MB so it may take a little while to download if you are on 3G (switch to Wifi and be patient).

Via: Engadget

Samsung Fascinate: Verizon’s Galaxy S

It’s now Verizon’s turn to get its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S. This time it’s called the Samsung Fascinate, features the hardware specs you probably already know by heart but adds a LED flash ot the 5Mpix camera like the Samsung Epic 4G and will come pre-loaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search (didn’t know that there was a Bing Maps app on Android….) thanks to the Microsoft/Verizon search deal signed at CES 2009 and a 6-axis sensor (which is probably already present in the original). Check the full press Release after the break:

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Samsung Vibrant announced: T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S

T-Mobile is announcing today its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S; The Samsung Vibrant. Unlike AT&T’s Samsung Captivate this one doesn’t have a re-designed form factor and looks nearly identical to the original handset and only lacks the front facing button at the bottom of the device. The Samsung Vibrant will launch July 21 for $199.99 on a two-year contract and will come with a 2gb-SD card pre-loaded with the movie Avatar, The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition. Full Press Release after the break:

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Samung Epic 4G announced on Sprint: The Samsung Galaxy S Pro with WiMax


Samsung has just unleashed the most highly speced smartphone ever today with the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4G is actually the rumored Samsung Galaxy S Pro we saw last week in a leaked picture and it turns out that it is actually real and will launch on Sprint in the near future. No date or price have been announced yet. On the hardware front the Epic 4G is pretty similar to the Galaxy S with its 4″ Super AMOLED display, the same S5PC110A01 (Hummingbird) chipset clocked at 1ghz, the same 5 MPix camera capable of 720P recording but this time with a LED Flash (the other Galaxy S models don’t have one), a 6-axis accelerometer, but this time the handset sports a sliding qwerty keyboard, front facing VGA camera and WiMax cellular radio and a 1500Mha battery. Similar to its Galaxy S cousins; the Epic 4G still lacks an HDMI output (but features DNAL support) which is IMO a real shame. The Samsung Epic 4G will initially ship with Android 2.1 but Sprint has already announced that an Android 2.2 update will be made available soon after. Read the full Press Release after the break:

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Towers Of Hanoi Windows Phone 7 game

Windows Phone 7 applications are popping up left and right lately. this time it’s a game named Towers Of Hanoi (inspired but the Towers of Hanoi iPhone game) developed by a one man crew at ElucidSoft:

So I have been developing a couple Windows Phone 7 Applications in Silverlight in anticipation for the October release of the phone, below is a preview of the first game I have written that is a Towers of Hanoi game. It was relatively easy to do, only took me total of 2 weeks development time and that was with 2 full time clients at the same time. I could have easily pulled this off in 3-4 days time, which just goes to show you the sheer amount of power that Silverlight is offering up here on this platform!

You can watch the game in action afer the break:

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LG Panther / GW910 Windows Phone 7 phone Hands-on video

For those of you (me included) who can’t get enough Windows Phone 7 action especially when it’s on the LG Panther / GW910 here’s a 5 minutes long hands-on video shot at the Microsoft Benelux Windows Phone Get Together event last week. The first part of the video was already included in the video I posted 2 days ago but the rest is totally new and you will see a bit of the Zune Hub, Pictures Hub and settings. I’m must say that the screen looks really vibrant and crisp hopefully it won’t take long before we get some video playback action (You may have noticed in a previous video that the demo device was loaded with 720P files..). Check it out after the break:

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TangoFX Windows Phone 7 IPTV application

Contrary to what the naysayers may say the Windows Phone 7 platform is becoming a hit with developers. Sure some of the big names like Skype, Mozilla aren’t on board yet because of the current lack of some APIs and Native access but a wast majority of the well known dev houses and some upcoming startups aren’t afraid to bet on Microsoft’s mobile OS. Singaporean company Above Solutions, makers of TangoFX; a context aware Interactive HD service that provides live and on-demand cinematic experiences for viewers to watch shows/movies/videos anywhere, anytime and on any screen (mobile, PC, Kiosks, and HDTV) has announced the development of a Windows Phone 7 application a few days ago:
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Android 2.2 on the Nokia N900

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the Nokia N900 bu this doesn’t mean that the Maemo community isn’t active, especially the NITDroid crew who’s been working on making Android functional on Nokia’s über smartphone. Their latest achievement is the successful poor of Android 2.2 aka Froyo on the N900. You can check out the hands-on video after the break:

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