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