Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile unvieled, WinMo and WebOS Betas before the end of the year

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Adobe has finally announced that Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Windows Mobile, Android, WebOS, Symbian and BlackBerry is nearing final release. Betas for Windows Mobile and WebOs should be availalbe before the end of the year with Android, BlackBerry & Symbian following in early 2010. Here’s the PR:

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 software for smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices, allowing content created using the Adobe Flash Platform to reach users wherever they are. A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for Windows® Mobile, Palm® webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year. Public betas for Google® Android™ and Symbian® OS are expected to be available in early 2010. In addition, Adobe and RIM announced a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to Blackberry® smartphones, and Google joined close to 50 other industry players in the Open Screen Project initiative.

Flash Player 10.1 is the first consistent runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos across devices. Using the productive Web programming model of the Flash Platform, the browser-based runtime enables millions of designers and developers to reuse code and assets and reduce the cost of creating, testing and deploying content across different operating systems and browsers. Flash Player 10.1 is easily updateable across all supported platforms to ensure rapid adoption of new innovations that move the Web forward.

The browser-based runtime leverages the power of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for accelerated video and graphics while conserving battery life and minimizing resource utilization. New mobile-ready features that take advantage of native device capabilities include support for multi-touch, gestures, mobile input models, accelerometer and screen orientation bringing unprecedented creative control and expressiveness to the mobile browsing experience. Flash Player 10.1 will also take advantage of media delivery with HTTP streaming, including integration of content protection powered by Adobe® Flash® Access 2.0. This effort, code-named Zeri, will be an open format based on industry standards and will provide content publishers, distributors and partners the tools they need to utilize HTTP infrastructures for high-quality media delivery in Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe® AIR® 2.0 software.

To learn more about Flash Player 10.1 and to see video demos visit Adobe Labs.

“With Flash Player moving to new mobile platforms, users will be able to experience virtually all Flash technology based Web content and applications wherever they are,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “We are excited about the broad collaboration of close to 50 industry leaders in the Open Screen Project and the ongoing collaboration with 19 out of the top 20 handset manufacturers worldwide. It will be great to see first devices ship with full Flash Player in the first half of next year.”

“We are excited to join Adobe and other industry leaders in the Open Screen Project,” said Sundar Pichai, vice president of Product Management at Google. “This initiative supports our common goal to move the Web forward as a platform and to spur innovation in the industry through technology such as Adobe Flash.”

“Adobe Flash technology provides a key experience on new Windows phones, enabling people to enjoy rich Flash based games, videos and other interactive Web content on the go,” said Stephanie Ferguson, general manager, Product Management, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to bringing in the new capabilities of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to the Windows phone browser when it becomes available.”

“Motorola is excited to be one of the first handset manufacturers to ship Android based devices with Flash Player support early next year,” said Christy Wyatt, vice president of software applications and ecosystem at Motorola. “As the No.1 platform for video on the Web, uncompromised browsing of Flash technology based content is essential for a rich mobile experience and something users expect from Motorola today.”

“As a longtime partner of Adobe, and more than 400 million Nokia phones shipped with existing Flash technology to date, we are excited to see Flash Player becoming a reality for mobile phones and other mobile devices,” said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia. “Nokia is excited about full Flash Player coming to devices and we are committed to supporting Flash Player 10.1 on mobile devices in 2010.”

Engadget also notes:

Speaking of fast chipsets, the other big news out of the show is that Flash 10.1 will take advantage of GPU acceleration on a number of key mobile platforms, including both nVidia’s Tegra and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon alongside ION for smooth (well, theoretically smooth) 720p and 1080p video on the latest generation of netbooks and smartbooks.

Good news for the ZuneHD and HTC HD2 / Leo (Toshiba TG01 and Acer F1).

Source: Adobe via Engadget

Blackberry Storm 2 hitting Verizon on october 25th

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Once again the BGR got the scoop on the BlackBerry Storm 2. This time a screenshot of Best Buy’s inventory system shows the Storm 2 (dummy units) arriving on October 25th. As they said “actual retail units start to come in a little bit before or a little bit after those dummy models hit“, so there’s still hope for an October launch on Verizon.

Source: BGR

TweetDeck eventually coming to all mobile platforms (Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry)

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Currently only available on Apple’s iPhone, the awesome Twitter client, TweetDeck, may be headed to other mobile OSes in the futur according to a post in their support forums:

Is TweetDeck available for mobile?
Submitted Sep 01 by richard

TweetDeck is currently available for the iPhone. You can download it from the AppStore or go here http://tweetdeck.com/iphone/

We are determined to eventually see TweetDeck available for other mobile platforms, such as Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry and Android, but there are no timelines for these as yet.

Source: TweetDeck thanks for the tip Tnuc

Spotify coming to Windows Mobile and BlackBerry

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I’m a bit late on this one..Thanks to all the iPhone & Android versions coverage on the web and also the Symbian version demoed it looks like this quote from Daniel Ek, Spotify’s founder & CEO, went unnoticed (at least by me anyway):

“Quite shortly you’ll see something on Symbian [a mobile phone operating system used on many devices, such as Nokias]. We’re also looking at BlackBerrys and Windows Mobile, so we’re definitely investing quite a lot in to getting Spotify more mobile. The iPhone and Android are two great platforms, but we want Spotify available on as many of the big platforms as possible.”

So there you have it BlackBerry and Windows Mobile versions are on the way…

Source: Daily Telegraph.uk

More Verizon release dates leaks: Storm 2, HTC Desire, Motorola Sholes, LG BL 40 Chocolate Touch

Verizon is leaking like the Titanic lately. Here’s a little summary of today’s rumors :

First PhoneArena got their hands on a picture highlighting the existence of an HTC Android phone called the HTC Desire (6200) coming to Verizon.
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The second leak comes from BlackBerryOS claims to have a Verizon internal document that says that the Storm 2 will be released on October 14, the LG BL40 Chocolate Touch in Mid-October and the Morotla Sholes in October.

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Let’s wait & see..

Source: PhoneArena & BlackBerryOS

BlackBerry Storm 2 vs Storm 1 on video

Here’s follow up to the previous BalckBerry Storm 2 hands-on video posted 2 weeks ago. This time Salomondrin did a Storm 1 vs Storm 2 video showing us the improved typing experience on the Storm 2 thanks to it’s new screen tech and also the upgraded ram on RIM‘s new phone. Everything on the Storm 2 looks to fix the shortcomings of the previous one, it’s faster, has more memory, better SurePress etc.. Check it out :

Source: Youtube via PhoneArena

BlackBerry Storm 2 teardown shows new SurePress system

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Piezoelectric tech, Surepress, one thing’s for sure, it’s getting confusing. Following yesterday’s Storm 2 video tour we thought that RIM’s upcoming touchscreen smartphone no longer used their SurePress technology. But we now have a teardown picture posted at BlackBerryCool showing use that the Storm 2 does have a SurePress screen, but instead of one big button the screen is now sitting on 4 buttons. What do you guys think ?

Source: BlackBerryCool

RIM acquires Torch Mobile, WebKit browser headed to BlackBerry phones

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Well, now we know how RIM is planning to bring full Flash and Silverlight support to it’s phones. They’ve just acquired Touch Mobile, markers of the Windows Mobile WebKit based Iris Browser.

Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry® platform.

Torch Mobile’s team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Commiters and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community.

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No word on the future of the Iris Browser though.

Update: “The company will no longer continue developing for Windows Mobile or Windows-CE.” - Torch Mobile

Source: Torch Mobile via BGR

Full upcoming Verizon handsets roadmap leaked

Once again the BGR boys got the hands on some exclusive carrier news. This time it is Verizon‘s upcoming handsets’ release dates and prices. Here’s the full breakdown:

- Samsung Rogue: Aug / $370
- Nokia Twist 7705: Sept / $230
- Samsung Intensity: Sept / $160
- LG Chocolate Touch: Oct / $230
- Motorola Sholes: OCT / TBD
- HTC Razzle/Blitz 2: Oct / TBD (low cost Qwerty device)
- BlackBerry Storm 2: Oct / TBD
- BlackBerry Curve 2: Nov / TBD

There’s no mention of the Samsung Omnia II unfortunately.

Source: BGR

New BlackBerry Storm 2 hardware tour on video

Here’s what looks like the best BlackBerry Storm 2 video so far. The highlight of the video is the how the new screen technology differs from the one on the previous Storm. this time RIM used piezoelectric tech which looks really amazing. RIM’s seems to be really involved in advancing touchscreen technology lately as seen with this patent application. The video also confirms that WiFi is on board this time. The Storm 2 should be headed to Verizon this fall.

Now only Windows Mobile phones are left with sucky resistive touch panels. This should change this fall with HTC’s upcoming Leo and Firestone capacitive smartphones. HTC has also filed a patent for a magnetic stylus compatible with capacitive touch panels.

Source: Engadget

TomTom coming to Android in the near future

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After finally releasing the iPhone version earlier this week, TomTom execs confirmed that they are currently working on an Android version of the navigation application. According to Benoit Simery, Senior VP at TomTom who talked to pocket-Lint:

“We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.”

“We spent so much time producing the iPhone software and we were later on the scene than we wanted but the standard of the service and the quality of the satnav is what was most important to us.”

“I do not question the opportunity that RIM might offer but we know that a satnav device needs to have a large touchscreen and voice commands to be able to work for turn-by-turn navigation. We come from a PDA background and we know what will work.”

TomTom has been partnering with HTC since the Compaq iPaq days on the Windows Mobile platform (when it was still called “PocketPC”) and is the default navigation application on HTC’s WinMo phones bought unlocked in many countries. Unfortunately BlackBerry users are out of luck for now, but this may change if the upcoming Storm 2 is a commercial success

Source: Pocket-Lint

New BlackBerry Storm 2 hands-on video

Here’s another blurry video of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2 running firmware version 5.0.0161 which seems to support WiFi and be a bit faster that the previous roms we witnessed before.

Source: CrackBerry

BlackBerry Storm 2 hands-on video

Here’s a 7 minutes long hands-on of RIM’s latest & greatest, the Storm 2. Nothing really knew is shown unfortunately and the OS/Rom version seems to be quite old. Anyway check it out to see how the new SurePress screen works and how the hardware looks like compared to the Onyx & Tour :

RIM launchs BlackBerry Developer’s blog

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I just wanted to point out that RIM has launched a blog two days ago aimed at developers working on BlackBerry apps. So if you are a BlackBerry dev be sure to head over there.

I am absolutely thrilled to be welcoming you here with the very first post of the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog.  We have been working very hard to create a great blog for our developer community with compelling and informative content.  The BlackBerry Developer’s Blog will be a key component to the overall BlackBerry® Developer Zone  experience, and will cover three distinct areas:
 
  • Technical Discussion and Insights – Including best practices for BlackBerry development, code snippets, and general technical information on how to make applications users will come back to time and again.
  • Market Insight – Discussions of trends and opportunities in mobile development and mobile applications that RIM sees from breathing the mobile industry every single day.
  • Developer Engagement – We have substantial plans to get more engaged with our regional and local developer communities all around the world, from Australia to Argentina and everywhere in-between.  We will be using the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog to communicate events in your region and opportunities to meet other BlackBerry developers.
One of the important aspects of a great blog is community engagement and we’re making that a primary focus on the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog. We will, of course, respond to your questions and comments, but we’re also looking for you to share your experiences and insights with the rest of the BlackBerry development community. 

Source: BlackBerry’s Dev Blog

BlackBerry Storm 2 pictured, WiFi on board

New pictures of RIM’s Storm 2 have been leaked today. Unlike the original Storm the new one has WiFi support as seen in one of the pics below. Design is in line with it’s predecessor, the only notable change we can see is the 4 buttons which have been replaced 4 capacitive controls.

Source: benezblog.de

HTC Touch Pro2, BlackBerry 9700 coming soon to AT&T

It seems that we have now some confirmation that the Touch Pro2 is also coming to AT&T which makes it one of the first HTC phones to be available on nearly all the major operators worldwide. RIMs BlackBerry 9700 is also in the pipeline. BoyGeniusReport posted the following list of upcoming AT&T phones : att-prelaunch-list

Source : BGR

RIM files a patent for hybrid capacitive-resistive touch screen

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After coming out with the click-screen (capacitive) on the Storm nearly a year ago, RIM seems to be heavily investing in new touch screen technologies. The Canadian company has filed a patent for was looks like an hybrid screen mixing resistive touch panels/controllers with a capacitive touch controller. Here’s the abstract:

A touch screen display includes a display device, a resistive touch-sensitive overlay disposed on the display device and including a pair of touch-sensor layers separated by a gap, a resistive touch screen controller connected to each of the pair of touch-sensor layers for determining a position of a touch event on the touch-sensitive overlay and a capacitive controller connected to an outer one of the pair of touch-sensor layers for receiving input for determining changes resulting from capacitive coupling with the outer one of the pair of touch-sensor layers.

This technology has some drawbacks tough. Because of the multi plastic/glass layers placed on top of the display and the air gap, some brightness is always lost and durability can be an issue due to the use of moving parts (deformation of the screen).

The patent filing can be found here

Source: Unwired

BlackBerry Curve 8520 announced

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Rim have finally announced their latest non-3G Qwerty Smartphone. Unlike previous BlackBerry models the 8520 sports an optical track-pad instead of the standard trackball used by Rim. The same kind of user control was introduced by Samsung with the i780 more than a year ago and is used is several other phones like the Epix, Omnia and SE Xperia. This new Curve also has dedicated media keys on top and out of the box Mac support for syncing contacts, calendars and applications. The official product page can be found here

According to SlashGear the 8520 should be available at T-Mobile USA and VodaFone UK

Update: T-Mobile’s Press Release

BlackBerry Storm 2 hands on video

The boys over at CrackBerry just posted what seems to be the very first hands on video of Rim’s upcoming Storm 2. The device does looks sweet and responsive unlike the original Storm (it does take a while to switch from protrait to landscape though). Kevin summed up his hands on by this :

•the hardware is much nicer – this is what Storm “1″ should have been. It feels nicer in the hand and the concept is executed more cleanly. Improved engineering all around. Examples: better battery door integration (no need for “feet” for an ill-placed speaker port or hooks to hold the door in place; tighter tolerances (no gaps/light shining through); buttons are part of display
•the click screen is more user-friendly – assuming when the 9550 hits the market the operating system is running as fast and smooth as it does on a non-touch BlackBerry, I *think* maybe I could give up my physical keyboard and make this my daily driver. Watch the video to see it in action. RIM’s premise of separating navigation from confirmation is the same, but the actual SurePress / TruePress / Whatever It Gets Called technology is better. Definitely a better feeling while typing. The display still moves downward a bit (you can feel a physical movement as you push down) and the glass is solid.
•the operating system is basically the same – the hardware in the video is running a version of OS 5.1, so with the Storm 9530/9500 to be upgraded to 5.0 soon, the basic device software difference between Storm 1 and Storm 2 will likely be negligible. The new Storm has more device memory so will be smoother running, but from a basic usage / visual / apps standpoint nothing major is changing.

Source : CrackBerry