720P video recording seems to be THE feature on all the latest high-end handsets launching this year. We’ve already seen the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 4G and Acer Stream but is time to see how the Droid X gets the job done. The videos posted below were all shot with the current rom (which probably isn’t final yet) and looks fairly good IMO (better than the EVO 4G and Acer Stream but with same nasty pink spot in the middle..).
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Everything isn’t going too well today for Apple. It seems like the first batch of retail iPhone 4 has quite a few problems. First is the yellow tint / yellow bar present on some of the Retina displays. As you can see in the pictures this thing looks really bad especially on a white background. There’s still some hope though if this anonymous poster at the Apple insider forum is to be believed:
Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow “blotches” will disappear.
How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.
So the only thing to do now is to wait and see if this is the yallow bar goes away once the Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 finally evaporates.
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Here’s an extensive hands-on video of the Motorola Droid X shot during the launch event. The build quality seems too be really good and the screen is definitely better than the one found on the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G (the Droid X’s screen has a higher PPI thanks to the 854×480 resolution and an IPS panel resulting in better viewing angles and contrast). The new MotoBlur UI doesn’t look too fancy and gets the job done IMO. Check out the video after the break (btw, the clicking sound that you will hear throughout the video isn’t coming from the handset but from the Autofocus of the DSLR camera recording the video…).
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The Engadget team has juts posted a quick size comparison between the iPhone 4 and the recently announced Motorola Droid X. With it’s massive 4.3″ screen the Motorola Droid X obviously dwarfs the sleek looking iPhone 4. Interestingly the Droid X is nearly as thin as the iPhone 4 but gets thicker at the top because of the camera and dual LED flash. It would be interesting to hear the what it feels like to use the Droid X on a daily basis given that I already find that the HTC HD2 is too big and hard to use with one hand (the Droid X is larger than both the HD2 and HTC EVO 4G!).
Microsoft has just released a major update to the Bing Maps application for the iPhone and iPod Touch (and hopefully on Windows Mobile later). Redmond is going against Google Goggles service with the new visual scanning feature introduced today. User will be able to scan the barcode of any product or the cover art of books, CDs, DVDs, or video games and get relevant results like prices, reviews and merchants sites links. Check out the features description below:
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Windows Live Messenger has finally been released on the iPhone today for free. The application seamlessly integrates all the features found in the desktop version into a nicely laid out UI tha reatins the commen design queus of the iPhone OS:
Instant message with your Windows Live Messenger and Y! Messenger contacts on the go so you’re always connected to the people that matter most. You can even receive IM notifications when your app is closed so you never miss a message.
Windows Live Messenger gives you one place to view the updates your Messenger friends are sharing from social networks like Facebook, Flickr, MySpace and more, helping you cut through the clutter on the go.
Upload photos right from your phone to share your favorite moments with the people that matter most. Create albums, add captions, and let your friends and family comment on your photos.
Access your Hotmail account without leaving the app to read, reply to, and compose emails. Get email notifications within the application so you know when you have new messages.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft intends to integrate Windows Live Messenger into Windows Phone 7. So far we haven’t seen anything on this front (only basic social network integration into the people’s hub) so it is still any one’s guess if this services will be natively integrated into the OS in a later update or if Microsoft is planning to develop a application similar to the one released on the iPhone today that would be available on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
One more video comparison for you folks. This time it’s the iPhone 4 vs the HTC EVO 4G. And the winner is…..obviously the iPhone 4.Check out the video below and see how the HTC EVO 4G video suffers from crappy compression artifacts and totally messed contrast (with a nice purple tint as the center of the lense…) compared to the smoother image and framerate with more natural colors on the iPhone 4:
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Microsoft has officially denied the rumor that I reported a few days ago about the iPhone developers that were supposedly offered loads of money to port their successful applications to Windows Phone 7. Contacted by French website L’Informaticien, Microsoft said that they will obviously talk to iPhone developers and try to convince them that developing for WP7 is a path that they should consider.But that there’s no need for them [MS] to pay anybody given the thousands of current Silverlight developers in the world (15000 only in France). Microsoft is confident that enough developers are interested in the new mobile platform.
Today is the official retail launch of Office 2010 and the roll out of the new Hotmail Web service but what Microsoft didn’t announce yet is that the previously announced Push mail support in Hotmail via Exchange ActiveSync is also currently up and running (don’t be surprised if it’s just up for testing right now. All you have to do is setup up the following in ActiveSync (on Windows Mobile) or the regular email client on the iPhone, Android etc..:
server address: m.hotmail.com
I’ve just tested the service and it works perfectly in WiFi and 3G (if it doesn’t work straight in 3G, just disabke the data session and open a new one). The official roll out of this feature is scheduled for later this year.
Tanks to LiveSide for the tip
One more Windows Phone 7 rumor for the day. PocketGamer.biz is claiming that an iPhone developer has been offered money to port his application to Windows Phone 7. However the anonymous developer supposedly declined the offer because the cost of porting his C++ code to C#/silverlight or XNA was too high. Take all this with a grain of salt though. First off you must remember that a similar rumor was started (by John Gruber?) around the launch of the Zune HD, rumor that was never confirmed especially given that the Zune HD doesn’t have (and will never have) a third-party application marketplace. Secondly iPhone applications aren’t code entirely in C++ (you need an to use Object-C to have any kind of GUI) so the claim that it is to costly to port it to Silverlight/XNA is shady at best. And why would Microsoft offer money for an application port knowing that this application would need native access to the OS? The Twin Blades game that I hand the chance to play on the Windows Phone 7 prototype last month was originaly an iPhone game, was then released on Xbox Live Arcade and then ported to Windows Phone 7 in two weeks by one programmer (Press Start Studio = only 5 guys) and has also now been released on Samsung Bada phones. Now I’m not trying to say that Microsoft isn’t working in collaboration with developers to crank out a boatload of WP7 apps for the launch but Microsoft has enough experience in the software and games industry to do things in the right way and not just “throw loads of money at iPhone developpers”.
Source: PocketGamer.biz via WMPU
One more Droid X leak for the weekend. This time we have two pictures showing the Motorola Droid X vs the HTC EVO 4G an iPhone followed by another one showing the Droid X alongside the HTC Droid Eris. As you have probably already noticed the Motorola Droid X is a tiny bit larger than the HTC EVO 4G! This could be a problem IMO. I firmly believe that the size of the EVO (and HD2) is already a bit too much (it’s a pain to use with one hand).
Source: Android Forums
One of the best features of Android is undoubtedly its voice search functionality. Unfortunately as I have reported in my HTC Desire review the feature only worked in English (US and UK) so everybody else was sadly left out of the party. But you can know wipe your tears thanks to today’s announcement that French, German, Italian and Spanish are finally supported on Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices:
Voice has always been the most natural way to interact with a phone — speaking is typically faster and easier than typing. We first developed Search by voice for English, and then for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Today we’re excited to welcome speakers of French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
microphone icon to start a voice-powered search. iPhone and BlackBerry users who already have Google Mobile App installed can enable voice search by selecting the new languages from the settings panel within the app.
If you have Android 1.6 or 2.1 (Donut or Eclair), and you have already installed the Search by voice application, starting later today voice search will return recognition results for French, German, Italian or Spanish if your phone has one of those languages chosen in ‘Language and keyboard’ settings. If you do not have the Search by voice application, you can install it from Android Market on your phone – search for ‘voice search‘. This application is only available in the Android Markets for France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
I just noticed that Apple has provided 6 photo samples (re-sized them to save bandwidth, originals are here) supposedly taken with the iPhone 4 5mpix camera. According to them those picture are untouched and come straight from the device taken in optimal condotions. If that’s indeed the case then all I can say is; wow. They just look awesome, there no blurring at the edges and no sharpening artifacts at all. Other companies like HTC, Samsung or LG can learn a thing or two because this thing is leagues better than what they are currently shipping. Here’s a sample from the upcoming LG Panther/ GW910 Windows Phone 7 device but the Nokia N8 is still the best I’ve seen so far (with its 12 Mpix sensor).
Check out some new samples (HD Video) here and an HTC EVO 4G vs iPhone 4 HD video comparison here
The boys at Engadget have posted of couple of pictures of the newly announced iPhone 4 vs the HTC EVO 4G. As you can see in the pictures above the iPhone 4 is definitely a lot thinner that the EVO 4G (which is already thicker that the HTC HD2 btw) but IMO the iPhone 4′s Retina…high resolution screen is a total waste given the 3.5 size of the display. Looking at the macro shots of both handset it’s clear that you can’t distinguish pixels on both screen. Apple does have better color calibration though. They’ve also upload a screen comparison video of the iPhone 4 vs the iPhone 3Gs (why not the HTC EVO 4G?):
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That’s right folks. You’ve already seen it before but it’s not official. Steve Jobs has just announced the iPhone 4. More to come….(image courtesy of Engadget). The device is only 9.3mm thick and features a super high resolution 3.5″ display composed of 326 pixels per inch… 960×640, 800:1 contrast and IPS panel. The iPhone 4 features the Apple A4 SoC found in the iPad and will feature up to 32gb of storage. The device also has a 5Mpix camera with backlit sensor and LED flash and is capableof shotting 720P videos at 30fps. THe other new features a the inclusion of a 3-axis Gyroscope.
iPhone OS 4 has now been renamed iOS 4. iOS is now a platform just like OSX. Many new iOS based deviecees will probably come out of Apple in the coming years (devices other than Tablets and Phones..). Bing is now a search engine option alongside Yahoo and Google (still default). The iPhone will also featur video chat but only through Wifi. It will be available in Black & White for $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB launching June 2′th (pre-orders start June 15th)
That’s for now. Will post my thoughts later tonight.
I usually don’t post about Apple related news here and am mainly focused on Windows Phone 7 and Android lately but every-time Apple announces a new product there’s no denying that it has a massive impact on the industry. That’s why I’ll probably post some thoughts later on about the new iPhone HD or iPhone 4G (if that’s the name..) some of the other announcement that Steve Jobs is going to make in less than an hour at WWDC in San Fransisco. It’s also highly probable that I will get my hands-on the new device once its released (it’s always good to know what you are talking about especially when you are mainly focused on the competition).
Don’t know what to do with your soon to be retired iPhone 3G? Just install Android 2.2 aka Froyo on it. Sure it’s currently totally useless and sluggish (and according to those who tried it; causes the device to run extremely hot after a few minutes, but here are the installation instructions (courtesy of iDroid.it via GadgetsDNA) if you are brave enough:
- OpeniBoot installed on your iPhone.
- Download this archive and place it on the desk.
- Phoneview or Cyberduck installed on your computer.
- Packages afc2add or OpenSSHinstalled through Cydia.
Transferring files on the iPhone
- Open Phoneview or Cyberduck and position in the path / Private / var and transferred all the files in the archive you downloaded it;
- Now create a new folder in path / Private / var and name Firmware.
- Download this new archive and place the files inside the firmware folder.
- Download this file, unzip it and place it on your desktop.
- Put your device in recovery mode: turn off the device and connect to the computer while holding down the Home button until iTunes recognizes the device (alternatively you can use RecBoot, Much faster and easier to use).
- Launch Terminal and type the following commands in sequence:
sudo. / loadibec openiboot.img3
- Three symbols appear on the screen of the device: move to the second with the power button, and press the Home button on the top. Wait until it displays ‘Welcome to OpeniBoot‘.
- Move back to your Terminal and type this command:. / Oibc.
- Put the device in recovery mode but this time hold down Home and Power until you see the classic iTunes logo with the cable screen. Close iTunes on your Mac and move to the Terminal.
- From terminal, press Ctrl and C together.
- Re-enter by writing OpeniBoot sudo. / loadibec openiboot.img3. Without this, the three symbols appear again. This time, do not hit the Home button.
- On the terminal, while remaining in the Installer folder, type. / Oibc and do not press Enter.
- Navigate to OpeniBoot and click on Home, then on the terminal type the command . / Oibc. Wait till you see ‘Welcome to OpeniBoot‘, Type install Terminal and wait till your iPhone 3G reboots.
Check out the video after the break:
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My man Brandon at Pocketnow has posted follow up to his Android 2.2 browser performance video. As we have noticed in the previous video, enabling the Flash 10.1 plugin on the Nexus One resulted in poor page loading performances. To fix this the user has the choice to select “on-demand” in the Enable Plug-ins menu settings of the browser to have the ability to to manually load the flash content on a specific page (the plugin was previously loading all the Flash content by default) and finally experience the speed boost that Google promised in Android 2.2. Check out the video after the break:
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Brandon at Pocketnow did it again and posted a must see video of the newly unleashed Android 2.2 browser running on a google Nexus One versus an iPhone 3GS (Safari Mobile) and HTC HD2 (Opera Mobile 10 but I would have personally used 9.7). You will see Flash 10.1 running smoothly in the browser but you will also quickly notice that enabling the Flash plugin actually slows down the overall loading performance of the Nexus One. Check out the video below:
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