Posts From Thijs Koot
Next week figures to play huge for Android as CES 2011 gets underway. HTC will deliver a fancy 4G phone, Motorola will announce a cool Honeycomb tablet and numerous manufacturers won’t bring Google TV devices. And Samsung? Samsung expects to bring a Galaxy S that isn’t able to make calls.
The Nexus One was cool. The Nexus S was hot. What’s an 42″ Nexus S like? Simply awesome.
The extension Google uses for Android applications may seem a bit complicated, but it really isn’t. In fact, an .apk is nothing else than a .zip file disguised as an .apk. That makes things real simple.
Remember the e-mail Twitter sent to the Touiteur developers, about the name of their application? In case you don’t, it briefly contained this message: “Change the name of your app or we will start prosecution.”
We already saw the ‘Evolution of tablets’ video passing by, but Motorola seems to bring a whole new goodie at the CES in 2011, according to their website. It’s actually just a countdown to the CES but it has something fascinating with it, due to all the mysterious stuff around it.
It looks like the Nexus S isn’t the only Gingerbread phone in town anymore. Supercurio, who was also the first to root the Nexus S, has ported the ROM from the new Google flagship device to the Galaxy S.
Sprint is Americas second provider when it comes to bloatware, just one step behind Verizon. It doesn’t load it up with freaking Bing, but they do add all kinds of bloatware, no matter whether users think it’s useful or not. But they do update their phones.
The Nexus S hasn’t been released yet, but besides the vague and instable custom ROMs, there is a legal way to try out Gingerbread. It’s called the SDK Emulator, originally designed for developers to test their apps with the newest platforms with different configurations.
The Gingerbread source hasn’t even been released yet, and people are already trying to get Gingerbread on their devices. To make clear which devices are supported by certain ROMs, XDA-developers has made a list of working ROMs. Because they’re just ripped off the emulator, don’t expect even the basic stuff to work well, but you can play with it to see what the Gingerbread UI is like. Besides, new stuff is always cool to test, right?
Modaco’s Paul O’Brien has extracted the Gingerbread launcher out of the emulator ROM and made it available for all devices running Froyo. Combined with the Gingerbread-keyboard, this can give you a bit of an impression what Gingerbread is like.
LG seems to be back in town with a whole lot of new Androids, and we have to say, impressive ones. Now they are about to launch their first Android phone sporting a dual core processor.
Today is the big day. Android is growing up fast and Gingerbread brings a whole lot of juicy features for users, but what does this new platform mean for developers? Good question, let’s dig some.
We’ve got some good news for notorious kernel flashers and the ones who just started flashing. XDA-member jkoljo has made a Windows tool that makes all the command-line stuff superfluous.
We’ve seen Angry Birds running on the new e-reader from Barnes & Noble, showing that it’s capable of more than its stock offerings, but the party isn’t over yet.
The first Google TV device was launched exactly a month ago, but still nothing has happened around the rooting thing. Someone was really tired of the limitations of the platform and decided to give a $1000 bounty to the first person who roots and installs third-party apps on the Google TV. Since it’s running Android, it seems to be quite easy at the first glance, but it isn’t.