Archive for March, 2011

Android PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid pulled from Market

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Of course there will be much speculation as to why Google would pull the Android Market App known as PSX4Droid. According to the applications creator ZodTTD, Google informed him that the reason the app was being pulled was because of “Content Policy violation.” More intriguing is the general statement Google sent out regarding the entire debacle: “We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies.” What we would like to know is how come it took the company over eight months for them to take action about such a popular emulator. We’re pretty sure that they have gotten one too many requests from content providers to pull the offending emulator. Could the removal of the app coincide with the recent launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and its PlayStation network which is promising to bring many new applications and games to the Android Marketplace?

It’s easy to point fingers at Sony or Google getting cozy in bed and while many would like to speculate that Sony did have something to do with the removal of the app, others have pointed out that FPSe is still available in the Marketplace (at least at the time of this writing). So why no love for one and plenty of love for the other? It could be for a multitude of reasons including the fact that PSX4Droid is based off source from another emulator called PCSX which is released under the GPL license. PSX4Droid is not and it could be that this is a similar situation like the VLC media player app being pulled from the Apple App Store thanks to conflict of open source licensing.

In either case, courts have ruled that emulators do not actually break laws because they only provide a service even though they are mainly used to break copyright laws, much the same thing with P2P networks such as BitTorrent, LimeWire and others.

No iPhone 5 at WWDC?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If you’re like us, you’re probably tired of hearing all these rumors about iPhone 5s and when it might or might not launch. Well here goes another rumor that we’re sad to say might actually be true. According to some new reports, Apple’s WWDC conference, which kicks off on June 6th, will not be used to launch the iPhone 5, instead the conference will be used to solely push software innovations coming to the next version of iOS, Mac OS X as well as 200+ developer conferences where Mac developers can be trained in how to’s concerning Mac OS X development.

So when and where would Apple announce the iPhone 5 you might ask? According to such sources as All Thing’s D and others, sources that have been spot on concerning recent and past Apple rumors, the company will use their annual September event to launch the iPhone 5. As you might be aware of, in the recent quarters, Apple has been seeing it’s MP3 market share slowly slip, mainly due to the fact that many smartphones have built in media players and the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone have been cannibalizing sales of the iPod platform.

It would then make sense for the company to shift its focus from iPod Nano’s, Classics and Shuffles to iOS and the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone 5 as the look to find better ways of competing with Android.

As stated before, all these are just speculations but seeing the trend of current events in Cupertino, we would not be too surprised if all this played out exactly as the rumors go. That being said, we don’t have long to wait before we find out the truth.

Source: Digital Daily

HTC EVO 3D coming to Europe

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Remember a couple days ago when HTC unveiled the EVO 3D for Sprint, the successor to last year’s EVO which won numerous awards and went down in history as the first 4G device? Well, thanks to HTC France, the company has just announced via their Twitter page that the HTC EVO 3D will be making an appearance in Europe. This should come as no surprise as the company recently announced that the previous Verizon exclusive Incredible S would also be available for European buyers.

The HTC EVO 3D is scheduled for a summer release in the United States on Sprint’s WiMAX 4G network. It is very unlikely that the device would arrive to European soils before then so if we are guessing that we should see the HTC EVO 3D sometime during the holiday season or maybe a bit earlier.

As for specs, as the name would imply, the EVO 3D sports a 4.3-inch qHD display that carries 960 x 540 pixels along with a two five megapixel cameras for its 3D photo and video shooting capabilities along with a LED flash for low light shooting. There is full 1080p video recording in non-3D video shooting mode and 720p shooting for 3D mode (the phone can view videos in a maximum resolution of 720p). The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor and thanks to a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera there will be video conferencing available to all those who so desire.

Seeing that there are no 4G networks in the UK or any other part of Europe, we’re guessing that the 4G WiMAX radios will be substituted for something along the lines of a quad-band GSM radio. We’ll keep you updated as we get more news on the EVO 3G, in the meantime, you’re welcome to check out the full specs below.

Source: Twitter

Apple planning to “radically” change iOS Maps?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

You can read into this from whatever angle you want and we’re sure many people will probably do so in terms of the Apple iPhone 5, but we’ll just go ahead and post what we have been hearing along the Apple news wavelengths.

Thanks to Apple Insider who was able to pick up info on a couple job positions Apple is looking to fill. According to the job listing, the Cupertino based company is looking for applicants with “excellent skills in object-oriented software design and programming.” Their label will be iOS Maps Application Developers and will be responsible for changing the look, feel and interaction of iOS Maps which is currently powered by Google.

It has been known for quite some time now that iOS Maps is light-years behind what Google has to offer in version 5.0 of their Google Maps which allows check in’s via Google Latitude, one of the best navigation experiences on a smartphone.
With these new job postings it seems that Apple might be interested in taking on Google head on in offering an in house solution for navigation and what not instead of relying on third party sources such as TomTom, Navigon and other to provide navigation to iPhone users. It could also mean that iOS Maps might get some type of social media plugin which could allow users to check in etc. similar to SquareTrade, Facebook Places and Google Latitude.

This could also lend some credence to the rumor that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone for customers in other countries. Such an idea would mean the company would be wise to provide applications for basic features such as navigation etc. Currently most rumors are pointing to a June unveiling of the iPhone 5 and if that is the case most naturally we could be seeing some fruition to these Maps rumors then.

Source: Apple Insider

BlackBerry PlayBoook to run Android apps, wise move?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Last week we got an official confirmation that BlackBerry would be introducing support for Android apps in the PlayBook. While the company hasn’t gone into any details on who to expect and what not to, it has informed the public and developer community that Android apps will run via some type of emulator.

While many are hailing this as a great move by Blackberry as it would allow the company’s new tablet to access well over 150,000 apps currently in the Android Marketplace, others are saying it might be a shot in the leg as it would discourage developers from developing for their new QNX platform (the platform the PlayBook currently runs on).

On one hand Blackberry is in a bind where it has traditionally been seen as a business oriented company even though their latest push into the consumer market has been successful, yet they are arriving to the tablet market with two of their biggest competitors already ahead of them.

It could be argued that the tablet market is young, and that is true. It could also be argued that as many more tablet OS platforms come to the market such as BlackBerry’s QNX, HP’s webOS (formerly Palm webOS), and Intel and Nokia’s Meego, customers will be bombarded with options and a tablet that is able to run hundreds of thousands of apps including those from the competition will better suite itself to play in such a diverse field. Also, with BlackBerry planning deep integration between their smartphones and the PlayBook, something that only HP is working on, it could prove compelling to BlackBerry owners to use a tablet that will support their favorite BlackBerry suite apps as well as apps from other markets.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (updated)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

You might recall that after the release of the iPad 2 Samsung said that they will need to up the ante on design if they want to compete properly with Apple and the iPad 2. It was as if Apple was telling Samsung and everyone else, “let’s see what you’re gonna do now.” Samsung’s reply was “challenge accepted!”

We’re not sure how long it took Samsung to whip up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 spec2 (as we’ve dubbed it), but apparently it was a lot sooner than we originally thought as the newly announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 was given an official release at CTIA in Orlando Florida less than 48 hours ago. We’re pretty sure that you might be wondering what Samsung plans to do with the original Tab 10.1 which has not even made it to markets yet. Samsung reps have said that the company plans to bring both devices to the market.

Now onto the specs, as you might recall, Apple really slimmed down the size of the iPad 2 versus the original model.  We’re pretty sure that Apple didn’t expect Samsung to not only match them but beat them at their game which is exactly what they did. Measuring at just 8.6mm thin the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2. It is also lighter than the iPad weighing in at just 595g.

The device does sport the same display as the older model which is 1280 x 800 pixels and there will be Honeycomb 3.0 although Samsung will officially become the first OEM to customize the OS with their own skin. That said, the demos of the TouchWiz 4.0 UI do seem to add some well needed improvements to Android 3.0 but we’ll leave our final judgment until we actually review the unit which should be sometime within the first week of June.

Nokia Software Updater for Mac in beta

Friday, March 18th, 2011

We’ve dreamed about this day for quite some time now, and it has finally come. Thanks to the few remaining devs in Nokia’s Symbian labs, Mac’s and Nokia are becoming a bit friendlier. Yes, Nokia is living in a post Symbian world as of the moment, but the company has not forgotten about its faithful customers who are still using the now dead platform.

It’s been a year since we got the software for Windows machines, but those who are in the hands of Steve Jobs can finally taste a piece of the pie as the beta for the Mac version of the software was pushed out today.

The Mac version of the software allows you to push core updates to your supported device as well as any apps you might find interesting on the Ovi Store. According to Nokia, there are no major warnings for the software except for the usual that says if you should unplug your device during an update, you could end up with an expensive plastic brick. But then again, that’s a warning that you get from almost any phone updating software including Microsoft and Apple’s iTunes software.

The Nokia Software Updater for Mac comes at a crucial point in Nokia’s history when the company is in the beginning stages of moving from Symbian in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform thanks to heavy bargaining from Microsoft and Elop (Nokia CEO) who was a former Microsoft executive. The company claims it will continue to support Symbian for years even though it plans to have Windows Phone 7 device out by years end. As for the company’s new view on MeeGo, the platform that was to replace Symbian, they claim that they will continue to support it and do plan to have a MeeGo device out by years end; however, their major push will be behind the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Sony Ericsson’s disturbing Xperia Play ad

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

It’s not the first time that Sony has risen to the top of controversy with its weird and disturbing commercials. Unfortunately, for the company’s lawyers and others in their PR team, Sony Ericsson has once again shot to the top of controversy thanks to the highly disturbing commercial that can be viewed below.

Is it just me or does the commercial seem to have not the slightest thing to do with the device it is advertising? Albeit, Android is included and in the closing seconds of the commercial we do see an Xperia Play playing some games at well over 50fps. But was it necessary to have a human’s thumbs sewed to a robot to carry across the point?

If Sony intends to raise awareness for the device by releasing some of the most disturbing commercials ever seen, they have hit gold. But something tells me that not everyone in Sony is happy about the commercial. That said, it would make sense to release a controversial and compelling commercial for such a device seeing it is not being marked to those who are riding the higher years of the rollercoaster. On the other hand, I fail to see who in Sony gave the go ahead for such a commercial seeing the company has gotten into plenty of trouble in recent years for its PS3 ads as well as it over sexualized Sony Ericsson ad.

At any rate, if the company was looking to stir up an ants nest, it did. However, for companies, not all publicity is good publicity and only time will tell whether or not this worked out in favor of Sony. Until the public gives it verdict, you can check out the commercial for yourself below and give your opinions below.

Source: Engadget

Three UK to stock Nokia E7

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In the wake of Nokia’s new found operating system choice (Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7), the company will be phasing out Symbian^3 and so the Nokia E7 represents one of the last devices from the Finnish companies that will run the outgoing OS.

And thanks to Vodofone UK, Three UK has now come forward with word that they too will be stocking the QWERTY equipped Nokia E7 smartphone in April. The news came via the companies Twitter account and has since added the device to its Coming Soon page. As of yet there are no pricing points for the device, but Three is scheduled to shortly release the pricing tariffs for the E7 and many are speculating that there will be an all-you-can-eat data plan in the mix.

Originally the device was scheduled to land in December of 2010, however, due to complications the launch has been pushed back till April of this year and while the device is slow in getting to the market, it will be coming in among the elite of Samsung’s Symbian^3 line. Said device will feature a 4-inch AMOLED screen with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and an 8 megapixel camera on the back which is able to capture HD content at resolutions of 720p. There is 16GB of onboard storage with 3G and Wi-Fi in the mix as well as Microsoft Office for all your document editing and creating needs.

There is not an exact date as of yet for the release date, but Expansys claims they will have the device on April the 5th with the SIM free version clocking in at £494.99. Not the cheapest smartphone on the market, but reasonable nonetheless.

Source: Twitter

Samsung hints at lower price, better hardware for Galaxy Tab 10.1 in light of the iPad 2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tablets, tablets, tablets! Competition, competition, completion! Those are the two chants we seem to be hearing a lot recently in the mobile world and thanks to Apple’s iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday, it seems that more than a few company executives are reconsidering their options and focus in the tablet market.

One such company is Samsung who as of recently has been mull about the specific launch details and pricing of its second generation Galaxy Tab device. The Honeycomb tablet which was announced at Mobile World Congress last month is set to compete directly with the Xoom as well as the forth coming iPad 2 and many other tablets which are to be released later this year.

Now Samsung’s VP Lee Don-Joo is saying that the company is looking at its own tablet and is considering the improvement of inadequate parts. While the vice president did not elaborate as to what specifically he was speaking about in terms of changing to the device, he did that that “Apple made the iPad 2 very thin.” In light of this he did say that Samsung is considering a change to its pricing strategy as well as the parts used in the device. It was made clear that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would cost more than the Galaxy Tab 7-inch, but in light of Apple’s aggressive pricing strategy, the company (Samsung) is considering cutting heavily into its profit margins as well as taking a loss of profit altogether in order to make the Tab 10.1 a success.

Now if only Motorola could take a cue from this. And while we’re at it, we’re hoping HP is taking note and does not pull any high price points with their TouchPad.

Source: Engadget