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3 years ago

LG, VMWare bringing the corporate sandbox to Android

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LG and VMware announced this morning a partnership that brings virtualization to Android smartphones. The non-nerd premise is this: You've got your standard Android smartphone, with your e-mail, your apps, your phone number. And in a virtual space on the same device, you have another set of apps, corporate e-mail, another phone number -- completely sandboxed from your personal stuff, unable to talk to or access its data.

The idea, of course, is security, and it gives VMware a handhold into the mobile enterprise market. Chances are most of us don't have jobs that need that level of sandbox security but it's nice that it's available. Full press release after the break and video that Engadget scrounged up is after the break.

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3 years ago

Fring adds Dynamic Video Quality to their video calling services

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The topic of video calling these days is a rather hot one for many. What was once noted as a thing of the future, video calling this year has sort of been placed at the front of the line when it comes to device manufacturers and application developers. The other element here is the carriers, rather the networks they provide and their ability to provide enough bandwidth to make video calling happen. Fring, well aware of the fact that carrier networks are often times constrained have adapted their video calling applications to make use of Dynamic Video Quality as they refer to it.

DVQ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) automatically, and continuously, adjusts your video call quality to match your internet bandwidth at all times, giving you the best video and audio quality possible for your connectivity.

In short, that all breaks down to this. Whenever you have what may be considered spotty coverage, Fring will adjust your video calls a quality level, which the network can provide dynamically without user interaction. The goal here is to not limit your ability to make video calls but rather to give you the best audio and video the network can provide. Hopefully, a lot more developers will adopt similar technology as well. It really is a basic philosophy of networking. Fring is available now in the Android Market. [Fring]

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3 years ago

Video: Andy Rubin with the Motorola tablet and Honeycomb

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Here's video of Google's Andy Rubin showing off that Tegra 2 Motorola tablet prototype running Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the all-new Google Maps. In a word: WANT! [All Things D] Thanks, Kevin!

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3 years ago

Andy Rubin demos Honeycomb on prototype Motorola tablet, coming in 2011

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We all expected Andy Rubin (the man at Google behind the Android project) to talk Gingerbread at tonight's All Things D's Dive into Mobile conference keynote, but nobody expected to see a prototype Motorola tablet, running Honeycomb.  Not many details were given, but the tablet lacks physical buttons, and was shown running the upcoming Maps application.  When asked about Honeycomb, Rubin stated that a new API was added that allows any application to split its views into multiple panes.  On a tablet, they could be side by side, and on a phone in series one after the other. 

You can bet we're hitting all our sources to find out more, and we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we do.  [All Things D, Engadget]

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3 years ago

Goobye, tiles: Google Maps to get update with vector graphics [Updated]

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Google Andy Rubin whipped out a prototype tablet tonight at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. That it's a prototype Motorola tablet running Honeycomb is special enough. But it's what he was doing on it that sounds pretty cool. First up was Google Maps. And if there's one thing that frustrates us above all else with Google Maps, it's all that damned tiling, never mind how good our network connection is.

But tiling, apparently, is about to become a thing of the past. A vector version of Google Maps is about to drop "in a matter of days," Rubin said, and will bring better panning and zooming. Plus, 3D graphics and what not -- and offline caching.

Still images from a video don't do it justice, we're sure, so keep an eye out for the video, and for updated maps in a few days. [All Things D; Engadget]

Update: Engadget was given a list of phones that will support the new Google Maps. They are: Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, Motorola, Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, HTC Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, Nexus S, HTC G2. No Nexus One, apparently, because of multitouch issues. How quickly we fall out of favor, eh?

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3 years ago

Someone at Google got a little artistic in the Gingerbread SDK

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Ask us to define art, and we'll tell you this: We know it when we see it. And tucked deep inside the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK is this little ... gem. Can't decide if we're going to have nightmares, or chuckle ourselves to sleep at its awesomeness. It's buried way down at platforms/android-9/data/res/drawable-nodpi/platlogo.jpg in the Gingerbread SDK, and woe is the person who has it pop up on their phone. But to whomever at Google sneaked it in there, we say this: You, sir or madam, are awesome. Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

Gingerbread gets Arabic, slew of other new languages

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This is one that most of us here in the United States take for granted. Android 2.2 supports 26 languages, or variants thereof. Android 2.3 Gingerbread more than doubles that at 57. And atop the list is Arabic -- one that's been atop Google's own AOSP wish list for quite some time. So, yes, Gingerbread supports Arabic, and a whole bunch of new languages. Peep the list below. We're more global than ever! [Android 2.3 Locales]

  • Arabic, Egypt (ar_EG)
  • Arabic, Israel (ar_IL)
  • Bulgarian, Bulgaria (bg_BG)
  • Catalan, Spain (ca_ES)
  • Czech, Czech Republic (cs_CZ)
  • Danish, Denmark(da_DK)
  • German, Austria (de_AT)
  • German, Switzerland (de_CH)
  • German, Germany (de_DE)
  • German, Liechtenstein (de_LI)
  • Greek, Greece (el_GR)
  • English, Australia (en_AU)
  • English, Canada (en_CA)
  • English, Britain (en_GB)
  • English, Ireland (en_IE)
  • English, India (en_IN)
  • English, New Zealand (en_NZ)
  • English, Singapore(en_SG)
  • English, US (en_US)
  • English, Zimbabwe (en_ZA)
  • Spanish (es_ES)
  • Spanish, US (es_US)
  • Finnish, Finland (fi_FI)
  • French, Belgium (fr_BE)
  • French, Canada (fr_CA)
  • French, Switzerland (fr_CH)
  • French, France (fr_FR)
  • Hebrew, Israel (he_IL)
  • Hindi, India (hi_IN)
  • Croatian, Croatia (hr_HR)
  • Hungarian, Hungary (hu_HU)
  • Indonesian, Indonesia (id_ID)
  • Italian, Switzerland (it_CH)
  • Italian, Italy (it_IT)
  • Japanese (ja_JP)
  • Korean (ko_KR)
  • Lithuanian, Lithuania (lt_LT)
  • Latvian, Latvia (lv_LV)
  • Norwegian-Bokmol, Norway(nb_NO)
  • Dutch, Belgium (nl_BE)
  • Dutch, Netherlands (nl_NL)
  • Polish (pl_PL)
  • Portuguese, Brazil (pt_BR)
  • Portuguese, Portugal (pt_PT)
  • Romanian, Romania (ro_RO)
  • Russian (ru_RU)
  • Slovak, Slovakia (sk_SK)
  • Slovenian, Slovenia (sl_SI)
  • Serbian (sr_RS)
  • Swedish, Sweden (sv_SE)
  • Thai, Thailand (th_TH)
  • Tagalog, Philippines (tl_PH)
  • Turkish, Turkey (tr_TR)
  • Ukrainian, Ukraine (uk_UA)
  • Vietnamese, Vietnam (vi_VN)
  • Chinese, PRC (zh_CN)
  • Chinese, Taiwan (zh_TW)

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid getting another update -- it's not Gingerbread

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If you see the "update available" message on your OG Droid in the near future, don't get too excited -- the Droid X isn't the only phone Motorola and Verizon are rolling out a minor firmware update for this week.  According to Verizon:

Verizon Wireless will begin pushing an update for the DROID by Motorola today. Enhancements include an updated Twitter® application, improved Exchange Active Sync® functionality, updated Gmail user interface and more. For more information about this update customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/droidsupport.

This is that update we told you about last week. Nice to see this level of support in an age when phones are obsolete about a week after they are released, and better Exchange support is always welcome.  Hit the source link for a full changelog, and instructions in case you're not familiar with the OTA process. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Sprint says Froyo for Epic 4G just a leak, advises not to install

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Contrary to what you might be reading elsewhere, the DK28 Froyo firmware for the Sprint Epic 4G is not the official Froyo build.  According to Sprint's Epic Product Manager:

...this is not approved software for Sprint production devices and we strongly recommend that users refrain from loading it.

While we're sure this is news nobody wanted to hear, but it could be important in the future when the official update does roll out.  Ask an Evo 4G user or two about that. [Sprint support forums]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread and Nexus S: It's all going down in the Android Central Forums

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Samsung Nexus S? You guys are nearly blowing up our forums. We had to order extra hamsters and wheels. It's nuts. It's insane. And it's freakin' awesome. Here are but a few topics du jour:

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