When it comes to the development of Fennec -- Mozilla's mobile Firefox browser -- the Maemo client is a ways ahead of Android, which is still very much in Alpha status. And so we watch the Maemo development to get an idea of where our version likely is headed.
A couple of biggie improvements Mozilla's working on for Fennec 2.0 are Electrolysis -- aka out-of-process content -- and Layers -- aka accelerated rendering. Electrolysis sandboxes things under the hood of the browser so that if a plug-in or page crashes, it doesn't take down the whole app. (Like in Google Chrome, and coming up in the Firefox desktop browser.) It also splits the load between several processes, which should speed things up. As will Layers, which " In addition to the potential of hardware accelerated rendering on mobile devices, Layers also allows Fennec to remove the custom built canvas-tile-cache rendering solution used to achieve decent panning performance and responsiveness." Ah, so.
The Droid X came and took the world by storm in a week when the iPhone 4 release all but dominated the news. And that's just the tip of the Android iceberg. Check out some of what you may have missed below.
Well what have we here? Looks like a screenshot of Sprint's latest playbook, and there are a few interesting things for Android lovers on the list. July 11 looks to be a good day. First up would be the Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) hitting the shelves at your local Sprint store. If you don't remember, that's the mid-spec military grade Android handset with push-to-talk functions. Perfect for the jobsite, or the tackle box. We also have the addition of Nextel Direct Connect on Sprint plans -- not sure what to expect here, but launching in tandem with the Moto i1 makes it something to keep an eye on. Next up is the rollout of 4G in more cities. We can see the whole line here, but what's visible is:
Rochester, New York
Syracuse, New York
Tri-cities ares of Washington (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco)
Enterprising hackers have managed to load Android 2.2 Froyo onto the geek-beloved Nokia N900, the Nokia phone you're supposed to hack. It now joins the iPhone in platforms that aren't "supposed" to run Android. This is not a complete build, as things like cell signal, mounting the SD card, and obtaining an IP address automatically over WiFi don't quite work just yet. The video does show it in action, with a quick walkthrough of the system and a demonstration of the new browser in Froyo, but you'll have to hit the break to see it. [Daily Mobile]
Good news for all of you waiting for your HTC Incredible to ship. We heard the rumors about HTC stopping production of certain models with AMOLED screens, so Phil got on the horn and rung up HTC for some answers. HTC tells us that they will be augmenting production with "Super LCD" displays from Sony, but models with AMOLED displays will still be made. They say that they are almost indistinguishable from AMOLED displays, even when side by side. (We'll just have to see, we guess.) The battery consumption is also supposed to be comparable. In the end, this means that we should be seeing some stock on the shelves a bit sooner, and as far as HTC is concerned, they are just as awesome as the original.
Whether or not this means a new model number for the Incredible, Nexus One and Desire is anyone's guess, but we can all relax -- there's no conspiracy afoot. As soon as we're able to get our paws on a model with the new display, you can be sure we'll put it through its paces.
A report by Appcelerator published today shows that even though developers are very interested in working with iOS, interest in Android, especially Android tablets, is soaring. 62 percent of those surveyed said they would like to develop apps for Android tablets even though none have been released yet. Also interesting is the fact that the numbers for Android smartphones remains as high as ever, with 81 percent of developers showing interest. This is great news all around, as healthy competition among tech products benefits the consumer more than anyone. Check out the source link to see all the tables and charts, but the bottom line as put by Appcelerator sums it up nicely -- "Apple and Google are now playing chess while everyone else plays catch up." [CNNMoney]
We kind of have the feeling that we're going to be repeating this until we're blue in the face, so let's start now: The Motorola Droid X does not run Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Nor does it run "Ninjablur" -- a bad rumor that went around a while ago -- or "Unicornblur" or any other kind of "Blur." It's just a customized UI with some pretty cool tricks up its sleeve, actually.
Check out the video after the break, where you can watch a widget be resized directly on the home screen, just like you would a desktop window. And then there's Motorola explaining to us that it's not running Motoblur. Have we mentioned Motoblur's not on the Droid X? That'd be a good thing to point out, we think.
We all know that the HD2 and Evo are very similar, however, some small differences in the chassis make it so most accessories just don’t fit. Since the Evo’s official car dock hasn’t been released yet, some innovative folks over at HTCPedia took it into their own hands, and modded the existing HD2’s dock to work (almost flawlessly) with our beloved Evo. Basically, all you have to do is move the USB charging port that’s on the mount from the left to the right, and snap off one of the plastic holding arm clips – and voila, it’s a near-perfect fit. There’s no need to have to fiddle with your phone after it’s inserted into the cradle as the Navigation app comes right up as soon as it’s in place. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but for what it's worth, it works pretty darn well. [via GoodAndEvo]
We imagine there are quite a few pitchforks being raised right about now. Sprint dropped the bad news on Twitter that while the new Evo 4G will be getting Android 2.2 (which was already announced anyway), the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Sorry, folks. That's just the way it is. But the good news is you can head over to your favorite forums -- ahem -- and get instructions for rooting and ROMing for the Hero and the Moment. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
This pretty much leaked out a few days ago, but now T-Mobile has gone and made it semi-official on Twitter and its little game site: The Samsung Galaxy S is coming, and it'll be called the Vibrant. No word on when and for how much, but here's to hoping we find out next week at Sammy's event in New York. [Twitter, T-MobileClue.com] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Sure, you could use the Motorola Droid X's 4.3-inch screen to be productive and all, but let's get down to what we really want: Games. Fast, smooth, immersive games. And in our demonstration at the Motorola event in New York, that's exactly what we saw. Don't worry so much about specs, just know this: That 1GHz processor and dedicated GPU scream. It's fast. Real fast. We'll show you after the break.
Looking to preorder the Motorola Droid X? Best Buy's taking them now -- in stores -- in advance of the July 15 launch on Verizon. The good news is that Best Buy's doing its usual thing where you don't have to deal with any pesky mail-in rebate, so you get the $199 price up front. So they got that going for them, which is nice. [Engadget]
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