If you're a fan of augmented reality apps then you no doubt have checked Layar out. If not, then now is a great time to give it a go as they've recently released version 5.0 which brings a bunch of new changes over previous versions.
Layar 5.0 now features the ability to share content with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. The next time you find a really cool layer, gain achievements or even spot a cool 3D model you want to take a screenshot of, you can quickly and easily share it with the world.
Layar 5.0 also comes the ability for more interactivity within layers thanks to our animation capabilities. Layers are no longer limited to static content; now icons and 3D models can come alive with animation, adding a new layer of engagement to augmented reality.
In the above image, Layar was showing me all the Android apps that were being installed around me using the App Aware layar. Pretty cool -- but it can used for many other things as well. Looking for restaurants, hotels, ATM's and more. Layar 5.0 is available now in the Android Market, download links can be found after the break. [Layar]
The folks over at Autodesk have finally announced the date of April 20 for the launch of the much-anticipated (at least by engineers) Android version of AutoCAD. In addition to the date, Autodesk made sure to point out that AutoCAD for Android will be free and will have all the same features and functionality of the iOS version. Android 2.1 Eclair was listed as the minimal OS requirements, which means that over 90 percent of current Android devices should be able to run it. A full range of languages will be supported based on the language selected on your device:
You can watch a short demo of the tablet version of the app running on a Motorola Xoom above. [Autodesk] Thanks, Carlos, for the tip!
Motorola Xoom kernel developer and hero of the hour bigrushdog has released the latest version of the Tiamat kernel for the Xoom -- with SD card support. It's not perfect (you can't swap cards without a reboot) but it's as close as can be expected with no OS source code (cough), and before any mention of the "official" fix from Motorola. And you don't even have to send your Xoom away for two weeks to have it. Besides SD card support, the Tiamat kernel has other customizations like USB Host mode, OpenVPN support, and Microsoft Windows Netshare support.
The Nvidia corporation will drop Android support for its devices running on the Harmony platform, according to a post on its official developer forums by Andrew Edelsten, Tegra Developer Relations. This means that devices using the Harmony platform at their core -- the Viewsonic gTablet and ViewPad7, Advent Vega, Toshiba Folio 100, and Notion Ink Adam -- will not have drivers built for video acceleration for any current or future releases of Android.
This is not good news. None of these Tegra 2-based devices is even a year old, and they are essentially dead in the water. Even if someone were to build a higher version of Android for them, with no hardware support it's going to be a horrible experience. Don't believe me? Try an SDK port of Honeycomb on, well, on anything.
I got myself a third cup of coffee, and sat down all ready to bash Nvidia for abandoning support for very capable devices, then I realized something -- I can't. These popular devices are just the first official victims of Google's new method of forcing companies to obtain its blessing to use a free and open-source operating system. It's not Nvidia's fault. You can't be expected to spend money and resources to update drivers for tablets that will never have official support from Google. Andrew says that they have already updated their Ventana based devices to Android 2.3, and are waiting for Google to release Honeycomb to them. I'm afraid we're going to see the exact same thing with the original Galaxy Tab, and it won't be Samsung's fault this time. The phrase "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" comes to mind. [Nvidia Developer Zone] Thanks, Adam!
Jean-Baptiste Queru, AOSP engineer for Google, has verified that GPL and LGPL portions of the Honeycomb source code have been entered into the AOSP repositories. Don't get too excited though, it's not the full source code, it's just a snapshot to be used if "incompatibilities develop over time." It still may contain code useful for developers, and something is better than nothing.
I'm a little sad that it took almost two months for Google to comply with the license they agreed to when they used GPL code, but there's little we can really do about it. If you're a Honeycomb developer, Al Sutton has worked out a set of instructions to build what has been provided -- find it at the source link. Hopefully, the community can find good use for it. [@jbqueru; Al Sutton's Blog via AndroidGuys]
For corporate users, or anyone without a Gmail account, really, Android's stock e-mail client can leave something to be desired. If you're looking for an e-mail app that can offer multiple Exchange accounts and sync IMAP/POP3 accounts simultaneously, I suggest Enhanced Email.
Enhanced Email is an email client based 100 percent off of the source code from Gingerbread. What that means is you'll be getting all of the goodies from the stock e-mail client plus all of the extra bits and pieces the developer has thrown in. Let's take an in-depth look at these features after the jump.
In case you hadn't noticed, HTC unveiled a new phone today. The HTC Sensation will launch this summer in Europe, Asia and the U.S., with some impressive specs alongside a completely revamped version of HTC Sense. Following today's Sensation launch event in London, HTC has released two new promotional videos showing the handset's unibody chassis and redesigned UI. Check them both out after the jump.
AT&T today announced two new Android smartphones that will represent affordable choices compared to some of their more recent high-end announcements.
Both phones are essentially versions of the LG Optimus One (see our full review), which we have said before is an excellent bang-for-your-buck device. They both sport a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 3.2 MP camera.
The LG Thrive is AT&T's first prepaid smartphone and will cost $179.00 outright. A new prepaid data package was also announced, which is 500MB/$25. Consumers may also choose 100MB/$15 or 10MB/$5.
The LG Phoenix will be the same phone, but will be on-contract rather than prepaid. It will be available for $49.99 with a 2-year service agreement.
Both devices will be available nationwide on April 17th. If you've been craving a solid yet affordable smartphone, the Thrive or Phoenix are two very good options. [AT&T]
If you were about to ask "Does the HTC Sensation have Gorilla Glass?" The answer, we're more than happy to say, is "yes." Indeed, the HTC Sensation has Gorilla Glass.
If you're unfamiliar, Gorilla Glass is a sort of magical space-age scratch-resistant glass produced by Corning. And if you have the option, you want it. We've scratched non-Gorilla Glass screens on Day 1. And we're still trying to scratch our Gorilla Glass phones.
Also on the Sensation is an aluminum unibody construction. That gives you a strong but lightweight phone -- it weighs in at 5.22 ounces -- and it looks darn sexy, too.
For more on Gorilla Glass, check out video with Corning from CES 2011 after the break.
HTC just unveiled its dual-core Sensation, and T-Mobile USA has just announced that it'll be carrying a HSPA+ version of the phone, dubbed the HTC Sensation 4G. T-Mo says the device will be its most powerful handset, and will launch "this summer".
The T-Mobile-exclusive Sensation 4G will boast the same impressive specs as its 3G European counterpart -- a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and qHD (540x960) Super LCD display. If reading press releases is your thing, you can find one after the jump. [T-Mobile]
The cat was let out of the bag a tad early, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited about the new HTC Sensation (formerly the Pyramid), just announced at a special event in London and destined for the Vodafone network (at first) in the UK.
It's kind of a mix of things we've already seen, wrapped up in a sexy 4.3-inch touchscreen and aluminum unibody. There's the latest version of HTC Sense, which we've also seen on the HTC Flyer Android tablet.
Specs? Well, this thing's got 'em. There's the aforementioned 4.3-inch SLCD touchcreen at 540x960 resolution (that's qHD). There's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, running Android 2.3 and Sense 3.0. There's Wifi 802.11 b/g/n. There an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facer.
It a word, it's sensational. Check out the full presser after the break.
Sprint has announced the launch of a new service dubbed "Sprint Music Plus" for Android, Blackberry, and some feature phone users. The app will allow Sprint customers to purchase and directly download a range of songs, albums, ringtones, and ringback tones on their device. Sprint has promised the music is DRM-free and purchases will be charged directly to your monthly Sprint bill. Pricing ranges from $.69 to $1.29 for a single song but discounts can be found by buying the track along with its ringtone and ringback tone.
You can download the app from within the Sprint Zone app that came pre-installed on your phone, or with the QR code after the break. Check out the full press release past the break.
Seems to always happen, doesn't it? Just a few hours before the expected announcement of the HTC Sensation at an event in London, the phone formerly known as the "Pyramid" makes a full-fledged (albeit short-lived) appearance on Vodafone's site. So we know exactly what we're looking at -- 4.3-inch touchscreen at qHD (540x960 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 4GB of internal memory, and all the other usual stuff.
What we don't have, of course, is pricing and release date, so we'll at least have that to look forward to later. The page has been taken down, but nothing's ever gone on the Internet, folks. See you in a few with the official announcement. [Vodafone (cache)] Thanks, @ch3tman!
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