Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fring adds video calls to Android.

Checking my Nexus One this morning, I saw an update for Fring that brings video calls capability to Android devices. I think this is a great addition. No matter whether your device has a front-face camera or not, it just works. Obviously, not having a  front-face camera like the Nexus One requires flipping the device over. Now video calls is nice, but also resource intensive. The update won't even show up on your Android phone if it does not meet the minimum requirements.
The update is available through Android Market.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

SBSH releases GoNews for Android free.

SBSH GoNews is a nice news reader that I have been using on my Windows Phone. No surprise here if I strongly recommend GoNews for Android, especially that it's free.

SBSH GoNews Highlights
  • Channels List - The first thing you see when launching GoNews. Lists all the websites you've chosen for GoNews to track. Each Channel represents a website, and is accompanied with the site's logo.
  • Articles List - All articles appearing on a single channel, with separate attributes for read and unread articles for easy browsing. Just click to read!
  • Reading Display - Enjoy the best reading experience ever with a full screen article display!
  • Adding Channels - Customize your news feed to your personal interests!
  • Categories - Got too many channels to follow? Divide them into categories for easier, more efficient reading.
Scan the barcode with your Android phone to download.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adobe Reader for Android released.

With all the attention focused on Adobe Flash 10.1 beta, the release of another great product from Adobe went unnoticed. Adobe PDF reader is now available free for download via Market. I just went to download it to my Nexus One and could not open a password protected pdf file. No support for such files unfortunately.

System Requirements
  • Android v 2.1 and above
  • 550 MHz processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 4.3 MB of available disk space
  • Currently Supported Devices: Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone & Google Nexus One (While we have not yet tested against other Android devices, we expect they may also run the application just fine.)

Scan the the barcode to download Adobe reader to your Android device.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Manual FroYo update available for download.

Just finished installing Froyo on my Nexus One and as announced by Google, it is super fast. I am currently downloading Flash Player 10.1 from Market. If, like me, you cannot wait for the OTA upgrade, download the update from Google servers.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Android 2.2 roll out has started.

MG Siegler from Techcrunch reports that his Nexus One got the OTA upgrade yesterday. This  is great news for N1 owners but I haven't seen any other reports from other owners in the US or outside.

Google, just wanted to let you know that my lovely Nexus One is craving for some Frozen Yogurt. Please help :)  

I'm a bit suspicious about this post though. How come only one N1 owner got the upgrade?

Update @ 22:43: it appears that only American reporters are getting the upgrade.

Read MG Siegler's report here.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Flash Player 10.1 beta to go public.

That is great news. As I mentioned in the previous post, Google and Adobe demoed Flash Player on the Nexus One at the Developer conference. I was particularly impressed at the speed and responsiveness of the updated N1 compared to the other N1 running Android 2.1. Flash Player 10.1 is not readily available until your device is updated to Froyo.

Read more here.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) official video

Yesterday, Google unveiled Froyo the codename for the new version of Android its mobile operating system. Android 2.2 is much faster than 2.1 based on the demo we saw yesterday at Google I/O. Support for Java comes as no surprise. However, one nice feature is the ability to install applications from the Android Market site to a phone; installing apps to storage card. The latter feature needs to be implemented by the developer in its application.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SFR brings the Nexus One to France.

Cheer up my French friends, the Nexus one is available through SFR. Since everybody already knows the specs of the device, I'll skip that and list the price listed on SFR's website. The Nexus one will be offered as from 129 with a 12 months contract to 419 Euros unlocked.

I do recommend this device. It's probably the best I've ever used.

Kindle ported to Android.

The application will be made available free of charge on Android MArket and will allow users to access more than 500,000 books online, including New York Times best sellers. This is great news. My Nexus One has been my main device since February and I was not able to find a decent book reader. Kindle for Android will be released in Summer (Winter in Mauritius).

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