Cute Android: New Android Devices Introduction: Motorola Xoom & Motorola Atrix 4G & Motorola Droid Bionic
The Motorola Xoom is an Android-based tablet computer by Motorola, introduced at CES 2011 on January 5, 2011. It will be the first tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will be made available in the first quarter of 2011. It was launched with 3 other products: the Motorola Atrix, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Cliq 2.
The Motorola Xoom supports up to 1080p video playback and Adobe Flash. It features a 2 MP front-facing camera for video chatting over WiFi or cellular Internet and a rear-facing 5 MP camera that records 720p video. The Xoom has a 1280×800 widescreen, 10.1-inch display and 3D graphics acceleration, as well as HDMI-out. It features a variety of sensors, including a gyroscope, a magnetometer, an accelerometer and a barometer. The Xoom uses a dual-core Nvidia CPU and an Nvidia Tegra GPU.
The Motorola Xoom supports docking stations for charging and as a stand for viewing video. It also features Bluetooth keyboard support.
The Xoom will run Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb, whose new features include a redesigned, tablet-optimized UI, a 3D desktop purportedly taken from BumpTop (which Google acquired in April of 2010), improved multitasking, Google Maps 5 in 3D and browser enhancements including tabs, form auto-fill and bookmark syncing.
Motorola Atrix 4G
The Motorola Atrix 4G is an Android-based smartphone by Motorola, introduced in CES 2011 on January 5, 2011. It also introduced a concept called Webtop, in which a smartphone can be used as a fully functional laptop. It will be made available in the first quarter of 2011. It was introduced along with three other products which are Motorola Xoom, Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Cliq 2. It uses an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. It is the first phone to use the PenTile qHD display with 24-bit graphics. With its high resolution output and docking hardware, the Atrix qualifies as a NirvanaPhone. The Motorola Atrix 4G will be carried by the following wireless providers: AT&T Wireless US, Orange UK, Bell Canada CAN. The release dates have not been set for any carrier. However, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, did confirm that it will launch at the “End of February”(US AT&T). It won CNET Best of CES 2011 Award in the Smartphone category, winning a total of 9 awards at CES 2011.
* Also known as Motorola Atrix MB860
* NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Dual-Core 1GHz Cortex A9 + GeForce ULP)
* HSPA+ at 14.4 Mbps (Where Available)
* Android 2.2 (Android 2.3 Release planned for later in 2011)
* 1GB LP DDR2 RAM
* 16GB Internal memory, expandable by microSD 32GB (Total of 48GB)
* 4-inch qHD display (540 x 960) with Gorilla Glass
* 5.0MP with Dual LED Flash, 4x Digital Zoom and Auto Focus, 720p video capture @ 30fps
(Full 1080p video capture will be supported via Software upgrade post-launch)
* VGA Front facing camera for video calls
* TriColor LED Notification Light
* Fingerprint scanner
* 1930 mAh battery
* 117.75 Long x 63.5 Wide x 10.95 Thin (millimeters)
4.63 Long x 2.5 Wide x 0.43 Thin (inches)
* 135 Grams (Approx. 4.8 oz.)
Motorola Droid Bionic
The Motorola Droid Bionic is an Android-based, 4G-capable, smartphone designed by Motorola, It is scheduled for release in Q2 2011, although no sale date has been offered.
It was introduced at the same time as the Motorola Xoom, Motorola Atrix, and Motorola Cliq 2.
The smartphone includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, HDMI output, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor, a 4.3″ qHD display, 3G wireless hotspot capability, GPS, an 8 MP low-light–capable camera with 720p video capture and a front-facing camera for video chat. In the United States, the handset will be distributed exclusively by Verizon Wireless.
Motorola DROID BIONIC is one of the first Android handsets to leverage Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It comes with a 4.3 inch qHD (540 x 960) display and has a dual-core processor from Nvidia which will run at 1GHz, while 512MB of DDR2 RAM comprises its memory capabilities. An 8 megapixel camera with HD video capabilities and a front-facing camera enables high resolution photos and HD video along with video calling. The phone comes with Adobe Flash and HTML 5 support, as well as with HDMI output to an HDTV
Motorola DROID BIONIC specifications also known as Motorola XT865
As open source smartphone platform, Google Android’s kernel code was removed from the 2.6.33 Linux code base by the Linux Kernel community in last December has been widely discussed. Now the 4th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is holding in San Francisco, and Google has apparently broached the topic of bringing Android back to the Linux kernel.
Google open source programs manager Chris DiBona told that Google will hire two Android coders to work with kernel.org according ZDNet’s Paula Rooney and acknowledged that Google needs to do a “better job” of contributing Android patches back to the Linux kernel.
Developers from Google’s Android team are due to meet the Linux kernel devs in the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said: “I think they can hopefully work it out… the purpose of this event is to table those conversations.”
The reintegration would not be too hard because Google has deliberately stuck very close to the main Linux kernel with Android, but DiBona noted that it would be a “multi-year” process at the same time.
About Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only summit gathering core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations for plenary sessions and workgroup meetings to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today
In last December, a cool Android apps “Plink Art” won $100,000 from “Android Developer Challenge” as the #1 winner in the Education/Reference category, and now, the developer Plink company, which designs the cloud-based image search engine based on one of the world’s leading academic computer vision labs, has been acquired by Google. This acquisition shows that Google thinking highly of the visual search engine.
“Google has already shown that it’s serious about investing in this space with Google Goggles, and for the Plink team the opportunity to take our algorithms to Google-scale was just too exciting to pass up”, said by Plink founder in their blog. “We’re looking forward to helping the Goggles team build a visual search engine that works not just for paintings or book covers, but for everything you see around you.” So we have a reason to believe a better “Plink Art” App will be available in the near future.
Plink makes visual search engines that let you find out more about something just by taking a photo of it.
About Plink Art
Plink Art is an app for identifying, discovering and sharing art. Take a photo of a painting, and the Plink Art servers will try to identify it. You can also browse our database of artwork by keyword or timeline and share your discoveries with friends.
I have received a letter from Digg just now, which announcing their iPhone and Android Apps. I’m very interesting the Digg Android App, below is the details about Digg Andriod App from their letter:
Digg Android App
For those of you using Android devices, we’ve got something for you too! We just launched the Digg Android app that also gives you the power of Digg even when you’re away from your computer. Just like the iPhone app, you can Digg and bury stories, read the top comments, and unique to Android phones, it also supports landscape mode. Because it works with an in-app browser, you can easily pan around and zoom in and out of content.
Download the Android App
These are just a few of the things we’re working on in the mobile space. If you don’t have an iPhone or Android device, you can always use our current mobile site – m.digg.com – which is optimized to work on any mobile browser. We’re also making quite a few improvements and iterations to both the iPhone and Android apps in the coming weeks, many drawing off some of the changes we’re working on for Digg.com, so stay tuned and be sure to let us know what you think!
The Digg Team
The Digg Android app has been designed for an ideal mobile Digg browsing experience on an Android phone. The application allows you to participate on Digg through the digging and burying of stories and comments, while allowing you to flip back and forth between viewing story pages and comments.
* Designed specifically for Android devices – a great experience on Android for browsing Digg
* Browse stories in list view and view story details along with comments when you tap through
* After logging in, Digg and bury both stories and comments from the app
* Browse stories in list view in landscape mode
* Search for any story on Digg
* View story pages in the in-app Android browser in landscape mode as well
* Use the in-app browser to pan around and zoom in and out of content
* Both medium and high resolution sized screens are supported
* Best of all, login to link the app to your Digg.com account
I love this cute android app verymuch!
Sprint has released the developer’s guide for HTC EVOTM 4G, which is the World’s First 3G/4G Android Phone, coming this Summer Exclusively from Sprint. The documentation covers additional functionality that will be available for the HTC EVO 4G Android device, and it is intended for the 3rd party developers who want to start developing applications for the device prior to official launch of the product.
The developer’s guide includes:
1. 4G-WiMax Network
The Android Éclair (2.1) release does not include the support for 4G radios like WiMax. The APIs shown in the guide will be used for Sprint 4G device until the official Android release includes 4G support.
2. Secondary Camera Support
The HTC EVO 4G has two cameras MAIN and SECONDARY, and the Android Éclair release does not have specific support for controlling more than one camera. Sprint is actively working with the Android team to support a API for controlling a secondary camera in the Android platform level.
3. HDMI output support
This device supports HDMI output of video content via a cable. Common use of this could be to connect to a TV or a video projector to show a video clip.
This device has some support of HTML5 and features commonly discussed alongside HTML5, while this guide is not focused on browser Sprint would like to highlight a few items of interest and will add to this list over time.
5. Developer Tools
Since the HTC EVO 4G is a Android 2.1 device developer can use the standard 2.1 SDK available for public download from the Android site. The developer tools info will help to configure settings in the SDK to better match the HTC EVO 4G -vs- a generic 2.1 handset.
You can find the full developer’s guide on Goog doc: Sprint Developer’s Guide for HTC EVO 4G
According the “February 2010 Mobile Metrics Report” of AdMob, Google Android’s share of smartphone requests increased from 2% in February 2009 to 24% in February 2010, which was the fastest growing smartphone operating system and ranked second in the AdMob network. The top five Android devices worldwide, by traffic, were the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, and the Motorola CLIQ.
In addition to the Android platform, the leading smartphone operating system is iPhone OS, which ranked first with the 50% share, up 17 percentage points in the last year. Symbian’s share of requests fell from 43% to 18%, and ranked third in the AdMob network.
Other key infomations include:
* In February 2010, smartphones accounted for 48% of AdMob’s worldwide traffic, up from 35% in February 2009. In absolute terms, smartphone traffic increased 193% over the last year.
* Feature phones declined from 58% to 35% of AdMob’s total traffic as users began switching to smartphones.
* The mobile Internet devices category experienced the strongest growth of the three, increasing to account for 17% of traffic in AdMob’s network in February 2010. The iPod touch is responsible for 93% of this traffic; other devices include the Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi. In absolute terms, mobile Internet device category traffic increased 403%.
AdMob is one of the world’s largest mobile advertising networks, serving billions of mobile banner and text ads a month across a wide range of leading mobile Web sites and applications.
About AdMob Mobile Metrics
AdMob serves ads for more than 15,000 mobile Web sites and applications around the world. AdMob stores and analyzes the data from every ad request, impression, and click and uses this to optimize ad matching in its network. AdMob’s monthly report offers a snapshot of its data to provide insight into trends in the mobile ecosystem.
As we all know, the API of Android platform contains support for creating and using SQLite database, which is an ACID-compliant embedded relational database management system contained in a relatively small C programming library. Today, Oracle announced the latest release of Oracle® Berkeley DB-11g Release 2-now offers interface for SQL developers and support for Android.
Oracle Berkeley DB 11g Release 2 introduces a new SQL API, based on SQLite, which is familiar to a large developer community and helps simplify application development. SQLite Tools integration means that all tools that work with SQLite will also work with Oracle Berkeley DB, making it easier to develop, deploy and manage Oracle Berkeley DB applications and databases. In addition, Oracle Berkeley DB 11g Release 2 introduces support for the Android platform, offering developers the ability to develop and deploy a wide range of applications.Android support has been added to Oracle Berkeley DB’s long list of supported platforms allowing application developers to deploy Oracle Berkeley DB applications on an even broader range of devices.
Other new features and benefits include:
* Flexible configuration including the library, cache size, database location and transactions under the control of embedding application;
* Improved SQL concurrency, performance and reliability using Oracle Berkeley DB storage engine’s fine-grained locking mechanism and write-ahead logging underneath the SQLite API;
* Simplified Data synchronization using the Oracle Database Lite Mobile Server which enables automatic provisioning and synchronization of Oracle Berkeley DB mobile applications and databases;
Oracle Berkeley DB 11g Release 2 will be available for download on March 31, 2010.
According comScore’s report with the “Smartphone Platform Market Share”, Google Android platform share increases from 2.8% to 7.1% in the U.S. mobile phone market during the three month period between October 2009 and January 2010.
Although Google Android ranked fourth in the share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, this is the most rapid increase for all the smartphone platforms. Above Android, RIM ranked first with 43.0% (up 1.7 percentage points), Apple ranked second with 25.1%(up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft ranked third with 15.7%(down 4.0 percentage points).
The smartphone market grows with great potential, during the November to January period, 42.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in an average, up 18 percent from the August through October period. The big picture for Android phones could be wonderful.
According to the official report of Opera Software, the newest beta version of browser for mobile pones, Opera Mini 5, has been launched for the Android plat form. As the word’s most popular browser for mobile phones, Opera Mini 5 beta may bring a fast and cost-efficient Web experience to mobile phones which built with the Android platform.
The new features of the Opera Mini 5 include:
1． Tabbed browsing：You can browse several Web sites at the same time, while easily jumping from one to another.
2． Speed Dial: With the help from a set of visual bookmarks, you can go to you favorite web page with just one click.
3． Opera Link: You can synchronize your bookmarks and Speed Dial between your Android mobile phone and desktop computer.
4． Download manager: You can manage downloads right from the browser, and if you need, you can also pause and resume downloads anytime.
If you want to download Opera Mini 5 beta, two methods are provided: one is using your phone’s default Web browser to visit the address m.opera.com/next; another is download it to your computer firstly, then install it to your mobile phone, the address is: http://www.opera.com/mini/next/download/.