The Nexus One, grandaddy of Android’s latest pure-bred wonder, appears to have some fight left in it. Developer drl33tmd has managed to coax the old man into running an early port of Ice Cream Sandwich, although it’s not perfect. The somewhat unstable build is a bit sluggish, and suffers from media playback issues and a distinct lack of WiFi. Check out the demo after the break to see the original Google smartphone struggle up some increasingly steep software stairs.
Continue reading Nexus One takes a bite out of Ice Cream Sandwich, chews slowly
Nexus One takes a bite out of Ice Cream Sandwich, chews slowly originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Now well into its fifth year of life, iOS has always been known for its exceptional polish — and also, its glaring feature holes. But, just like clockwork, each year since its 2007 debut, those shortcomings have been addressed one by one in a sweeping annual update. In 2008, the platform was opened up to developers giving us the App Store, 2009 saw the introduction of copy and paste — which we’d argue is still the best implementation to date — and last year “multitasking” finally made a presence. So what has Apple chosen to rectify in 2011? Well, for starters, notifications gets a complete overhaul with Notification Center, tethered syncing dies at the hands of iCloud and messaging gets a do-over with the birth of iMessage.
If you recall, we first got acquainted with iOS 5 in May after downloading the developer preview, but how does the final release stack up? And does it have the chops to compete with the latest from Mountain View and Redmond? After drudging through seven betas, we’re ready to conquer all that the final release has to offer, so join us, if you would, past the break.
Continue reading iOS 5 review
iOS 5 review originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The Kindle Fire
may not be hitting the market until November, but Amazon has already updated its Developer Portal FAQ page with an entire section devoted to its forthcoming Android tablet. On the new page, you’ll find largely standard information on things like the application process and how to set up an Android SDK emulator, though there are a few more salient tidbits, as well. For instance, Amazon says it will review every app in its Appstore
for Fire compatibility, as part of an automated process. Rejected apps, Amazon informs us, will include those that rely on a gyroscope, camera, WAN module, Bluetooth, microphone, GPS, or micro SD. Apps are also forbidden from using Google’s Mobile Services (and in-app billing), which, if included, will have to be “gracefully” removed. In terms of actual content, Amazon has outlawed all apps that change the tablet’s UI in any way (including theme- or wallpaper-based tools), as well as any that demand root access (it remains to be seen how the company will treat the root-dependent apps already in its store). Interested devs can find more information at the source link, below.
Amazon adds Kindle Fire-specific details to Developer Portal, A’s your FAQ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Nokia’s development community just got its first taste of near field lovin’ with the first Qt SDK to support NFC. While you’ll be forgiven if you’re not up in arms over the latest revelation, owners of the company’s latest handsets can soon expect a greater number of useful apps that take advantage of this newfangled technology. The developer tools enable the creation of applications for both Symbian and MeeGo, and allows software authors to simulate NFC tags and create events based around them — all within the virtual environment. Programmers looking to dip their toes into the water will find a couple of experimental apps from Espoo’s pride that highlight near field communication, along with the complete source code for each. Sounds like it’s time for some to make a pot of coffee and let the coding madness ensue.
Qt developers gain NFC support with Nokia’s latest SDK update originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 01:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Creating apps for Ubuntu
is about to get a lot easier, now that the folks over at Canonical
have launched the Ubuntu App Developer platform. On the new site, developers will find guides, tutorials and other resources to help them create apps specifically for the Linux OS
, or to port other apps to the platform. Once finalized, these apps can then be published on the Ubuntu Software Centre, where developers can choose to either offer them for free, or at a price. In announcing the new platform, community member David Planella predicted that it will offer a “unified and consistent journey for both open-source, non-commercial and commercial app authors.” He went on to acknowledge, however, that there’s still plenty of work to be done: “For all its current awesomeness, we are aware that the site needs to pass the test of a wider audience, adapt to their needs, and grow.” Find out more at the source link, below.
Canonical launches Ubuntu App Developer platform for curious coders originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 05:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The future of Meego has become a little clearer this morning, now that the Linux Foundation has announced that it’ll be replaced with Tizen — a new Linux-based, open-source OS. Samsung and Intel have been tapped to lead the development of the platform, in collaboration with the LiMo Foundation — a consortium of companies including Panasonic Mobile Communications, NTT DoCoMo and SK Telecom, among others. According to its stewards, Tizen will support HTML5- and WAC-based apps and will be designed to run across a wide spectrum of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-car infotainment systems. The MeeGo project, for its part, already seems to be on board with the initiative, promising to “make sure that users of MeeGo can easily transition to Tizen,” while assisting MeeGo developers, as well. The new OS is slated for release during the first quarter of 2012, with the first Tizen-laced devices scheduled to hit the market around the middle of next year. For more details, hit up the source link below, or trek past the break for the full PR.
Continue reading MeeGo to be folded into Linux-based Tizen OS, slated to arrive in 2012
MeeGo to be folded into Linux-based Tizen OS, slated to arrive in 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 02:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Over the weekend, the folks over at Windows Phone New Zealand
discovered the “Mango Friends and Family Bundle: Pre-Cleanup” — the first in a series of two refreshes that promise to clear away any beta updates ahead of Mango
‘s long-awaited rollout. At the time, it seemed like this tool would allow developers to upgrade to the RTM build
of the OS, without rolling back to NoDo
and losing all of their text messages or app data. Now, Redmond’s own Brandon Watson has confirmed via Twitter that this is indeed the case, adding that the update (available in Zune
) only offers support to devs who used the Windows Phone beta program. Still, that’s pretty reassuring news for all those who jumped on the Mango train a little bit early.
Early Mango users can upgrade directly to RTM build, won’t have to roll back to NoDo originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Downloaders of the Windows 8 Developer Preview have been proving their mettle the best way they know how: by getting it to run on systems it was never really intended for. Brent and the folks at Codesnack win the Real Utility trophy for their successful Boot Camp installs. Josh Blake gets the Damn I Look Good By Candlelight trophy for making the OS run on the MS Surface in his living room. Meanwhile, Marcin Grygiel has awarded himself the I’m HARDCORE!!! title for somehow getting it to run on a PC with just 128MB. Treat yourself to some intimate video evidence after the break.
Continue reading Windows 8 ain’t fussy: runs on Macs, Surface, 128MB RAM, banana peel (videos)
Windows 8 ain’t fussy: runs on Macs, Surface, 128MB RAM, banana peel (videos) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 19:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We’ve heard of keeping up with the Joneses, but this is getting ridiculous. First it was Verizon, then Vodafone, and now Ma Bell — with an assist from Ericsson — has built an innovation center in Silicon Valley. This new center completes the triumvirate of AT&T Foundry facilities (the other two are in Texas and Israel), and is a part of the company’s strategy to accelerate the process of developing and delivering new products to its customers. Right now, there are over 100 projects in development in Palo Alto, and AT&T is looking to add more. Those who are chosen gain access to AT&T’s networks and expertise to ensure that new projects play nice with all of the company’s gear, and it’s already produced a few things that were on display at the center’s grand opening. Want a sneak peek at what’s in AT&T’s innovation pipeline? Read on past the break to get it.
Continue reading AT&T Foundry innovation center opens its doors in Palo Alto to help devs do what they do
AT&T Foundry innovation center opens its doors in Palo Alto to help devs do what they do originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 07:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Sure we’ve seen plenty of Windows Phone Mango demos — heck, we’ve done a few hands-ons ourselves — but so far as slickness is concerned, few can compare to this latest offering from Microsoft, which looks to bring developers on board, while showing off some key features like Live Tiles and speedy switching between apps in dramatic hands-off fashion. The Mango is so close we can taste it. Video after the break.
Continue reading Windows Phone Mango demoed by Microsoft in dramatic fashion (video)
Windows Phone Mango demoed by Microsoft in dramatic fashion (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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