It’s a brave new world with the addition of video chat on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. And what better way to break in Fring’s new free video calling service than with one of our
deepest darkest competitors dear friends in this Android world. In the video above, we chat it up with Taylor from Android and Me — both of us on the Evo 4G. It wasn’t the smoothest connection in the world — though I was on WiFi and Taylor’s in a 4G town — but it’s video calling, and we’re glad to see it.
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SlingPlayer for Android is currently in private beta, but unless you are one of the lucky few who are already testing out this home media streaming app we haven’t seen too much of how it will perform on Android handsets.
It looks like the Android version is also the quickest loading SlingPlayer app for a mobile device, launching and hooking into a live TV stream within 10 seconds. That’s pretty handy if you are a Slingbox owner who is just itching to get their favorite shows streamed to their Android phone. Hey, what would happen if you piggy-backed a Slingbox onto a Google TV box and streamed the result to your phone? Would it create a rift in the time-space continuum?
A member over at Howard Forums uncovered an interesting bit of info when attempting to benchmark his [overclocked] Droid using Quadrant (find it free in the market). Sitting just below a Nexus One running Android 2.2 and above the Samsung Galaxy S was a device listed as the Shadow MB810. That would be the Motorola Shadow (or whatever it ends up being called). Just to be sure I double checked and sure enough there it was. (Quadrant pools data from users for comparisons, so one of the few to currently have the Shadow in the wild must have ran a previous test).
What does the result tell us? Well simply, that the phone is pretty fast. The interesting thing is that we have every indication that the version of the Shadow that has been kicking around for its current round of testing is running on Android 2.1. If you look at the jump between the Nexus One running Android 2.1 and the N1 with Android 2.2 and the JIT compiler, you’ll have to get excited about the prospect of the Shadow running Android 2.2
Then again, the Shadow that was tested may have already been upgraded to Android 2.2, based on the suggestion that the PowerVR SGX 530 GPU in the OMAP 3630 supposedly found in the Shadow wouldn’t best the PowerVR SGX 540 GPU in the Galaxy S head-to-head on Android 2.1.
No matter what it’s a win/win. The Shadow will either come with Froyo out of the box (likely) or it will be even more insanely fast once it does get the Froyo update.
For a comparison between the OMAP 3430 processor of the Droid and the (rumored) OMAP 3630 of the Shadow, see the video below:
After much fuss from the FTC, Google’s acquisition of AdMob was finally given the OK. Without too much left to say on the matter, Google has made the deal official today. Well Google did have a bit to say about the matter, but as an end-user it’s always hard to get excited about more advertisements. Now all that is left is to sit back and watch as Google and AdMob battle Apple’s iAds, kind of like Beowulf and the dragon. Or maybe Grendel’s mother. I’ll let you decide which is which.
Now if this isn’t the biggest lens I’ve ever seen on a cell phone, well then I probably haven’t seen enough cell phones, but the Altek Leo boasts a 14MP camera with 3X zoom. And a real big lens. At first I thought this was simply a digital camera, but sure enough it’s a smartphone. A smartphone with a familiar set of four keys that hint at Android as the on-board OS, though no official announcement in regards to that has been made.
It also has HD video recording, Xenon and LED flashes, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. More should be coming out about this one at CommunicAsias 2010.
[GSM Arena via Gizmodo]
Ever since Google started getting the Froyo source code out to developers, they have been working seemingly round the clock to get it on a plethora of Android devices. The latest is the Acer Liquid, as you can see in the below video:
Still a few kinks to work out, but for all intents and purposes there it is running on the Liquid’s underclocked Snapdragon processor. If only OEMs could get builds out to their handsets as quickly as the developer community (an understandably daunting and unrealistic challenge), we’d all be sitting pretty with Android 2.2 in no time.
Let’s see…what burning questions did Sanjay Jha NOT answer at Barclays recent investors conference. Is Motorola looking into tablets? Moto is “engaged in thinking about the right solution there.” When Motorola acquired Azingo was it really to forge their own mobile OS? “Nearly all of my focus is on Android today,” Jha said. And he didn’t stop there.
Motorola Android owners will be happy to know that Jha is claiming his company is aggressively pursuing bringing Android 2.2 to Motorola devices, and that an updated version of Motoblur is in the cards for later this year. For the more than a million people that use that service, that may be good news provided they can make the same type of positive changes that HTC has been steadily working on with their Sense UI. Speaking of HTC, Jha isn’t all that worried about the HTC Droid Incredible outselling the Droid.
And why isn’t he worried? Because Motorola has a few Droid phones coming up that just get Sanjay Jha giddy. Motorola Droid XTRM anyone? Check out the full report here, here, and here.