Posts tagged android
If you have been too busy watching the rumor mill on the iPhone 4G/HD/A4 or whatever and just can’t seem to wait, check this out. If you want to re-purpose your iPhone 3G or iPhone 2G(original), then I think trying to put Android on your phone is a great time killer.
In case you have missed it because of all the “hub-bub” of the leaked iPhone 4G photos and all the friggin’ press about it.. I submit to you: Android on the iPhone!!! Engadget first brought this via LinuxoniPhone on April 21st 2010. Now obviously this wasn’t the first time, and there was some leg work behind this, but this seems to be an early attempt at getting the Android on the iPhone. Basically the first version only ran on the 2G and had some problems with the audio, but this was just the beginning… (video below) Just a few days later, he posted the instructions to install it on the 2G
Soon thereafter, the next progression was the iPhone 3G. The same there, it didn’t start out with all the bells and whistles, but soon he started working on the binaries and ended up getting an article in PC World. (video of 3G below)
Now, with the latest release of Android, codenamed “Froyo”, it has just been another natural progression, but it seems the latest and greatest causes the iPhone to overheat after less than 10 minutes or so of use.. so be warned, this is not for the faint of heart!
But I will say this, I will definitely will try this after I upgrade to my 4G iPhone!
The HP Slate announced at CES 2010 seems to be the way things are going. The last few years it was the netbook, but now it seems we are going to the touchscreens of tomorrow with these new computers. Right now, all we know about it is that it supports Windows 7, as shown by Mr. Ballmer himself, and it does multi-touch. Ballmer even showed it running the PC version of Kindle software and it looked great! A cool new way to read a book. It’s not the for mentioned Courier that we have seen previously, but it is a good step in that direction. I don’t know if the Courier was still in development or not, but this is definitely a cool new PC to look out for in 2010.
Dell also pulled aside a few people and show them the slate from Dell called the “Streak”. (not “the streak”, just streak). Now this guy is only a 5 incher, but looks pretty sweet. Engadget got a few shots of it, here is one:
Now this thing is touted as running Android and not Windows. Now this is more a phone than a PC, because it does have a SIM card slot in it, so we know it will be a GSM phone.
Dell Slate Hands on via Engadget
Google announced Monday, Google goggles for the Android platform. What is Google goggles you ask? Let this video explain:
Basically it allows you to search via the camera on your phone. Google says you can search via a picture of a landmark, book cover, DVD/Blu-Ray cover, artwork and logos. Just simply take a photo of the item and it should bring up the appropriate search result. Now I have seen a review on the app on Verizon’s Motorola Droid on AppJudgement and it seems that it is currently a work in progress. It didn’t seem to work very well on the barcodes, but seemed to be fine on the covers. It will be very close to other apps like Yelp!, but won’t be the augmented reality like in yelp. It will help find some of your searches in nearby stores for price comparison though. This is awesome for the Android platform, but what about the iPhone? As of the other day, TechRadar said it has confirmation that the program will soon hit the iPhone as well! Awesome! Can’t wait to try this app out!
So what happens when the giant Google releases a turn by turn navigation app? I don’t know is the answer, but I have a basis. Google has announced their android based app that looks to be very promising. What’s even better is the satellite/street view that they can overlay on top of the navigation, so you can see exactly what you are supposed to be looking at while you are driving. Now this is bad for those of you who don’t have a dash mounted phone or navigation unit, as it will definitely cause you to look downward at the screen: