Archive for May, 2010

6 month old Samsung Behold 2 not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6

May 28th, 2010

Samsung Mobile and T-Mobile USA are planning to update the Behold II to Android 1.6 which provides access to Google Maps Navigation, Google Voice Search capability and quick search box for Android. The update will also supply additional benefits including Swype, an improved Media Player, updated core Android applications and improved Bluetooth capabilities. However, the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6.

This appears to be the beginning of the 6 month cell phone contract.

If carriers and manufacturers can’t put together product that can last more than 6 months without becoming completely obsolete. The current 2 year contract structure must either be replaced, or mobile handsets need to be designed to handle any updates/upgrades that are released.

T-Mobile and Samsung need to bite the bullet here and replace the current Samsung Behold 2 phones with new, comparable Android devices that won’t be rendered obsolete in 6 months.

Rumors of a lawsuit against Samsung have surfaced.
http://androidheadlines.com/2010/05/samsung-behold-ii-not-getting-2-x-legal-action-being-considered.html

The Samsung/T-Mobile Behold II saga continues to progress. There is a serious movement to get Samsung to update their phone. If you haven’t already, you may want to consider signing this petition to not only help Behold II users, but also send a message to phone manufacturers as a whole that customers don’t appreciate being ripped off or feeling that they are being ripped off.

EVO 4G will help Sprint redefine their definition of Everything

May 28th, 2010

This comes from Andronica.com (one of the better Android news sources)

It looks like the meaning of “Everything” is changing in the minds of Sprint. First we learned that the HTC EVO 4G would come with a $10 per month charge for premium data, and now it looks like users will also have to pay $4.99 a month if they want to use the Video Chat portion of the Qik app. Though, in fairness to Sprint, given that its noted as being paid via PayPal this appears to be a fee that will be paid directly to Qik. Still, whether the user is paying Sprint or Qik — these extra fees seem to be adding up for those that plan to take FULL advantage of the EVO and all it can do.

I am almost 100% positive that a rooted EVO 4g will have access to multiple Video Chat options that will cost far less than $4.00 per month.

FREE comes to mind!

Moby app for Android

May 27th, 2010

excerpt from Androidfanatic

Moby for Android mobile phone operating system allows Mobile Social Network users to shoot a photo or a video from their Android based smartphone and upload it on popular social network services across the web, including Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, WordPress, YouTube, Blogger and Bebo. The application comes decked with all the social networking photo and video uploading features including the all-important tagging options and a whole set of sophisticated tools.

Currently supported services:

According to some comments in the Android Market, you may need to setup your accounts in moby via your computer. There seems to be no allowance to do this through the app.

You can either search the Android Market for the Moby Android App or use the barcode scanner in your phone to scan the app code below.

Dalvik and JIT on Android

May 27th, 2010


If you haven’t yet heard, Android 2.2 (Froyo) was announced by Google at the Google I/O 2010 conference. (and 1 day later, Android 2.2 was pushed out to the Google Nexus One…lucky bastards!)

Anyhow, of all the features that the new Android offers…the performance enhancements made possible by the use of JIT (Just In Time compiler for the Dalvik Virtual Machine) is quite possibly the most important.

Here is why

The JIT is a software component which takes application code, analyzes it, and actively translates it into a form that runs faster, doing so while the application continues to run.

Code that is written to run the CPU all-out can now do more in the same amount of time (running faster), and code that is written to be rate-limited can get its work done using less time and less of the CPU (using less battery). On the performance front in particular, we have seen realistic improvements of 2x to 5x for CPU-bound code, compared to the previous version of the Dalvik VM. This is equivalent to about 4x to 10x faster than a more traditional interpreter implementation.

Read full post from Tim Bray on Android Developers

You read that right…2x to 5x faster performance! This is what really counts when you are trying to surf the web, upload/share photos, send/receive emails, send text messages etc.

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