So it’s reported that, that full access to an Android OS device is as easy as downloading a 4MB app called FlashRec and executing it. The app basically replaces the devices recovery ROM with a less restrictive one, so completing the process requires asking the device to do recovery. The user-friendly aspect? This hack is kind enough to allow backups of whatever it overwrites, so returning the whole setup to “pristine” condition is possible.
hat’s the point of “rooting” the Android OS? It pretty much opens up the device to any modified Android OS of a user’s choosing, allowing customization on …read more
According to the source, here are the specs you should expect from Dell’s rumored Android smartphone, the so-called “Benzine” which is rumored as ready for launch:
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
103g grams weight
Dimensions: 58 x 122 x 11.7mm
Display: 3.5″ nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
Microsoft Exchange support
Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
Pretty thin and full-featured, if you ask me. And unless the version of Android to run on this gadget …read more
It’s obvious that How to steer clear of money scams on the Official Google Blog is meant to promote Google’s services, with liberal linking. But at least the advice is sensible (more like common sense actually), and the services linked to really are useful. That is all.
In attempt to get more people to their website BillShrink recently came out with this well-made digital flyer that compares the so-called “new generation” smartphones:
Here’s that table in real-text form:
iPhone 3GS (AT&T)
Palm Pre (Sprint)
Android G1 (T-Mobile)
1GB (Expandable SD Slot)
Talk Time (hours)
Standby Time (hours)
With Video Recording & Editing
With Video Recording
Turn By Turn (& Digital Compass)
Turn by Turn
Turn By Turn (& Digital Compass)
iTunes App Store
Palm App Catalog
Price (With Contract)
Price (Without Contract)
$99.99 – Voice
$30.00 – Data
$20.00 – Messaging
Unlimited Voice, Data, & Messaging:
$99.99 – Voice & Messaging
$24.99 – Data
Total Costs (+Tax Over 24 Months)
In the video below, you can see the Android OS—originally designed for mobile phones—boot up relatively quickly and take full advantage of the laptop’s built-in HSDPA. Yes, you heard that right, a laptop:
Featured at the recently concluded Computex, it’s obvious that Google needs to change at least one thing: you don’t tell a laptop owner to turn of his or her “phone”. Interesting though how the apparently unvarnished version of the OS automatically adapts to a laptop’s larger-than-mobile resolution. According to the video’s uploader, Asus was publicizing their own Android-based laptop, but reportedly chose not to showcase a demo unit.
Compal, …read more
Since StatCounter started tracking Microsoft Bing’s online presence last June 1, the search engine has grabbed a market share of 5.56%—about 0.39% higher than Yahoo as of June 4.
No doubt, Microsoft’s marketing push has helped. I’m sure Bing has benefited from the relative success of Windows 7 to grab the attention of the more tech-minded, while more casual users probably try Bing out of curiosity.
It remains to be seen if Bing will maintain its momentum. Google after all retains its stranglehold on search at 87.66%. Yet it’s actually lost almost two percent market share over the June 1 – June …read more
In summary, its creators bill Google Wave as what email would look like if it made its debut today. And through O’Reilly Radar do the makers publicize Wave and its upcoming launch. Instead of emails grouped into conversations, we now have Waves, individually described as a cloud-based conversation. Essentially, Wave is more about collaboration rather than communication.
It’s the initial description that pushes me to describe Wave as advanced IM, not email. The yet-to-be-released service seems to come across as an amorphous group chat, but with the ability to pin your replies or comments onto a specific portion of the Wave, …read more
This might be overkill for some, but for those who just can’t memorize Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts, the folks over at the Googleplex have quite a deal for you. Just send a self-addressed envelope to Send me some Gmail stickers already, P.O. Box 391420, Mountain View, CA 94039-1420. You’ll receive some vinyl overlays for your keys, as well as some artsy-fartsy Gmail-themed stickies.
According to Google’s blog, “The adhesive is a bit more removable than standard stickiness, so you can take them off once you’ve trained your fingers.” Google will ship this set even to outside the US—check out the full post …read more
Apparently, scoring an interview with Google—and making all the way to final stages of the evaluation process—is enough to get some attention online. That’s what happened to erstwhile blogger Peteris Krumins, who summed up the challenging telephone and in-person questions and relatively posh life as a Google applicant like with “It was also nice that Google paid for my trip, hotel, cab and food. I had zero expenses!” and:
Overall the Google interviews were pure fun for me. The interview questions were technical but not very challenging or difficult.
Thanks for the opportunity Google!
Looks like Mr. Krumins didn’t get the job, being …read more