Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is ditching Webkit for their own Blink in the Chrome browser, and even Samsung is doing something similar by partnering with Mozilla. Then we talk Samsung again as their new US retail experience begins this month on Best Buy. We later talk some Nokia and the possibility of the Catwalk being launched on May 15th. Later we find some leaked images of a possible iPhone prototype with a curved display and curved back. We end today’s show talking about the Facebook Home Android Launcher, and also about the new HTC First [...]
For those of you that didn’t know, WebKit powers most if not all mobile web browsers. It was developed by Apple, and was used for the first time in their mobile Safari browser with the first-generation iPhone, which pretty much took on the mobile Internet by storm. Apple’s decision to open-source WebKit has benefited almost every competing device in the market, including Google Chrome and even the old and default Android browser. It made a ton of sense for Apple to do this, since it would allow the world to optimize everything for just one engine, and not start a battle [...]
While we may think of the web browsers that accompany the major smartphone operating systems as wholly distinct entities, many of them share common elements. At the heart of mobile Safari, the Android browser, and RIM’s browser for the PlayBook is some code known as WebKit. Browsers heavily rely on WebKit to handle page layout when rendering content to the screen. Unfortunately, that may mean that an unusually large fraction of smartphones are vulnerable to a newly-discovered exploit.
The news comes courtesy of security firm CrowdStrike, which intends to make a [...]
After many rumors about an Android 2.2 Froyo release date for the HTC Droid Incredible update on carrier Verizon Wireless, the latest one says that the Droid smartphone will be getting its much awaited upgrade on 9/1. However, as rumors turn out, that one was quickly dismissed and users who were wishfully hoping that the Android upgrade that would bring Adobe Flash 10.1 support need not hold their breath and the waiting continues.
The rumored Froyo update is said to be bring not only a system upgrade, but will enable more advanced features on the Droid Incredible, like 720p HD [...]
We’ve previously shared Chrome to Phone for Android, which allows users to share links, phone numbers, and URLs between the desktop Google Chrome browser and the Android-based Webkit browser. Now, with Chrome extensions, Chrome to Phone is headed to tackle iOS devices, which includes the likes of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The iOS version, developed by tomlerendu.com, is limited to just URLs, however, and “lets you a link to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with one click.”
How it works is that you install the extension, found on the Chrome to Phone [...]
Samsung is now officially teasing the Galaxy Tab, an Android 2.2 tablet with a 7-inch touchscreen, though its unclear if the display will go the traditional LCD route or be a scaled up Super AMOLED display borrowed from the company’s Galaxy S smartphone series. The company is expected to announce the tablet at the IFA conference next week in Germany according to the company’s Galaxy Tab portal.
The device is expected to support a front-facing camera as the teaser mentions video calling and most likely a rear camera as well as augmented reality was also [...]
With Apple CEO Steve Jobs arguing that Flash on a mobile device would not deliver acceptable performance for the user, the ensuing war between the two Silicon Valley tech giants have led to Apple evangelizing HTML 5 as an alternative to interactive content, browser-embedded videos, and games and advertising for mobile. However, the war is far from over as Google, which is a supporter of HTML 5, has stood behind Adobe and the Motorola Droid 2 has become the first device to launch with Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, which brings with it native Flash 10.1 for Mobile support [...]
If you’re a proud owner of the Motorola Droid X and are eager to get Android 2.2 for your Adobe Flash 10.1 browsing experience on Android, the wait’s just about over. We’re not sure if the update that’s been leaked online will be the legitimate over the air update that’s scheduled to roll out soon from Verizon, but it does promise Froyo for rooted and non-rooted Droid X devices.
If you’re interested in getting the update, you can head over to Droid X Forums to download the file, but do so at your own risk.
At the Adobe – Android event, Google and Adobe had announced that the Flash 10.1 plugin for the Google Nexus One has finally exited beta. Owners of the Nexus One, which has since been discontinued for consumer consumption, can head over to Android Market to download the plugin for their devices.
It seems that if your Android 2.2 Froyo does not launch with Adobe Flash, you’ll be able to download it from Android Market if your handset meets hardware specs. Another device getting Flash via this route would be the Motorola Droid, which is still getting its Android 2.2 [...]
Previously, Adobe had announced that an ARM Cortex A8 processor or better was required on smartphones to run Adobe Flash 10.1 on Google’s Android operating system, but it seems that the requirements has just been lowered a bit to support devices running the less powerful ARM11 processors. This announcement comes from the Adobe – Android conference in San Francisco, California.
Currently, devices supporting Flash 10.1 must have an upgrade path to Android 2.2 Froyo build. Those devices include the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola Droid X, the Motorola Droid, the Droid 2, [...]
Investment powerhouse Goldman Sachs is saying that Research in Motion’s latest BlackBerry entry, the BlackBerry Torch, is underwhelming.
The Torch employs a portrait-oriented slider form factor, a first for RIM, and also is the first device to utilize the BlackBerry 6 operating system, which has been re-designed to be more finger-friendly and compete more effectively against the iPhone and Android devices.
According to Goldman Sachs, AT&T stores are not selling out of RIM’s latest smartphone flagship and that many Torch owners are upgrading from earlier [...]
Verizon Wireless is continuing to roll out its upgrade for the original Motorola Droid in batches. The upgrade will bring with it Android 2.2 Froyo, which will support Adobe Flash 10.1. According to Verizon PR, Flash 10.1 will be available later this summer from Android Market. The browser plugin will give the Droid a desktop-class browsing experience on Android’s Webkit-based browser.
The OTA firmware update for Motorola’s Droid 1 will happen in batches so keep your eyes out for the update to hit your device.
For now, interested users in Android 2.2 Froyo [...]
In the first BlackBerry Torch video, Adam went ahead and unboxed the device. In this video, we continue our coverage of the BlackBerry Torch and walk through some of the main hardware features of the BlackBerry 6 OS-sporting smartphone.
The BlackBerry Torch’s front side is dominated by a 3.2-inch touchscreen and resembles the BlackBerry Storm, but unlike the Storm the Torch doesn’t use a SurePress click screen technology and the touchscreen, which supports multitouch gestures, operates like a regular smartphone touchscreen.
When the screen is slid up in [...]
With early pictures leaking showing Android 2.2 Froyo on Verizon’s flagship Motorola Droid X, and unconfirmed “news” that the upgrade should start hitting the Droid lineup (sans Droid Eris) beginning August 6, we have more images of Froyo smoothly running on the Droid X, giving veracity to the imminent OTA release.
The new system information shows that indeed Android 2.2 is running on a Droid X and we see also Adobe Flash as well as a Flash game running in the background.
It looks like the oft-rumored Motorola Droid 2, which has been caught in numerous leaked photos, will be launching straight with Android 2.2 Froyo, the Google mobile OS edition that supports Adobe Flash 10.1 for a desktop-class browsing experience. Adopters of the Motorola Droid X will still need to wait until later this summer for Motorola and Verizon to push out Android 2.2 to their devices; an exact date hasn’t been announced yet.
In addition to being let out of the gate with Android 2.2 on board, it seems that the widgets-based UI system on the Droid X will also be [...]
Update: CrackBerry has a new video that shows the new Webkit browser
For BlackBerry users longing for a better browsing devices, BlackBerry 6 can’t come soon enough. While RIM has shown off the OS in recent videos, the Webkit browser hasn’t gotten much coverage until a recent video, which has since been removed from YouTube. I did have a chance to watch it and the browser seems to perform really well and will make BlackBerry smartphones more competitive against more recent platform offerings with a strong browser, like the iPhone with mobile Safari, Android [...]
It seems that a bug for Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile on Android Froyo 2.2 is that the plugin will initiate and play audio despite the fact that the device is in silent mode. Even if you’ve silenced your device, when you’re watching video in the browser, audio will still chime through, which could be a bad thing if you need the device to stay muted. According to one user’s email to the forums at Android Guys,
We rely on silent mode on all our devices to help the geeklet to stay asleep while allowing his mom and dad to continue to use their phones and computers. Last [...]
We had reported about Frash before, which is a project that aims to port Android 2.2’s Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile support to iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Frash uses a multi-process model so that if the plugin crashes, your browser doesn’t crash. Essentially, according to IntoMobile, it means: Frash uses a multi-process model similar to Chrome on the desktop, so a crash in the Frash/Flash plugin doesn’t take down the browser. You can see this while I’m playing Alien Hominid: the ad above crashed (probably a Frash bug), but Safari stays open [...]
We’ve taken a look at the hardware behind the Motorola Droid X, which will be launching on July 15th for $200 on Verizon Wireless after mail-in-rebate and on a two-year agreement. Now, we’ll be exploring the widgets-based UI, that’s highly customizable and attractive, on the Droid X. The widgets-based system, although resembles MOTO BLUR, is actually a customized solution that Motorola and Verizon Wireless collaborated on to deliver. I think I’ve made some mentions that it is MOTO BLUR, but just as a correction, the UI is a customized UI and is not part of the [...]
The Motorola Droid X is a solid phone and is made extremely thin due to the metal parts used in the construction of the phone’s chassis. The Droid X is Verizon Wireless’ answer to the Sprint EVO 4G–both phones boast a 1 GHz processor, large 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and HD video recording capabilities, HQ YouTube player, optional mobile hotspot app, and the ability to share your multimedia experience on a larger screen via the mini HDMI port (mini HDMI to HDMI cable required).
There are some features that [...]
Although Adobe has demonstrated that Flash 10.1 works acceptably well on webOS months ago, the browser plugin for Palm’s mobile OS Webkit-based browser hasn’t launched yet and Palm says it doesn’t know what’s going on and why Adobe has not rolled out the downloads for Flash. At an AT&T seminar last week, a Palm representative says that he doesn’t “know what the hold-up is” with Adobe.
Since demoing Flash 10.1 on webOS, Adobe had announced ambitious plans to support Palm’s competing smartphone platforms, most notably Google [...]
Adobe, which has stated that Android 2.2 Froyo is required to run Flash 10.1 for Mobile on Android smartphones, has posted a short list of which Android smartphones will be capable of playing Flash 10.1. Connecting the dots, these current smartphones running Android 2.1 or prior versions of Google’s mobile OS will essentially, at some point, get an upgrade to Android 2.2 to support Adobe’s browser plug-in. Here’s the list:
-DROID by Motorola-Dell Streak-Google Nexus One-Motorola MILESTONE-HTC Evo-HTC Incredible-HTC Desire-Samsung Galaxy [...]
The latest information about the BlackBerry 9800 has it that the touchscreen slider from Research in Motion will forego the SurePress screen technology found on the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. The device was spotted with an AT&T splash screen upon booting. Other tidbits include a software keyboard in addition to the hardware sliding keyboard as well as an optical trackpad in addition to the touchscreen. It looks like BlackBerry OS 6 was also spotted on the device.