Archive for the ‘Operating Systems’ Category
  • Droid and Sense UI starting to play somewhat nice. Rosie reported to be coming over for dinner too?
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm
    Android is all about customization and tweaking the hell out of it. While a large majority of those jumping on the Android bandwagon aren't exactly the largest book of technical knowledge, it's good to know that it's not stopping development of custom ROM's and all the enjoyable bits and pieces that make Android the highly customizable. The last week has seen Android 2.1 (Flan) as the current "must have" for Droid users. I myself flashed the latest 2.1 ROM available and was thoroughly imp...
  • WinMo 6.5.3 to preclude WinMo 7. Keep us ever waiting for what we really want.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 9:24 am
    I think it's safe to assume pretty much any and every WinMo fan still out there is ready for WinMo 7. Microsoft however has other plans as a blurb on a MSDN page mentions a version 6.5.3. I'm all for incremental updates and constant tweaks here and there, but WinMo 6.5 in it's entirety needs more than a few tenths added to it's version number. Not to mention, any resources spent on prepping, launching, and supporting 6.5.3 would be better spent on version 7, don't you think? WinMo 7 couldn't...
  • G1 and Android 2.0(.1) to do the sweet, succulent digital tango…soon
    by Mike
    Posted December 27th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
    I almost bit the Android bullet way back in late '08 when the G1 first graced the hands of many geek alike. The hesitation on my part was bittersweet. On one hand, I was missing out on the all of the first gen sparkle that surrounded Android. On the other, missing out on that first gen sparkle was also a blessing -- allowing me to forgo the standard growing pains first gen products often bring with. The biggest part of Android however renders this growing pain a somewhat moot point as co...
  • Samsung’s Bada OS takes a walk, flashes us all.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Best choice of words for a title? Eh, debatable. But it's not relevant. What is relevant however are screenshots of Samsung's new in-house Bada OS. When you see the pictures above, what impressions do you get? I'll admit that it's actually pretty nice looking. Much better than Symbian's refresh so far. But such things are best being left for judgement by the actual end user (read: you). So go ahead and give it a through ocular shakedown. After which, continuing the path downwards to the...
  • Moto Milestone firmware w/ multitouchy goodness stuffed in Droid. ROM coming “within days”.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 6:32 am
    Android's openness and easily tweakable nature is quickly making it a hackers dream. If you don't like something, fix it. In regards to the Droid, the biggest shortcoming many have voiced is the lack of multitouch support within the browser specifically as the Droid does actually have multitouch. (Just look at Dolphin browser on the Droid -- it's built in, Google just didn't take advantage of it.) Watching the video (below) is enough to make my mouth water and get all giddy inside. But wh...
  • Android 2.1 (Flan) cracked wide open. Ringtones, wallpapers, boot up animation now available for all! [Update 2]
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
    Well that was fast. (Where have I heard that before...?) If you've been taking in all of the non-stop Nexus One info, text, images, and video the last day or so and feeling pretty bummed even with your current Android companion, I've got something that should breathe a tad bit of fresh air into your aging friend. The Android 2.1 ROM that comes stock on the Nexus One has been cracked wide open tonight. While not exactly in the proper form to actually port to any other devices quite yet, a...
  • Windows Mobile 7 pushed deeper into 2010
    by Mike
    Posted December 12th, 2009 at 12:17 am
    "Windows Mobile 7 is being pushed further back into the tail end of 2010" -- not exactly the words Microsoft wants to speak nor the words WinMo hopefuls want to hear. Head of Microsoft's UK Mobility Division, Phil Moore, had those bleak words to share today. Windows Mobile 7 should have been released this summer, plain and simple. A 2010 date is bad enough. But quoting Microsoft themselves saying who are publicly announcing "late 2010" makes us wonder how much longer they're going to be rele...
  • N900 + Palm Garnet OS = puke
    by Mike
    Posted December 11th, 2009 at 7:13 am
    Once a highly regarded OS and seen as one of the best of it's time, Palm Garnet is now known as nothing more than a long tooth. An OS that stuck like glue to many Palm devices long after the OS had reached it's expiration date. Faith was somewhat restored with Palm's new baby -- webOS. But we're not going to talk about that. Why? Because you can't run webOS on your N900 right now. Palm Garnet OS welcome to the N900. After about 20 seconds the coolness and wow factor of running a Palm Garn...
  • T-Mobile beginning roll out of carrier billing for Android smartphones. Completion date: December 30th.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    If using a credit/debit card to purchase Android apps on your T-Mobile branded handset was beginning to become a bit much for you, take comfort in knowing that help is on the way. Starting today, T-Mobile USA is rolling out the carrier billing feature for Android smartphones allowing users to bill Android Market purchases to your cellphone bill instead of a credit/debit card. Much like Verizon is doing for the Moto Droid and HTC Eris, the OTA update will be rolled out slowly -- much slower th...
  • Quick impressions of Android 2.0.1…
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 12:50 am
    First and foremost, I'll apologize to those out there sick of hearing about Android news tonight. What can I say, it's been a busy night for the little green giant. Anyway, I went ahead and downloaded the Android 2.0.1 firmware and followed the instructions. After about 3 minutes I had a new Android version number and a much bigger smile. My Droid is like new. Ok, am I being melodramatic and overhyping the update? I don't think so. The speed navigating between the homescreens is fin...
  • DROID and HTC Droid Eris to receive Android 2.1 update January 11th or January 22nd?
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 9:46 am
    Get your salt shakers folks. You'll need them yet again as this is for now a "what if" type of question. It's highly suspected that the Android 2.0.1 update will drop on December 11th just a few days from now. Verizon themselves mentioned that the Droid would receive such an update "before the holidays". Now, also put into your internal RAM that Verizon has stated that the HTC Droid Eris will receive an upgrade to at least Android 2.0 in Q1 of 2010. Finally, back on November 9th we had a st...
  • Symbians “new” look really that new?
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    Now several hours old, the images of Symbians new, much improved face has made their rounds. I'll say straight up that it looks hot. But look at the battery and signal meters as well as the general look of the icons and menu bar -- they look a lot like the old Symbian. Am I the only one who isn't impressed as much as they hoped to be? Granted, the new widgets and edge-to-edge mystery device it's being showcased on all depict stunning design. Still, the aforementioned UI elements stand out a...
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