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Saturday, December 4, 2010

First GingerBread Tegra2 Dual core Tablet

Google might be delaying Gingerbread release but there is one company that has come to the front  and declared that they will be launching Gingerbread based tablet within this year.

Japanese brand, Woow Digital, shows of the First Android Gingerbread based tablet, that runs on Tegra2 Dual core processor with some great specs. The company calls is “The One“.

The tablet is packed with some customized apps to suit the large screen.

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HowTo get iPhone UI on Android [MIUI mod]

For most android users, they love Android for what it is: Its openness, its power, its ability to customize to suit almost every need and every look and feel.

However, the stock Android is dull, unpolished & perhaps, the last thing power users would stick with. Android community is fully based on Rooted devices that offers 100s of mods.

As a Nexus One owner, I’ve played with Cyanogenmod, NXSense (Sense UI on Nexus), Meego on Nexus, and few others. They all were good and satisfied my taste buds, well almost.

Something was missing — we never had iPhone UI (iOS UI) on Android. Apple builds great UI, and there’s no second thought about it, that’s why few chinese developers started working on a ROM called MIUI (xda dev) that actually inherits lots of iPhone UI features including the latest iOS 4 features like drag n drop folders, animations, effects, unlimited homescreens and much more.

Video Walthrough of MIUI features (scroll down for more)

Most of the features are identical to Cyanogenmod 6.1, FroYo Miui 0.11.19 Stock Features:

New awsome UI that mimicks iPhone’s animations, effectsNew Settings.apk with Options for near all New FeaturesSwitchers: Wifi,Bluetooth,GPS,Sync,CPU,Lock,Flightmode,Reboot Option in the TaskbarApps2ext (in Options)720p Video RecordingFM RadioNew Lockscreen with Animated Musik Player insidePropeller view of all your Homescreens.iPhone like Home icons.Add infinite number of homescreens.Overclocked to 1.13 Ghz (using setCPU)Trackball Wake (in Options)Trackball Colors (Settings/Sounds & MMS/Settings)Battery Percentage (in Options)Backup Apps & System FunctionFast as Hell (faster than cyanogenmod)

How to get iPhone iOS UI on Android

This guide is essentially for Nexus One but shoudl work on all hTC devices with minor modifications. you can checkout HTC desire guide here.

Rooted users: Skip steps 1 to 3 if you already use a custom ROM.

New Users: Refer to Cyanogenmod wiki for details of Steps 1 to 3.

Warning: This will wipe your phone.

Root your Android.Unlock your bootloader: Boot into bootloader mode by holding down the trackball while turning the phone on. You should see a white screen with three skating androids. Connect the Nexus One (or another equivalent HTC device) to the computer via USB. open terminal and run: fastboot oem unlock.Install Clockwork Recovery via ROM Manager (from market) or Amon_RA’s recovery image.Download the MIUI ROM and copy it to your SD card.Boot into clockwork Revcovery and update with zip. The recovery process should begin, reboot when finished.You should boot into MIUI without trouble.Post-installation, change the Timezone in the preinstalled Time Zone Changer app to your country.. Set up the Locale app for your Region in settings.(optional) upgrade the FM radio app Download.

Get Apps2sd fully working by running these commands from PC via adb:

- adb root (needed in some cases)
- adb shell (“su” in Terminal Emulator)
- a2sd check
- a2sd reinstall
- a2sd zipalign
- a2sd cachesd

Video Tutorial:

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Android Visual Layout Editor gets better, feat. Drag Drop and goodness

After being an iOS developer for almost an year, migration to Android has been delightful. One of my first (and infact last) complaint with Android programming has been its “half-baked” Visual layout editor in ADT.

While writing XML to generate UI components is a good move, its the barrier in rapid development. Google has done a good job in developing powerful SDK, but couldn’t manage to build an editor that could do drag N drop of visual  components like Apple does on iPhone SDK. If only drag n drop had been missing, it would still have been acceptable. But, practically it gives up as your layout grows (curse those NullPointers, ArrayOutofBounds).

The good news is just around the corner, ADT is being upgraded to 8.0.0. So what’s coming? here’s the list from the official release plan:

Support for true debug build. No need to change the value of debuggable in the Android Manifest. Incremental build will automatically insert debuggable

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Dual Core Tegra2 Android vs iPhone 4

Fasten your seat belts for the faster and smarter smartphones that would go dual core in year 2011.

LG Star would be the first android phone with Nvidia Tegra2 dual core processor clocked at 1Ghz x 2. The UI on this phone is much like the Samsung Galaxy S, but the most interesting part of this phone is its dual-core processor.

GSM Israel has got the first handson video for the LGP990 (aka the Star) compared side-by-side with an iPhone 4.

The handset is powered by a 4-inch display and 8MP camera, as well as a front-facing counterpart and an HDMI port. At this time its running on a non-optimized Android Froyo, and is expected to improve speeds with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which would be optimized for dual core Tegra2 processors.

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