The highly anticipated update to the Android version of the Facebook app has finally hit the Android Market. With this new update, Facebook has introduced a new UI that should make your life a lot easier.
For starters there is now a bar at the top with that, just like the Facebook website, which gives you quick access to your friends requests, messages and notifications. You even get real time push notifications now. Another new feature is a left-hand menu that slides in from the side to give you quick access to your favorites, lists and the search bar.
The new app also makes loading photos and albums twice as fast. They have also made it easier to share photos, view comments and edit captions through the app. You also get access to your mobile timeline (if you have that feature) as well as games and apps.
To download the new Facebook app, head to the Android Market app on your phone or click on the source link below.
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Bad news for anyone out there who is planning on having Flash Player on their future devices. Earlier today, Adobe announced that they will be ending support for Flash Player for mobile devices, and be focusing their efforts on Adobe AIR support, and allowing developers to incorporate Flash in their own ways in the future.
Adobe is going to move forward by focusing their efforts and creating new applications, and in a shocking move, by supporting HTML5. However, while this is bad news for future handsets that more than likely would have used Flash Player as a marketing tool, there is some good news for devices that currently use the software. Adobe will continue to support it with bug fixes and security patches, if the need arises. So you shouldn’t have to worry about your current software not being supported.
Here’s the official statement:
“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.”
While it may not be the best news, it is good to hear that Adobe will continue to support current versions. What’s your opinion?
Android’s Google+ app just got updated to version 2.1.1., bringing back the popular posting widget, which allows users to post updates and photos on the fly right from their home screen.
Besides that, the new update brings fixes for download and installation issues, and various bug fixes. If you’ve been missing the Google+ posting widget, your wish has just been granted. Head to the market and grab the update!
Sometimes living in the UK really can get on our nerves. There’s the weather, the crowds, and then on top of everything else companies like HTC go and do things like this.
Last night it announced the HTC Rezound, the first US-bound handset using the Beats tech it invested in back in August. ‘So what?’ you may be thinking, ‘we’ve got our own HTC Beats-enabled phones right here in Blighty.’ And you’d be right, we do. But they’re not a patch on this.
At first look the Rezound’s specs look like the HTC Sensation XE we put through its paces recently; same size screen, same Beats audio, the clock on the press shots even shows the same time for crying out loud. But look again. The screen may be the same size, but the US-bound Rezound is 1,280×720 pixels resolution, compared to a paltry 540×960 on the Sensation XE. That’s right, a 720p display, HTC’s first, the same resolution seen on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The XE has 4GB storage, while the Rezound packs 16GB.
While the Rezound has the same Beats headphones as the XE — complete with controls on the cord — same 1.5GHz processor and 8-megapixel camera, there’s 1GB of RAM, as opposed to 768MB on the XE. And while it ships with Android 2.3, like the XE, it’ll be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012. There’s no word on when the XE will get the latest version of Android.
So, looks like a big fat raspberry to us Brits.
Sure we have the HTC Sensation XL, but that’s a 4.7-inch beast, with a screen resolution nowhere near the crisp 720p of the Rezound. And it doesn’t have as much RAM.
From: cnet website
Motorola has been shy about the next version of the XOOM family of tablets, the XOOM 2, but that’s okay, because we’ve got plenty of leaks and rumors to go on until the company decides to finally officially announce it. For example, if we were wondering when, exactly, the device would be making it to store shelves, we’ve got Carphone Warehouse to give us an unofficial answer.
As you can see from the ad above, the XOOM 2 is showcased for the world to see. And, right above that, we’ve got a launch window. Sometime before Christmas, as it would apparently make a great gift. The device itself will feature an 8.2-inch touchscreen, 16GB of built-in storage, and launch with Android 3.2. The ad also suggests the device will run your pocket €399.90, or about $545.
There’s not much time left before Christmas happens, so hopefully Motorola decides to pull the curtain off this new tablet soon.
At the official unveiling of ICS this week, Google said that in theory the update will be coming to all phones running Android 2.3, bringing cheer to Android Fans everywhere.
That raised the prospect of other Android phone manufacturers, such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson, also potentially deciding not to update their smartphones.
Happily for Samsung Galaxy S2 owners, though, it now looks like they’re almost certainly invited to the party after all.
Responding to S2 users enquires for a timeframe for the upgrade via its Twitter presence, Samsung UK said there currently is “no official date” for when it plans to make ICS available.
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Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices (see what Engadget had to say about our upgrades: http://engt.co/qMb9nQ), and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different.
Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability, so please stay tuned as we assess our product portfolio. Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!
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