No one was surprised when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and pals discussed the future of Windows Phone 7 multitasking during Monday’s keynote at Mobile World Congress — the company has covered its forthcoming multitasking solution for third-party apps on several occasions in the past. As we all know, it will work much like Apple’s solution. Apps will remain in a frozen state when sent to the background and will be able, in some instances, to utilize background APIs for functions such as music streaming. For the first time, however, Microsoft gave an extensive demonstration of a preliminary implementation of its solution during MWC. The demo shows off state-saving and simple task-switching, background music streaming, and it also shows Windows Phone 7’s upcoming task manager UI, which bears a striking resemblance to the “cards” UI seen on HP’s webOS. Hit the break for a video of Microsoft’s demo. More →
Late yesterday, Facebook released an update for its Android mobile application, bearing the version number 1.5. The new code adds support for Facebook chat — in both the foreground and background — as well as push notifications. Push notifications will only work on devices running Android 2.2 or higher, and the new build does, as always, include “various bug fixes.” The new hotness is in the Android Market, go get em’! More →
While a new update to the Yahoo Messenger app on the iPhone would be eventful in and of itself, the latest version brings a very special gift — video calling over 3G, and not just phone to phone, but phone to computer or vice versa. Unfortunately in our quick tests, video calling seems to be buggy, not reliable, and above all, pretty low in the quality department when we do manage to get it working. In addition to video calls, the newly updated Yahoo Messenger brings free voice calls to other Yahoo Messenger friends, supports background multitasking, and more. Let us know if you’re feeling the new update, though we’ll be waiting for real FaceTime calling over 3G. More →
There is a fairly extensive support thread over at Google — that stretches from January of this year all the way to the present — that details issues some Nexus One owners are having with Wi-Fi connections. The bug reports all read like this: your N1 connects to a wireless network; you put the phone down and the display eventually goes to sleep; while the screen is off the N1 is still technically connected to the wireless router but no data is passing through the device; the device sees itself as having a connection to Wi-Fi so it does not revert to cellular data; no email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. updating/data is flowing in the background. The thread reports that the only way to remedy this issue is to flick Wi-Fi off then on every time you turn the screen on, or to turn Wi-Fi off completely. The thread reports that the glitch happens primarily on AT&T model Nexus Ones and later models of the T-Mobile N1s. The group of affected users have seemingly flushed out the Google suggestion that it is a specific type of router causing the issue, and no specific Android firmware can be pegged as the culprit. We want to hear from you AT&T and T-Mobile Sexy Nexy owners. Are you seeing this issue?
UPDATE: Apparently an update to remedy this issue has been pushed into the AOSP repository, have a look for yourself. Thanks to Howard for passing this along. More →