The brood over at PreCentral have managed to acquire a leaked copy of HP’s webOS 3.0 beta 1 software development kit (SDK). Why is this a good thing? Because contained within said SDK rests a TouchPad, webOS 3.0 emulator, of course. While emulators only provide 50% of the TouchPad story — the other half being hardware — it is useful to get a high-level overview of what user interface will look like. If you want to whet your appetite for this summers TouchPad release, hit the jump. There’s an eighteen minute video overview awaiting your scrutiny. Be sure to click through the read link as well for a host of screen grabs. More →
This video definitely isn’t as good as seeing webOS 2.0 running on smartphone hardware, but if you’re looking for something to hold you over, this should suffice. A video of an emulated webOS 2.0 has made its way onto YouTube. The video demos several of the new OS’ features, including: card stacks, universal search, and application pages. The video is ready for you after the break.
Mobile gaming fans who roll with Android, prepare yourselves — a PSX emulator for Android 2.x devices in the works. A joint collaboration between emulation gods ZodTTD and yongzh, the emulator is currently said to run faster than ZodTTD’s PSX port for the iPhone 3GS while possessing a UI with an Android look and the ability to take advantage of hard keys and trackpads/trackballs. And, no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The controller skin is indeed from the GameBroid emulator, but will be swapped out for a PSX specific skin before release. Once that’s done, ZodTDD said he’ll be setting his sights on the N64 and then VLC. No release target has been announced for the Android PSX emulator.
Well hello there, onslaught of WebOS images — a whole bunch of beautiful new screen grabs of the Mojo SDK running in an emulator have just popped up, shedding plenty of light on the OS everyone is dying to play with. The screenshots provide another glimpse into Google maps, Synergy integration with Microsoft Exchange, Facebook and Google, the finger friendly launcher, the transparent overlay of the applications and dialog boxes and more. If these shots are representative of the entire WebOS experience, Palm may have Apple and Google shaking a bit in their boots, RIM running back to the drawing board to re-design the Storm 2 interface and Microsoft hanging its head in shame over the improved but still-awkward Windows Mobile 6.5 UI. Hit the jump for tons of drool-worthy screenshots to tide you over while we all wait for a firm release date.
It goes without saying that amongst the earliest of early adopters to the Palm Pre will be Palm loyalists whose migration from PalmOS to WebOS will surely leave them missing some of the apps that they have grown to love and live by for the past 13 years. To help make the transition easier and allow the fanatics live in the past, MotionApp has obtained special rights to code the only Palm approved PalmOS simulator for WebOS entitled Classic. While it will not be able to access the heart of WebOS, Classic be able to run over 30,000 PalmOS applications at speeds nearly twice as fast as they would run on a Treo 700p meaning that the odds are the crème de la crème of PalmOS apps won’t be left behind. At this time neither the pricing nor availability of Classic has been announced, something we’re not too surprised about given that Palm has yet to tip the world off as to the pricing structure of App Catalog or a release date for the Pre itself.
We’ve come a long way since 1982, when the Commodore 64 was first introduced for a mind-boggling $595. Oh yeah, 8 bits of sexy. Fast forward about 27 years and Commodore is making a come back, sort of, with the recent release of Frodo for S60. With the Frodo emulator, users can shed the bulk of the Commodore 64 unit and still enjoy all of the heart pounding action C64 games have to offer. The latest version of Frodo for S60 even spices things up a bit by adding accelerometer support by way of an add-on dubbed Bilbo, allowing you to steer those little 8 bit F1 cars by tilting your handset from side to side. Fantastic. Hit the jump for a video of Frodo in action, hit the read link to score the C64 emulator for yourself and hit us for not taking advantage of the obvious ‘S60’s UI is so old school it already looks like C64′ joke. Oh wait, apparently we just did…
RIM is just on fire lately. After a quick 8900 sneak attack from Germany and this morning’s little Storm announcement, what more could you want? Well, more info on the Curve 8900’s US release most likely, but you know what they say about patience being a virtue. In the meantime if you really can’t wait to get your hands on a Curve 8900 to play with, this might tide you over – for about 10 minutes at least. RIM has made the 4.6.1 emulator software available for download from the BlackBerry site for all you developers and serious addicts out there. It’s just like the real thing, right? Yeah, not so much. At least you can get a feel for the 4.6 OS as you anxiously await the real thing…
As is the case with Vista, Windows Mobile has become a bit of a whipping boy for the tech blogosphere. The difference between the two? Most people outside of an Apple commercial know that Vista has come leaps and bounds since its problematic birth. Sure there are still issues but as a whole, the OS has become more than usable for many. Windows Mobile on the other hand, still has a lot of growing up to do. Many of the issues that users have been complaining about for what seems like an eternity still remain unresolved. Internet Explorer Mobile, of course, is one of those issues. Fans who have managed to stick by Windows Mobile and are in it for the long haul will be excited to learn that Microsoft isn’t going to sit idly by and let third-party mobile browser developers attack the issue alone. There is now a free preview of the next-generation Internet Explorer Mobile browser available for all to play with by way of an emulator download. Initial reports are fairly positive and it looks like development is certainly moving in the right direction. A quick overview of some of the new features in IEM 6:
- Improved fidelity (support for full fidelity desktop rendering)
- Layout fixes to accommodate a mobile screen (text wrap)
- Enhanced Script and AJAX support (Jscript v5.7 from Internet Explorer 8)
- Improved multimedia experience (Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 for Adobe Flash content)
- Deeper integration with search
- Enhanced cursor navigation model
- Touch and gesture support – pan support
- Multiple zoom levels
- Easy switching between mobile / desktop versions of sites by specifying UA strings
As you can see, there are definitely some key areas that we can now confirm are being addressed in the upcoming version. There are also a few nice additions such as desktop mode. Kudos to Microsoft for giving users a preview and we can only hope that the release version will not only catch Microsoft’s mobile browser up to the competition, but even break some new ground.