We know, we know, you’re sick of future iPhone OS rumors… but one more couldn’t hurt right? The folks over at 9to5Mac have been exploring the new iPhone 3.2 beta 4 SDK, and have found a few files that could indicate more gestures are coming to the next iPhone OS. Something we reported on a pretty decent amount of time ago. The two files, “3Tap.plist” and “LongPress.plist, are located in the “gestures” library folder and, according to 9to5Mac, are not in previous versions of the SDK. Now, we know that “three taps” does not have a defined OS-wide function in the current iPhone OS, but we’re pretty sure that a “long press” will bring up a contextual menu to copy, cut, and paste among other things. For those iPhone haters out there, we’re pretty sure we know what one fingered gesture you want to give the iPhone… but unfortunately the “FlipBird.plist” file was not included in this build of the SDK. Check out the full report at 9to5Mac. More →
Uh oh. The often accurate Carphone Warehouse has just updated its site to include the LG GD900, tagged as the GD900 Crystal, complete with an expected arrival time frame in mid-May. Yeah, we’re excited. While LG hasn’t yet announced an official release date for any region, we can only hope that other areas are slated for around the same — though we doubt any US availability would fall into that time frame. As you might recall from our brief but entrancing encounter with this sexy little piece of kit, the GD900 is the world’s first handset to feature an illuminated transparent keypad with multitouch gesture support. Coupled with LG’s new S-Class UI under a nice bright touchscreen display, we can’t get our hands on it quickly enough. Everything else — like the slim form and class-topping 8 megapixel camera — is just gravy.
You remember Samir, right? Made popular by his RotateMe application that enables automatic screen rotation in accelerometer-equipped S60 handsets, Samir has become one of the S60 community’s favorite young developers. He now has a pretty great catalog of apps that own the accelerometer so Samir has apparently decided to move on. What will he tackle next? Apparently the front-facing camera! And why not – it should be good for something, right? Samir’s first new project since launching his new AikonLab website is called HandWave and it’s definitely unique to say the least. The video above shows that the app is essentially a very basic gesture control system that makes use of the front camera and allows users to swipe their hand in front of the phone to trigger actions. So far it looks like only right and left d-pad commands are supported but as you can see it’s working quite well. Hopefully we can consider this a proof of concept and future builds will provide some addition movement recognition. If nothing else it will be funny to watch people swipe at their handsets as the flip through images or skip tracks. Efficient? Probably no, but cool none the less. According to Samir’s site, HandWave will be available for download beginning tomorrow.
Pink is the new black, FriendFeed is the new Twitter, and it looks like accelerometers are the new ‘thin form factor’. While the world became much more aware of accelerometers with the coming of the iPhone’s “mysterious” automatic screen rotation, the truth is of course that handsets have been packing accelerometers for quite a while. Some of the more popular accelerometer-sporting include a few Sony Ericsson models and of course the Nokia N95 which has seen an onslaught of accelerometer-based apps in development since last October. Samsung wants a piece of the action as well apparently as it prepares to drop the M3510 complete with shake-and-twist gesture controlls out of the box. Other specs include:
- 2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity
- 2″ QVGA 262K color display
- 2 megapixel camera
- FM Radio with RDS
- 20MB of user memory
- microSD memory card slot
- USB 2.0, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Dimensions: 109×46×9.9 mm
Meh, not terrible. It appears to be a music-centric handset that is likely intended to do battle with lower-end Walkman phones from Sony Ericsson. The unsubsidized price at launch will be somewhere in the mid to high $300s so carrier prices should be pretty competative. As for the possibility of seeing the M3510 stateside? Doubtful; at least not for quite some time.