Yesterday, Google announced the expansion of Gmail’s Priority Inbox feature to its mobile website. Users accessing gmail.com from their HTML5-capable smartphone browser can now view messages categorized by Gmail as both “important” and “everything else.” Currently, users must enable Priority Inbox on the desktop version of Gmail to be able to view it on their mobile — only viewing is supported, users can not yet rank messages from the mobile web version. Priority Inbox is supported in Android 1.5+, iOS 3.0+, and most other HTML5-capable smartphones. More →
Two weeks ago, BGR revealed several upcoming smartphones BlackBerry maker RIM had baking in the oven. Tonight, the CDMA side of the equation has been filled out following a leaked internal slide deck obtained by Crackberry.com. Joining the Bold Touch (Dakota), the next-generation Curve (Apollo), The Torch 2 and the Storm 3 (Monaco) are a swarm of CDMA handsets destined for U.S. shores. The Montana will launch in August of this year as the CDMA counterpart to the Dakota. Like the GSM Bold Touch, the Montana will feature a 1.2GHz CPU, a 5-megapixel camera and a touchscreen above its classic QWERTY keypad. The Sedona will line up with the Apollo as RIM’s entry-level CDMA device for the second half of the year, and will launch in August or September. Finally, the previously unknown Curve Touch (Malibu) appears to be a forthcoming entry-level full touchscreen device for the CDMA market. Due in late fall, the Curve Touch features the same 800GHz processor as the next-gen Curves, a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera with support for HD video capture, 1GB of flash memory, 512MB of RAM, microSDHC support and an updated version of the BlackBerry 6 OS. Additional slides in the deck detail upcoming tweaks to the BlackBerry 6 OS, new gaming features, new personalization options, A CDMA version of the Monaco, of course, and plenty more. Hit the break for some more key slides and then hit the read link for the rest of the deck. More →
Google announced a service called Cloud Print last year that enables users to print wirelessly and remotely from within Gmail and Google Docs. Though the service hasn’t garnered much media attention, it shows a great deal of potential and it removes some of the barriers associated with wireless printing. On Monday, Google announced that it is making the Cloud Print service available on its HTML5-based Gmail and Google Docs mobile sites. Users of the iPhone, iPad, Android 2.1+ devices and other devices with browsers that support HTML5 will soon be able to access the service from anywhere there is a data connection. Unlike Apple’s wireless AirPrint solution, Google’s Cloud Print does not require devices to be on the same network in order to utilize the service. It also doesn’t require a special printer like AirPrint, though a Windows PC is required to configure the service. Cloud Print for mobile will be rolled out to users in the U.S. this week as a beta service. More →
Samsung took some time at a developer day event in South Korea to note that it will have sold 5 million Bada-powered Wave phones when 2010 comes to an end. It also projects sales of more than 10 million Wave devices in the first half of 2011 alone. Most of the attention at the event, however, was focused on the host of features Samsung said it will introduce in version 2 of its in-house mobile operating system. Among the more notable additions making their way to Bada 2.0 are third-party multitasking support, push notification support, an updated UI that will include a “smart home-screen,” enhanced security, an integrated ad network, carrier billing support, HTML5, NFC and speech recognition. Needless to say, Bada 2.0 is set to be a huge update that could put Bada on par with most modern smartphone operating systems when it launches in the first half of 2011. Hit the break for a slide containing all of the noted enhancements we can look forward to in Bada 2.0. More →
According to a report from ZDNet’s All About Microsoft blog, the first major update (codenamed Mango) to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform isn’t due until August or September of next year. A second major update (codenamed Apollo) is said to be due a year later, toward the end of 2012. This contradicts earlier reports, though it does jibe with rumors from last week suggesting Microsoft’s initial WP7 update in January would not be as major as was once believed. While All About Microsoft’s source claims this will be WP7′s first major update, the only functionality mentioned by the anonymous tipster is the addition of a Silverlight plug-in and HTML5 support in Internet Explorer. Meanwhile, an update supposedly due in February may bring a multitasking solution for third-party apps, enhanced developer controls, in-app downloads and more customization options. That sounds slightly more “major” to us. More →
Just a quick follow-up to a story we posted yesterday. Alternative iOS web browser Skyfire — the browser that will let you watch Flash movies through some back-end HTML5 wizardry — has officially made its way to the App Store. The application has an “introductory price” of $2.99. If you’re interested, you know what to do. Let us know what you like/dislike about the new browser.
A new report Tuesday morning from CNNMoney.com states that Skyfire’s mobile Web browser for iOS has been approved by Apple. Skyfire 2.0, which the report states will become available in Apple’s App Store on Thursday, is one of several mobile Safari alternatives available for the iPhone. The main distinguishing factor touted by Skyfire, however, is the app’s ability to play Adobe Flash-based video content on iOS devices. The app achieves this by utilizing software on Skyfire’s remote servers to convert Flash video to an iOS-friendly HTML5-based format. The converted video then streams to the device from Skyfire’s servers. The crafty workaround won’t support interactive Flash content such as games, but many iOS users will welcome the ability to stream a much wider range of videos than had previously been available on iOS. The app will be available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and will cost $2.99 when it becomes available. Hit the break for a video demo of Skyfire 2.0 in action. More →
This morning, mobile giant Nokia announced earnings results for their Q3 of 2010 to mixed reviews. While the company did beat analysts Q3 estimates — with €529 million in net income and 110.4 million devices sold — the Finnish company did note that it would cut more than 1,800 jobs in an attempt to “streamline operations.” Other notable facts from Nokia’s Q3 sheet: the handset maker sold just 3.2 million devices in North America, the average selling price of all 110.4 million handsets was €65, and 11.6 million devices were sold in Latin America (a 20% increase year-over-year).
In a separate statement, the company also announced that it would no longer “refer to Symbian^3 or Symbian^4,” rather all “future improvements in Symbian will be developed in Qt and will be compatible with the existing Symbian^3 platform release.” The new, ubiquitous Symbian model will focus on Qt as the development framework and include support for HTML5. The company wrote, “The decision to focus on Qt as the sole application development framework will ensure that applications will continue to be compatible with future evolutions of Symbian as well as upcoming MeeGo products.” Hit the jump for links to both press releases. More →
It looks like both Vimeo and Yahoo! have jumped on the HTML5 bandwagon. Yesterday, the USA Today reported that internet streaming-video service Vimeo added HTML5 support for embedded video in order to be more compliant with the iPhone and iPad. Until now, the site had displayed embedded video using Adobe’s Flash technology.
Yahoo! Mail announced that it has released an HTML5 mobile webmail client specifically designed for the iPad. The company boasts that the new app is “optimized for the gorgeous large screen of the iPad.” The new Yahoo! Mail HTML5 interface is available now (mail.yahoo.com), and the company closes with, “this is just the first version, and we’ll be constantly iterating to add new features, improve performance, and make Yahoo! Mail for iPad the best it can possibly be.” More →
YouTube announced on Wednesday that it has launched an improved mobile website with HTML5-friendly video. YouTube’s refreshed mobile web site, m.youtube.com, now offers faster performance and an improved touch-friendly user interface. Many of the popular elements of the full YouTube website are now available on the mobile site, including search suggestions, support for like/dislike buttons, and the ability to create playlists. Google takes a jab at Apple by hinting at the demise of native YouTube applications (like those found on the iPhone) by pointing out that the mobile site will see improvements more frequently than the native applications. Like an evil provocateur, Google is tempting us with the promise of a faster, bigger, and a better YouTube; if we consent to using our browser instead of the more convenient native application. For those that need a closer look at the new YouTube before fully endorsing the browser based offering, hit the jump for Google’s official video. More →
Yesterday, Mozilla released the first beta of its Firefox 4.0 web browser into the wild. Some of the updated features include: the Gecko 2.0 engine, tabs on top (Windows only for now), a new extensions manager, HD HTML5 WebM video format support, “crash protection,” and a new HTML5 engine. Hit the read link to view the release notes and download the very latest bits Mozilla has to offer. More →
As a part of its I/O 2010 keynote, Google has announced a new, open-source video format known as WebM. Based primarily on VP8, the royalty-free format also borrows from Matroska as well and Ogg Vorbis audio. Said to be efficient in its consumption of power and resources, Google is claiming WebM will work wonderfully on phones, tablets, netbooks and other portable devices. As of May 19th, all videos uploaded to YouTube shop in 720p and up will be encoded in WebM. Chrome, Firefox and Opera are the major browsers that will fully support WebM with nightly builds. Apple and Microsoft have not committed to WebM. Major arware partners include ADM, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Intel look to be the major holdout. Adobe announced it will update Flash with support for VP8.