RIM’s mythical sliding device finally got official after years and years of rumors. It’s being released tomorrow exclusively on AT&T and features the all new BlackBerry 6 operating system. We’re talking multitouch, gestures, redone multimedia applications, and a whole lot more. It packs the best camera of any BlackBerry, a touch screen, full keyboard, and even an optical trackpad to help with navigation. Not to mention it has a web browser that is actually usable, and everything is packed in a pretty tight package. We have been using a BlackBerry Torch 9800 for over 5 days, and we’re excited to share our thoughts on it with you. More →
What do we have here… it would appear to be a video of the MeeGo mobile operating system with Nokia’s dirty little fingerprints all over it. The video was captured by an astute consumer who was, of all things, taking an online survey. The video covers how the operating system will handle multitasking, social network integration, application purchasing with the Ovi Store, and the multimedia player. Hit the jump to see the goods, we’ve the 90 second clip all queued up for you. More →
Here is a little ray of sunshine for all you iOS 4 Skype users out there. Skype has just released a new version of their iPhone application, and it supports multitasking! The build is officially listed as 2.0.1 in the App Store, however the release notes read:
Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked.You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
Sadly, there is no support for video chat with the iPhone 4’s front facing camera. Maybe next time. Hit up the read link to open up iTunes and grab the new bits. More →
Although Apple has made it perfectly clear it will not enable multitasking on the iPhone 3G due to “hardware limitations” (specifically its 128MB of RAM and 400MHz processor), iPhone hacker cdevwill quickly discovered that an unbelievably simple modification of the N82AP.plist will enable multitasking on the iPhone 3G. And wouldn’t you know it, today a video was posted to YouTube which shows an jailbroken iPhone 3G with the modified .plist running multitasking as if it were no big deal. While it’s tempting to say Apple is simply restricting multitasking to the iPhone 3GS and up for the sake of hardware sales, it must be remembered that the APIs which actually allow for processes to run in the background are not implemented in any of the applications running in the video. In all likelihood, simply streaming music from Pandora while switching between playing Doodle Jump and firing off some tweets would likely bring the iPhone 3G to its knees. We mean, just look how painfully long it takes to open up the Clock application. But that’s just our take. Check out the video after the jump and let us know yours. More →
Next-gen floodgates = open. Citing people familiar with pre-release builds, AppleInsider published a report today which seems to confirm many of the most popular rumors about iPhone OS 4.0. The lack of third-party multitasking will finally be addressed with the aid of a UI feature similar to Exposé. In OS X, Exposé shows users not only what applications are open but displays thumbnail images of contents of each individual application window so navigation is simple. But as the iPhone is a mobile phone with a screen that is believed to be in the neighbourhood of 3.7″, it would be quite difficult to distinguish one application from another if more than a few are running at the same time. To remedy this, Apple has elected to use nothing but the application icons. Just how Apple plans for users to activate the feature is unclear, but double-clicking the home button seems the most likely option. Also coming is a global inbox allowing users view email from multiple accounts from a single inbox as well as the ability to add contacts to the homescreen. Just when iPhone OS 4.0 will be announced is anyone’s guess, but let’s hope it at least gets its own event like OS 3.0. We’re itchin’ for some beta software. More →