Motorola DROID gets Google Maps 3.4, multitouch ensues

By on February 5, 2010 at 5:57 PM.

Motorola DROID gets Google Maps 3.4, multitouch ensues

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Any Motorola DROID owners out there still feeling a bit slighted from Google enabling multitouch for the HTC Nexus One? Well, cheer up. Today, Google released an update to its Maps application — version 3.4.0 — and it brings multitouch pinchy, zoomy functionality to your DROID. Other changes to the new build include:

  • Starred items from google.com now sync with maps
  • Search suggestions from maps include maps.google.com search history
  • Night mode navigation

You can head over to the Android Market to get the latest bits and try out multitouch, and the other goodies, for yourself.

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XDA-Developers enable multitouch for Nexus One's native browser

By on January 22, 2010 at 6:23 PM.

XDA-Developers enable multitouch for Nexus One's native browser

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The coding cowboys over at XDA Developers have released a new software patch for the Nexus One, a patch which provides some added functionality… multitouch goodness in the native web browser. Now, the code does have a fairly large prerequisite, and one that will surely turn some folks off, your N1 has to be rooted in order to apply the patch. We have the video in all its pinch-and-zoom glory queued up for you after the break. And for those of you who are terminally-challenged, or lazy, this functionality is already available in the Dolphin browser, which can be found in the Android Market, no rooting required. More →

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Motorola MILESTONE firmware travels over pond, brings multitouch

By on December 17, 2009 at 9:18 AM.

Motorola MILESTONE firmware travels over pond, brings multitouch

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A little Android breaking and entering? Yes, please. The Android hacking community has successfully ported the Motorola MILESTONE’s firmware over to it’s stateside relative, the Motorola DROID. A video, shot on what appears to be the worst video camera in the United States, has emerged displaying the Euro firmware running on the DROID, multitouch and all. The boys over all AllDroid say that a baked ROM will be ready for consumption within a week or two. We’ve got the fuzzy video all queued up for you after the break.

UPDATE: Looks like you won’t have to wait too long as the actual ROM should be out within days.

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TELUS bringing Motorola MILESTONE to Canada in "early 2010"

By on November 9, 2009 at 11:05 PM.

TELUS bringing Motorola MILESTONE to Canada in "early 2010"

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Uh oh, you know what this means, boys and girls. No, it’s not that we particularly care what TELUS is up to, it’s that the Motorola MILESTONE TELUS releases will have North American 3G bands (850/1900MHz). But, even though we’re not jumping with joy doesn’t mean you aren’t, and for you our dear Canadian readers, we’ve got the scoop on everything you’d want to know about the MILESTONE.

We’ve been told that it will be coming “only to TELUS” so it sounds like an exclusive to us, at least for a certain amount of time. That early 2010 timeframe is pretty vague, we know, but we’ve been told it is spot on and that Motorola and TELUS are planning to announce something in the next couple of days. Lastly, we’ve confirmed that just like its European brother, the Motorola MILESTONE for TELUS will feature multitouch out of the box.

Pricing is unconfirmed at this time.

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Motorola MILESTONE now official: multitouch, but no Google Maps Navigator

By on November 2, 2009 at 1:01 PM.

Motorola MILESTONE now official: multitouch, but no Google Maps Navigator

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Good news for Android 2.0 hungry Europeans this early afternoon as Motorola has officially announced the European (read: GSM/UMTS) version of the DROID. Dubbed the Motorola MILESTONE, the two handsets appear to be identical spec wise save for the obvious differences in cellular radios. Oddly enough, the MILESTONE will feature one thing on every DROID lovers wish list — multitouch. The reason why the MILESTONE has multitouch while its American cousin does not isn’t clear, but the general feeling is this is directly related to some intellectual property that Apple might or might not own. If any American’s are feeling a bit snookered by this, they can take comfort knowing that they still have the market cornered on Google Maps Navigation as the MILESTONE will instead come pre-loaded with MOTONAV in its place. Italy and Germany will be the first European nations to get the Motorola MILESTONE, with the handset being available from The Phone House, O2 and Vodafone in the latter country starting November 9th. More →

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Dell's Android MID — the Streak — caught on film in 'Nam

By on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM.

Dell's Android MID — the Streak — caught on film in 'Nam

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Remember when The Wall Street Journal said that Dell was working on an Android MID? Well it turns out that it was bang on as today images and a video of a prototype device known as the Streak emerged by way of everyone’s favorite Vietnamese mobile site. Running Android 2.0, the Streak boasts 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5″ WVGA multitouch capacitive display, 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, Bluetooth, microSD and a 1300 mAh battery. Looking through all of the pictures, we couldn’t help notice what looks to be the spitting image of a front-facing camera for checking ones hair video calling, but then again it could just be the worst ambient light sensor ever. Enough talk. Hit the jump for a ton of pics and a video, because the Streak cries out to be seen.

 

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Apple updates Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini, Magic Mouse

By on October 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM.

Apple updates Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini, Magic Mouse

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Its been a while since Apple updated their consumer line of Macbooks and iMacs — don’t even get us started on the Mac Mini — so it comes as no surprise that when the store when down this morning there was some new hardware hiding behind the curtain. The updated Macbook now has a thinner form factor, familiar plastic body construction with cleaner beveled edges, multitouch trackpad, and will feature a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The biggest performance increase would have to be in the graphics department, a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR2 SDRAM (shared) is now powering the 13.3″ screen. The revamped iMac will still have its svelte, familiar form but will now pack a 21.5-inch LED back lit display and sport a 3.01 or 3.33 GHz Intel C2D processor. Not fast enough for you? Upgrade to the 27-inch LED display and you can rock out with the quad-core Intel i5 running at 2.66 GHz or the i7 running at 2.8 GHz. The iMac will have 4 DIMM slots and support up to 16GB of memory. The Mini got a pathetic quick refresh in March but hasn’t seen any major form-factor or feature upgrades in recent year (yes, years). The new Mac Mini, gets the same neglect.  Although it does get the same 256MB 9400M NVIDIA chip as the new Macbook the thrills pretty much end there.  Upgraded hard drive storage and L2 cache just aren’t that exciting. Last, the best always comes last, the Mighty Magic Mouse. How about some gesture-based GUI navigation for your carpal tunnel? The Magic Mouse supports two fingered scrolling, swiping, and other advanced gestures all without the use of buttons.  Check  out the hotness!

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HTC Leo caught on film; capacitive display with multi-touch support in action

By on September 16, 2009 at 3:41 PM.

HTC Leo caught on film; capacitive display with multi-touch support in action

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While word of the Toshiba TG01 heading to the US isn’t expected any time soon, we may have another Snapdragon-powered WinMo handset headed our way in the not-too-distant future. Sure, we’ve had the specs for a while and we recently got to enjoy some live pics, but there’s nothing like seeing the HTC Leo strut it’s multi-touch stuff on camera to get those juices flowing. Mmmm, a little 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen action is just what the doctor ordered. Hit the jump for a quick video of this sexy, albeit mammoth Windows Phone showing off for the camera and get ready for what will undoubtedly be a hefty price tag once the Leo gets official.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Apple reportedly building 13-inch and 15-inch tablets in addition to 10-inch model

By on August 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM.

Apple reportedly building 13-inch and 15-inch tablets in addition to 10-inch model

We all certainly remember what happens when sites doubt Gizmodo’s “reliable sources” — Steve Jobs’ health, anyone? As such, a particularly interesting rumor emerged this morning that Apple tablet hopefuls might want to take note of. Citing “a source that has always been 100% reliable”, Giz claims to have been informed that Apple is currently working on 13-inch and 15-inch tablet models in addition to the 10-inch model that is all but confirmed by now. The source states that two prototypes reminiscent of big aluminum iPhones currently sit in a factory in Shenzuen, China. He or she also claims that at least one is confirmed to be running OS X. The source could not confirm whether these units were prototypes of what will ultimately be production models, or simply demo units of some kind. While it’s known that next month’s Apple event will have absolutely nothing to do with tablets, it might be a pretty safe bet that some kind of tablet announcement might not be far behind.

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Google releases Donut to Android devs

By on July 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

Google releases Donut to Android devs

It looks as if Google has some sweet, sweet treats headed to those who are going to be left out of the Sense UI game as the company has released the code for Donut to developers. Apparently designed to work on all existing devices (read G1 and Magic), Donut will include such lusted after features including but not limited to multi-touch support, universal search, text-to-speech, automated backups and a redesigned camera app. There are also a bunch of new widgets including a much welcome home screen toggle for things Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, screen brightness and more. CDMA radio support looks to be included within Donut under the call settings menu — something not at all surprising considering Sprint’s Dan Hesse has recently been talking about his company’s intentions with Android. One thing to note is that XDA’s cyanogen claims that Donut is not Android 2.0 but is more or less an incremental upgrade to the OS, like Cupcake was. We’re not too sure yet if this is indeed the case but cyanogen is certainly a reliable source. In the words of Ace Ventura, iiiinteresting. Hit the jump for some screenshots.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Microsoft unveils its vision for the future

By on March 1, 2009 at 3:15 PM.

Microsoft unveils its vision for the future

At the recent Wharton Business Technology Conference, Steven Elop, president of Microsoft’s business division, unveiled the latest future montage video from Microsoft Office Labs. The video, known simply as 2019, provides a sneak peek at the future according to Microsoft. The widespread use of surface and touchscreen devices coupled with ubiquitous wireless connectivity provides a future worthy of any science fiction novel. It is an interesting watch and will be even more interesting as the future unfolds and we see which of these technologies come to fruition. Hit the jump for the video.

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Unoffical multi-touch support comes to G1; ready to get hacking?

By on January 25, 2009 at 12:01 PM.

Unoffical multi-touch support comes to G1; ready to get hacking?

No, this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen multi-touch demonstrated on the HTC G1. This time around however, the sweet demo is accompanied by an extensive how-to guide that will walk you through enabling your T-Mobile G1 for some sexy multi-touch zooming action. Of course the process is hardly T-Mobile approved so we have to warn you that you’ll likely void any warranties, but such is the price for the more ambitious mobile users out there. All in all, the process isn’t overly difficult for savvy gadgeteers but there’s always a chance something could go wrong – consider this your brick warning. This hack is also still in early stages so multi-touch is not yet implemented in all of the areas you’d want it to be. If you’re still fiending for some multi-touch love on your G1 however, toss on your hacker hat and hit the read link. For those who don’t quite have the stomach for invasive G1 surgery, no worries – you can still enjoy a saucy multi-touch video after the jump.

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Developer Turns N95 into Multitouch Smartboard

By on June 13, 2008 at 10:38 AM.

Developer Turns N95 into Multitouch Smartboard

He’s a witch! Stone him! Ok, ok… Put your pitchforks and torches down. Thai developer Sittiphol Phanvilai, creator of Mobitubia, is not a witch (or a warlock). He is however, a talented developer and engineer. Phanvilai’s latest research project is a doozy; he essentially transforms a Nokia N95 into a smart board with multitouch support. “Multitouch” may not be entirely accurate of course, since use of the N95′s camera means he doesn’t actually need to touch anything. Multigesture? This guy is basically a digital MacGyver as he uses LED light pens, film negatives, tape and a tripod to create what he has dubbed NeuScreen. The only thing that isn’t absolutely awesome about this demonstration is the choice of music. Sittiphol, buddy, give us a shout next time you’re going to whip up a showcase video and we’ll hook you up with something a bit more “Neu”.

[Via AAS]

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