On Wednesday Sony Ericsson announced that it has launched its own channel in the Android Market. The firm says it will use the channel to recommend specific apps and games, provide original content like Timescape plugins, offer exclusive gaming titles, and to help promote apps developed by partners. The channel sounds a lot like the custom area of the Android Market that many U.S. wireless carriers use to recommend applications, and it should be a useful option for owners of Sony Ericsson Android handsets. There’s one caveat: the update is carrier dependent, which means it won’t be available to all of Sony Ericsson’s customers. Hit the jump for more info. More →
Thursday, Google announced that it added support for browser-based voice and video chat in Debian-based Linux distributions. If you rock Ubuntu, or any Debian-flavored OS, you can head over to gmail.com/videochat to download the plugin. The full text of the post is below:
If you’ve been wanting to use voice and video chat on Linux (our top video chat request), then we have good news for you: it’s now available! Visit gmail.com/videochat to download the plugin and get started. Voice and video chat for Linux supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, and RPM support will be coming soon. More →
Facebook kicked off the f8 conference with a keynote that laid out its plans to integrate the web into Facebook and Facebook into the web. The social networking powerhouse began by re-affirming its commitment to the unified login provided by Facebook Connect, and revoked the previous limitation that required Facebook Connect-enabled websites to delete cached user data within 24 hours. From today forward, Facebook Connect websites can store user data to create a seamless browsing experience that is enhanced by a single, persistent login. Facebook then presented its expanded Open Graph concept, introduced a series of new social plugins for websites, and unveiled the new Graph API, an improved and expanded core framework for developers. Read about Facebook’s plan to literally own the web after the jump.
Not exactly the most surprising news, but in short, the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus got official moments ago, with Verizon Wireless signing on to carry both devices (at a rumored 200,000 initial units each) starting January 25th. Pricing was not announced. In addition to the two refreshed devices, which add more memory, a refined and refreshed look as well as Wi-Fi on the Pixi, Palm also announced some SDK improvements. First off, there’s a new PDK (plug-in development kit) that will allow game developers to start making great 3D games, and starting today, you’ll see games start appearing in the App Catalog from publishers like EA Mobile.
Switching gears, Palm also said that Flash support via a plugin would be appearing shortly in the App Catalog and there are more goodies like video recording (with Apple-stolen) video editing capabilities, and additional sharing functionality. Thoughts?