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Thursday, June 30, 2011

HTC Wildfire Performance: Hints, Tips, and Tricks!


Though it is a brilliant and compact smartphone, HTC did regrettably hinder the Wildfire’s CPU and graphical processing capability. Due to the small 528mhz chip, people have often complained that the eyecandy transitions, default applications, and general experience can be a bit slow, laggy, or unpleasant. I have found this to be the case myself.
Since getting mine late last year I have found a few ways to reduce these problems and better my Wildfire’s overall user experience, as well as increase productivity and gain a few great applications too. Now I would like to share these tips with you! No purchases are needed. Rooting of your phone isn’t needed either.
Some of these performance boost techniques will be unnoticeable on higher-end devices, but do apply to most Android phones.

Replace Some Apps

The apps that come with the Wildfire are not all optimised for speed. Try these apps instead, and see if your performance improves.

Go SMS

The ‘Messages’ application in Android is painfully slow on the Wildfire (in 2.2 anyway). I was used to a Sony Ericsson C902 before I got the Wildfire; that had a weedy and insignificant internal architecture by comparison, yet managed to load up my messages near-instantly, even with a backlog of 2000 messages.
So why is the Messages application so slow? It isn’t just on the Wildfire either; even the Desire has a few lag issues. I haven’t yet had found an answer to this, so I decided to switch SMS applications!
I tried HandcentSMS for a while but didn’t quite take to it, though it was quite a bit faster than the Messages application. I later found GoSMS on one of those random market perusals we all do.
I love and recommend it because it is FAST; very fast indeed! The smooth movement in the scrollbar is what does it for me. GoSMS also brings a few new intuitive features with it, my favourite being the message ‘pop-up’ feature that HandcentSMS also offers. However unlike HandcentSMS, scrolling between messages in the popup and typing into them yields no lag whatsoever! Truly smooth, fast, and effective SMS capabilities at last.

Opera Mobile/Mini

I found the default browser in Android 2.2 was acceptable but slow on rendering, especially when scrolling. After a bit of reading up I found a lot of recommendations for the Opera browser on Android . After installing it, I was delighted by the loading times, which are considerably faster than the default Internet browser. The same applies to the scrolling, which feels totally seamless — no jerky browsing whatsoever!
You must remember, Opera Mobile is 20MB and offers a few more features than Opera Mini, which is under 5MB.
I have found two downsides to Opera MINI, however, which may or may not upset your experience of it, depending on how you browse. Firstly, clicking links in another application and launching Opera can sometimes lead you back to the last page viewed. This is because if Opera is unused for an extended period of time, Android’s intelligent multitasking kills the process. When Opera is restarted and immediately sent a new web page, it ignores the incoming page link and decides to ‘open previous tabs’. Once it is running again you are fine to reload a link, but this is something I would appreciate seeing fixed. The second niggle is that pinch-to-zoom doesn’t work as you would hope. The gesture does zoom in and out, but only between “Whole Page”, and “Closer”. There is no true dynamic scaling.
Opera Mobile does not have these issues.

Go Launcher EX

HTC Sense comes bundled with the Wildfire, and that is all fine and dandy. However I craved superior smoothness and speed again, since Sense can be awfully jerky at times. In looking for alternative Homescreens I tried LauncherPro, ADWLauncher, and even a few of the really obscure ones. I finally found GoLauncher after following a link from GoSMS’s market page.
GoLauncher is one of the fastest, gracefully-flowing, and simplistic Home Screen replacements there is. Though unfortunately some of the HTC Sense widgets are not compliant with it, I have learned to make do without them. Putting an application link to Wifi Hotspot on my home screen instead of a toggle widget hasn’t hurt me so far. The increase in performance is well worth losing my calendar widget too. A quick tip I will give you, is that if you go into Go Launcher’s settings and reduce the number of home screen panes to 3 or even 2 rather than the default 7, and disable the default effects, it goes like a rocket. Delightful. I really do implore you to give it a Go…

Cut Down on Widgets

I know you have probably heard this a dozen times, so sorry for making it a baker’s dozen.
Widgets – Are – A – Memory – Glutton
Of course some Widgets are far better than others with memory management, but overall the more widgets you have, the more background processing and memory allocation takes place. By removing unnecessary Widgets you free up resources on your phone for other applications to use, thereby speeding up their loading and rendering times. People often idly add one more widget to their homescreen every now and then thinking “one more can’t hurt”. Then after a while you realize you are littered with them. Keep only the bare minimum that you truly need.

Turn Off Predictive Text


This is a big one! I found biblical lag when I was typing words into applications with predictive text enabled.
To disable the predictive text, go to Settings > Applications > Language and Keyboard > Touch Input > Text Input. Then untick the Prediction, Spell Correction, and Word Completion boxes.
Okay, I must admit that for some people this would be a lot of support to lose, but try to disable what you feel you can. With them enabled, every time you type a word the processor is trying to work out what the word you are writing might be, or how it should be properly spelt. This sucks up far more processing cycles than you would expect. I tried many different keyboards too to help ease my pain, and I found that disabling predictive for all of them makes inputting text much smoother.
I also found that disabling haptic feedback on keyboard inputs gave me a little extra boost. See how it goes for you.

Watch Background Operations

Some applications can leave processes running on your system without declaring themselves in your notifications pane. You can check if any of your applications are of guilty of this by going to Settings > Applications > Running Services. From here you can tap on the process identities to gain more information about them (such as how much memory they are hogging). If you no longer use an application you find there, get rid of it!

The HTC Sense Eyecandy Helps

I felt very confused when I realised this, and it feels so counter-intuitive. Turning the HTC Sense effects ON in Settings > Display > Animations makes everything appear to run smoother. I have a few suspicions as to why this may be, but nothing conclusive enough to write about as of yet. This is not the same for other home screen as you would expect. Go Launcher Ex for example does slow down quite a bit with the flashy add-ons. HTC Sense is a bizarre exception.

Remove Applications You Don’t Use

Applications that you don’t use…
  • …take up memory that Android could use on other processes — especially if the application uses auto-start or background processes of any level.
  • …leave traces and references in the Android system that increase load times — having to parse a couple extra lines of code when you launch something can make a considerable difference, especially if that code calls upon further processes.
  • …slow down the rendering time of the Application Drawer.
If you don’t need an application, show it the door.

Switch to List Views

Did you notice that scrolling thro
ugh the HTC Sense Application Drawer was laggy? I definitely did. So I tapped Menu, then clicked ‘List View’. Android finds displaying List entities far less intensive than displaying menu icons, as you may well have noticed with other applications.
Whenever you get the chance to view something in a list structure, do so; the boost is great.

That’s All, Folks!

Hopefully this article has given you a few ideas on how to increase the speed (or at least the apparent speed) of your Wildfire or other low-end Android device. I utilize pretty much all of the tips I have written about, and my Wildfire feels so much better to use than when it was ‘factory-fresh’.
Thanks for reading, leave any questions in the comments area below.

Sam Cater on March 19th 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

iQuran Pro v2.0.3


iQuran Pro v2.0.3
.apk | 22.73mb

Read the Holy Quran in Arabic alongside its Translation. Provides verse by verse audio playback, repeat functions, unlimited bookmarks, search, excellent navigational controls, several translations and reciters and much more.

With iQuran Pro you enjoy:
* Full landscape support
* Unlimited bookmarks
* Several translations
* A powerful full-text search engine
* Several downloadable recitations for verse by verse recital



iQuran Pro provides the following translations:
* English & Transliteration
* German
* French
* Indonesian
* Melayu
* Spanish
* Turkish
* Russian
* Bosnian
* Dutch
* Italian
* Albanian
* Romanian
* Japanese

Included reciters are:
* Sheikh Husary
* Mishary Al-Afasy
* Saood & Shuraim
* Abu Bakr Ash-Shatree
* Abdul Basit
* Ghamdi

Requirements: Android OS 1.6 - 2.3

What's in this version:
Smooth Page Scrolling (when left verse panel is tapped)
Fix to font size at times reducing on HD screens
Reduced spacing between arabic verses to show more on screen
v2.0
[NEW]
Full landscape support
Improved high definition UI
Revamped Bookmarks view
Full-Text Search
Tapping on the side panel in Surah View moves to 'next page' for easier reading3

New audio controls
Support for all mobile screens and tablets

More Info:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.guidedways.iQuranPro

Find The Best Android Email Apps for Free

Truly one of the greatest things about smartphones is the ability to send and receive emails. If you have a regular Wi-Fi connection or have a generous data-plan, you can connect to the internet and check emails as often as you like; thanks to a useful software or hardware keyboard you can tap out messages to friends and colleagues.
All of this means of course that a good quality email client is required on your mobile device in order to get the most out of this form of emailing. The best place to find these is on the market – and the best price is of course free!
Let’s take a look at the best Android email apps available free on the Android Market.

Gmail

Gmail Android email app available freeNaturally available on your Android phone by default, this app for some reason doesn’t handle multiple email accounts. However, if you’re happy to use a single account then this app will push emails to your phone instantaneously as they arrive. This is probably the single most slickly integrated email option on any mobile platform, restricted only by Gmail's own limitations.
You can also set an alert sound specifically for this app to notify you when mail is received, as well as set a signature to appear in your messages.

K-9 Mail

K9 Android email app freeThis very competent email app seems to do everything a desktop client would do – it is quick and easy to set up, can forward multiple emails and allows you to reclaim full control over your email messages whether you’re using POP or IMAP or Exchange.
I’ve tried several email apps for Android and repeatedly find myself coming back to K-9 Mail because it is both easy to use and gives me the results I want.
You can also setup signatures and view IMAP folders with K-9 Mail, which is free to download from the Android Market or can be downloaded with a barcode reader via www.appbrain.com.

Improved Email

A popular choice, Improved Email is considered by some to be the best email choice, but is restricted to Android 2.2 Froyo users – so basically if you have an older device, you probably won’t be able to install this.
Basically an enhanced version of the default Android email app, Improved Email is likely to become one of the top choices as more and more users graduate to Froyo.
Improved Email allows syncing with multiple accounts (even Exchange) and is built around the default email client that comes native with your Android device.
Get Improved Email via the Android Market on your handset or via www.appbrain.com.

My Email

My own Android phone came with two mail clients. One of these was labelled simply "Email" and was quite unusable. The second, which I've only recently found, is called My Email. I had been under the impression that both were the same app, but I couldn't have been more wrong!
This app lets me access non-Gmail accounts, and can be set up relatively quickly. It supports IMAP and POP, lets me view IMAP folders if I have them set up and also checks Hotmail accounts. I can also set signatures as well as configure an email checking schedule.
Before you go browsing the Android Market for a new email app, check what you have preinstalled on your Android mobile!

So Which is the Best Android Email App?

As much as I like the Gmail app, the fact that I cannot forward multiple email messages even in the mobile client means I’m going to have to plumb for the K-9 Mail, simply for its considerable competence and functionality.
Easy to set up, configure and use, I have been reading my messages via K-9 Mail for several months now, and would recommend it to any other Android users looking for a desktop-quality mail client for their mobile.
All of the Android email apps listed here are available free on the Android Market, and can be seen in more detail at www.appbrain.com.

(All images via accompanying links)

by  Christian Cawley

Lotus Notes Traveler delivers support for mobile devices running the Android




IBM® Lotus Notes® Traveler software is a push email offering providing quick access to email (including attachments), calendar, address book, journal and to-do list for Lotus Notes mobile users, either through on-premises IBM Lotus Domino® or Lotus Domino Express deployments, in the cloud with IBM LotusLive Notes or a mixed hybrid environment.

Lotus Notes Traveler software supports a wide variety of today's popular mobile devices, helping companies easily empower their mobile workforce.

Key features delivered in Lotus Notes Traveler software include:
  • Automatic, two-way, over the air synchronization of Notes email, calendar and contact data
  • Stay on top of your email and appointments even while mobile
  • Remote wipe support for lost or stolen devices.
  • Read encrypted email
  • Support for multiple device types gives users greater choice
  • A no-charge mobile solution for entitled Lotus Notes and Domino customers

Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.2.1 delivers support for mobile devices running the Android 2.x operating system.
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HTC Wildfire 2 spotted in promotional video?

Wildfire 2

Well, what do we have here? The week before Mobile World Congress, HTC has uploaded a promotional video to their YouTube channel, which features a phone currently not on the market.
The phone's form factor is strikingly similar to that of the popular HTC Wildfire, which suggests this could be the second version in the line. The only physical difference we can see from the original is the absence of the optical trackpad.
Our answers will all be answered next week in Barcelona as HTC is set to take the stage and introduce some new devices. In the meantime, we can bask in the glory of rumors and predictions. What do you think of the look of this device? Is the exclusion of the optical trackpad a good idea?


Check out the video after the break. [YouTube]


By Sean Brunett   08 Feb 2011 9:09 pm

Official HTC widgets in Android Market

HTC Widgets

Yesterday we brought you the bad news that Beautiful Widgets developer, LevelUp Studio, received a nice little letter from HTC demanding it remove its Sense-like widgets from the Android marketplace. LevelUp is currently working on overhauling Beautiful Widgets to be released soon, minus the HTC Sense inspiration. We then got wind that HTC itself might release widgets.
The news of HTC bringing widgets to the marketplace spiked some excitement for those of us who use non-HTC devices. Good news is some official HTC widgets have made their way into the marketplace, bad news is they currently are only compatible with the HTC Hero and Droid Eris. As you can see from the shot above (via AndroidLib), they are as follows:
  • Tip Calculator
  • Dice
  • Today in History
  • Battery
More screenshots after the break!

Friday, June 24, 2011

HTC Wildfire S CDMA

This affordable Android smartphone sports a a 5-megapixel camera and EVDO Rev. A 3G data. Other features include 3.5mm audio jack, memory card slot, multi-touch screen, and Wi-Fi.
This phone is not currently available from any major U.S. carrier. It is compatible with some U.S. networks, and may be available from third-party dealers or smaller, regional carriers. 


HTC Wildfire S CDMA specifications

General info

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • Network technology:
    • CDMA:
      • 800, 1900
  • Data:
    • CDMA Data:
      • 1xEV-DO rev.A

Design

  • Design:
    • Form Factor:
      • Candybar
    • Antenna:
      • Internal
    • Side Keys:
      • Left: Volume control

Display

  • Display:
    • Type:
      • Color
    • Technology:
      • TFT
    • Resolution:
      • 320 x 480 pixels
    • Physical Size:
      • 3.20 inches
    • Colors:
      • 262 144
    • Touch Screen:
        • Yes (Capacitive)
    • Multi-touch:
      • Yes
    • Light sensor:
      • Yes
    • Proximity Sensor:
      • Yes
    • Scratch-resistant glass:
      • Yes

Battery

  • Type:
    • Li - Ion

Software

  • Smart Phone:
      • Yes
    • OS:
      • Android (2.3)
  • Processor:
    • Single core, Qualcomm, 600 MHz
  • Memory:
    • 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM
  • OTA Software updates:
    • Yes
  • Games:
      • Yes

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Yes (Immobile)
    • Resolution:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Yes (LED)
    • Features:
      • Auto focus
  • Video capture:
      • Yes
      • Resolution:
        • 720x480 (DVD) (24 fps)

Multimedia

  • Music Player:
      • Yes
    • Supports:
      • MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR, MIDI
  • Video Playback:
      • Yes
    • Supports:
      • MPEG4, WMV, 3GP, 3G2
  • Streaming:
      • Yes (Audio, Video)
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Internet Browsing:
      • Yes
    • Supports:
      • HTML
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Flickr, Twitter

Location Based Services

    • Location Based Services:
      • Yes
    • Type:
      • GPS, A-GPS
    • Navigation:
      • Yes

Phonebook

  • Support:
    • Yes
  • Capacity:
    • Capacity depends on system memory
  • Features:
    • Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID

Organizer

  • Calendar:
      • Yes
  • Alarms:
      • Yes
  • Document Viewer:
      • Yes
  • Other:
    • Calculator

Messaging

  • SMS:
      • Yes
    • Threaded messaging:
      • Yes
  • MMS:
    • Yes
  • Predictive Text Input:
      • Yes
  • E-mail:
      • Yes
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes (Google Talk)

Memory

  • Memory Expansion:
    • Slot Type:
      • microSD, microSDHC
    • Maximum card size:
      • 32 GB

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
    • Version:
      • 3.0
    • EDR:
      • Yes
    • Profiles:
      • Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), File Transfer (FTP), Object Push (OPP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Phone Book Access (PBAP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • Yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Type:
      • microUSB
    • Version:
      • USB 2.0
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Computer synchronization:
    • Yes
  • OTA synchronization:
    • Yes

Notifications

  • Polyphonic ringtones:
      • Yes
  • Music ringtones:
      • Yes (MP3)
  • Vibration Alert:
    • Yes
  • Haptic feedback:
    • Yes
  • Flight mode:
    • Yes
  • Silent mode:
    • Yes
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • Speaker Phone:
    • Yes

Other features

  • Voice recording:
    • Yes
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • TTY/TDD:
    • Yes

Thursday, June 23, 2011

HTC Wildfire App: Go SMS Pro




Features
It provides a lot of features over the stock app:
1. Popup and Notification
2. Popup with quick reply
3. Privacy mode for notification and popup
4. Customize ringtone, notification for each contact
5. Lots of themes
6. Support Emoji
7. Security lock
8. Schedule SMS
9. Folder view (Inbox, Outbox, MMS etc)
10. Facebook photo support
11. Night mode

Interface
You have an option to choose from amongst Lite, Normal, Pro and Custom mode. Lite mode runs the fastest and is recommended for users having a little sluggish phone.
The app opens up to display the list of inbox messages. Messages from a single contact are grouped and the photo of each contact is also displayed.
You can choose from a list of themes for the app. At present 5 themes come built into the app and many more are available as a free download in the android market.

Conclusion
There is no doubt that this app is way better than most of the stock messaging apps. I would even go on to say that this app is little better than both, Handscent SMS and Chomp SMS too.
I would give it a 9/10.

Android 3.1 Platform Highlights

Android 3.1 is an incremental platform release that refines many of the features introduced in Android 3.0. It builds on the same tablet-optimized UI and features offered in Android 3.0 and adds several new capabilities for users and developers. This document provides an overview of the new features and technologies introduced in Android 3.1. For a more detailed look at new developer APIs, see the API Overview document.
For a high-level introduction to Android 3.0, please see the Android 3.0 Platform Highlights.

New User Features

Figure 1. An Android 3.1 Home screen.

UI refinements

The Android 3.1 platform adds a variety of refinements to make the user interface more intuitive and more efficient to use.
UI transitions are improved throughout the system and across the standard apps. The Launcher animation is optimized for faster, smoother transition to and from the Apps list. Adjustments in color, positioning, and text make UI elements easier to see, understand, and use. Accessibility is improved with consistent audible feedback throughout the UI and a new setting to let users customize the touch-hold interval to meet their needs.
Navigation to and from the five home screens is now easier — touching the Home button in the system bar now takes you to the home screen most recently used. Settings offers an improved view of internal storage, showing the storage used by a larger set of file types.

Connectivity for USB accessories

Android 3.1 adds broad platform support for a variety of USB-connected peripherals and accessories. Users can attach many types of input devices (keyboards, mice, game controllers) and digital cameras. Applications can build on the platform’s USB support to extend connectivity to almost any type of USB device.
The platform also adds new support for USB accessories — external hardware devices designed to attach to Android-powered devices as USB hosts. When an accessory is attached, the framework will look for a corresponding application and offer to launch it for the user. The accessory can also present a URL to the user, for downloading an appropriate application if one is not already installed. Users can interact with the application to control powered accessories such as robotics controllers; docking stations; diagnostic and musical equipment; kiosks; card readers; and much more.
The platform’s USB capabilities rely on components in device hardware, so support for USB on specific devices may vary and is determined by device manufacturers.
Figure 2. The Recent Apps menu is now expandable and scrollable.

Expanded Recent Apps list

For improved multitasking and instant visual access to a much larger number of apps, the Recent Apps list is now expandable. Users can now scroll the list of recent apps vertically to see thumbnail images all of the tasks in progress and recently used apps, then touch a thumbnail to jump back into that task.

Resizeable Home screen widgets

For more flexible Home screen customization, users can now resize their Home screen widgets using drag bars provided by the system. Users can expand widgets both horizontally and/or vertically to include more content, where supported by each widget.

Support for external keyboards and pointing devices

Users can now attach almost any type of external keyboard or mouse to their Android-powered devices, to create a familiar environment and work more efficiently. One or more input devices can be attached to the system simultaneously over USB and/or Bluetooth HID, in any combination. No special configuration or driver is needed, in most cases. When multiple devices are connected, users can conveniently manage the active keyboard and IME using the keyboard settings that are available from the System bar.
For pointing devices, the platform supports most types of mouse with a single button and optionally a scroll wheel, as well as similar devices such as trackballs. When these are connected, users can interact with the UI using point, select, drag, scroll, hover, and other standard actions.

Support for joysticks and gamepads

To make the platform even better for gaming, Android 3.1 adds support for most PC joysticks and gamepads that are connected over USB or Bluetooth HID.
For example, users can connect Sony Playstation™ 3 and XBox 360™ game controllers over USB (but not Bluetooth), Logitech Dual Action™ gamepads and flight sticks, or a car racing controller. Game controllers that use proprietary networking or pairing are not supported by default, but in general, the platform supports most PC-connectible joysticks and gamepads.

Robust Wi-Fi networking

Android 3.1 adds robust Wi-Fi features, to make sure that users and their apps can take full advantage of higher-speed Wi-Fi access at home, at work, and while away.
A new high-performance Wi-Fi lock lets applications maintain high-performance Wi-Fi connections even when the device screen is off. Users can take advantage of this to play continuous streamed music, video, and voice services for long periods, even when the device is otherwise idle and the screen is off.
Users can now configure an HTTP proxy for each individual Wi-Fi access point, by touch-hold of the access point in Settings. The browser uses the HTTP proxy when communicating with the network over the access point and other apps may also choose to do so. The platform also provides backup and restore of the user-defined IP and proxy settings.
The platform adds support for Preferred Network Offload (PNO), a background scanning capability that conserves battery power savings in cases where Wi-Fi needs to be available continuously for long periods of time.

Updated set of standard apps

The Android 3.1 platform includes an updated set of standard applications that are optimized for use on larger screen devices. The sections below highlight some of the new features.
Figure 3. Quick Controls menu in the Browser.
Browser
The Browser app includes a variety of new features and UI improvements that make viewing web content simpler, faster, and more convenient.
The Quick Controls UI, accessible from Browser Settings, is extended and redesigned. Users can now use the controls to view thumbnails of open tabs and close the active tab, as well as access the overflow menu for instant access to Settings and other controls.
To ensure a consistent viewing experience, the Browser extends it's support for popular web standards such as CSS 3D, animations, and CSS fixed positioning to all sites, mobile or desktop. It also adds support for embedded playback of HTML5 video content. To make it easier to manage favorite content, users can now save a web page locally for offline viewing, including all styling and images. For convenience when visiting Google sites, an improved auto-login UI lets users sign in quickly and manage access when multiple users are sharing a device.
For best performance, the Browser adds support for plugins that use hardware accelerated rendering. Page zoom performance is also dramatically improved, making it faster to navigate and view web pages.
Gallery
The Gallery app now supports Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), so that users can connect their cameras over USB and import their pictures to Gallery with a single touch. The app also copies the pictures to local storage and provides an indicator to let users see how much space is available.
Figure 4. Home screen widgets can now be resized.
Calendar
Calendar grids are larger, for better readability and more accurate touch-targeting. Additionally, users can create a larger viewing area for grids by hiding the calendar list controls. Controls in the date picker are redesigned, making them easier to see and use.
Contacts
The Contacts app now lets you locate contacts more easily using full text search. Search returns matching results from all fields that are stored for a contact.
Email
When replying or forwarding an HTML message, The Email app now sends both plain text and HTML bodies as a multi-part mime message. This ensures that the message will be formatted properly for all recipients. Folder prefixes for IMAP accounts are now easier to define and manage. To conserve battery power and minimize cell data usage, the application now prefetches email from the server only when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi access point.
An updated Home screen widget give users quick access to more email. Users can touch Email icon at the top of the widget to cycle through labels such as Inbox, Unread, and Starred. The widget itself is now resizable, both horizontally and vertically.

Enterprise support

Users can now configure an HTTP proxy for each connected Wi-Fi access point. This lets administrators work with users to set a proxy hostname, port, and any bypass subdomains. This proxy configuration is automatically used by the Browser when the Wi-Fi access point is connected, and may optionally be used by other apps. The proxy and IP configuration is now backed up and restored across system updates and resets.
To meet the needs of tablet users, the platform now allows a "encrypted storage card" device policy to be accepted on devices with emulated storage cards and encrypted primary storage.

New Developer Features

The Android 3.1 platform adds refinements and new capabilities that developers can build on, to create powerful and engaging application experiences on tablets and other large-screen devices.

Open Accessory API for rich interaction with peripherals

Android 3.1 introduces a new API for integrating hardware accessories with applications running on the platform. The API provides a way to interact across a wide range of peripherals, from robotics controllers to musical equipment, exercise bicycles, and more.
The API is based on a new USB (Universal Serial Bus) stack and services that are built into the platform. The platform provides services for discovering and identifying connected hardware, as well as for notifying interested applications that the hardware is available.
When a user plugs in a USB accessory, the platform receives identifying information such as product name, accessory type, manufacturer, and version. The platform sets up communication with the accessory and uses its information to notify and launch a targeted app, if one is available. Optionally, an accessory can provide a URL that lets users find and download an app that works with the accessory. These discovery features make first-time setup easier for the user and ensure that an appropriate application is available for interacting with the connected hardware.
For application developers and accessory manufacturers, accessory mode offers many new ways to engage users and build powerful interaction experiences with connected hardware.
To learn more about how to develop applications that interact with accessories, see the USB Accessory documentation.

USB host API

Android 3.1 provides built-in platform support for USB host mode and exposes an API that lets applications manage connected peripherals. On devices that support host mode, applications can use the API to identify and communicate with connected devices such as audio devices. input devices, communications devices, hubs, cameras, and more.
To learn more about how to develop applications that interact with USB devices, see the USB Host documentation.

Input from mice, joysticks, and gamepads

Android 3.1 extends the input event system to support a variety of new input sources and motion events, across all views and windows. Developers can build on these capabilities to let users interact with their applications using mice, trackballs, joysticks, gamepads, and other devices, in addition to keyboards and touchscreens.
For mouse and trackball input, the platform supports two new motion event actions: scroll (horizontal or vertical) such as from a scrollwheel; and hover, which reports the location of the mouse when no buttons are pressed. Applications can handle these events in any way needed.
For joysticks and gamepads, the platform provides a large number of motion axes that applications can use from a given input source, such as X, Y, Hat X, Hat Y, rotation, throttle, pressure, size, touch, tool, orientation, and others. Developers can also define custom axes if needed, to capture motion in additional ways. The platform provides motion events to applications as a batch, and applications can query the details of the movements included in the batch, for more efficient and precise handling of events.
Applications can query for the list of connected input devices and the motion ranges (axes) supported by each device. Applications can also handle multiple input and motion events from a single input device. For example, an application can use mouse and joystick and mouse event sources from a single input device.

Resizable Home screen widgets

Developers can now create Home screen widgets that users can resize horizontally, vertically, or both. By simply adding an attribute to the declaration of a widget, the widget becomes resizable horizontally, vertically, or both. This lets users customize the display of the widget content and display more of it on their Home screens.

MTP API for integrating with external cameras

In Android 3.1, a new MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) API lets developers write apps that interact directly with connected cameras and other PTP devices. The new API makes it easy for applications to receive notifications when devices are attached and removed, manage files and storage on those devices, and transfer files and metadata to and from them. The MTP API implements the PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) subset of the MTP specification.

RTP API, for control over audio streaming sessions

Android 3.1 exposes an API to its built-in RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) stack, which applications can use to directly manage on-demand or interactive data streaming. In particular, apps that provide VOIP, push-to-talk, conferencing, and audio streaming can use the API to initiate sessions and transmit or receive data streams over any available network.

Performance optimizations

Android 3.1 includes a variety of performance optimizations that help make applications faster and more responsive. Some of the optimizations include:
  • A new LRU cache class lets applications benefit from efficient caching. Applications can use the class to reduce the time spent computing or downloading data from the network, while maintaining a sensible memory footprint for the cached data.
  • The UI framework now supports partial invalidates in hardware-accelerated Views, which makes drawing operations in those Views more efficient.
  • A new graphics method, setHasAlpha(), allows apps to hint that a given bitmap is opaque. This provides an extra performance boost for some types of blits and is especially useful for applications that use ARGB_8888 bitmaps.
from http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-3.1-highlights.html

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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  • Opera Mini Web Browser
         


    Opera's fastest mobile browser that can save you money on data. Totally free.

    A web browser for mobile devices offering fast speed. Opera Mini uses Opera's servers to compress Web pages so they load faster. You also save money on data charges since it uses as little as a tenth of the data of normal browsers.

    Facebook, Google, Yahoo -- with Opera Mini, all your favorite sites load faster than you've ever seen on your phone.
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    Facebook, Google, Yahoo -- with Opera Mobile, all your favorite sites work great on your phone or tablet.

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    Get the fastest mobile browser for Android phones, that can also save you money.Get a faster, more cost-efficient mobile web browser. This browser uses powerful servers to compress data by up to 90% before sending it to your phone, so page loads are lightning fast in the browser. Try Opera Mini mobile browser today; it is completely free.

Top 10 Best Paid Android Apps

The Android Market offers thousands of free and paid Android apps to meet just about every need for your Google Android phone or Android based mobile device. While everyone loves to get free stuff, the extra features that come with such paid Android apps are usually well worth it. Android developers put a lot of time, costs, and energy into creating excellent paid apps for Android devices and the non-reoccurring one-time payment price for these apps are minimal (~$1). Moreover, many of these paid Android apps have lite/trial versions that are free to test prior to getting the paid versions of the apps. Below we’ve created a review list of our top 10 best paid Android apps currently available in the Android Market.

easy tether Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketEasyTether – This is without a doubt one of the best paid Android apps to grace the Android market. It allows you to tether your phone to your PC permitting you to share your phone’s internet connection with your Windows based computer (Win 7, XP, and Vista) via USB. Older Android apps that offered tethering capabilities required root access or you needed to have a special tethering service plan with your mobile carrier. This tethering app, however, removes such restrictions and it works on nearly all Google Android phones and Android 1.5+ devices such as the Nexus One, Motorola DROID, MyTouch, HTC Hero, HTC Dream, and the T-Mobile G1.

sms commander Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketSMS Commander – A must-have paid Android app that can really be a life saver if you ever lose your Android phone. Using this app you can send text message based commands to control your Google phone from afar. Such commands include the ability to change or retrieve the following: ring volume, the phone’s GPS location, remaining battery percentage, enable SMS forwarding, notifications of incoming and outgoing calls, contact information, and much more. Besides using this app to find your lost phone you may use it to contact or help you search for a loved one in an emergency situation as long as you know the app’s custom password. For instance, using this SMS based application you could override your spouse’s or friend’s current phone settings to have it ring loudly or send you their phone’s GPS location as long as this Android app was installed on their mobile phone and the phone was not powered off.

SMS to mail box pro Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketSMS To Mail Box Pro – Another one of the best paid Android apps because it permits you to forward any incoming and outgoing call logs, SMS, and MMS automatically to your email. Now when I login to Gmail I can see all the calls that were sent to and from my T-Mobile G1 Google phone as well as any text messages that were received and sent out. Having all those messages and data pushed and backed up to a central location (Gmail) makes it easy to search for stuff and I can quickly find what I’m looking for whether it be a text message, email, or phone number. This Android app even gives you the ability to reply from your computer’s email service via IMAP, forward camera photos, post call logs to your calendar, and attach location info to SMS messages. The numerous settings ensures that you can fully customize this powerful Android application to your exact needs.

documents to go full version Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketDocumentsToGo Full Version Key – Many Google Android phone and Android device users can’t open document types such as Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, MS PowerPoint, or Excel. Thankfully with the help of this paid Android app you can not only view documents but you can create and edit all these kinds of docs with ease. The application also permits you to save your documents to your Android device, share documents with friends, adjust the document’s formatting, and password-protect your docs.
pixelpipe pro Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketPixelpipe Pro – This is another top paid Android app well worth forking over a few bucks because it enables you to upload video, photos, and audio files to almost any popular online service (Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Evernote, etc.). I personally use this Android application to free up my Google phone’s storage space on the flash card by pushing all images to my Flickr Pro account. The post feature can be used to update your blog and submit status updates to popular online services (Twitter, Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, etc.).

phoneplus callback Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketPhonePlus Callback – This application displays pop-up buttons on your Google phone’s screen when receiving and incoming call providing you the option to accept, reject, or deliver a predefined custom text message to the caller. Pushing the reject button will send the call directly to your voicemail whereas selecting the “Will Call Later” button will send the custom text message informing the caller that you’re busy at the moment but you’ll call them back as soon as possible. The app even initiates pop-up callback reminders that can be pushed elsewhere (SMS or email) after a defined amount of time passes. This paid Android app is perfect for screening callers and ensuring you don’t miss calls or forget to return phone calls that were initially received while you were unavailable (meetings, in a call, driving, etc.).
gentle alarm Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketGentle Alarm – The basic alarm clock that comes with most Google Android phones is acceptable but lacks the ability to utilize music or toggle the alarm volume. This paid Android app permits you to assign songs, playlists, and ringtones for your alarms and lets you create silent alarms for specific locations such as work or school. Extra features like volume ramping when the alarm is initiated, flip to snooze, night time display, dock support, flight mode, alarm profiles, and sleep-cycle settings make it well worth the small payment to upgrade your default alarm clock.

my backup pro Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketMyBackup Pro – If you’ve ever lost your contacts you know how devastating that can be, but can you imagine losing that plus all the music, playlists, bookmarks and settings that are on your phone? This handy paid Android application backs up nearly all your Android phone’s SD card content, applications, settings, and important files to a secure server to prevent such data loss. In the case of a destroyed or lost phone this application can fully restore all your phone’s content and information to your new or existing Android phone.
advanced task manager Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketAdvanced Task Manager – If you’re running multiple Android apps on your Android device you’ll quickly notice how they slow it down and diminish the phone’s battery life. To alleviate this you can painstakingly close applications that you aren’t using one by one or you can grab this fabulous little paid Android app for a buck and kill them all at once. Other great features for this Android application include viewing memory information and the ability to bulk select and/or exclude specific apps/services to terminate.

twidroid pro for twitter Best Paid Android Apps Available In The MarketTwidroid Pro for Twitter – Arguably one of the best paid Android apps for Twitter as well as the most popular Twitter application on the Google Android platform. This pro version includes extra features not included in the free version of Twidroid such as support for multiple Twitter accounts, themes, video postings, bit.ly support, desktop widgets, shake to refresh, buzz viewer, and Twitter lists. The Twidroid Pro version is essentially a full-featured mobile Twitter client that’s totally customizable to fit your needs and ensure that you can effortlessly tweet on the go.

by Kevin Eklund   

Monday, June 20, 2011

IGO 8.4.2.13924 - Androids HTC Wildfire

IGO 8.4.2.13924 -Androids HTC Wildfire
IGO 8.4.2.13924 Android HTC Wildfire | 1.7 GB




We represent your attention IGO 8.4.2.13924 with maps of Europe (Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine).
System requirements: Android HTC Wildfire
Compatible version of the card: for IGO 8.3 and above
Coverage Area: Europe, Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine

The information:
Manufacturer Teleatlas maps. List of maps, see the screenshots.

Year: 2010
Version: 8.4.2.13924
Developer: Teleatlas


How to Install Apps to the SD Card by Default on Android 2.2 Froyo

How to Install Apps to the SD Card by Default on Android 2.2 Froyo
The Android 2.2 Froyo feature that most people have been looking forward to is likely official support for installing apps to the SD card. It’s something that many feel should have been included from the start, and I guess we’ve all gotten the dreaded “phone storage is getting low” notification on our Android devices at one point or the other. I personally ran out of internal storage just one day after I bought my HTC Desire (impressed or appalled?).
There are certain tricks to regain a couple of MB here and there, like clearing the cache that some applications use, but for those with a taste for apps and games, the phone storage limitation has been quite a nuisance. Android users with root access have been able to enjoy the Apps2SD utility, but getting it to work is a comparatively complicated process. Frozen yogurt to the rescue!
To install an app to the SD card on Android Froyo, the application itself needs to support it. In my experience though, most current apps can be moved to the external storage. However, the Froyo system installs all new applications on your device’s internal memory by default, except for those that explicitly request external installation. Luckily, it’s possible to make your Android 2.2 phone put apps on the SD card by default instead. Here’s how:
  1. First you have to enable USB debugging on your Android device from Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging.
  2. Now you need to download and install the Android SDK on your computer from http://developer.android.com/sdk/. Once you’ve downloaded and extracted the package to the folder of your choice, run SDK Setup.exe and click on Available Packages to the left. If you get an error message at this point, enable “Force https://…” in the Settings. From the list of available packages, select “Usb Driver package”, click on the Install Selected button in the bottom right corner and follow the prompts.
  3. Connect your phone to your computer with a USB-cable. Your OS will prompt you to install new drivers. Choose to install them from the android-sdk/usb_driver folder. Do not mount your device; you only need to plug-in the cable.
  4. Next, run a command prompt and navigate to the Android-SDK\tools folder. In Windows, this is done by selecting Run from the Start Menu (or by pressing Win+R) and typing cmd. You change drives in the command prompt by entering the drive letter followed by a colon (:), and change folders with the CD command. For example, to enter the Android-SDK folder, simply type cd android-sdk.
  5. In the Android-SDK\tools folder, type in adb devices and you should get a serial number starting with “H” in return. All you have to do next is entering adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2. VoilĂ , you’re done! Android will now install apps to the SD card by default.
  6. To switch back to storing software on the internal memory, enter adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0.
I should point out that it’s preferable to install certain apps to the main memory, since it will take a while before the SD card becomes available when you start your phone. Applications installed on the memory card will also be unavailable to the system each time you mount your phone as a disk drive. The internal storage is probably quicker as well, even though Google claims that “there is no effect on the application performance so long as the external storage is mounted on the device.” In general, apps that integrate with the Android OS and that often run in the background is better to install on the internal storage, while games and most other applications will have no problem chilling outside on your SD.
Update: Homescreen widgets should be installed to the internal storage as well. I noticed that LauncherPro, for example, won’t recognize widgets stored on the SD card when you start your phone, because when the app is launched, the memory card is still unavailable.

by Lars Aronsson

Friday, June 17, 2011

15 Best Android Widgets for Productivity and Enjoyment


Widgets are are an extremely cool feature on the Android which the iPhone does not have. These Android widgets are very handy and enjoyable because they are easily accessible in just a split second and can provide useful information for the user. I have compiled a list of the best android widgets for you to enjoy.


Android Widgets

  1. Battery Watcher
    This widget gives you the percent battery life available.
  2. Extended Controls
    A very useful  widget which allows you to edit the settings on your android.
  3. Google Maps
    A well developed map by Google which will help you navigate the planet.
  4. Flight Track
    Get real time updates of your flight's status and worldwide map tracking.
  5. Pandora
    Listen to the best personalized radio station on the go.
  6. Advanced Task Killer
    A useful tool for killing running applications on your droid.  If you can't get an application to close, this widget will certainly do the job.
  7. Twitter
    Tweet your friends with this awesome twitter widget.
  8. Barcode Scanner
    Scan the barcode on any product and this android widget will look it up for you.
  9. Sports Tap
    Stay up to date with sports. Including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, nascar, football, soccer, baseball, and hockey.
  10. Pure Messenger Widget
    The all in one combined messaging widget for Gmail, email, SMS, Twitter, Calls, and Facebook.
  11. Weather & Toggle Widget
    The greatest weather widget for the android.
  12. Pure Grid Calendar Widget
    A great android widget which will help keep you organized.  The widget syncs with your google calendar.
  13. Facebook for Android
    Stay connected with your friends on the facebook social network.
  14. Analytics Widget
    See your websites visitors instantly and view your google analytics info immediately as well.
  15. Where
    Look up places in your area and get ratings and recommendations.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading my list of the best android widgets of 2011. If you think of any others that should be added to the list please let me know!


By John Smith

HTC Wildfire Red

The new HTC Wildfire Red edition is an impressive new Smartphone which boasts a number of key features ranging from a highly acclaimed Android operating system, to a 5 mega pixel digital camera and social networking applications.

The Red HTC Wildfire joins the original graphite edition as well as the recently released Black and forthcoming White models, the colour change applies to the entirety of the phones exterior casing as opposed to just the front or back panels.




Red HTC Wildfire
As with many new HTC phones, an integrated 5 mega pixel digital camera is provided as standard with the HTC Wildfire Red which operates at a high pixel resolution. This results in high quality and clarity of the still images. A number of image enhancing features are provided as standard such as Autofocus, smile detection and an LED flash. Therefore, even low lighting conditions are not an issue of the camera and great quality still images can still be taken. Geo-tagging is also included which operates thanks to GPS and automatically records the location at which a photo was taken. As an alternative method of image capture, the camera can also shoot video footage.

The HTC Wildfire is very compact for an HTC handset. It measures 106.8x 60.4x 12 mm and weighs in at an impressively light weight 118 g. In comparison to other phones from the manufacturer, the appearance of the Wildfire could be described as chunky, with aesthetic appeal coming from its simple lines and the availability of a number of colour variants including black, brown, white and red.

The Red HTC Wildfire offers a range of entertainment features including a versatile internal media player as well as a number of pre-installed games and a stereo FM radio player with RDS. Social networkers are catered for with Facebook, twitter and Flickr integration which allows them to communicate with friends and family and share their thoughts in a matter of seconds.

Connection to cellular networks is provided courtesy of class 10 versions of both EDGE and GPRS. This provides it with connections in all but the most isolated of locations. In order to access the Internet, the handset initially relies on 3G coverage, whereby an HSDPA connection provides access to the Internet at speeds of up to 7.2 mega bytes per second. A faster Internet connection can be attained however thanks to integrated Wi-Fi Technology which senses the signals provided by wireless Internet routers where available, and utilises these to provide an enhanced browsing experience.

HTC could be described as something of a veteran when it comes to the manufacture and design of sleek and compact smartphones. With handsets like the Wildfire, it is easy to see the level of expertise.