Archive for November, 2009

Archos 5 MID mod adds Android Market, Gmail, Maps, more

Archos 5 MID mod adds Android Market, Gmail, Maps, more

Despite the recent firmware update, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is still left without access to the Android Market, and despite Archos' attempts to encourage development of device-specific apps for their own AppLib download store, the range of titles is still small.  Happily wherever there's a problem, there's usually a hack to address it, and so jkkmobile has outlined a guide to installing the Android Market - and some other things - onto the Archos 5 MID.

MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

Many have accused Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as being gadgets in dire search of a purpose, and despite Intel's push for the segment the talk out of Taipei is that the ultraportable touchscreen handhelds are having a difficult time finding traction among manufacturers.  DigiTimes is reporting that several companies originally signed up to Intel's Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance (MIDIA) have axed MID development, while those manufacturers who have actually shipped devices have only done so in numbers described as "very weak".

Phenom Dream watch-phone: dual-SIM but no 3G

Phenom Dream watch-phone: dual-SIM but no 3G

We're not going to let Phenom Communications get away with calling their Dream watch-phone "elegant", but we'll concede that it's pretty advanced for its ilk.  The $395 wrist-worn handset has a 1.3-inch color touchscreen and separate numeric keypad, but Phenom have managed to squeeze two SIM slots inside.  Unfortunately, it seems that decision meant there was no room for a 3G radio, so you're stuck with quadband GSM/GPRS.

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HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC's public plans for their Sense UI and newer versions of Android have basically amounted to asking device owners to wait; an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero has been promised since the end of October, but so far has not proved forthcoming.  That might be because HTC aren't reworking Sense for 2.0 but for Android 2.1; screenshots purporting to show the HTC UI running on the as-yet unreleased OS have leaked.

Barnes & Noble nook store availability limited; eBay prices doubling

Barnes & Noble nook store availability limited; eBay prices doubling

Hoping to pick up a Barnes and Noble nook in time for the holidays?  Don't count on it seems the message from B&N; not only have online preorders for the dual-display ebook reader sold out for December, pushing expected deliveries for orders placed now to January 4th, the company is now reducing its store roll-out.  According to B&N VP Mary Ellen Keating, only "a very limited supply, along with demo units, will be available in our highest-volume stores" as of December 7th.

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