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Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Now Available For Android Devices

Adobe Flash is required to view flash content such as videos and other types of media on a mobile phone’s web browser. On your desktop, most browsers come pre-installed with Flash player and if any new update is out the same will be downloaded and installed accordingly. The last version of the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 did not allow content to be played on most Android devices or tablets running on Honeycomb 3.0.

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Recently after the much success of the Android Tablet OS, the Honeycomb, Adobe decided to make it more flash friendly with the release of a new version of the Flash Player. Version 10.2, which was released on the 18th, is still in a beta stage for Honeycomb, but if you’re running Android Froyo and above on your phone then you can use this in it’s final stage.

What’s new in Adobe Flash Player 10.2:

  • You can enjoy watching the same web content that you view on your desktop on your Android mobile device, high quality videos, games and applications
  • Tablet optimized, works best with Honeycomb 3.0.1, full web browsing on your Android Honeycomb tablet
  • You won’t come across all those web-pages that say ‘ Cannot Play Flash Content’ anymore, version 10.2 takes care of all that.

You can download Adobe Flash Player 10.2 from your Android phone/tablet via the Android Market for Free. Requires Android OS 2.2 and above for mobile and 3.0 and above for tablets. You can also download it directly by scanning the QR Code below.

Requires a QR reader app on your Android device.

Android vs iPhone Browser Speed Test Flawed

Yesterday we reported about a certain test that proved that the Android operating system’s browser loads web-pages faster than that of the iPhone 4’s. The Android vs iOS battle has been going on from quite a while now, and although Android is leading in Mobile Platform number, I still did not believe this report. But, all the statistics and data looked accurate and indeed, according to the report, the Android’s browser is faster.

The test was conducted by a company known as Blaze and according to their report, which involved vigorous testing on over 1000 sites to determine the results, Androids browser was 52% faster than the iOS 4 browser.

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Now obviously after this blow to Apple, you would expect some kind of rebellion. And you’re right!! Apple correspondent, Natalie Kerris told CNET that the test was flawed and Blaze was using their own Web application to conduct the tests and not iOS’s stock Safari browser. She clearly stated that other web browser apps don’t carry the new Nitro JavaScript engine that the Safari browser on iOS 4.3 boasts.

Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading Web pages

Another Apple Spokesperson has just confirmed that the test is flawed stating;

The embedded web viewer does not take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. They didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone, instead, they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer.

This whole has seemed to have gathered a lot of attention from both iOS and Android supporters. Blaze, however is standing by it’s reports and saying that Android performs faster than iOS browser, until Apple shows them how to make use of Safari’s advancements on the UIWebView(Apple’s embedded browser).

To learn more about all this please visit one of the following websites: Apple Insider, Bloomberg, Blaze Blog, The Register.

So what do you make of all this?? I think this topic is going to be around a while!!

Samsung Showers updates for Android-run Galaxy S,Galaxy 5 and Galaxy 3 Mobiles

It seems Samsung is all set to grab a huge portion of Android market. To meet this end the company is leaving no stone unturned. Besides adding new customers through launching new Android- run gadgets such as newly introduced Android tablet, Samsung is also in no mood to disappoint its old Android using customers. To keep happy its old users company is showering them with the gifts of updates.

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Samsung company has announced two news, one about releasing a Gingerbread update for Galaxy S and another about Froyo (Android 2.2) update for Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5800) and Galaxy 5 (I5500).

Samsung Galaxy S was launched with Android 2.1 Éclair, then updated to Android 2.2 Froyo and finally is going to be equipped with v2.3 Gingerbread update till the end of this month.

Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 and Samsung I5800 Galaxy 3 are moderate priced old editions of Android (and perhaps users had no hope of getting an update ) and were launched with Android 2.1  but Samsung is also raising them with Froyo (Android 2.2) update for both. Galaxy 5 (15500) will get an update next week (14-20 March) and Galaxy 3 (15800) will be updated by the end of the month.

As the two news are from Samsung Romania Facebook page and not from company’ global Facebook page, so the news may be only for that specific region but we can hope so soon.

Now Play Nintendo 64 Games on Your Android Device Using N64oid Emulator

There are many emulators available that will enable one to play Console games to be played on regular desktop PCs. What if you wanted to play your favorite Nintendo game on your mobile device? That too one of those Nintendo 64 games like everyone’s super loved game Mario, those old days seem to come back again. This isn’t the first video game emulator for a Android device, but it is the first that can run Nintendo 64-bit games.

The app is in it’s developing stages and may not be stable on most Android devices, but it’s worth a try if you happen to own some pretty high-end Android phones like Google Nexus S, Nexus-One, Droid, Samsung Galaxy S etc. Many users have reported that it works perfectly on high-end phones and that mid-range phones tend to run it with sluggish graphics and flickering. Watch the video after the break of a Nexus S wherein they use a free app Wiimote Controller and connect a Wii Remote to the Nexus S.

For complete details on N64oid Emulator App, please visit Download Squad for their complete review and also learn how to use the Wii Remote Controller for some extra fun.

More Android Games:

  • 5 Free and Easy Games for Android Phones
  • Download Free Angry Birds for Android Mobile Phones

The App will cost you $5.99, but the Wiimote Controller App is freely available. You can download N64oid Emulator from the Android Web Market or through your device.

Google Buckles Down to Remove Malicious Apps from Android Market

Google has finally officially accepted the presence of malware containing apps in Android market and buckled down to sweep them from scenario. Google accepted that 58 apps that contained malicious viruses had made their way to Android Market and till now have affected more than 260000 Android run devices. But this toll is going to be no further increase as Google is leaving no stone unturned in cleaning up.

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Google is all set to launch a specifically called remote kill function. By this remote kill function Google while not bothering user (loser ?) will itself wipe out the malicious apps from the affected device.

A wave of fear is being felt in every person using Android run device whereas  Google tries to console them saying that the sole information the attackers have gathered is device’s IMEI number and nothing more. On Google Blog, it  informs about its steps to control the situation:

1.We removed the malicious applications from Android Market, suspended the associated developer accounts, and contacted law enforcement about the attack.

2.We are remotely removing the malicious applications from affected devices. This remote application removal feature is one of many security controls the Android team can use to help protect you from malicious applications.

3.We are pushing an Android Market security update to all affected devices that undoes the exploits to prevent the attacker(s) from accessing any more information from affected devices.

4.We are adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market and are working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues.

Google is also trying its best to be acquitted saying recent versions  (Android versions 2.2.2 or higher)  are already resistant to this attack and the entire problem arose due to using old versions. Further suggestions are being provided to keep the similar problems at bay. An email is being sent to every affected Android user quoting as follows:

We recently discovered applications on Android Market that were designed to harm devices. These malicious applications (“malware”) have been removed from Android Market, and the corresponding developer accounts have been closed.

According to our records, you have downloaded one or more of these applications. This malware was designed to allow an unauthorized third-party to access your device without your knowledge. As far as we can determine, the only information obtained was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device).

However, this malware could leave your device and personal information at risk, so we are pushing an Android Market security update to your device to remove this malware. Over the next few hours, you will receive a notification on your device that says “Android Market Security Tool March 2011” has been installed. You are not required to take any action from there, the update will automatically run. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. Within 24 hours of receiving the update, you will receive a second email confirming its success.

To ensure this update is run quickly, please make sure that your device is turned on and has a strong network connection.

For more details, please visit the Android Market Help Center.

Regards,
The Android Market Team

We hope the situation soon will be under control.

Plug In Launcher: Quick Launch Programs On Android Device

Plug In Launcher is a very handy app for your Android Device, for times when you need to run your Music player directly after you connect the headsets or other applications when you connect the USB cable. It doesn’t have many options, but does the job of what it is very well. The app is new in the market and was only released a few days ago, I tried it and it works like a charm.

It’s very simple to use too, as the only two launch options available are when you connect your headsets and USB/Power cables. When you connect your headset you can set your music player to launch and just start listening to music, it’s that simple. The app runs in the background and doesn’t take in much memory or space, you can also make it run at startup. You can configure it to launch any app when you connect your charger or USB cable too, like when you connect your charger you can make it launch some games or the Market app.

The Plug In Launcher App is a free download and weighs only 115KB and requires Android 2.1 and above. So don’t think twice to install this on your Android device. It’ll really come-in handy!!

Download it from the Android Market on your phone or on the Web Market.

Track and Recover Your Lost Android Phone with iTag

Mobile phones are necessity for us and we use for lots of different tasks apart from just making and receiving calls. And If you are having an Android mobile phone then I am sure you would be using lots of  applications and  saving photos, important notes and many more.

If anyone lost their phone, apart from SIM and handset there are lots more important things which are lost. Thus in such situations it is important that we have a good lost mobile tracking service which can track our lost phone as well as we can recover our phone data too.

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iTag is such a service which not only locate your Android phone but also recover data of your phone and gives you control to access your data. Here are few features of iTag:

  • Locate your Android mobile phone
  • Provide you the replaced SIM number, that is if someone change the SIM card.Allows you to make call to your lost mobile remotely.
  • Take backup of your data
  • Delete the data
  • Lock the keys
  • Force your phone to ring even if its in silent mode.

Check out the video to know more about iTag:

You get all these features and security for free. You just need to register to iTag website by entering your mobile number and you will get a download link to your mobile. After install the iTag app you need to verify your account and iTag will start its security service by tracking your mobile phone.

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I have used other tracking apps but this is something very useful because I am more concerned about my data rather than handset. Right now iTag is available for Android mobile phones only hope it starts the service for other OS also. Meanwhile, do share with us which security app you are using for your mobile phone.

uTorrent Remote Manager : Android

uTorrent Remote Manager is new app developed for Android devices to control the torrents downloading on uTorrent.
Previously, we told you about the new features of uTorrent 3.0 Alpha called as Project Falcon and how you can use it’s webUI to control uTorrent downloads from anywhere. Using the webUI one can manage their downloads from a mobile, laptop or any device that can connect to the internet, but would you rather use a webUI or a fully functional app for which you don’t need to enter a web based client.

This new App to control uTorrent downloads via your Android based device is officially developed by BitTorrent and works pretty well. Of course to use this app you’ll need to download and install uTorrent 3.0 Alpha and then you’re all set. By using this uTorrent Remote you can start, stop, pause and even download torrents directly to your phone. You’ll need to login to the remote access feature in uTorrent 3.0 and then you can control your torrents from your phone.

The uTorrent Remote App is available only for Android devices running 2.1 and higher. To set up your phone you’ll first need to go uTorrent 3.0 installed on your home computer and enable web access via Options>Preferences>Web.

The App is available for free all you need is to log in using the username and password you set on your computer for the uTorrent 3.0 and use it to access uTorrent Remote on your Android device. Download uTorrent 3.0 Alpha from web.utorrent.com and you can download the uTorrent Remote Manager App from the Android Market using your device or from the Web Market here.

Download Honeycomb for Nook Color Now

Few days ago I shared about the not so expensive e-book reader, the Nook Color, being cracked to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. A developer from the famous XDA-Developers tried with the NookColor and was successful in porting Android Honeycomb to the device. Although the port wasn’t that successful, but the developer promised that he would work on the issues and try to sort it out and give out the build to others to run it.

So he worked on it and fixed some of the major issues and it’s now running smoothly on the Nook Color. The current working list contains:

  • Graphics acceleration
  • Accelerometer
  • Wireless [Wi-Fi]
  • Touchscreen
  • Buttons
  • Sleep/Wakeup stuff
  • Sound

Now don’t get all excited and start with this project already, because let me remind you this is not the complete Android 3.0, it’s only the preview SDK. But yes, if you like to and want to see the all new Honeycomb running on your humble Nook Color then visit the forum link here to download the required files which is about 4GB in size. Watch the video of the Nook Color running below.

Would you want to try this on your Nook Color?

Android 3.0 Honeycomb Gets Ported to Nook Color

Nook Color is Barnes & Nobles best selling product and obviously a good contender to the Amazon Kindle and also the Apple iPad when it comes to eReader functionality. The Nook Color after all, has a color display, which the Kindle doesn’t and it runs on Google’s Android OS. Recently, Google previewed a video on the latest upcoming tablet specific Android, the Honeycomb 3.0 and also released an SDK for developers to try it out and find out what’s new. Of course it’s just an emulator and not the original release, but there are some real geeks out there who want to test it out on anything possible.

So the guys at XDA-Developers got hold of the Honeycomb SDK and ported it to the decently priced Nook Color. It’s always the guys at xda-developers that think of doing something like this that could help people enjoy a really good operating system. Although, the port is not all that fast and is quite buggy, but hey, it’s not an official OS too, just a developer version. They aren’t going to give up though, the developer states :

It does indeed run very slow so far. Touchscreen is working now. I’ll try to get the graphics acceleration running over the weekend that should help with performance.

If the developer succeeds in getting Android Honeycomb to run smoothly with all it’s amazing features then new tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, which hasn’t been released yet, may have some competition from this cheap yet powerful tablet/e-reader. If you have a Nook Color and want to experiment on running Android 3.0 SDK on it then follow this link here. Below is the video for all those who want to see how the Nook Color runs on Android 3.0 Preview SDK;

Xda-developers is a really good forum and it has helped me run Android 2.2.1 on my battered old Xperia X1. Runs great and smooth. Do let us know if you’ve had any help from the amazing developers at XDA on your device.