If you don’t want to cough up the extra money to get Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color, which is one of the cheaper Android tablets in the market, but you are willing to engage in some Frankenstein-style experiments with the Nook Simple Touch, the following hack will turn the monochrome e-reader into a respectable Android tablet, complete with multi-touch capability!
The bright minds at XDA-Developers have found new ways for you to be more productive when using the Nook Simple Touch. Well, it remains to be seen how productive you will be once you discover that you can play Angry Birds on the Nook Simple Touch’s monochrome e-ink screen.
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Google announced today that it will be rolling out an over the air update to all Nexus One owners. The update will finally bring multi-touch to an Android handset in the US with pinch to zoom functionality being added to the browser, gallery, and maps. The update will also address that 3G connectivity issue which has been plaguing the Nexus One and adds Google Goggles to the handset as a default application. Last but not least, Google Maps has been updated to include night-mode maps, search suggestions based upon map history, and synchronization of starred maps between your handset and desktop.
Dell officially unveiled its Android-powered Mini 5 tablet at CES last week and introduced the slate as a 5 inch concept device. Dell released a few renderings for eye candy but was silent on the specs for this sweet looking device. Thanks to a video posted on YouTube, we can get a closer look at this slate in action. The leaked video reveals an integrated GSM radio connected to Viettel, a multi-touch browser, a custom onscreen keyboard, and Dell’s custom Android interface. No word on pricing or availability for this slate but we are hoping this one comes fast and cheap. Hit the jump for the full three minute hands-on video.
[via Engadget and YouTube]
While on stage with th Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, a Google Engineering VP was recently heard speaking about an upgraded Nexus One Enterprise version which would include a better battery and physical keyboard. Naturally, he also spoke of more models such as a budget version, which always seem to follow halfhearted, noncommittal comments about future products. The original question was also brought up in a separate conversation with Andy Rubin, who stated something along the same lines of the Nexus One being the first in a line of ever improving models. Again, this seems to be a given that with success of a certain product, development of future iterations always [...]
According to French blog, Mobinaute, Acer France unofficially confirmed that the Acer Liquid A1 will be updated to Android 2.0 in March 2010. The blog also hints that the upgrade may activate multi-touch, a feature typically seen on European Android phones and not their American counterparts. No word on whether the currently underclocked processor on the Liquid A1 will be unchained and allowed to operate at its full 1GHz capacity. If Acer did the unthinkable and incorporated multi-touch and 1GHz of processing power into this Android 2.0 update, then the Liquid A1 would become one the top Android phones and a very worthy competitor to the [...]
DROID owners clamoring for some multi-touch like their European counterparts should take a close look at a lively discussion over at AllDroid. Apparently, member t3hSteve was able to hack the multi-touch enabled browser of the Motorola Milestone onto the Motorola DROID. The hack is not for the faint of heart as it requires a rooted device and some familiarity with adb but if you are up for the task, a enviable multi-touch browsing experience will be your just reward. Hit the jump for a short video of the pinch and zoom in action.