Android 3.0 SDK Officially Released

Some of the new user features

  • New UI designed from the ground up for tablets
  • System Bar, for global status and notifications
  • Action Bar, for application control
  • Customizable Home screens
  • Recent Apps, for easy visual multitasking
  • Redesigned keyboard
  • Improved text selection, copy and paste
  • New connectivity options

SDK is normally the prelude to the release of the much more useful sources (AOSP), So hopefully you’ll see Honeycomb ported to your device very soon as Motorola Xoom is already being shipped with Honeycomb

Android 3.0 Platform Highlights

Android Honeycomb SDK for HTC Desire

Coolexe from XDA Developer forums has ported Honeycomb to the HTC Desire. The ROM is still under development and not everything works and is only recommended to other Developers. But for now it something to keep an eye on

what’s working
just booted.
touchscreen.
Network working

what’s not
lots of things.
wifi
audio
camera
etc

[ROM-DEV] Honeycomb SDK port to Desire(DEVELOPERS ONLY)

Android Free Software (FOSS)

Here is a couple lists of software for Android-based phones that have GPL, Apache, license etc. cause the Android Market doesn’t allow users to easily filter applications based on their license status.

AndroidFreeSoftware – Le Wiki Koumbit
List of open source Android applications – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And there is the F-Droid Repository of easily installable FOSS apps

Feel free to comment on sites that may have more comprehensive list of FOSS applications for Android base phones

Fluxbox 1.3 has arrived!

YAY my favourite Window Manager has a way overdue update :-)

  • Added support for bidirectional text, #2801836.
  • Allow to override ‘Focus New Windows’ via .fluxbox/apps
  • New actions:
    • ActivateTab
    • ArrangeWindowsVertical
  • New ‘MoveN’ and ‘ClickN’ action support for keys file
  • New focus model ‘StrictMouseFocus’. This will affect focus when
    closing, moving, lowering windows, changing desktops, etc, whereas the
    ‘MouseFocus’ model will only change focus when you move the mouse.
  • New “background: unset” property for use in overlays.
  • Allowing relative paths for background images in style files.
  • Allowing matching screen number in ClientPattern.
  • Removed rootcommand from init, as fbsetbg is run automatically nowadays.
  • Removed line style resources from init file.

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HTC misses out on Qualcomm dual core

This is a real damn shame, as I really love my HTC Desire

A funny thing happened on the way to Mobile World Congress 2011: 2010′s best mobile phone manufacturer got caught taking a siesta right before Barcelona. All the other major mobile manufacturers duly announced dual core devices arriving within a few months. HTC, winner of MWC 2011′s Best Device Manufacturer award, showcased… the Salsa and the Chacha? Minor updates to last year’s phones? What the heck happened? This isn’t what we would expect from the ninth strongest mobile brand, period, in the entire world.

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Debian packaging tutorial

Nice initiative by Lucas Nussbaum to consolidate course material on Debian packaging

One of the common complains about Debian packaging is that it’s hard to learn because, while there is quite a lot of high-quality documentation, it is often written more as a reference manual than as a tutorial: it’s great if you already know everything and want to check some detail, but not so great if you want to learn everything from scratch.

http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=640

MapQuest for Android

Finally a voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation app for Android using the OpenStreetMap project.

FEATURES:
• Absolutely FREE – There’s no trial period, subscription, or upgrade necessary. You get all these capabilities absolutely free!
• Voice-Guided/Turn-by-Turn Navigation – Your phone speaks to you, telling you when to make a turn.
• Voice Search – Speak your destination or your search, for hands-free input.

EDIT:
I have had a chance to have a bit of a play with this app, but it still needs little on things like being able to select already cached OSM map data from sdcard that has already been downloaded, the ability to access to Contacts, and have favourite list or personal POI (points of interest) or starred have ever you like to refer to it as. For a beta app it seems to be rather stable on the HTC Desire.

MapQuest

Slimming Asterisk 1.6.2 setup under Debian

This is more just more to show little how I have configured my Asterisk set up and slimmed it down to use the minimal modules needed.

My Needs
– SIP calls between my IP phone and Softphone
– Incoming/Outgoing calls through a SIP Provider
– Echo test to make sure audio is working
– Music On Hold (moh)
– Date and Time

Hardware Setup
– 12V fanless Mini ITX @ 533MHz (VIA Samuel 2) & 512MB RAM
– 10/100 Switch + WiFi AP
– Nortel 2002 IP Phone (NTDU91)
– Softphones
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Telstra Gets Australian Exclusive On HTC Desire S

Telstra has snaffled another of the Android phones announced at Mobile World Congress, confirming it has an exclusive on the HTC Desire S. Annoyingly (and typically), we haven’t got a more specific release timeframe than “the first half of 2011″, and there’s no pricing. Gizmodo has the full specs for the phone and where it fits in HTC’s range.

Damn you Telstra, I only got my HTC Desire about a month ago… but I still very happy with it :-)

Reference:
Lifehacker Australia

How to: Asterisk 1.6.2 and Nortel 2002 IP Phone (NTDU91)

Nortel 2002 IP Phone (NTDU91)
chan_unistim
This is a channel driver for the UNISTIM (Unified Networks IP Stimulus) protocol. It provides UNISTIM server services that you can use to drive Nortel 2002 IP phone.

The following features are supported:

    Transfer
    Threeway call
    Call Forward
    Message Waiting Indication (MWI)
    Distinctive ring
    Call History
    Send/Receive CallerID
    Redial
    (Dynamic) SoftKeys
    SendText()
    Music On Hold 

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