It’s finally happened. Perhaps I’m a bit too geeked up about this piece of news seeing as I’ve been dying for a mobile version of IMDB since Android took off, but I can finally head to the market and download the app to one of the most valued sites for movie lovers. Internet Movie Database is the one stop shop for everything you need to know about any movie that’s ever come out… ever. Well, almost ever, and they’ve packed all of that information into a very clean, functional, and feature-packed app. You get the cast list, user reviews, critic reviews, trailers, search features, MOVIEmeter, Top Lists, images, and everything you could possibly think of accessing on the full site (note: the app is set to the US version of IMDB by default, but you can change this in the settings). The only thing I can’t seem to find is forums access and a way to access my IMDB account. For a 1.0 release, however, the app is very capable and worthy of a quick download. Anyone else as embarrassingly excited as I am for this app? Trackback: Phandroid via OMGAndroid

Kindle has been one of the leading lights of the eBook revolution and Amazon’s massive store of downloadable novels is the envy of rival firms. As has been the case with other big-name applications, the Android edition of Kindle is actually following in the footsteps of iPhone iteration. Kindle is already available on that particular platform and the app is best described as adequate. Sadly the Android version actually has fewer options than its iPhone relation – you have less text size choices and can’t highlight text or add notes. Considering how open the Android platform is supposed to be, these shortcomings are something of a disappointment but we imagine they will be rectified in future updates. As for how Kindle performs, we’re happy to report that it’s a pleasure to use, although it does lack many of the key features which make Aldiko so popular. The most obvious limitation is that you can only read books that you’ve purchased via Amazon’s Kindle store, whereas Aldiko grants the freedom to import DRM-free downloads. Still, connectivity with the Amazon store is arguably one of the biggest selling points of the app. If you’ve previously purchased eBooks from the vendor in the past they will be available for download in the Android app, too. Read more at the trackback link. Trackback: Knowyourmobile

Google has expanded the functionality of Google Docs viewer on the iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices to include the ability to view PDFs, *.doc, *.docx (the Office 2007 and Office 2010 file format that replaces *.doc), and even Microsoft PowerPoint (although there is no mention of the newer *.pptx format for PowerPoint) natively within Google Docs Viewer. So far, though, Google is taking a “look, but don’t touch” approach–providing the ability to view multiple file formats, but still lacking the functionality to create or edit documents, even in Google Docs. A post by Mickey Kataria on the Google Docs Blogyesterday announced that Google is “releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files you’ve uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file.” Kataria goes on to explain “With our mobile viewer you can switch quickly between pages and pan/zoom within a page. On your iPhone and iPad, you can pinch to zoom in or out.” More after the break.

Android 2.2 is barely out of the gate and already there’s talk of what to expect from Android 3.0: codenamed ‘Gingerbread’. According to UnwiredView, a developer has shared some of the details: Android 3.0 will be released to handset makers / developers on or about October 15/16. The first handsets to run Android 3.0 aren’t expected to hit the market until just in the nick of time for the holiday shopping season. What’s really interesting is that apparently there will be minimum hardware requirements for handsets to properly operate with Android 3.0. The handsets must be equipped with a 1GHz processor, for starters. They will also need at least 512MB of RAM and a display of at least 3.5 inches. That sounds as though Google wants to make the user experience of Android handsets more uniform across brands and devices. Android 3.0 will support displays with 1280 x 760 resolution once the displays pass 4 inches in size. That’s a serious HD-quality display requirement. Does Google want the video and gaming experiences to be better moving forward? Android 3.0 will also have a completely refreshed user interface. According to UnwiredView, the new UI will resemble the Cooliris-made photo gallery application that’s on the Nexus One. It will feature animated transitions between apps and screens. Google has hired Palm’s former webOS user interface designer. His new position at Google is with the Android user experience team. Let’s hope some of his ideas make it into Android 3.0. With Android 3.0, there will be a split in Android. Lower-end devices will be stuck Android 2.1 or 2.2. Android 3.0 and up will be reserved for high-end super phones. None of this information has been confirmed by Google, though at its I/O conference, Google did say that exciting things were in store for Android. […]

I was lucky enough to be sent this today – thoughts? Samsung ARM11 1.2Ghz Memory: 512MB NAND 4GB Micro SD card supports: 32Gb OS: Android 2.1 Screen: Capacitive 1366×768 10.2″ Battery: 6000MAH or more to last 5 Hours with wifi on. Bluetooth 3G external G-sensor Android Marketplace

Those disappointed by the current crop of underpowered Android tablets and iPad clones might find something to like with Merel Technologies’ mTouch. For starters, it’s powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz processor, sports a SATA 320GB hard drive, and has 4GB of DDR2 RAM. In addition, it supports up to 20 touch points on its LED-lit LCD screen and is tough enough to double as a drink coaster. Oh, it comes in two sizes, 32 inches and 42 inches, and is actually a table tablet very much like the Microsoft Surface product. That Merel Technologies, a tiny New York-based startup, is competing with the likes of Microsoft is not newsworthy. What is newsworthy about the mTouch is that it seems a viable alternative to Microsoft’s tabletop offering, on the surface at least (no pun intended). Microsoft Surface utilizes a distinctive camera and infrared-spectrum image recognition system that does not rely on touch pressure to register movement. It provides Surface the ability to interact uniquely with specific objects. Merel’s mTouch is a touchscreen very similar to what you would find in a tablet, only scaled up and reinforced. It’s limited in terms of functionality. But with Microsoft’s impressive tech comes a steep price. Microsoft Surface units start at $12,500, while the 42-inch mTouch runs only $4,200 and is manufactured completely in New York. In addition, Microsoft Surface runs via a lamp-powered DLP projector with a mean-life of approximately 6,000 hours. The mTouch uses LED strips that can last upwards of 50,000 hours and consume less power. Finally, the mTouch is more or less an open device. It runs a custom OS, complete with dedicated app store and SDK. However, if users want to load Android or Windows 7, they are free to do so. Read more at the link. Trackback: TabletPCReview

Cisco’s just announced a business-aimed Android tablet, and it’s calling it the Cius. The tablet will offer HD video streaming, real-time video, multi-party conferencing, plus all the regular tablet functions like messaging, email, and browsing. We’re not sure about the size of the device yet, or any of it technical specs, but we do know that it’s going to weigh in at 1.15lbs, so it can’t be terrifically large. There’s also no word yet on pricing or availability yet, either. Full press release after the break.

Well, the Brits ain’t gonna be happy when they see this in the AM. What we’re looking at here is presumably the Dell Streak’s final US packaging — a far cry from the cardboard boxes that the Englishmen are given (and let’s not forget the silly photoshop error on the top). If the features list is correct, this five-inch Android phone is definitely headed to AT&T’s 850MHz 3G band for now (hang in there, T-Mobile fans). Other than that, the accessories and the phone itself look identical to what we’ve got in London, but we totally wouldn’t mind getting hold of this sexy acrylic box — it’d make a pretty cool cradle, don’t you think? Head over to the source link to feed your eyes. Trackback: StreakSmart via Engadget

SurfaceInk has just given us something to talk about, a Tablet PC concept with a 12.1 inch screen. However, there’s a small problem – not many have even heard of SurfaceInk, putting them in the same boat as numerous Chinese manufacturers. Everything is still in the prototype stage and nothing has been set in stone as yet, but what is known is that the tablet will have a 12.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It will sport a multi-touch capacitive screen that can also accept stylus input, something that will make the device enticing to students who wish to use a tablet device. Currently, the tablet runs the standard version of the Ubuntu operating system, but there is also reports of an Android version in the works. The motherboard currently ships with a Freescale i.MX51 Cortex A8 at 800MHz, and has 512 MB of DDR memory. It also has a 4 GB flash drive for storage, along with a Micro SD card reader. Rounding it out is a built in accelerometer, a light sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a mini HDMI and USB 2.0 port. The tablet also comes equipped with two 3MP cameras! both at the front and the back. The tablet looks solidly built and measures 12.76 x 8.5 x 0.52 inches, but it tips the scale at around 2.3 pounds – not exactly a light-weight, but better than many already out. SurfaceInk has also started working on a 7 inch model which is modeled after the 12.1 inch tablet, and plans to come up with an 8.9 inch model in collaboration with Freescale. This concept model features edge-to-edge gorilla glass (awesome), the same as the iPhone 4. They claim the 8 inch tablet would come as cheap as $350 and is expected […]

Following in the footsteps of Apple’s decision to remove exclusive rights by providing the iPhone 4 to all network providers, the Dell Streak is now available to buy directly from Dell’s website – SIM free. The Dell Streak was only available to buy exclusively through O2 on contract when it was released. By revoking the exclusive rights of O2, Dell will anticipate an increase in sales and popularity as other network providers pick it up and users can take it with them, no matter what provider they choose. Pricing is about £450.

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