Archive for December 20th, 2008

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Open Handset Alliance Getting Bigger By The Day

The Open Handset Alliance, which is headed by Google and which develops Android handset platform, on Wednesday announced that fourteen additional companies have joined the association with the aim to assist in further development of the Android, build new devices powered by the operating system or enable infrastructure. By joining the alliance, many new members directly or indirectly confirm launches of Android-based handsets.

The new members of the Open Handset Alliance are: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, Asustek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile Corp., Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corp. and Vodafone.

“Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, corporate vice president and head of creation and development at Sony Ericsson.

New members will either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices. With these commitments, the Open Handset Alliance will continue to drive greater and faster innovation for the benefit of mobile users and everyone in the industry.

“Asus is a leading handset manufacturer that will soon deliver high quality, innovative Android devices and technology for world class carriers and consumers,” said HC Hung, general manager of personal mobile devices business unit at Asustek Computer.

Open Handset Alliance members’ continued contributions to Android promises to give everyone in the mobile ecosystem a free and complete mobile platform to build Android devices. The new members are expected to add to the momentum of Android device availability, providing developers with a greater opportunity to deploy compelling applications that will reach a global audience. As a result, consumers around the world should benefit from a better mobile experience that features less expensive devices, more compelling services, rich Internet applications, and easier-to-use interfaces.

“Joining the Open Handset Alliance today is a logical step in our mobile internet journey. Working with emerging terminal platforms for smartphones is critical for us to deliver unbeatable customer experiences and accelerate time to market for innovative products and services,” claimed Frank H Rovekamp, global chief marketing officer at Vodafone Group.

This can only mean great good things for Android and Mobile fans alike and I personally look forward to seeing what’s next for this group. Have a look at their site and see just how many people are involved with this project (you’ll be amazed).

Posted by: John

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Internet Explorer 6 on 6 video

image We mentioned the other day about a ROM for the Touch HD that includes the new version of Internet Explorer Mobile. Well Pocketnow have installed it on heir Touch HD and have produced a video of it in action. It has support for Flash and AJAX, plus has a much improved rendering engine although it still seems a little slow and video playback was choppy in YouTube. Video of it in action after the break.

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Touch HD gets Mobile Internet Explorer 6

Paul from MoDaCo forums has devised a cooked ROM to enable HTC Touch HD users to have Internet Explorer 6 on their device.

IE6 on Touch HD 01 IE6 on Touch HD 02

So here’s a custom WWE (English) ROM rom for the Blackstone, created it for my own use to try out IE6 and thought y’all might like to have a play!

It’s based on the 1.19 Asian ROM.


– Added IE6 Mobile!
– Changed IE6 Mobile default search to Google
– Added official MS build of Flash Lite
– Added .net CF 3.5
– Added Remote Desktop Mobile
– Added AppToDate
– Added Batti (with main battery meter disabled)
– Added Donate
– Added ‘Blackstone Additions’ performance tuning (AppToDate compatible)
– Added Business Card Reader from Euro ROMs
– Added RSSHub from Euro ROMs
– Added MoDaCo News and MoDaCo Podcast to RSS Hub defaults
– Added Google Map from Euro ROMs
– Added TouchResponse (uninstallable)
– Removed Windows Update
– Removed Welcome Center
– Removed MS Sample Music
– Removed .net CF 2.0
– Using JBlend JVM
– Changed Opera 9.5 and skin to be uninstallable

– UC Compatible

Known issues:

None as yet. Be aware that if you are on T-Mobile, the auto config puts in a proxy that screws a number of things up. Immediately after completing the wizard, hit up settings -> connections -> connections and disable the proxy!

Update format:

– Custom RUU – ensure you have HardSPL installed from here first! You can also install by extracting the EXE with WinRAR (PC) / Betterzip (MAC), renaming ruu_signed.nbh to BLACIMG.NBH, placing it in the root of your storage card then turning on your device with the volume button held down. Handy for mac users like myself


– OS ONLY, no splash or radio

Obviously Tracy & Matt take no responsibility for issues arrising from this download however it is rather interesting so we thought it worth posting.

If you want this then here it is.

Posted by: John

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