Ashot : The Android Screenshots and Screen Capture project for Windows

If you are a tech blogger who writes about smartphones or reviews apps, then you already know how important screenshots can be. The ability to show your smartphone’s screen on a computer can help you explain an app’s function, showcase a UI maybe, show errors and faults and more.. There are quite a few programs and some really convoluted methods(involving the SDK) that lets us do this for Android  smart phones. Ashot is one of the best programs i have used.

Ashot (a.k.a.  Android Screenshots and Screen Capture project) is a free and open-source program compatible with Windows OS’s dedicated for screen captures of Android devices without rooting your device. With the application installed, all you need to do is connect your Android device to your desktop or laptop via a USB connection. With this, you will now be able to view your Android phone’s screen on the desktop and can be used for full screen presentations, automatic screen capture, and screenshot transformations such as scaling and rotating.

As soon as you get Ashot up and running on your desktop or laptop, it automatically connects with your Android device and starts showing exactly what you see on your mobile screen.

Here’s a video that shows you how it works ..

 

You can adjust the picture:

  • Zoom in and out
  • Scale to original size of the handset
  • Rotate

…and shown in a full screen mode which is brilliant for demos and presentations.

You can either save a single screenshot with a click of a button on the toolbar/ in the main menu ….

… OR you may start automatic Screen Capture in specified folder. All screen changes of Android display will get saved to that folder.

You can download Ashot HERE

Notion Ink introduces Eden

Good news for all Notion Ink Adam fans, you no longer have to wait till CES 2011. Notion Ink introduces Eden in this video showing the paneling system and super cool multitasking on the Adam

Notion Ink posted earlier today on their blog ” … From now on we will be sharing one video per day per application or principle which comes with Adam. It has been a long wait for all of you, and we really thank all those who are with us

Take a look at the video below for the crazy smooth performance of Eden on the Adam with a bunch of apps already loaded into memory.

You can learn what’s going on with Notion Ink over on their Blog. Do visit their website for more details, it’s www.notionink.com. And in case you were looking to pre-order, here’s the link.  We’re looking forward to the device, which will officially be unveiled at CES 2011.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

http://notionink.com/index.php

Facebook for Android gets Chat and Push Notifications

Facebook for Android with Chat and Push Notifications

For you Facebook users in the Android World, here’s some good news from Facebook. They’ve released the latest version of the Facebook app for Android which has Chat and push notifications integrated in it.  iPhone users have had this feature on their version of the Facebook app for sometime now.

I liked the chat interface, which is very simple and neat. You can search from a list of your contacts to initiate a chat session and the actual chat screen looks like the screenshot on the right (click on it for a larger view).  If you switch to another application, while you’re chatting, you’ll still receive a push notification of any incoming message.

Apart from these two awesome additions, this version also brings in some bugfixes which should improve the performance of the app. Unfortunately the push notification feature of this app is available only for Froyo (Android 2.2) users. The Chat features will work fine for users on the older Android devices as well.

The updated Facebook app is available as a free download from the Android Market. Let us know your comments about this version of the Facebook app by commenting below.

Notion Ink’s Adam up for Pre-Order

Well, this might be old news, but the long awaited Notion Ink Adam tablet was up for pre-order on the 9th of December, and it was sold out soon after!

Well, at least the Pixel Qi versions are unavailable at the moment.

The Adam has come a long way, and we wish Notion Ink the best. It would be good to see an Indian company do well in the tablet market.

Here are some specs for you:

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 250,Dual Core Cortex A-9,ULP GPU
  • Display: 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600) Optional Pixel Qi display:Transmissive, transflective,
    and reflective modes
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 Host x 2,Mini USB,HDMI, WLAN – 802.11 b/g/n,Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR,WWAN – 3G HSPA
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1GB SLC,8+ GB Flash,Micro-SD Card support
  • Camera: 3.2 MP Auto Focus Swivel Camera

In case you were wondering what the Pixel Qi displayu was about, you can read about it here. Basically, it’s a standard LCD display, with the ability to switch the backlight off to save energy.

You can learn what’s going on with Notion Ink over on their Blog. Do visit their website for more details, it’s www.notionink.com. And in case you were looking to pre-order, here’s the link.  We’re looking forward to the device, which will officially be unveiled at CES 2011.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Viewsonic launches two new tablets in India

Viewsonic has officially launched two new tablets in India, the Viewpad 7 and the Viewpad 10.

The Viewpad 7 is a 7″, Android tablet, with phone functionality similar to the Galaxy Tab, which runs Android 2.2 aka FroYo.

Here are the specs for the Viewpad 7:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM7227, 600 MHz
  • Memory: 512 MB internal, 512 MB storage, expandable to 32 GB
  • Display: 7″ Capacitive Multitouch Display, WVGA (800×480) Resolution
  • Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, AGPS
  • Multimedia: 3MP rear camera, VGA Front Facing Camera
  • Battery: Li-Polymer, 3240mAH

It should cost around INR 32,000.

You can read more about it over at the product page, here.

The next one up is the Viewpad 10, a dual-boot tablet that runs Windows 7 and Android 1.6.

The Viewpad 10 runs an Intel Atom 1.66Ghz processor,1GB internal memory & a 16GB SSD and a MicroSD card slot.

It has a 1024×600 10″ Display and a 1.3MP front facing camera. This is a WiFi only device though, and is going to be priced at around INR 38,000.

You can read more about it over at the product page, here.

Good news for Indian tablet fans. Let us know what you think of it incase you get your hands on one. Comment below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Thanks to TechKnots for the tip!

CORE

CPU Processor TypeARM11
CPU Processor Speed600MHz
ChipsetQualcomm MSM7227

CyanogenMod for the Spica

CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android-based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones, including support for the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), multi-touch, the ability to store and run downloaded applications from the μSD card, compressed cache (compcache), a large APN list, a reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, as well as other enhancements. The CyanogenMod firmware is currently based on Android 2.2 (Froyo). All Samsung Galaxy Spica users should now be aware that Samsung will not be releasing a Froyo update .. There’s good news for us however. As i mentioned in the earlier Multitouch for Spica post, the good people at Samdroid have been hard at work releasing  stable Froyo mods and we now have a CyanogenMod for the Spica running Android 2.2. This is still in the alpha phase and there a few bugs and issues but 95% of the time, you’ll have a blazing fast Spica running CyanogenMod with some truly amazing features. Follow the steps below to install CyanogenMod 6.1 alpha 7.5 version. WARNING  – THIS METHOD CAN BE DANGEROUS  AND RISKY AND WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU END UP BRICKING YOUR PHONE, VOIDING YOUR WARRANTY etc. Prerequisites

  • You need to have LK2.xx kernel with Recovery. If you don’t, please head to – Multitouch For Spica and follow the instructions after which you can come back to this.

Now follow the instructions below –

  1. Download the CyanogenMod file from here or here and copy the file to the root of your μSDcard once the download is done.
  2. Backup all your data.
  3. Reboot your phone to recovery mode.
  4. Select “Apply any zip from SD card
  5. Select the file “CM-6.1.0-Spica-a7.5_update.zip” you downloaded and copied onto your μSD card.
  6. It will ask you for confirmation to install – Press the Home key.
  7. After it completes select the first option (Reboot) and restart the phone. This could take a while, and the phone might reboot a few times (2-5) so be patient.
  8. You should now see the CyanogenMod logo when your phone reboots and when its done, voila Froyo with the awesomeness of CyanogenMod  on your Spica !!
CyanogenMod startup logo

Please do comment if you have any doubts or queries. Alternatively you can check out the Samdroid forum for more details/feedback. Keep Checking back with us or the Samdroid Forum for more stable/beta versions

Build your own custom Android Phone

Sure, these days you get Android phones with all kinds of different hardware specs, but does it work for you? Not happy with the LED flash on that phone and want a Xenon one, or want a 12MP camera instead of a 5? If you are one of the few who are not satisfied with what the manufacturers are churning out, here’s some good news. Now you can build your own Android phone, and have it delivered to you.

Synapse Phones allows you to configure your phone’s specifications and have it custom made for you. Their base phone run on a 1GHz processor and comes with Android 2.2. All the basic features like GPS, bluetooth and accelerometer come with the device. From there you can go on to configure your phone’s hardware, and select all the other goodies like a higher megapixel camera, multimedia, memory specs and more. Remember that the additional stuff you add on to the phone adds to the cost! A maxed out device goes up to around 670 Euros.

It looks like they had such a rush of people going over to their site to check it out, that their site was down most of last week. I just saw this site back online today, but the pre-order button at the end of the order form was still not operational.

But if you are looking to get your own custom Android phone, this is one to check out – their site is synapse-phones.com

SwiftKey – Out of Beta & Most Downloaded Paid App on the Android Market

SwiftKey has finally made its way out of beta status last week and since then,  the full version has been available on the Android Market. Since its official announcement it has spent the past week  as the No. 1 downloaded paid application on the Android Market.

For those of you not familiar with SwiftKey, it is an Android keyboard replacement app. It is localized in 7 different languages and learns as you type using what they call the Fluency Prediction Engine. Might be a bit of a drag initially, but it really does improve with use. More about SwiftKey HERE.

In case you’re unfamiliar with how it works, take a look at the video and you’ll see why the beta hit over 100,000 downloads within a few days of its release.

All changes made since beta are available to read at SwiftKey’s blog, and consist mostly  of killing off any  last minute bugs.

SwiftKey is currently on sale in the market for 99 cents, but the sale ends tonight. Effective Friday morning, the price will jump up to $3.99.

[MARKET LINK]

HTC Desire HD – Walkthrough Video, New Sense UI

The HTC Desire HD was announced a while back. And it is AWESOME (From what we’ve seen so far at least!).  It’s a phone that I’m really looking forward to using!

Here’s a recap of some of the awesomeness that is the Desire HD:

  • 4.3″ Capacitive Multitouch, WVGA (800×480) screen
  • HTC Sense UI, along with htcsense.com
  • 8MP Camera with Dual LED Flash, AF and 720p HD video recording
  • WiFi b/g/n, HSPA+
  • Dolby Mobile
  • 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor
  • 10 Second Bootup!

Anyways, HTC has now released a video to give you a closer look at the Desire HD. So here you go!

PS: You can visit the Desire HD over at the HTC page. And you can catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. Or you can visit our Facebook Page. (Or you can just do both! :-D )

HTC launces Desire HD, Desire Z and htcsense.com

HTC just announced two new phones and a new service. Exciting times!  Ladies & Gents, meet the Desire HD & Desire Z.

Oh yeah, and htcsense.com. So lets get to it!

htcsense.com:

What it is, is a service that connects your phone to your computer and the cloud inbetween. So it’s a connected service to backup, restore, control and secure your HTC device. The service allows you to remotely lock &/or wipe your device in case you lose it. You can back up your contacts, messages, data, settings & customizations & soon all your multimedia! They’re also adding on the go effects for your photo capture. Check it out over at htcsense.com, which should go live later this month, or early next month.

Now onto the exciting stuff!!

HTC Desire HD:

What it is, is basically a HTC Evo for the GSM world!

  • 4.3″ Capacitive Multitouch, WVGA (800×480) screen
  • HTC Sense UI, along with htcsense.com
  • 8MP Camera with Dual LED Flash, AF and 720p HD video recording
  • WiFi b/g/n, HSPA+
  • Dolby Mobile
  • 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor

Can’t wait to get my hands on this!!

And now the other one, the HTC Desire Z:

What it is, is basically the T-Mobile G2. This one’s for all you people who CANNOT do without a qwerty keyboard.

  • 3.7″ Capacitive Multitouch Display, WVGA (800×480) resolution.
  • 5MP AF camera, LED Flash, 720p HD video
  • 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor
  • WiFi b/g/n, HSPA+
  • “Pop Out” 4 row qwerty keyboard, with user customizable shortcuts.
  • HTC Sense UI with htcsense.com integration.

Both these phones run Android 2.2 (FroYo) and should be available in Europe in Octover and in Asia soon after…. No word on pricing, yet…

Again, more awesomeness… Which one would you pick? Let us know!

You can comment below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Source: BGR, Engadget