March 2nd, 2011 · paywall
The NYTimes dropped a hint today that they are about ready to launch their paywall.
“The pay model for NYTimes.com is in the final testing phase, and we expect it will launch shortly.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that. They’ve been working since (and I kid you not) August 2009. At least, that’s the oldest news story that I’ve found which discussed the NYTimes paywall. Can you believe they’ve worked on it for 16 months? The mind boggles.
Google maintain a running tally of which Android gadgets are running which version of Android. As of 2 February, over 57% reported using v2.2, with v2.1 coming in second at 31%.
Actually, they’re not. There’s a problem with this chart, and it’s one that has escaped several developers I’ve talked to:
It’s based on tracking Android devices that visit the Android Market.
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Last Friday I a developer at XDA Forums posted some pictures showing his first attempts to get Android v3.0 running on a rooted NookColor. He’s made so much progress over the weekend that as of yesterday he’s letting people download it. It’s still very much a work in progress, so caveat emptor.
I’m glad I waited until today to announce it because he’s gotten a couple more features up and running. Sound wasn’t working yesterday, and the graphics was still unstable. But as of today he has most of the hardware up and running:
- Graphics acceleration
- Sleep/Wakeup stuff
You might recall that I’ve covered Infibeam’s ereader, the Pi, and that Infibeam also has a line of cellphones. Well, Infibeam has just posted the product page for the Phi, their new 7″ tablet. It won’t ship until 30 July, but they are taking pre-orders for 14,999Rs.
The specs are run of the mill, but the battery life seems a little short:
- 600 MHZ CPU (Android)
- 256MB RAM
- 7″ 800×480 screen
- 8GB Flash
- microSDHC card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- weight: 332 g
- 5 hours battery life
Curiously enough, the WinCE version of the Phi has an 800MHz CPU and weighs about 60g more. This is a good sign that they didn’t just slap 2 OSes on the same hardware. That’s reassuring, IMO. I’ve found that whenever a company puts 2 OS versions on 1 set of budget hardware at least 1 OS is only marginally useful.