Google has a new developer tool for Android, App Inventor for Android. That seems to be much easier than eclipse IDE plug-ins. The interface is as simple as Visual Studio. Thus, Google said this tool is aimed to general public users. But I think there is some programming skills required. Please image after you drop a button on a form, you need to program the logic when the button is clicked.
Amazon has released Kindle for Android last week(I think). But that requires Android 1.6 or above. My HTC Magic is still running 1.5. That is too bad. I cannot test it. However, basis on the screenshots, it should be cool!
I just bought a 6" Kindle last week. But this week, I found Kindle DX is on sales too. That is $359. I think around 100 dollars off! If I bought it this week, I could have another opinion. Anyway, $359 is too much for me. I think that is not different if I buy it this week.
Previously, I have complained about no zoom-in function in the Kindle PDF reader. Well, actually, there is a firmware upgarde missing. My kindle is shipped with firmware 2.3. But the latest firmware is version 2.5. The latest version has the Zoom feature in the pdf reader. Moreover, after the zoom-in, you can pan across pdf as well. You can choose the zoom level from fit-to-screen,150%, 200% and 300%. I tried to read a 8.5"x11" pdf in 200% zoom level. That is very very readable!
Kindle Help: Kindle Software Upgarde
Last Friday, my Kindle arrived. Until now, I have played it for 3 days. So far, I love it a lot! Firstly, eInk screen is great!I have used it for an hour. That was very comfortable. I did not feel tired at all. Moreover, that is very energy saving! I have used for 3 days, but the battery indicator is still in a full bar! In additional, I found Kindle Store has a lot of free English classic book to download! Saving a lot of money, and it helps me to improve my English!
Well, it has some weakness. Firstly, I thought I could get a free 3G connection via Kindle. Yes, that is free to browse and download books from Kindle Store. But other than that, there will be a fee applied. Secondly, it has not a zoom in function in their pdf reader. I tried to open an A4 size pdf file, that is nearly impossible to read. Although I can set the screen to be landscape ,the page is in a readable size, that is still to hard to read. Lastly, that is only an eBook reader. Mainly, it can read the books. If you want it to have similar features as iPad, sorry, it cannot be compared with iPad. Anyway, Kindle designed to read books, it did a good job.
Until this moment, I am very happy about it. I have not any major complaints at all!