A value cortex 400 Android duel sim mobile

A cheap  feature duel SIM Android phone directly from http://www.sourcinggate.com.

the details of the phone is at


Star X12 Android 2.2 Smart Phone with Gps WIFI Quad Band Dual Cards Analog TV Touch Screen Black

Hot Spot
CPU: MTK6516 Chip,Frequency 460+280 dual-core
Display:4.1 inch WVGA screen  480*800 pixel .optional Capacitive and Resistence
Memory:512M ROM+256M RAM ,Support memory card up to 32GB
WIFI:Bulit-in WIFI model
GPS:Bulit-in GPS model
Camera:fore 0.3 mega pixel,Back 2.0 mega
OS: Android 2.2
CPU: MTK6516 416MHZ
Quad Band: GSM850/GSM900/DCS1800/PCS1900
Dual sim cards Dual standby
Three Pages of menu
Screen: 4.1 inch high definition touch screen, WVGA, 320×480
Dual Cameras: 2.0 Mega pixel camera with flash light/0.3px, put out the biggest size is 1600×1200
MP3 background play, equalizer, MIDI, MP3
Video: 3GP, MP4, AVI, full screen, forward and pause
WIFI: 802.11b/g wireless internet
Support GPS function
Free analog TV supported
Support Java, can install applications
Support FM radio, can play with earphone
Bluetooth A2DP
Sound recorder
Video player and recorder, Audio player supported
Support MSN, eBuddy, Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Advanced task killer, Gmail, Android Market, Youtube….
Support E-mail sending and receiving
Memory: Built in 210M, extend TF card to 16GB max
GPRS & WAP connectivity, MMS Transceive
U disk support function to keep the information storage
Telephone directories: 500 groups of contacts, support caller groups
Support SMS Text Messaging, MMS Picture Messaging, Broadcast Message, Voicemail Service
Schedule power on/off: support to start/close under set time
Alarm clock: 5 groups, support alarm clock when machine’s closed, can set from Monday to Sunday
Games: built in Android games, support Java games
More information: MP3/MP4/WAP/Bluetooth/SMS group sending/GPRS download/MMS/Calendar/Calculator/Tasks/
Alarm clock/E-book/Chat/Handwriting/Converter/Memory extended……
Size: 125x62x9.5mm
Product Weight: 120g

For me this appears to be a potential buy as soon as the dollar rate comes down.


xda-developers.com – the old smartphone tech site

One of the old respected site about the smartphone and hacks


Mobile open projects gnumonks.org

Good site about mobile phone tech and hobbies

Another about the open BSC


Android using linux and Android SDK

Android using linux and Android SDK

The  article in the noted link gets a reader started with an Android application development using an open source Android SDK on a Linux system.

Its main focus is on installation of Java based Eclipse IDE, Android SDK and Android Developer Tool (ADT) a special Eclipse plug-in on Ubuntu and Fedora Linux systems. The installation instructions are followed by a simple Hello Android program example to test an entire installation.

The combination of Eclipse and Android SDK provides a powerful Android Virtual Device emulator, a reader does not need to own any Android device to get started with the Android application development.

Please see the original site at :   http://linuxconfig.org/get-started-with-android-application-development-using-linux-and-android-sdk


OpenLayers: Free Maps for the Web

The site says it all

OpenLayers makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any web page. It can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. OpenLayers has been developed to further the use of geographic information of all kinds. OpenLayers is completely free, Open Source JavaScript, released under the 2-clause BSD License (also known as the FreeBSD).

The main site is at   http://openlayers.org/

Please read main site. It appear to be a useful utility to develop useful applications.


SlingshotSMS SMS gateway

SlingshotSMS is a lightweight open source SMS gateway that can run run on a laptop or a USB drive and all the code is available on github. Using an GSM modem or cellphone, SlingshotSMS will send and receive text messages on behalf of your web application. It builds on the work of pygsm,  Python library for dealing with AT-compatible modems. SlingshotSMS is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux, and can interface with a wide range of GSM modems and cell phones the site says. The original site is at


The authors blog is at http://developmentseed.org/team/tom-macwright

Mobile Media toolkit

Copied from : http://mobilemediatoolkit.org/
The Mobile Media Toolkit shows you how to record audio, from finding a good recording environment to recording phone calls, editing audio, and listening to and sharing reports with others. Even the clandestine recording is explained.

One Good program is explained at http://www.ushahidi.com/products  . The introduction says “Tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.”