Boeing has chosen Android to power the in-flight entertainment system of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. For other aircraft, airlines are able to choose their own entertainment contracts, but the 787 will feature a package deal to save costs.
The inflight entertainment system will feature music, videos and apps that will run on screens ranging from 7- 17 inches. This is a big win for Android as it will see further expansion on all airlines that will use the 787 Dreamliner. If you know much about the 787, it has continuously been delayed. However, there is much anticipation for it and once it starts flying, it will likely be an incredibly popular aircraft due to its fuel efficiency. No word yet on when exactly we'll see Android inside, but it's an exciting prospect for the future.
We're going to let our pals at CrackBerry do the legwork on this one, but it's a number that needs to be noted here: RIM just announced in its Q2 earnings call that it's shipped just 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets -- and that's shipped, not sold -- in three months. We care, of course, because RIM's hacked a sort of Android emulator (they call it an "Android Player") onto the thing. But at this point, we're not even sure the might and muscle of Android can salvage things.
In case you've been living under a rock, the Big Android BBQ is happening in Austin, Texas, in just a couple weeks. Oct. 1-2, to be exact. We'll be there. You should, too. And tickets are nearly sold-out. So if you're on the fence, time's running short. Don't overthink it. You're not going to want to miss this one.
That blurry little slice of heaven you see here is the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G Touch, Esq. (See what we did there?) And it apparently is in the hands of Android Central Forums member Atomicvoice, who managed to get one out of his local Sprint store today after they called and told him to come pick it up.
Nobody's saying which store this was. But if you can't possibly wait another 15 hours or so, it might be worth a phone call or two.
A lot of cool things can be found when you tear apart code and start digging around. This is the case when the Webtop code for the Motorola Droid Bionic got busted open, and some device code-names were discovered. Besides a few we already know -- the Olympus, Sunfire, and Targa are the Atrix, Photon, and Bionic, respectively -- we see "common," which we assume is a generic term used to cover all devices with Webtop enabled. And now we see "edison." A quick search of the Internet and the various sites in China that usually have information about this sort of thing turns up a blank, so we're pretty sure this is the first mention of a Motorola Edison to be found.
As for what the Edison may be, there are a couple logical choices -- the Atrix should be seeing a refresh (the MB865), and of course we can't forget what was leaked out as the Droid HD -- a Photon-esque shaped device that's thin and has some sort of SIM card slot on the side. And then again, it could just be a name that was tossed around and then scrapped; we've seen that a time or two as well. There's always something new and better on the horizon, but we can't help but get interested when we see it in black and white.
Heads up, folks. No podcast tonight. Just though you should know. I mean, I guess you could all hang out in the chatroom and pretend there's a podcast, but we won't be there. What? You need an explanation? Fine.
See ya'll next week. In the meantime, feel free to catch up on previous shows, or check out one of our other Mobile Nations podcasts.
Update: Happy to report I won my first Sorry! game against Daughter No. 1. And now, Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
The venerable Bolt browser has reached its second beta. And just as before, they want your help in testing. A few noticeable changes this time around are adaptive video streaming, UI fixes for a smoother experience, and a social tab that currently points to Facebook.
Want to get in on the beta? We've got you covered.
We may be about to see two new Android devices from HTC, if there's anything to the latest batch of online rumors. First off, the HTC Runnymede -- reportedly a 4.7-inch device with Beats Audio support and a 1.5 GHz CPU -- is to ship as the HTC Bass, according to a listing on the website of British retailer Handtec.
There's no way of verifying this, but it suddenly makes a bit more sense when considered alongside today's second rumor. German HTC fan-site HTCInside is reporting that the heavily-leaked HTC Bliss will be sold under the name 'HTC Rhyme'. Leaked press shots obtained by the site seem to confirm that it'll ship with the minimalistic version of HTC Sense that we first saw in an earlier leak a few weeks ago.
A closer look at these leaked images might suggest that we'll see more of both devices sooner rather than later. The clock widget in the 'Rhyme' shot shows the date Sept. 20, while the 'Bass' shows Oct. 4. Maybe we're reading a bit too much into that, though.
Still very much rumor territory for now, folks. We'll keep you apprised if anything more substantial crops up.
Google has launched a new developer portal where it can share news about events and updates, as well as offer examples and use cases for developers of all their products -- including Android. To get things started, Google just released the Google+ API and has shared a couple methods to retrieve public data from Google+. Initially, the API will only collect public data, which should alleviate any privacy concerns and give the folks in Mountain View some time to get a secure method worked out for data that isn't shared with the world.
You might be asking what all this API mumbo jumbo means for you and I. Think of it as code that developers can use in their programs, across various platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Android, even ChromeOS. They can plug this code into their programs and collect data and display it however they like. This means the third-party applications, like Twitter clients, will be able to hook into Google+ like they currently can with Twitter or Facebook. As we've seen so far with Google+ itself, this will take some time to get a viable solution worked out; one that addresses users privacy, yet makes things easy for web and mobile developers to use. We're looking forward to see how this all develops, and of course to see what enterprising developers can come up with. For more information, visit the links below.
A daily struggle that many of us face is finding the time to keep up with our favorite shows, not everyone has the time to sit down and catch up, and want to take it on the go with them. We caught up with the creators of PlayOn and PlayLater and they showed us how you can achieve just this, and how they hope to improve on it in the near future. Unfortunately the work around shown above will run you two separate $4.99 subscriptions, but once they launch their PlayLater application for Android you can knock off one of those, running you only $4.99 to be able to take your recordings on the go. Check out the video above for a preview, and be sure to stay tuned for future updates. Download links available after the break.