Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --
Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version
The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.
Another Thursday night is here and we're gearing up for another epic Android Central podcast this evening. While we get ready, you all can mingle amongst yourselves in the Android Central forums. Some of the threads below should keep you busy, just make sure you come back in time for the podcast:
The all-new Nook (aka the Nook Touch) is Barnes & Noble’s follow-up to their successful e-reader of the same name, which for months served as the Kindle’s primary competitor. BN, of course, also has the Nook Color, an intriguing e-reader/tablet hybrid running Android that is pretty much universally accepted as the most affordable way to get yourself and Android tablet. As such, the newly released Nook Touch should be seen as a competitor to the original Nook, not the Nook Color as it’s designed to perform one function really well: to serve as an e-reader.
It runs Android, sure. But will you get a diminutive Android tablet experience on it? Read on.
Here's an interesting little addition to the Android Market for developers: You can now upload multiple APK files for a single listing. That is, you can have one app name (and one package name), with multiple versions of the app file. Why do that? A dev could have one APK for tablets, and another for smartphones. Or one for one screen size, and one for another screen size. The Market keeps all of the same listing information -- screen shots, description, comments, etc. -- and aggregates stats and billing.
For most of you out there, you shouldn't notice a thing. But it's a nice addition for the folks working behind the scenes.
Back in June, we reported that both Best Buy and Future Shop were taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; those orders were originally supposed to ship July 22. According to their websites now, however, the device isn't listed to arrive until Aug. 19. This news is probably disappointing to our Canadian friends, who have been excited to finally be able to get the Tab 10.1 starting tomorrow. Either due to Samsung, Best Buy or Future Shop, you'll have to wait another month.
If you're a fan of farming games, you'll be glad to hear that Green Farm by Gameloft is now available in the Android Market. That's right, you can raise crops, trees, and livestock, earn coins to buy seeds, animals, and buildings and even learn to make cheese or become a carpenter, all without getting your hands dirty. (Note to Green Farm online players: This farm doesn’t connect to your online farm, but you can build a new one on your mobile device.) You can grab Green Farm free in the Android Market, download links are after the break.
If you're headed to the San Diego Comic-Con you'll want to be on the look out for these awesome little fellas. Customized from the Android collectible series these bugdroids are just hanging out waiting to be scooped up and brought home -- although, you'd have to be pretty hard core to lay down $100 for one, but I have no room to talk on that matter since I have quite a few of the originals around my place.
Asked this on Twitter earlier today, and let's put it to you folks: We're more than halfway through the year, and chances are we'll see a new Nexus device -- whatever it may be -- by the end of the year, if Google keeps up with previous schedules. (Though we have no assurances that it will.)
So the question is this: With the possibility of a new Nexus device in the next five or six months, are you willing to shell out for a Samsung Nexus S? It's a mere $99 on contract, but $529 outright.
Sure, this may seem like a very basic post, and everyone thinks they know to just pull the battery door off then yank the battery out, but is that really the best way to go about it? Simply put, no. You never want to just pull the battery out of any electronic device that is running, unless of course it is a BlackBerry, then you may be required to do so daily. (Zing!) What is the proper way to do this you may be wondering, so let's take a look real quick.
Press and hold the power button of your device until the menu pops up
Select Shut Down, then confirm you wish to shut the device down
Wait for device to fully shut down
Remove battery door, then battery
Replace battery and door, then press and hold power button until screen lights up
Sure, it may seem like the simplest thing to do, replacing a battery should not be rocket science, but be sure that before yanking it out of the device that you simply power the device down properly. So, now that you know how to replace the battery, it is probably a good time to ensure that you have a back up battery for your device, you know just in case you need it.
This one's at least a wee bit interesting. You're a robot, trying to get out of the robot factory (as all robots are inclined to do, we gather). It's a three-dimensional scroller, but you don't see things from the robot's point of view, which gets a little confusing at times. And the controls are rudimentary at best. But the good news is there's a free version if you wanna check things out. Links are after the break.