Having a large contact list can be a little bit difficult at times as it is easy to confuse people, especially those with common names, or similar last names. Having the company name that the caller was from, or just some additional information about them on the incoming call screen would be great as it would help differentiate the people that are calling, and until now this was not readily available.
Jesta's Funhouse has recently released an application called Call Informer which allows additional information to be shown on the incoming call screen so you can have a better understanding of who is calling. Users have the option to add notes, company names, nicknames along with the city, state and country the caller is calling from. This information must appear under the inbound callers contact information in your Android device, and users can define exactly which pieces of information they want displayed. For only 99 cents in the Android market, this is a must-have for anyone who has a large phone book.
This application has been tested on the Motorola Droid and Droid X but should work on other devices. If your device is not supported please send feedback to the developer so the development can continue!
We're only a few days away from the launch of the R2-D2 branded Droid 2 from Verizon Wireless, and we know all you Jedi and Bounty Hunters can't wait for this one. To ease some of that nerd pain, Verizon has released some extra info on some goodies that will ship with the R2-D2 unit this Thursday.
First and foremost, the phone will cost you $249, after $100 rebate and two-year contract. You'll also need a $39.99 voice plan and $29.99 data plan to get things going. But for all that scratch, you get:
Packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite
Star Wars media dock
Wired stereo headset
R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
Four live wallpapers
R2-D2 Clock Widget
“The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
Exclusive Binoculars App
Additionally, any Star Wars fan who owns a Verizon Wireless Android phone running Android 2.1 and above will be able to download the Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back app. The app will cost you $2.99 and will include some pretty snazzy extras.
Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
Sound and Photo Gallery
Blast the Probe Droid
Luke Balancing Yoda
Navigating the Asteroid Field
Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about the Empire Strikes Back
Just a couple more days, Star wars fans. It's coming.
The amazing folks at Blue Planet Apps have been kind enough to partner with us and our readers and offer up 10 copies of their RoboPrint application. This is an application which will allow you to print to any printer from anywhere while on your Android device. Contest will run through Oct. 3, hit the link for full contest rules and how to enter!
The Xperia X10 is a continuation of every smartphone aficionado's love-hate affair with Sony Ericsson. It's a combo of exceptional hardware and build quality, with poorly implemented software that is taking far too long to get updated. By the latest standards, it's no powerhouse, but the specs are still good and were top of the line when we first saw it at CES in January 2010. But the software. Oh the software -- especially the fact that it's still running Android 1.6 is so hard to swallow. Hit the break, and have a look at the impressions, both good and bad, that AT&T's version of the X10 left on me.
If you're one of those folks who is less than pleased with your Droid X after the Froyo update, this one's for you. Android Central Forums member Fabrian was at wit's end, and even talked of ditching his X (blasphemy!) because of the random bugs, general weirdness, and plain old unsatisfactory performance of his unit since the update.
His last-ditch effort and ingenuity seems to have paid off. The secret? He has completely disabled the Froyo feature that restores data from previous installs. It's really just a matter of turning off the automatic restore feature before logging back into your Google account. It's a little odd that "Automatic Restore" is still checked by default, even when "Back up my data" isn't, but there you go.
The method isn't too painful and does require one more factory reset, but the payoff appears to be a much smoother experience. Makes sense, too -- restoring data from Eclair to Froyo probably isn't a very good idea even if it is convenient.
We've verified it here, a hard reset in Froyo isn't really a hard reset, as things come back by themselves. Follow Fabrian's instructions, and you will have a pristine Froyo installation on your Droid X (or Nexus One -- Sense on Froyo has no setting for this that we could find). Any troublemaking leftovers will be no more, and won't get downloaded and installed automatically again. If you're being plagued with myriad tiny bugs in your Droid X after the update, give it a try! [Android Central Forums] Thanks Fabrian, nice sleuthing!
For those that don't feel like loading the Desire HD leak on their Nexus One just to take care of that fast booting (as opposed to fastboot) feating, Cyanogen has built the feature into the wildly popular CyanogenMod 6. OK, now's a good a time as any to remind ourselves that you're not actually shutting down the phone when you use this, so you're not really waking it, either. It's more of a hibernation thing.
Everyone figured it would come, but seeing it this soon is quite a pleasant surprise. It may be a novelty at best (how often do you really NEED to reboot your Android phone?) but it's cool -- cool enough to make it into CyanogenMod. Check the video from the man himself after the break. [via @cyanogen]
We all want free tethering, and everyone who has ever used it wants UMA on the T-Mobile G2. It looks like we'll be getting half of what we're asking, as TmoNews has received some inside information (screenshot after the break) that the Froyo hotspot features have been disabled, but a new feature called WiFi calling is currently being tested on HTC's latest and greatest slider.
We're not surprised that the Froyo hotspot and tethering has been disabled, we said all along that we doubt we will ever see free tethering on a carrier-subsideized phone. I'm sure that's something that the hackers third-party Android developers will figure out in short order. The WiFi calling is a whole 'nother animal. TmoNews has an internal screen grab with some very interesting info (again, after the break), as well as the picture above that shows WiFi calling installed on a G2. I'm pretty sure that the WiFi calling is the pseudo-UMA from Kineto that we looked at last week, that lacks the seamless handoff to cellular that we're used to seeing from "normal" UMA. I'm also pretty confident that we won't be seeing the G2 launch with WiFi calling on board, it will come in a software update or be downloadable from T-Mobile.
To end this post full of if's and but's, there is some great news -- an internal T-Mobile document shows that WiFi calling will be available on any voice plan, with no additional account features needed. That screenshot is after the break. [TmoNews, here and here]
The Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid X was an extremely anticipated update, to put it mildly. After having some time to play with it, a good many of us found that there was a rather strange and annoying SMS bug. We were seeing SMS chats remaining static in position even after receiving a new message instead of bouncing to the top like normal. Luckily the folks at Motorola have already began working on a fix for this issue, unfortunately we just don't know exactly when that will be ready. So if you are one of the unlucky folks who are experiencing this bug, hold tight, a fix is on the way. [Motorola Support via Phandroid]
New on the Market from Hyperbees, JellyBalls is a simple ball popping game with a very cool twist. Rotating your Android phone changes the direction the new balls drop from. It's funny how a small change like that makes such a difference in the gameplay. JellyBalls includes five different gameplay modes, uses Scoreloop for a global online leaderboard (hit me up: gbhil), and has a groovy soundtrack. I'm really loving the new breed of easy, time filler games on Android, and this one's a perfect fit. If I can wrestle it away from my wife, that is. Grab it from the Market for £ 0.99 (about $1.50 USD).
If you're into casual gaming like I am, you'll like JellyBalls. Check out the video, and download links after the break. Thanks Tom!
We have had some busy weeks in the Android world before, but this week it seems as though nearly every device on the market received word of an upcoming update, or actually received an update. With all the craziness that took place, it was easy to miss some of the other news while tinkering around with your update, so let's take a look at what you may have missed.
A new application from the developer that made Rdio allows users to integrate their contacts with Linkedin; it works similar to the way the Facebook and Twitter contact syncing does. There is no dedicated Linkedin application yet, so this looks to be a welcome addition to the Android Market.
The app, called Connectin, syncs phone numbers, photos, status updates and headlines (which are the titles associated with the Linkedin profile). It also supplies a link to open the full profile in the browser.
Some planned features from the developer are:
In-app profile viewer
The app is $0.99 and is now available in the Market. Follow the link or the QR code after the break to find it. [Whacked.net via Tim Bray]
Note: Once you install it, it’ll be accessible via your System Settings > Accounts & Sync screen. Click the Add Account, and you should see a LinkedIn account type. Click that and you’ll be walked through the LinkedIn OAuth authorisation process. Once that’s done it’ll automatically start syncing in the background. To actually display the contacts go to your Contacts app and go to the Display option in the menu to enable display of LinkedIn contacts. On HTC phones using Sense UI, you’ll want to use the People Search app instead of Contacts.
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