An official Facebook Android application has been peculiarly missing from Android Market and some have pointed towards Google and Facebook's contentious history as being the reason why. Well, it looks like that's all about to change. Reports are pointing towards an official Facebook Android application to launch possibly as soon as the end of this week.
What's in store for the official Facebook application? Well, it's going to launch with a limited feature set (when compared to the iPhone Facebook app) that'll focus on having the full Facebook stream. The Android Facebook app is built around the stream and status updates, which should tie in neatly with Android's beautiful notification system.
So Facebook and Android sitting in a tree. Hopefully, it'll be a worthwhile application! What current app do you use for Facebook on your Android Phone?
We know that the iPod Touch has become wildly popular in part because it's seen as an iPhone without the phone. An iPod Touch gives you most of the functionality of an iPhone without being bogged down by an expensive data contract. Is there a similar device on Android? There is now.
Meet the Creative Zii Egg Plaszma (yeah, that's a mouthful). This iPod touch competitor has some pretty amazing specs: 3.5" 320 x 480 10-point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, rear HD Video camera, front facing live chat VGA camera, 32 GB storage with SDHC card expansion, Flash Lite support, GPS, Wi-Fi and the ability to output 1080p video. And the knockout punch? It runs Android.
Investing in a Creative Zii Egg Plaszma will reportedly only run you about $199, a pretty good deal considering the oozing tech that you get. What's even more important is that you;re going to be using a desktop class OS to power it all, not some janky proprietary hogwash. Meet our future.
If you want more pizzazz than the graphite color option for you HTC Hero, you can head over to Carphone Warehouse to choose either pink or brown. The pink definitely adds a nice soft touch to an otherwise sharp phone. We personally prefer graphite over brown but that's just a matter of opinion. Which color of the HTC Hero is your favorite?
And as reported yesterday, T-Mobile UK has begun offergin the G2 Touch aka the HTC Hero on their website.
As excited we are for our friends across the pond to get their hands on the HTC Hero, the bigger question for us is, when are we going to get it? Can we at least get an HTC Hero announcement?
We’re getting some reports that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G has shipped and tracking info has been already sent out to customers who have pre-ordered it. Did any of you guys receive your tracking information and if so, how much longer do you have to wait?
We weren't aware that Philips had been meddling with Android but with Android's growth and popularity, it should come as no surprise. So reports have been surfacing that points the Philips V808, the phone pictured above, as Philips' first android device and it looks, okay.
The Philips V808 is rumored to have a 3.2 inch HVGA display and 3.2 megapixel camera and video. We’re not sure if Philips cooked something on top of Android like HTC and Sony Ericsson have done. What do you guys think about Philips’ reportedly first Android Phone?
Maybe the T-Mobile G2 Touch aka HTC Hero wasn't delayed after all. After rumors of a delayed August release date, it looks like T-Mobile UK will be able to push out the T-Mobile G2 Touch by the end of July.
According to T-Mobile UK’s Twitter account, the T-Mobile G2 Touch will be available online starting today and in their brick and mortar stores over the next few days. This makes for great news for our UK Android users!
We've received reports that the lovely city of Wichita, Kansas has received the beautiful benefits of T-Mobile 3G. Though the T-Mobile 3G launch isn't quite official there yet, we're hearing that users can definitely enjoy the perks and speediness of 3G.
Tmonews is also reporting that Tacoma, Washington is also getting T-Mobile 3G, so any users in that area should now enjoy 3G as well. That knocks off two cities from T-mobile 3G's rollout plan. In the meantime, there are still big cities without T-Mobile 3G so all we can do in the mean time is sit tight and wait.
It was fun while it lasted. The interwebs were a tizzy over rumored Android 2.0 multitouch support but sadly it looks like it won’t be made available. How do we know this? Android Framework Engineer Romain Guy said as much in the official Android Developers Google Group. He dropped another bomb that clarified Donut as NOT being Android 2.0.
What does this all mean? Well, first of all, not having multitouch in Android will continue to weaken the user experience. Multitouch has become the benchmark for touchscreen browsing. The iPhone has it, the Pre has it, Android should definitely have it. Why it’s not there? We have no clue, but we’re hoping to hear more from Android developers in the near future.
The reveal that Android 2.0 isn’t Donut? Not too big of a deal. We’ve had the same reports pop up regarding Cupcake and Android 1.5. The dessert themed codenames are merely a developmental branch for future versions of Android. Thusly, Cupcake and Donut weren’t and aren’t official releases of Android but they’re what future versions of Android will draw from. So though Android 2.0 isn’t quite Donut, Android 2.0 will likely consist of improvements made in the Donut developmental branch.
It’s still fairly early in the Donut developmental process so expect to hear more about Android 2.0 Donut and what it is and isn’t, or what it has or doesn’t have in the future—Donut will change. We’re pretty sure anticipation for Donut will surpass the excitement for Cupcake. What do you guys think?
Is the renaissance of Sprint already in motion? We’ve already had the successful launch of the Palm Pre, will we follow that effort up with a Sprint Android launch?
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, infamous for saying Android wasn’t ready yet, is now changing his tune believing that Android 1.5 is finally ready for prime time. To show his newly found faith in Android, he confirmed that Sprint will launch at least one Android phone this year.
Which Android phone will launch on Sprint? Earlier reports had pegged Sprint to be the carrier for the HTC Hero and we definitely know that the HTC Hero with the Sense UI can withstand the bright lights of prime time.
Android 2.0 Donut has been made available to developers and it’s an oh so lovely update—we can expect full multitouch, universal search, automatic backups, text-to-speech, a new camera application and even better performance. All these new features make Android all the more appetizing and certainly puts it on par with the newer features of iPhone 3.0 and the Palm webOS.
What’s perhaps most interesting is that Android 2.0 has added CDMA support, which means carriers such as Sprint and Verizon will be able to get in on the Android action. May we see a Sprint HTC Hero like earlier reports suggested? We know T-Mobile isn’t getting it.
Hopefully we can get a working build of Donut onto a T-Mobile G1, we might be even more excited for Donut than we were for Cupcake. What about you guys?
If you've been keeping track of our 'Rachael' coverage, you should know that we're deeply, deeply in love with Sony Ericsson's rumored Android XPERIA Phone. We're in love with the design, we're in love with the wonderful UI, and now we get to fall in love with the specs. Expansys, the UK online electronics retailer, recently leaked the specifications on the much anticipated Sony Ericsson 'Rachael'. And it's oh so lovely.
A 4 inch 800 x 400 touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack, 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, image stabilization, smile shutter and face detection, and 10 Mbps HSDPA & 2 Mbps HSUPA. And though it's only currently listed on Expansys with European 3G bands, Sony Ericsson needs to deliver this to the US. It'll make a killing.
We love keeping track of T-Mobile's 3G Rollout for you guys because we sincerely believe that having 3G immensely enhances the user experience. And though we would much rather have T-Mobile roll it out in every big city already, that's just not feasible. So we'll tough it out together. T-Mobile 3G is going to come to everyone (eventually!).
According to the latest leaked report, citizens of New Orleans, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and St Louis, MO will be receiving T-Mobile 3G this quarter. Wow, we weren't aware that such big cities were still without T-Mobile 3G! Hopefully, it'll roll out soon enough because you all definitely deserve it.
We're not really sure how we feel about Google Wave yet, but if it really shapes up to be how e-mail would be if it was invented today, count us in. Plus, we pretty much love anything Google puts out so Google Wave should really be no exception.
And after a big announcement for Google Wave at Google I/O, it's been relatively quiet on that front (with Chrome OS taking over the news). But fear no more, Google will (soft) launch Google Wave in September, offering 100,000 invites to whoever signs up here. It's already been rolled out to developers so when it launches in September, we'll actually have some semblance of what Wave is capable of.
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