Today's the day, folks. After a couple of long weeks, the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible finally is available. Your pre-orders (if they didn't arrive early) should come today. You can buy one in Verizon stores for $199 after the standard contract deals. And cheaper prices are (ahem) out there on the Internet. But let's get to the important stuff. Today's your day.
Development for Android continues, even if unofficially, and it seems as though just about every day we see something new surface. HTC G1 owners sometimes feel as though they are on the back burner, as their device was the original, and at this point it is slightly behind the times in some categories. But that doesn't stop Cyanogen from developing great custom ROMs. And 5.0.7 is the latest and greatest of all the Cyanogen builds for older phones, and it's now available for download. (And above, Cyanogen crony Kmobs shows off some of the finer points.) We're still waiting on the build to actually be released, but it should be any time now. Keep your eyes peeled here.Update:It's now live!
Sony Ericsson (via the Sony Ericsson Product Blog) announced today that the Spotify service will now be integrated deep into the Timescape and Mediascape shell on the SE Xperia X10. The integration allows Spotify to show as an online media service in Mediascape, and your recently played songs will appear in the Timescape timeline. Check out the video -- it's pretty sweet.
The drawback for some of us (OK, a lot of us) is that Spotify isn't available in the U.S., but then again, neither is the X10. This is an idea I would like to see catch on, and other manufacturers with custom Android UI's weaving Slacker or Pandora into the OS would be welcomed here. [via Unwired view]
HP's buying Palm, in case you haven't heard, for $1.2 billion. While we doubt many of you were waiting up nights for the Compaq Airlife 100, HP's Android-powered netbook that we took a look at back at Mobile World Congress, it remains to be seen if HP will be willing (or able, for that matter) to continue any Android development, especially given that a webOS tablet is now a strong possibility. HP did give us the following statement, however:
"We offer choices of OS today, and expect to continue doing so. We’re focused on serving our customers, from individual consumers to small businesses to large enterprise customers by delivering the most appropriate solutions."
Google just made a fairly major tweak to its mobile image search. As you can see above, a web-based image search now looks and feels almost like it's being done natively, on your Android phone. Thumbnails have been optimized for speed, you can flick your way through photos and the black background makes you forget you're in a web browser. OK, so you You don't get the zooming effects like you will in an on-device gallery, but it greatly cleans up the mobile interface. And it's pretty darn cool, if you ask us. Go ahead and give it a shot. [Google]
Everyone seems to be getting into the Android spirit. We learned today that the Commtiva Blaze passed through the FCC, and is headed for Cincinnati Bell. No word on processor or memory specs quite yet, but what we do know points to the Blaze being another solid entry level phone. Quadband GSM and dual band 1700/2100 HSDPA (which means it would also make a great pre-paid T-Mobile handset), Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g, 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, GPS and aGPS, and a 1230mAh battery all wrapped up in what looks to be a slightly customized version of Android 1.6.
While it may not be a screamer, it's always nice to see new handsets -- especially when the smaller carriers are beginning to get into the game. [via CellPhone Signal]
I keep thinking entries will wind down as we reach the end of this contest, but you guys keep sending in more and more epic videos. The latest batch (and it's not the last batch) comprises robots, electrocution, the Black Crowes, free credit reports and an old myTouch 3G that's no longer loved. Check 'em out after the break. And remember that you have until 12:01 a.m. Saturday to get me your entry. Good luck!
(And for those who keep asking, we're going to compile all of the videos onto a single page and rig up some voting, early next week sometime. Stay tuned.)
If you're in Canada and have a hankering for some twisted, flippy Android keyboard action, know that the Motorola Backflip is now available on Telus. It runs a very respectable $399 off-contract and goes as low as $249 with the Canadian-standard three-year deal. [Telus] Thanks, Jon!
Android Central Forum member alear got himself a look at Verizon's silicone case for the HTC Droid Incredible. Looks like all the essential parts are there. But what do you guys think about the texture and design? And what accessories are you most looking forward to for the Incredible? Let's hear it in the comments, and check out a couple more pics in alear's forum thread.
Paul from MoDaCo promised root for the HTC Desire, and today, he delivered. Root for the HTC Legend is close, too, he says, and it likely won't take too terribly long to get inside the Verizon Droid Incredible (we hope). Well played, Paul. [MoDaCo]