As for Pogue, he's not completely convinced Swype is the second coming of on-screen keyboards, though he does write that "there's a lot of brilliance in Swype." And his gripes are completely reasonable (lack of open availability, swiping from one end of the keyboard to another for short words). And that's cool. One user's perfect keyboard is another's speed bump. (For what it's worth, I'm on board now, though it took a little while.) Give his column a read and see if you agree. [NYT]
What about you guys? Who all's come over to the Swype way of life?
How’s your aim? Everybody’s favorite chicken-slinging game is on its way to the Android market sometime this summer. Basically, it’s a test of physics, as the point of the game is to determine the correct angle which to catapult chickens into the air and free the incarcerated pigs to earn points. The cool thing is that there are five different kinds of chickens you can slingshot, and each have their own different strengths and weaknesses – so it’s more than just hurling a projectile in the right direction. It comes with 105 levels which should keep you busy for hours. Oh, and the fact that it’s only going to cost 99 cents is pretty nice too, so don't forget to check out the video after the break. [Rovia via Mobility Digest]
Just a reminder, folks, that you can pre-order the T-Mobile Vibrant -- its version of the Galaxy S -- starting today at Radio Shack. Fork over $199 (along with two years of your contract life), and your Vibrant will be shipped out on July 21. And if you order before July 18, you'll get a $50 gift card from Radio Shack. Not a bad deal, indeed. [Radio Shack]
See here! If you have a hankering for some square Android action on T-Mobile, the upcoming Motorola Charm (aka the Basil) appears to be going for $149.99 after contract, or thereabouts. (If you check out the Behold II on TMo's website, it's actually being sold for free now, take this however you want.)
Also listed is the Samsung Supersonic, which may well be the Vibrant version of the Galaxy S and is listed at $499 on the top end, and either $249 or $199 after contract. (Any T-Mo people wanna clear that up for us?)
Either way, pricing hasn't been officially announced yet, so we could see things change. And the $199 price is the sweet spot these days. Let's hope we get some launch dates soon. [via TMo News]
Just a few weeks ago Google’s Voice Search added a handful of languages and now they've added Korean to the mix. Perfect timing since the Nexus One launching on KT in Korea which is shipping with Froyo. Anyone who has access to the Google Mobile app or Voice Search included in the Android OS can now search in Korean. It’s worth mentioning that the Google Mobile application is cross-platform and the addition of Korean is included on all platforms. [via Google Mobile Blog]
Samsung week continues. To recap, the Galaxy S has been announced for the four major U.S. carriers -- Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, too. Now add Cellular South to that list, too. The Southeast carrier announced on Facebook this morning that it's also getting the Galaxy S, with the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and the upcoming Samsung Media Hub.
No specific pricing or launch date, other than "this fall." Stay tuned, folks. [Facebook] Thanks, Billy!
Android remains the No. 2 smartphone operating system worldwide
AdMob -- the company that serves up a good many of the ads you see in mobile applications (about 23,000) and that was bought by Google -- has released its numbers for May 2010. As you can see from the chart above, Android's climb continues worldwide, remaining the No. 2 operating system, according to AdMob usage. That's a pretty steady climb we're seeing there.
Maybe an actual Sprint Epic 4G hands-on isn't your thing. (What's wrong with you?) Maybe you're the type who prefers to see the phone in all its computer-generated glory. Fine. We've got you covered there, too. After the break, check out Sprint's promo video for the upcoming Epic 4G with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Thanks, Keith!
Whether just joining the Android world, or just looking for a new application, the hunt can be tiring. Each day applications are just flooding into the market, and at times it's difficult to know which ones to try out. We aim to please, so we here we bring you some suggestions of what you may want to try out. Check them out after the jump.