Well, what have we here? It appears as though someone has captured an image showing that the HTC Incredible has been ordered by Verizon and the shipments are on their way to the warehouse locations. Over at Android Forums someone with Verizon insight appears say that these 156,709 units are actually sitting in the warehouse, just unable to be sold at this point. This information falls in line with the two-week shipping timeframe we previously heard, now it's just a matter of time until these show up in the stores. [Android Forums via Engadget]
Somebody call Stockholm. Google today released Translate for Animals on the Android Market, marking the groundbreaking app that finally lets us humans communicate with our two-, three- and four-legged brethren.
The revolutionary applications -- which is free, despite the centuries of development time -- translates the speech of cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, tortoises, horses, chickens, sheep, donkeys and pigs. Support for snakes, goats, bison and wildebeests is expected in a future update, slated for sometime in the the second half of 2010.
You can download Google Translate for Animals here. [Market link] More pics after the break. [via Google UK]
Remember that Sprint Evo 4G developers guide that we all kinda looked at and sniffed? Well, the lads at Neowin noticed a snippet of commented code that mentions a feature that "will be included in Froyo SDK," referring to the next major release ("Frozen Yogurt") of the Android Operating system. It should come as no surprise that the Evo 4G would receive the latest and greatest version of Android -- question is whether we'll be seeing FroYo at launch, or as a future update. [Neowin]
Sprint's ongoing effort to turn around customer service and market appeal has recently brought us some game-changers from the third-largest carrier in the U.S. Today they announced the Sprint Free Guarantee which offers total satisfaction or your money back within 30 days. While some states have laws that allow for grace periods, customers are still allowed to be charged for their minutes and data used while they are within the usual 20 to 30 days. This is where Sprint tries to change the game once again by saying "No charges for you!" Instead, Sprint will allow in all markets a 30-day grace period (regardless of state) which includes any charges related to the monthly plan (i.e. data, text, minutes), taxes and fees, activation fees, restocking fees, the cost of the device, and early termination fees. It should be noted that customers will be responsible for anything not covered in the selected plan, ringtones, downloadable content, international charges (as well as fees and taxes associated with international calling). So if you get a voice plan and you're surfing the web and texting all day long, you will be responsible for those charges.While all carriers return the purchase price of the phone and waive ETFs within the grace period, it's a real breath of fresh air to see a cellular company attempt to prove their network chops by making the test drive truly risk free.
It's interesting to note that Sprint is going to begin this program with the Evo 4G on the way, is this a possible way to make the pot sweeter for potential ship-jumpers?
It seems there are basically two kinds of gmailer's. The ones who keep every e-mail in their inbox with the goal to someday (and somehow) fill it, then the others that can not seem to delete it fast enough. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is one of those who doesn't prefer clutter in his inbox, or maybe he prefers to keep his phone running smoothly. According to Valleywag, Schmidty can't kill things quick enough.
"The CEO of Google and ultimate overlord of email-hoarding service Gmail deletes every email he receives, unless he's specifically asked to do otherwise."
It seems that Mr. Schmidt has no intention to use those gigabytes of storage on his Gmail account. Then again, when someone such as Eric Schmidt is using 30 different computers at work, we can see how important it would be not to let information get in the wrong hands. [valleywag]
Seeing your favorite smartphone get some screen time is something that many people enjoy. But the Nexus One hasn't gotten nearly the push that we've seen with the Droid, myTouch 3G or ... well, any other phone. But Hulu now has a Nexus One commercial that plays throughout the site. Whether this is an attempt from Google to sell more of these devices, since we know it didn't quite outsell the Droid or iPhone, or just plain average marketing, we are unsure. Either way, thanks, Jason, for sending this in!
Not using the doubleTwist yet to sync movies, music and photos to your Android Smartphone? You're really running out of reasons why, especially if you're on a Mac. (Oh, and by the way, it's still free.) The popular sync solution for Android unleashed a new version on the Mac client, bringing Android Market integration as well as a Web portal to the Market. Search for an app, and you're greeted with screen shots, a QR code for download, and recent reviews. Unfortunately, there's no direct communication with your phone, so you'll have to hit up the QR code. But it's one step closer to making doubleTwist the perfect sync solution.
Also new in the Mac version is podcast search (the ability to sync and subscribe is coming up) as well as a new integrated music player. The Windows version of doubleTwist should get Market integration in the next release. [doubleTwist]