Remember that Huawei Ideos that the Wall Street Journal seemed to think was headed to T-mobile? The good folks over at TmoNews got their hands on some internal docs that show it as the T-Mobile Comet, coming on Nov 3. Before you turn away at the thought of another cheap, entry level Android handset, consider this -- the Ideos ships with Froyo on board. Stock, beautiful vanilla Android 2.2.
No word on final specs or pricing, but expect them both to be low. And that's OK. To me, a low spec "beginner" phone is just fine as long as the manufacturer takes the time to make it work well and uses the latest version of the operating system they can get their hands on. I'm looking forward to playing with this one. [TmoNews]
It's our favorite time of the week again, the time where we get to scroll through the huge application lists on our devices, and share with you some of our personal favorites. Whether you are on the hunt for a new application, or just enjoy to see what others are using, be sure to hit the jump and see what we got for everyone this week.
Good news for your tinkering types: HTC has released the source code for the Desire Z, one of the phones with the new HTC Sense. Of course, some proprietary code is still under wraps, but we can get a look at the rest of the kernel source, and who doesn't like to do that? [HTC Developer Center]
A fast, agile Android slider, but signal connection problems and a lack of hackability are big minuses
The T-Mobile G2 is the latest Android smartphone to hit the nation's fourth-largest carrier, and is billed as the successor to the venerable G1. It goes beyond that though, as this one is a quantum leap, both in the hardware department and software side, from anything we've seen from T-Mobile before. Hit the break for our complete review.
The HTC Desire HD, an Evo-sized device headed to Europe, is now available for preorder on Vodafone. The Desire HD packs a 4.3-inch touchscreen powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.2 with the new version of HTC Sense. Be sure to check out our hands on with this device and then go ahead and preorder your own today. Thanks, Dave!
Opera Mobile for Android has been in beta for what seems like forever -- we first got a look at it at Mobile World Congress way back in February. But it's nearing completion, and the popular mobile browser should be released within a month, Opera announced on its blog this morning. It's trumpeting full hardware acceleration and pinch-to-zoom at the low levels. Will it take over as our daily browser? We'll find out in a month when it's available at Opera.com and in the Android Market. [Opera]
Stuck on Moto logo after reboot – this was tough on a few owners. Very sorry about that. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release. If you are still experiencing this issue, click here.
Random rebooting – while there always seem to be new conditions that can cause an electronic device to panic, we do have improvements coming that address and eliminate identified panic states. They will be distributed in a future software release.
WiFi connection and stability – improvements in WiFi have been developed, to address several problem areas. They will be distributed in a future software release.
Battery Manager “force close” errors – under some circumstances, pressing the battery icon under Menu > Settings > Battery Manager results in a forced close error. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
Media won’t play – includes “sorry the player does not support this type of audio file," custom ringtone stop working, video won’t play, etc., until after a reboot. We believe we have identified the cause of these errors. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
Music files cutting off the final four seconds or so – a solution has been developed. It will be distributed in a future software release.
If you are a Droid X owner and are noticing any of these bugs, or any others, Motorola asks for you to let them know. Keep in mind that if you don't report it, they can't fix it! [via Motorola Support] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
Lately it seems as though nearly every carrier has changed its data plans, and T-Mobile looks to be next. Effective Oct. 16, T-Mobile will be changing its data cap from 10MB to a 5GB, which is more in line with what other carriers offer. Users who reach the 5GB cap will be notified via a free SMS message that they have reached their cap, and any continued data usage will be at a slower speed. They are saying that this change will only affect around 1 percent of their customers, meaning 99 percent of you will not notice a change. But for those who wish to monitor their data usage it can be done on my.t-mobile.com under the data use tab. [via TMoNews, whom we're betting is that 1 percent ;-) ]
We love these Android "about" screens. And the reason we love them is that you can make your own with a couple of lines in the command prompt and about 30 seconds with a text editor. So when we say take what you see above with a grain of salt, we mean a mountain-sized piece of the ol' sodium chloride.
That could be the Motorola Olympus, with Android 3.0.
And possibly that weird 480x818 resolution is for real, and part of some super secret Android Tablet with a quad-core fuel-injected flux capacitor running at 1.21 gigawatts that, for some reason, Motorola is keeping quiet about. (Or if you look at the top right of the image, you'll see where the notification bar -- or something -- probably was cropped out.)
And maybe it's a version of Android running a Linux kernel that's way past the latest try-at-your-own-risk version of 2.6.36-rc7-git4 that's actually available as of this writing. But that sort of tinfoil hat talk sends Jerry into a GNU tizzy. So let's hope that's not the case, because Jerry don't need any more crazy, ya dig?
As long as we're in the midst of Wednesday build.prop Wackiness, let's revisit one of our favorite build.prop fakes to make its way into a blog post: The HTC Supersonic on T-Mobile running Android 3.0 -- on Jan. 22, 2010. Classic, folks. Classic.
So maybe this one's real, and maybe it ain't. If it's not, well, that's another one for the fake build.prop gallery. [Droid Life]
An announcement from Lookout to its users today confirms that it will be introducing a premium service in the near future, making some of the free features available for a price.
While Lookout hasn't said what the premium service will include, it did provide these details:
A free version of Lookout will continue to be available
Existing users of Lookout will continue to get all the features they enjoy right now for free, for the life of the account
The premium version will be specifically to Android at the beginning, with other platforms to follow
A pretty good deal if you ask us. Lookout offers some great features and the fact that existing users can enjoy the product free of charge after the premium version comes out only emphasizes the need for customers to try this out. If you haven't tried Lookout yet, find the link and the QR code to follow. For a full look at the announcement, check after the break. [Lookout]
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Server Density, from Boxed Ice, is just the app all you server administrators out there have been waiting for to take your monitoring out on the road. Sure, you could wait for the boss to call you in the middle of the night because he can't get an e-mail that he absolutely must have at 3:00 AM, but it's so much more impressive to be awake when that call comes in and to tell him that you're already on it. Server Density is a client-server software set designed to take the guess work out of server monitoring.
Man, do these radius Atomic Bass earphones pack a punch! I consider myself an armchair audiophile -- I can tell the difference between what sounds good, and what doesn't sound good, but want the audio hardware to do the work without having to fiddle around with settings. We all know that most smartphones are lacking in the deep bass department, and Android phones are no exception. This can be helped a lot, with the right headphone design. The radius set has an impedance rating of 32 ohms, versus a standard set of earphones at 16 ohms. This allows lower power devices (like Android phones) to drive them easier, creating more sound at much less power loss. Then you factor in the angled design that seals well in any ear -- thanks to the three sets of different sized earcaps, and you simply get better sound.
They're also built pretty well. The earphone body is solid aluminum, the earcaps are very soft silicone, and the wiring is rubber coated right down to the gold plated plug. The U-shape wiring design is perfect for keeping your phone in your shirt pocket (remember when you used to do that Evo 4G and Droid X users?) or on your desk. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone. You can grab a set of radius Atomic Bass earphones in several colors, for $29.95 in the Android Central store. Full specs and a set of pictures of the set after the break.
If there's one thing we love to do, it's parade white phones around our iPhone 4-wielding friends (who are still waiting for their white whale). And we've got an couple of new white Android devices coming to Best Buy Mobile.
As you can see in the picture, the availability dates are Oct. 24 for the white Fascinate, X10 and Streak, and Nov. 8 for the Surround (which is AT&T said it would be available). You can preorder today for $50.
Tweetdeck -- one of the most popular Android Twitter clients -- has wrapped up a two-month beta test period and is now available in the Android Market. It's a free app, has widgets and basically is a big ball of Twitter awesomeness. Check out TweetDeck's official demo after the break, where you can also find download links. [TweetDeck]
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