Our favorite Muscovite Football leaked out the latest HTC Lexikon RUU (that's geek-speak for the Verizon Merge), so I just had fire up lil' Hal and get to cracking it open. What's better than spending a Friday evening with your main squeeze having dinner and seeing a movie? Sitting in a basement, slugging down diet Mountain Dew and tearing into leaked Android software, of course! There are no big surprises -- it looks like it's still "old" HTC Sense, is Binged out with search and maps, and all your favorite VerizonWare is on board. That's all stuff we've seen in our exclusive hands-on preview and video walkthrough with the Merge (whose name might still change).
What is music to my ears is that this appears to be a full release version of the software, so the engineers at Verizon and HTC might be done with this one and it's ready for Big Red to decide to start selling it. If you're like me and are compelled to tinker, grab the RUU from the source link. [XDA-Developers]
The decision to initially publish the full version of Angry Birds this morning on GetJar.com instead of the Android Market raised a few eyebrows, and it showed what can happen when an immensely popular Android app doesn't have the might of Google's servers behind it. GetJar went down almost immediately, leaving us all scrambling for mirrors and apks.
Just how bad was the traffic crush? GetJar says traffic was eight to 10 times higher than a normal daily load, and it could see 10 million hits by the end of the day -- far more than its usual 3 million. Chris Dury writes on the GetJar Developer Blog:
"In the past few months, we’ve built the team up to nearly 60 people and we’ve been focused on scalability on many fronts. We were unfortunately not done yet, and couldn’t handle 8x to 10x higher peak load. GetJar normally does 3 million downloads a day and we may have hit more than 10 million today if all went well. In 2 weeks, we’ll complete many of the scalability projects, and we’ll be able to manage 10+ million downloads a day."
The popularity of Angry Birds was only bolstered by today's down time, to be sure. You can look at the decision to (attempt to) publish exclusively with GetJar as a damning of the Android Market. But you can't deny there likely was a mad dash to Angry Birds up in the Market just as soon as things went sour. [GetJar Developer Blog]
A little security bug apparently is plaguing the the Motorola Droid 2. Tipped off to the lads at BGR, the bug allows anyone to activate Google's Voice Action feature when the phone is locked with a security passcode. While holding the search icon (the little magnifying glass), users can essentially bypass the security screen and tell the phone to dial a number, or any of the other commands. All this is done without any visual cues or audio cues. We're not on red alert here, but it's something that should be fixed. Make the jump to see it in video form. [Boy Genius Report]
Update:Kellex over at Droid-Life shows us that this happens exactly the same on the Droid X, even when running custom ROMs on either phone. He's whipped up another great video showing all the ugly action. Be sure to check it out. [Droid-Life]
We soldier on through some technical difficulties (sorry for the sound quality) and podcast through the launch of Angry Birds, discuss the T-Mobile G2, Google TV and a whole bunch of your voicemails and e-mails. Listen in!
Rogers has announced that it is "working towards" having the Samsung Captivate (read our review of the AT&T version) in stores sometime next week. That isn't quite in line with their previous promise of "mid-October," but Android fans on the Canadian network are probably happy just to hear that the phone is finally coming out after some manufacturing delays. Hit up the link (note: the new info is in an update to the original post and can be found at the bottom) to check out the details and to preorder one for yourself. [Rogers]
You start by putting the phone in the back cover, and then snapping on the front bezel. It's a pretty sung fit, and you won't have to worry about it coming undone. The back cover is clad in a textured rubber, giving it great grip in the hand, or on a table or car dashboard. There are cutouts for all of the buttons, ports and microphone. And the case is thick enough so that the camera lens is well-protected if the phone is left face up.
The belt clip fits snugly and secures with a snap mechanism. You release it with a spring-loaded button on the bottom of the clip. If you want, you can remove the belt clip nub from the back cover of the case and replace it with a flat insert. That lets it ride much more comfortably in your pocket.
Everyone loves free stuff. So everyone should be excited to hear that Motorola has just launched a contest on Twitter to promote the R2-D2 with five of the phones (pictured above) going to random winners. How do you enter, you ask? Well, all you need to do is retweet a post from Moto's official Twitter account. You must be over the age of 18 in the U.S. to enter, so get to the (re)Tweeting! [Tweet to retweet, contest rules]
On the news side, your first stop should be our new Android Device Gallery - linked in the main menu and also in the sidebar, where you can select your phone and quickly get the stats, photo galleries, reviews, latest news and forum posts. You can rate your favorite phones and sort by carrier, but expect more improvements to come.
The wait is over, and Angry Birds is now available -- immediately at GetJar, and later in the Android Market. Yes, the whole Angry Birds, with a boatload of levels to make for hours of lost productivity and battery-burning good time. We can't get enough of it, and neither can you.
Oh, and it's free. Ad-supported, actually, just like the version that Rovio started handing out on Thursday. A paid version will come later. The full e-mail from Rovio is after the break, and we'll update with Market links just as soon as it's in the Market. [GetJar]
Update: And GetJar is down. See what you guys did? Hope you're proud of yourselves.
Music is a huge part of my daily life, whether at a computer, driving in my car, or sitting waiting for the next meeting music is always playing. I have used Pandora or Slacker off and on, as loading a media card is a bit of pain. Then I stumbled across AudioGalaxy, a cloud storage application that allows easy access to all your music while on the go. With large music selections it can be hard to manage and find the song you are looking for easily, but with this application the process is extremely easy.
Whether you are a Mac or PC the process is quite simple, and takes just a few minutes to set up before your music is imported. Simply visit www.audiogalaxy.com to sign up for an account, it will then have you download an application which will then search your computer for all DRM-free music and begin to import it immediately. The music is organized by artist, and can be sorted by album if chosen and play lists can be created right from your computer and seen on the free Android application. Whether you have a large music collection that you don't want to put on your media card, or just want an easy way to manage your music on your computer and listen to it easily while on the go, this application is simply put as a must have. Download links after the break.
The Droid Incredible is a great phone, but what could make it even better? User-created accessories of course! The case you see above comes courtesy of Android Central Forums user benjamin_, who took a standard red battery door straight from Verizon and put carbon fiber pieces bought from the Internet all over it. Quite simply, this case is awesome -- and I want one. I really, really want one. [Android Central Forums]
Samsung has long promised that the Galaxy S line of phones would see Froyo, and we even had leaks of internal testing just last week and the appearance of the update yesterday. Now Samsung has gone and made the update official, and it is available now for those in Norway, Denmark, and Sweeden using Samsung's own Kies update program. Samsung says that the update is only for the "Nordic regions" thus far, but the rest of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas should see it in time. Until then, any takers on how long it takes the guys at XDA to create an unofficial version for everyone to use? Check out the full list of features past the link (hint: the JIT and Flash 10.1 are on board) and the press release after the break. [via BriefMobile]
Rumors of the Droid 2 Global were flowing in rather rapidly for quite a while, then it seemed to drop off for a while until last week when we saw the placeholder on the Motorola website. It appears as though a learning for the Motorola Droid 2 Global has finally hit VZLearn for employees to complete. While there is still no definite release date, or any further information, we can hope that this means the device is closer to it's release then we think! [via Engadget]
Yes, folks, we're well aware that Angry Birds will drop any minute now (through more likely in a few hours). And, yes, we're well aware that there's a "leaked" full version out there that's got Google ads built in. Pretty crafty, eh? A "leaked" version of an extremely popular game that contains ads surfaces just as anticipation crescendos. Hmmmmmm. (Actually, it probably just means there will be a paid version and a lite version. Or not. Pick your conspiracy theory.)
Anyhoo, no, we're not going to show off video of us playing the full version. We all know what Angry Birds looks like. In the meantime, if you need us, we'll be off ... erm ... not playing the leaked version of Angry Birds. Really.
Update: And as you no doubt have seen, it's now here. If you do want to see video of Angry Birds in action, here are the early previews from Phandroid, Droid Life and Ausdroid.
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