Many of us use Flickr to share our pictures with family and friends, and until just recently there was no easy way to upload these from your Android phone directly, other than e-mailing them. But Flickr just announced devices running Android 2.2 can upload from the browser, and while it is not a full standalone application with proper gallery integration, it sure beats having to transfer them to the computer to upload them, or emailing them all. We continue to hope for a standalone application to make this process even better then it has become, but we will be thankful for what we have now! [Flickr Blog via Android Central Forums]
Want to fool around with the new Sense that's coming with the Desire HD on your Droid Incredible or HTC Desire? Thanks to some hackery and the Desire HD system dump, now you can. The folks who brought you the IncDoes ROM have ported it over for the Dinc, and a neophyte (seriously, NeoPhyTe.x360) has wiggled it onto the Desire. Granted, neither are what you would call "production-ready" and there are plenty of bugs, but everyone knows it's cool to play with new leaks and dumps if only for a little while. That's what Nandroid backups are for, right?
Hit the source links for details, change logs, and downloads; and check the video after the break. [XDA-Developers (Incredible -- Desire) via Engadget]
Koushik Dutta (AKA Koush) has incorporated an awesome new feature into his already indispensable application ROM Manager, called Web Connect. The screen shot says it all -- You can send a ROM, or kernel, or update right to the ROM Manager application on your phone from a web page, as long as the ROM developer supports it in their ROM and support forum thread. From there, it's business as usual and ROM Manager will back up your current system, wipe any parts of the system that may need be wiped, and install. All without user intervention. Koush, I love you, man.
T-Mobile’s highly anticipated G2 is going to be available for pre-order starting at midnight and will officially launch Oct. 6. Are you going to reserve your G2 the second the clock strikes 12 tonight? It will definitely save you from the nightmares of finding it out of stock come launch day. Drop a line in the comments or in the forums if you snag yours! Or if you live under a rock and know absolutely nothing about the G2, you can check out the spec sheet here and you can pre-order it g2.tmobile.com at midnight. [via TmoNews]
If you've ever had a Sprint SERO plan, you know how damn hard it is to let it go. The old Sprint Employee Referral Offer was pretty easy to come by back in the day and brought super-low-price contract plans. But as higher-end (and more data-hungry) device launched, Sprint began to move people off of SERO.
Looks as though these cries have been heard, and Sprint has decided that as of Oct. 1 it will include the Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G in the SERO Premium plan. There is one catch -- users will have to be on an existing SERO plan before Oct. 1 to qualify for the SERO Premium plan. [Sprint] Thanks, Malatesta!
Verizon's Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible packs a one-two punch of a minimalist case along with a waist holster, complete with clip. The case itself is black, but not the matte black you will find along the front of your Incredible. Rather, it is the same shade as the rear plastic cover on the DInc. It is held in place by a pair of gripping sides the run the length of the phone on either side. Check past the break for the rest of the review, along with tons of pictures.
Earlier this week we saw the first shots of the LG Vortex, which appears headed to Verizon and looks a whole heck of a lot like the Optimus One that was just announced. Here's another shot, and, would you look at that. There's Bing, instead of Google, much as Verizon did on the Fascinate and the upcoming HTC Merge. This device will not have an FM Radio, to the dismay of more than a few of you, we know. Additionally, it will ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo) which is definitely a plus for an entry-level device. [via Engadget Mobile]
Since it was announced, the HTC Desire HD's pricing has been somewhat of an enigma for Europeans. Well, that is no longer the case as we've learned the Desire HD will run you €359 on contract with Vodafone, which comes out to just under $480 for those of us in the States. To get the phone off contract, you will have to pony up €519, or $691 U.S. No launch date or pre-sale information, but we are sure Vodafone would love to accept your money as soon as possible.
A recent update to Amazon's Kindle application brings users a great selection of new features which will definitely enhance the user experience.
This update brings full text search, voice search, Wikipedia lookup, and the ability to add notes and highlights that can be synced between devices. Whether you are new to the service, or a previous user, be sure to check out this update and hit the jump for a full press release of this update.
And if you're new to Kindle, download links are after the break.
Many X10 users have been anxiously awaiting the OS update for their device so that they can finally be on Android 2.1. We have seen this update pushed back many times, then confirmed to still be on track, and with a recent update from Sony Ericsson we come to find out it has been delayed again. The new timeline is said to have an October rollout, instead of September (funny, since the month is almost over) but they firmly believe that the extra time will be worth the wait in the quality of the build. While it seems to be the same song and dance coming from them everytime an update is near, we hope this date holds true for all you X10 users. For more information about this update and to see exactly what it will bring to your device, check out this link. [via Sony Ericsson Blog]
Love it or hate it, part of the reason iOS applications look as good (or boring?) as they do is because they have a unified toolset to create the application interface. Design x Code looks to be bringing that to Android with the announcement of the Android UI Utilities project. While it's still in beta, it offers up a set of tools and templates that not only look easy to use, but follow the Android design guidelines and should compliment existing Android UI elements rather well.
Currently, the Android UI Utilities include templates for Pencil (a popular UI and design prototyping tool), standalone icon templates in .psd format, and an online resource making tool called the Android Asset Studio which can generate all sorts of application graphics from existing images. The project developers have more planned, so if you're a budding Android app developer, or even a seasoned veteran, this is something you should have a look at.
What do YOU think? Does Android need a unified look and feel across applications? Or should we respect the individuality of the developers tastes? Take the survey and let us know! [Design x Code]
SwiftKey has finally made its way out of beta status, and the full version is now available on the Android Market for £0.60 (about 94 cents). I'm one of SwiftKey's biggest fans, and even after using it through all the beta versions I'm still amazed at the prediction algorithm. In case you're unfamiliar with how it works, have a look here and you'll see why the beta hit over 100,000 downloads within a few days of its release. It really is that good at word prediction. The changes are available to read at SwiftKey's blog, and consist mostly killing off any bugs that crept up at the last minute. We have the full press release from TouchType, download links, and a video of SwiftKey in action after the break. [SwiftKey]
So the maintenance release for the Evo 4G -- you know, the one that tackles the 30fps thing, among other fixes -- is finally starting to hit phones. But if your Evo's wearing a sad face, you can update it manually. Don't worry, it's the same update you'd get if you did it over the air. Here's what you need to do:
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