While not a beast of a device, the Flipout should fill the need for anyone who needs a small form factor with a qwerty, wants a better media experience that the Torch can offer, and doesn't mind using a third-party tool like our SideLoad Wonder Machine to sideload apps. If this sounds like you, give it a look and shout out if you pick one up. [Engadget]
Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.
Dropbox has sent out email notifications that the latest Android beta is now available for testing, so we fired things up and gave it a spin. There's some bug fixes -- small file changes now sync properly, files don't re-upload on upgrade or re-install, and increased network timeout so it works better on slow networks, but the new feature list is great. Alnog with the new version comes:
Added "Share to Dropbox" from other applications (Gallery, etc). Either single or multiple files can be shared at the same time.
File Downloads & Uploads now display progress notifications instead of Spammy Toasts.
Multi-touch Gallery for pictures in a directory. Long-hold on pictures in gallery to do file operations.
Now you can create Shortcuts to Dropbox folders by long-holding on the desktop.
Added long-hold folder options for sharing and open.
Long-hold file Open now plays non-streaming, if it's a streaming file type.
Added Cache Size display and Clear Cache button.
Prompt to install file manager such as OI or Astro if one is not installed already.
Notification if SD card is unavailable, so downloads, viewing, or uploads won't work.
The e-mail to tell friends about Dropbox now contains a referral link, so you can get a quota bonus.
Visual Redesign with new icons
So far, the new features seem to be working great, and not having to resync and upload/download my cached files on the phone after upgrading was a big plus. Here at Android Central we all love and use Dropbox religiously, so we're happy to see the changes. I think you will be, too. Hit the break to see what the features look like, and you can head over to the official Dropbox forums for the full release notes and download links [Dropbox forums]
Good news Canadian readers, Rogers and Bell have both stepped forward and said they plan to carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We really had little doubt that the new tablet would receive the same worldwide attention that the Galaxy S series of phones has, but confirmation is always a good thing.
No word about pricing or release dates from either carrier as of yet, just the standard 'coming soon' tagline. While you wait, check out all of our hands on videos and stories from both Berlin and New York to get your mouth watering. [Bell, Rogers]
So you didn't make it to the Samsung media event last night, eh? No worries, we ate enough cocktail weenies for you, and then some. Click on after the break to see a bunch of photos we took during last night's media briefing, plus a bonus interview. Oh, and make sure you check out our new hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
This hands-on marks the second time we have gotten the chance to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab here at Android Central. Dieter Bohn got to play with it first when it was announced at IFA. I had the chance to mess around with it last night at Samsung's media event in New York City at the Time Warner Center. Click on after the break to hear impressions and watch me put finger prints all over the prototype.
Along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sammy showed off for the first time its Media Hub service. The service will be available on all of its Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab. Onboard so far: MTV, NBC, Paramount, and WB. It's a good start, but what about the service itself. Is it enough to have big names onboard and does the user experience deliver? Read on after the break to see what we thought, and watch a hands-on video.
There's this leaked Best Buy document making the rounds today that mentions activation of Verizon LTE devices "coming into the market this fall." That's exciting stuff -- though it'd be a little more exciting if we definitely were talking about Android devices.
We've been saying on the Android Central Podcast for weeks now that we're expecting LTE data cards to roll out before we see LTE-capable smartphones. (That said, yes, Verizon started pimping 4G today.) Would we love to see LTE phones by the end of the year? Heck, yeah. Is it reasonable that we'll see them "this fall"? Probably not, folks. And that's what a trusted source is still telling us. Plain and simple, no Verizon LTE phones in 2010. We'll just have to make do with speedy data cards if and when they happen.
Vodaphone has already said via Twitter that it will be carrying the HTC Desire HD, and there's a ton of speculation about other carriers and SIM unlocked versions. But the system dump leaked out today from dealer75 at XDA Developers is clearly Vodaphone-branded. Digging through the system dump we see the last frame of the boot sequence is the Vodaphone logo.
We're still digging through the files, seeing new goodies like an HTC Data Strip widget that appears to be a set of quick switches for 3G and WiFi radios, and well as a roaming indicator widget. Look for your favorite Sense ROM developer to have a boatload of new toys for you soon. [XDA Developers]
For those of you who worry about this sort of thing, Adobe has updated its graphic list of which Android devices it supports for Flash Player 10.1. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been added, and the missing Droid Incredible has been added as well. I expect the thank-you e-mails to reach my inbox shortly. [Adobe]
The Sprint Epic 4G is in the midst of an over-the-air system update -- bugfixes, mostly, and not Froyo just yet, though Samsung's Media Hub is now enabled. But if you just can't stand to wait any longer (that'd be a good many of you, we reckon), Andrew Ruffoloin the Android Central Forums has brought us the manual method. All you have to do is download a file move it to your SD card, and follow a couple of instructions. Easy as pie, and it's the same as getting the OTA update, only no waiting. Check it out at the source link. [Android Central Forums]
Update: Video of the OTA process is after the break if you're into that sort of thing.
Bash Bing for Android all you want. Go ahead. We'll wait. For we share your frustration that Verizon set it as the default search service on the Samsung Fascinate (and that's why we worked so hard to turn it off). But that's not the app's fault, no is it? Nor do we blame Microsoft. It was just doing its job -- making deals that make money. The motto that kept going through our head as we actually sat down to use Bing was this:
"Don't blame Bing."
It's that simple. It's not a bad app. It's getting a bad rap because Verizon did a bad thing to an otherwise good phone. (And we'd prefer it weren't Verizon-exclusive at this point.) Anyhoo, you get access to Bing's excellent image search. Web search is adequate, though it is different than Google (and, it should be). Voice search is OK, but slower than Google's. Bing Maps are just fine, and we're quite fond of Bing's local searches, actually. Give it a shot before you shoot it down. We did, after the break.
If you have multiple Android phones, you might now always want keep each device active. But that doesn't mean it's a paperweight. But resetting a phone brings you back to the pesky activation screen in many cases. Luckily you are able to bypass this so that you can access all the features within the phone, without having to actually activate it on your account.
The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. Repeat: The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. OK, it's still in beta. And that means there may (and likely will) be bugs. And we don't get new levels or anything yet. But that's what being a beta tester is all about. So get your download on here (you'll have to register your phone number -- sigh) or update from the Android Market (download links are after the break), and be sure to leave some feedback for the developers here.
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