What's that, you say? You want more? How about even more confirmation of the Sept. 9 launch date, in the form of the screen shot above. It doesn't get more plain than that, now does it? Add to that a story at Phonedog that says the Sept. 9 date can be seen on that recent Fascinate commercial (for the life of us, we can't actually see it, though), and we think things are pretty well set. Thanks, Dallin!
Update: Our man Jared caught the Sept. 9 date on the commercial, too, on TV. So there you go.
Sprint has the first 4G smartphones on the market, and they're a couple of Android heavyweights. And it doesn't come as a surprise that a number of you are likely to jump from the HTC Evo 4G to the Samsung Epic 4G (or are considering it). Are you making the leap from 4.3 inches of Evo to 4-inches of keyboarded Epic? Let's hear it, folks.
For root users only! If you want to do some of the lower-level stuff with your Android phone, you're going to need ADB, which stands for Android Debug Bridge -- basically a way of connecting your phone to your computer. But what if you don't have your USB cable with you? What if you're phone is right next to your computer, but your nearest USB cable is in your bedroom, and you're too lazy to walk in there and grab it (or your son is asleep right next to it and you don't want to wake him up)?
The solution is ADB Wireless. With this app, if your phone and your computer are on the same network, it's a cinch to use ADB. All you have to do is open a command line on your computer and use "adb connect <IP Address>:5555 and you're connected to your phone via ADB just as if you were using your coveted USB cable.
Of course, you still need ADB on your computer, which usually means having the Android SDK installed. Hit the break for another screen shot, plus download links.
The pictures tell the story, Android's U.S. market share is growing at a huge rate in all categories. We're pretty big fans here, and most of you are, too. But Quantcast isn't -- they're a third party who makes money by measuring things for people who need to know where to focus their marketing. In this case, they are measuring the percentage of web use based on operating system, and focusing on growth (or lack of). While iOS (yes, that includes iPods and iPads) still holds the lion's share, they're slipping. As a matter of fact, everyone is slipping -- everyone except Android that is. Whether you look at the numbers by the month, the quarter, or the year as a whole the trend is the same, and if it continues Android will have the majority of the US mobile browser market within a year according to Quantcast.
In business you either lead, follow, or get out of the way. A steamroller driven by a friendly green robot is coming through, and that huge user base some others have been enjoying isn't going to be enough to stop it. [Quantcast via TechCrunch]
Remember when we reported Amazon was selling the Captivate and Vibrant for insane discounts? Well, Amazon has many other Android phones available for purchase now at far below what you will find in any carrier store or website. You do have to be a new customer to the carrier to get the price, but this should make it easier than ever to jump your current carrier's ship for that new Android phone you have been craving. We've rounded 'em all up for you after the break. [Amazon]
If there's ever been any doubt that Verizon is the current king of Android, you can put it to rest now. The HTC PD42100 -- a horizontal slider dual CDMA/GSM "world phone" that we've seen once before -- has made its way through the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to being able to work overseas, it's sporting Wifi b/g/n a 4-inch display, and possibly one of the fastest processors ever crammed into a production phone. (We'll have to see on that, of course.) And then, of course, there is the keyboard. If anybody knows how to make a horizontal slider, it's HTC.
No word on pricing or availability just yet, but we're going to sit here waiting, not so patiently, for this guy.[FCC via Engadget]
Keeping up with all this Android news that has been pumping through the feeds recently can be a bit of a difficult task. Sometimes it seems articles are being written faster then they can be read, and it is very easy to fall behind in what is going on. Have no fears because we as always got your back again. Check below for some of the articles that you may have missed this week.
That little bitty phone you see in that big meaty paw is the new Motorola Charm from T-Mobile. The form factor is a first for Android, and one many of us (myself included) have been looking forward to. While it may not be running the latest and greatest hardware, and many would say that MotoBlur hinders it, I'm going to go forward and be optomistic about what it can, and does bring to the table.
Under the hood the Charm betrays it's tiny outsides. Android 2.1 (with MotoBlur), a 600 MHz OMAP processor, 512 MB of ROM and RAM, and all the connectivity you'd expect -- Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and a 1700/2100 GSM radio for T-Mobile 3G. The real sore spot is the screen. At 2.8 inches,, and 320x240 resolution, you might have trouble using this as you would a 'standard' Android phone. The rear mounted track pad (TrackBack) and full qwerty help out. A lot. I'll be sure to put it to the test for a bit and we'll see just how it measures up after. For now, enjoy the video after the break.
Fresh from our Droid X forums, Natemz brings us a couple of cool custom boot animations. On the left, a spinning Android logo. On the right another for some little Android site we've heard a little bit about. You're going to need to be rooted, and there are a couple steps involved. But that's a small price to pay for looking good. Video of the Android logo animation is after the break, and check out the forums link for the whole shebang. [Android Central Forums]
The Android market is one of my favorite places to spend time while on my Motorola Droid, but cruising the market is not nearly as fun as messing around with some of the great applications that are available. Trying to decide which of the hundreds of thousands of applications are a solid starting point can be a daunting task, but we love to help you out with that. Let's take a look at some great applications that our writers use on their devices.
T-Mobile USA in in negotiations to carry Huawei's new Ideos handset -- an entry-level Android handset that will ship with Android 2.2, so says the Wall Street Journal. WSJ's unnamed source, however, says that it's unsure if the deal will go through, and to expect the answer in four to six weeks.
Huawei is better know for its telco equipment (that's the stuff your carrier buys for its towers and data centers), and a push to get into the U.S. smartphone market is somewhat new. Any manufacturer who can ship a solidly built messaging phone replacement, that also runs the latest and greatest version of Android is OK in my book. Bring it! We're trying to track one down at IFA, in the meantime hit the jump to see Huawei's promo video for the Ideos. [WSJ online]
A new device means new goodies, and this time we don't have to wait for the Samsung Fascinate to launch before we get a peek at it's innards. We have the full system dump for you hackery types, as well as a bevy of new wallpapers and system sounds for the rest of us to enjoy:
Pictures have now begun to creep up showing off some of the R2-D2-specific accessories. The phone dock, pictured above, is one such item. It's style and color fits in with what the phone will look like and it even has a couple Star Wars references on the device in case you forgot where the phone got its inspiration.
How many of you will be springing for the R2-D2 version coming to Verizon at the end of the month? [Engadget]
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