Want to ride in style? In India, trips on the bus don't have to be a boring affair now that the government is providing free use of seven inch Android tablets, built right into the back of the headrest. Simply log in (your account and credentials are remembered for next time) and you have complete use of these generic Android tablets to watch video, use maps, check your bank account -- just about anything you can do with a tablet running Android. The best part is that it's absolutely free for the passengers.
Bring this to the US now, please. Until then, there's another pic and a video after the break. Thanks Kartik!
Just in case you happen to be the owner of a Sonos audio system (Mr. Moneybags, you), know that Sonos hasn't forgotten the vast amount of Android users out there. In fact, they've been working hard on their official Sonos controller and even a new system for Android. You can head on over to their product page, fill in your email and they'll let you know when the app becomes available for all. You can hit the break for a video of the app in action or just click on the source link for more details. [Sonos]
Now that we know the launch date for the HTC ThunderBolt, you'd think the excitement might die down just a tad. But it's quite the opposite, actually, as here we have more pics from what appears to be the inside of a Verizon store, with signage and a dummy phone.
Sports Illustrated has launched its official Android applications in the Android Market. Available for phones and tablets with Android 2.1 and above, the sports news magazine published by Time Inc. has a trio of pricing plans:
Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
Digital Only: $3.99/month
Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term
Galaxy S2 rumors are nothingnew, but now British online retailer MobileFun.co.uk is listing a device labeled "Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100" along with a price, specifications and release date. MobileFun says the Galaxy S2 will be released Mar. 4 for £549.95 (~$880), and offers an intriguing spec list for the device -
Powerful dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Orion processor
Ultra sharp 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen
Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0
NFC technology for contactless payments and more
1GB RAM lets you multitask with ease
Comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording with 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls
Of course it's impossible to verify the specs or the price at this stage. However, the fact that they're appearing on a retailer's site alongside what seems to be an official promotional description of the phone gives this information a little more weight.
The Galaxy S2 is one of the many devices expected to be unveiled at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. [MobileFun]
We've seen pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G come from a few retailers now, and while Walmart will be selling it for $148.88, Radio Shack has also priced theirs accordingly. Come launch time you can hit up a Radio Shack in your area and pick up a fresh Samsung Galaxy S 4G for only $149.99 with a new two-year contract. We still don't know what T-Mobiles pricing for it will be so best to not lay out any plans as of yet but good to know where to go in case T-Mobile overprices theirs. [T-MoNews]
The LG Optimus Pad will be the international version of the G-Slate and will be shown off at Mobile World Conference, which kicks off in a couple days.
In the meantime, a commercial has popped up which features the Optimus Pad as a Transformer. The commercial begins like a movie trailer and shows the Optimus Pad becoming a Transformer, highlighting the dual-core processor and 3D capabilities. It then fights off bad guys and has some references to a certain electronic company named after a fruit. Check it out for yourselves after the break. [YouTube]
Android devices as well as the mascot have made it a habit lately of popping up in television shows and movies, which displays the reach that the OS is gaining.
Our beloved mascot has been seen in "The Big Bang Theory" before, but we received such a good shot of him posing on Sheldon's desk that we couldn't let it go unnoticed.
"The Big Bang Theory" in particular has done a great job keeping relevant with technology and this is exception. A while back, Steve Wozniak made a guest appearance on the show which nearly sent Sheldon into hysteria. It's a great show and we hope to continue to see Android represented by Sheldon, the ultimate geek. Thanks, Eric!
Still hanging on to your OG Droid? Here's some news you're going to love -- Peter Alfonso, of Bugless Beast fame, has released a mostly AOSP build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) for your classic Android phone. He pulled the code from the master branch of the 2.3.2 tree, added in a few of his (and the community's) favorite modifications, and the original Droid launcher, media, and boot animation. Make no mistake -- this is 100 percent Droid Does Gingerbread.
Like we saw earlier with the Eris, there's no need to sit back and hear about Gingerbread instead of experiencing it. Motorola and Verizon may have decided the Droid has reached the end of its life and update cycle, but the Android development community is second to none,and once again delivers. Now get out that USB cable and head over to Pete's website and get started. [PeterAlfonso.com]