Google Voice just added another feature to its arsenal -- missed-call notifications in your inbox. That's less of a big deal for those of us using it on our Android phones -- you'll see the missed call on your handset -- but as more of us use Google Voice on the desktop, it makes sense. You have options to have missed calls noted in the Google Voice inbox, or you can have them e-mailed to you. [Google Voice]
LG has announced it plans to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor in its Optimus line of high-end smartphones, starting in the fourth quarter of 2010. LG and Nvidia aren't saying whether that means Android or Windows Phone 7 (both of which have phones under the Optimus name) or both. Here's the sexy part:
LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.
Do. Want. Check out the full presser after the break.
Huawei hasn't yet made a big splash in the U.S. (though that may be changing), and the Ideos S7 Tablet they're showing off at IFA 2010 doesn't quite look like it's going to change that. What's you're looking at is a 7-inch screen running with 800x480 screen resolution, Android 2.1, 3G, a fairly small 2200mAh battery, a front-facing 2mp camera, and the now de-rigeur ability to play back 720p video. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon, there's 256 megs of RAM under the hood.
Huawei's custom skin isn't the most beautiful thing we've ever seen, but it does get points for usability: naming the different pages on their homescreen is a nice touch and we especially like the drop-down controls in the upper-righthand corner. A dual notification screen/task manager may bring back painful Windows Mobile memories for some, but the ability to quickly close or switch apps from a simple text list isn't anything to spit at as far as we're concerned.
The Krusell Gaia mobile pocket pouch is a great looking pocket pouch that fits many mid-sized phones. The sleek, executive style not only looks and feels good in the hand or pocket, it provides full protection from scratches to every part of your expensive Android phone. With no clips or hardware on the case, it slips easily in and out of a pocket, briefcase, or purse without snagging or being obtrusive. At only $17.95 in the Android Central Store, the price is right as well. Join in after the break to learn a little more, and see some pictures.
A couple other nuggets of note: The desktop dock is going for $29.99, the car dock for $39.99, and there's a "backup battery charging system" (a spare 1500mAh battery, charger and cable to charging it an your phone at the same time) for $39.99.
And about that "mostly official-like" line: We've got the entire press release after the break, but the source link has since died, so take that how you want. Or just bask in the knowledge that you're an Android Central reader and have known most of this for days now. [PR Newswire]
Update: The unlock tool has been temporarily pulled. Says the Unrevoked team: "We're seeing some strange problems with Unrevoked 3.2, so we've pulled the release for a bit. Please hold on! Don't worry if you've already run 3.2 - you are rooted and everything is OK. It's just a problem for users while running it."
Viewsonic is jumping into the Android tablet game with the Viewpad 7 and the Viewpad 100. Both are fairly straightforward Android tablets with little to speak of in terms of customization.
The Viewpad 7 offers a much better overall Android experience -- it's running Froyo with a properly sized keyboard with what would seem like a pokey 600MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512 megs of RAM. As always with Android, though, the real test is the implementation and in this case we found the Viewpad 7 to hold its own in terms of speed and responsiveness. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to cry about either. Unfortunately, the display here is a paltry 800x480 pixels, so perhaps it's no wonder that it's responding to taps as we'd like.
The Viewpad 100 is both more exciting and less. More exciting because it's a 10-inch tablet with 1024x600 resolution that's able to boot into a full version of Windows 7 if you'd like. Less so because it's running on Android 1.6 because later versions of Android aren't yet playing nice with the Viewpad 100's Atom processor. In general, this version didn't feel fully baked - Viewsonic has yet to build the interface for dual-booting the device, but on the bright side the sucker did boot faster than most Android smartphones we've laid eyes on.
Both Viewpads should hit Europe in October, no word yet when they're coming stateside. Images and video after the break!
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]
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