Powrman811in our forums brings word that Aug. 21 is a date we should look out for, writing "MY GO TO SPRINT PEOPLE told me that I can order my store inventory on August 16th and sell on the 21st." And he shows of the Epic 4G you see above as proof that, well, he's seen the Epic 4G. Of course, so have we, so take that however you like. But it is nice to have a new date to kick around, right?
The ability to see real-time, in depth data about user behavior in relation to applications is extremely useful; and that’s exactly what Mixpanel provides to its users. The company originally started off providing detailed analytics for web applications, but acutely saw that the future rests in the mobile space. Useful data analysis can help developers in a big way in order to see what's working and what's not with their application.
They released their iPhone library 2 weeks ago, which has proven to be very successful. Now, they have a version for Android. I spoke with Jeremy Richardson, who is involved in Business Development at Mixpanel. He provided me with key information that users considering an analytics service like Mixpanel will want to know. More after the break.
Here's a look at the free version of Home Run Battle 3D. This is the perfect game for me, because I can pick it up any time I want a quick release from boredom and then put it back down when it's time to get back to work. There are two game modes: matchup and arcade. In the free version you have to earn the right to play a multiplayer game (after your first free free matchup games) by actually being competent at the game and hitting a home run with a "gold ball." You can also earn gold balls by unlocking achievements. There are other "special" balls in the game, and I haven't quite figured out what they all do, but the ones I do know are:
Angel Ball: takes away 1 out
Gold Ball: you can spend it on matchup games and maybe other things in the accessory store
Multiplier Ball: I've seen 2x and 3x, and they double or triple your score
Ghost Ball: it goes invisible for a moment or two while it's on the way to the plate
Magic Ball: sends an "attack" ball to your matchup opponent
Iron Ball: sends an iron ball to your matchup opponent if you hit a home run with it, which only flies half the normal distance
So that's enough here. Take a look at the video after the break
It is finally official people: Verizon has announced the Droid 2 will be landing Aug. 12, that's this Thursday, as rumored. It will go on pre-sale via Verizon Wireless's website starting tomorrow and that insane R2-D2 version will be available sometime in September. Pricing will run you $200 with new (or upgrade) 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate debit card; no word yet on off-contract prices. As a quick recap (for the 2 of you who haven't been following the numerous leaks) the phone will come with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), Flash 10.1, VZW's 3G mobile hotspot option (extra $$$ required) and 8GB of onboard storage paired with an 8GB preinstalled microSD card. Full press release after the break. [Verizon via BGR]
Google has verified that it is working to make changes so streaming audio services like Pandora and TuneWiki will no longer have poor quality while streaming over 3G. You geeky and curious types can check out the code changes for the framework at Android's git repository. No word on when to expect these changes, but Google has committed them into the Android source, so it shouldn't be too far off. Of course, this is going to depend on everyone from the manufacturer, the carrier, and maybe even the night janitor at the Pentagon to approve and build the changes, and then to distribute them.
When the tip about this came in, I jumped over to Google's Android bug tracker page and started reading. I was very curious, because I have no issues playing my music, either streaming or from my SD card. What I found upsets me slightly, and I'm going to rant a bit after the break. (Yes, I'm allowed to complain, too.) [Google Code via Android Central Forums]
It seems that when you sit down and do some math, you end up with figures that fit the Qualcomm QSD8672 Snapdragon chip. It's a third-generation Snapdragon, with a feature list that will knock your socks off:
Dual CPU up to 1.5 GHZ
45 nm tech for low power draw and better performance
WSXGA (1440x900) screen support
1080p recording and playback
HSPA+ (that's the 28Mbps kind) and CDMA Rev 0/A/B support
80 million-triangles-per-second 3D graphics
Works for me, and I'll go on record saying that I do think we're looking at Project Emerald. I'll leave the geniuses over at AlienBabelTech explain it fully, you can check it out at the source link. I just want to say "do want" to whomever might be listening. [AlienBabelTech]
In case we needed a visual demonstration of irony, HP's new eReader (dubbed the Zeen) will be running the Android OS. While most details are unknown until the December 31 lifting of the FCC confidentiality agreement, we do know that the device will be running Android 2.1 with some sort of HP overlay, have a capacitive screen, SD card support, and have a "significant integration with the Barnes & Noble Nook bookstore and ecosystem." Bundled with a "Zeus" printer (WebOS printer perhaps?) it will sell for $399.99.
Personally, I think Android is a better choice for an eReader, as it's easier to hide than WebOS. But like everyone else who loves mobile computing tech, I'm still looking forward to a WebOS tablet. Maybe next year. [Pre Central]
"Going the Distance," an epic tale of adventure a romantic comedy with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long (the I'm a Mac guy), opens Aug. 27, and there's a contest to go along with it, with a grand prize of a 4-day, 3-night getaway and $1,000 spending money. Ten first-prize winners will receive an Epic 4G. (And we assume the grand-prize winner will, too?)
And that all likely means the phone won't actually be released before the movie. Or maybe at the same time. But it stands to reason the launch won't happen before then, right? Oh, and the contest ends at midnight Sept. 3, so toss that in the mix.
Apparently, the first scavenger hunt was such as succes that HTC and AT&T want to being the fun to a new town. Residents of Duluth, Minn., will be able to get together this Thursday (that's Aug. 12) to compete for numerous prizes, including HTC Aria phones. The contest is open to all Minnesota residents at least 18 years old. Details can be found on AT&T's event page on Facebook. [AT&T on Facebook]
Motorola employee Matt has stated in their official support forums that Moto plans to address the low volume of notifications on the Droid X with an upcoming software release. Note that no mention of Froyo was made, so this could very well be a minor bug fix -- which nobody would be mad about. He also goes on to say that certain ringtones are louder than others and gives a list of the loudest. The top three are:
TweetDeck has announced that it will be holding a public beta for its Android Twitter application sometime this week. No, we don't have the exact date -- just like Froyo for your device it will come when it comes. A few things from their announcement (read it at the source link) really stand out -- the application is not a port of their iThing client, they have built it from the ground up; and retomeier (a well known Android Developer Advocate) has said "it's a thing of beauty."
Update: Now we've seen these specs fall through before, but darned if it doesn't say "Global ready for use in over 40 countries." Sure sounds like a dual CDMA/GSM phone to us.
Update 2: Commenters are pointing out that the whole "ready for use in over 40 counties" is just a marketing thing for other nations that use CDMA. Might well be the case. Teases.
Let's face it, the Motorola Droid 2 has become the most leaked phone in the history of phones. Of that, we're pretty sure. So it comes as little surprise that we get Verizon's infomanager page, full of Droid 2 specs. Really nothing surprising here -- 5MP camera, 8GB of internal memory, 1GHz TI OMAP processor, Android 2.2, and so on and so forth. Oh, and look, there's that Aug. 12 launch date again. So it's pretty safe to say we'll see this guy on Thursday.
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