Don't look now, but it seems like Verizon is about to get real serious about competing with the iPad. Word comes from the Financial Times that Big Red and Motorola, who have been best budsas of late, are planning on launching a 10-inch tablet device that would allow subscribers to Verizon's FiOS TV service to watch live TV shows on it. Just let that sink in for a moment.
The device could launch as soon as "this autumn," but no specific date or pricing were given. It does seem that the tablet will come with full Flash compatibility, which would almost guarantee the device would launch with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). In addition, the tablet could come with Verizon's hotspot feature, allowing nearby WiFi devices to connect to the internet as well. If they weren't before, Moto and Verizon are sure playing for keeps now. [FinancialTimes] Thanks to SharonW for the tip!
Ever navigate away from a site and have trouble duplicating the search you used to find it? Google has come to the rescue again with a handy "History" link on the Google mobile site. You can find old searches, remove items from your history, and even star search items if you're so inclined. The history includes all searches made while signed in with your Google account, not just those from your phone, and mobile searches are designated by a little phone icon.
Search history should be enabled by default; if not, you can select "Settings," then hit "Save Searches" under "Search History" and save your settings. It's not clear whether search history will be made similarly accessible from the desktop site (although you can simply navigate to google.com/history). There may be some kinks to work out, as evidenced by the following screenshot, so share your experience in the comments! [Google Mobile Blog]
File this under rumors for the moment, but it looks like the fabled Project Emerald from T-Mobile could very well be the HTC Glacier, and on paper it's fast as hell. The folks at AlienBabelTech have done some digging and found some rather interesting dirt:
On the GLBenchmark 1.1 online database, there are entries for a very fast (as in 3 times faster than the current HTC king, the Evo 4G!) mystery device named the HTC Glacier. That's the picture above.
HTC is known for using Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in their phones. Once you crunch the numbers on the benchmarks, you come up with a dual-core 1.2 to 1.5 GHz device
The fellow who uploaded these scores also uploaded a bunch of other HTC device scores, and they have all been T-Mobile devices.
That fellow's LinkdIn profile shows that he is a Senior Interaction Designer at T-Mobile USA
Is this proof positive that it's Project Emerald? Nope. But it stands to reason, unless T-Mobile has two huge surprises to spring on us later this year. Be sure to check out the source link, there's a screenshot montage of all the clues, as well as a long geeky feature list of the supposed HTC Glacier's GPU details. [AlienBabelTech]
Those of you rocking a T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, know this: A maintenance update -- as in NOT Android 2.2 -- is headed your way starting Aug. 4. Here's what you have to look forward to, from T-Mobile's mouths to our eyes:
Updates to the T-Mobile online contact backup connection, which will improve battery life.
Ability to send text messages while connected to WiFi.
Genius button improvements: Ability to toggle GPS by voice, announce caller ID for incoming calls and allow answer or ignore, announce incoming text messages.
Faves icon displayed next to notifications while device is locked.
Overall speed and stability improvements.
T-Mobile says the update will be complete by Aug. 19, and it won't be able to push it out after that. So get it while you can. [T-Mobile forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Android's official Facebook app just got a pretty major upgrade in Version 1.3.0. You'll immediate notice the difference in the user interface, with a photo reel at the bottom that lets you quickly flip through your friends' recent photos and videos. And see that notifications bar at the bottom? Drag it up for the list of recent notifications. There's also one-tap access to post a status update or search for friends, video playback withing the app using H.264 encoding, support for Facebook events (review, see details, RSVP) within the app, and respond to friend requests.
So you want to update your Motorola Droid to Android 2.2, do ya? Go ahead. We're all for it. For everybody else who's content to wait until the over-the-air update hits, we'll show you what you're missing.
But first, a couple of caveats: As of this writing, it looks like copy-protected apps aren't showing in the Android Market. They should clear itself up at some point. That also means no Adobe Flash, unless you sideload it, which is fine.
Froyo has shown it's pretty face for Motorola Droid users, and like all the other OTA's the Android community has jumped on it and worked up a method to force the update without waiting for Big Red to send it your way. It's pretty easy, doesn't require root and is the official upgrade just as if you had been waiting for it to push to your device.
Look close at the bottom of the blurry shot from Verizon's system above, and you'll see the entry for the (what everybody and their mother assumes to be) Aug. 12 is marked for "Commercial launch of Droid 2". We'll pause a moment and let you catch your breath. Back with us? Good. It looks like all the speculations and rumors may be true this time, and we all will be able to get our grubby paws on a shiny Droid 2 in 9 short days.
To add to the Droid 2 fever, we also have some nice pics from a member at Howard Forums showing the Droid 2 beside its predecessor, the OG Droid, and a close up of the keyboard in all it's extended glory. Check them out after the break, then we can all wait impatiently and figure out how we can pass the next week or so in the Droid 2 forums. [Howard Forums via Intomobile, and thanks to The Geek at donthatethegeek.com for the release info!]
Now that we've got a few hours of Froyo on the Evo 4G under our belts, let's get down to brass tacks. How's the update fairing for you? Faster? Slower? Borked? Those answers, and more, are all in our forums:
Froyo update issues: See if others have the same problems as you, and find some answers. Includes poor browser performance, gmail sync, camera, missing apps, Pandroid/Slacker radio, system panel apps, Bluetooth voice dialing, Swype and more.
We've known for a while that the Kyocera Zio would be coming to Cricket Communications, and now it's official. Pricing and actual availability weren't announced (other than "this fall"), and we can only hope that it's seen an update from the Android 1.6 that was on it when we had our hands on in March, which you can watch again again after the break, if you're so inclined. Also mentioned: a "low-cost Android phone from Huawei," so you have that to look forward to. [Buzinesswire]
It's been a couple more weeks, and that means it's time once again to check out the Android fragmentation (erm, legacy) score sheet. For the past two weeks ending Aug. 2, devices running Android 2.1 are at 59.7 percent (up from 55.5 percent), and Froyo devices are now at 4.5 percent (up from 3.3). Check out the previous report here.
Now that we've got music, games, videos and photos on our phones, we're definitely going to want to have access to our phones while traveling, right? But if you're even going to think about using your phone on an airplane, you're going to need the aptly named "Airplane mode." It shuts down the phone's radios so that it won't interfere with any of the airplane's systems.
Want millions of songs at your fingertips? How about on your Mac or PC, and your Android smartphone? Then it's time to check out Thumbplay, which does that, and more, including iTunes library importing, auto-syncing, a playlist genie, favorites and the ability to listen offline.
Sound good? Well, let's make it even better. We've got 30 free 90-day Thumbplay trials to give away. Full details, a video explainer of Thumbplay and instructions on how to enter are after the break.
HTC has added the ability to sync media with the HTC Wildfire using the latest version of HTC Sync (3.0). As of right now, the feature is Windows-only, and compatibility with all media players is not known. Here is a quote from the announcement:
'Now packed with new features, this version features a media sync that is compatible with popular media players available on your PC'
"Popular media players" is a vague term, so we're not sure if iTunes is included in that bunch.
If you have an HTC Wildfire and want to start syncing media easily, download the latest version of HTC Sync here. Install it, plug it in with a USB cable and you should be good to go!
While the Wildfire is the first phone to be anointed with media sync, HTC said that other phones would get this feature "very soon." [via Android Community]
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