Holy moley! What you're seeing is thisisbenji's poor HTC Evo 4G after an early morning bicycle mishap. While we hate to see any smartphone in such a clearly painful condition, especially an Android phone, we're as amazed as you are that it still runs. Read the whole story, and see the carnage up close in pictures, in the forums! [Android Central forums]
Internet dating has been on the rise over the past couple of years, many couples have success stories from meeting someone through some type of social networking service or website. MeetMoi NOW is a new Android application that brings the ease of meeting people via the internet to a whole new level. This location based application allows users to see other singles in their area after filling out a profile about themselves. Users will be notified when new matches are found in their respective areas so they are able to decide whether they wish to strike up a conversation with the person or not. So whether you are the shy guy, someone always on the go, or just someone who is looking for another way to meet someone new, this application is a great way to do so. Check out the full presser for some more information, as well as some additional screen shots after the break.
So you missed some news this week? Don't worry, we write it and sometimes it feels like we miss it too! This week was yet another fun filled Froyo week, devices going official, then not, then official again, craziness! Well, take a look below while you enjoy your weekend and check out some of the news you may have missed this past week.
Developer Unstable Apps just released their latest update to their 'Easy Root' application yesterday. Though, just as soon as it went up, Google quickly yanked it off the Android Market. The latest 'Easy Root' update (1.2.2), allowed owners running Froyo on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Milestone to easily root their phones by a single touch of a button.
We got in contact of the developer of Easy Root, as we're trying to get to the bottom of why the application was pulled from the Market. That's what we do. He was kind enough to give us a statement. You can read it, as well as see a walkthrough video of the app after the break. [AndroidPhonesBlog via AndroidSPIN]
Update: The developer of Easy Root has again contacted us, this time with news that the application is once again live and available for download from his site HERE. Want some even better news? Emails are already going out to those that purchased from the Market with a new product key and download instruction. Our own Jared has already received his. It's really nice to see this level of support for a $0.99 application. Keep doing what you do Nathan!
Blockbuster has finally unleashed its Android application (see our hands-on) to the masses. Whether traveling, hanging out, or just in the mood to rent and watch a movie, the Blockbuster application will allow you to do so, right from your handset, and you also can purchase the movie. Also available built-in on the Droid X, the Blockbuster application also integrates with the Blockbuster On Demand service, so you are able to resume a movie you were watching from any other device with Blockbuster On Demand. There are no monthly fees associated with the application, just the rental and purchasing costs of the movies, which leads me to ask, why is this not already installed on your device? Hit the jump for the download information.
Update: The good folks at Blockbuster got in contact with us, and there's been a bit of a snafu. The app wasn't supposed to be made available for all devices just yet. The application gets optimized for each device by working with the OEM's and carriers, and we were assured that Blockbuster is in the process of getting the application optimized for other devices. In the meantime, the app has been unpublished from the market and is once again only available for the Droid X.
Anyhoo, the specs of this monster remain a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2, an 8MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 720p video recording, 4GB of storage built in, and aluminum case, e-book reader, and all the other bells and whistles we've come to expect.
This one's expected for Europe sometime in October. [UWants via Android-HK] Thanks, Ricky!
Yes, you read it right -- it's being rumored that Verizon and HTC may be joining forces to give us all the Android world phone we've been asking for sometime early next year. For those wondering, a world phone is a dual-radio CDMA/GSM device (CDMA is what Sprint and Verizon use; GSM is what T-Mobile, AT&T and the rest of the world use.) That means the phone can be used outside the USA with a local SIM card, and it's something that Android is sorely lacking.
We're still dealing with a bunch of unknowns, but the rumored specs are a 4-inch screen, horizontal sliding qwerty keyboard, and a minimum 1.2 GHz processor. Bring it, I say! There's a couple more pictures after the break if one just wasn't enough. [The Droid Guy via @matrix2004 on Twitter]
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Luckily, not all of them in life have to be hard ones to make. We like to make things easy for you, so each week we bring you a sample of our favorite Android applications, so why not hit the jump and take a look at what we got for you this week?
Consumer Reports' latest smartphone ratings are in September's issue of the magazine (you know, those things made out of wood pulp), and eight Android phones made the "Recommended" list. And Android made the top two phone for three of the four major U.S. carriers. The winners are (in order):
The AT&T 3G version of the Nexus One wasn't listed under its respective carrier, though it is noted alongside the T-Mobile version. We definitely would have put it above the Motorola Backflip (ranked No. 3 for the carrier), though, and it's odd that CR decided not to.
Other decisions we'd disagree with? The Motorola Devour is ahead of the Palm Pre Plus? Really? The newest Android phone we see listed is the myTouch 3G Slide, so it'll be interesting to see how much more Android dominates next time around. [Consumer Reports - subscription required]
You might remember last month when we talked about AppBrain's new Fast Web Install, the application that allows you to install applications from the Android Market directly to your phone right from the AppBrain web page.
That just got waaay cooler. AppBrain announced it has enabled extensions that allow a new Fast Web install link to be placed on any web page. When the link is visited from your Android phone, you go directly to the application's Market page, but the real trick happens when you visit from your computer. Rather that talk about it, have a look. Visit the link below from your PC's browser.
I love it when the little guy gets hold of the big guns, and Cinci Bell has a winner on their hands with the Motorola Milestone. It's not the newest or biggest Android phone on the block, but ask anyone who has one -- the Milestone is one hell of a phone. It'll cost you $199.99 after rebate and on a two year contract, which is pretty standard for a carriers top-of-the-line phone. If you're a Cinci Bell subscriber, be sure to head in to a store and have a look at the Milestone, you might just fall in love. [Cincinnati Bell] Thanks for the tip Josh!
It's been a couple days since we last checked in. And in that time, most of you have upgraded your Evo 4Gs to Android 2.2. Also in that time, lead form mod Cory has amassed a stunning number of tips, tricks, bug reports and, well, basically everything you could possibly think of when it comes to the Froyo update on the Evo 4G.
Battery life. Browser performance. Gmail. Camera. Apps. Music. Bluetooth. Rooting. Just about anything you can think of is there. If you've upgraded already, it's a must-read. Heck, read it even if you haven't upgraded. Read it aloud. Read it to the kids at bedtime. It's that good.
One of the disappointing aspects of the Dell Streak is that it initially comes with Android 1.6. (The most disappointing aspect is that those of us outside Europe still can't get one.) Even though Dell has promised that the upgrade to Froyo will come quickly, those who have become familiar with 2.1 have a difficult time going back.
Dell has announced however, that it be upgrading to 2.1 early next month to satisfy customers until they are able to roll out 2.2. The Streak is much improved with 2.1, as Engadget recently demonstrated.
First off, the camera will be capable of capturing 720p video, which is a very welcome improvement. Secondly, the default keyboard on the device is greatly improved. From the time testers were able to try out the Streak, the on-screen keyboard has been one of the biggest annoyances. Dell has removed the numpad and caps lock keys, which has improved the experience dramatically. Multi-touch is still missing, which would be a nice feature, but we can't get everything at once.
One of my favorite apps on the Nexus One has been the Gallery app, which integrates with Picasa. With 2.1, the Dell Streak will now use that as the default app for pictures. I think it's one of the best integrated features of Android and it's too bad when OEMs or carriers replace it with something else. Streak owners will be happy to know that they can enjoy seamless Picasa integration.
Another feature that will come with Eclair is pinch and zoom with Google Maps, which is a nifty improvement.
Android 2.1 will bring other improvements as well; to see those, visit the link at the end. It's a great sign that Dell is committed to their device and seems to be listening to its customer base. Let's hope that continues to be the way they handle their Android handsets in the future. [Engadget]
Bell announced today that it has begun to sell the Samsung Vibrant, bringing the Galaxy S to yet another North American carrier.
If you're looking to buy the Vibrant on Bell, you can either purchase it with a 3 year contract at $149 or without a contract at $499. Bell will also enter you in giveaways if you buy one, including a Samsung 55" LED TV (buy before September 3rd) or Lady Gaga tickets.
The Vibrant marks the first Galaxy S to hit Canada, which will be followed soon by the Captivate on Rogers. Canadians have already received good news this morning as the HTC Desire is now available on Telus. [Bell]
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