Who doesn't like for their Android smartphone to boot up in style? While many people are going after the ultra flashy, image filled boot animations some folks over at XDA Developers have been hard at work at quite the opposite. They have brought back the old-school BIOS look in their custom boot animation. This has been available for a while to some devices, but they have gone ahead and ported to just about every main device available, so check it out for yourself! [via XDA]
This isn't the first time we've seen the fabled (and unannounced) HTC Vision, but this one looks a little more finished, and with T-Mobile branding to boot, and the tipster who sent it to Engadget notes that it may well be called the G1 Blaze when all is said and done. One big question still hanging over the phone's head is whether we're talking T-Mobile Europe or T-Mobile U.S. (And if it's the latter, will this be the rumored HSPA+ device?) Rumored specs are largely what you'd expected -- 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen and 1GHz processor. And with that, we wait. [Engadget]
As we wrap up another fun filled week of Android news we want to be sure that you didn't miss any headlines. From new device announcements to updates and application fun we brought a ton of news to you this week, so check out some of the headlines below. Also, take note of our tips section which will bring you useful tips and tricks to make your Android experience better daily.
This is still version 1.0 software, so there seems to be a couple bugs that users on AppBrain have mentioned. However, no doubt the developer will be releasing patches to address those issues. Still, this app looks to be the easiest way to play those PS1 classics on the go. Just remember it is illegal to download a ROM for a game you don't already own, ok?
For now, it seems this app might require Android 2.x, but if someone gets it working on 1.5 or 1.6 let us know! As always, links and a QR code are after the break. Thanks to James for the tip!
You know both your smartphone platform and its applications have hit the big time when you start seeing leaks of beta versions -- enter aHome 4 for Android. With the onslaught of new home replacements, some of the old standbys have been all but forgotten. The folks over at mAPPn are about to charge back in a very big way with aHome 4. It's chock full o' features, and takes eye candy to the next level, and if you jump past the break you can have a look, we have a handful of pics. No word on when aHome 4 will be available, but keep an eye out for it. Thanks J!
The Motorola i1 -- the first Android smartphone with Nextel's Direct Connect (aka push-to-talk) service -- is now available at Sprint for $149.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate. [Watch our hands-on demo.] It's available online, business sales and telesales only for now, and it'll be available in stores come Aug. 8.
What do you get? A fairly rugged smartphone sporting Android 1.5, a 5-megapixel camera, the Xora Time Track system which includes barcode scanning and signature capture, TeleNavTrack, which uses barcode scanning to track inventory, and Sprint Mobile locator, which can help track workers. [Sprint]
Just bask for a moment in the pure awesomeness that is the above picture ... oh, yeah. So, Jenn Lee at Streak Smart had the amazing idea of paring a new Dell Streak with a Logitech diNovo Mini bluetooth keyboard to create the 5-inch MID you really want: Android-powered, and oh yeah, it's also a phone with 3G data.
The diNovo Mini is actually designed to be a portable keyboard for your HTPC or media center, but it works just fine here. This pairing is only possible because Dell has wisely chosen to allow the Streak to work with Bluetooth keyboards, a feature we haven't yet seen in stock Android. The article recommends using some tape to keep the Streak fastened to the inside of the diNovo's lid and propping said lid against something firm to keep the whole thing from falling over backwards. This thing would be perfect for a long plane ride, especially as you could bring an extra battery for the Streak.
As the diNovo doesn't have a "Menu" button, the two devices aren't 100 percent seamlessly compatible, but the keyboard does have a light sensor for backlighting, which is also awesome. This sort of device is what gets me really excited to see full Android or Chrome OS netbooks in the future. Click on the link for more details and pictures. [Streak Smart]
Heads up if you're in the Great White North -- Bell Canada is giving away a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant daily until launch. Hurry and go sign up right HERE (Canadians only, you cheaters!) but come right back, because there's also an Easter Egg of sorts -- the announcement for the contest clearly states there will be fifteen Samsung Vibrants given away, daily from July 23 until August 6, and the contest entry says that a phone will be given away each day between July 23 until launch day. I never claimed to be Sherlock Holmes, but my powers of deduction lead me to believe that the phone will launch on or about August 7. Probably in the billiard room, with a candlestick. Of course it could just be a typo, and I'm feeding the rumor fires. Just sayin'.
In any case, be sure to sign up if you're eligible, and good luck to everyone up north! [Bell Canada] Thanks tati7!
No, you're not seeing things. Sprint phones will now see a "Sprint" tab in the Android Market instead of the (preferred by many) "Downloads" tab. It's the same on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile Android phones (at least the ones I have). To get to your downloads, just tap the menu button on your phone. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Airplane-landing games are a dime a dozen now, but the original and best is coming to Android. You might want to consider quitting your job to free up time for this one. [Firemint via @alexessory] Thanks, Rene!
Not to be outdone by it's larger cousins, the Motorola Devour has been rooted. Using some bits and pieces from the Droid X root method, some files scoured from the web, and some good old fashioned determination, Android Central forums user bitswitch has a fairly simple method to get your Devour into the hacking game.
To be sure, this voids warranties, takes a bit of technical know-how, and probably makes puppies cry in some Verizon executive's backyard, but if you're rocking the Devour, give it a look. [Android Central forums] Thanks bitswitch!
Look. We're really not going to get dragged back into this whole Antennagate thing. Because let's face it: Asking Apple to test somebody else's phone is like leaving a bottle of Campari in the same building as a certain Crackberry.com founder. (Or a cheeseburger in front of this site's editor.) We're pretty sure we know what the result is going to be.
For what it's worth, we've dropped zero (0) calls on our Droid X. That includes two trips to New York City, one of which Dieter Bohn wrote about in our Antennagate roundup where the only way he was able to call me on his iPhone 4 from the hotel next door was by yelling out the window.
Anyhoo, watch Apple's video after the break if you want. Try it on your own Droid X if you want. Leave a comment if you want. But remember this: You're doing what Steve Jobs wants you to do. Hope you sleep well tonight. [Apple] No thanks to everyone who sent this in.
A PSA for all you application developers out there: Google has updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement "in preparation for some work we’re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like." Here's what's been added, though damned if we understand it.
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