Android 2.1 usage is up from our last count 16 days ago to 53.1 percent of all Android devices. The numbers are based on the devices that access the Android Market, which should be just about everyone who doesn't live under a rock. That said, this is the first time that Froyo has been included in the collection. With Froyo coming to the Evo, Droid and Droid X, and Nokia N900 those numbers are sure to rise quickly. With Gingerbread possibly 3.0 right around the corner, the Android landscape does look to be more fragmented than ever (but I still can't help but to drool over what might be in the next version). [Android Developers]
In a day and age where nearly everyone carries credit or debit cards, sometimes finding someone to buy items in cash can be a bit difficult. Google Checkout has announced that you will now be able to use Android powered devices to accept credit card payments on the go. Now, this payment method is far from conventional, and won't work for everyone out there, but the concept behind it is rather brilliant, and certainly a good step in the right direction for those of us in need of this functionality. So, if you tend to sell things at markets or any other independent type store, check out the full scoop, and what you need to do to get all set up right here. [via Google Checkout Blog]
Are you one of the lucky ones who actually has a Droid Incredible, or one of the ones who has yet to switch your order to the Droid X because you had faith in the device? Well, reports from Droid-Life are that an OTA update will be bringing both 720p video recording and mobile hotspot service to the device, along with a new boot animation. While there is no confirmation from Verizon at this time about this update, and these screen shots are all we have to go on (and for what its worth, the hotspot icon on the Droid X is different than what you see here) or any official timeframe for the roll-out, we can only hope it will be soon. Check out after the jump for the video of the new boot animation. [via Droid-Life]
The brainiacs at MIT are known for being good with numbers, but this goes a little bit past that. The scientists have figured out how to use a kind of holographic refraction light science which allows information to be extracted from all kinds of different angles. It may sound like a bunch of jargon at first, but basically now your Nexus One -- and is that a Samsung Behold up there?!!? -- can be used by optometrists to calculate your eyeglass prescription. Of course, you will need to purchase to $2 tube that enables the light refraction, and then attach it to your phone running the special alignment Android app to get everything to work. Other than that, you’re ready to open your own glasses shop – just be sure to get your license first. And don't forget to check out the video after the break. [Vizworld via MIT Media Lab]
Now we have Unwired View saying that it erred some in its translation of the Russian podcast, on top of Murtazin clarifying some of what he'd said, including that the supposed "minimum specs" for the next version of Android are actually recommended specs.
We'll just say this about all that: Rumors are fun, and are a part of the game. But as Morrill reminds everybody, rumors aren't fact. Just because somebody heard something from somebody else doesn't make it true. But good on people for trying to make it right after the fact, we guess.
Yes, Google's working on the next version of Android. And it likely will leave behind some of the lower-end hardware out there. And it likely will have a better UI. And it'll be a big deal, and we'll all cover it. In the meantime, a little patience wouldn't kill anybody.
Good news for our friends in the great white north. Bell Mobility will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Bell has no new details on their landing page, so we can only assume that the specs will be the same as the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant launching this summer in the states -- which is fine with us, it's a damn monster of a phone. You can sign up for details and news from Bell at the Vibrant landing page. Nice to see that Canadian Android phone geeks won't have to look elsewhere to get their hands on a Galaxy and worry about unlocking and paying high tariffs to feed their addiction, and mainstream users will have a chance to see what the fuss over a high speed, big screen Android phone is all about. [Bell Canada via gadgetOrama]
Phil and Jerry are joined by Smartphone Experts Editor in Chief Dieter Bohn, who joined Phil at the Samsung Galaxy S event in New York City. Plus, Froyo is official on the Nexus One, the Evo 4G gets an update, and a bunch of your e-mails. Listen in!
We try not to do too many smartphone destruction stories around here, but this one was too cool not to. AC Forums users tyler0630 tells the tale of his Droid Incredible, which slipped the surly bonds of his pants pocket -- and smack into the middle of a beach bonfire, left to smolder unnoticed. Of course, when the fire starting ringing a few minutes later, Tyler knew what happened or plucked his beloved Android phone from certain cremation. Let it cool down, and it booted right up on the first try and still works. You've gotta see the pictures to believe this one. Hit the following link for more. [Android Central Forums]
The death of Google's phone store was a bit of a shock when was announced back in May. Well, OK. It was a shock to those of us who know and love the Nexus One. But that's a lot of what the problem was. Most normal people aren't going to buy a phone sight unseen. And the virtual lack of advertising (and what advertising there was was purely virtual in the form of Google ads) certainly didn't help matters.
“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping.' We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale."
OK, so while the store might not have been successful, the hardware was, meant only to spur further innovation? Maybe. Remember that the Nexus One is manufactured by HTC, which is hardly a newcomer to the space. Whether the Nexus One inspired future devices such as the Droid Incredible (HTC), Droid X (Motorola) and Galaxy S line (Samsung) remains to be seen, especially as all were announced within six months or so of each other.
Another pretty good line in the interview, and you can choose whether to believe it, came from Schmidt saying that Google's not really in some bare-knuckle boxing match with Apple in the Mobile space.
"We don't have a plan to beat Apple, that's not how we operate," Schmidt says. "We're trying to do something different than Apple and the good news is that Apple is making that very easy."
Qualcomm (the company that builds processors used in many Android phones) has released an open source 2D/3D Linux kernel driver for the OpenGL ES GPU core on the Snapdragon processor. In non-geek language, this means that part of the code that runs the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon is now open, and ready for Android developers to start hacking. The user space portion hasn't been released (soon Qualcomm?) so it's not all wine and roses, but every little bit counts. I'm certain that the Android development community will find this a valuable tool to squeeze more performance out of things, so this is great news for all of us rocking a Snapdragon powered phone -- like the Incredible, Evo, or Nexus One.
Ubergeeks and kernel hackers can find the code in this Git tree. Let the syncing and compiling begin! [Slashdot]
If you’re an Android lover that frequents the internet, then chances are you’ve seen the side-splitting Evo vs iPhone 4 video that’s been circulating around the web the past couple days. It’s basically an uproarious confrontation of an Evo user trying to convince an iPhone-drone to switch over to Android, and what makes it so funny is the actual validity of the profane comments between the two.
The Android community rejoiced in laugher, while others – mostly Apple users – didn’t find it so funny. Among that group of people who couldn’t find the humor inside it was the author’s employer – Best Buy. Originally asked to resign, he refused and was put on indefinite suspension awaiting a decision by Best Buy’s human resources department. Ouch. Since we don't take things quite so seriously, let's take another look at the video -- and its successor -- after the break. Standard "NSFW-Potty mouth" applies here. [via TechCrunch]
Froyo madness never ends. It seems that a new Android 2.2 OTA update is being pushed out for both AT&T and T-Mobile Nexus Ones today. We don't have a lot of detail yet (we haven't even taken time to load it -- wanted to get the word out ASAP), but supposedly this addresses some security concerns. It's another very small update (900k) and if you can't wait for it to come OTA you can grab the update direct from Google HERE. Install it just like the others, and remember you have to be using a stock recovery.
As soon as we know more, or have a link to a version for non-stock users, we'll sing out. [Handy-FAQ.de (in German), XDA Developers]
If you’re a Yahoo! user, you’ve probably been wondering when they would release their own official software for your Android phone. Well, folks, the time has come. Yahoo! today introduced both a Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Messenger application that are now available on the market, and it won’t cost you a dime. Also, if you live inside the U.S., you can also download a free Yahoo! search widget for your desktop – just be sure you’re running Éclair or higher for that. Be sure to check after the break for further details on these new apps, as well as QR codes to download. [via Yahoo!]
As for Pogue, he's not completely convinced Swype is the second coming of on-screen keyboards, though he does write that "there's a lot of brilliance in Swype." And his gripes are completely reasonable (lack of open availability, swiping from one end of the keyboard to another for short words). And that's cool. One user's perfect keyboard is another's speed bump. (For what it's worth, I'm on board now, though it took a little while.) Give his column a read and see if you agree. [NYT]
What about you guys? Who all's come over to the Swype way of life?
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