With more than 50,000 applications in the Android Market, it can be tricky finding something that stands out. But we've got your back. After the break are just a few of the apps that we here at Android Central use on a daily basis. Bon appetite!
This one's going to make a lot of you Android purists happy: Unlike on the Droid Incredible, you can run the stock Android 2.1 home screen on the Sprint Evo 4G, as our pal Andrew from Androinica showed us the other night at the launch party in New York. Switch off Sense (again, just the home screen -- the other HTC tweaks should remain) through the same method as on the HTC Desire and you get the stock launcher, the usual home screens and the stinkeye from any HTC people who might be lurking about. Check out the video after the break. [via Androinica]
At this point, the Sprint Evo 4G has been handled every which way to Sunday -- not that it's some big secret or something. But there still are a few odds and ends to clean up. One of them is the retail box, which we see above. Also confirmed is that the Evo's shipping with an 8GB microSD card, which is darn nice of Sprint. Handful of more pics after the break.
When it rains, it pours. Just got word of a new leak for the HTC Sprint Hero. No way of knowing if this is the final 2.1 version, but this one is signed with release keys so you will lose your root for sure if you're into that sort of thing. Anyone who feels brave and wants to try for themselves you can find it here.
Remember, this is not official software from any carrier. Using this is at your own risk, and nobody here at Android Central is suggesting you try it, though we're more than happy to show you where it is. :p Thanks Beezy420!
We're back from the Sprint Evo 4G launch party in New York City, and Phil and Mickey brought Jerry Hildenbrand along for the podcast ride. Oh, and we did it all live with hundreds of you listening and in the chat room. It was a sight, to say the least.
Let's cut to the chase. Google is going to offer the Nexus One in traditional retail outlets. While they were trying to be innovative in offering the phone exclusively through their google.com/phone website, Andy Rubin (VP of engineering for Android) himself writes today that sales have been less than stellar and that users want to play with a phone before they buy it.
As with every innovation, some parts worked better than others. While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.
So today we’re announcing the following changes:
More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we’ll follow the same model we’ve adopted in Europe, where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels. We’ll shift to a similar model globally.
From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally.
Innovation requires constant iteration. We believe that the changes we're announcing today will help get more phones to more people quicker, which is good for the entire Android ecosystem: users, partners and also Google.
Great news out of Mountain View for students today. Google is prioritizing Google Voice invites for college students to help with keeping in touch on a college budget. Now parents everywhere will be able to keep in touch with (read: harrass) their children without long distance phone charges (do people even still pay those?), and students will have free text messaging, plus voicemail transcripts and all the other bells and whistles.