The news around here never seems to settle down. Just when we think things will settle from all the Evo 4G news we get swarmed with images of new devices, updates, and plenty of other fun. Did you miss some of the news from this week? Check it out below!
"It's battery and data friendly, and available now."
The way the map tiles are cached should really cut down on the data flowing in and out if you're concerned about data usage and the app itself shuts down whenever the homescreen is not visible. The app is still in Beta, but I've not seen any show stoppers and feel good about recommending it. Best of all, it's open source, and free. Warm fuzzy feeling time :)
Follow the break to see a few more screenshots as well as download links. Hit the source link to follow along with the development. [xda-developers] Thanks David!
(Note: Live wallpapers are still only for Android 2.1 and up. That hasn't changed.)
It's been a few hours, so we should see another leak of the Motorola Droid X anytime now and -- oh, look, there it is. That's it on the left, hanging out with the Evo 4G and an iPhone. We get another look what this all new Motoblur may look like, but we still have no real idea how useful it may end up being. All these leaks mean it must be getting close to launch, right? One more pic of it after the break. [Android Forums via BGR]
What's that? The HTC Sense clock widget on stock Android? (And Froyo, no less?) Sure looks that way. What you see is called Fancy Widget, and it sure does look like it was all but stripped straight out of HTC's customizations. Load it up and it automatically snags your location and weather information. Tap it to customize clock, weather and refresh settings. It's free (donationware), and you may want to snag it soon, because we have a feeling some letters are already being written. [Market link | App Brain] Thanks, Brett.
Getting a little tired of your BlackBerry and looking for a change to Android? You've got questions, we know. How smooth will the switch be? How do you move your contacts and e-mails? Can you find all the apps you need? Will the change be hard to adapt to?
Just a few months ago, I was in the same boat, getting bored with my BlackBerry Storm 2 (which was not my first BlackBerry). And after talking to friends who grabbed the Motorola Droid, I began to research Android for myself. Immediately, I jumped into the Android Central forums.
Let’s take some time to go over the conversion process, what you will need to know if you're coming over from BlackBerry, and some other information to help make the transition an extremely smooth process.
Pitchforks up, people. In Sprint's most recently published issue of “The Playbook” there is a very distinct section stating that this summer, the function of data throttling will be enabled. Exactly what the new policy may entail, who will be subject to it and how and how often it may be implemented isn't yet known. But we're never happy to hear that a carrier plans to regulate the speed at which you can upload and download data over their network in relation to how often you access it and how heavily you use it. Shout out in the comments if you think this is a sign of the apocalypse or just a big mutual misunderstanding. [via Engadget]
Update: As commenter Ecoteric points out, Engadget has updated their story. Sounds like this may about a "new feature for businesses looking to restrict disproportionately high usage by employees with company data cards". Here's hoping for some official word from Sprint.
Looking a lot like the M100S, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo appears to be headed to Europe (at least the UK anyway) 'soon'. If it is the M100S, or a close copy, look for it to show up with Android 2.1, a 5 Megapixel camera, 3.7 inches of AMOLED screen, and 802.11n wireless ability. Oh yeah, the Korean edition has that T-DMB TV tuner. Would be interesting to see an Android phone with mobile TV appear in the West, but absolutely no word from Samsung on that -- don't hold your breath. [Samsung UK via Engadget]
The HTC Legend has been one of our favorite phones to come out of the Taiwanese manufacturer this year. (Read our full review) Its unibody aluminum construction, the new Sense UI, optical trackpad, gorgeous AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, speedy processor ... the list goes on. Only problem's been that it's kept itself out of North America -- until now. Canada's Virgin Mobile network has scored it for $79 with a three-year (Canadian standard) contract and data plan at $50 a month. Welcome to the new world, little Legend. Now let's work our way south into the States, eh? [Virgin Mobile]
Say what you will about AT&T's network issues, but for a lot of us it's worked just fine. Except for when it doesn't work, like today. Seems that it's taken quite a hit in the Southeast again (Sunday wasn't much fun either). AT&T's support forums are lighting up, as is our inbox. What's everybody out there seeing? [AT&T Forums - must be registered]
Update: AT&T tells us a couple of major fiber lines were cut, but everything should be back up now.
In a word: Wow. Finally, some clear pics of the Droid Xtreme -- which apparently is going to be called the Droid X -- and it's a looker. Gadget University scored some time with the as-yet unannounced Verizon-branded phone and reports back that it indeed has a 4.3-inch screen (and says "the colors are much better than on the Droid"), 1GHz Snapdragon process (Really? Switching to Snapdragon? The 1GHz part may still be true, though. -- Update: Now they're saying 750Mhz TI OMAP3630.), HDMI out, 8MP camera with flash, Android 2.1, and an updated Motoblur when they say isn't as bad as what we have now.
Not sure how crazy we'll be about the physical button on the bottom -- they look a little out of place on an otherwise very slick phone. GU says we may see this guy on Verizon in the next month or so. Let's certainly hope so. [Gadget University via Droid Life]
Update: BGR's got an unsourced post that says we'll see this puppy in July and the Droid 2 in August, with the latter launching with Android 2.2. We'll see.
We've heard nada from Motorola or Sony Ericsson about this, and can only assume that the software will also be headed for other carriers if needed. And even though it's not the update you might have been hoping for, it's nice to know the manufacturers haven't forgotten you. [Twitter via TheUnwired.net]
HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the three juggernauts of the Android phone world. So what’s the deal with LG? So far, they don’t have much to show for in the US, except the LG Ally. On top of that, their first-quarter smartphone profit sales have dropped 6.7 percent from last year. Since the Android market is starting to become insanely lucrative, they’ve decided to get serious and have released a statement saying that 20 LG Android powered devices will be rolled out before the end of the year. Now, it’s hard to say how many of those phones will make it to the US, but we should expect to see at least a few. [via Unwired View]
Update: It appears that LG's 20 new smartphones won't all be running Android. Android Central commenter On2Vegas points us to a comment on a story at GigaOm from Ken Hong at LG Electronics in Seoul. According to Ken no solid numbers for the Android platform as the "portfolio is still in flux". Thanks On2Vegas!
Phil, Jerry and Mickey break down the latest on the Evo 4G, Froyo on the Motorola Droid, the new Droid 2 pictures, the upcoming U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S, and squeeze in a few of your voicemails and e-mails.
We brought you the first picture of the AT&T HTC Liberty -- which may well be named the Intruder -- and now we can bring you a video teaser of the phone. It's clearly a small HTC phone running Sense, and it definitely lines up with the Liberty render we stripped out of the ROM, with the Evo-style buttons and Incredible-style trackpad. Can't tell too much otherwise, except that the microUSB port is on the bottom of the phone, and the phone itself appears to be pretty small, which could line up with the 320x480 screen resolution.
The video itself is pretty interesting, too -- check it out after the break -- showing how AT&T tests its phones long before they ever get into your hot little hands. And that they did so with an as-yet unannounced Android phone is very cool, too. Nicely done, AT&T. Thanks, Will!
Remember that Quick App post from Jerry back in May? Well, Android Town is looking to expand and they’re in the process of making a multiplatform application and with that in mind, they’re looking to change their name and they’re going to let the users who helped them grow this app with such great feedback and suggestions, pick the new name! Drop a suggestion down in the comments and if you haven’t got this app already or taken a look at the latest version, you can get it here:
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