But there's one line that we don't want to let slide. And that's the quote from Google co-founder Larry Page regarding multitasking and battery life that Apple CEO Steve Jobs paraded in front of. It read: "... software running in the background, that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly."
That's coming from a TechRadar piece from a few weeks ago. What Jobs conveniently left out was the follow-up from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who said, "And people bring in applications that are not particularly smart about that, which is what Larry is trying to get at."
Read in context, it makes sense. Badly coded apps drain battery life. If you're going for the cheap shot, well, look up. [Image via GDGT]
Remember how we said Cellular South said it would be getting the Motorola Milestone sometime in the future? That's still true. And today Cellular South officially said it's true. Really. And it's still saying it's just the tip of the iceberg. But it's still not saying when we'll see the Milestone, so we'll have to wait for that announcement. [Cellular South] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
HTC this morning announced it purchased French software company Abaxia, "specializing in mobile handset software solutions for network operators and handset manufacturers," according to its website.
That will beef HTC's software side, no doubt, to go along with its purchase of design team One and Co., which first gained notoriety with the Windows Mobile Touch Diamond 2 and more recently with the new HTC Legend. We'll have to see if Abaxia's work makes it to Android in HTC's Sense user interface. [HTC]
If your Evo 4G's been rooted already (using either the Unrevoked or XDA method), there's now another Wifi tethering method available at your disposal, and all you have to do is load up a little application (just be sure to grab the latest version). This one is outside the confines of Sprint's official $29-a-month option on the Evo, so you're own if somebody shows up at your house asking about your kneecaps. (* - That's what we meant by "free.") [Google Code via Androidpolice]
If you want to buy a T-Mobile-ready Nexus One, you're going to have to look somewhere other than Google's phone site this morning, as it's currently not available there. This could just be another one of those temporary shortages that will clear itself up -- we've already seen that happen with the AT&T version, and it lasted just a few hours -- or it could me the beginning of the shutdown of Google's online phone store and the move to in-store sales. We'll keep an eye on it. [Google via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Selentic.
Update: And, sure enough, it's back. Phil wins $5.
Is it a phone, or is it a netbook? With a 5.5-inch screen, a cellular radio, and a hinged slide-out qwerty keyboard, it's a little of both. We don't know much else about the device, except what was leaked to engadget -- it is supposedly launching with stock Android 2.1 sometime this fall.
If it follows SE's track record with smartphones, expect to see it sometime next year, everywhere but the United States. Please Sony, don't disappoint with this one of a kind gadget. We all love the way your electronics look and feel -- even us Americans! [Engadget]
Got an extra $10 a month laying around and desperately want some video on your Verizon smartphone? Verizon this morning announced that V CAST Video is now available on its Android smartphones --including the Droid, Droid Eris, Devour, Droid Incredible and LG Ally -- just in time for the start of the World Cup next week. V CAST Video brings more than 230 programs from 40 providers. You can download it in the Verizon section of the Android Market. [Verizon]
Motorola today announced the Milestone XT720, the next variant of the same phone we saw destined for South Korea during Mobile World Congress (see our hands-on and video). The Milestone XT720 sports a 3.7-inch touchscreen at 854,480 pixels, 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash that can record video at 720p, an included 8GB microSD card and HDMI video out. It's been updated to Android 2.1 since we last saw it, and you'll have five home screens on which to work, all in a package that's just 10.9mm thick.
No word on pricing or which carrier's officially picking it up. Full presser, more photos and a bit of video after the break. [Motorola]
Shouldn't come as much surprise, but Sprint has announced that the HTC Evo 4G has taken over the top spot as its hottest one-day seller, beating out the Palm Pre (which just turned 1) and the Samsung Instinct.
Sprint didn't actually give any numbers (we've had retailers unofficially give us estimates between 25,000 and 50,000, and the developer of Radar Now! estimates as many as 45,000 to 60,000 devices activated over the weekend.
Sprint also acknowledged that some stores are having problems keeping the Evo in stock (that's a bad problem to have, huh?) and that Sprint and HTC are diligently working around the clock to increase inventory in all sales channels. Additional shipments are arriving in retail stores on a regular basis with many stores seeing daily deliveries.
Regardless, it's been quite the weekend for Sprint, HTC and -- judging by everything we see going on in our Evo 4G forums -- you, as well. Full presser after the break. [Sprint]
We're starting to get a few more details about a possible new Android phone for AT&T. Courtesy of ROM-chef extraordinaire Conflipper, we find this render of the HTC Liberty, which looks to be very similar to some leaked shots we saw of the Aria. User-agent profiles for both devices (Liberty | Aria) show a 320x480 touchscreen (we can hear developers grumbling already at that resolution).
Otherwise, not too much to go on just yet, and who's to say what name -- assuming any of this pans out -- AT&T gives the phone, and when it might ever see the light of day.
Meanwhile, Conflipper brings world of the HTC Bee, a 320x240 (remember those days?) touchscreen device that he says could be headed toward Verizon. And that's all we've got on that one. [via @Conflipper1, 2]
Here's a guy with tech skills cranked up to 11. Sven Killig has built USB host drivers for the Nexus One and shows them off in a big way. USB keyboards, webcams, flash drives, even output to the big screen on his desk. Speaking of the desk, you know something good has to come from anyone with that many cables and gigawatts laying around.
He's has released a pre-built kernel for Android 2.2 (tested, should work on 2.1 as well according to Sven), and has full instructions (including the needed hardware) for the D-I-Y types. Check out Sven's site here for the rundown, and hit the break for an incredibly cool video. [via Engadget]
If your dying for root access on your Evo 4G but just can’t figure out how ADB works, or custom recoveries confuse you – fear not, my friends. “Unrevoked” might just be for you. It’s a very simple one-click root method which allows you to run root-required apps, and even gives you Super-user protection. All you do is copy the “unrevoked.apk” file onto your SD card and install it using Astro, or some other file manager. Easy enough, right? The only problem is that you have run the app after every reboot, as it’s not permanent. And it also doesn’t give you a custom recovery, so you can’t flash ROMs – but if you’re just looking to run some “root apps”, then this is definitely your cup of tea! After the break are a couple screenshots, and thanks everyone who sent this in! [via Unrevoked]
There's a new software update from HTC for all of us holding on to the Sprint Hero. This updates the Android 2.1 system from 2.27.651.5 to 2.27.651.6. To get the update, open settings and cruise to About Phone > System Updates > HTC software updates, then follow the prompts. Not exactly sure what this is fixing, other than closing the new root exploit, but everyone running a stock Sprint HTC Hero should update accordingly. Those of us riding the root train should hold off until the developers go over this one to see how to handle the changes.
Anyone notice any differences after updating? Let us know in the comments and forums!
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