So here's the thing about watching Hulu on the Android Skyfire 2.0 browser: You can do it at the moment, but don't count on it for long. We've been down this road before with Skyfire on Windows Mobile. One minute Hulu would work (with Skyfire's servers taking care of the Flash playback), and the next minute it'd be gone. And we've discussed the reason for this at WMExperts: "The answer is simple: Hulu has decided to block you from watching Hulu videos in the Skyfire browser, as part of blocking all mobile access to Hulu, as well as TV access such as with Boxee and PlayStation."
Fast forward to today: Skyfire's been playing Hulu just fine. But don't expect it to last. Skyfire says so far as they know, Hulu hasn't changed its mind about mobile playback yet. Spokesman Kevin Jordan told us the following:
"Sometimes Skyfire works on Hulu while Skyfire does routine updates on its servers. Typically, though, it's intermittent before Hulu re-blocks us.
"Chances are that process is going on again. From our standpoint, we haven't learned of Hulu intentionally allowing Skyfire to work."
So there you go. Maybe we'll get lucky. Who knows. If you're dying to know what Skyfire looks like on Android, check out our video after the break.
A lot of folks have been speculating about the new Droid OTA update and its effect on rooted phones. Looks like we can all relax, Motorola and Verizon don't have a sinister plot to lock down the Motorola Droid. Honestly, I don't think they ever will. The Droid is a development phone whether Motorola wants it to be or not. Even Google thinks so.
Nobody's 100 percent sure exactly why the update is rolling around, but reports over at droidforums.net have come in that it doesn't break root or render your phone un-rootable. Those that want to go for it and manually install can grab the OTA file HERE.
This is a good time to remember that rooting your phone gives you more than access to cool stuff you couldnt normally do -- it also has some responsibility attached to it. Waiting for word about the update before you accepted it IS the right thing to do, and you can be sure your favorite ROM cooker will follow soon with anything worthy of an update. Thanks everyone who sent this in!
From time to time, it's pretty darn handy to be able to access -- and control -- a desktop computer from your phone. Maybe you're the IT-type, maybe it's a family member who swears they don't know where all those racy pop-ups are coming from. Either way, a good VNC client can sure come in handy. And Log Me In Ignition is now in beta, and we took it for a test drive. Check it out after the break.
Remember that little update thing all us Sprint Hero users were waiting for on May 7 -- Tomorrow? According to the admin at Sprint's official forums, it ain't coming. No details of any kind, just what you're seeing in the screen grab above. As infuriating as it may be, we have to remember that Sprint needs to weigh the need for an update against the end user experience, and only wants to release a product as free of bugs as possible. Ask a Motorola Droid user, they know all about it.
I have confirmed with someone at Best Buy Mobile that the screen shot of the internal memo about the upgrade was legit, so now all we can do is sit back and speculate as to what happened. My guess is Godzilla attacks. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Android 1.6+ We were there in February in Barcelona when Google first demonstrated the language translation power of Google Goggles. [Market link] Today, it's gotten even better. Version 1.1 brings translation for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and that's just the start. There's also better bar code recognition, more artwork and logos are in the database, the app's user interface has been improved, and you can search using images already in your phone's gallery. [Google Mobile blog]
Not a whole lot going on in this video of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide other than the Android phone simply being used, but we do get another look at the new "Espresso" user interface in action. Check it out after the break. [InfoSync World via TMoNews]
The Samsung Galaxy A, not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy S, is now available in South Korea. The Galaxy A runs Android 2.1 and features a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, 720 MHz processor, and DivX support. It also packs a front-facing camera for video calls, 5-megapixel back facing camera for pictures, and support for T-DMB, which is basically Mobile TV. Surprisingly, given that Samsung is a Korean company, the Samsung Galaxy A is Samsung's first Android device in Korea
Apps will be available for download in the Android Market, SK Telecom T-store, and Samsung's own app store Samsung Apps. In all, it sounds like an awesome phone. It's incredibly cool to see Android tweaked and tailored to fit a country's needs. Thank you versatility. [samsung via samsunghub]
Remember how the Motorola Milestone's Android 2.1 update was delayed? No more, as Moto's broken the good news on its Facebook page. And not only is it available right now, it's bringing nine (NINE!) freaking home screens along with it. (Actually, you can choose how many home screens you want, which is even cooler.) Another major fix: You can now voice dial over Bluetooth. Nice. The upgrade is desktop only for now, but an OTA version is said to be in the works. Full details here (pdf), and you can get the download here. Thanks to everyone, and we do mean everyone, who sent this in.
If you own a Google Nexus One, check your inboxes, folks. We're getting reports in the forums about Google sending out e-mails alerting that too much tax was paid, and a refund is on the way. FWIW: Looks like I was charged the proper 7.5 percent sales tax on both of the Nexus Ones I've purchased, but our pal Philip Berne from PhoneScoop (in addition to our esteemed forum members) got an e-mail, too. Anybody else out there have a refund on the way? Sound off in the forums and be sure to mention what state you live in. (Euphoria, paranoia or one of the lower 48.) Full text of the e-mail is after the break. [Android Central forums]
Here's something I thought a few of you out there in Android Central land just might be a little bit interested in. Clear has posted exception first quarter results for 2010! Oh, and by the way, the company expects to see two new Android 4G handsets on its 4G WiMax network by the end of the year. The company says a device is on the way from Samsung as well as from HTC. Both phones will be 3G/4G with WiFi support. They're keeping their lips sealed, for now, about the details, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Evo 4G on Sprint as the offering from HTC. There's plenty of info at the source link, for the dull accounting types among us. [BusinessWire]
Wanna pre-order the Sprint Evo 4G at Radio Shack? (We're not calling it The Shack no matter how many times people in suits try to be cool.) Look for the pre-ordering to begin "later this month." That's pretty vague. Could be tomorrow, could be three weeks. And it still doesn't point to any actual availability. Could be late May, could be early June, could be late June, could be July.
We have seen Fennec pop up a few times, and even got blessed with a very early release of this, which brought it from a fantasy to a reality. As many of us know, beta releases tend to be a bit buggy, and rather far from perfect, and the Fennec build -- which is pre-alpha -- we all saw was just this. The first thing many noticed was the huge 30MB file size, which is rather large for an application that has to be stored on the internal memory, since the SD storage isn't available yet. In addition to this, Mozilla's working on support for the hardware buttons on the Android devices, which currently did not actually do anything on the initial build. Looks like there will be many add-ons available for this browser, which is pretty neat, and probably one of the many ways they will help cut down on the size of the file. Better zoom and multitouch also are on the horizon. The list is rather long of all the various changes that they are hoping to work into Fennec, so check them out, and stay tuned for future builds! [via Matt Brubeck]
While the lot of us were playing with our new Droid Incredibles and getting a crash course on all things Android this past weekend, Google's Android team was throwing a party for itself--complete with an Android Robot Ice Luge. So. very. awesome. And since we have no idea what the party was for, we'll leave it for you guys to figure out. Is it for a successful launch of another great Android phone? The completion of Android 2.2? Or just because Android is so awesome? We're going to go with that. Let us know what you think! [romainguy via androidandme]
Just a reminder folks that there's still time to vote for your favorite video entry in our Nexus One giveaway. If you've already voted, well, cool. No need to try again. We'll know if you do. And we'd hate to see anyone eliminated because the ballot box was stuffed. :p We'll announce the winners live on the podcast Thursday night, so be sure you're there.
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