The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is set to get another maintenance update over the next few weeks -- no, it's not Froyo -- and we got a sneak peak at an early version. GPS has been targeted, and it's looking better in early testing. Signal strength has been addressed. Also, the backlight settings are a little better, which helps the capacitive buttons stay lit longer. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I walk through them in the video after the break.
Big things happening for AppBrain today -- they've just released v5 of their Android app for users to download. The release, while improved, does have a few caveats with it though as noted on the AppBrain blog:
We're sorry to report that Google has disabled the Fast Web Installer functionality in the latest update of the Android Market. Google is pushing out this update to all devices now, so we don't know how long the fast web installer will still be relevant. (You can uninstall updates of the market to make fast web installer work again, but it seems the update keeps reinstalling automatically).
The Fast Web Installer is still available, in fact it's actually part of the AppBrain install now but given that Google broke it AppBrain has also included a Fast Sync Widget that will allow syncing from your desktop.
Despite that little bump in the road AppBrain has managed to make the app faster when loading, include a new layout which, allows for easier sharing and exploration of apps that may interest you or your friends. We're still playing around with the update but overall, looking good! Link after the break. [AppBrain Blog]
You'll need to be enrolled in Chase Online account services, which you'll have to do from your computer at the official website. Chase Mobile is compatible with all versions of Android, and it's free. Some more screenshots and download links are after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The past few weeks we have heard your feedback, you love your apps, and want them presented in all different ways. And by semi-popular demand, we're going back to our old format, wherein we showcase a few apps that have caught our eyes of late, or that might not warrant a full story. Let's take a look at some of our picks from this week!
My Motorola Droid 2 is one of my favorite phones, and the clean blue and silver appearance is one that I really like. After having the device for a little while, and trying other cases, I decided that maybe it was best to just have something to prevent scratches from occurring and keep the clean, simple look that attracted me to the device. When looking through the various cases offered for the device the Mobi Products Snap-On Case caught my attention with its clear, slim design. Let's hit the jump and take a look at some of the pro's and con's of this case as well as some more images.
Here's an update on where we stand on Comcast's rollout of its Android applications, and unfortunately we're the bearers of bad news. Looks like the Xfinity TV app (see our initial look here) has been delayed a couple months to January. The good news is that the basic Comcast mobile app is on track for Nov. 30. But those of you waiting on the official Xfinity goodness are going to have to wait a bit longer. Sorry, folks. Submitted via the official Android Central App.
A bit of good news for all you HTC Hero owners out there. Sprint just announced a maintenance release that should begin rolling out sometime today. HTC Hero Maintenance Release 2.32.621.2 brings a few fixes, including:
Correct a non-customer impacting issue (device diagnostics)
MMS issue with contact number format
Updated Sprint Zone application
And there you have it. No FroYo -- ain't gonna happen, people -- just a little Friday afternoon maintenance update. We haven't got a manual update method just yet, but that should change once it starts rolling out (if it hasn't already). Give us a shout if you've got the update package and want to share it with other eager Hero owners.
Want to discuss this update with other Hero owners? Head into our Hero forums and chat it up. [Sprint Forums] Thanks, Simon!
Just in case the Samsung Galaxy Tab was not the tablet you've been waiting for, you may wish to check out Staples on black Friday. Stapes will be making the Viewsonic G Tablet available online and in some store locations although, the ad suggests ordering online for the fastest delivery.
Assuming that G Tablet logo in the ad is accurate, what you'll end up with is a NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2 powered tablet with 512MB of RAM, a 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive screen, USB / HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 16GB of storage and finally a 1.3 megapixel camera. All of which you can call yours for the low, low price of only $399.98. Thanks Yozic! [BlackFriday]