A new video on the official Android Developers' YouTube channel offers a fascinating look at the rise of Android since the release of the first handsets running the OS. The data spans the entire globe and shows spikes coinciding with the launch of popular phones like the Motorola Droid in the U.S. and Samsung Galaxy S worldwide. Be sure to check it out above -- it's a staggering reminder of just how far Android has come in a relatively short amount of time. [Android Developer on YouTube]
The U.S. gets it first taste of the new HTC Sense and AT&T's 4G network
The HTC Inspire 4G is AT&T's first foray into 4G data, and the carrier picked a very nice package for the debut. The Inspire is beautifully constructed with high-grade materials, and it shows the world that the Captivate wasn't just a fluke -- AT&T is seeing the light and getting on board with Android in a big way.
But like everything else, it's not perfect. Hit the break and see my impressions of the HTC Inspire 4G after using it for a week, and decide if you like what you're seeing.
Motorola really went overboard with this one. Moto has posted thirty videos online that outline all the features of the highly anticipated, Motorola Atrix 4G. The videos cover everything from entertainment, importing contacts, using webtop to print, setting up corporate email, etc.
If you've been itching to see the Atrix in action, but don't want to leave your computer, you'll want to check out all the videos after the break.
Although most of us love our Google Maps Navigation, it never hurts to have a second option. MapQuest has unveiled their Android app, which brings free turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance for both walking and driving, voice search, and live traffic updates. It also brings along OpenStreetMap, which allows users to make changes and updates to the map on the fly virtually anywhere. It's available for all phones running at least Android 1.6, so head on over to the Android Market to get your download on. Direct download link after the break. [MapQuest]
After a highly promoted launch on the iPad earlier this month, News Corp's The Daily digital newpaper is heading to Android tablets in the second quarter of this year according to All Things Digital. During the announcement event (read our sister site TiPB's coverage) it was noted in Q&A that the paper would make the jump to other platforms, but that "this year, next year belong to Apple."
Even so, it is encouraging to see such a prominent app making its way to Android tablets so soon after its initial launch. Head on over into the Android Central Forums and let us know if you intend to check it out. [All Things Digital]
It's time for all you carrier-locked Dell Streak owners to celebrate -- you're getting Froyo. As was announced on the Dell community blogs today, you all should start seeing Froyo on your next reboot if you are using either Rogers or AT&T. Once alerted, you can simply follow the on-screen instructions and you will be well on your way to some Froyo goodness. Rather interesting what Dell chose as highlights of the update:
Flash support: Sure, down the road, HTML 5 will play a heavier role in mobile browsing, but the fact is that many sites on the web still use Flash.
Twitter: Simply put, the recently-updated version 2.0 of the native Twitter client rocks.
Skype: Video calling may not be an option yet, but if you use the app on your desktop or notebook it's a no-brainer to use it on Android. Plus, it's a useful option for cost-effective global calls.
All kinds of browser options: Dolphin HD is great if you like to browse with several tabs open. Skyfire 3.2 is a great option if you like to share a lot of content. Mozilla's Firefox for Android which is in beta now also look to be a promising option. Most of these higher-end browser options require Android 2.0 or later.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give your device a reboot to see if it's ready for you. You can check out the source link for further details and instructions of you need to. [Dell] Thanks, Brodie!
Word on the street is that "Thunderbolt" is what Apple's calling the new LightPeak -- as in fast, fast, FAST 10Gbps -- port on an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. It's a port on a laptop -- not a smartphone.
But if Apple starts throwing around the world "Thunderbolt" on Thursday -- the same day we might finally see the Verizon smartphone be released -- well, it's bound to be repeated by just about anyone who's at Steve Jobs' beck and call. So things could get a little interesting. [Fscklog via MacRumors, TiPb]
Not really feeling up to cooking tonight? Try out MenuPages. MenuPages can help you find worthwhile restaurants in your area. Covering eight cities (New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, South Florida, and Washington, D.C.) MenuPages allows for in-depth searches to help you break down your options in dining. Be it by popularity, distance, rating or price MenuPages covers all the information you need and now it's available in the Android Market. Head on past the break for their press release and download link.
Although QR codes have been used for a few years in other countries, in the U.S. we're still learning how to put them to work for us. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking them to the streets and buildings of his city. Soon, QR codes will be on all Department of Buildings permits.
New Yorkers expect to be able to gather information instantly, and the use of QR codes will allow them to get all information about construction work while standing on the sidewalk,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The QR codes will provide more efficient access to government data, help the public know what’s being built in their neighborhoods, and it will allow people to make more informed decisions about things from renting an apartment to making a complaint. This is another example of how we are using the latest advances in technology to increase accountability and provide more information to the public.
After scanning the codes Mayor Bloomberg is putting in place, New Yorkers will have access to the building permit history of whomever is attached to the permit. Pretty cool to see such a use case for QR codes being put to work. [Mike Bloomberg]
Great news for Samsung Captivate owners! The Android 2.2 upgrade is coming tomorrow! We’ll post a link here to the Samsung site with instructions to install the upgrade tomorrow.
The official update comes on the heals of that leaked KB1 update, which we showed you mere hours ago. And chances are it'll be the same as what gets pushed out. Stay tuned this week for complete install instructions.
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