Sure, you think your network's good. But just how good is it? Root Wireless is looking to answer that and crowdsource the nation's cellular network, at that. Today it released a free beta application that utilizes smartphones as network monitoring devices. (Check out CrackBerry.com's interview with them at CES in January.)
Supported Android devices are the Google Nexus One, Motorola Cliq, HTC Droid Eris and T-Mobile G1.
Here's how it works: You load up Root Wireless' app on your phone, and use it to monitor the network. Then you sign in at MyTrueCoverage.com, and your network strength is plotted on Google Maps. A handy tool if you're looking to determine just how good (or bad) a cell carrier is where you live, work and play. Full presser after the break.
Take a lot of photos? Do you use Picasa to sort and store them? If so, here’s another reason to look towards Mountain View when buying a tablet. Our SPE sister site The iPhone Blog reports the latest from Apple CEO (and part time CSR) Steve Jobs.
…Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?
And the response from Steve Jobs:
No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.
Sent from my iPhone
Granted, it’s his baby and he can decide who and what to support, but the list of iDont’s seems to get bigger each time we hear from Mr. Jobs about this thing. If you’re not using a Mac with Faces and Places, don’t fret. Android has you covered.
Sent from my old Tablet PC tethered to my Android [via TiPb]
On the eve of CTIA (translated: While we're all on planes headed to Las Vegas), Motorola announced the Motorola i1 (aka the Opus One), bringing you the very first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone.
The i1 sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen at 320x480 pixels, WiFi and Opera Mini 5 with Flash Lite, a 5-megapixel camera and 2GB microSD card included. The Swype keyboard also is included.
Exact pricing wasn't announced, and availability is listed only as the second quarter. So look for it in the next three months. Full presser after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. [Motorola]
Well, the HTC Desire sure has seen a lot of headlines lately, and they don't appear to be stopping anytime soon. As we all know the release of this heavily anticipated device is coming near, and finally the device has appeared on the T-Mobile UK site. Not only did the device appear on the site, but now its showing a rather sexy black version, to accompany the silver and brown versions we reported on earlier.
While the news of the release is rather exciting, the site does state it can take around seven days for the shipping process, which lands it right around the rumored April 1st date. As though this is not exciting enough, the pricing of this device landed much lower then many expected, and more pricing details can be found here. Take a look after the jump at a video of this black on in action! [via Engadget]
Today on AT&T's Facebook page it was announced that the Dell Aero, formally known as the Dell Mini 3, will be the next Android device to be launched from AT&T. What's very interesting is the skin that is seen on this UI, and what Android series this will be running over. Knowing AT&T and their ever so fun restrictive Android systems they enjoy to run, this will probably run over 1.5 or 1.6 instead of 2.1, but there is no solid proof of this at the current time. We can hope and pray that AT&T will do the right thing this time, and let this device run a little more freely then the Backflip does. [Sprint via Engadget]
The teaser videos have been around for about a month, people have been anticipating it, and it appears as though it is finally here. Over at AllDroid user Greek35T has been hard at work trying to perfect the port of the new Sense UI to the Motorola Droid. (See our review of the new Sense.) Well, the wait is over for those brave enough to load this port from the HTC Desire onto their device. While the majority of reports are positive about this ROM, there are always going to be minor kinks, so take this at your own risk. For more information about this ROM, and directions for loading it be sure to check here. [AllDroid via BoyGeniusReport]
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In the past few days a common question has been asked, what do I have to do to use my iPhone SIM card in my new Nexus One? For the answer to that and other AT&T SIM card questions visit this thread right here.
Engadget reports that a poster over at Android Community by the name of Onyoursix has shared a screen grab of the internal inventory system for indirect Sprint dealers showing some great news. The HTC A9292 WiMax Bar Phone looks like it’s destined to hit the shelves sometime soon. As we reported back in January and saw again just days ago, this just might be the Supersonic. Seems like all that’s left now is for Sprint to finally come clean with the juicy details in Vegas at CTIA. Come on Dan, you have us lined up with our checkbooks in hand.
Are we ready for a 4.3 inch Snapdragon powered 4G Android smartphone? I sure am. What about you guys and gals?
So after some documents arose yesterday about the upcoming release of Android 2.1 for the Sprint HTC Hero and Samsung Moment, it appears as though some have gone ahead and used some internal Sprint connections to dig up a little more dirt. Several people have heard from Sprint that the release of this update is supposed to be March 26, which is slightly contrary to the April time frame previously given. Maybe Sprint is just trying to surprise everyone and release it a few days early, or maybe they just want to ensure it is rolled out before the release of the Sprint Nexus One or any of their other Android devices. Sprint users, cross your fingers, at this rate you will probably see the Android 2.1 update before the Droid does on Verizon. [via Engadget]
What started as a rant from the less-than-Google-friendly Boy Genius Report is slowly starting to become a thing. We're talking about the screen on the latest batch of Google Nexus Ones, whose only discernible difference from the original was supposed to be that it supports AT&T's flavor of 3G.
Instead, we're seeing color variations. They're ranging from "Eh, I can barely notice" -- that's my example above, with the new phone on the left, and the original on the right -- to BGR's "What's wrong with this thing" (OK, those of you who follow the dude on Twitter know we cleaned up that line a bit) that you can see after the break. We're also throwing in a couple of shots from a post at XDA Developers.
Should we be alarmed? Probably not yet. Side by side, you can see the difference in my example. On its own? Looks fine to me. Small manufacturing fluctuations should be expected (though still unwelcome), and occasional bad apples happen. Let's not sound the alarm just yet. But anybody else out there seeing this?
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