In keeping up with all their previous Droid branding we're now seeing more Droid branded items come to market -- although, this time it's not a handset. It's actually a Bluetooth headset dubbed the Droid CommandOne. OK, so it's a Droid-branded Motorola Command One, which, is an awesome headet but that also raises the question of how many other accessories is Verizon planning on pushing out carrying the Droid branding. No pricing or launch date details are to be had here but we're thinking the standard "coming soon" should cover it. [Engadget]
Samsung has announced that its dual-core Galaxy S II will be released in the UK on May 1. The Gingerbread-powered Galaxy S II brings some impressive specs to the table -- a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4.2-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, making it one of the most powerful Android devices around.
Samsung says the Galaxy S II will be available on-contract all major UK networks, as well as SIM-free from British retailers. If you'd like to be serenaded with more tech specs, you can read Samsung's full press release after the jump. Find out what we thought of the Galaxy S II by checking out our hands-on coverage of the phone from Mobile World Congress.
With Google's release of cloud printing on the Android platform, many developers have been wondering how to implement the offerings into their applications as well. Sadly, they've been finding a road block when it comes to being allowed access to this service.
Firefox Mobile now has an app that allows for cloud printing. Designed as a restartless app (meaning you can install it and it not require a browser restart) Firefox Mobile users just simply have to add the extension in Firefox Mobile and you're all set.
As noted by developer Mark Finkle, because Google never made the API available, a lot of back ground script work had to be done in order to get things working correctly. With that noted, Mark has welcomed everyone to try it out and report back on how it is working for them. You can hit the source link for the full details and how to get started with cloud printing on Firefox Mobile. [Cloud Printer add-on, Stark Raving Finkle]
Want the stock Gingerbread keyboard with a little extra oomph in the text prediction? Check out the A.I.type keyboard. It's currently in beta but is pretty darn stable. The gist is this: You get the stock Gingerbread keyboard with some pretty good text prediction. It claims to be able to save you 75 percent of keystrokes (or taps, we gather). Don't think we'd go quite that far, but the prediction is rather accurate, and we'd expect it to get better in future releases. Also, text prediction requires a data connection. So if you're in BFE, you might be SOL.
A.I.type currently supports multiple languages, voice recognition, keyboard themes. It's free in the current beta, and we've got promo video and download links after the break. [A.I.type]
MSNBC teamed up with Zumobi to make an app for their popular program Meet the Press. If you're not familiar with the program, it's a weekly show that has been running since FDR was President. It focuses on the major political, economic and social issues consuming American policymakers and is able to bring in very esteemed panels week after week.
With the app, simply titled Meet the Press, consumers will now be able to access interviews from the show wherever they are on their mobile device. The app is integrated with Twitter and Facebook, making it easy to share clips that you've loved or hated. Additional features include push notifications of weekly guests, contacting David Gregory (the host), and trivia to ensure that you're up-to-date on current affairs.
If you're interested in the Meet the Press app, it is available for free from the Market, follow the link after the break.
The first clear images of the Japan-exclusive Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro have emerged via Japanese blog Datacider. Based on the new pics, as well as earlier leaked information, it seems the Acro is a slightly bulkier version of the Xperia Arc with new functionality for the Japanese market, including NFC, a TV tuner and infra-red sensor. It also looks like the Acro will sport the same 4.2-inch display and 8 megapixel Exmor R camera as the Arc.
No release date has been revealed yet, but with some of the 2011 Xperia phones being delayed or in short supply due to the recent natural disasters in Japan, it could be a while before the Acro hits Japanese shelves. [Datacider via Xperia Blog]
UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse is now listing the Flyer, HTC's unique 7-inch tablet, for pre-order for £599.99 (~$960). This fits with earlier pre-order prices for the device -- way back in February Amazon Germany listed the Flyer with a price of €669, which at current exchange rates is almost exactly £600.
While the Flyer is a neat little device (we got to play with it at MWC and CTIA), we definitely think that such a high price point will deter a lot of customers. At £599.99 it's £20 more expensive than the UK 3G Xoom, which offers a larger screen, superior internals and Honeycomb out of the box.
We'll see how this price goes down with consumers when Carphone begins shipping Flyers in "early May". [Carphone Warehouse]
Adobe is diving headfirst into the tablet market, as it just announced the Photoshop Touch software development kit. The SDK works in conjunction with Photoshop CS5 and a new scripting engine and lets devices on Android, BlackBerry and iOS tablets to interact with Photoshop on the desktop.
Adobe went ahead and has developed a trio of apps for iOS -- Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. They let you create custom color swatches, paint and use Photoshop tools directly from the tablet. The SDK will allow apps to be developed on Android and other platforms.
We took a quick tour of the suite and the premise is simple enough. Your tablet connects to the PC via a secure connection, and away you go. Adobe Eazel works, well, like an easel. You can create content on the tablet and have it seamlessly imported into Photoshop. Actually, it's smoother than that. You create on the tablet and it's just there in Photoshop on your desktop or laptop. Pretty slick.
In addition, Adobe's Creative Suite has been bumped to Version 5.5. Developers can access the free SDK at www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop. Current users of Photoshop CS5 can update starting May 3, and the iOS versions of Lava, Eazel and Nav should be available in early May. And Adobe also is launching new subscription-based pricing for Photoshop, for as little as $35 a month. More on subscription pricing is at adobe.com/cssubscription.
More pics of the new Adobe products in action are after the break. [Adobe]
CyanogenMod 7 has reached the final version, after having gone through the alpha/beta/release candidate phases, and uploads are in process. CyanogenMod 7 has support for more than 30 devices, including:
If you're daring and want to download the package and install it yourself, you'll need a link. I just so happen to have one of those right here. You also might need some GApps. The more patient (or lazy) types can just wait for Rom Manager to populate, which shouldn't be far off now that the final version is rolling out. No word about the status of any RC4 bugs, like GPS on the Evo or the "wonk" on the Nexus One, but rest assured the team won't rest until CM7 is the best it can be. [CyanogenMod]
Monday morning comes around, then you blink, and then boom it's Saturday and you are left wondering where the week went. If you haven't had your eyes glued to the site, you may have missed some live images of the Verizon Incredible 2, along with the Droid X2, and much much more. Let's take a look below at some of what you may have missed over the course of the last week.
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One of the worst-kept secrets of this spring is that the Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon. Maybe you've seen the leaked pictures, or a leaked roadmap -- but it's definitely coming. And now it's starting to show up in Verizon's internal system, as evidenced by the picture you see above.
Ignoring the obviously skewed dimensions in the pic, we're getting a clearer idea of what we can expect from the Droid Incredible 2 specs. Let's break it down:
World phone -- that means GSM and CDMA radios, for use in the United States on Verizon as well as abroad.
New 1.3MP front-facing camera to go along with the 8MP rear camera.
Pre-installed 16GB microsSD card.
DLNA media sharing.
New Sync & Connect feature. Not sure if that's an HTC or Verizon customization, but it "will provivde multiple e-mail and address books in one place." The service will be up and running on April 12, and "will be on the Incredible 2 once it launches." So don't look for the DInc 2 before then.
3G mobile hotspot will be an extra $20 for 20GB. That's either some really good pricing, or a typo.
We're still waiting on Verizon to officially announce this guy, so things could change. And if you're wondering what Verizon's going to be demoing in stores, check out the pic after the break. And in the meantime, check out the current crop of expected specs, and be sure to swing by our Droid Incredible 2 forums.
Hoping to be the first kid on your block with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer? Sorry, but this guy beat you to it. Eight minutes of the slick little Android Honeycomb tablet that snaps into a full-size keyboard. We get a great look at what's in the box, and of the tablet itself. Looks like it's got a great textured back, the overly large bezel, and we see the proprietary charger (boo). And finally, it's booted up, and sure enough, there's Android 3.0.
Still no word on when those of us here in the states might be able to get our hands on one, but we're starting to get more than slightly excited for it.
This week we decided to switch it up a little bit, and bring you a special edition of our favorite weekly applications. Not only are these some of our favorite applications, but all of this week's pick require root access on your device. Be sure to join us after the break to take a look at some of these applications!
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