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.
Ever done a search on Google only to be directed to web pages created in 2002? A little outdated, if you ask me. Google has remedied this by implementing some new search tools for your desktop PC and Android phone. Now, when you get to the search results page, you will see some added options that will help refine your search, and help you narrow down the more recent results. Google didn’t stop there – it also integrated a time line function, and added something called the "wonder-wheel," which will suggest similar material of your original search. Keep it up Google! [Google]
A few months ago we reported about Sprint's plan to cover 120 million people with their 4G service by the end of the year. Rumors and speculation aside (and pointless wishing over a pile of empty beer cans), Clearwire has issued a press release today with another slew of cities to add to the list:
The companies plan to launch 4G mobile broadband services this summer in the following cities: Jacksonville and Daytona, FL; Kansas City, KS; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, CA; Wilmington, DE; Grand Rapids, MI; Eugene, OR; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, WA. Consumers and businesses should expect to see additional network expansions throughout these cities, and a wide-range of independent marketing and advertising initiatives.
I know that carrier wars are fun, but I don't care who you are or what service you prefer, advances in cellular communications technology benefit us all. Oh, and there's that one little thing called the HTC EVO 4G. WiMax may or may not be the future, but it's here now, and expanding at a nice clip. We've got a running total of current and announced Sprint 4G cities going in the forums and the list is starting to be impressive. Now how to convince Sprint to get Bunker Hill, West Virginia on that list remains a mystery :)
A question we get quite often from you guys is "How do I add a second gmail account?" Consider that question answered in the video above. Note that I'm adding a Google Apps account, which is the same as a normal gmail account, just with a different domain name.
Anyhoo, it takes about 30 seconds to do, and you can sync all of your e-mails and contacts, just like with a "normal" gmail account.
Good news for all you bookworms: Google recently announced it will be plunging into the e-book market as early as this summer. It will be implementing some snazzy new book-search software, as well as allowing even small third-party retailers to sell their “G-books.” Google has not yet decided whether or not to price the books themselves, or let the publishers have that authority.
What’s going to make this different than the other e-book services is that “Google Editions,” as it will be called, will work on a multitude of different devices, and you can bet Android will get in the game soon enough, given Google's "Mobile first" strategy. The competition in this market is already fierce, with juggernauts like Apple and Amazon leading the way – but we’re sure that it won’t take long to catch up.
We know that the Droid Incredible has been rather hyped up, getting some killer reviews, and loved by nearly everyone who was lucky enough to get one. After hearing about the Snapdragon processor, and the internal memory, and all the other fancy features of the device, did it leave you wondering what it all looked like inside? You weren't the only one. The guys over at TechRestore had the same idea, and wanting to share their findings with everyone, so they put together a rather creative unboxing and disassembly video for all of us. Do the internals look asirresistible as the external does? Check the video after the jump to find out for yourself! [TechRestore (Youtube) via Engadget]
We're not quite sure of any fun way to spin it: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 -- languishing with Android 1.6 and a clumsy first-generation of the Timescape and Mediascape interface -- is now slated to get a major software overhaul ... in the fourth quarter of this year.
According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the major improvements will be:
Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
Improvements to signature applications Timescape and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer
And those are welcome improvements -- if they were coming tomorrow. But October's a smartphone lifetime away. And that's one of the biggest problems we're seeing with Android fragmentation. The OS is progressing so quickly that custom interfaces just can't keep up. Granted there was a major shift between Android 1.x and 2.x, but still. For The Xperia line (the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will get Android 2.1 updates in Q4, too) to get their updates nearly a year after Android 2.1 was first released is, sadly, laughable. [SE Product Blog]
Adobe is certainly loving Android these days. Adobe's latest love letter: showcasing a prototype Android tablet running Flash and Adobe Air apps "flawlessly". At the Web 2.0 Expo, an Android tablet was caught running Flash and Air apps, and it was well, running very well. Given that Flash extends the usefulness of tablet devices, to have it this usable in an Android tablet would certainly give it a leg up against, say, an iPad.
However, we do have to stay realistic in what this demo means for Android devices in the future. The demo was shown by Adobe and the device is a prototype (we have no idea what hardware is behind it), we can't expect all Android devices to run Flash so well. Let's just hope all the kinks are worked out before Flash comes in Android 2.2.
Hit the jump to see Flash in action on the Android tablet! [zedomax via engadget]
Go ahead and watch this video (after the break) of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, but know this: The phone is not quite as short or as fat as it appears in this clip. Sadly, the same can't be said for some of us around here. [Youtube] Thanks, jxc!
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