Have you poked around in the Android Market recently? Unable to find an application that suites your needs due to the incredible amount of apps in the market? Well, have no fear, your friends here at Android Central are back at it again with another weekly rendition of our favorite app picks, so let's hit the jump and see what they are this week!
We know "something big is coming" from Samsung at Mobile World Congress in a few short weeks. And if this leaked teaser video (which almost looks unfinished) is any indication (and if it's real), we could well be looking at a Galaxy Tab 2. The rumor mill's got it coming with a Tegra 2 processor, and nobody can make up their minds on the screen tech.
And by the way, that SamsungUnpacked site has changed slightly, with word of an invite-only event Feb. 13, and open event Feb. 14. Guess we'll have to go to Barcelona to find out what's what. And go we shall. [YouTube via OLED-Display]
This is a big one, folks. The DL09 maintenance update that was recently pushed to the Samsung Fascinate breaks emergency calling -- for some of us, anyway -- when the phone is using a pattern lock. Discovered by SEAKevin from the Android Central Forums, the bug relates to the Emergency Call button when the pattern lock is enabled. Normally, when that button is pressed, the system will allow for E911 calls you having to unlock the phone. We are able to successfully reproduce the bug.
Instead of being taken to the emergency dialer screen, nothing happens. The dialer only shows after the correct unlock pattern has been entered -- completely defeating the purpose.
A couple of you are noting in the comments that you're not seeing this, so there might be some variables involved. But the fact that it's happening for anyone certainly is cause for some concern. Video of the bug is after the break. [Android Central Forums] Thanks, SEAKevin!
The good news -- the T-Mobile Vibrant indeed is getting its Froyo update. The bad news -- it looks like (thus far) you have to do it through Samsung's Mini Kies program. That's right, in this day and age of over-the-air updates, you have to plug your phone into a computer to update. Le sigh.
We've only been at it for an hour or so now, and Kies is still seeing our Vibrant as an "Unregistered device." Whatever that means.
You know that Froyo complacency a few of you have accused us of? It's rapidly going away. There's really no excuse for making an update this difficult. [via TMoNews]
The weekend is upon us once again, finally. Lots of exciting stuff has gone down this week so be sure to click back and catch up on anything you may have missed. Especially the podcast, it was pretty awesome. Be sure to hit up the forums and check out what's happening. Hope you all have a great weekend!
You want some actual news about accessories to go along with the initial pricing info for the Motorola Xoom tablet, eh? We've got you covered. Above is what Verizon apparently will have on hand, and it's quite the portfolio. You've got a camera kit cable (oooh, fancy), a media dock and advanced HDMI dock, silicone cases, travel charger and car charger. Everything a budding Android tableteer could need, we reckon. Thanks, K!
We haven't been blessed by Google with the update on our Nexi just yet, so we're on the lookout for the download link. If you feel like helping in the search, grab Alogcat from the market (link after the break), install it and run the app after you get the update message, but before you run the update. Save the output, and contact us. [Android Central forums] Thanks Droid800!
You might have stumbled across a story or two on the web today about Florian Mueller from FOSSpatents finding 43 more files in the Android source that look to be copied from Sun. I know I did, and had a heart wrenching editorial all ready to go, all about Google's open source strategy in their fight against Oracle, how it might fail, and how I was going to shave my beard and cry.
Then I stumbled across Ed Burnette's story on ZDNet.
All the fuss, all the hysteria, and most importantly all the cries against Google proclaiming them as thieves aren't what they seem. There are two sets of files in question -- a series of seven (PolicyNodeImpl.java, AclEntryImpl.java, AclImpl.java, GroupImpl.java, OwnerImpl.java, PermissionImpl.java, and PrincipalImpl.java) that contain proprietary code from Sun, and do exist, but they are in the unit test area of the AOSP source tree. This means they are only used to test software after it's built, and before it's shipped. To be clear -- these files are not used to build Android, nor are the shipped with Android. To take things a step further, these files were published by Sun on their own website to assist developers to test and debug -- exactly what Google is using them for.
The other 37 files exist as well, but are inside a zip file in an area of the source tree used for one particular audio chipset. These files look like they were uploaded by mistake, and also aren't used to build Android or ship with any Android devices. These will probably just be deleted from the tree, as they don't do anything.
Word on the street and in the Android Central Forums (same difference, really) is that the Nexus One is in the midst of an update to Android 2.2.2 -- build FRG83G. Nope, not Gingerbread yet. The new Froyo version is a scant 558kb, which Google says "contains important bug fixes."
We just got hit with the news of the minimum advertised price for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and HTC ThunderBolt LTE smartphone on Verizon. Looks like the Xoom will be going for $799 -- we have to assume that's unsubsidized. The HTC Thunderbolt is listed at $249, a more subsidy-friendly number.
That doesn't mean those are the exact prices we'll see at launch -- and we still don't know when that is for either device. But it's a bit of a starting point. One more pic after the break. Thanks to the the tipsters!
Also included is the Swype keyboard technology and Samsungs Social hub is baked right in. Neither availability dates or any carriers are associated to the device. It just appears that Samsung wanted to add yet another device to their website even if it never ends up on a carrier. [Samsung via PhoneScoop]
As Android gets more popular and mainstream, new users are coming out of the woodwork! I'm very happy to say that a portion of those users are running Linux on their desktops, and they're hungry to learn the things we try to teach all you Windows users. Since we have more than a few Linux-using Advisers and senior members in the forums, this is something we're more than happy to do. And we're going to start with something that's pretty important to me -- sideloading apps on phones that have been altered.
It's not hard, it's all done through the terminal using commands you can cut and paste, and the setup from start to finish is laid out pretty clearly. Check it out in the forums, and be on the lookout for more Linux tips and tricks from Android Central. And if you're not a Linux user, but need to get your sideload on, check out the Sideload Wonder Machine for Windows.
We've covered Trapster a few times here in the past but they seem to of have had a run in with some hackers as of late. Recently Trapster has been sending e-mails out to users letting them know hackers may have comprised the Trapster database:
"The Trapster team has recently learned that our website has been the target of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised. We have taken, and continue to take, preventative measures to avoid future incidents but we are recommending that you change your Trapster password. As always, Trapster recommends that you use distinctive passwords for each site you visit, but if you use the same password on Trapster that you use on other services, we recommend that you change your password on those services as well."
If you have any questions, you'll want to reach out to Trapster, and if you are a Trapster user please, be sure to change up your password as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
British retailer Expansys UK is offering the LG Optimus 2X for the low price of free when paired with a Vodafone UK contract. The phone itself is listed as being available starting Mar. 21 but it would seem that eager customers can pre-order it now. The pricing on contracts starts at £30.65 for a two year plan with 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, and a paltry 500MB data allowance. For those of you who want the Tegra 2 powered phone unlocked, be prepared to pony up £499. [Expansys UK via UnwiredView]
On a very special Android Central Podcast, we tackle the Samsung Froyo update and why we've scoffed at many of the rumors. Plus, Eric Schmidt's out as Google's CEO. And stick around at the end for a special contest announcement. Namaste!
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