Good news for our friends in the United Kingdom -- you finally can make your way throughout her majesty's land using Google Maps Navigation. Which comes in handy when airports shut down thanks to Icelandic volcanoes, right? And even better is that it works with Android 1.6, too. (Thanks, Darren, for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!)
“Multi-touch will not be a feature in future updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 because the device does not support multi-touch due to her software and hardware configuration. The operation and user experience of the phone will be further improved and Sony Ericsson will come with her own intuitive way of, for example, zooming in and out.”
So there you have it folks. No multitouch on the Xperia X10. And frankly, it's been so long since anyone has been excited about the X10, we're not sure anyone cares if there's multitouch or not.. [via Twitter and androinica]
The Garminfone has taken a long journey to hit a US carrier and now, finally, it's getting official. T-Mobile just announced that the Garminfone will be available later this Spring, and this "Garminfone" is a dead ringer for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 we saw back at MWC. It only rocks Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera and your usual slew of connectivity options. So yeah, this Garminfone is happening. The question remains whether anyone would want a mid-level device that prioritizes GPS before everything else. For some reason, we're thinking no. [Garmin via engadget]
HTC actually introduced new copy-and-paste features in the new version of Sense way back at Mobile World Congress, but let's take a look at it here on the Verizon Droid Incredible. You can select one word, several words, or whole paragraphs, and from there paste them into another application, look up a word in Wikipedia, or share it with a friend. (You also can share links.) Note that these features are currently only available in the browser and partially in HTC's e-mail client (not gmail), and we did experience a hiccup or two. Take a look.
Welcome to the future, citizen (pro tip: pass on the soylent green). Ford recently announced that it's 2011 Fiesta will launch with SYNC AppLink. I'm just going to let you read it in their own words here -
Ford will first offer SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta, allowing owners to access and control Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls
Voice control your apps via bluetooth. BOO-YAH.
Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak are the first SYNC-enabled apps, but Ford has already set up a developers site (SYNCmyride) so it looks like they mean business. Now who will be the first to develop a dialer app to fill that painful gap for lucky Ford drivers?
Follow the break for the full presser. [via PR Newswire]
Even with all the Droid Incredible news floating around the intertubes, we know there's always room for more -- especially when the news is great and includes video! Some of the fellas from HTC dropped by the Wirefly offices to show off the TV out feature of the newest member of the Android family. From the video, it looks as easy as plugging in the cable and turning on your display. The output quality doesn't look bad either. A great feature on a great phone, and one I hope catches on in the smartphone market.
I haven't been able to find anyone selling cables specific for the Droid Incredible yet, but I imagine they won't be far behind. I'd suggest checking with your local Verizon wireless store, at least until companies like Monster Cable start cranking out the high quality/low signal loss expensive versions. If you've run across any, shout out in the comments! [via Wirefly]
The guys at Android and Me noticed a few pings of Android 2.2 in their Google Analytics, meaning somebody's testing out what's at least labeled as a new version of our favorite mobile operating system. (And for what it's worth, or server logs are showing hits from Android 2.2 as well.) It's no great surprise if Google's testing a new version of the OS, and we're less than a month away from the Google IO conference (we'll be there, by the way), which is where Android 2.0 Donut first was demoed last year. Chances are we'll see the next named version of Android -- Froyo -- at Google IO. And there's a decent chance it'll be Android 2.2. Stay tuned.
Here's a special treat in honor of the mass hysteria (or at least a lot of excitement) surrounding the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. We brought together Android Central writers Jerry Hildenbrand, Keith Newman, Jared DiPane and Ali Fazel for an epic roundtable discussion about the Droid Incredible, its competition and what it means for the future of Android.
Though the above picture of a Motorola Android device looks innocent enough, don't be fooled--it's a flip phone. And yes, leave it to Motorola to cook up some interesting form factors for Android. After introducing the Backflip, it looks like Motorola has a flip Android phone in the works. But the Motorola Android flip phone isn't the size of your typical flip phone, which could've be neat, it's smartphone sized, which just maks the thing unwieldy. We're not even sure if the 'flip' portion of the phone offers any functionality other than protecting the screen.
The phone is reported to be an engineering prototype and of course looks to run the Motorola favorite, Motoblur. Specs are hard to come by, but we're sure more will be revealed soon. Either way, if Motorola keeps throwing things against the wall, we're sure something will stick, right? Does a flip phone running Android interest you guys?
Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola Flip Android phone. [it168 via engadget]
Lenovo took a headfirst leap into the mobile market Monday by launching its LePhone. With this entrance into the market, Lenovo expects to expand heavily into the mobile Internet services arena and within five years generate 10 percent to 20 percent of its total revenue strictly from mobile sales. That's quite a goal for a new player in the market, but they've definitely started on the right path by choosing the world's largest cell phone market for the first in what looks to be the first in a series of many phones.
The HTC Evo 4G is the first Android smartphone to take advantage of Sprint's WiMax 4G network, and CNN Money has taken a look at the technology behind the next-generation of high-speed wireless data and to play with the phone a bit. Take a look after the break. [CNN Money] Thanks, Nextellian!
We know. Somehow, after digesting all of your Verizon HTC Droid Incredible coverage, you still have questions. And we've got answers. So head on into the Android Central Forums, see what others are asking, and submit your own question. We'll cull through the best and answer them in a few days.
If you were thinking about shelling out some serious jing (translation: spending a lot of money) on one of those new 32GB microSD cards, you might want to hold off for a little bit. Google confirmed to CNET that Android can't actually format a card that big, which could lead to some trouble. The good news is that a fix is on the way and "will be part of our next over-the-air update." Google didn't say when that might be. [CNET]
Update: Yes, folks, let there be no confusion: You in fact can use a 32GB card. Never said you couldn't. You just can't format it. It's not a huge deal, but it's something that needs to be fixed.
Could the Samsung Galaxy S, brilliant screen and all, follow in the Nexus One's footsteps and launch on all 4 major US Carriers? That's what Forbes is reporting. According to Broadpoint.AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie the Galaxy S will be on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile "sometime later this year". If true, that's a huge move by Samsung because nearly all of US mobile phone subscribers will have a chance to use, and thus be wowed, by the Galaxy S.
Remember, the Galaxy S is a phone that is ridiculously fast and has the most beautiful of screens (if you need a reminder, check our hands-on). And though it's as 'flagship' a device you can get, Samsung still needs to stack the odds to compete with the Evos and Incredibles of the Android world. Having all 4 carriers on their side is certainly one way to do it.
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