In-app billing for Android is a pretty simple thing, really. Say you're playing a game and want to buy a new level, song, weapon -- whatever. All it takes is a couple apps, and you've got the new level, song, weapon -- whatever.
We gave it a go on Tap Tap Revenge -- you should remember our early look at it back at the Honeycomb event at Google HQ. And indeed, it's simple enough. Tap on the song we wanted to purchase, confirm the purchase, and we're on our way. (That was the easy part -- Tap Tap Revenge itself is something of a confounding application, or maybe we're just old and couldn't handle all the flashing lights.)
Anyhoo, look for in-app billing to really take off in the coming months.
See, apparently the music industry believes that Amazon needs a license to allow me to stream my music -- my (mostly) legally obtained music -- from its cloud to my devices. I can take said music and stream it from my laptop to my Xbox 360, or put it on a microSD card and pump it through a phone or six, or put it on a flash drive and play it in my car. But, apparently, Amazon needs a license. And apparently it didn't get one.
According to a Reuters story, the music industry has its knickers in a twist because Amazon went ahead and launched the service while still in talks for licensing fees -- something neither Google nor Apple has had the chutzpah to do. And you know what? Good for Amazon. The music industry has been killing itself far too slowly.
Of course, this could mean that Amazon's service could be shut down, or Amazon might have to pay out the wazoo, or we could all be forced to pay more for the storage space. (And I'm willing to bet Google's going to give more than 5GB free.) We'll just have to see. In the meantime, stream away, folks. Stream away. [Reuters/Yahoo via TiPb]
The LG Optimus 2X is proving to be quite the treat for those who love to root and customize their phones, and the release of MCR (MoDaCo Custom ROM) for the device makes things that much better. For those not familiar with Paul O'Brien's work, MCR is a ROM that appears stock, but everything behind the scenes is tweaked. Paul has quite the knack for finding a sweet spot between speed and stability, and all versions of MCR (most devices that are capable get the treatment) have a large fanbase.
MCR for the 2X brings a custom kernel with EXT 4 support, Superuser Whitelist and current SU binary from ChainsDD, and is flashable from ClockworkMod recovery for easy installation. There's also a custom kitchen for downloading available for paid members of Paul's website.
Thanks for the hard work Paul, here's hoping you can get the T-Mobile version in your hands when it's released. [MoDaCo]
I'm not sure what I like more about this Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt -- this red color here is dark red. A mean, dark red. It's like someone took a sort of metallic red and painted over the blackest of blacks, and the blackness is threatening to return. If light's not hitting it directly, the edges of the case cast shadows that I could swear are moving.
So, yeah, I'm digging the color. (It also comes in black and purple.)
And then there's the fact that it's your standard Mobi Products hard shell case. It comes in two pieces that, separately, don't seem very substantial. But snap them together, and your phone's protected from dings and scratches. The case doesn't add much bulk to the phone, but it's just thick enough to keep the screen from touching a table if left face down. You've got cutouts for the ports and buttons, as well as the kickstand.
And, again, there's that awesome color.
The case comes apart easily enough if you need to take it off, but there's also no movement if you squeeze at the seams. Speaking of the seams, the point where the front of the case and the back come together -- that's about the only ding we'll give this case. We'd love to have the seams a tad more invisible. It's not a deal-breaker, just a fit-and-finish sort of thing.
When the Amazon Appstore launched, one of the big stories was that it offered an exclusive copy of the new game Angry Birds Rio, the latest installment of the popular Rovio series.
It seems as if that exclusivity is coming to an end this week, as Rovio announced Angry Birds Rio will be coming to the Android Market for free and will be ad-supported. They say as soon as they fix a couple bugs, it will be released. If you're one who cares about ads, the ad-free version is still available over at Amazon.
This is great news for international users who can't access Amazon's Appstore yet. Don't worry, you'll be able to play Angry Birds again soon! [Facebook]
Looks like LG is sticking to their Optimus naming conventions here, but we can't help but wonder how this one came about. The LG Optimus Big as it's been dubbed got caught up in some photos on its way to Korean carrier U+.
The device itself has been noted as taking some of its styling queues from the LG Optimus 2X with the exception of the screen that now gets bumped up to 4.3 inches and of course makes use of NOVA technology.
Other specs call for a 1GHz single-core processor and a T-DMB TV tuner that leads us to believed we may never see this outside of Korea-- but time will tell. [XPortsNews via Phone Arena]
Remember back at CES when Verizon announced that nameless Samsung device, and we were all wondering what it was. Well, some more information has surfaced about the device, and it appears as though the Samsung SCH-i510 LTE device is the Droid Charge. The device has surfaced yet again, this time with a mock up of a potentially new style to the good old Eye we are used to.
Interesting to see this non Motorola "Droid" branded device utilizing a variant of the Eye that has been seen in all the other Motorola Android devices, but was not found in the Eris or Incredible. While there is still unfortunately not a whole lot of information about the device, besides that it will run Android 2.2, and have an 8MP rear facing camera, and a front facing camera, the confirmation of the name brings it one step closer. [Pocketnow]
If you love using widgets and enjoy the look of a nice, simple, clean looking home screen you won’t want to delay the download of Minimalistic Text any further. This widget, which is really 11 different widgets in one, allows you to display a variety of different information on their home screen in text form. Whether you want to display the time, date, temperature, weather, or battery percentage on your screen you can do so easily with this application.
Minimalistic Text allows near-complete control of the design of the widgets, ranging from widget size, text direction, alignment, color, and nearly anything else you could think of. There are a bunch of preset designs layouts, but they don’t limit you to use only those, users can create a custom layout with the information of their choice and have that displayed instead. Once the widgets are set, simply clicking on them allows them to be changed again, so if you want to change the text size, color, background or anything else. For the amazing price of free in the Android market, this is an application that many will find use for, as there is a widget for just about everyone in it. Download links available after the break.
Unfortunately, if you have already flashed the leak from the other night, you will need to SBF your device back down the the Froyo build, and then root it again before installing this. If you held off for this one, then you are lucky, just download and install. If you happen to hit some bootloops, just go into recovery and wipe data and you should be all set! [Droid 2 / Droid X] Thanks, deadlybatman!
It appears that Bell customers will be able to buy the HTC Incredible S starting April 4, according to a leaked document.
This is great news for Canadians anxiously awaiting the new models from HTC, which includes the updated Sense, a 4-inch Super LCD touchscreen, an 8MP rear camera as well as a front-facing camera.
Mobile Syrup is reporting that the internal document is placing the off-contract price at $499, but no other prices given. Expect more soon as launch date is only a little over a week away. [Mobile Syrup]
Our friends over at TiPB have a weekly podcast that they call iPad Live, and this week that has passed they brought CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, along with our very own Phil Nickinson to the show to talk tablets. So, if you are in the market for a new tablet, and are trying to decide which is best for you, or you just enjoy to watch a bunch of passionate people speak about their platform, be sure to check this out. Highlight video available after the break, or head to TiPb for the whole thing. [TiPB]
The mobile version has the same rendering engine as the desktop version of Firefox, with full HTML5 support. And you've got full access to add-ons, too. Plus there's the sync function that lets you take your bookmarks, passwords, log-ins and even individual tabs on the go.
Still need convincing? Video highlights and download links are after the break. [Mozilla]
All Cellular South to the list of regional carriers that are getting the HTC Merge. The Southern carrier just announced that it'll be getting the 3.8-inch Android 2.2w phone with a killer sliding keyboard. Also, the Merge will come preloaded with the Amazon Appstore (presumably in conjunction with the Android Market).
The Merge will be available sometime in April. No price has been set yet. Full presser's after the break.
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