The Samsung Captivate on AT&T actually will be the second phone in the Galaxy S line to be released in the United States, but it's the first to have reached our hands. So, let's give it a go. It's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera (no flash, though), a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and more customizations than you can shake a stick at.
Seriously, despite everything we can say about AT&T and Android (and we've said plenty), it's quite apparently after even just a few minutes that the Captivate (and all of the Galaxy S phones, for that matter) is a hell of a phone. It's just about the perfect size, it's light, it's fast, and the software is pretty darn good.
We're going to take our time and really put the Captivate though its paces. But for now, check out an initial (and very, very quick) hands-on after the break.
The Seesmic Twitter client got an update today, and it's now known as Seemic for Android. Oh, and it also adds support for Google Buzz, in-line picture previews, an updated settings UI, support for OAuth, and some other UI tweaks.
Wanna see it in action? Check out our video after the break, where you also can get download links. [Seesmic]
Listen up all you file downloaders and everyone paying $10 premiums for unlimited data -- dTor, the native Android BitTorrent client is now available (as a release candidate) for download. Blueplanetapps has made the client available exclusively on Android Central's Forums for a short time before it hits the Market. Torrents are a great way to download big files like music or video, and a great way to distribute files you need to share, and now you can do it right from your Android phone.
Hit the forums to read about the app and for the download and support links, and remember -- legal files only, m'kay? [Android Central Forums]
Looking for an easy way to make a couple extra bucks? WeReward is kind of like Foursquare – in a sense that you check in to different businesses around your area and will share it on social networking clients such as Twitter and Facebook. However, the difference is that this app actually pays you for it, and sometimes it’s more than just clicking the ‘checkin’ button. For example, you may get points for taking of a picture of yourself with an Applebees waitress, or uploading a snapshot of your receipt. Each point is equal to a penny, and while it may sound tedious, there are 15 million businesses around the country that are participating, and some that will offer hundreds of points so you might need to shop around a little. After you've racked up some heavy loot, you can cash out using Paypal. It's a great marketing idea, and at the same time a fun way to put some extra cash in your pocket. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Fox News has joined the New York Times, CBS News, and several other mainstream news companies in offering an official app on the Android Market.
The app comes packed with features, including video highlights and live audio streaming from Fox News Radio. It is available for download now via the Market for free. [AppBrain | Fox News] Thanks for the tip, rugbyua9!
Our pals at PhoneScoop are reporting that Verizon is offering a 32GB microSD card for $100 when purchased with a Droid X, which conveniently goes on sale on Thursday for $199. Without a Droid X, the card will cost you $150. That's still a chunk of change either way, but you'll be the first on your block with the largest phone and the largest storage. And can you really put a price on that? [PhoneScoop]
So the bootloader on the Droid Xis locked. We know this. For many developers and hackers, it's a bit of a disappointment as the original Motorola Droid became a de facto dev phone because it ran stock Android 2.0 and had an unlocked bootloader. That allowed them (and us) to easily flash new ROMs onto the phone.
So what's the deal with the Droid X? Motorola's Lori Fraleigh explains in a recent blog post from way back in February:
"We understand there is a community of developers interested in going beyond Android application development and experimenting with Android system development and re-flashing phones. For these developers, we highly recommend obtaining either a Google ADP1 developer phone or a Nexus One, both of which are intended for these purposes. At this time, Motorola Android-based handsets are intended for use by consumers and Android application developers, and we have currently chosen not to go into the business of providing fully unlocked developer phones.
"Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration."
That's the way Moto wants it, and that's the way it will be. For the time being, it looks like the Nexus One will remain Google's official dev phone. It is also a sure bet that the Android hacker community will descend onto the X like a swarm once it is released, so have no fear. And it also stands to reason the "unannounced" Droid 2 might be seeing the same "feature."
Our question to you: Is this a deal-breaker? Or can you still not wait to get your hands on Moto and Verizon's new hotness? [MotoDev via Android and Me]
The final version's faster, we're seeing better and more accurate page rendering, and basically everything you might want in a mobile browser. Opera Mini also compresses data by up to 90 percent before it reaches your phone, which helps with speed and data usage. Check out some video after the break, and give it a try for yourself. [Opera]
One of the great things about Android is the fact that you can change deeply ingrained parts of the operating system to suit your needs, and use applications like SwiftKey beta keyboard. I've been using the closed alpha of this app for quite a while, and was excited when the guys from TouchType reached out to let us know the app was now available for all through the Market. They also included a preview version for testing, so I was able to put the latest version through the paces of a busy day, and am thoroughly pleased. Follow the break to learn a bit more, see some action shots, and read the press release.
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