Google is reportedly pulling all of the Android games in the Android Market in South Korea because laws in South Korea mandate that all games, of any kind, be reviewed by the South Korea Gaming Board. To expect the South Korea Gaming Board to individually review the thousands of Android games available is a little unrealistic. The choice to remove Android games is an undesirable solution for all parties involved but it's better than having no Android Market in South Korea at all. Luckily, since Android allows you to sideload applications from third-party sources, South Korean Android users may still be able to gain access to some 4,000 games in Android Market.
South Korea definitely needs to lighten up on its policy of reviewing every game that's available in the country. Two of their country's biggest companies, Samsung and LG, have fully endorsed Android and to inadvertently limit the features of Android damages those companies. Plus, to have no games on your phone's application store in 2010? Crazy talk! [via unwiredview]
Hey, kids. You know that myTouch Slide that's all the rumor rage these days? There's a good chance that it just showed up at the FCC, sporting T-Mobile's radio bands. It's a little odd that we actually get a pic of it at this point in the game, but we're not going to be picky about that. When and for how much are still anybody's guess. [FCC via Engadget]
Sitting at home, and checking in on Foursquare as though you are somewhere else, just to claim mayorship, or to steal it from someone else? More people have been doing this than you think. So, the team at Foursquare has added a GPS fix that will not allow you to receive points, or steal mayorships if you are not actually at the location you claim to be at. While they have stated they are never going to take away the ability to check in virtually anywhere at any time, they do want to prevent people from wrongfully claiming and stealing mayorships, and earning points for checking into locations when they are sitting at home all comfy cosy. [via foursquare blog]
The Nexus One car dock has arrived, and we've mounted it in our venerable Honda Accord for a quick spin around the block, and for a few photos in the garage. (More on that in a bit.) Join us after the break as we see what all the hubbub's about, and whether the Nexus One car dock is worth the $55 you'll have to shell out for it.
Need more specs from the Verizon HTC Incredible after that teaser from the manual? We've got you covered. Nothing hugely different from what we saw before -- the processor is a Qualcomm 8650 Snapdragon at 1GHz, there's 8GB of storage space on board, the ROM's listed a little different, but WiFi 802.11n speed's still there. Anyhoo, another morsel to whet your appetite. Thanks, tipster!
We've spent a good part of the afternoon covering the announcement of the iPhone 4.0 software with our pals at TiPB, and we're feeling pretty good about the Android platform, still. No killer features were announced, just a handful of what we're calling feature completions.
Multitasking, though more like what's coming in Windows Phone 7 with saved app states and what-not.
Enhanced mail with a unified inbox, multiple Exchange accounts and threaded messages. Well, two out of three ain't bad. I can live without a unified inbox, though certainly we'd enjoy better Exchange support around these parts.
iAd mobile advertising: OK, this is kinda the biggie and goes back to Google beating out Apple for AdMob. They're making it uber-easy to develop in-app ads (they're HTML5), and Google's AdMob deal is still tied up in D.C. Look for Apple to trumpet this one for a while (i.e. take shots at Google).
So all in all, any Android killers in the mix? Not from the looks of it.
If you've been waiting for what seems like forever for an update to be released for the Samsung Moment, your time has come. We've already shown you Android 2.1 on the Moment (our poor example above is still waiting, as you can see), and now a leaked ROM is available. Looks like it's going to take a little work to get it on there, but if you've been waiting this long ... [SDX-Developers via Android Police] Thanks, Artem!
The HTC Incredible's manual has made it into the hands of Phandroid, and there's not much surprising inside. It appears to be, for all intents and purposes, pretty much the same as the HTC Desire we saw at Mobile World Congress in February. The design has changed, slightly -- Verizon's known for going a bit more blocky than what HTC originally produces -- but otherwise you pretty much have the same phone. Here are the major specs:
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon at 1 GHz.
OS: Android 2.1.
Memory: 576MB RAM/512MB ROM
Screen: 3.7-inch AMOLED at 480x800.
Radios: 1xRTT, EVDO Rev. A.
Dimensions: 4.63x2.30x0.47 inches.
Weight: 4.6 ounces with battery.
Camera: 8MP with autofocus and flash.
Battery: 1300 mAh (talk time rated at 313 minutes, 146 hours' standby)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3.5mm headphone jack
There's also HTC Sense, of course (see our video walkthough and full review of Sense), and this marks the first U.S. release of the new version of HTC's custom UI. One thing of which there is no mention in the manual (we read all 200 pages) is a mobile hotspot. Maybe it's just not listed, but we're not holding our breath on that one. [Phandroid]
Looks like that rumored April 29 launch date (and possible April 25 announcement) for the HTC Incredible on Verizon is firming up quite nicely. Phone Arena scored this internal sheet from Best Buy Mobile, which clearly shows it launching three weeks from today. Now we just have to track down exactly what the darn thing's made up of. [Phone Arena]
Before you go getting all excited about seeing that 9,300 applications were added to the Android Market last month, know this: There'es a lot of fluff in there. It is always great to see that you are able to customize applications by adding skins, but should we really count each of the dozens and dozens of skins as an application in the market? Does anyone really need that many adult-style applications? And beyond that, do we need to continue and add another application, instead of adding content to the original?
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