So, the good: Netflix has quietly added support for a slew of Android phones, bringing the total to 24. That's two dozen devices on which to stream movies to your heart's content -- including the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic.
And, now, the bad: Except for the Lenovo K1 IdeaPad -- which kinda sorta isn't really on sale yet -- tablets are still nowhere to be found. No Motorola Xoom. No Galaxy Tab 10.1. Heck, no Galaxy Tab 7, either. No ASUS Transformer. No Toshiba Thrive. Odd, to say the least.
But, we'll take what we can get, we suppose. We've got download links for Netflix, plus the full list of supported devices, after the break.
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is slated to start seeing some of that sweet Gingerbread loving starting tomorrow (July 20). According to T-Mobile, a limited pilot will kick things off, with the broader general roll out to begin in a few weeks. Besides it being Gingerbread, T-Mobile says they're including the latest Swype update, and Exchange 2010 compatibility. In the "resolved issues" column, we have fixes for Bluetooth, saving messages from the inbox, a better domestic roaming signal, a "more responsive" display, and the usual unnamed software and stability improvements.
T-Mobile also make a special note that they will be unable to expedite the software roll-out, so you'll just have to wait your turn. Until someone leaks out the download location, that is -- we'll let you know.
Android developer c21johnson has worked up a custom ROM for the Motorola Droid X2. Minimal X, currently in a beta-release stage, is the first available custom ROM for the X2, which still has a locked bootloader. Goes to show that keeping phones locked down won't stop dedicated people from hacking at them, and it a huge waste of resources, and I'll stop there before I go off on a whole 'nother tangent.
The ROM itself has been cleared of any useless bloat, and the system and framework have been edited. As the developer mentions, this makes a great base for some more exotic work to be cooked from, and we expect to see it soon. Of course you'll have to have root, and ignore the drama and use the bootstrap utility that is floating around out there to install. Looks like the X2 is following in its older brother's footsteps and has turned out to be a capable, and hackable, piece of gear. Congrats c21johnson.
If you're sitting there patiently, waiting for some proper S-off action for your HTC Sensation, it appears you might not have to wait much longer, as the folks at AlphaRev apparently have a properly hacked Pyramid in their hands. S-off, of course, is important for having full access to the lower levels of the device. Without it, things like custom ROMs are a wee bit more difficult to accomplish.
Anyhoo, stay tuned for when we see a public release. Until then, enjoy the video.
Google's just unwrapped more three-dimensional buildings in a number of cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder (Colo.) and 11 cities in South Africa. Those are in addition to New York City, Zurich, Milan and others.
You don't have to do anything -- the updated maps are all on Google's side. To view the 3D buildings, just make sure you're viewing things in map mode (not satellite), then zoom in and use two fingers to change the viewing angle.
It has been quite a while since Sony Ericsson officially announced the Xperia Pro. In that time we've seen bits and pieces of info here and there about it being launched in the UK but now its been featured in a full blown FCC review. It's still missing those glorious 3G bands for the US but it does come with 900MHz and 2100MHz HSPA making it prime for those of you across the pond.
According to reports from multiple forums, HTC is now rolling out a new over-the-air update for the Desire HD, bringing the handset up to software version 2.50.405.2. The new software is still based on Android 2.3.3 and Sense 2.1, but includes a fix for Wifi connectivity issues that some users have been experiencing. So far the update is only rolling out to unbranded Desire HD units in Europe, so you may have to wait a little longer if you're using a carrier-branded DHD.
Be sure to let us know in the comments if you've received the update on your Desire HD, and if you're noticing better Wifi performance as a result.
Blue Drone is a Bluetooth controlled R/C car that can be controlled by any Android device running Android 2.0 and higher. It's currently in its initial phase at Kickstarter, where the developer is looking for initial interest in order to justify the production costs. If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can opt-in and support a new project, and if the funding goals are met you'll be charged and receive what you've paid for. If the goal isn't met, you aren't charged and the project is left to seek funding elsewhere, or just fizzle away.
This one is way too cool to let that happen. For a buy-in of $59, you'll get a scale model R/C car, and the app to control it from your Android phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection. The car is controlled via the touchscreen or uses the accelerometer for steering. You'll get three hours use from a trio of AAA batteries, and the whole set-up has a 30 foot range. Check the video above, this looks like loads of fun. Hit the source link for more information.
The two winners of the TeleNav, Sprint, and Android Central EVO 3D giveaway have been chosen from the over 2,100 entries. Without further ado, the winners are (envelope please):
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Disney Publishing has released its first Android application, "Winnie the Pooh: What's a Bear to Do?". It's an interactive children's book, starring one of the most loved characters of our childhood, that's sure to be a hit with any pint-sized Android lovers you have scurrying underfoot around the house. It's more than just an eBook, though. Features of the app include:
Read in any of 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese!
Professional narration, sound effects, and Winnie the Pooh background music
Readers can record their voice or their child’s reading the story
Three reading modes to suit any reader’s mood: Read to Me, Use My Recording, and Auto Turn pages
Four interactive jigsaw puzzles
Tap ‘n’ Play surprises throughout the story – several new animated sequences added for Android
Pooh’s Cupboard matching game ties in to the story and reinforces color recognition
Visual Index allows readers to jump to their favorite page or puzzle
Disney's published a video (after the break) and I have to say, this looks very nicely done. It's a name your child is sure to know and love, and time spent with a book (even of the application variety) certainly beats time spent in front of the television. You can grab it from the Android Market (devices running 2.0 and higher) for $2.99. The link as well as that video, is after the break.