Just a few days ago we saw the HTC Thunderbolt get a semi-functional MIUI port, and today we were graced with the good news that the data and SMS issues have been resolved. Developer DroidVicious tweeted out that another developer who had been helping out, Reid Holland, was able to get data fully functional on the device. This news is huge for HTC Thunderbolt owners who have been wanting some MIUI love on their device. DroidVicious says he is working on something for the Droid Eris and then he will be hopefully releasing it tonight!
Want a real Gmail app? A man's Gmail app? Not like you were ever really going to find one on a BlackBerry, but what those poor clunkers did have is going the way of the dinosaur, as Google's decided to deprecate its BB app. Starting Nov. 22, support ends, and our CrackBerry cousins will be relegated to the mobile browser. Not that that's the worst thing the world, we suppose (hey, it was pretty much good enough for an official "native" iOS app). But it still means that Android has the best Gmail app around. Try not to act surprised.
While not as crazy as yesterday, today had a lot of news in its own right. If you missed anything from today, make sure you check back a page to get caught up. Otherwise, jump on into the Android Central forums and chat it up.
We just heard from a Sprint ninja that Gingerbread for the Samsung Epic 4G should begin a slow rollout tomorrow (Nov 9). The initial plan is to get it out to three percent of the users the first day, which should avoid any huge fiasco like we saw with the Froyo update. The update will continue to slowly roll out over the following eight days, until it gets to 100 percent of the users.
As we already saw the EI22 kernel source released, it makes sense that its the version we'll be seeing. Besides all the perks that come with Android 2.3, the change log includes:
Airrave notification fixes
SMS area code fix
PRL and Profile update fix
EAS HTML Tagging fix
Bluetooth headset quality fix
Lock screen date fix
Hit the break for more details, and hit the forums link to discuss. It's been a long time coming!
Ahh, Atari. Long before PlayStation, XBOX and Wii there was Atari. While many of the Atari franchise games have been re-released over the years, they've not quite may their way to Android. That all changed a few days ago with the release of Atari's Greatest Hits in the Android Market.
As a starter, you get Missile Command for free when you download the app and other classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Gravatar and many others are supported through the in-app purchasing options as game packs. Each game pack will cost you $.99 or if you're looking to go all in, you can purchase all 100 games for $10. The full list is available in the Android Market.
Personally, I went with the $10 for 100 -- It's cheaper that way and you'll never have to worry about buying a game pack for $.99 and only getting one game you like but to each their own. If you dig old school gaming as much as I do, go ahead and jump past the break for the download. Be warned though, you may have to excuse yourself from any plans you made previously.
Firefox fans listen out, the latest version of Mozillas popular mobile browser, version 8.0, is now live in the Android Market.
The update promises improved performance, along with the ability to add bookmarked sites to the home screen, and their master password function. This basically allows you to encrypt all your saved passwords with one master password for increased security.
Enter all the Wifi AP information for where you live, work, and play
Get unlimited voice, texts, and data for $19 a month
What's not to love, right? On paper it seems the perfect solution, and people like myself who whine talk all the time about carrier "reform" here in the states should be in heaven. And it's Android, so that's double the kickass factor. But chances are, if you're a member of Android Central, it's not going to work for you.
Republic Wireless uses Wifi for all their services. If we're to believe that Wifi is everywhere (like carriers who cap their data try to tell us), then it's a perfect situation. Cheap, unlimited, and Android. Unfortunately, Wifi isn't everywhere -- no matter what dudes in suits try to say. So we have to look to the fine print, which reads a bit differently. While not on Wifi, you're limited to 550 minutes, 150 SMS messages, and 300MB data monthly while on Republic Wireless' 3G network. Go over those numbers, and you've violated Republic's fair use policy. When that happens you hear from Republic (in their own words):
First, you’ll be reminded of the guidelines and to what extent you’ve crossed the fair use threshold. We’ll provide you with tips for reducing your cellular footprint and plenty of opportunity to get back on track. When we contact you about your usage, we’ll let you know how much time you have to correct your problem.
OK, so nobody is going to come to your house and break your legs or cut off your wife's pinky finger. But I'm sure the next step involves you and Republic parting company. I know I could burn through that SMS and data limit in a busy day out of the office, and I'm sure a lot of you guys can as well.
It sounds like I'm bashing Republic, but I'm not. I applaud what they're trying to do here, and I'm all warm and fuzzy inside with feelings that make me want to buy everyone involved a beer or two. Changing the status quo needs baby steps, and Republic is on the right track. I just wanted to make sure everyone takes the time to read the fine print and make sure the service is going to work for them. As for myself, I'll have to wait for version 2.0.
If you've got kids who love Disney music -- or, heck, if you do, too -- check out the Radio Disney app. It's a simple (and free) streaming service full of songs and and interviews via radio stations nationwide. You can mark stations as favorites, see what's been recently played, and send shout-outs through the app. It'll run in the background as well, so you can go about doing non-Disney things while you listen.
The folks from Big Blue Bubble have now taken the wraps off their latest in the Burn The Rope series for Android. Burn The Rope Worlds is now available for download in the Android Market and with it, you'll get four new Worlds to explore including Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space. Those four new Worlds are in addition to the 100 new levels and new Endless Burn mini-game that has been added.
Endless Burn itself, has features 3 different levels of difficulty and can be played using different types flames. Burn The Rope Worlds is free and you'll find their press-release and download link past the break.
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