Usually when we're put on hold, we put the phone on speaker and go do something else -- like the dishes. Does anyone actually pay attention to those terrible songs or that annoying voice that keeps on reminding you that "your call is very valuable," yadda. yadda, yadda? I, for one, don't. Well, to my surprise, somebody actually does.
This somebody was on hold with Verizon when they just so happen to hear some deep voice start talking about the Motorola Droid 2 Global. Remember, the Droid 2 Global hasn't been officially announced yet by Verizon. We've only seen random leaks, here and there. Click on the source link to hear the audio clip. It doesn't reveal much, but it does remind us that it is a global device. [Engadget]
A lot of cool stuff can show up in a ROM leak, and the leak from the upcoming MyTouch 4G is no exception. Besides the apps, and low-level stuff only of interest to the hackers and development community, this time we get a really cool video showing the MyTouch 4G and some of its features. Yes, it's sideways, it was designed to be viewed on the phone -- but it's still really cool to get a glimpse before we're supposed to. Hit the break to see it!
Update: Converted the video so it's right-side up.
We all knew it was coming, and now we have a bit of the details -- and they aren't as bad as anyone thought. As you can see above, Verizon will still be offering unlimited data to 3G smartphone customers, and they have added in a very light version that should appeal to the people who aren't using a ton of data each month -- you know, the normal people. What's not quite as appealing is the 3G Tablet plan breakdown, but with no word from other carriers that could be as good or better than anything the other carriers are offering. The short version for what we're told will start Oct. 28:
When it comes to blurrycam shots, well, this is right up there with the best (erm, blurriest) of them. But what you're looking at, says Phandroid, is one of the first public glimpses of the Android Gingerbread build, on what looks to be a Nexus One. They've got a lengthy discussion of they say they've been told is coming in Gingerbread. The big points: A more refined UI, but don't look for any major changes just yet. Kinetic scrolling is improved (a much-needed improvement, at that), hardware acceleration, a new an improved YouTube app, SIP support in Google Voice, and other bells and whistles.
Another nugget that lines up with rumors we've heard is that while we may see an announcement and SDK soon, actual release of the code may be a ways off -- like sometime early next year. But that's not really all that shocking, as Froyo was announced in May, and the code wasn't released until late June. Toss in that all of this remains highly unofficial at this point, but we've all got our fingers crossed. [Phandroid]
Google Voice just got itself a nice little update that adds the ability to search your transcribed voicemails and text messages to find exactly what you want. We're going to have to see how useful it is, given that transcripts often are as accurate (albeit comical) as a 4-year-old with a mouthful of marbles. But, yes, it's getting better, and we all need to be able to search it.
You complained and you moaned, but unlike your boss, Barnes and Noble listened to your gripes. B&N announced today that they will be updating their Nook for Android app later this week. Some of these "new" features listed on their blog don't seem to be, well, let's say -- new. They are some pretty fundamental elements we would expect to have included from the get-go. No matter, they will soon be here.
Version 2.3 will include:
“Go To” a specific page number
Search within a book
View highlights and notes
Delete books from the library
Updated home screen and enhancements to make reading and managing side-loaded content easier
Chances are if you're an Android nerd, you're also a space nerd. And one of my favorite parts of being a space nerd is dragging the kids outside on a clear night to see what we can see. For the stars, there's Google Sky Map. For everything else floating around up there, there's Satellite Flybys.
Brought to you by the folks behind the Space Weather website, Satellite Flybys is a quick and easy way to find out what's going to be buzzing overhead, and when it's going to do so. It checks your location via GPS, crunches some numbers, and figures out what's up. Want to see the international space station fly by? Just check the app, then look up. Want to see the not-so-secret X-37 space plane? No problem. Some things, like the ISS, are visible to the naked eye. Others may need binoculars or a telescope. Either way, it's a great way to see what's going on in the heaven above. Download links and more screen shots are after the break.
T-Mobile and HTC's upcoming HSPA+ phone, the myTouch 4G (previously known as the myTouch HD), has seen its ROM leaked all over the Internet. We are sure many of you ROM fans will have a great time digging through it to find any new features, so why not sound off in the Android Central Forums once you do? For the rest of us, the phone is still vaguely scheduled to land this holiday season. [911sniper via Android Guys]
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HTC today announced the Gratia, a new handset destined for Europe. The Gratia is basically an Aria, but the international version. (check our Aria review)
Aside from having the same specs as the Aria, the Gratia will release with Android 2.2 and unfortunately not include the new HTC Sense. It offers Europeans a solid, mid-range Android device to compliment the higher end Desire lineup.
Find the official announcement from HTC after the break. [via Phandroid]
WiMax is about to come to three of the largest cities in the United States, as Reuters is now reporting that Sprint, along with partner Clearwire, is planning to expand their 4G coverage to New York City, San Fransisco, and Los Angeles. New York will see the switch flipped on Nov. 1 - that's in less than two weeks for those keeping track. Los Angeles will be next on Dec. 1, followed by San Fransisco "around the end of December."
We are sure Sprint would just love to open up these huge new markets just in time for the massive buy-a-thon that is Christmas. Sprint said awhile back that it wanted 4G to blanket 120 million by the year's end, and these new additions should go a long way to putting it over the top. Sound off in the comments if you plan on having your face blown away by 4G in one of the new cities. [Reuters]
Net neutrality is more than just one of the current industry buzzwords, and according to T-Mobile, Android is smack dab in the middle of it all. After reading a great article over at Fierce Wireless, I got to thinking about just how the outcome of the whole net neutrality issue can and will affect Android as a platform. Hit the break to see my thoughts on the whole issue -- as well as an interesting tale about how some badly coded app nearly took down T-Mo's network. [FierceWireless]
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