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]
It looks like our friends over at Bell Canada will getting the HTC Desire Z soon. Bell has created a new page on their site for people who want to sign up and recieve more info about HTC's new slider phone. No word as to when the phone will actually hit though. And that's why you should sign up, right? [Bell]
Part of being on the go all the time is learning to deal with delays, and being properly prepared for them. Sometimes you are caught off guard and only have your Android device with you while stuck between locations and at times games just don't cut it. While on the go, TV shows and movies can be far more entertaining then a game, and until just recently there was no way to accomplish watching these on your Android device easily.
Crackle is a great application that allows users to download and watch movies and tv shows right from their device for a small monthly fee. $4.99 will get you one month of unlimited service, $12.99 for three months, and $24.99 for six months of unlimited service. Users can download the free application to browse the selection that is available and then chose to upgrade right from within the application. If you enjoy movies and tv shows, and carry your Android device with you everywhere you go, be sure to check this application out for those times you are stuck with nothing else to do. [Crackle]
Been waiting for the Motorola Flipout on AT&T? It's available today (just like Android Guys said it would be) for $79.99 on two-year contract, or $349 outright. Either way, no messy rebates to deal with, which is nice. Go back and check out our Flipout hands-on from CTIA if you're still on the fence, the pull the trigger and get your flip on. [AT&T]
As proof that you can't keep a hacker from besting anything you design, the G.O.T. team wrangled themselves a leak of the upcoming Android 2.2.1 update for the Motorola Milestone, made it better, stronger, and faster, and then released it for the community long before Motorola and the carriers ever will. And as you can see from the benchmark above, they did an amazing job on the year-old hardware. In the words of someone who's been running it for a bit "I've been running it for 6 hrs now with no problem. And it's really fast!!"
A few things do need saying here -- there doesn't appear to be a version available for the Cellular South Milestone, and the installation instructions aren't for the timid -- thank the locked-down bootloader for that one fellas. Have a look at the source link and digest the instructions and decide for yourself if its something you can work out. There's video (in Korean) of it in action after the break. [G.O.T.] Thanks for the tip, Sean!
As another week comes to an end it is time to take a look back at some of the never ending Android news. Trying to keep up with all this news can be a full time job in and of itself, so it's no wonder some of you miss the news during the week. Let's take a look at some of the fun we had this week and see what you may have missed.
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