Sprint wants you to create your own Epic Mini Movie highlighting some of the Epic 4G's, well, epicness.
A new contest announced today by the yellow-logoed company wants you to submit your own Epic Mini Movie moments for a chance to win $25,000. The top 10 movies that are the most epic will be hand-picked by director Michael Bay. You know, the guy who directed Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Iraq and Bad Boys I and II.
All videos must be uploaded by Nov. 1, and the voting process will start on Nov. 2. If you're interested in the contest and you think you have what it takes to impress Mr. Bay, now is your chance. Be sure to head on over to www.youtube.com/sprintepic to find more information on how to enter this contest of epic proportions. Okay, I think we're done saying epic. [Sprint]
Google TV starts to make a lot more sense once you've actually seen it. And Google's gone and sexied up its Google.com/TV page ahead of this week's launch. (Logitech has an event on Wednesday for its set-top box). Give the site a run through, and keep this in the back of your mind: Android-based apps. On your TV. It's very cool. [Google.com/TV] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Like many, I've been itching to get my hands on the T-Mobile G2, and today was my lucky day. It's the latest in the HTC cadre of Android goodness, and if first impressions stand, a fine successor to the Nexus One or a great way to get introduced to Android. Brushed aluminum, Teflon soft coating, solid build quality (at least on the ones I tried out), and a unique look and feel will make this one a winner for many of you guys. Follow the break to see my initial thoughts and check out the hands on video for yourself! (And a big thanks to Android Central podcast listener and T-Mobile employee Victor for getting my pre-order snafus all sorted for me!)
Music is a big part of my life, as is my Android device since it keeps me in contact with everyone no matter where I am. While on the go I like to listen to music between destinations or while waiting for the next event to take placee, and sometimes it is hard to find just the right music for the mood. Solutions like Pandora and Slacker are great, but sometimes just listening to the FM radio is enough variety and has just the right selections. Whether your prefer local or standard FM channels, TuneIn Radio is a great free application that allows you to browse and listen to a huge variety of music while on the go. The application is supported by a small ad on the bottom, which is a small trade for the $0.00 pricetag associated with it and the vast variety of music that will now be in your hands at all times. Download links after the jump, give it a shot today!
Word on the street this morning is that the DI18 update to the Sprint Epic 4G -- that one fixes 3G upload speeds, Wifi battery drain issues, the inability to download from the Amazon MP3 store over 4G and e-mail lag -- has begun pushing out again after being on hold for a couple days. We haven't gotten ours yet, but we've gotten a few e-mails from those who say they have. And if you're the impatient type, Andrew Ruffalo in the Android Central Forums has an manual update method ready to go. Huzzah! [Android Central Forums]
Meet the new T-Mobile myTouch -- its second HSPA+ device (which made an early appearance on T-Mo's website earlier today). Manufactured by HTC, the new myTouch features a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor at 1GHz, 5-megapixel front camera -- a front facing camera, as well -- 8GB microSD card, Swype and will launch with Android 2.2. Other specs, such as on-board memory and RAM, weren't announced.
It'll be available in four colors -- white, black, plum or red. T-Mobile says the myTouch should be available by the holiday season. Full presser after the break. More in our T-Mobile myTouch forums.
T-Mobile shows it means business, slipping into the myTouch announcement that it plans to have HSPA+ coverage in over 100 markets and covering 200 million people before the end of the year. While T-Mobile calls the network 4G, or 4G-like, quite a few Sprint subscribers (and even a Sprint executive or two) would beg to differ. Call it whatever you like, just get it here, please!
Direct from T-Mobile:
With its latest expansion, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ footprint now includes Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. T-Mobile expects to reach 100 major metropolitan areas and 200 million people in 2010.
Quite the bold statement. And if it happens as planned, a bold move as well.
We've never really had any doubt that the HTC myTouch HD was real -- given the early leaked image and the T-Mobile literature. And here it is, plain as day, on T-Mobile's website, quietly tucked away until you search for "HSPA" (albeit under the name "T-Mobile myTouch). It's listed as being "priced as low as FREE," but that's as likely to be a typo as it is correct, right? Clicking the details button does no good, and this likely will be pulled at some point (or actually announced). Plus, still no word on when we'll see this guy, so stay tuned. [T-Mobile via Engadget]
In this crazy little world we called Android, we're all guilty of throwing around that four-letter word: Open. From the top -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt -- all the way to the bottom -- your friendly neighborhood blogger -- we wield the word like a sword when convenient, or as a shield when necessary.
The exact definition of "open" in the general sense has been debated long before Android arrived on the scene, and it'll be debated long after Android assumes its rightful position atop the smartphone heap. (See what we did there?) You have your ideas of what "open" means. We have ours. And we share them, after the break. You're not going to agree with them all. Hell, you're not going to like them all. And that's OK.
Tired of boring puzzle games that are easy to beat and have limited functionality? So were the folks at Al Factory Limited so they used this as inspiration to take puzzle games to the next level. Move It is an extremely interactive puzzle that allows users to move in any direction needed to get the blocks to a new position to help meet the goal of getting the big red block to its home square. They have given users the option of a free version, which offers 72 different puzzles, and the paid version, which is only £1.99, has 672 puzzles and 6 different levels of difficulty. If you have a few minutes, or few hours to spare, and are looking for something challenging, yet fun, this is a great solution to end your boredom! Download links after the break.
Japanese carrier Softbank Mobile will also be updating its HTC Desire to Froyo, via an over the air update starting Oct 8. It appears it will have the same system (with Japanese language support of course) as all its North American and European counterparts, including full support for Adobe Flash. A much better translation of the official blurb than the Google Translate version:
Softbank Mobile has announced that they will commence an over the air update for their HTC Desire customers on 10/8. The update will upgrade the phones to Android 2.2, with Flash 10.1, 720p camera, SD card storage for applications, and some native language sorting problems will be solved.
[Softbank (Japanese)] Special thanks to Christopher for tip and the translation. Domo arigato!
While we may not have seen nearly every device in the fleet receive an update this week, we sure did bring you a lot of news. With busy schedules, keeping up on everything that is going on in the Android world can be a bit difficult, so let's take a look at some of the fun coverage from this week!
With the Droid R2-D2 available to the masses and the launch parties all wrapped-up, it's safe to say this was a good week for all the Star Wars fans out there. For all those who made it out to one of the many launch locations last night, you've made Lucas proud and for that, give yourself a pat on the back. Here are but a scant few of the pics that made their way onto Twitter from the launch. It goes without saying that – whether you made it or not – the force was just as strong, if not stronger, than Verizon's signal. After the break, folks.
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