This quite possibly is the greatest thing we've ever seen before breakfast (at least since Zombies crossed our desk). That's right, it's Super Mario, scrolling his way on through your Android 2.1 (and up) live wallpaper. He plays through a couple of levels, and you can tweak the settings to show the paths that Mario is thinking about taking. It's all brought to you by pikipirs at XDA Developers, so drop a dime or two in the collection plate if you feel like it. Download at the source link, and check out some video after the break. [XDA Developers]
Sprint and HTC this morning released the expected software update for the Evo 4G. Said to be improved in Version 1.47.651.1 are Wifi signal strength reporting, improvements to the Exchange ActiveSync security policies, and network improvements to address battery life.
The update takes just a few minutes to download and install. You can get it by going to Settings>System update>HTC Update. Sound off in the forums if you're seeing improvements.
Behold, the Sprint Epic 4G. It's the Samsung Galaxy S with a keyboard (previously and unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S Pro), the second Wimax device for Sprint (there's that other phone called the Evo 4G) and the first for Samsung. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that we've been dying to get our hands on here in the United States. It's got Android 2.1 and Sammy's custom user interface. It's got 3G and 4G Wifi hotspot access for up to five devices, 802.11 b/g/n/, that 1GHz Hummingbird processor that we're itching to try, and a 5MP camera with a 3x digital zoom and 720p video recording.
Not to be outdone by the big 4 carriers, U.S. Cellular and Samsung announced that a "Galaxy S device" will also be hitting the regional carrier, too. Not 100 percent sure of a model name, or a case design yet, but given the recent news from Samsung it should be another stunner with the 1GHz Hummingbird, Super AMOLED screen, and all you've come to know and love from Google. Check out the full presser after the break. [Samsung]
Rounding out the Big 4 U.S. carriers, the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the stock version up top here) shall now be known as the Verizon Fascinate. Again, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, and so on and so forth. No word from Verizon yet on when it'll be available, or for how much. But $199 after contract and rebate is a pretty good bet these days. Full presser after the break. [Samsung]
Next up in Samsung's late-night onslaught is T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S, which already had been announced as the Vibrant. Now we have pricing and availability to go with it, which would be $199 after contract and rebate, with it hitting stores July 21 -- with preorders at Radioshack starting July 1. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen as its cousins, same 1GHz processor, and will also launch with Android 2.1. Full presser after the break. [T-Mobile]
It's said to have Android 2.1 on board, and we assume (and very much hope) will have the same improvements to Motoblur that the Charm, Cliq and Cliq XT will have. We have to assume at this point that AT&T will keep the Flipout locked down to not allow the sideloading of apps -- which we still hate to see, but likely a decision that won't greatly impact someone who's looking for a phone of this kind in the first place. We're also told that "Test units have Yahoo as the browser default," just like the Backflip.
One more picture after the break, folks. Thanks, anonymous.
Not sure this is quite the Q9h-type device I've been longing for on Android, but Motorola apparently has a front-facing QWERTY phone with a quaint little screen possibly headed for T-Mobile. The leaked slides show Android 2.1 with "new Motoblur enhancements" that share at least some of the attributes of what's on the new Droid X, in that you can resize some widgets. The slides also show that the Cliq and Cliq XT will be getting updates to the same UI, so we can all wait for that now, too. This piquing anyone's interest? [Engadget]
Hey guys! Jerry back with another neat trick you can do on your Android phone. This one helps keep things running smoothly, and gives us some user control over Android's internal task killer. Like most things that affect the low level operation of Android, this one requires root, but it's a good read even for you folks who don't feel the need to root (and break your warranty!) because you just might have a better understanding of what's going on behind the scenes. Open up a couple extra tabs on your browser, get your phone (and maybe even your USB cable) ready and follow the break.
Oh, and a warning: This is pretty low-level stuff. It's not hard to do, but what it does is a bit advanced. Don't say we didn't warn you.
When it comes to the development of Fennec -- Mozilla's mobile Firefox browser -- the Maemo client is a ways ahead of Android, which is still very much in Alpha status. And so we watch the Maemo development to get an idea of where our version likely is headed.
A couple of biggie improvements Mozilla's working on for Fennec 2.0 are Electrolysis -- aka out-of-process content -- and Layers -- aka accelerated rendering. Electrolysis sandboxes things under the hood of the browser so that if a plug-in or page crashes, it doesn't take down the whole app. (Like in Google Chrome, and coming up in the Firefox desktop browser.) It also splits the load between several processes, which should speed things up. As will Layers, which " In addition to the potential of hardware accelerated rendering on mobile devices, Layers also allows Fennec to remove the custom built canvas-tile-cache rendering solution used to achieve decent panning performance and responsiveness." Ah, so.
The Droid X came and took the world by storm in a week when the iPhone 4 release all but dominated the news. And that's just the tip of the Android iceberg. Check out some of what you may have missed below.
Well what have we here? Looks like a screenshot of Sprint's latest playbook, and there are a few interesting things for Android lovers on the list. July 11 looks to be a good day. First up would be the Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) hitting the shelves at your local Sprint store. If you don't remember, that's the mid-spec military grade Android handset with push-to-talk functions. Perfect for the jobsite, or the tackle box. We also have the addition of Nextel Direct Connect on Sprint plans -- not sure what to expect here, but launching in tandem with the Moto i1 makes it something to keep an eye on. Next up is the rollout of 4G in more cities. We can see the whole line here, but what's visible is:
Rochester, New York
Syracuse, New York
Tri-cities ares of Washington (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco)
Enterprising hackers have managed to load Android 2.2 Froyo onto the geek-beloved Nokia N900, the Nokia phone you're supposed to hack. It now joins the iPhone in platforms that aren't "supposed" to run Android. This is not a complete build, as things like cell signal, mounting the SD card, and obtaining an IP address automatically over WiFi don't quite work just yet. The video does show it in action, with a quick walkthrough of the system and a demonstration of the new browser in Froyo, but you'll have to hit the break to see it. [Daily Mobile]
Good news for all of you waiting for your HTC Incredible to ship. We heard the rumors about HTC stopping production of certain models with AMOLED screens, so Phil got on the horn and rung up HTC for some answers. HTC tells us that they will be augmenting production with "Super LCD" displays from Sony, but models with AMOLED displays will still be made. They say that they are almost indistinguishable from AMOLED displays, even when side by side. (We'll just have to see, we guess.) The battery consumption is also supposed to be comparable. In the end, this means that we should be seeing some stock on the shelves a bit sooner, and as far as HTC is concerned, they are just as awesome as the original.
Whether or not this means a new model number for the Incredible, Nexus One and Desire is anyone's guess, but we can all relax -- there's no conspiracy afoot. As soon as we're able to get our paws on a model with the new display, you can be sure we'll put it through its paces.
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