As for the "issue" of some Evo screens slightly separating from the bezel, Engadget was told it's a cosmetic defect and shouldn't interfere with operation of the phone, that instances are not widespread (listen to our latest podcast for more on that), and that HTC's tweaking its manufacturing process to eliminate future separations.
All in all, a pretty good response, we think. [Engadget]
Can't stop, won't stop...that's how the Android news has been recently, and it doesn't look like it is going to be changing anytime soon. Just as soon as it looks like the calm has begun, another storm rolls in and stirs things right back up again. Let's take a look at some of the news you may have missed for this week.
We're a tad behind on this, but better late than never: If you're a fan of the Shapewriter keyboard, it's being pulled from the Android Market on June 20 -- that's tomorrow. Here's the notice from Shapewwriter:
Please note: We plan to take ShapeWriter off the Android Market on June 20, 2010 for an indefinite period of time, If you have purchased or downloaded ShapeWriter Keyboard on your Android device, please update it to the latest Version 3.0.9 which will not expire as the previous versions do. We thank you for your interest and support.
Looks like this is all part of Shapewriter being acquired by Nuance, which should be another name you know, namely for its Dragon line of software. We've reached out for more information and will update if and when we know more. [Shapewriter via Android Central Forums]
The HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon (read our review) appears to be slated for an official update to enable 802.11n Wifi -- that's the fast kind -- according to a filing Friday with the FCC. [via Wireless Goodness] Included in the filing is an updated owners manual, which clearly shows 802.11n speed as being supported, as you can see below.
We'll go out on a limb here and say this may be a precursor to an update to Android 2.2, which we know officially supports 802.11n. And, no, we have no idea when any update may be pushed out.
HTC has identified the root cause of the DROID Incredible not deleting web page thumbnails after a factory reset, and is creating an update which will eliminate this issue. This will be distributed through a software maintenance release that will be pushed to devices in the near future.
We're not sure if that means the internal storage (those 6 gigabytes of space not used by the operating system) will be wiped on hard reset, or if the browser thumbnails will be moved to a different partition. Regardless, HTC reminds us that you can wipe the internal storage -- as in erase everything that's on it -- by going to Settings>SD Card and Phone Storage>Format phone storage. So the sky's not falling, people. Big brother's not watching you (at least not over this), and we can all go back to complaining about when we'll get Android 2.2.
Early comments at XDA Developers (along with the small size of the file) indicate that these are likely bugfixes for the original build, and so we continue wait for a full update to be pushed out. Give it a shot, and let us know what you see. [XDA Developers]
(Ed. Note: Craig Froehle and Don Ferguson are longtime friends of us here at Android Central and Pre Central. They're experts in the Palm OS of old and the webOS of new. And so when they offered up a in-depth comparison of the Palm Pre versus the Evo 4G, we jumped at the chance to run it.)
Craig: Both Don and I have used the Palm Pre on Sprint for almost a year, now. We also both (independently) decided to try the EVO, getting one on launch day (June 4, 2010). This is the first Android device for both of us, so have patience with the noobs.
Don: Indeed! New to Android, but not new to this space. This will be fun since, while we certainly don’t have exactly the same perspective on this, we do share a unique perspective that differs from what most reviewers review. Unlike most “first look” reviews, we won’t be telling you the resolution of the screen or how hard it is (or isn’t) to read outside, or that kind of stuff. This review is more detailed, more specific, and more focused on the factors that make a phone truly usable and useful on a day-to-day basis.
Craig: So, we’re going to summarize initial reactions to the new kid on the blog, the EVO 4G, then go into a pretty detailed comparison about how the Pre and the EVO match up on various criteria. The whole thing is set up like a conversation so we can each express our own opinions rather than try to agree on everything (although we actually do that fairly often).
The touchscreen on the HTC Aria touchscreen doesn't offer as much real estate on which to work as the Evo 4G, Droid Incredible or Nexus One. But how does its multitouch capability match up? We put it through its paces after the break.
If you just can't wait to get your hands on the svelte new HTC Aria, you might want to go ahead and check your local AT&T or Best Buy store. Units apparently are popping up for sale already -- a full two days ahead of their official release. It's not the first time we've seen AT&T slip a few out the door, and what works in one store might not work in another. Anybody else snag one yet? [via Engadget]
Android phones are coming out of the woodwork! Alaskan regional carrier GCI announced today that they will have the Motorola Milestone and the HTC Desire available for pre-order "early next week", and PocketNow has shows us where we can buy an unlocked HTC Legend with AT&T 3G bands.
No word on exact dates or pricing from GCI, but I'm watching closely and will shout out when they make any announcement. The HTC Legend can be had (unlocked) for $498.50 from Negri Electronics. I'm collecting cans and counting pennies as soon as I'm done typing.
Keep 'em coming. An Android phone in every hand would be a beautiful sight. [Twitter and PocketNow]
It's been a big week, and we're in a giving mood. So let's give away some free software, shall we?
Vlingo's voice-to-text (and vice-versa) service goes a few steps beyond Google's stock service, and it's one that we've been enjoying for some time now. For the uninitiated, Vlingo allows you to dictate just about anything you want, and it will actually read your incoming e-mails and voicemails, too.
So without further ado, let's give away 20 copies of the Vlingo app. All you need to do is comment in this post, and let us know why you deserve the app. We'll close up shop tonight at midnight Eastern time and notify the winners by e-mail. So make sure you're registered, leave a comment, and good luck!
Phil, Jerry and Mickey talk the new Motorola Droid X, the Samsung Captivate and HTC Aria on AT&T, the controversy over the bookmark thumbnails and still find time for a few of your questions. Listen in!
We'd heard rumors of this one, and now here's proof: Best Buy is now taking preorders (for $50) for a white Sprint Evo 4G. You won't be able to get it until July 11, however, and Engadget says Sprint stores will be able to carry it starting Aug. 18. So much for the Evo just being another black slab, huh? [Engadget]
Update: Best Buy's made it official. $199 after contract. Press release after the break.
We're expecting big things out of Samsung over the coming months, first with the Galaxy S in Europe and Asia, and now the Captivate on AT&T and possibly the Galaxy S Pro on Sprint. And add another rumored phone into the equation -- the Galaxy K. Korea Times says the Galaxy Q will be a QWERTY-keyboard phone targeted to take on BlackBerry. That leads us to believe it might possibly be a front-facing portrait keyboard, which is a form factor all but ignored on Android thus far. Or, it could be what we've been calling the Galaxy S Pro. Or something else entirely. From the KT:
"Galaxy Q -- based on the Android mobile platform -- will be all about providing simplicity in user experience, although it will still feature a full QWERTY keypad. The full touch-screen phone will also come with advanced social media features," according to an industry source close to Samsung's plans.
No word on when we might see it, and the KT has no specs other than Samsung's Super AMOLED screen. [Korea Times via Unwired View]
Remember how yesterday Korean carrier KT said it was going to launch the Nexus One with Froyo on June 21? Scratch that, apparently. KT's official Twitter account (which is @show_tweet) now points to a mid-July launch. So what does that mean for those of us in the states waiting on Froyo? No, we still don't know when it's coming for the Nexus One. Or the Droid. Or the Hero. Or the Droid Incredible. Or the Evo 4G. Or the ... (Thanks, Wonhee Cho!)
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