The flamers and skeptics are out in force on this one, but what you see above reportedly is an official build of Android 2.2 officially teamed up with the HTC Sense user interface, all official-like, on the HTC Desire. And the details match that leaked screen shot we saw the other day. We've got zero confirmation, of course, and other than the back-end improvements and some app additions, Sense isn't changing all that much. But that doesn't mean we don't want it. So bring it on, HTC. We're ready when you are. Check out the full video after the break. [via XDA Developers] Thanks, Max!
Yelp has brought their 2.0 Android client to the Market, and it has some very nice features in tow. You can now check in to the places Yelp helps you find, and use "monocle" (an augmented virtual reality layer of sorts) to help you find them. These two features were sorely missed in the previous versions of the Android client.
Check-ins are fairly self explanatory, but let me explain monocle to you a bit. You activate it from the Yelp main screen (pictured above), and it uses the camera, GPS and compass in your Android phone to overlay locations on the real-world view you see through the lens. Perfect for day trips spent walking through an unfamiliar town, or for just goofing around. Check out a screenshot or two after the break, as well as the download links. (Yelp is for all versions of Android -- kudos the the developers for that!) Thanks willxcore!
Better late than never, HTC has released the Linux kernel source code for the HTC Evo 4G and both GSM and CDMA HTC Hero updates. This should allow the development community to address and improve some current issues (30 FPS cap anyone?) as well as work on new features to add (native JIT and Froyo for the Hero maybe?). For any of you guys that gave in to the dark side and rooted your phone, be on the lookout for new treats from your favorite developers and ROM cookers. And if you were on the fence, and this tilts you over the edge, check out the forums for directions and help getting your phone rooted. [HTC Developer Center via @Spork1673]
Shaking off the Fourth of July holiday? Indeed, it was a long week. First the Evo 4G, then the Droid X now the Samsung Galaxy S, when will the madness end? The devices are rolling out of production lines so quickly that it's near impossible to keep up, and the news about these devices is coming at double speed. Let's take a look at some headlines from the past week.
The HTC Vision is a name that's been oft-whispered of late, first in a mere user agent string and more recently in unsourced dual-core processor rumors. Now there's supposedly an image the beast, seen above courtesy of Croatian website njuskalo. What we see here pretty clearly is a prototype (at the very least, the serial number gives that away), and the four-row keyboard is akin to the Windows Mobile Touch Pro 2, which is still among our favorites for horizontal sliders. The source says it's android 2.1 with a 1GHz processor, 1.2GB of storage and a 3.7-inch touchscreen. If and when we'll see this guy? Your guess is as good as ours, folks. And what we see here definitely is different than the HTC slider we previously saw go through the FCC. One more pic after the break. [Njuskalo via Engadget]
OK, we'll forgive the fact that the HTC Aria seen here in this Best Buy circular is shown bigger than both the Evo 4G and LG Ally. Call it creative license. But the 4G icon there at the top of the screen? That's a Photoshop gaffe if we've ever seen one. Probably not as bad as putting Windows Mobile on an Android phone, but still worth a chuckle, that's for sure. [Best Buy via BGR]
Looks like somebody sold a Sprint Samsung Intercept just a tad early at Best Buy Mobile for $100. It appears to share the same horizontal sliding keyboard as the upcoming Galaxy S line, though the guts of the thing definitely are the lower end, with with a 3.2-megapixel camera, none of that 1GHz Hummingbird processor stuff, and the graphics processing power that comes with it. But regardless, this should be a pretty solid lower-end Android smartphone when it's available in a week. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, DocWllk!
The June 30 edition of the Sprint Playbook has made its way into the civilian world (brought to you by SDX Developers), and the Epic 4G (see our hands-on) is the big story, naturally. There's really nothing we don't already know -- specs and whatnot -- but it's interesting to see it in a new light. We didn't spot a release date or anything for the Epic (sing out if we missed it), though the Motorola i1 is listed at July 25, if you're interested in that. Check out the source link for the whole shebang. [SDX Developers]
Looks like the Motorola Charm -- that square QWERTY-keyboard guy with Motoblur -- is going to be a back-to-school special for this fall, going for free on T-Mobile, according to this promo sent to TmoNews, which is a sight better than that other pricing we've seen. Also confirmed is that it's going to be called the Charm and not the Basil, so it's good we have that straight. And now, back to your regularly scheduled holiday weekend, already in progress. [TmoNews]
With 160,000 activations a day, there's a huge number of people waiting for the HTC Sense UI version of Froyo to show up. I know all of us here sure are. Usually, we have to pass on the random screenshot tip that rolls in, but in this case they are worth talking about. To be sure -- we can in no way verify that these are real, as anyone with a rudimentary set of Android ROM cooking skills and a copy of Photoshop could pull them off. On the other hand, a Froyo version of Sense UI should be in testing somewhere, and it would look pretty much like this (watermarks and all) if it were to show itself.
With all that out of the way, if anyone out there in the 'tubes needs a hand testing, or removing watermarks from a legit Sense 2.2 leak, just sing out. I'm sure we can find you some help :) Hit the break to see one more screenshot of the camera application showing off 720p resolution. Thanks Dan!
Here at Android Central, we love the whole idea of using voice commands to make our phones work for us. In the smartphone world, Vlingo is pretty well-known, with apps on multiple platforms, and we've been using it a while now. Now drift back to the spring when we first started hearing about the Genius button on the MyTouch 3G Slide, and how it offers similar functionality, and you just know we had to check it out and see how it compares.
So hit the break, and watch as we pit Vlingo up against the Genius button and see which comes out on top.
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Many of us have been anxiously awaiting Adobe AIR -- which we demoed back at Mobile World Congress -- to be made available on Android so we could see some of our favorite PC and Mac applications on our smartphones. An early release of Adobe Air for Android has made its away out, as well as some applications for it. Keep in mind, this is not the official thing just yet, so it may be buggy, and there aren't many applications supported just yet, but it just goes to show that it is coming along, and hasn't been forgotten about. [via DroidLife]
Android 2.1 usage is up from our last count 16 days ago to 53.1 percent of all Android devices. The numbers are based on the devices that access the Android Market, which should be just about everyone who doesn't live under a rock. That said, this is the first time that Froyo has been included in the collection. With Froyo coming to the Evo, Droid and Droid X, and Nokia N900 those numbers are sure to rise quickly. With Gingerbread possibly 3.0 right around the corner, the Android landscape does look to be more fragmented than ever (but I still can't help but to drool over what might be in the next version). [Android Developers]
In a day and age where nearly everyone carries credit or debit cards, sometimes finding someone to buy items in cash can be a bit difficult. Google Checkout has announced that you will now be able to use Android powered devices to accept credit card payments on the go. Now, this payment method is far from conventional, and won't work for everyone out there, but the concept behind it is rather brilliant, and certainly a good step in the right direction for those of us in need of this functionality. So, if you tend to sell things at markets or any other independent type store, check out the full scoop, and what you need to do to get all set up right here. [via Google Checkout Blog]
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