The amount of developer support that the Android has been getting is rather amazing, and the applications have made great strides since even six months ago. Sometimes it can be a bit rough to find a new application to try out so we try to simplify it for you and bring you some choices that we use daily. Check them out after the jump.
If you didn't know, Google has the ability to remotely delete applications from your phone that may be malicious or otherwise violate the Android and Android Market Terms of Service. And it's a pretty big deal when that happens, and it's a testament to the platform and the developers that it doesn't often happen in this open community.
But Google recently took steps to remotely wipe an app from a small number of phones. And in the interest of full disclosure, they're telling us why:
Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.
After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.
The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.
Good on Google for not wielding this sword unnecessarily, and good on them for explaining to us why it was done. Hit the source link for the full deets. [Android Developers Blog]
Sidled up to Logitech at the Digital Experience event in New York City, and lookie what we found -- the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box. OK, so it's not plugged into a TV or anything, but it's still nice to actually pick up the device and get a feel for how it might look among our home-entertainment system. We'll worry about how it works -- and eventually how it runs Android apps -- later this year. Check it out, after the break.
If you're in the middle of pulling sd cards, running scripts, or swearing profusely at your HTC phone while trying to flash a custom recovery image, stop now. The good people at unrEVOked have released another easy tool that does all the hard work for you.
We at unrEVOked have just released a tool for rooted Incredibles, EVOs, and Desires that installs Koush's excellent ClockworkMod Recovery without making you install an engineering bootloader.
For those on the fence, hopefully this helps the decision a bit. I've already rooted everything the hard way, so I'd love to hear how it works out for any of you guys who give it a try. [unrEVOked]
Made of genuine leather, black with contrasting stitching, it provides a convenient way to prop up your Droid smartphone on your desk. Small and lightweight, it can lay flat for transportation (i.e. taking it to and from the office).
The video after the break will give you an idea of how it looks and how to assemble -- a simple process that involves bending the leather stand and tucking a tab into one of two holes, which sets the prop angle.
This stand is simple but does its job well. You can get the Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand for $14.95 in the AndroidCentral Store. Also, note that it will work with most other Android smartphones.
We've had the Motorola Droid X for all of, oh, about 10 hours now, and damned if it hasn't already gotten a software update. Not sure exactly what was changed in version 1.13.516.en.US (that's up from 1.113.514) because the changelog link points to Motorola's home page. More than likely it's just something that was changed after these demo units were assembled. Or, it's quite possibly a conspiracy to keep me from sleeping. Regardless, it's of little use to most everyone, as the device doesn't go on sale until July 15. But you beautiful bloggers out there can go ahead and get your update on.
So the Droid X isn't launching with Android 2.2. That's a bummer. And and it's not going to be available until "late summer." That's what we were told at Verizon's Droid X event, and it's what Verizon's saying in the internal document you see above. But the doc also says that the original Droid will get Android 2.2 (and Flash 10.1) sometime in July, which kind of goes against what we (are pretty sure we) heard today -- that the Droid and Droid X would get their updates together. But let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, m'kay? We'll take some Froyo for the Droid just as soon as we can get it. Big props to you know who.
Nexus One users should know the drill by now. Another incremental Froyo build has started rolling out over the air, this time it's build number is FRF83. Is this the fabled "final" version of Froyo for the N1? I have no idea yet, and I don't think anyone else does, either. (FWIW: It's doubtful, as the Froyo code was just released today, and, well, see Phil's other reasons here.) If you're feeling adventurous, download the OTA from Google HERE, make sure you're running the FRF50 update with the stock recovery, and follow the simple instructions Phil has worked up for us all HERE. Holler out in the comments with success and failures. [xda-developers]
Oh, you want to see the Motorola Droid X in moving pictures? We've got you covered, with 10 minutes of the Droid X in our hands, after the break, of course. (And don't worry, we'll have plenty of comparisons with the Evo 4G. It's coming, folks.)
What's a new phone without a few new accessories to go with it, eh? The Motorola Droid X will have desktop and car docks available at launch, for $49.99 and $39.99, respectively. And the desktop dock also will serve to stream media to your TV over HDMI our DLNA, so it's got that going for it, too, which is nice. Rest assured our own Android Central Store will have accessories, too, and you can check out what else Verizon will be pimping here. (pdf link)
How does Android's latest size up against the iPhone 4 and HTC’s Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, and Nexus One?
Now that we've got the Motorola Droid X in our fat little fingers, let's size it up against some of the other big boys out there. Above, the Droid X specs side by side with the iPhone 4, Sprint Evo 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible and Google Nexus One. (And if you're curious to see how the iPhone nation is reacting, check out the chart at TiPB.com.)
We're all disappointed at this news, but please -- no beating on the messenger. At today's big Verizon Droid X shindig we found out the the Motorola Droid X will be sporting Froyo and Adobe Flash, but not at launch. Not the most welcome news, but still not enough to spoil the excitement of a hot new phone on America's biggest carrier. The folks in the know haven't given any specific dates, but at the event it was announced that the Droid X and the original Motorola Droid would both be getting Froyo at the same time, and with the official source for Froyo dropping today, things seem to be moving right along. I know I wouldn't let this deter me from getting a Droid X, good things come to those who wait.
Another little bomb dropped at the Droid X event came from Google's Andy Rubin. There are now 160,000 Android devices being activated every day -- up from the 100,000 number he gave us at Google IO in May.
And on top of that, the Android Market now officially hosts 68,000 applications (which of course includes keyboards, skins, ringtones and other thing you wouldn't consider to be apps).
The important thing to take away from this: Android continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
The Droid X is finally official! It's an impressively large smartphone with an impressive spec list
A huge 4.3", 16:9, 854x480 screen (that's 400,000 pixels)
HDMI out and DLNA support
1GHz OMAP processor
Full Flash 10.1 (not available at launch)
8 gigs on board and a 16gig card included, but compatible with 32gig SD cards for a total potential memory of 40 gigs
8 megapixel camera that captures 720p HD video
Three microphones (outward-facing for video, noise-canceling, and regular)
a 1570mAh battery, which should be 'comparable to the Droid 1' on battery life
GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, naturally
WiFi Hotspot with support for tethering up to 5 devices will also be available for an additional $20 per month with a 2 gig cap.
Included video apps will include Blockbuster for renting or buying movies, V CAST video, NFL Mobile, Skype, and Backup Assistant. Skype Mobile will be "deeply integrated" on the Droid X. The software keyboard will support multitouch and use the excellent Swype keyboard by default. The Droid X will also have full support for Exchange push email, remote wipe, and other enterprise-class device management.
Verizon, Motorola, Adobe, and Google all got together to announce the device and the team of executives on stage were all excited about the device, but moreso what it represents: Android's now-established place in the top tier of the competing smartphone platforms.
The Droid X will be available July 15th for $199 after $100 rebate. Data service will be $29.99 and mobile hotspot functionality will cost an additional $20 per month. Also, any Verizon customer whose contracts ends anytime in 2010 is eligible for the upgrade pricing.
Unfortunately, neither Flash nor Froyo will be included on the device at launch.
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