So you just unwrapped our first Android phone, eh? Welcome to the world of smartphones. Whether you're upgrading from a feature phone, or switching to the greatest smartphone platform around, we know things can be a little overwhelming at first. But we're here to help. Welcome, and here are a few links to help get you started!
The Android Dictionary: You'll likely want to check back here often. It's a list of commonly used terms in the Android community.
Find your phone: There are dozens of Android phones available today. Use our device guide to find news and information specific to yours.
Apps, apps and more apps: Now that you have your phone, you're going to need some apps. We review apps on a regular basis, and you can find them here.
Tips and tricks: Your phone is full of cool features -- some obvious, some not. We've got a plethora of tips and tricks we've learned over the years.
Rooting: What is rooting? Should you root, and how do you do it? We've got your complete guide to rooting your phone.
Accessories: Now that you've got your phone, you should check out a case, or a spare battery or headset. And the Android Central Store has everything you could possibly need.
Community forums: The best source of Android help and information comes from you folks, the readers. And we've got the best Android Forums around. Don't be afraid to ask questions -- you'll be amazed and how everyone's eager to help
So congrats on your new phone, and welcome to the Android family! We're glad to have you!
On Android, your home screen and app drawer are collectively and commonly referred to as the "Launcher." And you're not stuck with the one that came with your phone. There are plenty of custom launchers out there. And you're going to want to check out the new ADWLauncher EX.
It brings a whole lot of custom UI goodness to your Android phone. For you old salts, bask in the glory that is ADWLauncher EX. It's based off the old ADW.Launcher code, but with more sex appeal. Five app drawer styles and behaviors, eight home screen transitions, new icons, fast presets -- you're going to want this.
ADWLauncher EX will cost you about $3.43 -- money well spent. Check out the video after the break, and there's more info and screen shots are at the source link. [JBThemes]
Looks like the Evo Shift 4G name's gonna stick for that upcoming Sprint horizontal slider, as accessories baring its name are beginning to roll into Best Buy. (So much for Knight and Speedy, we guess.) We're told Jan. 9 is to be the release date, which makes since if we see an announcement at CES the week before. Note that this likely isn't part of that whole "The first to 4G, again" campaign that's been started, as that's going to belong Verizon and the LTE-enabled Thunderbolt.
Also, Android Police scored pricing info -- looks like it'll be $150 on contract and $549 outright. We'll see soon enough.
Not to get anybody's hopes up, but if this internal specs comparison is to believed, Verizon plans for Adobe Flash to be available on the Samsung Fascinate by the end of 2010. And to have Flash, you need Froyo, of course. So we've got a week to go. It's certainly possible, but we're not holding our breath just yet. And note that the Droid X is listed here as having Android 2.1 -- it was updated to Android 2.2 in late September -- so this could be out of date. But we'll keep our fingers crossed in the coming week, just in case.
In case you missed the teaser last week, Motorola's sending out e-mails touting the upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet it'll show off at CES. Needless to say, we're not getting tired of watching this video just yet, and so you can find it again after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The good news: Samsung says that Froyo is now available for all Galaxy S phones in the UK. The bad news: You still have to use that bastardized Kies software to download and install, and that's just ridiculous. Still, Froyo is better than no Froyo, but they're really making us work hard for it. Snag it all at the source link. [Samsung via @SamsungUK]
Hey, look at that, more Tablet goodness! It looks like a video has just leaked showcasing Acer's rumored 10 inch Tegra-based Tablet. The video shows off some of the UI, and what appears to be a really slick e-reader and photo viewer application. One more picture and the video after the break! [via engadget, electronista]
Although there has been a leak available for a few days now, Telus customers will be pleased to know the roll out of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Samsung Fascinate is rolling out to customers. As noted in our forums, Samsung has updated their device upgrade page to advise users of how, exactly to do the upgrade through Kies. If you're not running the leak already, you'll want to be sure to grab the update and get your Froyo on. [Samsung]
We already knew Android is huge, but this takes it to a whole new level! What you're looking at above sits in a Best Buy store in San Carlos after having been installed there last night. For the moment, it's one of a kind but Google is using the setup as a test to see how well they will do in stores.
The display is a glorious 42 inches of touchscreen Android love and functions by making use of a specially equipped Nexus S with video-out capabilities and even has a working camera. Google did the same for the initial Nexus One launch but unlike that display, this one actually functions just like a real device. Hit the break for a video showing off the display in all its glory. [TechCrunch]