Well, this is interesting. I recently went into the Android Market on my Galaxy Tab and it asked me to accept the terms and conditions again. I accepted, and the app closed down. When I booted the market back up I had a shiny new "movies" tab. In my preview of the Touchwiz UX update, I noted that the update came with the "Google Videos" app pre-installed but that the market didn't have movies available for purchase yet.
One puzzling thing is that the playback worked flawlessly on my rooted galaxy tab, but Josh's rooted phone just gave him the playback error we all know and love. My device is running essentially a "stock" Touchwiz build, so that might have something to do with it.
Like most market updates, expect this rollout to go out gradually, but it can't hurt to clear the cache to try and force and update. One additional screen capture, and a blurrycam pic of actual playback (since the videos app seems to block screen capture methods) after the break. If you get it on your device, be sure to sound off in our forums.
Verizon Motorola Xoom owners, now is your moment of glory. Well, insofar as the first Honeycomb tablet that was supposed to have LTE by now but still doesn't can bask in glory.
But we digress.
Software update HTJ85 for your Motorola Xoom is now pushing out and while I'm sure you all are fully aware of the changelog it brings, here is a rundown anyway:
Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode:
Ability to switch to double pixel mode for selected applications.
When selected, application subwindows and drop down menus are also doubled. In addition, pixel doubling settings are saved for each application.
SD Card Support:
New microSD card support allows you to use a file manager to view all the important files, pictures, music, videos and more stored on your SD card, as well as write content to your SD card via connection to a PC or Mac.
Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies:
Adjusts the bit rate based on client bandwidth, providing an improved user experience.
Movie Rental Improvements:
Stability improvements to the overall experience.
When viewing with HDMI connection, the screen will accurately resize.
New EAS policy:
“Allow Password Recovery”
Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security
That's it -- now go check for system updates if you've not done so already and by all means, feel free to open up some discussion in the Motorola Xoom forums or drop us some comments on how the update went for you.
Finding the right keyboard for your tablet can be tough. It's like shopping for a smartphone really, different strokes for different folks and not any one app is going to cover everybody. That said; Thumb Keyboard certainly tries to cover all bases and requirements a user may run into and the latest update shows adds some pretty interesting features as you see in the video but here's a run down of them all:
Coverflow theme browser with 24 themes (more to come)
Option to adjust the width of the split keyboard to the range of your thumbs!
Option to change the secondary symbols on the letter keys
Text shortcut buttons (save and re-enter much used phrases)
New prediction feature: predict next word based on previous one.
Better prediction by the use of new dictionaries
4.3: new theme browser, lots of new themes, customizable sec. symbols
4.3.2: new landscape layout with cursor keys, new themes
Having been using Thumb Keyboard on my Motorola Xoom for the past 24 hours now, I can safely say that it is leaps and bounds better then the built-in keyboard. Having customizable options is pretty awesome, especially being able to adjust the height of the keyboard, as standard settings for me seem too large. Add the themes added by WJD Designs and you've got a whole new look to your tablet. If you're shopping around for a new keyboard layout, give Thumb Keyboard a look. Screen shots and download links can be found beyond the break.
As if using a 10-inch tablet wasn't glorious enough, did you know you can make the browser take up the entire screen? The image above features the browser's "Quick controls", which extend from the side of the screen to give your thumbs easy access. You've got all your basic controls -- forward, back, stop, tabs, bookmarks, etc. -- and can easily get to all of the normal menu items.
To enable the Quick Controls, in the Honeycomb browser go to Settings>Labs and then check "Quick Controls." Reverse it to go back to normal. But we don't think you'll want to.
AutoCAD WS has just celebrated its 2-million-registered-users milestone, with a cool million of those being for the Android platform. Launching for iOS back in September 2010, the huge influx of Android users that accounts for over half the install base comes in only three months time -- proving that there is a need for mobile CAD applications, and that people who develop and design intricate "stuff" also use and prefer Android. Users aren't just looking and uninstalling either, as there have been 3.5 million drawings uploaded to AutoCAD WS since its inception.
It may not be a fun 3D game, or an easy way to tell your friends what movie you're seeing, but AutoCAD WS does work well, and the folks behind it tease us about new features and the next release "in the coming weeks." Keep up the great work, and congrats!
If you want to have a look and see what all the fuss is about, hit the break for a download link. (Android 2.1 and higher)
Word on the street -- that'd be the Twitter street -- and in our World Famous Galaxy Tab Forums is that the over-the-air TouchWiz update is now available for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, just as Samsung promised.
Still wondering what you'll be getting if you choose to apply this update? We've got you covered.
The folks at OpenFeint have sent out a press release that toots their own horn a bit, with very good reason. The social gaming network is the largest of the bunch with 107 million users, and in just two months they have released 230 games -- 24 of which are in the top 100 list in the Android Market. That's no small feat, especially when others are lagging behind and hiding behind cries of fragmentation instead of releasing new titles. You can check out the list of the 24 best in the press release after the break.
In addition, the first portions of their next generation social gaming network with new player profiles, status updates, and player walls has started rolling out, and are now live on all 700 games for Android. Sorry Apple fans, you'll have to wait until fall to see these features. With Android massive global growth, it only makes sense to see developers and publishers focusing on the platform, and I predict this is a trend that will continue. If you're a developer and are interested in using OpenFeint in your game, head to OpenFeint.com/Developers for more info, and be sure to drop us a line so we can check it out. Read the full presser after the break.
It's a question we get all the time, so let's answer it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has Gorilla Glass. And given the history Samsung has with using Corning, the latest press release confirming that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is making use of Gorilla Glass shouldn't really come as much of a surprise but it's certainly comforting.
Hankil Yoon, vice president of Smartphone Product Planning, Samsung Electronics, said “GALAXY Tab 10.1 is recognized for its high-end technology and amazing design, even among industry experts. For the GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Electronics searched for the most durable, scratch-resistant glass, and again found the perfect solution with Corning Gorilla Glass.”
Now that we know for certain -- that doesn't mean we're suggesting you run off testing it out as soon as possible. Just know, the screen can handle a few bumps here and there and be quite alright.
Oh, Toshiba Thrive, where do you fit in this sea of tablets? Having succeeded where the Folio 100 fell short, there are still the doubters and the skeptics, brushing off your bulk as the ultimate design faux pas.
Fortunately, there's more to the Thrive than it's bigger backside, and a lot of it is worth mentioning. In the world of ultrathin and uberlight tablets, the Thrive dares to be different, and that's not a bad thing.
And since Android is all about choices, it never hurts to have a new kid on the block, even if it's not for you. But it might be. Join us after the break to see if Toshiba's newest foray into the tablet market is worth your time or was a second-best from the moment it moved here.
Android's Skype client just gave itself a sizable update, officially bringing video calling to a number of new devices. And they are:
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Droid Charge - Verizon
Samsung Galaxy Tab
HTC Desire (2.2)
HTC Thunderbolt - Verizon
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo 3D
HTC Incredible S
HTC Desire HD
LG Revolution - Verizon (2.2)
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
That's a nice little increase from the previous quorum, which comprised the Nexus S, Xperia neo and Xperia pro, and the Desire S.
Now, the bad news. If the phone listed above isn't yet running Gingerbread, only the rear camera will work. (The app listing does a nice job explaining that's a Froyo limitation, and not the app's fault.)
Update in the market, or use the download links after the break.