Just a few months ago Google added Tim Bray to their team as an Android Advocate, and today Erick Tseng has announced he will be leaving Google and Android and joining forces with Facebook. For those unaware, Erick is the senior product manager for Android at Google, a very crucial part of the Android team. It is currently unknown how Google will react, and how they will fill the position, but odds are that an opening will be posted soon to get that spot filled quickly. [Erick Tseng (Twitter) via Engadget]
Mark this in the ridiculously cool, we're almost in the future column. Square is aiming to be the new way to take credit card payments and it works on your Android phone today. Simply download the Square app, plug in the dongle into your 3.5mm headphone jack on your Android phone, swipe the credit card through, and you get paid. Square is aiming big and looking to take down entrenched merchant accounts, their system comes contract-free without monthly fees. Users will only pay a very competitive transaction rate. We imagine many tech savvy store owners will make the switch. Check out the video after the jump! [square]
The MyTouch Slide sure has been getting a lot of attention lately, between its appearance on eBay , the first hands on we saw, and the second, but that doesn't appear to stop people from filming the device any chance they can. Another video has surfaced, this time someone that seems a bit more tech savvy, and actually shows off some of the speed of the phone. Still no release date has been set, but with the recent increase in how many of these are appearing in the wild, one would have to speculate that the release is soon to come. [via YouTube]
Seattle – May 12, 2010 – HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
In response to the suit Apple filed against HTC in March, HTC is now countersuing, claiming that Apple is infringing on five of its patents. We're still digging for more details, but the press release mentions that HTC believes the mobile industry should be driven by competition and innovation. Sounds like a jab at the whole state of the current US patent process as well as Apple's lawsuit to me. How much (or how little) this will affect consumers remains to be seen, but rest assured that as soon as we know more, you will too.
HTC also has a new promo video for their "quietly brilliant" campaign backing up their message, it's after the break. That tagline is looking more and more inspired as this fight with Apple heats up.
Is the Android Market acting up for you? Updates not installing? Can't connect? We've heard from a number of you, and you're not alone, as some of you half sought help in Google's forums, to. We've reached out to Google for some assistance. But in the meantime, Alphabets in our forums offers some help. Go to your main settings>applications>manage applications>Market. Then choose "Clear cache" and "Uninstall updates" and give things another go. Let us know if that works for you.
Verizon has gone ahead and made the LG Ally official. You can go on and pick up it in stores and online on May 20th, but pre-orders on line start tomorrow, May 13th (both as rumored). The price is a reasonable $99 after 2 year contract and a $100 rebate.
Big V is touting the "tempered glass touch screen," which clocks in with WVGA at 3.2" diagonally, it's attached to a body with a slide-out keyboard and the standard Android fixins: Android 2.1, microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2mp camera, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM and S-GPS.
T-Mobile's "Project Emerald." Just the sound of it alone excites us. The guys at Tmonews have heard that T-Mobile is planning to launch "Project Emerald" and according to them, it's definitely going to be a handset launch. That handset? A device that's on par with the Nexus One. T-Mobile has in the past, referred to their major moves as "projects" (remember project dark?) and given Tmonews' solid track record with all things T-Mobile, we're not doubting that this project exists. And given T-Mobile's 4th place standing among national carriers, the project needs to be big enough to shake things up.
The question is, what type of device could gain that sort of excitement? Tmonews suggests the HTC Desire, which would be a really great release for T-Mobile given that the very similar Droid Incredible has been very successful on Verizon thus far. An updated Desire that would take advantage of T-Mobile's new HSPA+ network would be even better, sort of a Evo 4G and Droid Incredible compromise if you will. But then again, this could just be a fancy way of releasing the myTouch 3G Slide. What do you guys think "Project Emerald" will be?
The lovely little Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini just cleared the FCC and is maybe on its way to release, well, somewhere. Our previous report had pointed both the X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro to our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada, but this particular device that cleared the FCC is packing European-friendly bands.
Not that Android is a slouch, but let's face it -- we'd all love a faster operating system. And it looks like may well be getting one in Android 2.2 (aka Froyo), and something to the tune of 450 times percent faster. Android Police managed to snag a build and run some tests, and they show some major under-the-hood tweaking speeds up non-native apps by the whopping 450 percent. And have we mentioned it's 450 percent faster? We're still a long way (OK, not that long, we should find out a lot more next week) from actually using any of this (let alone seeing it) in the wild. But should all this pan out, it should curb some of those Flash fears. [Android Police]
If you're chomping at the bit for the T-Mobile Garminfone, you shouldn't have to wait too much longer. A mere $199 (or $450 off contract) will get you the Garmin-Asus special sauce of turn-by-turn navigation, on top of Android 1.6 on a 3.5-inch display, and it's coming in June. Yeah, we're excited, too. [Phonescoop]
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