Now, we're not telling you how to spend your Thursday or anything. But if you're dying to get yourself a Motorola Droid X2 ahead of the next guy, it would behoove you to swing by a Verizon retailer tomorrow. Yeah, yeah, the official word is that online sales start tomorrow, and it'll be in stores May 26. But the unofficial word -- which we've received from a trio of sources -- is that this thing's been ready to go for the better part of a week now, and why wait any longer?
Oh, want another pic of a Droid X2 in store? Head on past the break.
The Nexus S 4G is like the younger, faster brother of T-Mobile's Nexus S. It can do just about all of the same things, but is better at wind sprints, so it made the varsity team first. Otherwise, we're looking at the same beast on a different carrier.
How does that stack up for Sprint users, though? Is the Wimax-infused phone of yesteryear worth picking up? Or is it worth holding out for the newest phones on the horizon? (I'm looking at you, HTC EVO 3D.)
Buckle up, keep your hands, feet, and other objects inside the ride at all times, and join me after the break to find out.
If you're looking to get a Droid X2 in the next week or so and want to go the Costco route, you're covered, too, as the big box will be shlepping them. Oh, and, look, some HTC ThunderBolt availability, too.
The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro has arrived on O2 UK's "coming soon" page, and is slated to be available for sale through the network sometime next month. The Gingerbread-powered device manages to pack an impressive feature set into its diminutive chassis, including a 1GHz processor and 720p video recording functionality. There's no word on pricing yet, but you can probably expect to get this sucker for free without signing up to too crazy a contract.
Be sure to find out what we thought of the second-generation Xperia Mini Pro, and its little brother the Xperia Mini, in our hands-on feature from Google IO.
Google is rolling out a patch on their servers to fix the Google calendar and contacts sidejacking issue we talked about in a recent Sunday editorial. This will require no user action, and even your carrier won't be able to stop it so they can put Bing on it first.
To review: there is a bug (that was fixed in Gingerbread) that lets an attacker have potential access to your Google calendar, contacts, and Picasa account if you log in on an unsecure Wifi network. Because there are about a gazillion phones affected, and many of them will never see Gingerbread, the server-side fix is welcomed.
We don't know the exact details of the fix, but a statement by Google says:
Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.
We still say the bug should have never made it out to users in the first place, but a speedy resolution is always good. Just don't forget about Picasa while you're playing in the server code, Google.
PayPal's Android app has just given us one more reason to skip the line at the bank and play with our phones instead. You can now use your phone's camera to scan a check, and deposit it straight into your PayPal account. Not exactly a new technology, but cool to see it added to PayPal. The company says it's been "uploading a million dollars a month" (how cool does that sound?) with its iPhone app. And now you can do the same with Android. Leave it in your PayPal account, or transfer to your bank account. Your call.
Also new for the PayPal app: You can move it to the SD card, and use the "local" feature to find nearby business that accept PayPal as payment.
Hey, look at that. As soon as the Droid X2 is officially announced by Verizon, we start getting pics of some of the in-store materials, plus a live demo phone. Just a little bit to whet your appetite, you know? Now, to count the hours until we can preorder this puppy.
The Nexus S 4G has been available from Sprint for about two weeks, and like all new phones it seems users are seeing a few bugs. With this one they seem to be centered around the radios. Reports of Wifi, 3G and Wimax signal issues are springing up and we figure it's time to try to get to the bottom of the issue and get a little input from you guys. Hopefully the right people are reading and can turn the data into results.
I was a bit concerned with the Wifi signal on the original Nexus S myself when it was first released. The lower power radio didn't hold the same signal strength as I was used to on my Nexus One, and it took me several weeks to accept that three bars on the signal meter didn't mean the end of the world. And anyone with an Evo or an Epic 4G will remember the radio issues when they were new. A few OTA updates later and everything seems to be working well for them, and we imagine the same thing will happen here. Since a quick read of the forums show people that are having issues as well as people who aren't, lets try to get some numbers.
Changes will happen automatically in the background; Motorola Atrix 4G will also receive an update
An AT&T spokesman has confirmed some smartphones in AT&T's current lineup will be updated to allow installation of applications from outside the Android Market. This comes after we published a screen shot that states the Samsung Captivate and HTC Inspire 4G and Aria will soon receive access to applications from outside the Android Market, a process known as "sideloading." AT&T has also confirmed to us that the LG Thunder will receive the update to allow non-market apps. Here's the official word:
In March, we announced our intent to provide AT&T Android customers access to third-party application stores. [story] Future Android devices (including the recently launched Samsung Infuse 4G) [story] will allow users to change their settings in order to access this content. Over the next few weeks, we will also roll-out this capability to existing devices in our base for which an upgrade is possible. Users will not need to take any action as their phone will receive the update automatically.
Previously, installation of non-market apps required hacking of the phone, or a tool like the Sideload Wonder Machine. With this silent update -- note that you won't actually have to do anything; AT&T will push it to your phone automatically -- you'll now be able to install applications directly from developers, websites and, yes, finally, the Amazon Appstore.
And as for the Motorola Atrix 4G? AT&T says it's working with Moto, which will provide the update for non-market apps in a future maintenance release.