Wait no more, an official Facebook application for Android has been released. Though we've been making do with third-party Facebook applications for Android for quite some time now, we were always green with envy to see other smartphone platforms get official apps while Android got tossed to the side.
In the Facebook application for Android, users can check their news feed, view friends' walls and info, add friends, 'Like' things, post and comment on status updates, take and upload photos, and even check up to 125 friends' phone numbers. Neater features include a shake-to-refresh for the news feed and a notification widget that can be added to the desktop. No Facebook chat yet.
We're not the biggest Facebook users (twitter is our game!) so please share your thoughts regarding the official Facebook application for Android. The Facebook application for Android is available in Android Market for free.
We should note that there are some whispers saying that this Facebook app isn't exactly developed by Facebook. Though Android Market lists the application's developer as Facebook, the official web page of the application states that it wasn't developed by Facebook. Weird. Most likely, the application was developed by Google with Facebook approval.
We've seen the HTC Tattoo before, just in a different name. Previously known as the HTC Click, the Tattoo is a budget minded, low end Android phone that's been officially announced and will be releasing in Europe in early October. What's amazing is that even though it's not targeted for the high-end user (it'll be offered free, after all) the Tattoo will still run HTC Sense.
The downside of the HTC Tattoo? Well, again since it's not targeted for the high-end user, it'll only use a 2.8-inch QVGA(240x320) resistive touchscreen. We know the resistive touchscreen was used to keep costs down but if it's at the expense of user experience, it's a tough pill to swallow. Hopefully the average consumer won't blame the Android OS for hardware shortcomings.
On the bright side, the other specs look magnificent for a mass market device: 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, 3G, quad-band GSM, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, compass and accelerometer. HTC is seriously positioning themselves as the Android phone manufacturer. High-end, low-end, mid-end, anything--they've got it covered.
If you don't remember the HTC Touch HD, we don't fault you. It was a splendidly wonderful, beautifully delicious type device that for some reason or another, did not launch in the US. Our friends at WMExperts had a very brief hands-on video, so if you want a refresher, feel free to click on over. The Touch HD was stunning because the screen (800x480) was simply drop dead gorgeous. But the Touch HD was a downer because it ran Windows Mobile.
So now that you've caught up with the original HTC Touch HD, how would you feel if the HTC Touch HD 2 ran Android? And that's not all, the HTC Touch HD 2 would also receive a CPU speed bump to 628 MHz (from 528 MHz)--all the more to make running Android and HD video off your phone that much easier. Amazing, right?
It's only rumor at this point, and a very weak rumor at that, but just the thought of that HD screen running HTC Sense and Android makes us weak in the knees. We won't even talk about it any further for fear of jinxing the whole deal. Glorious!
LG has been relatively quiet on the Android front, especially when compared to the likes of HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Sure we've heard some reports that LG would eventually make Android phones this year but there hasn't been anything substantial until now: Meet the LG Etna Android phone. The LG Etna was spotted at the IFA trade show in Germany and it quite obviously runs Android (albeit the basic version, no custom UI here).
A few days ago, we caught the leaked pictures of what looked to be an updated Android Market and today Google has made it official. In Android's next update, Android 1.6 Donut, Android Market will receive an update that brings a fresh design and some very important new features, the most important being screeenshots of applications.
We're pretty big fans of the new design--it looks a lot more modern, usable, and seemingly better in every way. The new features of Android Market for developers will also bring in a better user experience--promotional icons, better descriptions, and application screenshots that will let all Android users learn more about the application. Also, four new sub-categories will be added: sports, health, themes and comics.
Unfortunately, no timeline was provided on when we'll be able to use the new Android Market but when Android 1.6 is released to the public you can be sure to check back for our full review!
You lucky, lucky Brits. Already home to more Android devices than us, you guys can now officially purchase the Samsung Galaxy I7500 from O2. Stop by a O2 retail store, head online to o2.co.uk, or even phone in an order to grab Samsung's first Android device. The Samsung Galaxy is a great Android phone that has been kind of swept under the rug in the US (probably because the Lite version has gained traction).
Anyone in UK buying a Samsung Galaxy? Already using one?
Like seemingly every other phone in the world, the HTC Hero will be available at Best Buy. Best Buy Mobile has just announced that they'll be offering up the HTC Hero on October 11th for the same price of $179.99. They'll be the only non-Sprint store that'll sell the Hero so if you have a Best Buy near you but not a Sprint store, you're in luck!
So why is buying the HTC Hero from Best Buy a better deal than buying the phone from a Sprint store? Two words: Instant Rebates. When you buy the Hero from Best Buy the upfront cost is $179.99 (plus applicable fees) as opposed to Sprint retail stores charging you $279.99 with $100 off through mail-in-rebate. The end cost is the same but who wants to deal with mail-in-rebates? Hassle free instant rebates are the way to go
Anyone still buying the Hero from a Sprint retail store?
You can't say Sprint isn't trying. Bleeding money and rumors of downfall can't sink a ship when they continue to bust their behinds trying to get past the rough waters. Translation: Sprint now exclusively has two of the most compelling smartphone options on the market. How could we have written them off? They're just getting down to business.
The Palm Pre and HTC Hero--both are magnificent phones in their own right but more specifically, they're the best options on their respective platforms--on one network. We know a HTC Hero on Verizon or AT&T or the Android-friendly T-Mobile would work better for a lot more people (us included) but we absolutely love how Sprint goes and grabs the best phones available.
So the question we have for you guys, how do you feel about the HTC Hero on Sprint? Would it make you switch? Does it make you stay? How is the Sprint network for you? Love it or hate it, let us know in the comments!
As for us, we've never been a Sprint customer (we rock AT&T and T-Mobile at the Android Central HQ) but we're so excited to see the HTC Hero (and its redesign) in the states that we're deeply contemplating a switch.
If you remember, the T-Mobile Pulse is a device built by Huawei and packs a 3.5 inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera (with autofocus), WiFi, GPS, etc. What makes the T-Mobile Pulse offering unique on T-Mobile UK is that it'll be the first Android device to be officially sanctioned as a Pay-As-You-Go device (PAYG). We're sure T-Mobile UK customers would be happy to hear that.
T-Mobile UK now has three different Android devices. The T-Mobile G1, G2 Touch (HTC Hero), and the T-Mobile Pulse. We got a feeling that they like Android and love to rebrand their phones.
What do you guys think? Would you want a pay-as-you-go Android phone in the US?
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