Legos? Check. Droid? Check. Puzzle problem solver? Check. What you see above is being used to trumpet the ARM processor inside the Motorola Droid (as well as any number of other smartphones). The phone's camera is used to identify the colors on the Rubik's Cube and instruct the Lego robot on how to solve it. No matter how you slice it, this is one of the coolest thing's we've seen all week. [YouTube] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
Bloomberg is reporting that Sony will introduce their Android-based 'Google TV' at Google I/O. Remember, 'Google TVs' are TV sets that use Intel Atom chips and run an optimized Android OS. Having Android on a TV could very well be the solution to all our crappy TV UI's. It also could not.
What's kind of interesting, however, is that Sony is using a new version of Android called 'Dragonpoint' to power these TVs. We've never heard of Dragonpoint before, and though it sounds insanely cool, it's probably just code for Android optimized for TV usage. Or it could be awesome.
Basically, there's much to find out about these new Google TV sets and Google I/O is the perfect stage for it to be introduced. Considering the likes of Sony, Intel, and Google are involved, it has to be big. Google I/O is set for May 19th and 20th. We can't wait.
Please allow ourselves to introduce ... ourselves. If you're new at Android, you should now be familiar with Android Central: The Blog. Now meet Android Central: The Facebook Page, and Android Central: The Twitter Feed. Two more ways to to interact with us as we go about our business being the best damn Android site this side of Mountain View, Calif. Want to follow all your favorite Android Central writers? We've got a list for that. Get on it!
You wouldn't even know there's a big legal brouhaha going down because HTC just keeps on churning. In April, HTC just posted their best financial numbers to date. According to Digitimes, HTC managed to post $571.9 million in revenue for the month of April, which is a 57.93 percent increase on year. We don't need to crunch all the little numbers and decimal points to know that HTC is doing an awesome job for us and for themselves. With the Droid Incredible now fully available and the Evo 4G on deck, there's really no stopping HTC. Check out a few graphs after the jump!
The wait is finally over! A new private beta is available for the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. Since your beta profile is a good match for testing, you have the opportunity to join the new beta program.
If you're not familiar with Sling, it basically digitally "brings" your living room TV with you wherever you go. You access it through a web interface on a laptop or a mobile app on your phone and you have full access to your remote, recorded shows, and can even watch live tv. It's ridiculously awesome and we don't even know how something that cool can exist without being illegal or magical. If you still don't understand, watch the video to see it in action! Who's excited for SlingPlayer for Android?
It's finally time. Our grand plan to announce the winners of my and Dieter's Nexus Ones may have been dashed, but we shall soldier on. And so. After a month of entries, 15 finalists and several days of voting by you, the readers, the winners are ... (after the break)
A guy walks into a bar and there's this unreleased cell phone. .....wait, wrong story. But this one's just as good :) A self-admitted huge Precentral follower (bnceo on the PreCentral forums) happened to be looking for some Palm accessories at his local Radio Shack and stumbled across these on the counter. As he started grabbing pictures with his phone and asking the salesman about them. The salesman had this to say -- Release is early June (around June 6), cost on contract is $200.00, out of contract will be $600.00, and no planned changes to your Sprint plan. The Shack employee had no info about any cost for the mobile hot spot feature.
Then he handed them over to to our man bnceo and said to take 'em, he can get more copies. The sheets don't tell us anything we already didn't know from our hands on with the EVO 4G, but man-oh-man does it feel good to see them in cyberprint. From the looks of things it's a four week promo event and with a rumored June 6 release, we should start seeing these any time now.
You know you want to follow after the break and check out the high res scans yourself. Thanks a ton Rob!
So here's the thing about watching Hulu on the Android Skyfire 2.0 browser: You can do it at the moment, but don't count on it for long. We've been down this road before with Skyfire on Windows Mobile. One minute Hulu would work (with Skyfire's servers taking care of the Flash playback), and the next minute it'd be gone. And we've discussed the reason for this at WMExperts: "The answer is simple: Hulu has decided to block you from watching Hulu videos in the Skyfire browser, as part of blocking all mobile access to Hulu, as well as TV access such as with Boxee and PlayStation."
Fast forward to today: Skyfire's been playing Hulu just fine. But don't expect it to last. Skyfire says so far as they know, Hulu hasn't changed its mind about mobile playback yet. Spokesman Kevin Jordan told us the following:
"Sometimes Skyfire works on Hulu while Skyfire does routine updates on its servers. Typically, though, it's intermittent before Hulu re-blocks us.
"Chances are that process is going on again. From our standpoint, we haven't learned of Hulu intentionally allowing Skyfire to work."
So there you go. Maybe we'll get lucky. Who knows. If you're dying to know what Skyfire looks like on Android, check out our video after the break.
A lot of folks have been speculating about the new Droid OTA update and its effect on rooted phones. Looks like we can all relax, Motorola and Verizon don't have a sinister plot to lock down the Motorola Droid. Honestly, I don't think they ever will. The Droid is a development phone whether Motorola wants it to be or not. Even Google thinks so.
Nobody's 100 percent sure exactly why the update is rolling around, but reports over at droidforums.net have come in that it doesn't break root or render your phone un-rootable. Those that want to go for it and manually install can grab the OTA file HERE.
This is a good time to remember that rooting your phone gives you more than access to cool stuff you couldnt normally do -- it also has some responsibility attached to it. Waiting for word about the update before you accepted it IS the right thing to do, and you can be sure your favorite ROM cooker will follow soon with anything worthy of an update. Thanks everyone who sent this in!
From time to time, it's pretty darn handy to be able to access -- and control -- a desktop computer from your phone. Maybe you're the IT-type, maybe it's a family member who swears they don't know where all those racy pop-ups are coming from. Either way, a good VNC client can sure come in handy. And Log Me In Ignition is now in beta, and we took it for a test drive. Check it out after the break.
Remember that little update thing all us Sprint Hero users were waiting for on May 7 -- Tomorrow? According to the admin at Sprint's official forums, it ain't coming. No details of any kind, just what you're seeing in the screen grab above. As infuriating as it may be, we have to remember that Sprint needs to weigh the need for an update against the end user experience, and only wants to release a product as free of bugs as possible. Ask a Motorola Droid user, they know all about it.
I have confirmed with someone at Best Buy Mobile that the screen shot of the internal memo about the upgrade was legit, so now all we can do is sit back and speculate as to what happened. My guess is Godzilla attacks. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Android 1.6+ We were there in February in Barcelona when Google first demonstrated the language translation power of Google Goggles. [Market link] Today, it's gotten even better. Version 1.1 brings translation for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and that's just the start. There's also better bar code recognition, more artwork and logos are in the database, the app's user interface has been improved, and you can search using images already in your phone's gallery. [Google Mobile blog]
Not a whole lot going on in this video of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide other than the Android phone simply being used, but we do get another look at the new "Espresso" user interface in action. Check it out after the break. [InfoSync World via TMoNews]
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