Seems like only yesterday that we were asking "What else could we see in an Android phone?" We also were asking "Seriously? This is the best Dell can do?" Looks like we're getting our answer, in the Dell Thunder (cousin to the Windows Phone 7 Dell Lightning), snagged in a fairly major leak from Engadget. See if these specs pique your interest any:
There's also a very custom "Stage" UI on top of Android. We'll just have to wait and see about that. And we're a little hesitant about the lack of a dedicated search button on the front of the phone. But we're getting way ahead of ourselves. There will be plenty of time to drool over the Thunder. [Engadget]
Interested business owners can sign up for the service here -- http://maps.google.com/businessphotos. Of course, Google can't visit every store that signs up, so there's already talk of allowing store owners to upload their own photographs to their Place page at Google Places.
I see lots of potential for this project, both good and bad. My wife can do some virtual shopping for purses on 5th Avenue, but so can unsavory types who may be interested in what's inside a store for all the wrong reasons. What do you think? Good? Bad? Ridiculous? Shout out in the comments! [via Google LatLong Blog ]
We asked you to tell us about your favorite racing games for Android. And while the results weren't as numerous as other categories, there were two clear winners. We'll take a look at them after the break.
There's been a little bit of confusion regarding some of the specs of the Verizon Droid Incredible. Let's clear up on of them. On every info sheet we've received, ROM -- aka the place to which you can install applications -- is listed at 512 megabytes. When you dive into the phone settings on the device, however, you'll see listed 748MB of "phone storage."
So what gives? HTC now tells us that you can install apps to all of that space, which is a pleasant treat, indeed! Have more questions about the Droid Incredible? Ask us in this forum thread and we'll get them answered soon.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: We have the coolest readers on the Internet. Better than PreCentral, better than TiPB, better than CrackBerry, even, and them's big words.
Anyhoo, after the break we bring you the third installment of entries in the quest to win my Nexus One, and they keep getting better and better. Can't wait to see what we get over the coming days. And there's still time to enter. Details here. Good luck, everybody!
Sure enough, the Verizon Droid Incredible (you might have seen a story or two about it here), by some strange act of fate, is being shipped early to a few disbelieving customers who pre-ordered on Monday. That said, as great as it is that dude above shot video of his Droid Incredible, we're taking away points 'cause he couldn't go the whole 2 minutes without making an "it's Incredible!" pun. [Android Forums via Engadget]
Good news for our friends in the United Kingdom -- you finally can make your way throughout her majesty's land using Google Maps Navigation. Which comes in handy when airports shut down thanks to Icelandic volcanoes, right? And even better is that it works with Android 1.6, too. (Thanks, Darren, for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!)
“Multi-touch will not be a feature in future updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 because the device does not support multi-touch due to her software and hardware configuration. The operation and user experience of the phone will be further improved and Sony Ericsson will come with her own intuitive way of, for example, zooming in and out.”
So there you have it folks. No multitouch on the Xperia X10. And frankly, it's been so long since anyone has been excited about the X10, we're not sure anyone cares if there's multitouch or not.. [via Twitter and androinica]
The Garminfone has taken a long journey to hit a US carrier and now, finally, it's getting official. T-Mobile just announced that the Garminfone will be available later this Spring, and this "Garminfone" is a dead ringer for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 we saw back at MWC. It only rocks Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera and your usual slew of connectivity options. So yeah, this Garminfone is happening. The question remains whether anyone would want a mid-level device that prioritizes GPS before everything else. For some reason, we're thinking no. [Garmin via engadget]
HTC actually introduced new copy-and-paste features in the new version of Sense way back at Mobile World Congress, but let's take a look at it here on the Verizon Droid Incredible. You can select one word, several words, or whole paragraphs, and from there paste them into another application, look up a word in Wikipedia, or share it with a friend. (You also can share links.) Note that these features are currently only available in the browser and partially in HTC's e-mail client (not gmail), and we did experience a hiccup or two. Take a look.
Welcome to the future, citizen (pro tip: pass on the soylent green). Ford recently announced that it's 2011 Fiesta will launch with SYNC AppLink. I'm just going to let you read it in their own words here -
Ford will first offer SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta, allowing owners to access and control Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls
Voice control your apps via bluetooth. BOO-YAH.
Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak are the first SYNC-enabled apps, but Ford has already set up a developers site (SYNCmyride) so it looks like they mean business. Now who will be the first to develop a dialer app to fill that painful gap for lucky Ford drivers?
Follow the break for the full presser. [via PR Newswire]
Even with all the Droid Incredible news floating around the intertubes, we know there's always room for more -- especially when the news is great and includes video! Some of the fellas from HTC dropped by the Wirefly offices to show off the TV out feature of the newest member of the Android family. From the video, it looks as easy as plugging in the cable and turning on your display. The output quality doesn't look bad either. A great feature on a great phone, and one I hope catches on in the smartphone market.
I haven't been able to find anyone selling cables specific for the Droid Incredible yet, but I imagine they won't be far behind. I'd suggest checking with your local Verizon wireless store, at least until companies like Monster Cable start cranking out the high quality/low signal loss expensive versions. If you've run across any, shout out in the comments! [via Wirefly]
The guys at Android and Me noticed a few pings of Android 2.2 in their Google Analytics, meaning somebody's testing out what's at least labeled as a new version of our favorite mobile operating system. (And for what it's worth, or server logs are showing hits from Android 2.2 as well.) It's no great surprise if Google's testing a new version of the OS, and we're less than a month away from the Google IO conference (we'll be there, by the way), which is where Android 2.0 Donut first was demoed last year. Chances are we'll see the next named version of Android -- Froyo -- at Google IO. And there's a decent chance it'll be Android 2.2. Stay tuned.
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