Here's our first look at Sprint's latest entry-level Android smartphone -- you know it as the Kyocera Milano. It's available now for a mere $49 on contract, and for that you get a 3-inch display, Android 2.3, a 3.2MP camera and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It's got a fairly beefy 1490 mAh battery, with 512MB of RAM and ROM, all powered by Android 2.3
The QWERTY keyboard feels decent enough, albeit a tad small compared to the 4-inch monsters we've been using. But the smaller screen size allows for quicker operation, so while it might not be a dual-core device, it's probably going to be quick enough for anyone on their first Android phone.
We've got a few more pics and video after the break.
Pardon a little gushing folks, but as any long-time Android users know, Robo Defense is one of the real OG games for Android. And the folks at Lupis Labs haven't forgotten it, as it just got another great update with a new level, a new tower, and new achievements. There might be newer games on the Market that take advantage of things like Tegra instructions, or need a dual-core powerhouse to run well, but I wanted to take a second and remind everyone about an old favorite.
Robo Defense runs on any device with Donut or higher, and if you have bought the game you'll have an update waiting for ya in the Android Market. If you haven't tried it, the link to the free trial is after the break -- check it out and remember how we used to game on our phones. You'll probably still enjoy the hell out of it.
We're rolling through the week, which thus far -- has been fairly busy for Android news and packed with some surprises as well. Merge, Gingerbread? Come on! Check out the latest Android reviews, news and rumors in the blogs, and then head on over to the Android Central forums.
The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is one of the latest Android tablets to be introduced, and I'm thinking it may have been worth the wait. It's a Tegra 2 packing Honeycomb tablet, from a name everyone knows, and it manages to be on the thin side while still providing a microSD card slot and HDMI port. If you need the connectivity, and still want something stylish and light, the IdeaPad K1 just might be the ticket. And you can enter to win one in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!
Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered. Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18). Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!
I'll admit I never really use Google Goggles a lot but as Google continues to update the app and add new features, they're making some compelling arguments that give me reasons to use it. The latest update adds an opt-in photo recognition feature.
With it, you can snap a picture using your devices camera, Google will then scan the image for landmarks, paintings and other interesting objects. Once scanned, if anything is identified it will then offer up information and details about what you just took a picture of.
Pretty awesome! Although, now I just want to go around the city scanning everything and seeing what information is available. The update is available now in the Android Market and the download can be found past the break.
With many folks awaiting the inevitable release of Gingerbread for the Samsung Infuse 4G, AT&T decided to go ahead and mess with our emotions a little by releasing a 14.5MB maintenance update. Our inboxes became rather busy, that is -- until everyone who had installed the update realized it wasn't Gingerbread at all. The update, doesn't appear to of have had any major changes in it. In fact, most are wondering what exactly it did. Look on the bright side though, maybe it was a primer for better things to come.
There's some poetic justice in that the HTC Merge -- US Cellular's version, anyway -- is getting its Android 2.3 update when you consider that the phone nearly died on the Verizon vine. But Gingerbread it now has, at least for you folks on the beloved regional carrier.
You're getting Android 2.3.4 (build 3.05.573.1), and with it all the updates and improvements that some of the most high-profile phones of the past nine months or so don't even have. Well done, USCC!
Update: There have been some issues with the download link for the Merge update, and US Cellular says they are working closely with HTC to rectify the situation on their Facebook page. If you have experienced and issues, know that they are being worked on and USCC will let everyone know when things are back on track.
Looking for an alternative to flinging those birds around, wishing you could find something with a bit more life to it, and some added excitement? Look no further than Burn the City if you want to be scorching buildings with fire, and blowing things up with sticks of dynamite, as you try to destroy the city. With a free trial available in the market, there is also a premium version which is 99 cents and allows you access to all 45 levels as well as three additional fireball types. Download links available after the break.
Verizon has announced that they will be turning on the LTE switch in 26 new areas come Sep 15 (that's tomorrow!), as well as expanding the footprint in three metro areas. The new markets are:
Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.
San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.
Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.
Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio
Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas.
The existing LTE footprint in San Francisco, Calif., Indianapolis Ind., and Cleveland/Akron Ohio is also slated to see a "major expansion". As you can see in our Droid Bionic review, LTE is fast data re-defined. The footprint keeps expanding, and each new LTE device brings a little better performance than the last, and everyone is loving it. Keep it up Big Red! We've got the (very long) full press release after the break.
It was just last month we saw a beta build Android 3.1 Honeycomb leak out for the Logitech Revue and here are now, mid September and another build has leaked out. This time, it's a user debug build and it comes with Netflix loaded. For those of you wonder what a user debug build means exactly, well -- it means root. You can install this build and your Logitech Revue will be rooted, albeit with some warnings. As noted:
We tried updating from 2.1 to this -it bricked, so don't do that! (upgrade to 3.1 original beta first, then this)
It seems nearly complete - so bet on a real 3.1 user release in the coming weeks from Logitech.
Although root is accessible through adb and su. Kernel modules, Kernel, Bootloader = all still signed. Memory is protected, so it's sadly not much of an improvement.
The Recovery Menu DOES NOT work, so if you update to this, prepare to be stuck on it (at least, for now). Also if it bricks you are SOL, this is an unofficial leak and voids your warranty
Mind the warnings if you're going to load this one up and you should be fine and check out the source links for the files. Want to see how it runs? There is a video past the break for you all showing the leak in action.