For those parents unsure about buying their children an Android phone because there hasn't been a reliable monitoring app; well they can rest easy as My Mobile Watchdog was released for Android.
The app allows parents to monitor call logs, texting, pictures and email. The app allows the parents to have a web dashboard that syncs with the activity from their child's cell phone. There is also a way to block certain applications and web browsing.
For those who are interested, find links to the app after the break. Thanks Bruh-Man!
The HTC myTouch will officially be available on T-Mobile on Nov. 3. This is the device formerly known as the myTouch HD and/or myTouch 4G. It's an all-new myTouch that will include a front-facing camera, a faster processor, and HSPA+ data speeds. Want a taste? Check out our hands-on of the ROM ported onto the Nexus One. A little more than a week to go, folks. That's it. [Tmonews]
Verizon is set to launch the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 11 for $599. If the price didn't shock you, this news might. A leaked Verizon training document states that the Skype, NFL Mobile, and VCAST apps won't be available at launch. While most of you couldn't care less about VCAST, it not being available on Day 1 is a pretty big deal for Verizon. Its also a bit odd that the NFL app won't be ready, too. Especially since Verizon recently upgraded its NFL app a few months ago. Click the source to view the rest of the shots. [Engadget]
From the department of things that really suck: Yahoo! Mail for Android is prompting users to upgrade to version 1.2.0. Normally we all love updates, but this time Yahoo is forcing users to download and install this update from outside the Android Market. Users who fail to accept and install the update from mobildl.zenfs.com are unable to use Yahoo! Mail on their phones or tablets. We've reached out to Yahoo for a response, especially since AT&T users are out in the cold -- unless they use the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine that is -- and if they respond we'll update accordingly.
We get it -- Yahoo and Google are competitors. But this only serves to alienate your users, Yahoo. Here's hoping you care enough about them to get this righted. Thanks Matthew for the heads-up!
Update from Yahoo! Mail for Android's Market page:
"IMPORTANT! A pre-release alpha version update was accidentally published on OCT 25th. If you downloaded this broken non-market version, please remove from your device and reinstall 1.0.4 from the Market"
So there you go, it was all a slip of the finger, err mouse. Uninstall and reinstall from the Market and you're set. I take back all those evil thoughts.
But I was at the Windows Phone 7 launch and had my hands all over the Venue Pro. And while it's a pretty cool phone, it's also pretty top-heavy when the keyboard's open. And speaking of the keyboard, it's pretty small and pretty cramped. So let's not get too excited just yet. And then there's the bad taste in our mouths left over from the Streak launching with Android 1.6 and the Aero launching with Android 1.5. So pardon us if we're not over the moon. But, still, we'd rather see it than not. [PC World]
This is either the funniest thing you'll see today -- or it's the most offensive. But every so often an internet video goes so viral that the rest of the worldsimply cannot ignore it. And sometimes the stars, or subjects of these videos become so popular and so recognized, that they're launched into a some minor realm of celebrity status. And that's exactly what has happened to Antoine Dodson.
Cautious parents will get what might be their first introduction to Augmented Reality with Sex Offender Tracker. Published four days ago to the Android market, Sex Offender Tracker uses your device's camera, and GPS in conjunction with the compass to provide you with real-time data about your surroundings, and in this case, the residence of sex offenders.
Although anybody can dig through the online sex offender registry any time of day, some feel this app may be an invasion of privacy, saying this app makes it much too easy to locate the names and homes of registered sex offenders. Then there's the $1.99 price tag, which will put off a bunch of you, we know.
Watch Antoine Dodson do his thing, and get download links, after the jump. [via BGR]
Future Samsung Galaxy Tab and Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 owners can get one step closer to their device today, as Best Buy Mobile has just began preselling these slick new Android tablets.
Although Verizon Wireless and Sprint are launching their Galaxy Tabs a few days apart from each other, you can lighten your bank account by $599 today at your local Best Buy.
If the Galaxy Tab's price tag and data plan are priced out of your price range, the WiFi-only Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 will also release sometime in November as well, at a much more affordable $299. [Best Buy]
It's been kind of an poorly kept secret that the Android Market is about to accept PayPal for purchasing apps -- and the official announcement is likely this week at PayPal's dev conference in San Francisco. But with a little Firebug trickery, the Android Market Developer's Console can out the news today, and that's what you see above. Google will automatically move the payments to your Google Checkout account, which is darn helpful. Thanks, Al!
Lumigon, a Scandinavian cell phone manufacturer, is bringing out the Lumigon T1. This smartphone sports a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, HDMI out, 5MP camera with flash, and 1GHZ processor. As for the UI, the aluminum phone will be running Froyo with Lumigon's P-GUI software on board.
Now you may be looking at this little device and saying, "Okay? Another slab smartphone powered by Android. What else is new these days?" Valid thought, but this baby rocks -- literally -- Bang & Olufsen audio technology. Bang & Olufsen is an audio company that produces and manufactures high quality audio speakers and receivers. If you can understand Danish, make the jump to see the Lumigon T1 in action. If you can't understand Danish, make the jump anyway. [Mobil.nu via Phone Arena, Unwired View]
T-Mobile announced this afternoon that the LG Optimus T (see our hands-on here) will be available Nov. 3 for a mere $29.99. That'll be after two-year contract and a $50 rebate, of course, but you can't really beat that price, even for a low-end Android smartphone. We still don't know all of the under-the-hood details, but a 3.2-megapixel camera is there, plus a 2GB microSd card. [T-Mobile Facebook]
The Logitech Revuejust came out, but it couldn't fend off the prying hands of the iFixit gang for long. After a disassembly that they rated 8 out of 10 (with 10 being easiest to open and repair), iFixit discovered a couple hardware specs that Logitech had not announced yet. Namely, the Google TV device is running off a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and has 5GB of NAND flash memory. These specs compare pretty favorably to the new Apple TV, leaving us to wonder why Logitech couldn't get that $299 price down to make it an impulse-buy for consumers. Any early adopters looking to tinker with their Revue should check out the step-by-step guide past the link, along with a detailed list of the hardware Logitech is using (hint: it shares a component with the Kin Two!). [iFixit]
The T-Mobile Comet has finally broken cover -- and it's ready for its close up. This entry-level Android device was once known as the Huawei Ideos. The Comet is dated for Nov. 3, and is promising to ship with Froyo. But don't dismiss this phone right away. If your somebody who's not one for OEMs putting their own UI flavor in their phones -- rejoice, for this phone will ship with plain ol' stock vanilla Android. Click the source link to see the Comet sized up next to the LG Optimus T. [TmoNews]
The title just about says it all, folks. Samsung will be unveiling a new Android device (let's assume phone) in New York City on Nov. 8. And if any of the rumors we've heard swirling around are true, this could be a darn good one. Nothing definite yet, but the words dual-core, Google experience and otherwise mind-blowing have been used. (Or, yes, it could be the Verizon Samsung Continuum.) Of course, we'll be there. Stay tuned, folks.
Update: Yeah, so we're all in agreement that we're probably going to see the Samsung Continuum at the event. And, oh -- look at that. We've already got video of it, as well as a hands-on preview.
As far as the Internet goes, Google TV is pretty darn sweet. But when it comes to actually watching television, those of us who got our Logitech Revue over the weekend have found video quality to be wanting. Ask just about anyone who tried watching football over the weekend, and we'll all likely answer the same: Frame rate wasn't what it should have been.
The way it works is this: The cable (or satellite) source is pumped into the Revue, and then output to the television. I've got your basic high-def cable setup on a 50-inch plasma, and anything with fast motion was bad enough to be unwatchable -- the complete opposite of when the signal's going straight from the cable box to the TV via HDMI.
We've been discussing the issue in our Google TV forums, and there's a fat thread in Logitech's forums, too. And they're aware of the problem. This morning, Peter Evans, director of Logitech Revue customer care, sent in the following:
Thank you for your feedback about Logitech Revue causing the TV picture to skip frames and for sharing information about your home entertainment setup. With your help we have been able to confirm that in some cases Logitech Revue is dropping video frames, resulting in a staggered image.
With Logitech Revue, it is our priority to provide a high quality TV experience, and we recognize that this issue is affecting your enjoyment. Logitech and the Google TV team are working hard to find the root cause of this issue and to develop a solution, which we will share with you as soon as it is available. We will keep you updated on our progress through this forum thread.
We do apologize for your TV experience being less than perfect.
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