Fans of Twicca will be pleased to know the latest update is now available in the Android market. While the change log isn't exactly huge, it's nice to see that Twicca is still being improved. The update, which puts Twicca at v0.8.8 fixes a local trends bug as well as some url adjustments for new Twitter and Twitter.jp. If you're a fan of Twicca be sure to update and if you're interested in learning more, check out our quick-app review.
As North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.
We were kicking this around last night, but it's not going away. A number of you -- and us -- are having problems with getting gmail to properly sync with our phones. Obviously, that's bad. The good news is that Google's on the case, saying "We're currently looking into this issue, and I'll report back here with any findings."
"Here" would be the Google support forums, and the thread in question is three pages long as of this writing. What about you guys? Still seeing issues? [Google]
One of the greatest limitations with current 3D technology is the requirement of glasses to make the effect work. The Nintendo 3DS was a smash hit at E3 this year, and now Sharp is looking to bring the same basic technology to the smartphone. The Sharp Galapagos comes packed with Android 2.2, 512 MB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch screen capable of displaying 3D images and video sans glasses.
The lineup of seven launch games includes the likes of Resident Evil: Degeneration, Mega Man, and Ghosts n' Goblins. The phone will also be able to play 3D movies, which may be the bigger selling point. The phone does not yet have a release date, but we do know it will be launching on carrier Softbank Japan. [Softbank Japan (in Japanese) via Kotaku] Thanks, David!
These days being a parent isn’t always easy. Sometimes, parents need a little help with monitoring the actions of their children be it to keep them safe or just to keep a better watch on their daily activities. A new application, Mobile Nanny from Retina X Studios, is looking for help parents out in such cases by offering a complete monitoring, filtering and restriction solution for Android.
With Mobile Nanny installed, parents can now login to an online interface which gives direct access to any given device in which the application is installed. Parents can then effectively monitor and review such things as text messages, calls, web sites visited and even pictures taken with the device and even set up time based calling, app usage schedules. Mobile Nanny is available now in the Android Market but it does have a subscription-based price attached to it. For one year's worth of service, you'll be looking at $49.97. You can read the full press release after the break.
Anyone happen to watch How I Met Your Mother the other night? Of course you did, it's a great show. If you somehow missed it though, then you also missed the showing of the Motorola Droid X. Seems like these days you really can't turn on the TV without catching a glimpse of one Android device or another in a show. It's a beautiful thing to see. Have you spotted any Android devices on any shows you are watching? If so, drop us a line and let us know which show. Thanks to Bob from Cleveland!
The LG Optimus S, a solid, entry-level offering from Sprint, will be available on Sunday.
The Optimus S sports:
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Mobile hotspot capability
It will only be available in Charcoal on Sunday; if you want the Purple version you'll have to wait until November 21st. The Optimus S is a low-end offering that is aimed at consumers transitioning to their first smartphone. Here is a quote from LG:
“LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace.”
The phone will be $49.99 with a 2-year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate). If you've been waiting for the Optimus S, the wait is over on Sunday. [Sprint]
Remember how we brought you the Motorola Droid Prolaunch date but were left wondering what it would cost? Wonder no more. Your cost, after two-year contract and $100 rebate, will be $179.99. A one-year deal will be $249.99 when all is said and done, and off-contract will be $479.99. All in all, not bad for a phone with a 1GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard and the ability to work overseas.
VoX Communications is partnering with Nimbuzz to bring their popular cloud-based VoIP network to Android devices in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
For a monthly fee, VoX will provide you with a calling plan as well as a real U.S., Canadian, or Puerto Rican phone number with no contract required. This phone number would allow you to call anyone in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico over your WiFi or 3G connection by using the free Nimbuzz VoIP applications without paying your carrier any international long distance rates or a costly unlimited plan.
VoX offers three "Domestic" plans:
Pay as you go: $4.95/Month @ $.05/Min
Mobile Out 500: $9.95/Month @ 500 included minutes, $.05/Min overage
If you're interested in signing up for an account, and want to know how to link it to your Nimbuzz application, check out the official VoX website.
And because this application works entirely over data, it will work on any Android device with the Nimbuzz app installed, like a tablet. Throw in some Google Voice for texting, and you can have that 7 inch smartphone you always wanted. Via [IntoMobile]
Stuck in a strange airport on layover and have a sudden craving for coffee that doesn't come from a dispenser? Clear Channel partnered with Geodelic to bring their free FlySmart application to Android devices.
The application, which currently works in more than 20 airports, will give you at a glance information about terminal exits, restrooms, and shops within your terminal. If you're waiting for a flight, you can use the built in Flight Tracker to see departing and arriving flight times directly on your device.
Once you leave the airport, the application will tie into Geodelic's location discovery guide, which will give you ideas on what to do in whatever city you find yourself in.
Hit the Read More link to see a list of currently supported airports as well as a link to grab the free application for yourself. [FLYsmart via Business Wire]
We just got word that an update is on the way for the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon -- and we can expect it to start pushing out on our about Nov. 8. (And remember, kids, that doesn't necessarily mean everyone will get it that day. But once we have the manual update location, it's all good.) Here's what's coming in Software version 3.26.605.1:
Updated Flash Player with security enhancements
Visual Voice Mail Wifi improvements and removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications
Better support for Yahoo IMAP e-mail
Update to Slacker Radio app
You can attach files larger than 5MB
Updated Cox POP3 e-mail settings
Updated Comcast POP3 e-mail settings
Play YouTube videos in the YouTube app (that's new?)
Seamlessly switch between portrait/landscape in Google Maps
Search key and other buttons displayed in the correct order (what's the wrong order?)
VCAST app lets you bill apps to your Verizon account
That's no small list, but nothing earth-shattering either. Regardless, any update is good to see. Thanks, Mystery Man!
HTC and SoundHound have laid out some Global plans that will initially start in Europe. In a press released issued this week, HTC and SoundHound outlined the details which will have SoundHound embedded into all HTC device releases in the coming future.
“Partnering with HTC to make SoundHound available on HTC’s Android handsets is a great win for both companies,” said Amir Arbabi, vice president, business development, SoundHound Inc. “SoundHound makes music search and discovery on mobile devices fast, accurate and delightful. Working with a global innovator like HTC extends our leadership as we continue to expand the adoption of our technologies and services around the world.”
“HTC is focused on improving the mobile experience for our customers and a key part of that is with music,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with SoundHound, a leader in music search and discovery to raise the bar for the search and discovery of music on HTC phones.”
The first devices to get the official SoundHound treatment will be the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z with addition others added in the near future. [via Businesswire]
The news of Wi-Fi Direct recently gave everyone hope that their device will be able to connect with others simply via a Wi-Fi connection. While the news was exciting, we didn't receive dates or specific device lists in order to estimate a time frame.
Samsung's Galaxy S was caught on the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Direct certification listing; it is the first smartphone to receive the certification.
No news on when this would be available to consumers, but this is a sign that we should see Wi-Fi Direct in action in the near future. Galaxy S users, you may be the lucky ones to try it first. [Wi-Fi Alliance via Engadget]
Have you picked up your fancy new myTouch 4G yet? If so, you might have noticed that T-Mobile is already pushing out an OTA update for it. As posted in our forums, the snapshot above is that of the update which was sent out to a brand new myTouch 4G. We're still digging through what all the update addresses but for now, most folks have noticed that it fixes some of the display issues with the web browser address bar. If you all spot any other changes, be sure to let us know.
Copy it to the root of your SD card (not inside another folder), and make sure it stays named "Blur_Version.3.0.1390.MB300.ATT.en.US.zip." Sometimes Windows likes to add to the file type extension, so double check.
Tap the menu key > Settings > About Phone > System Updates and look for the update. Your Backflip should find it, install it, and reboot.
When you restart (this process may take a while!) you should be running Android 2.1. Our friend also says that you may experience apps force closing, this can be fixed by uninstalling, then reinstalling. Good Luck! Thanks anonymous friends!
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