Whilst wandering through some comments on Gizmodo, we came a link to purported Gingerbread video from Mother Russia. I don't speak Russian, and I don't read Cyrillic, so we found someone who does. His rough translation is after the break.
I do know that hackers have had Android running on the HTC Touch Dual for quite a while -- videos go back far longer than a year ago -- but this is the first time we've heard (or even thought) the word Gingerbread associated with one, or any phone other than the Nexus One for that matter.
Is it Gingerbread? Hell, I don't know. I doubt it. And the translation makes that all the more clear when the phone in question is referred to as the Nexus 2. But it's certainly not running stock Froyo; you can see when he swipes the launcher bar to enter "helicopter" view. But it runs so well on such old hardware I figure it's worth sharing. Have a look at the video after the break, and let the rumor mill begin. [Gizmodo] Thanks, Anton!
Some of us think it's "almost heaven," and thanks to Verizon it just got a little more heavenly with the announcement that Charleston, WVa., will be among the first metro areas to launch LTE. (It's interesting that it wasn't a part of Verizon's LTE announcement at CTIA.) In addition, nine other West Virginia cities will also be part of Verizon's LTE network. If one of those cities happens to be Martinsburg, listen for big 'ol YEE-HAW from someone who never thought he would see 4G in any shape or form in his neck of the woods. Look for a full announcement Oct 27. from Verizon and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.
And I'm not even going to go into the politics, why's, or how's, except to say that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) happens to be the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology. [Verizon, list of launch cities] Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!
The Logitech RevueGoogle TV box should start reaching doorsteps any time now (or you can snag one today at Best Buy) doing more than just making TV content easier to access. It is also letting you connect with your family and friends through video conferencing. It's crazy to think that you can peak into your friends house while being across the globe. Even though video calling has been around for quite some time now, it is another additional feature for those who want to shell out more money for the Logitech TV Cam. Check after the break to see the camera in action. Oh yeah -- big smiles not guaranteed. [Logitech]
Good news for those of you who speak Russian, Polish, Czech or Turkish -- Google Voice Search now supports you, too. You can now get your search on in your native tongue. Just another reminder of how widespread Android is. Congrats! [via Google]
For most of us, the best part about having a smartphone is the applications. From its humble beginnings a year and a half ago, to today's 90,000-odd apps in more than 30 countries, the Android Market is filled with apps that offer just about anything you or I will ever think of. Sorting through them all looking for the hidden gems can be a daunting task for even the seasoned smartphone vetran.
Weren't we just talking about Docs to Go 3.0? And sure enough, it's now available in the Android Market. Version 3.001 will run you $14.99. But judging by the number of e-mails we've already gotten, that likely won't be that big a deal for many of you. Download link after the break, folks. Thanks to everybody who sent this in!
Remember that really blurry picture that reportedly shows Gingerbread? It hasn't gotten any clearer, but now it's moving. Phandroid has the video it apparently was ripped from, and it shows a pretty cool old-school TV-like blinking of the screen when you press the power button. Check it out after the break. [Phandroid]
I think we can admit that we're all just a bit jealous of Palm's Touchstone charging station. The act of simply plugging your phone into its charger doesn't pose any real challenge, and it's nothing new in the world of electronic devices. But there's no cool factor there, and fumbling around for your charger in the dark is no fun.
Perhaps that's what drove forum member d94 to sacrifice his warranty, time, and potentially his Epic 4G to bring us this impressive mod. In the nine pictures posted in his thread, it almost looks like an easy mod with minimal soldering and "Oh god I hope I don't break this" moments. Perhaps an easy task for the seasoned modder.
According to d94, not a single one of the Epic's basic functions had to be sacrificed for this mod either. The charging LED still behaves the same way, and when mounted in his car, GPS is fully functional.
I've never really gotten into playing music on my phone, for one reason or another. That ends today, with Nullsoft's Winamp hitting the Android Market in a beta version. That's right, the same Winamp that was my very first desktop player some 13 years ago (back when a 6-megabyte music file didn't seem to make any sense).
So what do we get here? A simple but powerful multimedia player, complete with widget and homescreen music controls. And, best of all, is the ability to add music to your phone over Wifi. Syncing music (or anything, for that matter) has never been terribly easy on Android. With Winamp, it's just a few clicks.
You really have to see this in action. Full video review of Winamp and Wifi sync is after the break, folks, along with download links.
The wait for Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq continues, but we've gotten word that field trials are about to get under way, with a couple of thousand users asked to give Eclair a go. We've already seen Eclair leaked and running on the Cliq, and Moto's own update list still says it's slated for the new software in late Q3/early Q4, so we should be seeing it any time now, hopefully. Couple of more shots after the break, and you can try to get in on the testing here.
What have we here now? Looks like that HTC Bee leak that we saw with Alltel branding that just surfaced should have been a clear sign that it was coming, but we wouldn't have realized it would be just this soon! Shots were sent in from an Alltel location showing off the HTC Bee and the Desire dummy units, which is great for everyone still on Alltel waiting for some new Android choices. [via Droid-Life]
Remember how the source code for the Samsung Galaxy S' Froyo update was released a few days ago? It actually was pulled pretty quickly, and now Samsung UK says it'll be back "from early November" and that "all operator versions to be available by the end of November." Chances are they mean European operators, but that's OK. Because November's just a week and a half away, and any release of source code puts us all a few steps closer to official updates. [Twitter via BGR]
Earlier this month, T-Mobile reduced its "unlimited" data cap to 5GB, but took the unusual (and welcome!) step of merely throttling users that go over this limit, rather than charging them fines. It seems that change was in preparation for a whole slew of bigger ones at America's number four carrier -- tiered data is in. Phones will now be put into one of three categories with the following data plans:
Feature phones: (nothing running Android will fall under this category) no data plan required, 200MB or 5GB optional
Standard smartphones: (think Motorola Charm) 200MB plan minimum, 5GB plan optional
As for pricing, the 200MB plan will run you just $10 per month for both Even More and Even More Plus plan holders. For the 5GB plan, Even More users will fork over $30 per month, while Even More Plus owners will get a slight discount at $25 per month. [TmoNews]
Docs to Go 3.0, the heavily anticipated update to the popular Microsoft Office viewing/editing app may finally be released in the next couple of weeks. Yes, we write this knowing full well that Dataviz, the company that develops the app, was purchased by RIM. had this to say in their official forums:
Sorry for the delay everyone... we are hoping to release this week/beginning of next week!!
And the good news, at least as it was last relayed to us: If you purchased the full paid version of D2G previously, your upgrade to 3.0 will be free. [Dataviz Forums via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Cory!
Joe has taken the opportunity to make his views clearer, and in a much more tame fashion on his blog. He makes some really valid points, and you should read it. If you're any type of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) supporter or detractor, you should definitely read it. I read it, and can't argue his points too much. One of our favorite Googlers, Tim Bray, read it, and according to Tim "Joe Hewitt is OK by me." Don't disagree with Tim there, either. The one question that isn't answered -- is there really a Facebook Android phone in the works, and did that influence Joe Hewitt to clarify his opinion? Tinfoil hats on, everybody! [Joe Hewitt via @timbray]
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