For you tinkering types, HTC just released the source code for the Desire HD. As always, some proprietary code will remain under wraps. That's not going to mean much if you don't like taking apart ROMs and seeing what's inside. But it's early in the week yet, and there's always time to take up a new hobby. [HTC Developer Center]
Acer announced the Liquid Metalin the UK last month, but was mum on any availability for the United States. That seems to have (unofficially) changed as the FCC has posted documents that show the phone with AT&T 3G bands on board. The Liquid Metal is still scheduled for an October release in the UK, so it should be hitting stores sometime this week for our English friends across the pond. As for us Americans, Acer would surely love to have it out for the shopping season, so we shouldn't have to wait too much longer. As a quick recap, the phone will be sporting a 800MHz CPU along with a 800x480 3.6-inch touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth. [FCC via Engadget]
Adobe has ramped up its presence in the application space with AIR 2.5, and to help get the content out to the masses it introduced Adobe InMarket. AIR 2.5 is available on devices ranging from phones, to tablets and televisions -- including Android 2.2 devices, of course. In addition, AIR 2.5 enables hardware acceleration across all major chip makers, including Broadcom, Intel, NVIDIA, ST Micro, Trident, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and others. Samsung is scheduled to take the lead and be the first to ship AIR preinstalled in their SmartTV line, and Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, and Samsung will be releasing smartphones or tablets that ship with AIR enabled. Adobe AIR 2.5 for Android is available from the Market as a free download, we'll have a link after the break.
Adobe InMarket is Adobe's foray into the publishing and distribution space. InMarket will assist developers distribute and sell their applications on many different application stores across, on various device types from Acer, Intel, and others. Android is not specifically mentioned, but I'm certain InMarket will help Android developers publish to alternative Android application stores. There's a catch, though -- Adobe will pull 30 percent off the top for the service, according to their developer connection page, but that's standard for app stores these days. The full press release, and AIR 2.5 download link are after the break.
Best Buy is going to be selling Samsung's Galaxy Tab, both with carrier plans as well as a Wifi-only version. Dates have been leaking out recently regarding the Tab's release on all major carriers, most recently being Sprint on Nov. 14.
It appears Best Buy will carry 3G versions of the Tab on Verizon and Sprint. Contracts will be offered as well as month-to-month plans.
However, the leak also suggests there will be a Wifi-only version available from Best Buy that will cost $499. Customers will also have the choice between a silver or black version. The Wi-Fi only version has been the wish of many interested in the device; how does that price point seem to those considering buying one? [Pocketables]
Update: While we're expecting a Wifi-only Tab at some point, we're being told this flier is just a bad typo.
Let's not beat around the bush here: The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab (seen above as the Samsung P1 Tablet) is coming Nov. 14, according to the inventory spreadsheet that just hit our inbox. That's seven inches of Android tablet goodness, a 1GHz processor, and all the bells and whistles we saw during our hands-on with the Galaxy Tab back in August.
What we still don't know: Pricing, and whether Sprint will rig up any sort of cool Wimax tethering-case deal like it's done for the iPad.
But, wait, there's more. Looks like the Motorola i886 will be dropping in January, right around CES. It's already been outed by the FCC (via Unwired View), and reportedly is a some sort of non-touchscreen iDEN-type device.
Once upon a time (way back in early September) we relayed a tale of a mysterious Android phone with LTE markings being packed by none other than Verizon's chief financial officer. Might the above LG device, sent in to Engadget, be that mysterious device? Can't say at this point, but the LTE branding in unmistakable. The front-facing camera is pretty obvious, too, and the not-so-subtle "HD" logo near the rear-facing camera, which like means 720p or (gasp) 1080p video recording. Other than that? Gonna have to wait, folks. [Engadget]
We're not really sure what to make of this one, but word is that the HTC Knight is destined for Sprint, and something on it slides. Apparently the source behind the rumor has access to the device (or at least the ROM itself) and the words "do not slide screen in/out during operation" are hidden away in a menu. That could mean that this has a sliding keyboard, or something else, but that's really anyone's guess at this point. I've even heard stirrings of a T-Mobile G2-style device headed for Sprint, but for now even I'm not going there.
Now that the word is out, expect rumors and leaks if this one turns out to be as close to release as was reported, which is within two weeks. We've got our ears on. [XDA-Developers via Pocketnow]
What makes a movie a classic? Truthfully, there is no simple answer to that question. If there was, every movie production company in the business would be throwing big bucks your way.
But for now, while you try to figure out that secret formula, here are a few movies that are undoubtedly classics: The Usual Suspects, Citizen Kane, Terminator 2, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, and Back to the Future.
Now take those movies and toss a little Android in them -- and what do you get? Well, the collegiate dudes and dudettes over at College Humor did just that. With a little help from T-Mobile's G2 (our review), all those classics listed above, well -- changed. Have a look for yourself. Oh, and don't forget that popcorn. Video after the break. [College Humor] Thanks, Lisa!
Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3? Yes, it was that kind of week, loaded with news that was unexpected. Tons of applications were updated, many new ones discovered, and the news never ended. Let's take a look at some of what happened this week, in case you happened to blink during this week.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 rumor has been floating around the internet for several months now. It's been discussed by Android enthusiasts at various blogs, and in our own forums as well, and generally written off as an Android phone-geeks dream. Have a look at it's supposed specs:
4.3-inch SAMOLED2 display at 1280x720 and 340 dpi
2 GHz CPU
1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 32 GB storage with microSD slot for cards up to 32 GB
8 MP camera with full HD video recording
Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, A-GPS
Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and all the other Android standards
Running Android 3.0
Its supposed release date is Q1 2011. Why are we revisiting this now? We've seen HTC's new hardware in the Desire HD and Desire Z/Vision, and Motorola has shown us the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global, but Samsung has been quiet about their future plans for a high end phone. I'm sure they have something in the works, and Samsung likes to go big in the hardware department. I'm pretty certain that this isn't really the next Samsung Android phone, but I have to wonder how close they can get. I'd buy it, and I'm sure more than a handful of you guys would, too. [itrans (Russian) via UnwiredView]
Adobe is hosting its Adobe Max conference today through Wednesday in Los Angeles. It brings together designers, developers and business leaders to discuss the current state of technology and emerging trends.
Adobe has also developed an app to help those attending be a little more organized. The app features:
Detailed session information
A personalized Max schedule
Maps for all the venues
Updates news about Max sessions and social events
Max information, such as ATM locations, wireless shuttle service and more)
If you're on your way to Adobe Max or are already there, consider downloading the Max Companion app; it will make your life a lot easier. [Adobe via Twitter]
The T-Mobile Galaxy Tab will be available Nov. 10th, according to a leaked slide deck. Just days after Verizon announced that its version will be available on Nov. 11, T-Mobile's plans were leaked. We learned of pricing a few weeks ago, which will be $399 with a contract, $649 without. No word yet on data plan pricing, but that is sure to be announced soon.
That makes two carriers out of the four; if Sprint and AT&T follow suit around the same time, we should be in for an exciting few days in the second week of November. [TmoNews]
Look who dropped in for a visit at Google HQ -- it's the Gingerbread man, poised to join the rest of the tasty treats on the lawn at Google. There's no word on any announcement or code dropping, but it can't be too much longer now that this big fella is on site. Google's own unboxing video after the break. [via AndroidDev, TechCrunch]
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