Yesterday we let you know about 8pen keyboard. At the time, 8pen advised they were soon to be launching on the Android Market and today, they have done just that. According to their website, they wanted to get 8pen out to as many users and devices as possible but in doing so they had to exclude the voice recognition feature for now. Any device running Android 1.6 and upward now has the option to make use of 8pen. We're still putting it through its paces but will you be grabbing it or sticking with what you use now? Download links are after the break. [the8pen.com]
That's right, folks, the HTC Evo 4G HDMI dock is finally available in Sprint stores. So you can now pipe high-def video from your phone to your TV with all the official accessory goodness HTC has to muster.
It'll set you back $39.99, but we've got you covered. We're going to give away not one, but two of the Evo 4G HDMI docks. Because you're worth it. Just make sure you're registered with the site, then hit the link below to enter. Contest ends tonight, to get in while you can!
OpenFeint -- the cross-platform gaming service -- has just unleashed a slew of new games on Android. Some are new, some are newer, but they all now have the power of OpenFeint behind them, meaning you can share scores and compete against your friends -- if they're on other platforms. The new wave of games, from a bevy of developers, includes:
Flick Kick Football (PikPok)
Dot 3(TM) (ustwo)
Cows Don’t Fly, Prism 3D, and JellyBalls (HyperBees)
Dynamo Kid (OrangePixel)
Abduction! (Psym Mobile)
Bonecruncher Soccer (Distinctive Developments)
Pocket Racing (Measured Software)
Egggz (SmartPix Games)
Chopper Control (The Game Boss)
Happy Island (CrowdStar)
You can find them all now in the Android Market. Full presser after the break.
The Optimus One is one of the latest handset from LG, and we've got one to put through the paces. Admit it, an entry-level phone running Froyo has you intrigued. (For what it's worth, LG's dubbing it a "transitional smartphone." ) But we're intrigued, too, and at first take it's impressive. Here's the specs on this little speedster:
3.2-inch Capacitive screen, @ 320 x 480
Qualcomm MSM7227 clocked at 600 MHz
512 ROM, 512 RAM
802.11 b/g, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
3.1 MP autofocus camera
GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100 radio bands
Combine that with a pretty nicely optimized build of Froyo, and you'll realize that not all entry level phones need to be so entry level. Hit the break for a quick-and-dirty hands on, and hit the forums with any questions.
It's been another month, and that means it's time to take another look at the breakdown of Android versions in the wild. (Click here to see October's numbers.) Android 2.1 (Eclair) and 2.2 (Froyo) still dominate, at 40.8 percent and 36.2 percent, respectively. Actually, Eclair devices ticked up a tad from 40.4 percent a month ago. Donut (Android 1.6) devices fell to an even 15 percent, and Android 1.5 (Cupcake) is down to 7.9 percent.
How do our numbers look? Out of all the visits to Android Central in October from an Android phone, 58.67 percent of them were on Android 2.2, 27.51 were from Android 2.1, and then there's everybody else -- plus a smattering of Android 2.3 and Android 3.0.1 pings.
We're all expecting the announcement of Gingerbread any day now, so next month's chart may have an entirely different feel to it. [Android Developer site]
We've got a trifecta this morning in the source code stakes, with HTC releasing code for the Desire Z, T-Mobile G2 and a maintenance release for the Droid Incredible. As always, certain proprietary code may not be released, and unless you rip apart and compile ROMs, this doesn't really mean much to you. But for everybody else, get to downloading! [HTC Developer Center]
Last week we saw Motorola rolling out Android 2.1 to some of the selected testers, and now it's the Backflip's turn Motorola has sent out e-mails asking for willing testers to contact them, and they are looking for a team of 1,000 folks to help them with the testing. Hopefully this testing push that we are seeing means that the official update is just around the corner, and there will be Android 2.1 for all Motorola Backflip owners! Text of the e-mail is after the break. Thanks, ChyA!
Lookout, one of the premiere smartphone security suites, has released Lookout Premium -- offering Privacy Advisor, remote lock, and remote wipe on top of their award winning free services. Current customers need do nothing to keep the service they have now, and the free version of Lookout will remain available for those who choose to use it over the premium package. The premium service costs $2.99 USD per month, or $29.99 annually, and a 30-day trial is available.
We spoke with John Hering, CEO of Lookout and got the information everyone is wanting to hear, as well as some time with the new premium service. We have the rundown, the official press release, download links and all you need to make a decision after the break. Thanks Max, Erika, and John from Lookout for taking the time to answer our questions!
If you're a fan of the Archos 43 internet tablet and have already placed your preorder, you'll be pleased to know that shipments have started. We went hands on with a number of upcoming Archos devices back at IFA 2010, and the Archos 43 was one of them. The Android 2.2, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor packing internet tablet might not be the device for you but many folks have been waiting for them to ship despite the fact it has no Android Market access. Any one out there already get theirs? Thanks, Mike!
US Cellular is certainly carving out a name for themselves in the Android world, and the release of the Samsung Mesmerize brings one of the best Android handsets currently on the market to their network. It's a Galaxy S phone, and like its cousins on the big four networks, it's a powerhouse with an incredible Super AMOLED screen. Hit the break to see my impressions of the Mesmerize, available at US Cellular for $199.99 on a two-year agreement.
We've already crawled all over the U.S. Galaxy S phones with the Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate and Sprint Epic 4G. What does US Cellular bring to the tablet? Let's find out, after the break.
Think back, and this is pretty much how things went for the original Droid 2, right? Leak after leak after leak, and finally Verizon announced the phone about 48 hours before it was released. So it's with little surprise that VZ Navigator for the Droid 2 Global appears in the Android Market. Leak after leak after leak, folks. Place your bets on when the phone finally appears. [via Droid Life]
Just in case there was still any doubt about the Droid 2 Globalcoming in two different colors, the latest details to leak out of Verizon by way of comparison sheet, totally confirms that information now. The Droid 2 Global will come in dark sapphire and winter white. The color options shouldn't throw anyone off though, in fact you've seen them before on the Droid 2 and Motorola Cliq. The comparison sheet does cover some of the other details, such as some of the exclusive features that only the Droid 2 Global will have in addition to the outlining of the specs.
All in all, a nice comparison sheet for those of you on the fence about which device to choose. I guess the biggest choice here, really, will be down to what color you'll be getting if the Droid 2 Global is already on your "Do Want!" list. [via Droid Life]
Viewsonic, a company that has been producing displays for more than 20 years, has announced that it, too, will be taking part in the Android tablet market.
The Viewpad 7 (see our hands-on), which will run Android 2.2, features 512MB of onboard memory and up to 32GB expansion via a MicroSD card and will be accompanied by the Viewpad 10.
One very interesting fact about the Viewpad 10 is that it will run Android 1.6 (boo), but also feature the option to dual boot it with Windows 7 (yay), and will be powered by a 1.6GHz processor and contain 1GB of on board memory. The 7-inch version is expected to launch by the end of the year for $479, while the 10-inch version is expected in Q1 of 2011 for $629. [Viewsonic]
The Droid 2 Global edition (works on Verizon here in the States, but can work on GSM carriers for overseas travels) has popped up from time to time, but it might be coming sooner than we thought. Verizon has just dropped the price of the stock Droid 2 by $50, which could be a move to clear out their inventory in preparation of the Global's arrival or Big Red could be planning on offering both phones simultaneously. Either way, this move is a big hint that we could see the Droid 2 Global sometime soon, so any international travelers interested in the Droid 2 might want to hold off for a bit. [Verizon via Engadget]
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