Lately it seems as though nearly every carrier has changed its data plans, and T-Mobile looks to be next. Effective Oct. 16, T-Mobile will be changing its data cap from 10MB to a 5GB, which is more in line with what other carriers offer. Users who reach the 5GB cap will be notified via a free SMS message that they have reached their cap, and any continued data usage will be at a slower speed. They are saying that this change will only affect around 1 percent of their customers, meaning 99 percent of you will not notice a change. But for those who wish to monitor their data usage it can be done on my.t-mobile.com under the data use tab. [via TMoNews, whom we're betting is that 1 percent ;-) ]
We love these Android "about" screens. And the reason we love them is that you can make your own with a couple of lines in the command prompt and about 30 seconds with a text editor. So when we say take what you see above with a grain of salt, we mean a mountain-sized piece of the ol' sodium chloride.
That could be the Motorola Olympus, with Android 3.0.
And possibly that weird 480x818 resolution is for real, and part of some super secret Android Tablet with a quad-core fuel-injected flux capacitor running at 1.21 gigawatts that, for some reason, Motorola is keeping quiet about. (Or if you look at the top right of the image, you'll see where the notification bar -- or something -- probably was cropped out.)
And maybe it's a version of Android running a Linux kernel that's way past the latest try-at-your-own-risk version of 2.6.36-rc7-git4 that's actually available as of this writing. But that sort of tinfoil hat talk sends Jerry into a GNU tizzy. So let's hope that's not the case, because Jerry don't need any more crazy, ya dig?
As long as we're in the midst of Wednesday build.prop Wackiness, let's revisit one of our favorite build.prop fakes to make its way into a blog post: The HTC Supersonic on T-Mobile running Android 3.0 -- on Jan. 22, 2010. Classic, folks. Classic.
So maybe this one's real, and maybe it ain't. If it's not, well, that's another one for the fake build.prop gallery. [Droid Life]
An announcement from Lookout to its users today confirms that it will be introducing a premium service in the near future, making some of the free features available for a price.
While Lookout hasn't said what the premium service will include, it did provide these details:
A free version of Lookout will continue to be available
Existing users of Lookout will continue to get all the features they enjoy right now for free, for the life of the account
The premium version will be specifically to Android at the beginning, with other platforms to follow
A pretty good deal if you ask us. Lookout offers some great features and the fact that existing users can enjoy the product free of charge after the premium version comes out only emphasizes the need for customers to try this out. If you haven't tried Lookout yet, find the link and the QR code to follow. For a full look at the announcement, check after the break. [Lookout]
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Server Density, from Boxed Ice, is just the app all you server administrators out there have been waiting for to take your monitoring out on the road. Sure, you could wait for the boss to call you in the middle of the night because he can't get an e-mail that he absolutely must have at 3:00 AM, but it's so much more impressive to be awake when that call comes in and to tell him that you're already on it. Server Density is a client-server software set designed to take the guess work out of server monitoring.
Man, do these radius Atomic Bass earphones pack a punch! I consider myself an armchair audiophile -- I can tell the difference between what sounds good, and what doesn't sound good, but want the audio hardware to do the work without having to fiddle around with settings. We all know that most smartphones are lacking in the deep bass department, and Android phones are no exception. This can be helped a lot, with the right headphone design. The radius set has an impedance rating of 32 ohms, versus a standard set of earphones at 16 ohms. This allows lower power devices (like Android phones) to drive them easier, creating more sound at much less power loss. Then you factor in the angled design that seals well in any ear -- thanks to the three sets of different sized earcaps, and you simply get better sound.
They're also built pretty well. The earphone body is solid aluminum, the earcaps are very soft silicone, and the wiring is rubber coated right down to the gold plated plug. The U-shape wiring design is perfect for keeping your phone in your shirt pocket (remember when you used to do that Evo 4G and Droid X users?) or on your desk. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone. You can grab a set of radius Atomic Bass earphones in several colors, for $29.95 in the Android Central store. Full specs and a set of pictures of the set after the break.
If there's one thing we love to do, it's parade white phones around our iPhone 4-wielding friends (who are still waiting for their white whale). And we've got an couple of new white Android devices coming to Best Buy Mobile.
As you can see in the picture, the availability dates are Oct. 24 for the white Fascinate, X10 and Streak, and Nov. 8 for the Surround (which is AT&T said it would be available). You can preorder today for $50.
Tweetdeck -- one of the most popular Android Twitter clients -- has wrapped up a two-month beta test period and is now available in the Android Market. It's a free app, has widgets and basically is a big ball of Twitter awesomeness. Check out TweetDeck's official demo after the break, where you can also find download links. [TweetDeck]
T-Mobile has issued a statement over the supposed rollout of an update to the G2 that enables Wifi calling and tethering: "What update?" OK, that's the translation. What T-Mobile actually told Phonescoop was this:
"Wi-Fi Calling and tethering/Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we're working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time."
In other words, yeah, a couple of people seem to have gotten the update. That's how these things work. A few may get it as a test, and the rest of us have to wait. And wait we shall. [Phonescoop]
Dell has decided to stop the Android 2.1 update for the Streak and instead focus on Android 2.2. There are some Streak owners who have been enjoying a Froyo port, but the official update has always been centered around Eclair.
This is good news for those that are waiting for the official update as it would have likely taken Dell longer to update to 2.1, then refocus for 2.2. They're being smart about this update; now if they could just release a device with the current OS, we'd all be happy. [Streaksmart]
Video may have killed the radio star, but Cyanogen and the fellows behind the MIUI ROM have revived it for the Nexus One -- the code for the FM radio hardware that's inside the Nexus One has been merged into CyanogenMod and can now be tested by the public at large (that's you and I) in the nightly builds. Do note that nightly builds are the bleeding edge and likely have bugs in them (they're nightly compilations of code and not necessarily a finished release-ready ROM).
What most interests me here is that this is all code written from scratch by the geniuses behind the MIUI ROM, and uses nothing proprietary from HTC. Gives me a big warm and fuzzy FOSS (Free Open Source Software) feeling inside. That's open. That's Android. [CyanogenMod github]
Tweetdeck has become rather popular in the Android world since it began its beta a few months back. And the developers are giving us a peek at who's using what device and which version of Android -- including custom mods. They have had nearly 40,000 beta testers to date, which have tweeted from almost every Android device in existence.
Top device? Let's just say it's not a U.S. version (and there are obvious geographical influences at work). And top OS is -- thankfully -- Froyo. Full breakdown at the source link, folks. [via Tweetdeck]
Sony just took the wraps off its Google TV line, and it's a double shot. If having everything bundled together into one sleek unit is your style, Sony is offering Internet TV models starting at just $599.99 for a full 1080p HD 24-inch model, going up the ladder to the top of the line 46-inch version for $1399.99. They all have full LED backlighting, a picture-in-picture style system Sony is calling Dual View, and are being powered by Intel processors.
If a component-style setup is your thing, you can grab the Internet TV Blu-ray player for $399.99. It's also powered by Intel, offers built in WiFi, and support for Sony's Dual View technology.
Both Television sets and the Blu-ray player will be available for purchase on Oct 16 at Sony Style, and followed "shortly" by Best Buy. You can read the full press release after the break. [Sony]
Remember those Smartphone Coasters we talked about yesterday? Well the folks at newpcgadgets.com have hooked us up with 20 of them to give away. Entering is easy, just visit the Android Central forums giveaway thread, make sure you're registered, and let us know where you would use one of these cool new gadgets, and we'll pick 20 winners at random. Easy as pie I tell ya! Contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13.
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