Have you ever tried accessing Google Maps from your mobile browser? If so, you no doubt realized that it didn't exactly give you the desired results -- being that it allowed you to actually use Google Maps. Instead, it detected your mobile browser and then offered up a mobile app link so that you may download the Google Maps application. Not exactly ideal, but it worked for most users.
Google has looked at the numbers behind all this, and it was revealed a while ago that 40 percent of their Google Maps traffic actually comes to them from mobile devices. With that in mind, Google has now changed how Google Maps works in mobile browsers. From here on out, when visiting http://maps.google.com on your device you will be given a much access to Google Maps as it was meant to be, allowing you to:
See your current location
Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more
When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps
We're certain many of you out there will still be using the dedicated Google Maps application but having choice in the matter is the best thing here. Instead of firing up the app next time, try it in browser and see how well it works for you.
If you have an Android tablet, you've no doubt checked out TweetComb and Newsr by now. (If not, you really should.) We've done reviews for both (hit the links above) and walked away pleasantly surprised with them even during the beta stages of the applications.
One suggestion we did make was to make the apps free and get them into the hands of as many users as possible and now, the developer behind both apps; Chris Stewart has done just that. Yes, TweetComb and Newsr are both now available as free apps in the Android Market but the great news doesn't stop there. If you've previously purchased either app, Chris is offering refunds to existing customers, all you need to do is reach out and let him know you wish to be refunded.
Here it is, folks. The Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon. Fresh out of the box. So there's nothing spectacular in that respect -- it's your typical Verizon/Motorola retail deal, with the microUSB cable and charger, and that's it.
As for the phone, as we've said before, and we'll say again once or twice before all is said and done, this isn't a big departure from the original Droid X. It's a step up, and some good steps at that. But if you're looking for some gigantic leap into the future, you might be left wanting.
Check out the video above, where we take our first look at the Droid X2 and put it up side by side with the original Droid X, and we'll be back with more soonest.
Phil and the gang are back! Join us as we recap Google IO 2011, talk about the new phones and tablets that have crossed our desk, and Mickey goes on a bit of a rant about LTE and faux-gee. You don't want to miss this.
Fun fact about being a smartphone blogger -- we get to see the latest and greatest toys pretty early. But we're not the only ones. Sometimes you all get your hands on a phone before it's released, too. And such is the case with Android Central Forums member slag02, who recently came across the HTC EVO 3D at the Futurallia conference in Kansas City and wrote up his thoughts for us all. His takeaway?
All in all - the EVO 3D is what the EVO should have been at launch ( except the 3d part) -- and a Great device if you're looking for something new. It will be hands-down the best phone on Sprint when its released.
The folks at Swiftkey just released a new beta keyboard this morning, with the following improvements:
Redesigned installer process
Redesigned settings menu
SwiftKey shortcut launcher on keyboard
New typing styles: Precise (identical to Classic), Rapid (similar to Rapidfire)
(Note: you can reproduce "Manual" with "Space will always insert a space" in advanced)
Text handling improvements (fixed doubledouble bug, etc. + general stability improvements)
Improved dark theme
Not in on Swiftkey's VIP program, where you can get the latest releases before everybody else? Not to worry, as they've opened up access for everybody today. Just hit the link below and use promo code #swiftkeyFRIDAY. Again, that's for use today only, so get it done.
It's not just the international versions of the Samsung Galaxy S phones that have some serious Gingerbread cooking -- Samsung and Sprint are hard at work getting a Gingerbread build for the Epic 4G ready for roll-out. Case in point -- Android Central forums member qbking77 shows us a link to the latest entry in the testing process, dated May 19, at Sprint's website. Of course we'd all be more excited if we had a ROM to download, but it's nice seeing a new one in the works. It's Android 2.3.3, and has all the bells and whistles to go along with it.
If you're still rocking the Epic 4G, don't fret. You haven't been forgotten.
The question on the tip of many a tongue of late is "When will the HTC EVO 3D be released?" We might now have an answer. Tucked deep inside some forums is the screen shot you see above, which shows "Rough launch date is June 4th." We can't vouch for the source, and we all know how release dates are subject to change, but this is one of the first times we've seen even a rough date put to paper, so there's that.
Will it pan out? Will we soon have an announcement for the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint? News at 11.
Update: And we're already being told it's not going to be June 4, as it's not in Radio Shack's ads for that period. Hey, it's a "rough" date, right?
Been waiting for Android 2.3.4 for your Samsung Nexus S i9020A? Well wait no more -- here's the OTA link location and manual update instructions. This link comes direct from Google, and only works on stock devices. To install it:
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