We've spent a good part of the afternoon covering the announcement of the iPhone 4.0 software with our pals at TiPB, and we're feeling pretty good about the Android platform, still. No killer features were announced, just a handful of what we're calling feature completions.
Multitasking, though more like what's coming in Windows Phone 7 with saved app states and what-not.
Enhanced mail with a unified inbox, multiple Exchange accounts and threaded messages. Well, two out of three ain't bad. I can live without a unified inbox, though certainly we'd enjoy better Exchange support around these parts.
iAd mobile advertising: OK, this is kinda the biggie and goes back to Google beating out Apple for AdMob. They're making it uber-easy to develop in-app ads (they're HTML5), and Google's AdMob deal is still tied up in D.C. Look for Apple to trumpet this one for a while (i.e. take shots at Google).
So all in all, any Android killers in the mix? Not from the looks of it.
If you've been waiting for what seems like forever for an update to be released for the Samsung Moment, your time has come. We've already shown you Android 2.1 on the Moment (our poor example above is still waiting, as you can see), and now a leaked ROM is available. Looks like it's going to take a little work to get it on there, but if you've been waiting this long ... [SDX-Developers via Android Police] Thanks, Artem!
The HTC Incredible's manual has made it into the hands of Phandroid, and there's not much surprising inside. It appears to be, for all intents and purposes, pretty much the same as the HTC Desire we saw at Mobile World Congress in February. The design has changed, slightly -- Verizon's known for going a bit more blocky than what HTC originally produces -- but otherwise you pretty much have the same phone. Here are the major specs:
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon at 1 GHz.
OS: Android 2.1.
Memory: 576MB RAM/512MB ROM
Screen: 3.7-inch AMOLED at 480x800.
Radios: 1xRTT, EVDO Rev. A.
Dimensions: 4.63x2.30x0.47 inches.
Weight: 4.6 ounces with battery.
Camera: 8MP with autofocus and flash.
Battery: 1300 mAh (talk time rated at 313 minutes, 146 hours' standby)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3.5mm headphone jack
There's also HTC Sense, of course (see our video walkthough and full review of Sense), and this marks the first U.S. release of the new version of HTC's custom UI. One thing of which there is no mention in the manual (we read all 200 pages) is a mobile hotspot. Maybe it's just not listed, but we're not holding our breath on that one. [Phandroid]
Looks like that rumored April 29 launch date (and possible April 25 announcement) for the HTC Incredible on Verizon is firming up quite nicely. Phone Arena scored this internal sheet from Best Buy Mobile, which clearly shows it launching three weeks from today. Now we just have to track down exactly what the darn thing's made up of. [Phone Arena]
Before you go getting all excited about seeing that 9,300 applications were added to the Android Market last month, know this: There'es a lot of fluff in there. It is always great to see that you are able to customize applications by adding skins, but should we really count each of the dozens and dozens of skins as an application in the market? Does anyone really need that many adult-style applications? And beyond that, do we need to continue and add another application, instead of adding content to the original?
South Korea soon will get to enjoy a new Motorola Android phone -- it's second, actually. Motorola's first android phone in South Korea is the Motoroi (XT720), and like the Motoroi, the Titanium will be running on Android 2.0. It also has a 480 x 854 touchscreen display, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack, and a 5MP autofocus camera that also records video with D1.
Are you an everyday user of Google Voice? Do you use it as a primary number when exchanging contact information with others, in case you need to use the block feature in the future, or because you are simply not willing to give out your actual phone number?
TechCrunch reports that internal testing of a desktop app that can place and receive calls is under way, as part of the Gizmo5 purchase last year. While more information about the application, as well as it's release date have not been announced, we can take the internal testing as positive light that it is definitely on its way, and hopefully sooner then later. [via TechCrunch]
Remember all the fuss a while back about DRM-protected MP3 files, and how the industry was (thankfully!) moving away from them? Well, it appears that not everyone really has abandoned the practice, even if they claim to have done so. It looks like some companies are still placing personal information inside the music files you buy and download. Hit the break for the details [via TechCrunch] and some visual evidence.
Sorry, don't actually have launch information just yet for the Verizon version of the Google Nexus One, but we do have another indicator that it should be here any time now. Above is another one of those Verizon CelleBrite units with the Nexus One clearly listed. We'll give you more as soon as we can, but that'll have to do it for now. Thanks, B!
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