Whoa, nelly. We interrupt this regularly scheduled Android Central Podcast to bring you the breaking news that HTC no longer will be locking bootloaders. And in other news, we rant a bit on streaming DRM and talk about the new Google Wallet. Listen in!
Just the other day it was confirmed Mojang studios would be bringing its mobile version of Minecraft exclusively to the Xperia Play. Now, they've gone ahead an unleashed just a small taste of what is to be fully unveiled at this years E3 Expo taking place June 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Go ahead; click play on the video to see it in action. Just don't blame us if you happen to drool all over the place and short circuit some electronics. Drop a note in the comments when you get cleaned up, and let us know what you think. Now if you'll excuse me -- I have to see how much an Xperia Play is going to cost me.
TouchType this morning announced Swiftkey X, the latest iteration of its on-screen keyboard which is now in public beta status. Long known for its word-prediction capability, Swiftkey's got a new look, and new features.
First and foremost is the setup process. Swiftkey's new guide will walk you through downloading a language pack, installing and enabling the keyboard, and then the option of tying into your Facebook, Gmail or Twitter accounts.
Swiftkey has also seen improvements to its "fluency" engine, specifically with the addition of "Personal Input Modeling," which adjusts the touch-sensitive regions of the keyboard depending on how accurately you type.
Pretty cool, eh?
Now the important part: Swiftkey X is available on any smartphone running Android 2.x or above. It's a free upgrade for current paid users, and it's downloadable in the Android Market. We've got video with the Swiftkey folks as well as the full press release after the break.
Well, that didn't take long at all. Having only announced Google Wallet yesterday, Google is already facing some distaste for the service from the competition, namely -- PayPal. Summed up in what turned out to be a 28 page PDF statement.
PayPal is claiming protection of trade secrets as the reason for the lawsuit, and that Google allegedly lured PayPal executives Osama Bedier and former general manager and vice president of PayPal Merchant Services Stephanie Tilenius away from PayPal.
If what PayPal alleges turns out to be true, then we're guessing this will be a long drawn out case that could have some serious implications for those involved.
Break out the bubbly -- HTC CEO Peter Chou just announced via Facebook that they have heard everyone and will no longer be locking the bootloaders of their devices. We're assuming (and hoping) this will start with the EVO 3D and the HTC Sensation, and users buying these new HTC phones will no longer depend on luck and skilled hackers to get them more open.
Said CEO Peter Chou, via Facebook:
"There has been overwhelmingly [sic] customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we've listened. Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience."
No word on exactly what this will mean for current models that have shipped with bootloader restrictions, or exactly how the new bootloaders will be "unlocked." We're reaching out to HTC, and as soon as they give us a statement, we'll let you know.
Thursday folks, that means it's time for the Android Central podcast to go live and brighten up your day. As Phil mentioned, there is plenty in store for the upcoming podcast so if you missed out on some news throughout the week be sure to get caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums.
Good news for everyone waiting for the feature-packed mid-size Galaxy Tab 8.9; it's just made its way through the FCC. The 8.9 inch model, now known as the GT-P7310 (check out our hands-on) will sport a dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and of course Android 3.x. Seeing it pass through the FCC testing makes us believe the "early summer" release date is still on track. Starting at $469 for the 16 GB version, it's bound to be a hit.
You can read all the test results and assorted technical details at the source link, and hit the forums for more discussion.
You're going to talk down on the LG Revolution. You're going to say some not-so-nice things about it. And that's a shame, really. Because save for one thing, we really don't have much to say about Verizon's third LTE-capable phone in our initial use.
The phone itself? A 4.3-inch black slab with a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP shooter out front, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor the aforementioned LTE data and a whole lot of internal memory. Tack on LG's user interface customizations -- which we've long enjoyed -- and you've got yourself a solid little phone.
The one thing that's sure to cause curses from even the most liberal Android nerd? It's been Binged. Like the Samsung Fascinate before it (along with a a couple of other phones not worth mentioning here), Verizon's traded some Google services for Microsoft's Bing. Google Maps? Not there, though you can download it. Google Search? Negatory. You've got Bing.
But if you can live with that, the LG Revolution looks like it's got what it takes to be a solid Android device.
Google released the first update to their new Music app today bringing it up to version 3.0.1. In this rendition, the ability to delete songs stored on the SD card was added and it brought about some bug fixes as well. Our tipster, Adam, is reporting that the new update has eliminated some force closes users were experiencing on some custom Gingerbread ROMs.
As you should know, this Music app is your portal to Music Beta by Google. If you haven't received your invite yet, keep holding your horses because Google is continuing to send out invites for their awesome new service.
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