PC World reports that Coverity (a company that sells software to find code bugs and anomalies in commercially released software) has found 359 software "defects," 88 of which are critical in the Linux kernel version that runs on the HTC Incredible. I say they probably didn't find them all. The Linux kernel -- like all software -- has bugs, some more harmless that others. What we all need to think about is what Coverity isn't saying -- these bugs can be found and fixed because the Linux kernel is open-source, and comparable bugs can be found in any software, including the software running on whatever smartphone is in our hands at the moment. Like everything else, tacking the word "Android" onto something makes it news.
Kernel bugs are bad, but they certainly don't equal any type of real world exploit, and unless you hand your phone over to someone with a development computer and a USB cable, you're probably safe. [PCWorld via Android Central Forums]
Vodafone UK has revealed their pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab via their website. The 7-inch tablet itself will run you £499, with month-to-month data plans ranging from a £3 day-to-day plan with 500MB of data all the way up to a £25 monthly plan that will net you 5GB of data. The tablet is up for order now and should ship in two to four business days, so get to the buying if you want in on the latest and greatest Android tablet. Click past the link to see all of the plan options. [Vodafone UK]
As the lucky folks who were able to attend DroidCon 2010 witnessed, Sony Ericsson decided to distribute an early build of the LiveView developer SDK, and even loan out a couple devices to third party plug-in developers.
London-based Android developer Mark Brady was lucky enough to spend some time with a test unit, and even began porting over the UI of his Last Call Widget. In his blog he outlines exactly what you will find in the SDK, and also airs some grievances towards the early build. But he's very quick to forgive, as Sony Ericsson had no prior plans of distributing any of these units, or the unfinished SDK.
This was definitely a good move on SE's part, as the only way you're going to drum up interest in a new technology is to get it into the hands of developers, and see what they can come up with. One or two killer apps could do wonders for the LiveView, and I'm very anxious to see where this goes. I can already think of a few ways I would use the LiveView, so I'm really pulling for it.
Word on the street is that Google Voice is acting up for some of us today. TechCrunch says it's taken a header, but it's working fine for some of us here, while others can receive, but not make Google Voice calls. (For what it's worth, Google did tell TechCrunch "We’re aware of the issue, which is affecting some Google Voice users, and are working on a fix.") What about you guys? Any problems? [TechCrunch]
We're expecting Google to announce Android 2.3 -- Gingerbread -- any minute now. ... ... ... Wait ... ... ... Nope, not yet. OK. Let's continue. So the big question is what are we going to get? UI improvements? A bunch of bug fixes? We want to hear from you. What are you hoping to see in Android 2.3?
Well, it makes sense. Today is Nov. 2, which means Christmas is 52 shopping days away, and Verizon Wireless wants to add a little Android green to your holiday season.
Fueled by Samsung's onslaught of Android devices, Verizon Wireless is using the flier above to make our mouths water even more for the Samsung Continuum -- the first Android device to feature dual capacitive AMOLED touchscreens. No launch date has been revealed yet, but we're suspecting an announcement next Monday. The rumor mill indicates it will be store shelves when the sun comes up November 11th.
Our own Phil Nickinson was fortunate enough to get his hands on the Continuum on twooccasions, so check out those links if you want to see this dual screen bad boy in action. [Verizon Wireless via Unwiredview]
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!
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