The Motorola i1 -- the first Android smartphone with Nextel's Direct Connect (aka push-to-talk) service -- is now available at Sprint for $149.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate. [Watch our hands-on demo.] It's available online, business sales and telesales only for now, and it'll be available in stores come Aug. 8.
What do you get? A fairly rugged smartphone sporting Android 1.5, a 5-megapixel camera, the Xora Time Track system which includes barcode scanning and signature capture, TeleNavTrack, which uses barcode scanning to track inventory, and Sprint Mobile locator, which can help track workers. [Sprint]
Just bask for a moment in the pure awesomeness that is the above picture ... oh, yeah. So, Jenn Lee at Streak Smart had the amazing idea of paring a new Dell Streak with a Logitech diNovo Mini bluetooth keyboard to create the 5-inch MID you really want: Android-powered, and oh yeah, it's also a phone with 3G data.
The diNovo Mini is actually designed to be a portable keyboard for your HTPC or media center, but it works just fine here. This pairing is only possible because Dell has wisely chosen to allow the Streak to work with Bluetooth keyboards, a feature we haven't yet seen in stock Android. The article recommends using some tape to keep the Streak fastened to the inside of the diNovo's lid and propping said lid against something firm to keep the whole thing from falling over backwards. This thing would be perfect for a long plane ride, especially as you could bring an extra battery for the Streak.
As the diNovo doesn't have a "Menu" button, the two devices aren't 100 percent seamlessly compatible, but the keyboard does have a light sensor for backlighting, which is also awesome. This sort of device is what gets me really excited to see full Android or Chrome OS netbooks in the future. Click on the link for more details and pictures. [Streak Smart]
Heads up if you're in the Great White North -- Bell Canada is giving away a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant daily until launch. Hurry and go sign up right HERE (Canadians only, you cheaters!) but come right back, because there's also an Easter Egg of sorts -- the announcement for the contest clearly states there will be fifteen Samsung Vibrants given away, daily from July 23 until August 6, and the contest entry says that a phone will be given away each day between July 23 until launch day. I never claimed to be Sherlock Holmes, but my powers of deduction lead me to believe that the phone will launch on or about August 7. Probably in the billiard room, with a candlestick. Of course it could just be a typo, and I'm feeding the rumor fires. Just sayin'.
In any case, be sure to sign up if you're eligible, and good luck to everyone up north! [Bell Canada] Thanks tati7!
No, you're not seeing things. Sprint phones will now see a "Sprint" tab in the Android Market instead of the (preferred by many) "Downloads" tab. It's the same on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile Android phones (at least the ones I have). To get to your downloads, just tap the menu button on your phone. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Airplane-landing games are a dime a dozen now, but the original and best is coming to Android. You might want to consider quitting your job to free up time for this one. [Firemint via @alexessory] Thanks, Rene!
Not to be outdone by it's larger cousins, the Motorola Devour has been rooted. Using some bits and pieces from the Droid X root method, some files scoured from the web, and some good old fashioned determination, Android Central forums user bitswitch has a fairly simple method to get your Devour into the hacking game.
To be sure, this voids warranties, takes a bit of technical know-how, and probably makes puppies cry in some Verizon executive's backyard, but if you're rocking the Devour, give it a look. [Android Central forums] Thanks bitswitch!
Look. We're really not going to get dragged back into this whole Antennagate thing. Because let's face it: Asking Apple to test somebody else's phone is like leaving a bottle of Campari in the same building as a certain Crackberry.com founder. (Or a cheeseburger in front of this site's editor.) We're pretty sure we know what the result is going to be.
For what it's worth, we've dropped zero (0) calls on our Droid X. That includes two trips to New York City, one of which Dieter Bohn wrote about in our Antennagate roundup where the only way he was able to call me on his iPhone 4 from the hotel next door was by yelling out the window.
Anyhoo, watch Apple's video after the break if you want. Try it on your own Droid X if you want. Leave a comment if you want. But remember this: You're doing what Steve Jobs wants you to do. Hope you sleep well tonight. [Apple] No thanks to everyone who sent this in.
A PSA for all you application developers out there: Google has updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement "in preparation for some work we’re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like." Here's what's been added, though damned if we understand it.
In Section 13.1, “authorized carriers” have been added as an indemnified party.
Section 13.2 is new in its entirety, covering indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax accrual.
One thing missing from the Galaxy S class of phones -- and this will hurt some of your more than others -- is proper LED notification. Sorry, it's just not there. If you miss a call, or get an e-mail or text message, you're on your own to wake the phone to check.
Unless ... You install a simple little app from madmack at XDA Developers. It pops a small red square onto your otherwise blank screen, alerting you if you've missed something. And before you can even think the words "pixel burnout," note that the square doesn't sit in one place, so that's a non-issue. Hit up the source link for the instructions, and tell 'em we sentcha. [XDA Developers via Android Spin]
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