Just a few short days ago we asked you to list your favorite Android podcatcher and, boy howdy, did you folks answer. In fact, we're going to wrap this up a couple days early, declare a winner and give one lucky a reader their pick of cases from the AndroidCentral Store. And the winner is ...
For the most part, all of the podcatcher apps you named have fairly similar features, so user interface plays a big part in popularity, we believe. Join us after the break as we learn your choice for best Android podcatcher.
If you're in Canada and have had a serious hankering for Motoblur (and it's OK to admit it if you have), fret not, as a trio of Motorola phones are bringing some serious social networking integration your way.
First there's the Quench, which we know here in the States as Cliq XT (or previously the Zeppelin). Then there's the Dext, which is the version of the Quench with a horizontal sliding keyboard that we know simply as the Cliq. And then there's the Backflip, with its crazy fold-under (or is it over?) keyboard and rear-facing trackpad.
It's all coming your way in the next three months or so. Stay tuned. [Motorola]
When you think of Android, you think Google -- powered by Google, Google Search Bar, Google Apps, Google Sync, etc.
But we also all know how AT&T likes to have exclusives, and, shall we say, "tweak" its devices. And they're at it again with the Motorola Backflip, which has given Yahoo search default function of this device. The search bar, home page and more are Yahoo instead of Google.
AT&T firmly believes Yahoo is the best search engine for this device (or at least Yahoo shelled out enough jing to get on board), and users don't have the option to switch to the Google powered one instead. If users wish to access Google search, they will have to do so through the browser. [via PhoneScoop]
Getting word this morning that those of you with Motorola Droids, the Droid Eris and just about any other device that connects to Verizon are having issues with data connections. Some seem to have it back, while others are still in the dark. Stay tuned while we have some coffee and croissants get to the bottom of this.
Now that Apple's lawsuit against HTC is all of six hours or so old, it's time to reflect at what exactly has happened. And we can sum it up in the following sentence: Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC.
Really, that's it at this point. You can still go out and buy the myTouch 3G. Or buy the Nexus One from Google. HTC is still shipping phones from Asia. Steve Jobs isn't going from home to home, collecting contraband. (Yet.) That's going to take an order from a judge. It's not out of the question, it's just that we haven't reach that point yet.
What has happened is the first step (we really don't like the "shots-fired" metaphor) in what's likely to be a long and winding legal battle, if only because we're talking patents -- not exactly something you see in an hour-long "Law and Order" episode, huh? And do remember that just because Apple filed a lawsuit, it doesn't mean that HTC has been found to have infringed on any patents.
There's more excellent analysis out there now.
Engadget's Nilay Patel went through the disputed patents -- some old, and some very new -- and how each pertains to the HTC lawsuit. Also, he notes how really the lawsuit focuses on Android (despite the suit's inclusion of a number of Windows Mobile phones).
Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz speculates that this really is a spat between Apple and Google, with HTC caught in the middle. (Though it's important to remember that Google's not explicitly named in this suit.)
As for us? We're going about our business. But we're going to be watching this suit for any signs of movement, and we're keeping one eye on Motorola, which would find itself in the same legal boat before long. Or not. We just don't know. Either way, stay tuned, folks.
As we all watch the Android OS become more and more popular, and the Marketplace continue to grow, it is always nice to hear about success stories from the developers who dedicate their time and efforts towards making a great application for all of us. If you have spent any time cruising through the Marketplace you may or may not have noticed “Car Locator” in there. First thought that came to my mind when I saw it was “who really loses their car?” But when I thought about all the times I’ve been to the city and parked in a parking garage, and forgot which one, I quickly realized this application was brilliant.
This application is available free and paid versions for Android users. While you would think many would go with just the free, over 6,500 people have downloaded and opted to use the paid version of this application, scoring the developer around $13,500. While yes, this won’t happen to every single developer; it is always nice to hear these success stories. We can hope stories like this will draw other developers to port their current applications to Android, as well as continue to create new useful applications for us to use. [Eddie Kim via IntoMobile]
Once again Android Central has teamed up with LevelUp Studio, the developer of the ever popular Beautiful Widgets, for a giveaway of its latest application. We will be giving away 10 FREE copies of Touiteur Premium!
If you want in on the action all you have to do is go to this thread in our forums and create a single post containing a feature that you would like to see included in a future update of Touiteur premium.
The contest starts now and will end at 12 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 4. Winners will then be announced via private message within the forums. You can then claim your prize by replying with an email address that we can use to send you the premium activation key.
Apple today filed a lawsuit against HTC, claiming the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer infringed on 20 patents. CEO Steve Jobs, in a news release, said:
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
We're awaiting official comment from HTC and are taking a look at the lawsuit. Full press release from Apple is after the break. Stay tuned.
Update: Giz was the first to track down the patents Apple says are being infringed. Added them after the break.
Update 2: Just heard back from an HTC spokesman, who said:
We only learned of Apple's actions based on your stories and Apple's press release. We have not been served yet so we are in no position to comment on the claims. We respect and value patent rights but we are committed to defending our own innovations. We have been innovating and patenting our own technology for 13 years.
Also, Neowin.net brings us this official statement:
“HTC is a mobile technology innovator and patent holder that has been very focused over the past 13 years on creating many of the most innovative smartphones. HTC values patent rights and their enforcement but is also committed to defending its own technology innovations. HTC only learned of Apple’s actions this morning via media reports, and therefore we have not yet had the opportunity to investigate the filings. Until we have had this opportunity, we are unable to comment on the validity of the claims being made against HTC.”
So it seems the unleashing of Android Tablets has began. This one come from the CeBIT trade show in Germany, showing off HiVison which is a Chinese PC maker 7-inch Android Tablet. While it's not the most amazing tablet the price alone has us saying "wow."
"The tablet runs Google Android and has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen display and an 800MHz ARM11-based processor. It comes with 2GB of storage, 256MB of RAM, 802.11b/g WiFi. You can add Bluetooth, 3G, and GPS support with USB peripherals. The batter is 4200mAh which should provide up to 6 hours of run time."
This device could sell for as little as $100, though there is no word yet if there are any Western distributors. Video after the break [via liliputing]
Pardon the interruption, just wanted to take a second to let you know that I sat down with Mickey and Joey from The Cell Phone Junkie recently to record an episode of The Cell Phone Junkie Unlocked, the premium version of their podcast. Most of the talk involved the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series, but we had a nice chat about the Google Nexus One, too.
We brought you the first pictures of the official Android-MotoBLUR powered T-Mobile-branded Cliq XT, and now we have pricing information to go along with it. Looks like the Cliq XT will be going for $129.99 on contract (that's the U.S.-standard 2-year deal plus whatever rebates may be thrown in), and a very respectable $329.99 off-contract.
Now all we need is the dates the Cliq XT is going to be released. But it can't be far off. [via TMoNews]
It'll be a cold day in hell before you catch an executive talking bad about their product. Case in point: Google CFO Patrick Pichette, who was talking up the Nexus One at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference in San Francisco.
At the event, Pichette called the Nexus One "a benchmark-setter" and said "It's raising everybody's game." Such cheerleading is expected from a CFO, but he reportedly also said that the mood at Google has been "electric" and "we're absolutely delighted with the results" of the Nexus One launch. [Wall Street Journal]
Maybe you saw our hands-on with Sense on the Nexus One and wanted to do it yourself. Or maybe you're finally ready to take the leap and give CyanogenMod a try. Either way, our forums guru Jeremy Sikora has put together an excellent guide on how to load custom ROMs onto the Nexus One. It's a must-read for anyone looking to get the most out of their device. [AndroidCentral Forums]
We've got a little bit of Monday fun for you guys. Here's a video of Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, way back in 1986. He's being interviewed because of a prank his workers pulled on him and it's just amazing to see young Schmitty in action. Aside from the general awesomeness of bulletproof glasses, wicked hairstyles, and a VW Bug, you can find glimpses of the Eric Schmidt we know today in the video--emphasizing his words with knowing glances, for example--but he spoke much faster and just seemed so, excited. fresh. enthused. Ah, it's good to be young.
hit the jump to see the video of Eric Schmidt, CEO of the Google, after the break!
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