Just in case there was still any doubt about the Droid 2 Globalcoming in two different colors, the latest details to leak out of Verizon by way of comparison sheet, totally confirms that information now. The Droid 2 Global will come in dark sapphire and winter white. The color options shouldn't throw anyone off though, in fact you've seen them before on the Droid 2 and Motorola Cliq. The comparison sheet does cover some of the other details, such as some of the exclusive features that only the Droid 2 Global will have in addition to the outlining of the specs.
All in all, a nice comparison sheet for those of you on the fence about which device to choose. I guess the biggest choice here, really, will be down to what color you'll be getting if the Droid 2 Global is already on your "Do Want!" list. [via Droid Life]
Viewsonic, a company that has been producing displays for more than 20 years, has announced that it, too, will be taking part in the Android tablet market.
The Viewpad 7 (see our hands-on), which will run Android 2.2, features 512MB of onboard memory and up to 32GB expansion via a MicroSD card and will be accompanied by the Viewpad 10.
One very interesting fact about the Viewpad 10 is that it will run Android 1.6 (boo), but also feature the option to dual boot it with Windows 7 (yay), and will be powered by a 1.6GHz processor and contain 1GB of on board memory. The 7-inch version is expected to launch by the end of the year for $479, while the 10-inch version is expected in Q1 of 2011 for $629. [Viewsonic]
The Droid 2 Global edition (works on Verizon here in the States, but can work on GSM carriers for overseas travels) has popped up from time to time, but it might be coming sooner than we thought. Verizon has just dropped the price of the stock Droid 2 by $50, which could be a move to clear out their inventory in preparation of the Global's arrival or Big Red could be planning on offering both phones simultaneously. Either way, this move is a big hint that we could see the Droid 2 Global sometime soon, so any international travelers interested in the Droid 2 might want to hold off for a bit. [Verizon via Engadget]
PowerAMP is a very feature-rich music player that leaves me wishing for very little else. Throughout my testing I could only think of one or two changes or additions I'd like to see, but even if development on PowerAMP ceased today, it'd still be the music player I use every day.
Just a couple weeks ago, Android users were given the opportunity to test out the beta version of Nullsoft's Winamp for Android, and you may remember how much Phil loved it for its awesome WiFi syncing capabilities. For an app that's still in its infancy, Winamp for Android felt like a very well rounded music player. I mention Winamp here simply because it's one of the most recent music players to hit the market, and for that reason alone I felt it necessary to touch on a few differences between Winamp and PowerAMP, mostly concering their respective widgets.
Join me after the break as I show off PowerAMP's nicely designed UI and explore its many features. [App Homepage]
Update: The version live on the market is slightly newer than the build I used in this video. The version on the market (1.0 build 204) has even more features.
We're always on the lookout for new Android keyboards, and a few of you have pinged us on one that looks very interesting. The 8pen keyboard is a gesture-based keyboard, which is kind of like Swype in that you move your finger around instead of pecking at keys -- but it's also very different in that you don't have a traditional keyboard layout.
We're going to take this bad boy for a spin and see how it goes. In the meantime, check out the promo video after the break. [the8pen.com]
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been announced by carriers for $600 unsubsidized or less with a contract, yet Amazon has recently launched a page for the T-Mobile version listing the price at $699.99, and that is with a $50 discount. Hopefully this is just a mix-up between Amazon and T-Mobile, as charging $700 for the Galaxy Tab in a world of $500 iPads is a recipe for failure. With the recent FCC filing of a WiFi-only version, T-Mobile customers interested in the Galaxy Tab should probably hold off until that price comes down after the Nov. 9 launch date or the WiFi-only version goes on sale. [Amazon]
Between now and November 10th, we're partnering with Waze to give away Galaxy Tab (or an iPad if you're feeling cross-platform). Here's how it works:
Download and install Waze from the Android Market (you can use the QR code here.)
Drive around with Waze and collect "Road Goodies" - which basically just means drive over the Android logos as you move about your city. As you can see above, they are *everywhere*.
It's a competition between iPhone users, Android users, and BlackBerry users - which is to say you're up against the kids from TiPb and CrackBerry.com. Whichever site whose users collect the most Road Goodies will win and be able to give a tablet away to one of their users - selected randomly from amongst the top 25 collectors. Remember - you only get credit for driving over the Android icons.
That's it! Use Waze, collect Road Goodies, and stick it to those iPhone and BlackBerry users while automatically getting a chance to win an iPad or Tab
What's Waze, then? It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.
It's been available in drips and drabs for a number of weeks now, but Sprint this morning finally and officially flipped the switch on its 4G data service in New York City. And in addition to the greatest city in the world, 4G data also was turned on in New Haven and Hartford, Conn.; New Brunswick and Trenton, N.J.; and Tampa. So if you have an HTC Evo 4G or Epic 4G (or Sprint Overdrive), you can finally turn on that 4G radio in confidence -- and leave it on. [Sprint]
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is going to change the face of Android, and Samsung is doing its part to assist developers and make the transition of developing for a tablet as seamless as possible. Samsung has sent out an email to registered Android developers with a series of handy links and information about the tweaks needed to take advantage of the big 1024x600 7-inch screen. Using Samsung's tools and existing Android APIs, developers can easily make applications that correctly scale across all screen sizes, and the new screen real estate on the Galaxy Tab will allow for some new and exciting user experience changes for tablet specific applications. Developers, and other interested parties should check out these links:
Oracle has amended its lawsuit against Google, and claims that Google is stealing code for use in Android. They also make claim that one-third of the Java APIs for use by application developers are a derivative of Oracle APIs. The above picture certainly does support their claim, as it's almost a direct copy.
I have to be honest here, I'm not exactly sure what this all means. There are parts of Java that will need to be copied to work, and there are parts that don't. Remember, this all started with Sun. Google and Sun were in contention over the use of the GPL, which would expose carriers and manufacturers code if it were enforced. This is why Apache licensing is used in Google, and why Apple chose the BSD kernel instead of the more popular and widely used Linux kernel to run their products.
None of us here are hardcore Java developers, and none of us are in the legal profession. We have to sit back and watch, just like you do, and hope that the outcome is fair for both sides. If Google stole code, they need to be punished financially. If not, Oracle needs to be reigned in. Sometimes fighting for your ideals isn't a good idea, and maybe Google should follow Apple and start to pull away from Oracle and Java. Maybe Tim Bray says it best (NSFW). [Electronista, ZDNet]
The HTC HDMI Cable for Evo 4G is the perfect complement to the Sprint Evo 4G when you want to share a video from your phone. The function couldn't be any more simple: you plug one end into the micro HDMI port (that's a type D) on your Evo, and the other end into your TV or HDMI-equipped monitor. Let's take a look after the break.
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