It's been a week of unsourced rumors regarding the rumored Nexus Two (or Nexus S), the emergence of Gingerbread, we've all gotten some quality time with Google TV, plus a bunch of new apps. Check it out:
Another day, another patent lawsuit. And this time around it's Apple suing Motorola over multitouch on nearly all its Android phones -- basically everything up to and including the Droid X. In addition to the multitouch infringement claims, there's also:
Object-Oriented System Locator System
Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Neuristics
Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System.
Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System.
Needless to say, this will take a while. And, no, if Moto loses it doesn't mean your phone will be taken away -- it just means Moto will have to either change how it's doing things -- and/or pay a bucketload of money to Apple. Get the full breakdown on the suit at the source link. [Patently Apple via 9 to 5 Mac]
Have a shiny new G2 and an interest to help developers optimize their applications for your handset?
Qik, the popular video streaming application for Android, is seeking G2 owners to participate in a Beta to test their application for the device. If you're interested in helping them bring their cross platform application to your device, shoot off an email to email@example.com with "T-Mobile G2 Beta Test" as the subject line.
We just received an invite to a "Mobile Event at Facebook HQ" scheduled for Wednesday Nov 3. No press release, no fanfare, no inkling of what it might be, just the invitation. When thinking to ourselves, "Why would Facebook invite Android Central to their big Mobile shin-dig?" we can come up with a few answers. Maybe there's going to be a new and improved Facebook client for Android with deep ties into Gingerbread. Maybe there really is going to be a Facebook phone. Or maybe it's our dashing good looks and the great conversation we would bring along. We'll know more Wednesday.
Pulse, an elegant newsreader we have covered before, recently released a major new update bringing several new features. Native widgets (small and large versions versions visible above) and Facebook support are the big ones, but a redesigned UI is also a welcome change. The app will run you $.99 on the Android Market; check out the download links past the break.
The much rumored about Sony "Playstation" phone has posed for more pictures and let a few more details out about itself.
Engadget was able to score some more pictures of what appears to be a test version of the device. Here are some details: The phone is codenamed "Zeus," is running Android 2.2, has an 8GB microSD card slotted and has at least 512MB of internal storage.
Nothing concrete has been confirmed about what the device will actually release with, but the details we've learned over the past week suggest it could be an awesome gaming phone. We'll keep you updated with anything further that is learned. Head over to the source for more pictures. Thoughts? [Engadget]
When HTC recently announced that the mid-range Wildfire would be coming to the United States after its run in Europe, we didn't know any of the regional carriers involved. Turns out that Alltel -- what's left of it anyway, was first out the gate with what's been previously codenamed the HTC Bee.
Join us after the break for a mini review of the 3.2-inch HTC Widlfire, available now for $29.99 on two-year contract.
Want to show your love for Angry Birds, or perhaps just console one of the avian kamikaze fighters who recently had their eggs stolen by cowardly green pigs? Well then, my dear Android Central reader, you can. I can't promise he won't attempt to destroy your house in search of golden eggs, so don't hold us responsible if your house is reduced to rubble.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and this would make a great gift for any Angry Birds fan. Although the birds won't ship until sometime in December, we have no idea how many preorders they're taking. So head on over to ToyWiz or shop.angrybirds.com and order yours for $14.99 while supplies last.
Slingshot and precariously built wooden fortress sold separately.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the cheer of X10 users all around the world celebrating their impending update to Android 2.1. Scheduled to begin on Sunday in Nordic countries, this 2.1 update will crawl around the world, one market at a time over the coming months.
Although the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 didn't perform as well as we'd hoped, we were optimistic that its flaws would be ironed out with updates, but unfortunately, the x10 family has been stuck on Android 1.6 since its launch back in August. The hardware inside the Xperia X10 isn't cutting edge, but it certainly isn't outdated by any means. Whatever reasons Sony Ericsson had to launch the X10 with an outdated OS remains a mystery to us. I can say with a certain measure of confidence that the X10 would have been received better had it been loaded with Android 2.1. Here's to hoping an Eclair is all the X10 needed to achieve its full potential.
But I digress. Xperia X10 users, get ready to start enjoying your device even more. Check out the list of enhancements after the break. [via Sony Ericsson Blog]
The HTC Droid Incredible is one of the most popular Droid devices around -- period. With its super fast processor and beautiful 3.7-inch display, you'll find yourself wanting to show this phone off to everyone around you. In doing so, you probably want to pick up the Seidio Innocase II Surface case. This case highlights the design of the phone, all while providing one of the sturdiest Droid Incredible cases around.
The case feels much like the backing of the Incredible's battery door. With its soft-touch feel, the case still keeps a solid and rather sturdy form. The backing also follows and highlights the contours and curvatures that this Droid is known for. As for the extremities, such as the camera and power button -- each is exposed, but protected. As for the inside of the case, you'll find felt pieces on both halves of the case (see pictures after the break). This provides a nice touch to keeping the phone snug, while not scratching up the backing of the phone.
Once on, the case literally hugs the phone all around. As the two halves connect around the phone, a very small raised tab on the bottom half, locks the the two pieces together. To unlock, simply push down where the tab lies, and pull the top half away.
The Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the Droid Incredible carries a long name -- but delivers as one of the best hard shell cases around and is available from the Android Central Store for $29.95. More photos after the break.
Amazon's Gold Box, which features daily deals during the countdown to Black Friday, is featuring the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. The Archos 5 is an affordable tablet choice, and it is even cheaper for this short window.
For the next two hours, you can get the Archos 5 for $309.99, which is 38% off the retail price. Hurry up and get it before its sold out! [Amazon's Gold Box]
Update: And, poof, it's gone, folks! Hope you were quick.
Another day, another tip about overclocking -- this time it's the Samsung Vibrant hitting a very fast, yet still believable 1.6 GHz. The method isn't yet public (at the time of this writing), but at least these fellows have some benchmarks to back it up. Besides the Quadrant benchmark (which is about useless on a Galaxy S phone -- blame the cheaters and developers lack of fixing the I/O scoring algorithm for that one) of 3196, they're showing off a Linpack score of 12.3. Before you scoff, this is on the OMAP a Hummingbird, still running 2.1. That's fast. Very fast. I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of this will work with all Galaxy S phones, but the skeptic in me says wait for the developers to chime in on that one.
They have also been hard at work on tuning the GPU, and are getting incredible graphics benchmark scores, and these don't involve any suspect benchmark apps. These are real, folks, and are the kind of scores we all wanted out of the Galaxy S phones. I, for one, am awful glad to see the community deliver them. I know benchmarks often don't translate into real-world improvement, but scores this high surely will. Hit the source link to follow the progress, and read all the juicy details. [AndroidSpin, CyanogenMod forums (down)] Thanks everyone who sent this in!
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