Tired of boring puzzle games that are easy to beat and have limited functionality? So were the folks at Al Factory Limited so they used this as inspiration to take puzzle games to the next level. Move It is an extremely interactive puzzle that allows users to move in any direction needed to get the blocks to a new position to help meet the goal of getting the big red block to its home square. They have given users the option of a free version, which offers 72 different puzzles, and the paid version, which is only £1.99, has 672 puzzles and 6 different levels of difficulty. If you have a few minutes, or few hours to spare, and are looking for something challenging, yet fun, this is a great solution to end your boredom! Download links after the break.
Japanese carrier Softbank Mobile will also be updating its HTC Desire to Froyo, via an over the air update starting Oct 8. It appears it will have the same system (with Japanese language support of course) as all its North American and European counterparts, including full support for Adobe Flash. A much better translation of the official blurb than the Google Translate version:
Softbank Mobile has announced that they will commence an over the air update for their HTC Desire customers on 10/8. The update will upgrade the phones to Android 2.2, with Flash 10.1, 720p camera, SD card storage for applications, and some native language sorting problems will be solved.
[Softbank (Japanese)] Special thanks to Christopher for tip and the translation. Domo arigato!
While we may not have seen nearly every device in the fleet receive an update this week, we sure did bring you a lot of news. With busy schedules, keeping up on everything that is going on in the Android world can be a bit difficult, so let's take a look at some of the fun coverage from this week!
With the Droid R2-D2 available to the masses and the launch parties all wrapped-up, it's safe to say this was a good week for all the Star Wars fans out there. For all those who made it out to one of the many launch locations last night, you've made Lucas proud and for that, give yourself a pat on the back. Here are but a scant few of the pics that made their way onto Twitter from the launch. It goes without saying that – whether you made it or not – the force was just as strong, if not stronger, than Verizon's signal. After the break, folks.
Now that they are finally back in stock, it looks like Verizon wants to push as many HTC Droid Incredibles out into the eager hands of the childr- .. err, consumers, as possible (to clear way for the HTC Merge perhaps?). As such, Verizon is treating the Sense phone to the same offer they blessed the Samsung Fascinate with when it launched back in September. To promote the deal, Verizon has updated one of their DInc commercials with the BOGA offer, which you can view past the break. [via Droid Life]
In what can only be described as an epic win for all Android-kind, Google has purchased the company behind the Blind Type keyboard. Still no word on a release date, but Now that they have Google behind them, perhaps this will be integrated with the Android keyboard at the OS level, becoming more than just another keyboard on the Market. [BlindType via Engadget]
Want Froyo on the Samsung Captivate and can't wait any longer? A leaked build has emerged tonight. We've plopped it on our Captivate and are giving it the what-for. In the meantime, if you don't mind a little hackery, you can give it a go, too. Instructions are simple as as follow:
Download the leaked file I897UCJI6-OCD-REV02-Low-designgears.exe (hit the source link at the end of this post).
Turn off your Captivate.
Launch the I897UCJI6-OCD-REV02-Low-designgears.exe file you just downloaded.
Hold down the volume buttons and plug in your Captivate.
Hit "Start" on the Odin program. Sit back and relax.
The march of Froyo continues, with Android 2.2 now on one-third of all Android devices. Please excuse us while we do a little jig. ... ... ... OK, we're back. That's right, folks, 33.4 percent of devices now have the latest version of Android, up from 28.7 percent just 20 days ago. The number of devices on Android 2.1 (Eclair) dropped 1.3 percentage points, to 41.7 percent, and Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5) are down to 16.5 percent and 9.7 percent respectively. Hooray for progress. [Android Developer Blog]
Don't worry, you weren't sent back to the year 1999. It's still 2010. The original peer-to-peer music sharing service as hit the Android Market. Only now, it's legall. The app is free, but to access the music, you must be a Napster subscriber -- $10 a month.
Here is the description:
Listen to your choice of over 11 million full-length songs -- anytime, anywhere, all for just $10 a month. Also enjoy Napster on any connected computer, compatible TV, Blu-ray player, or other home audio products. Sign in today, or sign up for a FREE TRIAL and save 20% with the annual plan. Enjoy Napster everywhere.
Take the natural progression of mobile device software, add in some overpriced corporate law types and a very big and very popular target, and you get a new round of patent lawsuits! This time around it's Microsoft v. Moto, at least on the surface. The suit (we have the full filing after the break) focuses on Motorola's Android devices (of course) and specifically names the Droid 2 in several of its nine claims of infringement.
Here's the full statement from Microsoft, with the meat in bold:
“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.
We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones.”
I'm not a lawyer, nor do I claim to be, but even I can fix this one. Moto -- make a few Windows Phone 7 handsets so Microsoft doesn't feel like the ugly girl on prom night, sign Redmond's papers and settle for very little financial loss, and be done with it. Worked for HTC! But please, be sure to lock the bootloader and change the OS so that Google is the default search engine for us m'kay? Hit the break to read the whole 243 pages of legalese. [Microsoft, CNet]
The HTC Merge we took for a spin sports an ARM7 processor at 800MHz. Go ahead, start typing your comment about how it's "only" 800MHz. We'll wait. Now look up at the Quadrant score above. Hit delete. It's OK. In our brief time with the Merge, it seemed speedy enough.
Of course, we ran a few benchmark tests: Linpack, Quadrant and the oldie but goody, fps2D (just because). Check out the full results after the break.
Google continues to put their applications in the Market, which allows for easier updates to be pushed out to users. Car Home is the newest to join the bunch and is now available to download in the Market; with the update comes some much improved features.
Users are now allowed to re-arrange the icons and also have the ability to add other shortcuts to the pages. The four options that are presented to users when they click add shortcut are:
Directions and Navigation
There are now four screens that allow users to fill up Car Mode with everything they'll be needing, so they won't feel tempted to close the app while driving. Other customizable options include the colors of the icons, the wallpaper on the back of the app and a new feature that will automatically start the Bluetooth radio when Car Home is launched.
It's great that Google is putting these apps in the Market so that we don't have to wait for an OS update to see additional features. Please see more pictures and a link to download the app after the break. Note on installation: When you install it, just open the regular Car Home app if it is already installed on the phone; it acts as simply an update. [Google Mobile Blog via cnet]
The Android market is a fun place, full of plenty of different applications and many other things. Finding something that is fitting for yourself can be a difficult task, as it contains so many applications, but this is where we come to save the day (as always) and bring you some of our favorite choices from our very own devices.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab will be available on November 1st in the UK from all major carriers. A press release this morning announced the release date, but there still is no word yet on pricing.
Here is an excerpt from the release; to see the full version, see after the break:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available in the UK across all major networks, key high street and out of town electrical retailers and online such as Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile. The Galaxy Tab will be available on a range of attractive price packages, making it as widely accessible as possible to all consumers.
The Galaxy Tab is going to be accessible from a lot of retailers, so pick your favorite and gear up for November 1st. [via Engadget]
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