The amazing folks at Blue Planet Apps have been kind enough to partner with us and our readers and offer up 10 copies of their RoboPrint application. This is an application which will allow you to print to any printer from anywhere while on your Android device. Contest will run through Oct. 3, hit the link for full contest rules and how to enter!
The Xperia X10 is a continuation of every smartphone aficionado's love-hate affair with Sony Ericsson. It's a combo of exceptional hardware and build quality, with poorly implemented software that is taking far too long to get updated. By the latest standards, it's no powerhouse, but the specs are still good and were top of the line when we first saw it at CES in January 2010. But the software. Oh the software -- especially the fact that it's still running Android 1.6 is so hard to swallow. Hit the break, and have a look at the impressions, both good and bad, that AT&T's version of the X10 left on me.
If you're one of those folks who is less than pleased with your Droid X after the Froyo update, this one's for you. Android Central Forums member Fabrian was at wit's end, and even talked of ditching his X (blasphemy!) because of the random bugs, general weirdness, and plain old unsatisfactory performance of his unit since the update.
His last-ditch effort and ingenuity seems to have paid off. The secret? He has completely disabled the Froyo feature that restores data from previous installs. It's really just a matter of turning off the automatic restore feature before logging back into your Google account. It's a little odd that "Automatic Restore" is still checked by default, even when "Back up my data" isn't, but there you go.
The method isn't too painful and does require one more factory reset, but the payoff appears to be a much smoother experience. Makes sense, too -- restoring data from Eclair to Froyo probably isn't a very good idea even if it is convenient.
We've verified it here, a hard reset in Froyo isn't really a hard reset, as things come back by themselves. Follow Fabrian's instructions, and you will have a pristine Froyo installation on your Droid X (or Nexus One -- Sense on Froyo has no setting for this that we could find). Any troublemaking leftovers will be no more, and won't get downloaded and installed automatically again. If you're being plagued with myriad tiny bugs in your Droid X after the update, give it a try! [Android Central Forums] Thanks Fabrian, nice sleuthing!
For those that don't feel like loading the Desire HD leak on their Nexus One just to take care of that fast booting (as opposed to fastboot) feating, Cyanogen has built the feature into the wildly popular CyanogenMod 6. OK, now's a good a time as any to remind ourselves that you're not actually shutting down the phone when you use this, so you're not really waking it, either. It's more of a hibernation thing.
Everyone figured it would come, but seeing it this soon is quite a pleasant surprise. It may be a novelty at best (how often do you really NEED to reboot your Android phone?) but it's cool -- cool enough to make it into CyanogenMod. Check the video from the man himself after the break. [via @cyanogen]
We all want free tethering, and everyone who has ever used it wants UMA on the T-Mobile G2. It looks like we'll be getting half of what we're asking, as TmoNews has received some inside information (screenshot after the break) that the Froyo hotspot features have been disabled, but a new feature called WiFi calling is currently being tested on HTC's latest and greatest slider.
We're not surprised that the Froyo hotspot and tethering has been disabled, we said all along that we doubt we will ever see free tethering on a carrier-subsideized phone. I'm sure that's something that the hackers third-party Android developers will figure out in short order. The WiFi calling is a whole 'nother animal. TmoNews has an internal screen grab with some very interesting info (again, after the break), as well as the picture above that shows WiFi calling installed on a G2. I'm pretty sure that the WiFi calling is the pseudo-UMA from Kineto that we looked at last week, that lacks the seamless handoff to cellular that we're used to seeing from "normal" UMA. I'm also pretty confident that we won't be seeing the G2 launch with WiFi calling on board, it will come in a software update or be downloadable from T-Mobile.
To end this post full of if's and but's, there is some great news -- an internal T-Mobile document shows that WiFi calling will be available on any voice plan, with no additional account features needed. That screenshot is after the break. [TmoNews, here and here]
The Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid X was an extremely anticipated update, to put it mildly. After having some time to play with it, a good many of us found that there was a rather strange and annoying SMS bug. We were seeing SMS chats remaining static in position even after receiving a new message instead of bouncing to the top like normal. Luckily the folks at Motorola have already began working on a fix for this issue, unfortunately we just don't know exactly when that will be ready. So if you are one of the unlucky folks who are experiencing this bug, hold tight, a fix is on the way. [Motorola Support via Phandroid]
New on the Market from Hyperbees, JellyBalls is a simple ball popping game with a very cool twist. Rotating your Android phone changes the direction the new balls drop from. It's funny how a small change like that makes such a difference in the gameplay. JellyBalls includes five different gameplay modes, uses Scoreloop for a global online leaderboard (hit me up: gbhil), and has a groovy soundtrack. I'm really loving the new breed of easy, time filler games on Android, and this one's a perfect fit. If I can wrestle it away from my wife, that is. Grab it from the Market for £ 0.99 (about $1.50 USD).
If you're into casual gaming like I am, you'll like JellyBalls. Check out the video, and download links after the break. Thanks Tom!
We have had some busy weeks in the Android world before, but this week it seems as though nearly every device on the market received word of an upcoming update, or actually received an update. With all the craziness that took place, it was easy to miss some of the other news while tinkering around with your update, so let's take a look at what you may have missed.
A new application from the developer that made Rdio allows users to integrate their contacts with Linkedin; it works similar to the way the Facebook and Twitter contact syncing does. There is no dedicated Linkedin application yet, so this looks to be a welcome addition to the Android Market.
The app, called Connectin, syncs phone numbers, photos, status updates and headlines (which are the titles associated with the Linkedin profile). It also supplies a link to open the full profile in the browser.
Some planned features from the developer are:
In-app profile viewer
The app is $0.99 and is now available in the Market. Follow the link or the QR code after the break to find it. [Whacked.net via Tim Bray]
Note: Once you install it, it’ll be accessible via your System Settings > Accounts & Sync screen. Click the Add Account, and you should see a LinkedIn account type. Click that and you’ll be walked through the LinkedIn OAuth authorisation process. Once that’s done it’ll automatically start syncing in the background. To actually display the contacts go to your Contacts app and go to the Display option in the menu to enable display of LinkedIn contacts. On HTC phones using Sense UI, you’ll want to use the People Search app instead of Contacts.
We're all waiting to see what the Desire HD and it's new version of HTC Sense UI brings to the table, but thanks to leaks and ingenious hackers, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect. Some of the changes are subtle, some not so much, and some are huge. For you hands-on types, you can check it out for yourself on your Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, HTC Desire, and now the Nexus One. Be warned, it's not ready for prime-time yet. Data, camera, and WiFi are pretty well borked on the Nexus, for example. At least at the time this was written they were ... those hackers are fast!
Follow past the break to see a look at many of the new goodies. [Xda-developers -- Evo -- Desire -- Incredible -- Nexus] Thanks jlevy73 for the Nexus One tip!
As Sept. 30 creeps up on us, it comes as no surprise that Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 edition launch kits are showing up in some Verizon stores. Word has it that these are non-functional dummy units, so don't expect to get to play with any of the geeky Star Wars customizations even if you are able to get your hands on one early.
But, wait, there's more. Select stories nationwide will open at midnight on Sept. 30 -- and parties are planned throughout the day. Here's what the manager of one Verizon store has told us:
His store's gotten three outdoor tents for its event. The event actually will start around 9:30 p.m.
This store will get about 200 of the special-edition phones. There will be a two-phone-per-person limit.
Look for contests at the stores. You could win a free phone.
Pricing isn't known yet.
You'll get the R2-D2 edition multimedia dock with the phone.
Where will special events be taking place? Cities we know of include:
Sugar House Salt Lake City; Lone Tree, Colo.; Corte Madera, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle downtown; San Dieo Sports Arena; Santa Monica, Calif.; Tempe (Ariz.) Marketplace; Boca Park Las Vegas [Verizon Insider via Droid Life]
That's just a partial list, though. Miami Herald blogger Bridget Carey reported Florida stores will include Colonial Orlando, Hialeah, Orange Park and St. Petersburg. And that matches what we've heard. (Update: Add Lewisville, Texas (outside Dallas) to the list, per BGR.)
I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm a bit jealous that I won't be getting one of these, so anyone who gets an early peek at the in store promotional materials and dummy units, holler at me. And may the force be with you. [BGR, Engadget]
As we have seen recently, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet has been quite a popular piece of technology as it prepares for its launch across all four major U.S. carriers. While many were left wondering why there was only a 7-inch version available and not a choice of sizes, it seems as though our question was quickly answered. A General Manager from Ireland has confirmed that they are in the works of a 10-inch version to match their current tablet and are hoping for a release in the first half of 2011. Part of this delay could be that Samsung is waiting for the release of either Gingerbread or Honeycomb, which should be displayed better on a tablet form factor, since we know Android 2.2 was not made for that. [Silicon Republic via Engadget]
Google just dropped word to developers that paid apps are on their way to 14 more markets. It didn't specify which nations will be getting them, but we do know that paid apps have been in testing in India.
Getting paid app markets to the rest of the world has been a pretty big hurdle for Android, and it's good to see the market's finally opening up. Expect word on which nations will be added in the coming weeks. Full text of the e-mail is after the break.
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