A result of Android's enormous popularity is the increase in books dedicated to the OS. Two that we want to highlight at the moment are The Complete Android Guide, by Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker and My Droid by CrackBerry's own Craig James Johnston.
Purdy's book just went on sale and can be bought for $19.95 (paperback) or $9.95 (DRM-free E-book) [CompleteAndroidGuide] Purdy also created a Twitter handle called @completeandroid, which will provide tips periodically to its followers.
Johnston's book is available for pre-order from Amazon for $16.49.[Amazon]
Sprint has turned the 4G switch on in Orlando today, bringing the number of cities in Florida with 4G service to three. (Though none of which are where our dear leader Phil, lives. Just sayin'.) This follows on the heels of activations in Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Providence, RI in what has turned out to be the month of the 4G rollout for the nation's third-largest cell phone service provider. The carrier now has two Android smartphones with 4G radios--the Sprint Evo 4G by HTC and the Sprint Epic 4G by Samsung. Along with these continuing 4G service and handset rollouts, Sprint has ponied up and offered a $50,000 prize for the most useful and unique app to take advantage of their 4G network. Nobody can say that Sprint isn't serious about 4G. [Sprint]
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition -- Unrevoked Version 3.21 has returned after a short stint on the sidelines for extra testing, bringing the latest in one-click rooting and NAND unlocking for some of your favorite HTC Android phones. Included phones in Unrevoked3's rooting arsenal are the Evo 4G, Droid Incredible, Desire (GSM and CDMA), Aria and Wildfire.
Listen up all you Droid Incredible folks who went ahead and rooted: There's a new Sense ROM on the table that looks like a sure-fire winner -- Redemption Rom v 2.0.2. It's got everything you'd expect from a custom ROM, and then some. Busybox, DSP manager, the new Google apps, all the goodies. The developers have even baked in some very handy third party applications to make life easy and save you the trouble of tracking them down on your own. Add in a wicked custom look and theme, and you've got the makings of a great OS for your beloved Dinc.
Of course, you need to be rooted and unlocked, but we have you covered with that, too. What are you waiting for? Someone get this installed and let me know what ya think -- I love me some Sense custom ROMs. Follow the source link to check it out, and read the complete installation instructions. [Android Central Forums] Thanks to HeyItsLou and crew for all the hard work!
The folks behind DoubleTwist promised that support for internet radio was coming, and here it is. You can browse every genere imaginable, and each major genere has a bunch of sub-generes so you can zero in on exactly what kind of music you are in the mood for. The playlist editing features are a nice bonus, especially for those who aren't already syncing playlists from iTunes using the DoubleTwist desktop client. The only drawback is that I could not figure out how to create a new playlist directly on the phone, but hopefully this is an issue that will be solved in a future update. Until then, check out download links past the break along with a few more pictures. [DoubleTwist, Changelog]
The FCC loves to tear apart phones and other electronics (well, it is their job), and they seem to have done just that with the recently-announced HTC Desire HD. Engadget did some sleuthing and discovered that the device's internal product code "PD98100" appeared on both the phone debuted last week in London and recent filings from the FCC. Not surprisingly, there are no U.S. 3G radio bands. But with FCC approval, it means that if you have a burning desire (ahem) to import the phone and run it on EDGE from T-Mobile or AT&T, you can do so legally. Three cheers for trade law! [FCC via Engadget]
Some users of the HTC Desire began receiving the Froyo (Android 2.2) update at the beginning of August, but not all European carriers were ready to roll it out just yet. One of these was T-Mobile. But the update is on its way, starting today.
From the support forums of T-Mobile's UK site:
We have some exciting news for all our Desire users.
The 2.2 firmware update (FroYo) will be available from today and will be sent over the air (OTA) direct to your phone over the coming weeks.
Be sure to save all your personal data before you start downloading.
Those of you using a Desire on T-Mobile UK will see the update rolled out shortly. Congrats! [T-Mobile UK via T3] Thanks Big Rich!
While not a beast of a device, the Flipout should fill the need for anyone who needs a small form factor with a qwerty, wants a better media experience that the Torch can offer, and doesn't mind using a third-party tool like our SideLoad Wonder Machine to sideload apps. If this sounds like you, give it a look and shout out if you pick one up. [Engadget]
Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.
Dropbox has sent out email notifications that the latest Android beta is now available for testing, so we fired things up and gave it a spin. There's some bug fixes -- small file changes now sync properly, files don't re-upload on upgrade or re-install, and increased network timeout so it works better on slow networks, but the new feature list is great. Alnog with the new version comes:
Added "Share to Dropbox" from other applications (Gallery, etc). Either single or multiple files can be shared at the same time.
File Downloads & Uploads now display progress notifications instead of Spammy Toasts.
Multi-touch Gallery for pictures in a directory. Long-hold on pictures in gallery to do file operations.
Now you can create Shortcuts to Dropbox folders by long-holding on the desktop.
Added long-hold folder options for sharing and open.
Long-hold file Open now plays non-streaming, if it's a streaming file type.
Added Cache Size display and Clear Cache button.
Prompt to install file manager such as OI or Astro if one is not installed already.
Notification if SD card is unavailable, so downloads, viewing, or uploads won't work.
The e-mail to tell friends about Dropbox now contains a referral link, so you can get a quota bonus.
Visual Redesign with new icons
So far, the new features seem to be working great, and not having to resync and upload/download my cached files on the phone after upgrading was a big plus. Here at Android Central we all love and use Dropbox religiously, so we're happy to see the changes. I think you will be, too. Hit the break to see what the features look like, and you can head over to the official Dropbox forums for the full release notes and download links [Dropbox forums]
Good news Canadian readers, Rogers and Bell have both stepped forward and said they plan to carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We really had little doubt that the new tablet would receive the same worldwide attention that the Galaxy S series of phones has, but confirmation is always a good thing.
No word about pricing or release dates from either carrier as of yet, just the standard 'coming soon' tagline. While you wait, check out all of our hands on videos and stories from both Berlin and New York to get your mouth watering. [Bell, Rogers]
So you didn't make it to the Samsung media event last night, eh? No worries, we ate enough cocktail weenies for you, and then some. Click on after the break to see a bunch of photos we took during last night's media briefing, plus a bonus interview. Oh, and make sure you check out our new hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
This hands-on marks the second time we have gotten the chance to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab here at Android Central. Dieter Bohn got to play with it first when it was announced at IFA. I had the chance to mess around with it last night at Samsung's media event in New York City at the Time Warner Center. Click on after the break to hear impressions and watch me put finger prints all over the prototype.
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