Gmail just got an update to add some of those cool UI improvements -- and it's been moved into the Android Market. This means that from now on, you won’t have to wait for system updates to get Google’s latest and greatest e-mail client. You will find some pretty cool improvements in this particular update including a much better implementation of how "quoted text" works within e-mail threads as well as limited (for now) support for Google’s new Priority Inbox feature – just be sure to enable it on your desktop version of Gmail first.
You need Froyo to take advantage, and we've got the download links after the break. [Google]
It sure seems as though Logitech is taking a rather out of the box approach to market the Revue -- its Google TV set-top box. A rather creepy ad was released late last month, and nearly instantly burned into our minds, and it seems as though they have gone ahead and done the same for us this month. Not too sure where Logitech is going with these ads, but they sure do stand out and make you remember them, whether for the good, or bad. If you are brave enough, hit the jump for this months video.
AT&T is pushing out an update for the Samsung Captivate -- its version of the Galaxy S -- as noted by SlappyMcgee in the Android Central Forums. The 12MB update takes the phone to version I897UCJH7 (from I897UCJF6) and includes the following:
Preinstalled software - QuickOffice for Android will allow users to edit various Microsoft Office documents.
Messaging - Exchange 2003 support, MMS and other messaging enhancements.
Voice - Improved calling experience.
Media - media scanning time improvements.
So, no Froyo yet, and no GPS improvements. It's also interesting that AT&T notes the update "is not intended to resolve all device reset or freezing issues."
The update is being pushed out in batches of 15,000 through Friday (which gives you an upward ceiling of how many Captivate may be out there). Oh, by the way, regarding the picture above -- if you manually check for the udpate and it's not ready for you yet, you'll have to wait 24 hours. Classy, AT&T. [AT&T via Android Central Forums]
What do you get when you take an application we’ve all fallen back in love with (since the Skype gaffe) and add worldwide calling for mere pennies? You get Fring’s brand-new, fringOut service! FringOut hopes to turn your Android phone into a mobile, worldwide calling powerhouse boasting the ability to call more than 200 countries from one cent a minute, landline or mobile! At the moment, fringOut is only available supported on Nokia devices but fring promises that support for Android devices isn’t far behind and will be integrated seamlessly into the fring app. You can view the trailer for their new service after the break. [fring]
Might the wait for the Droid X to officially get Android 2.2 finally be over? Verizon has updated its update pdf (which you see here), so we may finally (finally!) be close, folks.
There's nothing too terribly surprising in the documentation -- Adobe Flash Player 10.1, screen rotation, automatic app updates -- the usual stuff for Froyo. But there also are improvements to the data connection and 3G mobile hotspot, as well as Verizon's visual voice mail.
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy S to Cellular South, this much we've known for a while. The regional carrier now has a teaser page, but we're still eagerly awaiting a launch date. This version of Samsung's ubiquitous device looks resemble the Vibrant the most, T-Mobile's take on the phone. One of the exclusive features of this version that differentiates it from the other carriers is Discover Apps.
According to Cellular South's website:
Discover Apps (pre-loaded on the Galaxy S) is your guide to the apps that you want the most, all reviewed and recommended by our Discover Center team. This CS Original App will help you find and use the very best apps for your Galaxy S smartphone, chosen from among the thousands available in Android Market.
The latest announcement does say that the phone will be available "by the holidays." If you're on Cellular South and are interested in getting this device, sign up for email alerts at the source link. [Cellular South] Thanks Jeff!
UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) for Android looks to be right around the corner (never mind what T-Mobile said), thanks to Kineto's Smart WiFi. You folks using T-Mobile, Rogers, British Telecom and O2 know exactly what I'm talking about, but for those who don't -- UMA lets you use your existing WiFi access point as a standalone femtocell, providing voice and SMS capabilities independent of your carrier's network. It's great for travelers and people who may not have a strong signal indoors, and something that many Android users have been missing. Just like you can now connect to WiFi for a data connection, Smart WiFi connects and gives voice and texts. It is as cool as it sounds.
It's not all wine and roses though. Kineto is quick to point out that they haven't designed an application you can download from the Market, but are working with OEMs to build the software into the phone. It's very much like Swype and Skype are now doing. You're also going to need Froyo to run it, as we've all come to expect by now. Lastly, there's no word on when exactly to expect this, but it sounds like Kineto has their end figured out and the rest is up to carriers and manufacturers. Hit the break to read Kineto's press release, and see their demonstration video. [Kineto Wireless]
That's according to this image handed to the Droid Guy. The picture doesn't give much away, but the rumored specs are a 3.2-inch touchscreen and a 600 MHz processor (and the usual sundries you'd expect on any phone these days). So that'd make it mid-level phone, along the lines of the Optimus One.
So that's that. It's good to see at least one more player in the U.S. market, but we'd still much rather see one of its high-end phones, like the Optimus Chic, or the Optimus Z, which we reviewed previously.
But we'll take what we can get, we reckon, and just keep our fingers crossed that something untoward doesn't happen to what may be an otherwise decent mid-level Android phone. [The Droid Guy] Thanks, Paul.
It's not often that a smartphone gets all the way into testers' hands and in-store marketing materials are printed up, only to see the device killed off before ever making a sale. But that may be what happened in the case of the Motorola Flipout on AT&T. Engadget got a tip on Saturday that it would hit stores a day later. But here we are a couple days later, and there's no Flipout to be flipped.
Adobe AIR for Android should go live on the Android Market on Oct. 8, according to a tip posted in the Android Central Forums by aquakevem, and developers will be able to upload their apps as soon as the runtimes are live. In simple terms, AIR is a framework that allows Adobe Flash style applications (check out these from the Adobe Flash Summit) to run as installed apps on your Android phone. A huge plus to developers is that the same code can run, using Adobe Air, on multiple platforms, which means there are a ton of apps already built that can be ported to Android with little or no changes to the code.
From the department of news nobody wanted to hear -- the HTC Lexikon RUU has been extracted, and it's been Binged. The image above says it all, the full suite of bing products, and no Google search app to be found. Looks like Phil has a new project once this one rolls out! Other than that, there's not much here we haven't seen before. Looks like "old" Sense UI as opposed to the new version as is on the Desire HD, all the Verizon utilities are there, including a VZW branded Slacker app and an eReader.
All that said, there's no telling just how old this leaked RUU is and what all might change by launch time. I've repackaged it all up in a user friendly way and you can get download links from the Android Central Forums. [Android Central Forums]
A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android. ... This vulnerability (CVE-2010-2884) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Props to Adobe for turning around the fix less than a week after the vulnerability was announced. Now we can all tend to our Farmville farms without worry. [Adobe]
Remember when it broke that Sony might be working on a Playstation-branded Android 3.0 gaming phone? Well, it seems now that Sony is actively seeking game developers with Android experience, as seen from the job posting screen shot above. This could mean nothing, but my money is that Sony is looking to bolster it's internal game development teams with some Android mojo to ensure they have some launch titles for that Android 3.0 PSPhone. But, we will all just have to wait and see when (or if) this whole thing becomes official. [Sony via DroidGamers]
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