The new HTC Desire HD is fast. So darn fast, it boots up in 10 seconds. Really, it does. (Check out Engadget's video showing it. Don't blink.) But that begs the question: How often do you reboot your phone? Chances are with the Desire HD, you won't mind doing it more often. (It also stands to reason you won't have to reboot as often, but that's another matter.)
That's right, folks, it's Fruit Ninja on Android. No longer is it just for the iPhone. And better yet, with Open Feint, you can compete against your friends and join leaderboards as you slice and dice your way through various pieces or juicy fruit. Yeah, we're addicted already. And for 99 cents, it's worth every penny. Check it out after the break, along with the download links.
Just a few days ago, we reported about id Software possibly developing on the Android platform. Also just a few days ago, it seemed like game developer, Epic Games, would not be developing their Unreal Engine 3 tech on the Android platform. With the imminent launch of Epic Citadel for iOS, it seemed like Apple and Epic Games had become buddy, buddy.
Now we are hearing tweets of a different tune. It looks like the Unreal Engine 3 can run on Android devices. Vice President and Co-Founder of Epic Games, Mark Rein, tweeted, "We've demoed Unreal Engine 3 on Android w/Tegra 2 before and at KCG today we showed it on a Samsung Galaxy S device." Additionally, he tweeted a link to a YouTube video demoing Trendy Entertainment's, Dungeon Defenders, running on a Tegra 2 powered device (full video after the break). If developers start licenceing Unreal Engine 3 tech for Android, you can be sure to start seeing some better games on the Android Market. [Droid Gamers] Thanks Andrew for sending this tip in.
It's pretty cool that smartphones today come with high megapixel cameras, and the Evo 4G's 8 MP 720p camera is no exception. But the way it protrudes from the back of the device is a headache in the making. Even if you don't review Android phones for a living and drag them across a stone table all day long (ahem), there's a good chance you'll scratch or even break the protective glass over the actual lens. Android Central forum member rem_kujawa shows us a cheap and effective solution he found on YouTube using scrap from your local bog box store. Check the video after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]
One of the hardest parts of owning my Motorola Droid has been keeping a battery that is charged in the device. But while on the go there is not always a charger that is easily accessible, so I had to explore some other options. After deciding on a spare battery, I began using it and quickly came to realize my next issue, how do I charge both batteries at the same time, with only one device? So let's take a look after the jump at the Motorola Spare Battery Charger, which is the option that was most fitting.
Making a complicated and intricate electronic device like a smartphone or tablet, doesn't exactly happen over night, these things take time. Well, unless you're an Augen tablet -- but that's besides the point. To at least make a decent product: parts need to be designed, tested, mass produced, and assembeled; all well in advance before the end product hit the shelves. Luckly for us Android folk, these manufacturers have a hard time keeping some things tight-lipped.
Looks like the cat might be out of the bag. The hit-and-miss DigiTimes is reporting that Taiwanese component manufacturers are on board for a future HTC tablet that may be released as early as Q1 2011. Our guess is -- that is if this rumor is true -- Google once again is working closely with HTC to manufacture an official Google tablet; much like they did with the Nexus One. After all, the Nexus One was released in Q1 of 2010. [DigiTimes]
In addition to the announcement of the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z and the London event today, HTC managed unveiled a new cloud-based service for HTC Sense phones that will feature some cool options:
A locate feature that allows you to remotely ring your phone, even if it is set to vibrate
Remote lock and wipe if you have your phone stolen or lost
Backups for contacts, call history, data, customizations, and even text messages
Sharing and editing for multimedia content (read: pictures and video shot on your phone)
Send messages from your computer to the lock screen of your phone
One would assume HTCSense.com would launch alongside the Desire HD and Desire Z, but HTC gave no firm date or word on if existing Sense phones would see an update to let them access these features. I am sure many Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, and Wildfire owners out there would love to have access to all of that cloud-based goodness, so we will keep our eyes peeled for any news on that front. [Engadget]
HTC this morning also announced the Desire HD -- basically the Evo 4G for the rest of the world (and minus the 4G part). This one's made of a solid piece of aluminum like the HTC Legend, packs a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen, an 1GHZ Qualcomm MSM 8255 Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB of ROM/768MB RAM, dual-band HSPA and quad-band EDGE, 8MP camera with dual flash and 720p video recording, Wifi N and a partridge in a pear tree. The new enhanced HTC Sense is on board with Android 2.2, and there are all the usual bells and whistles thrown in, including DLNA media sharing.
Like the Desire Z, the Desire HD will be available in Europe and Asia in the coming weeks. [Modaco]
HTC this morning at its London event announced the Desire Z (aka the Vision) -- a four-row QWERTY device (they're not calling it a slider, apparently). Think of it as the T-Mobile G2 for the rest of the world.
Made of aluminum, it's got Android 2.2 with the revamped HTC Sense, 1.5GB of program memory, 512MB of RAM all powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor on a 3.7-inch SLCD screen at 480x800. There's a 5MP camera with 720p video recording and a 1300mAh battery, and DLNA media sharing if your'e into that sort of thing.
The Desire Z should be available sometime next month. Again, not in the U.S., folks. [via Modaco]
Nashville can now enjoy more than the Grand Ole Opry and Music Row, Sprint has flipped the magic switch and fired up its 4G WiMax service for the greater metro area. According to Sprint, customers in downtown Nashville, Belle Meade, Lakewood, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Forest Hills, Brentwood and parts of Oak Hill and Berry Hill should be seeing high speed data rates up to ten times faster that before.
When added to their recent 4G rollouts, this puts 4G in 52 markets, Sprint says, and you can read the full press release after the break. [Sprint]
Many Android users are intrigued by a darker looking theme with a dark status bar, dark launcher, dark wallpapers, dark application backgrounds, or whatever else they can change. Over at WJD Designs they have taken Tweetdeck for Android and given it a custom dark overhaul of its own. Just about every aspect of the application has gone to a darker look, which is a nice change to the standard version. Be sure to head over to their site to check out the install process and a download link! [via WJD Designs]
Adobe has announced that it is planning to address a security vulnerability in Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android, as well as the versions for Mac, Windows, and Unix; and Acrobat reader for Mac, Windows, and Unix. They've marked this vulnerability as critical, which means it has the potential to crash and allow code to run on the users machine. There are reports of attacks against Windows machines in the wild, but no reports of any other operating systems being affected as of yet. Expect the fix the week of the Sept. 27, according to Adobe.
Do note that Adobe isn't saying that there are existing attacks against Android, only that the potential is there and they will be releasing a fix. Also, while nobody has come forward and explicitly said so, this likely has potential to exploit and root an Android phone much like was used on the Evo 4G a while back. Be on the lookout for an update to your Flash Player, and we'll be sure to remind you when we see it rolling out. [Adobe]
Yes, we're still waiting on Froyo to drop for the Motorola Droid X. But the good news is that it looks like Verizon's starting to get ready, with a placeholder page up on the Droid Does website that mentions the addition of Flash Player 10.1, auto updates for apps, and 270-degree rotation. It's really not that big a deal, and we've already gotten to play with not just one but two leaked versions of Android 2.2 for the Droid X. We just need the official OTA to hit so we can all go about our business.
The HTC Aria is a rather popular Android device for those on the AT&T network, but it is also one that seems to sit on the sideline in comparison to other devices. This device doesn't take the spotlight often, but today it has received an update. While unfortunately this update is not Android 2.2 (Froyo), it still fixes some things as well as add some new features. This update brings users:
Firmware Over The Air Activation (FOTA) capability implemented
Calendar Fix for recurring meetings: When recurring meetings are modified on the device, they are not syncing the changes with the Microsoft Exchange Server
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