This doesn't really fix things if you're one the few whose Droid X screen was a bit borked, but Verizon has acknowledged the existence of "a very small number of Droid X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display." And that's largely what we've expected, as it's not like forums the Internet over lit up with the screams of a million. Moto told Engadget it's continuing to ship X's, which hopefully will help with that backorder issue -- Verzion now says phones will ship "By Aug. 3." [Engadget, Android Central Forums, Verizon]
TouchType has announced its SwiftKey keyboard hit the 100,000-download milestone in it's first week of availability on the Android Market, making it the most downloaded app of the past week. For those of us using it, it comes as no surprise. I've been a fan of SwiftKey for a while now, ever since the developers (great group of people BTW) shot us a preview for our Keyboard Roundup, and don't know how I'd get by without it! We also talked about SwiftKey a little last week when we announced that it was coming to the Market, and from the comments it sounds like many of you guys were trying it out, give a yell in the comments and let us know how it's working for you. We've got the full press release after the jump, where you can get the details and see what the buzz around the web has to say about SwiftKey.
Better late than never, the latest Android version numbers (ending July 15) show the number of phones with Eclair (Android 2.1) and Froyo (Android 2.2) now at 58.8 percent, up from 54.9 percent for the previous two weeks. Phones running Cupcake (Android 1.5) fell from 21.3 to 18.9 percent, and Donut phones (Android 1.6) are down a little more than one percentage point to 22.1 percent. March on, folks. [Android Developers Blog]
Avid reader and AndroidCentral fan Leonardo has made one of the coolest live wallpapers I've seen so far. Live Prints gives you the choice between a coyote wandering aimlessly, bloody handprints staining your home screens, footsteps searching on a map, or any combination thereof. My favorite is the Magic Map setting, and you can see it in my screen grab above. The prints do things like follow your finger taps or any icons that you move. You can adjust the standard things such as the speed of the prints and how long they persist on the screen. At €0.79 (about $1.02 U.S.), it's a great unique live wallpaper for your favorite Android phone. Check the video after the break.
Verizon has been hinting for some time that unlimited data is unsustainable, and it looks like it may be ready to make good on that statement. AT&T went from all-you-can eat data pricing to a tiered system with the launch of the iPhone 4 last month, and Verizon looks to be ready to do the same. There is no word on what the pricing would be, but one might guess we will see more information on this story before the Droid 2 lands. [Engadget]
With all the talk lately of Verizon's LTE and Sprint's WiMax, T-Mobile wants to remind everyone that it's aggressively pushing HSPA+ and its up-to-21MBps speeds (theoretical, of course) to compete with Verizon and Sprints's offerings. It now says 85 million people are already blanketed in 50 areas, with 185 million in 100 areas to be covered before 2010 is out. The newest cities include:
Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan.
The just-released Samsung Vibrant was specifically named as one of "more than a dozen smartphones" to "benefit from enhanced speeds" when in HSPA+ coverage. In addition, TMO promises more information on their first fully HSPA+ capable phone "later this summer". T-Mobile also mentioned the launch of a new "webConnect Rocket 2.0" USB Laptop Stick with HSPA+ and a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with webConnect.
Check out the full press release (minus the boring legal stuff) after the break.
LoKast has brought its proximity-based application to Android. Rejoice! Available for the iOther platform since March, LoKast allows you to find, connect and share with other LoKast users in your local (300-foot) area via 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Not only fans and users are getting in on the fun, but some familiar names in the music industry are behind the project. Shameless plug for Echo and the Bunnymen goes here. ♫♪ Lips like sugar....♪♫
Maybe the best part about LoKast coming to Android is that little thing we like to call "cross platform." You can freely connect with users on their iPhones as well as Android phones, and that kind of forward thinking can only help Android and the Market as a whole. Hit the break for the press release, a couple videos, and download links.
Sports fans will be pleased to know that Fanfeedr is finally available in the Android Market. It differentiates itself from the other sports applications by creating an individualized social experience based on interest and localization.
In order to use the app effectively, you need to provide your Facebook login information. It then allows you to personalize your app experience by selecting favorite teams and players. Once you have it tailored to your interests, it allows you to receive push notifications for real-time scores, follow games live, view tweets from fans and players and track what your Facebook friends are watching and saying as well.
The Smartphone Experts microUSB car charger with USB port ($14.95) is a great solution for making sure your Android phone stays charged up on the go. One of the things that makes this car charger especially great is that it is multifunctional -- with a USB adapter that will accommodate other devices (like an iPod/iPod Touch).
For those of you with an HTC Hero on Cellular South, let it be known at Android 2.1 is now ready for you (albeit a little later than we'd expected). It's not an over-the-air update, unfortunately, but we'll take what we can get, won't we?
You'll want to make sure your phone is well-charged before you apply the update (50 percent or higher, please, and Cellular South suggests you install the HTC Sync program beforehand, just in case. CS also is pushing the free trial of My Backup in the Market to back up your contacts, again, just in case. (Can't hurt, but if you're sync'd to Google, you're likely good to go.
You'll also be getting MMS support along with the update, but it's going to cost you $5.99 a month on your bill.
Google has told the L.A. Times it expects to sell out of its remaining stock of Nexus One phones by the end of July -- which comes in about 10 days. Google gave no figures about how many N1s it received in the last shipment, and we're in no position to guess. Maybe the news that it was taking down its online phone store jacked up the sales rate, or more likely Google didn't get very many in, but either way you have about 10 days to get what many (including a few of us here) think is one of the best smartphones ever made. And now, a moment of silence. [L.A. Times]
A new device has passed through the FCC as of July 20, one with CDMA, EVDO, and WiMax radios. Most of the details (and all the images) are withheld under the standard confidentiality agreement, but we do have a portion of the ID label that shows the model number as SPH-D700 -- the Sprint Epic 4G. Of course this doesn't mean the release is right around the corner, but it's now legal for Sprint and its partners to sell the hot new slider in the U.S. The more the merrier I say! [FCC] Thanks Wes and Keith!
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