Believe it or not, we're several months into the life of Android 3.0, and we're just now seeing our first Honeycomb-optimized Twitter app. Brought to you by the developer of the Honeycomb-optimized Newsr RSS app (see our review here), TweetComb takes advantage of the "fragments" design feature in Honeycomb and actually makes use of the full tablet screen, unlike smartphone-based Twitter clients.
The gist: You've got three columns -- your timeline, mentions and direct messages. Scroll down to read through them. If you want to act on a tweet -- reply to the sender, retweet, mark as a favorite, etc. -- you tap and hold. You can refresh all the columns at once, or independently. Settings are tucked away in the Action Bar, just as they should be in Honeycomb. No extra menu button at the bottom for this app.
TweetComb is still very Version 1.0. It doesn't yet have support for multiple accounts (a must for some of us), and the list of trending topics displayed neatly at the bottom doesn't actually do anything more than display the list of trending topics. But these are small niggles, and the developer's known for quickly pushing out updates.
Probably our biggest gripe right now is that TweetComb is $2.99 in the Android Market. There's no shortage of free Android Twitter apps, and you just know one of the major players -- TweetDeck, Seesmic, Twidroid, Plume, etc. -- will bring free versions of a Honeycomb-optimized Twitter app at some point. And if we were first out of the gate with a Honeycomb Twitter app, we'd give it away to bring in as many users as possible before the big boys show up. But for now, if you've gotta have some proper Twitter on a tablet, this is the way to go.
We took a trip down to the HTC Roadshow in Manchester yesterday, where we were lucky enough to be allowed some face-time with the HTC Sensation, HTC's beastly 4.3-inch dual-core device, which is due for release in May. And, of course, we were sure to grab plenty of video footage and photos of the artist formerly known as Pyramid for your perusal.
The Sensation is the first device to launch with HTC Sense 3.0, the new version of HTC's custom UI that gives it its biggest overhaul to date. Though the handset we saw was still running pre-release firmware, we were still impressed with the slickness of the user experience it offered.
Join us after the jump for the video itself, along with some bonus photos from the HTC Roadshow.
Gaming on an Android device is always a great way to pass some time and to have countless hours of fun while on the go. If you are into gaming, and love your Android device, be sure to check out some of our favorite Android games below.
It would seem Samsung is making no effort to slow down their marketing juggernaut, despite the myriad of currentevents surrounding them.
The video highlights the same voice features we saw in the second commercial, which is nice, but regardless, don't be like the driver before he gets his voice commands. It's dangerous and isn't worth the risk. Alright, off the soapbox.
At any rate, I think we can all agree he must not be using his Galaxy S2 on Sprint. Thanks, Kenny!
Judging from our inbox this morning, more than a few of you have discovered the Dog Wars app. We'd been hoping it would slink back into the depths from which it slithered, but such is not to be the case.
Dog Wars, which some sort of horrific canine RPG, is doing its best to stoke the fires, announcing itself as "A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE IPHONE APP STORE!!!" And you know what? Apple's App Store is better off for it. The developer, Kage Games, also wants you to know that "if you have a bug up your butt about the game concept, remember:"
It is just A VIDEO GAME
Perhaps one day we will make gerbil wars or beta fish wars for people who can't understand fantasy role play games
Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does not mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it (looking at you XDA Developer Forums... deleting our beta testing thread and banning our account?!)
Just go slingshot some virtual birds to kill some virtual pigs.
Go complain to someone who cares about Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Weed Farmer, Smoke a Bowl (these two are listed in the top 15 of casual games on Android Market) and maybe even Sierra's Leisure Suit Larry from 1987.
A few of the one-star comments left in the Market:
"This represents the truly revolting world of dog fighting, dogs are still stolen daily for fights. Remove it now!" - Alex
"Hope you people get prison time for making this app." - devon
"This is pretty awful... Downloaded this just to say how very wrong this is, both in real life and in fantasy." - nonfinite
And a couple of e-mails we've received:
"This is so sick I can't believe it! Have you people learned nothing from Michael Vick???? Way to encourage this disgusting violence against innocent animals.....studies indicate that most serial killers who hurt animals move on to people. This is SICK. WTF android????!!!!!" - Diane
"I cannot believe that you as a leader in this industry would promote dog fighting with an app!! Dog wars should be removed from the android market! This is very disappointing for me and many others to see that Android would do this!" - Dawn
We're not sure if the 50,000-250,000 download mark is because people downloaded the free beta just to leave 1-star comments (let's hope so), or if it's really that popular (let's hope not). But we do know this: If we were Google, we'd probably find some sort of term of use that Kage Games has broken -- or invent a new one -- and fast, and get this sort of thing out of the Market.
Download links are not after the break. Here, however, is the the developer's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let 'em know how you feel. And tell 'em we sent ya.
Set to roll out in phases, a software update for Android's candy bar with a keyboard, the Motorola Droid Pro, released late this week adds data encryption of contents stored on the microSD card and the phone itself along with a slew of other enhancements. Amongst the changes, Exchange ActiveSync received a healthy update to it's policies, email, and calendar, plus some bug fixes. IPSec VPN joined forces with Google's VPN and combined their settings menus. A proxy server can now be defined within the Wi-Fi settings and Verizon's marked it with their VCAST app. Some other minor bugs are squashed with the update as well. Full release notes after the break. [Twitter]
Despite the T-Mobile G2X having already been rooted and equipped with ClockworkMod, there are still a few things developers out there would like to look at. We can now check source code off that list though as LG has put the download up on their website for all. It may not mean a lot to the everyday user but, the source code should help plenty of developers out there get started on cooking up some custom ROM for this sexy, beast of a device. Hit the source link to get started, after that just search for "LG P999" and it will pop right up for ya. [LG via Android Police]
The weekend is finally upon us, for some folks due to Easter it will be a long weekend, and for others -- not so much. Whatever your situation may be we're here for you, bringing you the best Android news and information regardless it it's a long weekend or not. Feel free to join us in the forums for more Android talk, help articles and general banter:
Best Buy has the exclusive launch of the WiFi only, 7-inch HTC Flyer tablet covered, and now they've announced their pre-sale date as being April 24. If you simply must have the HTC Sense-loving, 1.5GHz-powered Flyer, then you'll want to hit up Best Buy on that date and let them know you are more then willing to give them $499 in exchange for one. Personally, we're still wishing it was being launched with Honeycomb but some of the HTC added enhancements such as the built in Scribe technology do counter that a little. Anybody planning on a pre-sale order? [Best Buy]
Alex Dobie, our man in the UK, met up with the HTC Roadshow today in Manchester and brings us this painfully quick look at some flowers ... on the new HTC Sensation. Don't worry, he's got more to come from the event -- of phones, not flowers (we hope), so stay tuned, boys and girls.
We've been talking in the forums about specs for the rumored Dell Streak Pro -- the 10-inch tablet that's coming -- and now we've got the pic to back it up. So what you're looking at is a 10-inch tablet at 1280x800 resolution (that's normal for that size), running Honeycomb. No surprises there. Also mentioned is the newer Tegra T25 processor. Noyce. It'll be "data only," meaning don't expect to do voice calls on this thing, unless it's VOIP. And to that end it's got a pair of microphones for video chat.
Codenamed the "Gallo," the Streak pro also is said to have an "enterprise application stack," which should be good for you suits out there, and Dell's "Stage 1.5" user interface. What's not mentioned in this spec sheet is a possible USB host and client, or a dock with an ethernet port, both of which we'd love to see.
And that June date at the top goes against a report just a couple weeks ago that said the tablet was being pushed back to fall. Of course, this is as unofficial is that rumor, so we'll all just need to wait and see. Thanks, anon!
Remember a couple of days ago when we had a look at HBO Go, a new video streaming service in the works for HBO subscribers? The video posted had a not-so-subtle hint that the service would launch on May 2, and it seems that Direct TV has confirmed this via their official Twitter account.
No word on what phones are going to be part of the "selected" few, but it stands to reason that it will be a DRM requirement of sorts, much like Netflix is doing. I guess we'll know all the details shortly, as May is almost upon us. [@DIRECTV via @BigRickz10]
With the huge push Rogers is having for Android right now, they've never made their launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc a secret. They did however, keep the launch date under wraps for a while but that has since been confirmed as being April 29. The only other thing left to figure out was the pricing of each device and now, we have that as well thanks to some leaked internal documents. Confirmed pricing:
3-year promo: $99.99 ($45 monthly voice and data plan)
2-year contract: $449.99
1-year contract: $499.99
Yes, Canada has 3-year contracts and yes, they are dreadful and should most certainly go away but that's not going to happen. So, with that out of the way -- $99 for either the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play or Arc is a reasonable price all around, we suppose. [Mobile Syrup]
Everyone knows us Android users love the visual voicemail, but if YouMail Visual Voicemail leaves you wanting, then you're definitely going to want to check out Better YouMail.
Say the developers, Best IT Guys:
YouMail provides a public API for their service, so we decided to make our own app that used their service. You’ll notice that there is a heavy iPhone influence on the graphics, but there are also some features that other visual voicemail apps don’t have. We specifically designed the app to have the most streamlined layout, so that most of the common functions could be accessed with as few clicks as possible.
Let's examine some of these extra features after the break.
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