Hide your Droid X, hide your Evo, hide your Desire, 'cause they leaking everything up in here -- and that includes the ROM dump for the HTC Pyramid (which should be the HTC Sensation). It's leaked out in all it's Sense 3.0 glory and ROM developers are already scratching their heads and figuring out how to squeeze any of it on to earlier devices.
It's a dump from an Asian model, so it's chock full of things you'll not understand or ever want to use. We did take a few minutes and pull a bunch of new wallpapers out of it -- you can find them posted here in the forums, so give those a look for sure. Another interesting little tidbit -- the dump is full of widgets with 3D in the name. Don't read too much into this, but it's worth a mention. If you feel the need to fool around with the ROM files themselves, hit the source link. [911HTC]
OK, folks. Last chance to win! To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.
How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight tonight April 14.
Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices.
So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.
Craziness today, what with all the Gingerbread leaks and all. Looks like we'll have plenty to talk about tonight on the Android Central podcast -- until then though, make sure you all hit up the forums to check out what everyone thinks about the leaks. Some threads below might be of interest as well:
So how's Android doing these days? During today's Q1 2011 earnings call, Jeff Huber, senior vice president of commerce and local, announced that some 350,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's almost 2.5 million a week, folks. That's a lot of devices.
As for the Android Market, it's seen more than 3 billion applications installed. Not too shabby, eh, especially when you consider it's a 50 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2010, Google said.
During the Q&A, the question of how that 350,000 per day breaks down by device and region was asked. Jeff Huber responded that they do not differentiate by device, but they expect a huge growth from the Tablet sector as more and more devices are released. He went on to say that Android has a large presence in the U.S, Europe, Japan and Korea; and the international market is showing very strong growth.
Here's the thing about this leaked Gingerbread build for the Sprint EVO 4G: If you're waiting for unicorns to come flying out of it, you might come away disappointed. That's not to say we're not totally excited for the EVO 4G to get Gingerbread. We certainly are.
So we've spent a few minutes now using the leaked Android 2.3.3 build that's been packaged up by TMarton03 at XDA Developers. And, lo and behold, it looks and feels just like an EVO 4G. No, you're not getting any of the newfangled versions of Sense. That's disappointing, but not surprising, if only because the newer versions of Sense are a bit portly. As in large.
But what you're going to get is the latest (smartphone) version of Android, including a host of bugfixes, with all of HTC's excellent customizations on top.
Hit the break for video of our quick walkthrough and a spin through Quadrant, and sing out if there's anything else you want to see.
Google just announced its Q1 2011 earnings. Ever want to hear the word "billion" used over and over? Revenue totaled $8.58 billion for January through March, up 27 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion for Q1 2011. And so on and so forth. You can check all all the financial info at the source link.
Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.
Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.
Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]
Although we're not exactly fully sure of how "green" it is as of yet, the upcoming Samsung Replenish for Sprint looks to be a challenger for the Verizon Droid Pro. The Replenish was once thought to be a feature phone but after some internal website leaks and piecing of information from previously leaked pictures we now know that not to be the case.
In fact, the Samsung Replenish is an Android 2.2 packing QWERTY with a 2.8-inch QVGA display as well as a 2MP camera, WiFi and is made from recycled plastics. How do we know? Well, Samsung told everyone via their site -- then abruptly took the page down. We're expecting to get an official announcement for the Samsung Replenish tomorrow, so stay tuned for details. [Phonescoop]
While it can never come soon enough for impatient Evo 4G users (like all of us here), Gingerbread with HTC Sense has finally leaked out. We shouldn't be surprised, as there was no way HTC would leave the phone that started it all stuck on Froyo, and they have already let us know they planned to update their current users to Gingerbread in due time. What's surprising is that it took this long to leak out.
There's nothing available (as of this writing) that you can flash -- what has leaked is the full dump of all partitions. This is exactly what ROM developers want and need, and they are already hard at work. In the meantime, if you're curious and want to dig around in the files while we wait, hit the source link and download them for yourself, and share your findings in the Evo 4G forums. [911HTC via Android Central forums; XDA-Developers] Thanks, dcmasta!
The release of the T-Mobile G2X smartphone and G-Slate tablet must be nigh, because ol' Magenta is having a little get-together next week in the city that never sleeps. Don't worry, we'll take you all long for the ride, of course. So be sure you're back here next Wednesday night, April 20, as the whole thing goes down. See our list of upcoming Android events
Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.
And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:
Its only been a few days since 4sharedunleashed its mobile app to the Android masses. Today, 4shared is back at it again. The file sharing service has released their 4shared Music app in the Android Market. The newly announced app gives access to thousands of songs on the 4shared servers.
According to head of marketing Andrew Liulko, “Developing of application which is able to work with music properlybecame a priority task for us due to the fact that more than a half of files hosted on 4shared are music files. We hope that introducing 4shared Music application to Android audience will attract new users and bring more convenience for everybody overall."
While this new app gives immediate access to tons of music on 4shared servers, we'll take this time to remind you that services like this are often filled with copyrighted material and illegally distributed files. Stay away from them. Hit the jump to get download links. Thanks, Yegor!
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