Looks like the Motorola Charm -- that square-faced QWERTY fellow -- indeed is going to T-Mobile, and it's likely getting a name change to the Basil. Not sure if that's going to make its small stature and penchant for Motoblur any more palatable, but at least the stars are starting to align. [TmoNews]
Everybody loves the option of choosing their own carrier. And the Dell Streak is now available for purchase factory unlocked. The half-tablet-computer-half-phone Dell Streak packs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-inch display capable of taking quite a beating, along with a number of other goodies. The Streak shipped with Android 1.6 but will be updated to 2.2, as promised by Dell, sometime this year. The phone is currently only available in the UK but will be available in the U.S. next month for the reasonable price of $500. [via Engadget]
This week, Verizon Wireless put out an announcement that offered up some timely app tips for the summer travel season.
Apps for helping customers make travel plans include:
Kayak Flight and Hotel Search for Android (Market link) devices help customers find great deals on hotels, flights, rental properties and cruises
ZAGAT TO GO '10 (Market link) gives customers access to the Web's most trusted guide to restaurant reviews and ratings from over 45 Zagat Guides covering dining, nightlife, hotels, and golf courses. It is available in Android Market for $9.99.
Skype mobile gives customers the planet in their pockets, allowing them to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls to friends and family around the corner or around the world. Currently available on Verizon phones.
Apps for taking the stress out of travel include:
FlightStats for Android (Market link) provides flight statuses, departures, arrivals, airport delays, and other flight and airport information It is available for $4.99 in Android Market.
VZ Navigator Global provides maps and turn-by-turn directions for international destinations, ensuring that unfamiliar areas and road signs in different languages don't keep customers from arriving at their destinations (pricing and availability may vary by device).
Apps for enjoying time away include:
Urbanspoon (Market link) gives customers a localized community of restaurant reviews and ratings (available for FREE in Android Market). Note: Urbanspoon works on Droid and Nexus One phones. If you have another Android phone, you can always find Urban spoon on the web at urbanspoon.com/m
Geodelic (Market link) allows customers to effortlessly browse their locations to find java joints, banks, restaurants and other area businesses (available for FREE in Android Market).
WeatherBug (Market link) helps keep you up to date on weather conditions wherever you travel and alerts them to severe weather warnings based on their locations (available for FREE in Android Market).
It's nice to see that Verizon is being proactive about promoting apps.
Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. For a complete list of everything we’ve included in Android 2.2, please see the Android 2.2 Platform Highlights.
In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone's notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones - and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week . We hope you enjoy these new features.
If you're running a custom ROM, you might not get the update pushed to you, so head to the nearest forums (oh, look, here are some) to find the manual updates. [Google]
We've heard from a number of you today that the Sprint Evo 4G's update that was pushed out this morning has left your phones pretty inoperable. And while the odd brick happens, this one appears to be a bit more common. And as such, Sprint has pulled the update, telling MobileCrunch:
While the vast majority of consumers successfully downloaded and installed the most recent HTC EVO 4G software update, we have received a handful of reports from customers having some issues with the update. In light of this, HTC and Sprint have decided to temporarily halt distribution of this software release until we can investigate further. We expect to be able to resume software updates shortly.
There's more than one thread in our Evo 4G forums detailing the carnage, but we've got our fingers crossed that this will all be made good soonest. [MobileCrunch]
Warning -- This is full of potty language and may well offend you. And it's funny as hell, and quite probably true. Using the online tools from xtranormal, Youtube user tinywatchproductions gives us a special treat. It's all in good fun, and a nice break from the usual bickering and feuding between iPhone users and Android users that we all secretly enjoy. Hit the break to check out the video.
For all of you HTC Hero (European style) owners that have been holding on to your beloved device and hoping for the big 2.1 update, your time has come. Reports appear to be trickling around of an OTA update that brings 2.1 to the device, only downside is for right now it appears to be only on the Sim-free unlocked devices, not those that were subsidized through a carrier. Unfortunately no OTA link has surfaced yet for all those who wish to force the update to their device, but for those who are seeing it, remember to back up so you don't lose any data! [via Tracy and Matt]
We brought you a preview of the Amazon Kindle app for Android a month ago at Google IO, and now it's available for all in the Android Market. The app is free (you must be running Android 1.6 or higher), and with it you gain access to the hundreds of thousands of titles in Amazon's e-book library.
Purchasing books is fairly easy, though it switches from the Kindle app to the browser, then sends you back again after the transaction is complete. Not a deal-breaker, just inelegant. We can't wait to give this a shot on something like the Dell Streak. In the meantime, we'll make do with something "smaller" like the Droid X and Evo 4G. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. [Market link] [Amazon]
Can't tell you how long we've been waiting to be able to view Google Docs on Android -- but that day has finally come, all without having to download the file (or even an app, for that matter). It's all done at docs.google.com from your Android browser. (Or iPhone and iPad, too.) And from there you can access all of your Google Docs. No editing yet, but viewing's better than nothing, right? [Google Mobile blog]
Edit: Yeah, so the Google Docs thing isn't that new. But PDF and PowerPoint support is. Better than nothing. We guess.
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Those of us running stock Android have been a wee bit jealous of the scrollable widgets in HTC Sense. But that's about to change, as the folks behind ADW Launcher, LauncherPro and Pure Calendar and Pure messenger have teamed up to bring some flicking action to the rest of us. Here's the deal:
You have to have either ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro installed.
Perfect way to end the weekend. We've heard rumours about some people seeing 4G in as-of-yet unannounced areas lately, seen leaked photos of roadmaps, and now we've learned that Sprint has indeed activated it's 4G WiMax network in Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and St. Louis, Missouri. From the press release:
Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB Device U301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today's launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country.
Hit the break to see the full press release. HTC Evo users, and soon to be Samsung Epic users, bon apetit!
We know a bunch of you are looking at coming over to Android from an iPhone -- and a few of you Benedict Arnolds are looking to tuck tail and run back to Apple. If you're still on the fence, allow us to direct you to our pals at TiPB.com, who have given the iPhone 4 a thorough rundown.
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