A report by Appcelerator published today shows that even though developers are very interested in working with iOS, interest in Android, especially Android tablets, is soaring. 62 percent of those surveyed said they would like to develop apps for Android tablets even though none have been released yet. Also interesting is the fact that the numbers for Android smartphones remains as high as ever, with 81 percent of developers showing interest. This is great news all around, as healthy competition among tech products benefits the consumer more than anyone. Check out the source link to see all the tables and charts, but the bottom line as put by Appcelerator sums it up nicely -- "Apple and Google are now playing chess while everyone else plays catch up." [CNNMoney]
We kind of have the feeling that we're going to be repeating this until we're blue in the face, so let's start now: The Motorola Droid X does not run Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Nor does it run "Ninjablur" -- a bad rumor that went around a while ago -- or "Unicornblur" or any other kind of "Blur." It's just a customized UI with some pretty cool tricks up its sleeve, actually.
Check out the video after the break, where you can watch a widget be resized directly on the home screen, just like you would a desktop window. And then there's Motorola explaining to us that it's not running Motoblur. Have we mentioned Motoblur's not on the Droid X? That'd be a good thing to point out, we think.
We all know that the HD2 and Evo are very similar, however, some small differences in the chassis make it so most accessories just don’t fit. Since the Evo’s official car dock hasn’t been released yet, some innovative folks over at HTCPedia took it into their own hands, and modded the existing HD2’s dock to work (almost flawlessly) with our beloved Evo. Basically, all you have to do is move the USB charging port that’s on the mount from the left to the right, and snap off one of the plastic holding arm clips – and voila, it’s a near-perfect fit. There’s no need to have to fiddle with your phone after it’s inserted into the cradle as the Navigation app comes right up as soon as it’s in place. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but for what it's worth, it works pretty darn well. [via GoodAndEvo]
We imagine there are quite a few pitchforks being raised right about now. Sprint dropped the bad news on Twitter that while the new Evo 4G will be getting Android 2.2 (which was already announced anyway), the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Sorry, folks. That's just the way it is. But the good news is you can head over to your favorite forums -- ahem -- and get instructions for rooting and ROMing for the Hero and the Moment. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
This pretty much leaked out a few days ago, but now T-Mobile has gone and made it semi-official on Twitter and its little game site: The Samsung Galaxy S is coming, and it'll be called the Vibrant. No word on when and for how much, but here's to hoping we find out next week at Sammy's event in New York. [Twitter, T-MobileClue.com] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Sure, you could use the Motorola Droid X's 4.3-inch screen to be productive and all, but let's get down to what we really want: Games. Fast, smooth, immersive games. And in our demonstration at the Motorola event in New York, that's exactly what we saw. Don't worry so much about specs, just know this: That 1GHz processor and dedicated GPU scream. It's fast. Real fast. We'll show you after the break.
Looking to preorder the Motorola Droid X? Best Buy's taking them now -- in stores -- in advance of the July 15 launch on Verizon. The good news is that Best Buy's doing its usual thing where you don't have to deal with any pesky mail-in rebate, so you get the $199 price up front. So they got that going for them, which is nice. [Engadget]
Not wanting to be left out, Sprint announced this morning that it's working on the Android 2.2 update, and that the Evo 4G will get it.
As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.
With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.
No exact date on when we'll start seeing updates roll out -- they say "in the near future -- so we'll all have to sit patiently and wait. Let us know how that works out for ya. [Sprint]
We've known for some time that U.S. Cellular was getting the HTC Desire, thanks to it being on the regional carrier's rebate form. And now we've got a launch window. The Desire will be available in "early August."
Oh, but wait. There's more. Another Samsung Android phone -- to go along with the Acclaim, which is coming July 9 -- is on the way, and LG will have an Android phone, too. That'll give U.S. Cellular four Android phones -- twice as many as AT&T. Who said the little guys can't play big? Full presser after the break.
What do you get when you rip open a Droid X? Besides a creamy caramel center, you get what you see above. Not sure we want to try this ourselves just yet, but there's video after the break of it being done, so if you really get the urge ... Oh, and do note that you don't actually need a screwdriver to remove the battery. As Max notes, he forgot to put the pull tab back on after a previous disassembly. [DroidX.net via Engadget]
BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all.
Key features of both applications:
Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.
The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners. Users can download them from the Android Market. For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.
That said (and we're just having a little fun here) one phone you won't see it on is the one above. That's right, Swype will not be on a Windows Mobile-powered Motorola Droid X. Photoshop blunder or not, we can think of a few people who would love to see this happen, though. And knowing the enterprising Android developers out there, it just might. And if you haven't tried Swype yet, you should. Get it at beta.swype.com.Thanks, Justin!
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