The Amazon Appstore got itself a little update tonight -- it's now at version 1.08 -- and we'd start to get excited about it if we had any idea what was changed. But, hey, an updated app is always better than an un-updated app, unless it breaks something. And, oh, look at that. Icons are missing. That's likely not because of the update, but we'll point fingers anyway.
And FlightBoard's now optimized for tablets. You get about 15 flight listings for a given airport when you're looking at it in landscape (horizontal mode). Tap a flight and you have options to share it over e-mail, chat, Twitter, etc., or you can open it up in the FlightTrack companion app and get even more details. And with FlightBoard, you also get:
Get real-time status for any flight in the world with automatic updates every 5 minutes.
Access over 4000 airports and 1400 airlines worldwide.
View FlightBoard on home screen with Live Wallpaper.
Seamlessly switch between Departures and Arrivals view.
Easily share flight info with friends and family via Twitter, Facebook, SMS and E-mail.
Instantly narrow results via an exceptional search interface.
Save flights in FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro for real-time tracking.
FlightBoard's a tad pricey at $3.99, and you're really going to need to be a travel nerd for this, but we'd love to see it, say, sitting on an Android tablet in an airport lounge somewhere. Download links are after the break.
Samsung and Boost Mobile have officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Prevail, Boost Mobile's first Android device. The Prevail is set to offer a great Android experience at Boost Mobile's $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, which holds an appeal that's hard to match.
The Prevail is a CDMA device, which hopefully is the first step to getting rid of IDEN across the board at Sprint and her partners. The specs won't exactly knock anyone's socks off, but they do look to make a great mid-level device -- especially at the $179 price point and the cheap unlimited plans. Some of the Prevail's features:
2MP camera with video
Wireless Web enabled
Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
Telenav navigation, free and unlimited
Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling
The prevail is scheduled to be released sometime in May, with no exact dates given. The full press release and a couple more pictures are after the break.
Tis' the season for baseball and with that, everyone likes to sport their favorite teams colors and such. Good thing our forums have plenty of baseball loving folks in them. If you've not checked it out yet, our forums are starting to fill up on some awesome baseball wallpapers. Hop on in and grab your favorites or just join in on the action.
While I can't say we've seen any Nexus S commercials in either the U.S. or Canada, France has been making no bones about running them. The above video is said to be running pretty heavily across French TV networks there. With Google having only recently made the Nexus S available in France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Romania it's be interesting to see if their marketing campaigns in those areas are helping sell devices. [Pointgphone] Thanks, Scheps for sending this in!
We love getting guest writers for reviews -- it gives you guys the perspective of the user, whether they be a casual one, hardcore smartphone geek, or someone in-between. This time around Android Central forums adviser Runs with scissors gives his take on the Seidio Innocase Active X case on his Mesmerize. I won't spoil it for you, it's all after the break along with a few more pictures. Big thanks go out to ya, Runs with scissors!
A while ago we reported that Sony Ericsson would be offering a bootloader unlocking solution for their 2011 Xperia line, and today Xperia Blog has some information about how this will play out. According to SE developer Karl-Johan Dahlström, Sony Ericsson plans to have a bootloader site "up and running in the upcoming weeks."
The website will allow you to enter the IMEI number from your Xperia device, and you'll be given a key to unlock that devices bootloader via Fastboot. SE has promised more details, but as it stands this is great news. I'm loving the way Sony Ericsson has tackled this issue, and given hardware access to the people who paid for their devices. We know that SE realizes the mistakes of the past, and this is a great way to make the future more user friendly. [Xperia Blog] Thanks, Rick!
As we first told you last night, a developer test Market has surfaced, along with a new version of the Music application from Google. Here's your (and mine) chance to get some hands-on time with both, as they have been leaked out in the Android Central forums. Your're warned to have a full backup before trying these, and mentions a few different methods to install them. On stock Android 2.3.3, they both installed and overwrote the normal system apps, but your mileage may vary.
We also have a bit of new anonymous information about exactly what we're seeing:
"As for the test bed it is actually the android developers market related testing site for new versions of the market, security fixes, and the new in-app billing. Gallery 3D & Desk Clock are not available on gingerbread devices, Camera v12 is a redesigned camera that only has a different icon and background color inside the app. And the Android Music Store can only be accessed if you have an android music account."
As I said last night, it's pretty cool to get a peek behind the scenes of Google's closed-source stuff, even if most of it isn't that useful. You can find a link to both the Market and Music app at the source, with no guarantees how long either will work -- so hurry, hackers :)
We also have a couple more pictures of the Music player after the break. [Android Central forums] Thanks, Anonymous!
We all know Fring was one of the first app developers on board for video calling and now, they are at it once again. This time around though, they are now working on group video calling for multiple devices making it so that you are no longer just tied to a two-way conversation. While it's not yet available in the Android Market, Fring is now accepting new sign-ups for their beta testing of the upcoming group video app. If you feel like giving them a hand and doing some bug testing in the near future, check out their blog post announcing the details -- or just click here to sign up. [Fring]
Three UK has revealed via its official Twitter feed that it expects to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Samsung Galaxy S phones "in the next couple of weeks". However, the carrier adds that it doesn't have a firm release date in mind yet.
The news follows the leaking of a Euro Galaxy S Gingerbread ROM late last month. That ROM reportedly originated from a Samsung service center, and hasn't been pushed out officially yet. If Three's timings are correct, the Galaxy S series will be among the first phones to receive an official update to Android 2.3. The HTC Desire is also expected to receive its Gingerbread update in late April or early May, according to an earlier tweet by Three. [@ThreeUK]
It's turning out to be a good month for Xperia X10 owners wanting to eek a little extra life out of their phones. First Sony Ericsson announced that the device, previously abandoned on Android 2.1, will receive an official Gingerbread update this summer. And now some enterprising hackers on XDA have managed to crack the device's bootloader, allowing users to install custom kernels for the first time, and paving the way for further customization of the device.
If you're partial to a bit of X10 hacking, then hit the source link to find out how to get started. [XDA]
A few days back we saw the leaked pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail that is believed to be heading to Boost Mobile, and today the device has made an appearance on the carrier's site. For $179 you will get yourself an Android 2.2 powered 3.2 inch touchscreen running on Sprint's CDMA network. The device does only have a 2MP camera, not the greatest, but you still got the rest of the bells and whistles, like Bluetooth, GPS, etc. We expect an announcement of the device tonight in NYC, and we'll be there for it! [Boost Mobile] Thanks, Tasheena!
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T-Mobile announced this morning that it's bringing 10 more cities into its HSPA+ (aka 4G) circle of trust. They are:
Battle Creek, Mich.
Benton Harbor, Mich.
Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
Wichita Falls, Texas
T-Mo also reminds us that it'll be flipping the 42Mbps switch on Las Vegas, New York and Orlando later this year. We wouldn't read too much into T-Mobile continuing expansion as if the whole AT&T acquisition thing might not happen. Because it might not happen. And it's better to be bigger than not. Full presser's after the break. [T-Mobile]
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