Waving your hand in the air to control your phone isn't a new idea -- we've seen talk of it before on Windows Mobile, and it's been implemented on other platforms. But now that Android is getting front-facing cameras (with the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Evo 4G, for starters), we may finally see gesture commands on our phones in the near future.
And that's where developer eyeSight comes in. It just announced support for Android, which "enables users control their phones and navigate in documents, web pages or maps by using gesture recognition technology."
Check out the full presser and demo video (on a Nokia, sadly) after the break. This pique anyone's interest?
We know. You Droid Incredible owners have had to sit through an awful lot of Evo 4G news of late, and you're feeling a little left out. We hear you. But there's actually been some great stuff going on in the Droid Incredible forums, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. As such, let's reward your patience with a free Verizon High-gloss silicone protective case for one lucky beloved Droid Incredible, courtesy of the Android Central Store.
What do you have to do? Just keep on doing what you're doing. When you post in the Incredible forums today -- as in June 8 -- you're automatically entered. We'll pick a single post at random tonight and get your new case shipped off post haste. Good luck, everybody!
We can't vouch for anything here, but the inventory shot you see above apparently shows the HTC Intruder on AT&T. Maybe it's yet another name in the Liberty/Aria lovefest, giving us a proper threesome of rumor goodness. Or maybe it's an entirely different phone. Or maybe it's a last gasp of Windows Mobile. Or (gasp) maybe it's some way early entry for Windows Phone 7. Or maybe it's something like the HTC Smart, which has a Sense-type UI but is neither WinMo nor Android.
Point is, it's early yet, and this is all we have to go on. Also no way to tell whether that $699 retail price/$129 contract price is real, or just a placeholder. Any AT&T peeps out there wanna help shed some light on this? You know where to find us. [TjCrew via Unwired View]
Update: OK. We're already hearing that this will be an Android 2.1 device, about the size of a Coke can (presumably in two dimensions only). Also, Omegaglory23 points out in the comments that this is a Radio Shack inventory screen.
We love it when you send in your tips and hints, especially when they're this cool. Notice that the dual LED flash on the HTC Evo doesn't work while filming video? Turns out that's pretty easy to fix, using an app called LED light right from the Android Market. No root, no muss, no fuss. Hit the jump to get the links, and to see side by side examples with and without the camera flash. Thanks Jpeary!
Those of you joining Android from other platforms -- and we know who you are -- may well be familiar with The Missing Sync, a longtime leader in personal information management. And if you're looking at Android but don't necessarily want to go all-in on gmail, this is an app you're going to want to check out. Anyhoo, The Missing Sync has updated for phones running on Android 2.1 with HTC Sense. That'd be the Sprint Hero (finally!), Droid Incredible, Evo 4G -- you know, every new HTC phone at this point.
Warning: If you have doubleTwist installed, you're going to want to uninstall first, as the two don't really play well together at this point. Otherwise, have at it! [Mark/Space]
Android video chat is finally here, after a few days and more than a little gnashing of teeth, on the Sprint Evo 4G. The Qik app has been up and down as they've dealt with the crush of new Evo's hitting their servers. But we've been putting it through its paces, and it's pretty easy to use.
Just fire it up, and you have options to place a video call, record a video (and stream it live at the same time), record and view video messages (part of those $5-a-month premium features, which are free until July15), and manage all of your videos. Buttons are large and well-marked, and it took zero setup to get things going. You also can choose (on phones with front-facing cameras, anyway) which camera to use -- front or rear.
Placing a video call was simple -- you choose the person from your contact list. That simple, and it works just fine in portrait and landscape mode. Check out more screen shots after the break.
The Sprint Evo 4G quickly has become the hottest topic in the Android world. For you newcomers, you'll quickly find that you phone has many of the most important apps already loaded -- Google Maps, Facebook, a basic music player, etc. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. After the break, take a gander at some of our must-have apps for the Evo 4G.
For our money, it's the iPhone's new screen that really stands out, with its 960x640 "retina display." Samsung needs to get some Super AMOLED screens into our hands pretty soon, or we're going to bounce off the walls seeking worthy comparisons. (Cross-posted at TiPB.)
But there's one line that we don't want to let slide. And that's the quote from Google co-founder Larry Page regarding multitasking and battery life that Apple CEO Steve Jobs paraded in front of. It read: "... software running in the background, that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly."
That's coming from a TechRadar piece from a few weeks ago. What Jobs conveniently left out was the follow-up from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who said, "And people bring in applications that are not particularly smart about that, which is what Larry is trying to get at."
Read in context, it makes sense. Badly coded apps drain battery life. If you're going for the cheap shot, well, look up. [Image via GDGT]
Remember how we said Cellular South said it would be getting the Motorola Milestone sometime in the future? That's still true. And today Cellular South officially said it's true. Really. And it's still saying it's just the tip of the iceberg. But it's still not saying when we'll see the Milestone, so we'll have to wait for that announcement. [Cellular South] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
HTC this morning announced it purchased French software company Abaxia, "specializing in mobile handset software solutions for network operators and handset manufacturers," according to its website.
That will beef HTC's software side, no doubt, to go along with its purchase of design team One and Co., which first gained notoriety with the Windows Mobile Touch Diamond 2 and more recently with the new HTC Legend. We'll have to see if Abaxia's work makes it to Android in HTC's Sense user interface. [HTC]
If your Evo 4G's been rooted already (using either the Unrevoked or XDA method), there's now another Wifi tethering method available at your disposal, and all you have to do is load up a little application (just be sure to grab the latest version). This one is outside the confines of Sprint's official $29-a-month option on the Evo, so you're own if somebody shows up at your house asking about your kneecaps. (* - That's what we meant by "free.") [Google Code via Androidpolice]
If you want to buy a T-Mobile-ready Nexus One, you're going to have to look somewhere other than Google's phone site this morning, as it's currently not available there. This could just be another one of those temporary shortages that will clear itself up -- we've already seen that happen with the AT&T version, and it lasted just a few hours -- or it could me the beginning of the shutdown of Google's online phone store and the move to in-store sales. We'll keep an eye on it. [Google via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Selentic.
Update: And, sure enough, it's back. Phil wins $5.
Is it a phone, or is it a netbook? With a 5.5-inch screen, a cellular radio, and a hinged slide-out qwerty keyboard, it's a little of both. We don't know much else about the device, except what was leaked to engadget -- it is supposedly launching with stock Android 2.1 sometime this fall.
If it follows SE's track record with smartphones, expect to see it sometime next year, everywhere but the United States. Please Sony, don't disappoint with this one of a kind gadget. We all love the way your electronics look and feel -- even us Americans! [Engadget]
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