When we last left the saga of the HTC Hero ROM update, we were expecting it to come sometime this week. And the above leaked screen shot says that the update -- which we're hoping beyond hope is in fact Android 2.1 -- will "be in stores by this Friday, May 7." The note also says that the update will be available on HTC's website, will wipe the phone and could cause seizures in small pets. You've been warned. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Sporky!
There are a few good task managers in the Android Market, but I've been looking for a simple way to access my Google tasks lists. Looks like Kevin over at Lifehacker stumbled across something that certainly does the trick. Fire up your Android web browser and head to Google tasks mobile for Android [http://mail.google.com/tasks/android] for a slick web interface to Google tasks built just for the Android web browser. Does everything I want without all the overhead, and leaves precious app space for important things like Farm Frenzy. If you're like me and just want a simple way to access your Google tasks, you gotta have a look. [via Lifehacker]
You gotta hand it to Cellular South. While major carriers (cough, AT&T) pass on the best devices Android has to offer, the best-kept secret in the Deep South promises "a whole new lineup of Android smartphones" including "one very special phone -- a true game-changer." We'll have to wait for the curtain to come off before we find out if that's the HTC Desire, which already has been confirmed for Cellular South, or whether it has another trick up its sleeve. [Cellular South] Thanks, Jeff, for the tip.
The beautiful HTC Legend, with its unibody build and clean lines, is coming. The guys at Engadget have discovered that the HTC Legend has just cleared the FCC and is packing 850/1900 MHz 3G bands which means its just perfect for AT&T, Rogers, Telus, and other Canadian carriers. Which means that the HTC Legend is on its way to North America. Which is awesome.
We've spent some time with the HTC Legend and though it doesn't pack the spec punch of a Droid Incredible or Evo 4G, its uber-sexy design almost makes up for it. If it heads to AT&T, then AT&T's currently underwhelming Android lineup becomes instantly respectable. If it heads to Canada, then their already impressive roster of Android phones becomes even more envy inducing. Please AT&T, go and get this phone.
We'll preface this by saying we don't have any idea what's going on in the Sean Kingston-Justin Bieber super-smash-top 40-drop-it-like-it's-hot song "Eenie Meenie" other than there are a lot of 12-year-olds at a party complaining about "shorties" who are wasting their time. Oh, and there's a quick cameo by the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and its Timescape UI, which may also be considered by some as wasting people's time. Video after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. [via Twitter]
You, sir (or madam) are not Oprah Winfrey. And so, you'll have to wait until the Sprint Evo 4G actually launches before you can get your hands on it. (For that matter, we're not Oprah, either, but color us special for having our own hands-on with the Evo 4G.) Anyhoo, the first lady of daytime advertised featured the upcoming device recently as part of her "No Phone Zone" campaign to help stop people from texting while driving. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, dtblair24.
Bumptop, a 3D desktop manager that's been implemented in Windows 7 and OS X, has just been bought out by the Google. Bumptop was a ridiculously slick experience that beautifies and changes the way you use your desktop. It was intended for touch-based devices such as tablets and offered users a 3D-space to store their files. We're not sure what Google has planned for Bumptop but if they decided to use it in future Android phones or ChromeOS tablets, we would be very happy. If Google just wanted to outbid Apple on another purchase, well, we would not be so happy.
If you want to get to know Bumptop before the plug gets proverbially pulled, the app will still be available for download for the next week, free of charge. Check out the video after the jump to see how Bumptop works, and see if it can translate to the Android (or ChromeOS) platform. What do you guys think? [via engadget]
Swype - your favorite finger sliding keyboard is diving head-first into the mainstream phone market. The small company, which only employs 27 people, estimates it will be on over 10 million smartphones by the end of this year. Chances are you’ll be seeing Swype on some future handsets from any of the four major US cell providers -- so those “hunting and pecking” days just might be over.
Phones aren’t the only thing that Swype can be applied to; the company has big plans to integrate its software into some of the upcoming Android tablets, and a 12-inch Swype keyboard is enough to impress almost anyone. Even with all this expanding and growth, Swype has expressed no interest in a partnership with Apple -- which is A-OK with us Android users. If you're new to Swype, head on over to our Keyboard Roundup and see if it's right for you!
T-Mobile today introduced the myTouch 3G Slide, bringing a horizontal slider keyboard to the popular device. The myTouch 3G Slide runs Android 2.1 on a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen. It's less than 15mm thick and comes with an 8GB microSD card. But instead of the new Sense user interface like what's on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible, the myTouch 3G Slide has what's been long-dubbed the "Espresso" UI -- kind of a hybrid between Sense and stock Android.
The myTouch 3G Slide also introduces the "Genius Button," which pairs Nuance Communications' natural language technology to provide one-touch voice-controlled access to make calls, send e-mail and text messages, search the Internet, find directions, etc. Nuance's Dragon Dictation also is loaded on the myTouch 3G Slide to provide dictation in any text field, and it also can read aloud incoming messages.
The myTouch 3G Slide also features the Nuance Mobile Care-powered MyAccount 3.0, which lets you access and manage your T-Mobile account from your phone -- and from the Genius Button.
The myTouch Slide 3G will be available in June (date and pricing to be announced) in either white, red or black. Full press release after the break.
LG finally has launched its Ally-Iron Man 2 microsite, and we get better look at the upcoming Android phone that may or may not make its way onto Verizon in the coming weeks. We're dealing with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1 and a four-row horizontal sliding keyboard. The microSD card slot appears to be accessible from the outside of the phone (as in not hidden under a battery cover or anything), and there's a dedicated camera button.
Onboard apps include Life360, which lets you track your family and send emergency alerts; Wikitude (an augmented-reality Wikipedia portal); Speed View (a GPS app); Hoccer (literally throw your data from your phone); Foursquare (maybe you've heard of it); Yelp; Wertago (social network of party-goers -- like Tony Stark); ShopSavvy; and Shazam.
We're still waiting to hear exactly when -- and if -- the Ally will be available on a carrier, though there's that May 20 date that was announced today. Stay tuned, and there are a couple more pictures after the break.
It's been a little less than a month since the Android developer site released its last version numbers, and we already have another update. As of the two weeks ending May 3, some 32.4 percent of Android phones were running Android 2.1, up from 27.3 percent for the two weeks ending April 12.
Phones running Android 1.6 fell from 31.6 percent to 29.4 percent, and Android 1.5 devices fell from 38 percent to 37.2 percent. Clearly, there's still a ways to go before we reach platform parity, but a small step in the right direction is better than none. [Android dev site]
For all you Samsung enthusiasts, this is something that might spark your attention: The FCC has approved the M910, which may well be the Samsung Moment 2, and there's a good chance that it will be showing off at your local Sprint store sooner than later.
Since this phone is technically still a prototype, most of the specifications are still under wraps. However, word is that it will sport Android 2.1 with the Touchwiz 3.0 interface running on top (same as what's on the Samsung Galaxy S), and of course, the full QWERTY keyboard. We don't know exactly what kind of display the M910 has, but let's hope we see some Super AMOLED love with its (reportedly) more outdoors-friendly screen.
Many reports have came in that Droid Incredible owners were being notified of it's first OTA update starting Saturday, but nobody was really sure of the details. Well it seems that Engadget got word right from Big Red -- the update only fixes a small bug in Exchange support. Verizon's official statement:
It was discovered that customers using Exchange for corporate email may find when an email is opened that has no recipients in the CC field, unintended recipients email addresses can sometimes be added into the CC field from previously received emails when the user selects the reply all function. The update that is being pushed to customers is to correct that issue. THIS ONLY IMPACTS EXCHANGE Users (corporate users).
Not the biggest deal in the world (unless you need Exchange support!), but nice to see the problem addressed so quickly. Let's hope Verizon stays on top of things and fixes other bugs just as fast. [via Engadget and Phandroid]
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