When Google thinks mobile, it thinks more than just Android. And that's evident by a recent update to the gmail Web app. The biggest new feature is that the address view has been redesigned, expanding so that you can actually see who you're sending a message to. Other improvements:
Remove the contact you just added by tapping Backspace.
Press the '+' button to see your top contacts, or hide them by pressing the '–' button.
If for some reason autocomplete fails you and the person you are trying to reach is a Gmail user, just type their Gmail username and a comma, and we'll take care of the pesky @ sign and the rest (so [hikingfan] becomes [email@example.com].)
The page now fills the entire screen, giving you more space to see what you're writing.
There's a rumor running 'round (started at Android-France) that the Nexus One could be in line for an over-the-air update in the coming days that would bring a few bug fixes. Here's how Google Translate, erm, translates them:
Better memory management with a new version of the Linux kernel to operate in short, all the device memory which is not the case today.
Fixed problem of MultiTouch when fingers are too close.
Activating the FM radio feature of the camera!
A new kernel's not that big a deal. OK, it's a big deal if you're the one tweaking the thing, but it ain't FroYo (yet). As for the multitouch thing (and someone sing out if we still have this wrong), it's our understanding (and we've talked to developers and HTC about this after our initial confusion) that the screen itself is the limiting factor in this equation, and that it simply can't register a pair of points if they're closer than 15mm. (If there's some weird software trick for this, cool.) And as for the FM radio? In the camera? Um, OK. (Update: Ah ha! Translation error. It's just talking about turning on the FM capability in the chipset. We'll see. Thanks, MoFo)
Anyhoo, there are plenty of improvements we'd like to see in Android, and some specifically for the Nexus One. There's an official list going here, if you want to check it out, that runs the gamut from the FM radio to WiFi to just about any Android issue you can think of.
So is an update on the way? Dunno. But we're willing to bet Google's not just resting on its laurels.
The folks over at Game Gripper have come up with an incredibly needed add-on for the Droid. This handy-dandy gadget slips over the Droid's keyboard and does the work of pressing the keys for you, bringing the feel of a real controller to you anywhere you are. Not exactly a high-tech solution, but who needs that? Video of it in action after the break. [GameGripper via Engadget]
You guys know those CelleBrite units that don't actually point to if or when a phone's coming to a particular carrier? (A fact that we're sure you'll want to remind us of yet again in the comments.) Well, the Google Nexus One just showed up in Sprint's. So neener neener. (As to when the Sprint version of the Nexus One will be available? Eh, good guess.) Thanks, Red White and Jew.
Seriously, Verizon hasn't actually announced the HTC Incredible yet? No matter, because it's now live on Verizon's staging site -- and it's been renamed the Droid Incredible. Also looks like that April 29 date is still on the money, and you can give Big Red your e-mail info to be notified when it's ready. Check it all out here.Thanks, Nick!
Update: Whoopsie. Verizon's put a password on the site. Too late, though. The horse is out of that barn.
While the rest of the known world (in the U.S., anyway) not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of the HTC Incredible on Verizon, U.S. Cellular could be slipping in treat of its own. The HTC Desire (see our hands-on) has appeared on a rebate form, which usually points to the device actually being available on said carrier. No word on pricing or when it will be available, but it should be relatively soon, folks. Full pic after the break. [Howard Forums via One Part Per Million] Thanks, Ken!
South Korean manufacturer (erm, of handsets, not South Koreans) Pantech announced the Sirius, its third Android device. Reportedly "in talks" to bring the phone to Verizon and/or AT&T, the Sirius sports a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, Adobe Flash, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camrea, 500MB of storage memory WiFi and Android 2.1, all tucked into a neat little 11.5mm-thick case. Do note that "in talks" doesn't mean the phone's actually coming to Verizon or AT&T, so we'll all just have to sit back and be patient. [Yonhap News via Unwired View]
Well, what have we here? The device pictured above is what appears to be called The "Boston" and has it's eyes set to Orange for the carrier. What started as a rumor was followed up with some rather official looking pictures, and some basic specs about the device as well. It appears as though this device will have a 320x480 screen that will be displaying Android 1.6 (*sigh*), along with a 5MP camera, and 256MB of RAM in the device. While yes this device appears to be on the lower end of the Android spectrum, what can you really expect from a device that is said to release with the price of just 1 Euro. [via Phandroid]
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Here's the latest look at the breakdown of Android operating system versions -- fragmentation, if you will. More than a quarter of Android devices are now running Android 2.1 -- that includes the Droid, Nexus One, Legend and Desire. A goodly number -- 38 percent -- are still on Android 1.5, and Android 1.6 makes up nearly 32 percent of the gene pool.
By comparison, way back in December, Android 1.6 led the way at 52.2 percent, followed by Android 1.5 at 27.7 percent, and Android 2.0.1 (which had recently been released for the Droid) at 14.8 percent. [via Android Developers blog]
See that picture up there? That's the surface of Mars. And apparently it doesn't look very good on the Nexus One. And now on the Motorola Droid. And quite possibly any device running Android 2.1. Why? Let's discuss, after the break.
Archos apparently is planning on rolling out its Generation 8 tablets come this summer, with six models ranging from 3- to 10-inch screens. Along with prices ranging from $100-$350 Archos is bringing the power of the internet to your hands without draining your pockets. What stands out about this tablet is that it'll have mulitouch which will be a first for Archos. Generation 8 will also be packing an ARM Cortex processor between 800MHz and 1GHz with a 3G open GL support. Said to be running Android, swapping out AppLibs for the Android Market. Hopefully there will be more talk about this tablet at Computex in June. [archoslounge via slashgear]
We're back after a couple (erm, more like a month) off, but we're back with a vengeance. And here's what we want to know: Android games are growing by leaps and bounds, as is the hardware we're playing them on. And, so, what's your favorite racing game? Head on into the forums and let us know. For your troubles, we're giving away 10 Invisible Skins from the folks at invisibleskinz.com. We'll take submissions until 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
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