Not sure which is more telling -- having the federal government shut down, or having an app that brings you the latest news and status of the shutdown. But, of course, there's an app for that. It pulls in news and pulls up the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Operating Status and Schedules page, telling federal employees whether they have to report to work.
Of course, a 99-cent app that aggregates free news and merely pulls up a web page you can see anytime in a browser -- again, for free -- is a bit, well, as ridiculous as the government having to shut down in the first place. Anyhoo, links are after the break. Thanks, Dave.
A follow up on Sprint and the ESPN text alerts tiff: Sprint's issued a statement about exactly what's going on, confirming that it was, in fact, ESPN that cut off the service in response to a Sprint fee. Here is Sprint's statement, in its entirety:
As many of you have noticed, ESPN SMS text alerts are no longer available to Sprint customers. This is not an action that Sprint took directly but we believe it is due to a fee Sprint charges aggregators for text messaging programs such as the ESPN alerts. This fee is a cost recovery measure designed to allow Sprint to continue to support the billions of text messages that businesses like ESPN send each year as part of mobile marketing campaigns, alerts, etc. The fee affects commercial use of Sprint’s text messaging platform only and is not charged by Sprint to our customers. We are disappointed ESPN has chosen to discontinue offering free text message alerts to our customers.
Sprint has made no changes to the way text messages are delivered to our customers. Sprint customers continue to enjoy unlimited messaging included in Everything Messaging and Everything Data plans.
While text alerts are no longer available, you can still get ESPN content on your Sprint device, for example by visiting the ESPN Mobile website available through the mobile Web on all Sprint data-enabled phones, downloading the ESPN ScoreCenter app for Android phones, or installing ESPN ID Pack available on Sprint ID-capable phones.
Just as we figured, indeed it's a money thing. But at least Sprint's being up front about it. [Sprint]
The original HTC Desire hit in spring 2010, and was part of the Android boom that saw the OS’s market share explode in just a few months. Twelve months later, HTC offers up the Desire S -- a device which it says is an evolution of the phone that gave many users their first taste of Android.
Just launched in the UK, the Desire S lies in the center ground of HTC’s European line-up for early 2011. It’s not as large (or expensive) as the Incredible S, but it’s just as fast. And it outperforms the upcoming Wildfire S, while still being easily pocketable.
We've just spent several hours getting to know the HTC Desire S, so join us after the break to learn more about it, and read our first impressions of HTC's first Gingerbread phone...
HTC's frequently-leaked Pyramid will be announced at a press event next Tuesday, and will launch in the UK as the "HTC Sensation", according to reports from tech blog Pocket-Lint. According to the site's source, the dual-core device will see a UK release in the "coming months", though no specific carriers were mentioned. This would fit with recent rumors of the Pyramid being released on French carrier SFR in late May.
The Pyramid has been subject to a number of leaks over the past few months, with screenshots, specs and photos all spilling forth onto the Internet. As for the name change, "Pyramid" always sounded like a codename to us anyway. We'll find out next week whether there's anything to these latest rumors. [Pocket-Lint]
Now let's be very clear now. This Android powered device is an entry-level smartphone. Even though it carries the Samsung Galaxy branding, this little guy does not carry the same power its Galaxy S cousins do. Also, just in case you missed the official announcement, this phone is exclusive to Boost Mobile and their pre-paid service. Now since that's all out of the way, let's move onto the deivice itself.
When I was first handed the Galaxy Prevail, I immediately noticed the weight of the phone. It's definitely a lot lighter than the Nexus One -- but still had a great solid feel. The front of the phone has that same glossy finish that all Galaxy line devices carry. The buttons below were typical Samsung design -- the same buttons you've come to know and love. Each one provided haptic feedback. On the back of the phone, the battery cover sports a soft-touch finish that rests in your hand quite comfortably.
Hitting the power switch on the top right of the device turns on the 3.2-inch screen. The display carries a 320x480 screen resolution. Browsing through the app drawer and swiping through the screens zipped along, but when loading web pages, you could definitely tell you were on a lower resolution device. Also loading pages over Wi-Fi and 3G took a bit longer than I expected. With only a 800Mhz processor and 384 MB RAM, this little guy is bound to take a bit longer loading full web pages.
While the Samsung Galaxy Prevail didn't overly impress me, it is still nice to see an affordable Android device ship at $179.99. And with a $50 unlimited plan each month, we can't argue with that.
Well, that about wraps it up for this little guy, be sure to check back again. I'll be uploading a full hands-on video for your viewing pleasure. But for now, make the jump to see more hands-on photos after the break.
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!
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