If you're wanting to dig into the Android 2.3 user guide to get a better perspective of what, exactly is new within Gingerbread you can now download it via the Google Mobile support page. While most of us like to dig through and find stuff out on our own, it's still a handy thing to have kicking around especially for new Android users. Be sure to grab it and of course, if you have any Android 2.3 specific questions by all means, feel free to ask in our Android 2.3 forums that are now open. [Google]
The Nexus S will be the first Android phone to ship with Gingerbread, and Google's put together a nice little video featuring the backstory of the device, as well as more on Gingerbread. It's a good look at the "pure Google" experience. Check it out. [Google Blog]
Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.
And so has CW: From £35 on contract to £549 SIM-free
The Samsung Nexus S is now live on Google's phone page, and we finally have full and official specs. Let's break 'em down:
OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Screen: 4-inches @800x480
Processor 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8
512MB RAM, 16GB ROM
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Size: 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.8mm
Weight: 129 grams
What we don't yet know: Will it be unlocked? And how much will it cost, where can we buy it, and when can we buy it. Inquiring minds want to know, Google! [Google.com/phone] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Google's long-awaited e-reader service has gone semi-live this morning. It's not called Google Editions as previously believed. Books and are available online, and Android, the iPhone and iPod touch, the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony eReader.
You'll need be running at least Android 2.1 to take advantage. (The good news is that some 83 percent of all Android phones are at least on Eclair.)
The store has some 3 million books available, with many around the $9.99 point that we're used to on Amazon. We'll give this the full what-for once the Android app is live in the Market. [Google eBooks via Google Mobile Blog]
Update: The Android app is now live, and download links are after the break.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is uber-popular MMO World of Warcraft being played by real human hands on a HTC Desire. Now, we could get into semantics and say "Well, the game is being streamed online and isn't really 'running' on the phone" but that really isn't the point here, is it? No, the point is that simply leaving your house is no longer enough to escape the addictive clutches of WoW -- It can and will follow you where ever you go.
This wizardry is possible thanks to online game streaming company GameString, which is dedicated to bringing video game streaming to the masses. In short, the game is run in "the cloud" and then you access the game's user interface from any browser. The service was designed for computers, but why not take advantage of the fast data connections modern phones have? Looks like 4G just got a lot more useful. Check out the full video demo after the break. [DroidGamers]
Seesmic for Android -- the Twitter client of choice for a certain Android Central editor -- just got an update to Version 1.5. And if you haven't tried Seesmic yet, it's time to rectify that. With the update you now have:
A new UI: Refresh, compose and search buttons are front and center, no longer hidden under menu button.
Post to Salesforce Chatter.
Autocomplete usernames when you type @xxxxx.
Improved attachment uploader.
Ability to change avatar from the app.
Now available in eight languages.
And that's in addition to the usual excellent support for Facebook Google Buzz and multiple Twitter accounts. Seesmic's free, and download locations and video of it in action are after the break. [Seesmic blog]
If skyrocketing marketshare, multimillion-dollar ad revenue, and mind-boggling hardware specs aren't enough to keep Android on the tip of everyone's tongue, Photoshopping failures by advertising companies seem to crop up everywhere you look. Case in point -- this ad from a Vodaphone store in Sydney. There's either some misguided photo wizardry going on, or someone in the land down under has ported Android from a Galaxy S phone to the N8, with working mobile data, bluetooth, and Google's own applications up and running. I'm going with the former. Thanks, Ravrahn!
For all you folks running the CyaongenMod brand of custom ROM -- and if you're not, you really should give them a shot -- know that CM6.1 has just be released. Released as in stable Android 2.2.1, ready to go, flash at your convenience.
And the list of supported phones is large -- and growing: Nexus One, Droid, Dream/Sapphire, Hero, Desire, Incredible, Espresso (myTouch 3G Slide), Supersonic (Evo 4G), Legend, Vision (G2/DesireZ), Geeksphones ONE, Z71, Wildfire, NVidia Harmony, Ace (Desire HD) and Glacier (myTouch 4G).
For those of you new to the game, CM ROMs are more than custom ROMs, actually. They're built off the publicly available Android code -- that's the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) -- and include a ton of cool tweaks from developers throughout the community. You'll want to check out the CM6.1 changelog for all the goodies, and get to downloading. [CyanogenMod, CM6.1 changelog]
Notion Ink -- which has had a tablet in the works for a year or so now but hasn't yet produced -- says on its blog that Dec. 6 "is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. [Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3]." (Eden is the name of the UI of Notion Ink's "Adam" tablet.)
And as our French pals at Frandroied point out, a Saint Nicolas cookie is a sort of Gingerbread cookie. And Dec. 6 is St. Nicholas Day.
So we've got Andy Rubin speaking, a manufacturer that has yet to bring a tablet to market and French cookies. That's good enough for us! (We're rolling our eyes as we type this.)
Actually, nobody wants to See Gingerbread more than us. But remember that even if it's announced tomorrow, it's not going to magically appear on most phones for quite some time. The Nexus One is likely to get it first (or maybe the not-quite-official Nexus S). As for everyone else? Before the end of the year is extremely unlikely -- and a lot of you are still waiting on Froyo.
So sit back, relax, and let's see what Uncle Andy brings us tomorrow.
Ok, we'll admit it's really not the most exciting news to post about, but it is cool. Google doodles, which have been in use since 1998 on the Google homepage, are now mobile. While a few have been made available in the past presumably to test them out, Google has now committed to making the majority of the doodles that are available to desktop users available to anyone running Android 2.0 and up on their mobile device. It's a finer detail but one that I'm sure some folks out there will enjoy. [@GoogleMobile]
The team over at Dolphin Browser is working on a new browser which they hope will bring faster browsing to your Android device. Currently in a "preview" stage, the team just released the second public build of the browser on their blog.
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