For all of you Verizon Droid Eris fans out there chomping at the bit for Android 2.1 and the new HTC Sense to be released for your phone, know that it's not far off. A build was leaked on XDA Developers (normally a home for GSM devices, but always friendly to HTC hackery) and subsequently deemed to appear to be genuine, albeit corrupt. But that never stopped anybody at XDA, and just a few hours later a build was foisted onto Big Red's other Droid device. Want to try it yourself? Follow these instructions.
Next question is when will an official update become available? We're waiting for video to pop up anytime now, as this single picture likely won't convince some of you. But the chatter seems legit. Check it out for yourself. [XDA Developers] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Update: A reliable source tells us this update is likely to be officially released within the next couple of weeks or so.
Android 2.0+ Tapping on-screen keyboards is soooo yesterday. These days it's all about swiping your fingers. (Or Swyping.) And Google's gotten into the game with Gesture Search, which allows you to draw letters on the screen to search through your contacts, browser, apps and music.
While I've been openly skeptical of the Swype keyboard (hey, you guys love it and the Swype folks are quality people, so to each his own), there's enough room for error here that even ol' Fumble Fingers Nickinson can draw out a letter or two and find who or what he's looking for. It works like this: Draw a letter. That's an H above, though the app recognizes it could just be a (very) sloppy A, and thus the results we see. Once you have the initial results, draw another letter and the search narrows.
With Spring Training having just started, it's time for Major League Baseball fans to gear up and figure out how they will be able to keep up to date with their favorite team while on the go. We've got an answer to that: MLB Advanced Media L.P. has brought MLB.com At Bat 2010 out of beta, and in the nick of time. Check out more information as well as pictures after the break.
Yes, the application is $14.99. But the features, the look and feel and the ability to pick your favorite team in the application make it well worth every dollar.
When you first open the application, you see the scoreboard, which shows who your team is playing, the score of the game, as well as how far into the game they are. You can use the arrows on this screen to view future games, as well as look at the scores from the previous days. From here you can navigate to standings, audio, videos, news, preferences or more. These options are pretty self-explanatory.
The features I found to be most surprising were the audio and video features. These areas include highlights from throughout the day, so you don't have to fear having missed that walk off home run, or game winning strike out.
If you are an avid MLB fan, and like to keep current on what is happening throughout the day and season, this application is a must-have for you. More screen shots after the break.
It seems a bit crazy to think that the Android-powered T959 is in the works when the Samsung T949 has yet to even be released, but some specs have emerged showing that's the case.
While the details of this device are limited, we do know it will have a 320x480 screen resolution, offer users 3G bands, aGPS, as well as Bluetooth. Unfortunately the camera is unknown, as well as the version of Android it will be running, but it is speculated to be running 2.1 upon release. Continue to check in as we will post information as it surfaces. [via CellPhoneSignal]
That at least some Nexus Ones suffer from some apparent problem with the touchscreen is not news. We've pointed out an issue with the keyboard before. And now Taylor from Android and Me has a great video showing the difference in multitouch between the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One (an HTC phone commissioned by Google).
Basically, what you see above is an app that shows where you're touching the screen. the dots you see on the right -- on the Nexus One -- should be hidden under Taylor's thumbs. Obviously, they're not.
But an update to Taylor's post points out at least one reason that's pretty apparent anyway: Those are not the same phones, and they use different screens. Then there's the question of whether we're purely talking about a software or hardware issue. Maybe we'll see a "fix." Maybe there's no fix. Maybe we're all a little too anal about multitouch. We'll see. Anyhoo, Check out the video after the break.
Woke up this morning. Checked the news. Yep, Apple's still suing HTC. (Have a feeling a number of people in Bellevue, Wash., did the same.) Here's a roundup of the latest in the patent battle launched by the iPhone-maker on the Taiwanese manufacturer of a large number of Android and Windows Mobile devices:
Google told the following statement to TechCrunch: “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”
The New York Times' Jonathan Adams writes that the patent fight, in the long run, "could strain its relations with partners in the crucial U.S. market and test its leadership, adding to its challenges in the increasingly competitive smartphone field."
ZDNet's Matt Miller says "This latest lawsuit pushed me closer to NOT buying one [iPad] because I am getting a bit tired of Apple’s arrogance, even though I do really enjoy using some of their products.
Engadget EiC Josh Topolsky points out that HTC listed a job opening for a patent attorney back on Feb. 10.
PhoneDog's Noah Kravitz: Blame the patent process.
Developer Wil Shipley chimes in with an open letter to Apple: "Enforcing patents isn't a good long-term play: it's the beginning of the end of the creative Apple we both love."
No real news today, just plenty more reaction. And, really, the emotional reaction -- whether it's rooting against Apple or for HTC -- has been a bit surprising. Makes you wonder if the response would be the same had Apple sued Motorola over its line of Android devices.
Just a few short days ago we asked you to list your favorite Android podcatcher and, boy howdy, did you folks answer. In fact, we're going to wrap this up a couple days early, declare a winner and give one lucky a reader their pick of cases from the AndroidCentral Store. And the winner is ...
For the most part, all of the podcatcher apps you named have fairly similar features, so user interface plays a big part in popularity, we believe. Join us after the break as we learn your choice for best Android podcatcher.
If you're in Canada and have had a serious hankering for Motoblur (and it's OK to admit it if you have), fret not, as a trio of Motorola phones are bringing some serious social networking integration your way.
First there's the Quench, which we know here in the States as Cliq XT (or previously the Zeppelin). Then there's the Dext, which is the version of the Quench with a horizontal sliding keyboard that we know simply as the Cliq. And then there's the Backflip, with its crazy fold-under (or is it over?) keyboard and rear-facing trackpad.
It's all coming your way in the next three months or so. Stay tuned. [Motorola]
When you think of Android, you think Google -- powered by Google, Google Search Bar, Google Apps, Google Sync, etc.
But we also all know how AT&T likes to have exclusives, and, shall we say, "tweak" its devices. And they're at it again with the Motorola Backflip, which has given Yahoo search default function of this device. The search bar, home page and more are Yahoo instead of Google.
AT&T firmly believes Yahoo is the best search engine for this device (or at least Yahoo shelled out enough jing to get on board), and users don't have the option to switch to the Google powered one instead. If users wish to access Google search, they will have to do so through the browser. [via PhoneScoop]
Getting word this morning that those of you with Motorola Droids, the Droid Eris and just about any other device that connects to Verizon are having issues with data connections. Some seem to have it back, while others are still in the dark. Stay tuned while we have some coffee and croissants get to the bottom of this.
Now that Apple's lawsuit against HTC is all of six hours or so old, it's time to reflect at what exactly has happened. And we can sum it up in the following sentence: Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC.
Really, that's it at this point. You can still go out and buy the myTouch 3G. Or buy the Nexus One from Google. HTC is still shipping phones from Asia. Steve Jobs isn't going from home to home, collecting contraband. (Yet.) That's going to take an order from a judge. It's not out of the question, it's just that we haven't reach that point yet.
What has happened is the first step (we really don't like the "shots-fired" metaphor) in what's likely to be a long and winding legal battle, if only because we're talking patents -- not exactly something you see in an hour-long "Law and Order" episode, huh? And do remember that just because Apple filed a lawsuit, it doesn't mean that HTC has been found to have infringed on any patents.
There's more excellent analysis out there now.
Engadget's Nilay Patel went through the disputed patents -- some old, and some very new -- and how each pertains to the HTC lawsuit. Also, he notes how really the lawsuit focuses on Android (despite the suit's inclusion of a number of Windows Mobile phones).
Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz speculates that this really is a spat between Apple and Google, with HTC caught in the middle. (Though it's important to remember that Google's not explicitly named in this suit.)
As for us? We're going about our business. But we're going to be watching this suit for any signs of movement, and we're keeping one eye on Motorola, which would find itself in the same legal boat before long. Or not. We just don't know. Either way, stay tuned, folks.
As we all watch the Android OS become more and more popular, and the Marketplace continue to grow, it is always nice to hear about success stories from the developers who dedicate their time and efforts towards making a great application for all of us. If you have spent any time cruising through the Marketplace you may or may not have noticed “Car Locator” in there. First thought that came to my mind when I saw it was “who really loses their car?” But when I thought about all the times I’ve been to the city and parked in a parking garage, and forgot which one, I quickly realized this application was brilliant.
This application is available free and paid versions for Android users. While you would think many would go with just the free, over 6,500 people have downloaded and opted to use the paid version of this application, scoring the developer around $13,500. While yes, this won’t happen to every single developer; it is always nice to hear these success stories. We can hope stories like this will draw other developers to port their current applications to Android, as well as continue to create new useful applications for us to use. [Eddie Kim via IntoMobile]
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