We tend to not look too deeply into this sort of thing, because it's just far too easy to edit a build.prop file to show whatever Android version you want. But between our own Google Analytics, plus the help of a little bird or two, it's starting to look like there's an Android 3.1 version of Honeycomb undergoing testing.
We're not expecting this to be the convergence of Honeycomb and Gingerbread back into some uber-phone/tablet Android OS -- that's most likely going to be in the "I" version of Android. Hopefully we'll get a peek at that at Google IO here in a few short weeks. But in the meantime, we certainly wouldn't look down on an improved version of Honeycomb.
Like most folks around here, I like to know what makes things tick. How they work, why they work and what stuff is needed to make them work. Luckily, there is now an official app for that from the folks over at How Stuff Works and Discovery that allows for on the go access to all their great content. The app itself is quite nice and overall feels rather polished -- meaning they took their time and did it right rather then just making some silly mobile link. Once the app is installed, you have the option to get push notifications for all the shows, videos and podcasts if you do so choose.
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All the above content and more is featured within the app, so if you're a fan of How Stuff Works be sure to jump on past the break for the download and some more screenshots of it in action.
Samsung has announced that it is taking Apple to court for 10 counts of patent infringement. The lawsuits come in response to Apple's suit against the Korean giant filed for allegedly copying the aesthetics of the iPhone in California earlier this week. Interestingly, Samsung is choosing not to counter-sue in the United States and is instead bringing its cases around the world in South Korea, Germany, and Japan. The main area of dispute from Apple's perspective is that Samsung's Android skin, Touchwiz, looks a little bit too much like iOS for their comfort. [Samsung via Engadget]
Listen up if you're a Motorola Defy user -- you've finally got some Froyo on tap, just waiting for you to go get it. T-Mobile announced that the update is optional (I know you guys better than that!), official, and available through the phone settings. To get to those, in case you haven't been checking every few hours since you got the phone; open the menu, press settings, then about phone, and choose system updates.
Froyo for the Defy checks in at 112 MB, and is best done on Wifi while your phone is on the charger. Now get to it before anyone changes their mind. [T-Mobile] Thanks everyone who sent this in!
Since the announcement of the Samsung Infuse 4G it's kind of been overshadowed by other devices that beat it to market, that's not to say interest is gone but the noise of the device has diminished a little for sure. Either way -- it's still coming to market and while there is no official release date as of yet, Walmart is now producing some circulars that have the device slated for a release next month.
Release date aside, the circulars are now also showing a price of $178.88 presumably with a new 2-year contract. That is of course, subject to change but that's the info we have for now. Anyone still waiting for this device? Let us know in the comments if you are. Thanks, for sending this in, Anon!
Thursday folks, normally we'd be telling you all to make sure you tune into the Android Central podcast but since Phil has been on the road and since he busted his hump to get the ASUS EeePad Transformer stuff up for us all -- we're taking a night away from the podcast. No matter though, still lots of Android talk in the forums and on the blogs for you all to enjoy plus we'll be back next week, well rested and ready to drink talk.
So what happens exactly when you take the Palm Pre and load it up with a healthy dose of Android -- more specifically a Gingerbread AOSP. The folks over at PreCentral have done all the hard work for us and were even kind enough to film it. If you happen to have a Palm Pre kicking around that you want to have some fun with, then by all means -- head on over to PreCentral and take a look at k3dar's work, or just hit up the video above. Instructions and a downloadable shell script are available to help you along should you like to go on this adventure. [PreCentral]
Following the news last week that Best Buy had put it's pre-order page up for the Gingerbread-rocking Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G, some of you will be glad to know that the official ordering page is now up, albeit without an ETA. The $199.99 new two-year contract or upgrade price holds true and but if you're looking to buy this pure Google experience outright, expect to pony up almost 700 big ones! That's right, off contract pricing is running $699.99 compared to the $529.99 for the T-Mobile Nexus S, which also sells for $99.99 on contract. Now, that's not say things can't change between now and launch date, but given that Best Buy is ready to take our credit card info, it seems to be set in stone. [Best Buy] Thanks for the tip repsak187!
I hope everyone Europeans reading abroad are ready for this, but Samsung's Galaxy Ace (which shipped with 2.2) is definitely getting upgraded to some Gingerbread goodness, and if you just can't wait for it, there's a leaked ROM you might want to consider picking up.
The ROM is build tag S5830XXKP8 (for those interested) and is for the European model, S5830. (Sorry, everyone else!)
Any of our European compatriots considering taking this out for a spin? If you do, be sure to let us know how much faster that 800 MHz processor feels. [Blogsdna] Thanks, Sandip!
Those barmy chaps at the Carphone Warehouse have taken their battle-testing of the Motorola Xoom to the extreme, starting off using Google Maps on the back of a motorcycle and culminating with some light 3G browsing on the wings of an airplane. In the video, which we've embedded above, they also put Motorola's Honeycomb tablet through its paces on horseback, speedboat and see-saw. Not quite an Android in space, but very nearly as awesome.
It looks Google Voice and Sprint will get things started in just a few days, as the above flyer is now floating around the Internet. In case you haven't been paying attention, Sprint customers will soon have the option to use their mobile number for their Google voice number, without porting, fees, or wizardry.
They've been testing things for a little over a month now, and after a few initial hiccups, folks are saying it's working well. Most of us here rely on Google Voice, and what Sprint and Google are offering is pretty nice. I think everyone that it's available to should give it a test run. Thanks, Randy and anonymous!
We mentioned last month that the folks at Skyfire were working on a big update that would bring a new set of features as well as a new pricing model, and today is the day it becomes available. There was some talk about that pricing model, so let's get that cleared up right away. All the features you currently use in Skyfire will remain free. The pricing revolves around what they're calling CAAS (Compression As AService). It uses Google's new Android in-app purchasing to pay for "video cloud acceleration". Pay a one time fee of $2.99 and Skyfire renders and compresses video content on their servers, which offers up a more mobile optimized experience and saves both data usage and battery life. Now before you start grumbling, Skyfire also says the three million of you who currently use Skyfire are grandfathered in and there will be no charge. In addition, users who download Skyfire 4.0 through the VCast apps section of the Market n your Verizon phones will also get the service free. Now we can all grumble a little bit at content deals, but not too much. $2.99 isn't a bad price at all if you need to watch your data usage.
Along with the improved cloud acceleration, some other changes come along, notably Groupon, Twitter and Google Reader support. There's a few changes in the SkyBar as well -- check them out, along with some screencaps and the press release, after the break.
Samsung and Verizon have "officially" unveiled the Samsung Droid Charge (see our hands-on from CES), making it available April 28 for $299.99 with a two-year agreement. It will be the second LTE device to hit big red, and I know a lot of folks are waiting for that sweet 4.3 inch SAMOLED plus screen and 4G speeds.
Also from the press release, the @droidlanding scavenger hunt kicks off today offering up 16 chances to find and win one of these beauties. So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, and possibly save yourself a few dollars. Hit the break for the full press release. [Samsung USA Newsroom]
With no fanfare, The W8 Walkman phone appeared on Sony Ericsson's website today. The phone runs Android (like all the cool phones do now-a-days), and for all intents and purposes is a re-worked Xperia X8 -- including still being stuck on Eclair (Android 2.1). For now, SE warns that availability will be limited, and the W8 is set to be released in Asia sometime in Q2.
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