Remember that unannounced HTC Android phone that was spotted on a Taipei subway? Looks like it's appeared again, with a new pic being sent to Gizmodo. It's reportedly codenamed "Saga." Not a whole lot more to say about it -- capacitive buttons, front-facing camera, and the usual HTC design cues. But we're willing to bet it'll have a few tricks up its sleeve. Might we see it in two weeks at Mobile World Congress? It's looking fairly likely. [Gizmodo]
The installation looks really straightforward and while slightly technical, the instructions are easy to read. Follow them closely and you should have no problems getting things up and running. Hit the source link to get started. [SDK Developers via @jibustillo]
Bluegrass Cellular, a regional carrier centered in Kentucky, has announced that the Motorola Milestone X is "coming soon" to their network. The phone is more or less a Droid X without the Droid branding, and continues the Milestone branding that Motorola has used for their Droid phones when offering them to carriers not named Verizon. The phone is the latest addition to a robust Android lineup from Bluegrass that includes the original Milestone (OG Droid) and the HTC-made Desire and Wildfire. For some reason the Milestone X is listed as having Android 2.1 Eclair as opposed to Froyo, which has long since rolled out for the Droid X.
The launch of the Milestone X opens the possibility for the phone to make its way overseas or to grace other regional U.S. carriers like Cellular South. [Bluegrass Cellular] Thanks to Nathan for the tip!
Honeycomb. Need we really say any more about this week? To say it was news filled would not do it justice, there was device leaks, Tablet updates, and plenty more that was all crammed into just a couple of days. If you think you have missed any of it, which you probably did, let's take a look below at what that may have been.
Not too much new here, but Sprint's giving its employees a few more instructions regarding the upcoming $10 increase to all smartphone plans. The main thing to take out of this is that if you're currently under contract, the tax "premium data add-on" won't go into effect just yet. But you will be subject to it if you:
Swap to another smartphone
Upgrade from a feature phone to a smartphone
Add a new line with a smartphone
Reactivate a smartphone
Sprint considers Android, Palm, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile to be smartphones, of course, along with its Samsung Instinct line.
Nobody likes seeing rate increases, of course. But if that's what Sprint has to do to keep the lights on, then so be it. But we'd rather Sprint swallow the pill and price its "Simply Everything" plan at $110, and not continue to artificially advertise it at $99 instead, with the "Premium data add-on" hiding the real cost. Thanks, Lovo!
While nobody is quite sure why (none of us, anyway), the Honeycomb SDK preview seems to have gone AWOL for most everyone looking for it. We started to get tips and questions Saturday evening, then some chatter showed up about it in the Android-Developers Google group, and our friends over at Android Community noticed the same thing. At first, you could uninstall the whole SDK and reinstall it all at once as a work-around, but now even that doesn't seem to be working. Guess about what's happening all seem to center around Google's event on Feb 2, which should answer a lot of our questions about Honeycomb. Phil will be there, and all of us will be watching and we'll keep you updated as it happens. [Android-Developers; Android Community]
This one just keeps getting better and better. First, photos were posted of Android 3.0 Honeycomb booting on the Nook Color, then the developer posted a video of Honeycomb booting, and now a new video has surfaced that shows Honeycomb in much more action on his, erm, "e-reader."
Since the first video, dev deeper-blue now has graphics acceleration "more or less working." While still an early build with laggy touchscreen response, he obviously has gotten a lot working in the mere four days since the SDK preview was released! [xda-developers]
We've seen a number of rumored launch dates come and go for the HTC ThunderBolt -- the upcoming LTE Android smartphone on Verizon. But rumor after rumor has offered little in the way of proof. But we now have some evidence that appears to connect a few dots -- dots that we've been discussing in the Android Central Forums for a day or so now. Check this out:
We were sent the screen shot you see above earlier this week. Note that it's a Verizon device, with an in-stock date of Feb. 14 (1). Now note that the model is listed as BBY60LD (2). Best Buy does that so we can't (easily) know what device is listed ahead of time. That doesn't tell us much, now does it? But don't worry about it. It's a red herring.
Now look at the number we've circled at the top left (3) -- 044476816574 -- With us so far?
Later Friday, a video hands-on of the Thunderbolt appeared on YouTube, purportedly made by someone at HTC. The video has since been removed, but not before Android Central Forums member paulmike3 noticed that number -- 44476816574 -- on the proof of purchase attached to the box from which the ThunderBolt was pulled. It's grainy. It's blurry. But it's definitely there. And it's more than a coincidence.
So you've got the number on the Best Buy leak. And you've got it on the ThunderBolt box proof of purchase. We've connected some major dots here, and it indeed looks as if Best Buy plans to have the HTC ThunderBolt in stock on Feb. 14. Happy Valentine's Day.
At times it almost feels as though there should be a reward for finding just the perfect application in the market. With more than 100,000 apps, and more being added every day, it can be a bit of a challenge. But that's where we come in. Let's take a look at what some of us run as our favorite applications for this week, and just maybe you will find some of them useful!
Have you been looking for the sweet weather widget from the LG Optimus 2X? I know a lot of you have, and thanks to XDA member Sony_Ericsson_X10 we now have it -- almost. He found that the weather-only portion of the Today Briefing widget inside the Optimus 2X system dump looked exactly like the widget we all want, and it works without any elfin magic. To take it a step further, the widget has already been edited to remove the black background if that's how you like it, so be sure to try them both. That's the edited version you see above.
Installing needs no magic either -- just download it and install, or use the Sideload Wonder Machine. There is one caveat, however. The widget will take one full screen unless you use a home replacement that allows for widget resizing. We recommend Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher pretty equally, and both will resize it just fine. Hit the source link for the downloads. [XDA-Developers via @macprv]
What a week. Android news has been hopping and as we head on into the weekend make sure you folks check out whatever it is that you may have missed out on. We've got some contests happening that will need to be closed down soon plus, hit up the Android Central podcast if you've not had a chance to do so as of yet. Make sure you jump on into the forums as well at some point this weekend. Lots of discussion happening and as always, more is welcome.
Not content with merely releasing the Android 3.0 SDK, Google's invited a smattering of press to its Mountain View campus on Feb. 2 for a closer look at Honeycomb. Didn't get your invite? That's OK, because the entire shindig's going to be streamed at YouTube.com/android.
The event starts at 1 p.m. EST, 10 a.m. PST, and is expected to last about an hour and a half.
It should be interesting to see just how much more Google shows us of Honeycomb; they've slowly been lifting the veil since CES earlier this month. Will we see more for tablets? Honeycomb for phones? We'll find out Wednesday. [via Engadget]
The turn-around time between source releases and dev community releases seems to be shrinking more and more these days. Just two days after Google released the Honeycomb SDK Preview, dev deeper-blue now has a (very early) port of it running on his Nook Color.
Originally describing it as a "zombie" without any touchscreen or hardware acceleration, he later reported that he has the touchscreen working and hopes to work on acceleration over the weekend.
While this won't be able to escalate into full-blown Honeycomb on the Nook until after Google releases the full source (presumably sometime after the release of the Motorola Xoom), this could be quite a treat for those itching for the buzz of Android 3.0. [xda-developers]
Angry Birds Rio, a combination of what's surely the most popular mobile game of all time with an upcoming Hollywood animated feature, is said to be hitting "app stores everywhere" in March 2011, just in time to play on your Motorola Xoom. Based on the game trailer (you can see it after the break) it looks like our feathered friends have made their way to Brazil, and have some sort of wildlife exploiting Cockatoo to battle it out with this go 'round. Not much to go on, other than 20th Century Fox backing the project and tie-ins with their new animated feature Rio due in April 2011. We'll know more in six weeks or so.
In the meantime, watch the trailer and speculate like the rest of us! [@RovioMobile]
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