Google Maps is being updated to sync starred items and search suggestions with the desktop version, and it automatically switches to night mode in Navigation to make it easier to read.
The aforementioned 3G fix.
And pinch-to-zoom. (Squee!) Yes, multitouch in the browser, gallery and maps.
Keep an eye on your notifications bar, which is where you'll be alerted that the update is ready for you. Google says it will be rolled out gradually (sorry, that's just the way it is), and that you might not get the update until the end of the week. Let us know if and when you get it! [Google]
For you WordPress blogging hounds out there, an official open-source Android app has just hit the Market. You'll need to be running WordPress 2.7 or higher on the back end. From there, you just download the app, enter your credentials and type away.
Built on top of the popular wpToGo, WordPress Verizon 1.0 supports multiple blogs, comment moderation, post creation and editing, including categories, tags and photos, and you can be notified of new comments through the usual Android notification bar. Video of it in action after the break. [WordPress]
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The Nexus One is one of Android's top-tier devices, but quirks do happen. Sound of in this thread about the oddities you've encountered so far: Nexus One and Android 2.1 Bugs
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Chances are most of you Motorola Droid owners are getting a bit impatient waiting for the Android 2.1 update, if you can't take it and don't want to risk installing a buggy 2.1 ROM then check out this thread: 2.1 Apps Now Available for Droid
For Android 1.6+ If your battery isn't lasting as long as you think it should (does it really ever?), there could be a rogue process or application sucking down more juice than it should. And keeping an eye on what's hitting the battery is pretty simple.
Just go to Settings>About phone>Battery use and you'll get an easy-to-read chart showing what's been going on since your phone was last plugged in. Chances are the display (as in the phone's screen) will be near the top of the list, so turning down the brightness might be one of the first things you try.
We know all the rage right now is over the Apple iPad but there may be another tablet device that'll tickle your fancy in the near future. A Google Tablet. Or can we just call it the Goblet already? This visual mockup/concept/not really real video (posted on the Chromium site) entertains the idea of using Chrome OS in a tablet form factor and it looks very cool, interesting and fun to use. If tablets are where we're headed, we wouldn't mind having one of these.
Because the Android Lock Screen is just so fun and cool (and it is fun and cool), some iPhone developers have ported a similar lock screen system onto the iPhone. Yep, that ol' enter a number code just wasn't cutting it for them anymore, they wanted to draw patterns like us =). As with most supremely cool things about the iPhone, the Android Lock Screen is only available for jailbroken iPhones.
Hit the jump to see a video of the Android Lock Screen on the iPhone!
The Motorola Milestone (GSM version of the Droid) is expected to hit Canada on Telus...soon. The Milestone has popped up in a Best Buy Mobile's Guide and Motorola has posted a new splash page for prospective Canadian users to get informed about one of the best Android devices available. We've previously heard a January 26th Release Date for the Milestone but since that day has come and gone, it's on to the next one. With any luck, we'll see the Milestone release in Canada by the end of February.
Remember, for a minute, what your mother used to tell you about talking to strangers. Now replace that with cell phone carrier customer solutions representatives and automated chat robots. Not that they're out to mislead anybody. It's just that sometimes the facts aren't always there, though they're more than willing to talk to you.
Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding the nexus one.
Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now.
Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional media.
Thank you for showing interest in our products & services. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with anything else.
For all we know at this point, this could be true. The Nexus One may one day come to Sprint. But here's what left us scratching our heads: Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional material.
Again, that may happen. But consider this: The Nexus One has been out for nearly a month now, available unlocked and on contract with T-Mobile. And it's "coming soon" on Verizon. And you know how many promotional campaigns we've seen from those two carriers regarding the Nexus One? Zero. Zip. Nada. Google is doing all of that itself. (And, yes, using us to do it, too.)
Maybe the growing pains Google has experienced with the Nexus One will cause a shift in strategy. Or maybe things are going according to plan. Maybe the Nexus One is coming to Sprint. Maybe it's not.
We're just sayin': Remember what your mother said about talking to strangers.
Coming soon (and it took this long?): The official Android Mini Collectibles Series 01. Brought to you by artist Andrew Bell and Google, Series 1 will feature a dozen designs of everybody's favorite little robot in cases of 16. Each little guy is 3 inches tall and has a rotating head and arms. Look for them next week. No word yet on pricing. More pics after the break. [DYZPlastic via Vinyl Pulse] Thanks, Keith!
You gotta love how how one of the greatest challenges in Windows Mobile these days is to get Android running on WinMo devices. And the latest subject: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. It's nowhere near as good as what we've seen on the X10, but you take what you can get, we guess. Video after the break. [via PhoneArena]
Pop quiz: What phone has a vertically sliding keyboard, 600 MHz processor, 3G, aGPS, 192MB of RAM, a 2MP camera and the best darn operating system around? Nope, not the Palm Pre.
Meet the Alcatel OT-980, which sports the aforementioned specs along along with Android 1.6. It's a low-cost device that'll be released in Europe, but it's a form factor we'd love to get a shot with here in the states. Check out the video of it in action after the break. [Frandroid via Intomobile]
As a special thanks to all of our readers and forum members, Android Central has teamed up with LevelUpStudio to give away 10FREE copies of its very Beautiful Widgets.
If you want in on the action all you have to do is go to this thread in our forums and create a single post containing a feature that you would like to see included in a future version of Beautiful Widgets.
The contest starts now and will end at 12 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. Winners will then be announced via private message within the forums. You can then claim your prize in one of two ways:
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For those of you into the cooked ROM thing (check out our FAQ if you're new to that), HTC has just released its source code for the Verizon Droid Eris. What's that mean for you? It's a clean set of code for modders to work from. While it doesn't have to contain proprietary code, it is much better than working from a ROM that's been cobbled together from other devices. [HTC]
Sure, being able dictate e-mails, text messages -- anything you want, really -- to your Nexus One is pretty darn cool. But it comes at a price: There's no comma directly on the on-screen keyboard. OK, you can hold down the period, or switch over to the symbols to get it. But for me, that's one step too many. But you can put the comma back on top of the keyboard, if you don't mind trading voice input to do so. Here are the steps:
With the on-screen keyboard open, hold down on ?123 (in the bottom left corner)
Choose Android keyboard settings from the pop-up.
Uncheck Voice input.
That's it. You'll now have a comma back on top of the on-screen keyboard, at the expense of voice input. You can always turn it back on, though, doing the same steps. [@bck via @palmsolo]
Well lookie what just slipped into our inbox. It's the retail box for the Motorola Devour (aka the Calgary), which we're going to see on Verizon any time now. Looks like the leaked shot we saw a ways back was right on track, as the D-pad's given way to an optical sensor. MotoBLUR gets top billing here, with "Live life for the Story" the Moto motto.
Still no word on when you'll be able to pick one up, but it's got to be soon at this point. Peep a pic of the back of the box after the break.
Update:An astute commenter notes that this likely is the promotions pack being sent to Verizon stores, and that what you'll get when you buy the phone will be different. Makes sense to us.
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