T-Mobile's march through the NBA continues, this time with Dwight Howard showing off his myTouch 3G, with a little help from Sir Charles. (Catch the Donut reference?) Peep the video after the break. Thanks, ballroom dru, for the tip!
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Microsoft's (yes, them) Ford Sync in-car feature is a very cool way to connect your Android phone to your car. And heyitsthatguy has a couple of helpful hints to get things set up.
Happy holidays, merry Christmas and all that jazz, everybody. Here's to hoping you all found a little green robot under the tree this year. For those of you new to Android, welcome! Glad you're with us!
After a bit of a false start this morning, Christmas has come a day early for you radio lovers out there. Clear Channel Radio's iheartradio app is now available in the Android Market for phones running Android 1.5 and above. That's the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris, HTC myTouch 3G and the Samsung Moment. With the app you get:
Streaming broadcasts from almost 400 U.S. radio stations, including digital-only stations such as erockster, Pride, Christian Aguilera Radio, Eagles Radio and the White House Brief.
Frequently updated traffic reports available for several major markets including New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco and Houston.
You can set a station to play automatically when you launch the App
Lyrics, album art and more
More at iheartradio.com. You can download the free app now in the Market. Happy listening!
Let's play "Are you Smarter than an Analyst." Simon Khalaf, CEO for analyst Flurry Inc., which studies apps and their use, says the Android Market could have 100,000 to 150,000 apps by the end of 2010. Currently, there are about 16,000 apps in the Market.
We previously asked for your predictions, and above is where your predictions fell. Twenty-seven percent of you also predicted 100,000 to 150,000 apps, and 75,000 to 100,000 was just behind at 25 percent. So congratulations, you're all now official analysts!
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The Beautiful Widgets drama continues as HTC once again has asked to "review" the latest version, and that means our thread regarding the widgets continues to grow. Be sure to keep up with the latest information in this thread here.
If you own an Android device, chances are you like to be able to customize things. And that's exactly what all of you Moto Droid owners seem to be doing. Share your home screens in the thread: Post your Screen!
Google today responded to the FCC's FTC's request for more information regarding its purchase of AdMob, the mobile advertising company. And, as expected, they're putting a positive spin on the delay that's holding up the $750 million deal.
As we said when we announced the deal, we don't see any regulatory issues with this deal, because the rapidly growing mobile advertising space is highly competitive with more than a dozen mobile ad networks.
That said, we know that closer scrutiny has been one consequence of Google's success, and we've been talking to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the past few weeks. This week we received what's called a "second request," which means that the FTC is asking for more information so that they can continue to review the deal.
Hey, time is money. And Google certainly has more than enough of both. [Google via MacRumors]
Update: Yes, we know the FCC is not the FTC. We're lucky we didn't call the darn thing the HTC. :-/
For you folks who are big into Photobucket, there's now a free Android app for you. With it you can search PB's library, get easy access to image URLs from your phone, and you can upload multiple files in the background. The app's now available in the Android Market. [Photobucket via AndroidOS.in]
You knew this was eventually going to happen. An official version of Tetris, from EA Mobile, was just released and it takes full advantage of the Motorola Droid's gorgeous screen.
With smooth animations along with some pretty decent music and sound effects, you have yourself a version of Tetris that competes with the best of them. Sadly, there is no multiplayer mode, but you do get three challenging single player modes -- Marathon mode, Ultra, and Forty Line.
This is a very polished version of Tetris, although I noticed the controls at times seemed a little clumsy, especially at higher levels. Hopefully an update will fix this. The other negative is that you can not use the Droids directional pad. Now perhaps I am being a bit harsh, because at the end of the day it is Tetris, and it's addicting.
We've seen tons of pictures and a few unofficial specs for the Nexus One trickle out of the past couple of weeks, but the folks at Engadget have found the mother lode. They've also gotten word that the Nexus one will be sold starting Jan. 5, albet on an invite-only basis at first, which they're guessing will be developers. A full T-Mobile retail launch is still in the cards, though, it's just that nobody knows when. Hit the break for the rest of the specs. [Engadget]
Let's face it: A smartphone doesn't really reach manhood until it can achieve the almighty tether -- we'll ignore for the moment whether it's Kosher with your carrier. And you can now tether with the Motorola Droid.
Sure, you previously could use PDANet. And while that's fine for many, it's just not the same. It you want true tethering, however, you're going to have to work for it. A new firmware isn't a small matter, but the instructions are now available, thanks to DroidForums user webacoustics. We'll warn you in advance: Read the instructions. Then read them again. And if you're not sure what you're doing, don't do it. But otherwise, happy tethering!
The story of HTC is nothing short of amazing. From a little OEM company that developed phones for other companies to a complete powerhouse of a manufacturer and heavyweight in the smartphone industry in 10 short years--it's simply incredible the growth that HTC has shown. In 2008, one in six smartphones in the US were built by HTC. How did this Taiwanese company become so relevant, so fast?
Wired examines the history of HTC and showcases its plan for the future. In the past, they made the right bets (on Android) and did a great job with design and in the future, they'll continue to build their brand and globalize their company. Here's our choice nuggets from the story:
“When we started to work with Google, we had no visibility at all,” says Wang. “The (Android) platform probably would not even materialize and even if it did, it could be just another one in the market. But we shared the excitement.”
Over the next three years, it will spend $1 billion to create a new R&D facility near a Taipei suburb.
Personalization will be another big trend, “I firmly believe that the phone you have should never look like the phone I have,” he says.”If you love stocks and financial news that’s what your phone should show. But if I am interested in Hello Kitty and manga then my phone should reflect that.”
“Brand value is like respect, you have to earn it,” he says. “You can’t buy respect. You can spend all the money you want to build the recognition but that doesn’t mean anything. I want the HTC brand to stand for a great experience.”
The whole story is worthy of a read even with some factual oddities (Sense on the Motorola Cliq, HTC Tattoo on Verizon? Huh?) that we'll begrudgingly excuse because HTC deserves all the accolades and acclaim they're receiving. HTC undoubtedly makes great products and we're glad to see the little company that could become a powerhouse in the industry. Now if HTC can follow up the Hero with the Nexus One ASAP, we'll love them even more.
The guys at Gizmodo got their hands on the Nexus One aka the Googlephone and have come away with some impressions that have been surprisingly hard to come by. We'll give you the highlights but it seems like they've concluded that the Nexus One (or the N1?) will be the Android phone to get when released. Yep, better than the Droid, the Hero, and whatever else Android phone you want right now.
Here's their thoughts:
The Nexus One is slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS, and slightly lighter.
The back is definitely not cheap and plasticky, like the iPhone's backing, and feels like some sort of rubbery material.
It feels long and silky and natural in your hand—even more so than the iPhone 3GS.
Even though the screen is the same size and same resolution as the Droid, it's noticeably better.
This is probably the best screen we've seen on a smartphone so far. Probably.
The Nexus One is astonishingly faster than the Droid.
[For webpage loading]...the Nexus One loaded first, the iPhone 3GS came in a few seconds later, and the Droid came in a little while after that.
Head over to Gizmodo for their take but this is getting us more excited about the Nexus One than ever before. We love our Droids here at Android Central, something definitively better than the Droid will have to be eye-poppingly good.
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