Another insanely busy week has flown by. Next week is the start of CTIA so be sure to get well rested during this weekend folks. Again, lots of rumors have been circulating about what exactly will be shown off from the various vendors -- some them might just come true. Make sure you all pop on into the forums and see what is happening or just catch up on what you may have missed from earlier.
Version 10.2 of Adobe Flash Player is now available on the Android Market for devices running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The Honeycomb version of Flash Player 10.2 is technically still a beta, so a little wonkiness is to be expected as Motorola Xoom early adopters get their first taste of Flash. On Honeycomb, Flash Player 10.2 will take advantage of hardware acceleration to speed up the display of Flash content, particularly H.264 videos. Xoom owners should grab the recent Android 3.0.1 update before installing the new version of Flash Player.
On Gingerbread and Froyo devices, Adobe says version 10.2 will deliver performance boosts across the board -- especially on dual-core devices, as well as improved soft keyboard support and rendering changes to improve the way Flash content is displayed in browser windows.
Our early impressions of the new version are that it definitely seems faster than both Flash 10.1 and the build of Flash 10.2 that leaked a few days ago. It also bears a different version number to that leaked build -- 10.2.156.12, compared to 10.2.155.67.
To grab the new version of Flash, use the Market link or QR code after the jump.
As we all know, yesterday the HTC Thunderbolt was finally released on Verizon, and from what we saw a ton of you went out and picked yours up already. If you are in the group of people that have already purchased you may have began to come across some issues with the device, some are common, and some may not be so common. Let's take a look at some of the common issues we have seen in the Android Central forums, and some solutions that have been found.
1.) Problem: Finding Blackberry equivalents in Android.
Solution: This article we posted, has a lot of good info for former BB users. I'm not saying it solves all your problems, but it's definitely a good read.
2.) Problem: Swype does not have an emoticon button nor does it automatically insert spaces in the messaging app.
Solution: With Swype keyboard open, long press and select input method. Select other keyboard, same steps and select Swype keyboard again. Had this same glitch on my EVO. Keyboard should work until next reboot.... Credit Imex99.
3.) Problem: No toggle switch for 4G. Worried this affects battery life.
Solution: It does not affect battery life if you are in a 3G area and cannot get a 4G signal. There will be an update that enables a toggle at a later time.
4.) Problem: Loss of network/WiFi connectivity when the battery cover is removed.
Solution: The antenna is integrated into the battery cover. Re-attach.
5.) Problem: Old version of Market app.
Solution: Go to Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> "All" Tab -> Scroll to 'Market' and open it, then hit 'clear data' and 'clear cache'. Then reboot and open the market and it should be the newer version. Credit biff6789
While this does certainly not cover every issue that every user is seeing, it certainly does assist with some of the simpler ones, as well as some that new Android users may have missed. If you are seeing other issues with your device, be sure to head into the forums and discuss them with our awesome members!
Although Xobni has made a name for themselves on the BlackBerry platform that doesn't mean they don't have love for Android as well. As a matter of fact, they have lots of love to spread around. Most recently, they've updated their blog to let everyone know that Xobni is coming to GMail, Android and yes, even iPhone.
Xobni for Android will launching in Alpha form, and Xobni is hoping to take managing your contacts to a whole new level by offering such things as the ability to sort and organize your contacts, see recent emails and mutual contacts as well offer faster contact searching.
If you're interested in better contact organization and don't mind a few bugs within an app here and there then Xobni is looking for you. You can sign up now to get on their Alpha testing waiting list and as soon as it becomes available for testing you're in. Hit the source link to get stared. [Xobni]
Samsung and Boost Mobile have invited us to a press event in New York City on April 5. According to the invite, the two mobile companies are "cooking up something hot." We just hope they're not making an Android stew -- not sure if our stomachs can handle that.
Interestingly enough, Boost Mobile currently only has one Android device on its network, the Motorola i1. Other than that one device, Boost hasn't hinted at any more devices in the past. It'll be interesting to see what the two companies are mashing together. Could we see a Galaxy device come to Boost? Certainly possible. We'll be there live on April 5 to bring you the news.
The various live wallpapers that are available on Android are one of my personal favorite parts, because sadly they can keep me entertained by just watching them. While the market is certainly flooded with live wallpapers, there are not very many which offer extensive customization options, but luckily Gravitron is one of the ones that do, and they offer quite a few options. This live wallpaper, which is based around a bunch of flying particles, gives you near complete control of the look of the wallpaper, with customization features including:
Built-in presets: Original, Patriot, Love, Bokeh, Pride, Droid, St. Patrick's day, and more.
10 shapes for particles & decoration
Color randomization & cycling
Up to 8 colors preselection
Background color selection
Camera movement adjustment: speed, distance and behaviour (3D positioning)
In addition to all these custom settings, they have implemented the ability to save and load various presets, and soon they hope to have the ability to share these via Twitter. For less then $1 you can have all these features, as well as whatever they are able to add in the future, so if you want a live wallpaper that you are able to customize fully, be sure to check this out. Download links, and video can be found after the break.
The Froyo (Android 2.2) OTA update for the Cellular South HTC Desire is approved and on the way. According to Cellular South's Facebook page, users should receive notification of the OTA update "over the next few days", and some phones will be able to manually check for the OTA by midnight tonight.
To manually check your Desire for any available updates, simply press Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Software Updates > Check Now. A larger overview, and a full explanation of what to expect can be found at the source link. Froyo really breathes new life into the Desire, so Cell South users are in for a real treat even if it is a bit late. [Cellular South Discover Center]
The HTC Evo Shift 4G has joined the CyanogenMod 7 club, with an early, still unofficial build getting pretty good reviews. Android Central Moderator and Evo Shift user Big D5 has this to say:
I have been running this ROM all day. I have tested just about everything, at least everything I use daily, with no issues. Bluetooth works, GPS works, WIMAX works. This ROM is OC'ed to 1.5 mhz, it is fast and smooth. I am getting 1500's in Quadrant without even trying, meaning that is with everything on. If you like you some CM and Gingerbread jump on this ROM. I am glad I did.
Sure sounds like a fine way to make a great phone a little bit better. If you're rocking an Evo Shift, hit the Android Central Shift 4G forums for discussion, download info (IRC required), and a simple flashing method. Thanks, Dave, for the heads up!
As we are all well aware, the HTC Thunderbolt was released yesterday, and while the device had been heavily anticipated, and nearly everything to know about it was brought to light before the release, HTC felt it would be cool to release an extra little video. The video above spotlights more to the behind the scenes action, the thoughts that went into producing Verizon's first 4G LTE device, and how HTC is truly inspired by each and every one of it's device users. [Youtube via PhoneArena]
The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi model has yet to even be announced officially, but that has not stopped Amazon from placing the device up on for pre-orders. The folks over at AndroidOS spotted this page while surfing around Amazon, and while it doesn't have an actual ship date yet, it does show a price tag of $379. Listed on the site as some of the key features of this device are:
Android™ 2.2-based tablet with over-the-air upgrade capability for future OS releases
Vibrant 7", multitouch display with full Adobe® Flash 10.1
1.3 MP front-facing camera for face-to-face chats on popular services such as Qik® or Skype™
16GB of internal storage, plus Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth® and built-in GPS
Although many folks were not pleased to find out that AT&T had disabled HSUPA uploads on their freshly purchased Motorola Atrix it now appears as though Bell is deserving of some backlash as well. Having launched their version of the Motorola Atrix just yesterday, many Bell users have been putting the device to the test and drawing the conclusion that it too, has HSUPA disabled in the software. No word from Bell yet regarding the situation but it's certainly one I'll be following along with in hopes they come to their senses and enable it later on as AT&T plans to. [XDA via Engadget]
By now many of you have your shiny new HTC Thunderbolt in your clutches, and are tired from staying up all night playing with it. Here's a question for you all -- how's your battery life turning out? We all know that Android phones, HTC Android phones in particular, don't have a very good reputation when it comes to battery life. Android is a very internet-centric operating system, and with all that data streaming in and out, you're going to use more battery power. Combine that with the extra radio that an LTE or WiMax device uses, and things aren't going to get better. To top it all off, there isn't an easy to use toggle to shut down the 4G radio when not in use on the Thunderbolt like there is on some other 4G Android phones. We're not second guessing Verizon or HTC on that one, but it certainly seems like an odd omission.
So we figure the best way to gauge battery life is to ask. Let us know in the poll, and hit the Thunderbolt forums for some tips to get the most out of your battery.
Google has responded to the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan with a new experimental version of Google Translate which it hopes will make it easier for those affected by the tragic events to communicate.
Like the version of Google Translate available on the Android Market, the app supports text and voice translation between over 50 languages, including Japanese. What's new in this version, however, is "conversation mode", which combines speech-to-text, translation and text-to-speech technology to make it easier to speak directly to someone in another language.
The experimental app supports Android 2.0 and above, and requires that your phone is set to accept non-Market app downloads. You can grab it using the QR code after the jump, or at the source link. [Google Crisis Response]
If you are a Sprint user that has been eying the Motorola Xoom, and anxiously awaiting its Wi-Fi model release so you don't have to jump ship, a glimmer of hope has come for you. Sprint Users forums member rofl, who is apparently a rather trusty leaker of these types of things, has outed the Motorola Xoom showing a pretty Sprint logo. While we still have no release date, or real information on this device, it is a good sign to see that it is wearing the branding of other carriers. [SprintUsers via BGR]
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