Good news for those of you who love video (we're told it's all the rage with the kids these days): Qik has officially released version 0.1.56, bringing 720x480-pixel recording to its Android app and, more specifically, the Droid.
Previously in an invite-only beta, that means that you can use your Droid, which already captures video at DVD res. But now you can do so through the Qik interface. Also, the new version is easier on your battery, which is always a good thing.
If you were using the beta version, be sure to uninstall it first before installing this one. And peep Qik's demo video after the break. [Qik blog]
We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it. Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.
Is it foolish to think that Google told their employees to tweet/leak/showoff the mobile labs 'Google Phone' in order to play into our desire for a real-life Googlephone? Or did Google not anticipate this? In any case, reading between the lines of Google's statement, the 'new mobile features and capabilities' must be a data only, VoIP with Google Voice device right? [google mobile blog]
Google program manager Leslie Hawthorne kicked things off with: "Stuck in mass of traffic leaving work post last all hands of 2009. ZOMG we had fireworks and we all got the new Google phone. It's beautiful."
CNET's Jason Howell says he saw it, HTC did the hardware, it's unlocked and a buttload of Google employees got them this week.
And from Great White Snark: A friend from Google showed me the new Android 2.1 phone from HTC coming out in Jan. A sexy beast. Like an iPhone on beautifying steroids.
So hold on to your hats, folks. We've plopped a little Twitter search after the break, so you can waste what's left of your weekend waiting to see what else is said about the Google phone. Enjoy.
Looks like this cat's really out of the bag now. A trio of videos of the Motorola Opus One surfaced on YouTube, spied by IntoMobile and subsequently were pulled -- a telltale sign if we've ever seen one. It's now confirmed that it's headed for Sprint's Nextel arm (which we suspected) and possibly Boost Mobile, that it's running Android 1.5 and goes by the "p1_opusone" code name. The folks and Android and Me snagged some screen shots, which is what you see above.
So, it looks like you folks on Nextel should have a solid Android option coming relatively soon.
Eh, this is one of those times we almost wish nothing was said. Sprint took to Twitter this afternoon to say that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment would be getting upgrades to Android 2.0 ... sometime in the first half of 2010. That could be in three weeks, or it could be in six months. But, giving even a vague time frame is better than nothing. We guess.
Thanks, Jonathan, for the tip!
Update:@htc says "early next year." Take that however you want.
Remember the Android gaming platform, ODROID? It's now shipping to developers. Around 300 units have made their way to developers and we're hoping that it'll spur some major gaming development on that front. Games have been severely lacking on the Android platform and if developers can see success on ODROID, perhaps it'll trickle down to Android?
Perhaps the coolest thing about the ODROID is that it uses HDMI-out for a 720p signal. Hit the jump to check out the video of the ODROID in action. If you're still interested, $349 can still get you a unit.
Good news and bad news here, boys and girls. The good news is that the update being pushed out to the Droid Eris can be applied manually. The bad news is that what we have is a full-on ROM flash and not a mere update, so your phone will be reset to zero. For some of us, not a big deal. For others, a huge deal.
Anyhoo, join us after the break and we'll show you how it's done.
Though we love T-Mobile around these parts, we have to admit that their funky 3G band (1700 MHz) makes it rather unfriendly for unlockers. You have to be careful about which device you're getting, for use on what network because 3G may not work. Sure, most people don't run into the problem but as it stands now, if you have a T-Mobile 3G capable device, it won't work on AT&T 3G and if you have an AT&T 3G device, it won't work with T-Mobile 3G. Motorola is looking to change all that.
Motorola is building a radio module that'll have both the AT&T 3G bands (850/1900) and the T-Mobile 3G band (1700) on one phone. Apparently they plan to license out this tech to other companies and we'll hopefully see this type of multi-band USA 3G capable devices hit the market soon. The implications could be huge, can you imagine buying any phone from T-Mobile & AT&T and not worry about the lack of 3G? It'll be problem free purchasing.
Official T-Mobile Android devices would effectively become fully-capable AT&T Android devices with no say from either parties. Yeah, we wanted this yesterday.
The Acer Liquid A1 -- which we recently saw start shipping in the UK -- made a visit to the Federal Communications Commission in October, and it brought AT&T's 3G bands with it.
That's right, the 850 and 1900MHz bands are there, alongwide the 3.5-inch WGVA touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and the usual fare. That doesn't mean that AT&T will ever sell the thing, though we're holding out hope. And it does mean that if you can find one of these guys, you can import it and rock all the 3G you want. (Or in AT&T's case, as much as you can.)
Within 3 hours of the product being listed as 'in stock' on the eXpansys site it sold out. This makes the Motorola Milestone the fastest selling gadget in the website's 11 year history, even more successful than the iPhone"
That's pretty impressive. Expansys said there were more than 1,000 pre-orders in the week leading up to the launch, and another shipment is on its way in time for Christmas.
If you're anything like us, you take Google at its word that it's not evil, and that it hasn't been running rampant with your ... well, your life ... handing over your contacts, trusting it with your e-mail, and now your voicemail. But the transcription service with Google Voice is a bit of a joke (and a lot of fun at parties). But Google appears to be intent on improving that service, and it's asking for your help. And your voicemails.
Until now, the only feedback you could give was to let us know if the quality of the transcript was good enough to be useful or not, by checking the corresponding box next to the message. You can now go one step further by letting us figure out why it was good or bad. When you rate a transcript, you will be asked whether you would like to donate the message. You have three options:
The messages you donate may be listened to, manually transcribed by us and/or used to gauge transcription improvements over time, but they will never be made public or used for any other purpose than improving the transcription quality.
And if you're feeling generous, you can go back to old messages you previously rated and donate those, too!
So, help a Google brother out. The Google Voice app on Android is the best on any platform right now. Let them your voicemail. Better yet, let's start leaving each other ridiculous voicemails. The more nonsensical the better. Make 'em work for it. :)
Yfrog, the popular photo and video sharing Web site for Twitter, has launched a stand-alone application for Android 1.5 and up. With it you can upload media directly to the service, as well as browse tweets. Here's the official rundown:
T-Mobile customers buying apps from the Android Market have only been able to use credit cards for their purchases ... until now.
An update is being silently rolled out to T-Mo customers that will allow app purchases to be added to their T-Mobile bill. The update is being staggered, and should be complete by Dec. 30. And as per the usual, any app deleted within 24 hours will not be charged to your credit card or T-Mobile account.
That's a good option that T-Mobile customers should have had by now. But better late than never.
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