Hey everybody! This week we're gonna go back to basics and show our support to those who switched over to Android by picking up the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon. Now I know a lot of this is common knowledge to you salty Android vetrans, but think back to the first time you put your mitts on a G1 or the Motorola Droid. Hopefully, there was someone around to help you get acclimated and into the swing of all things Android. If not, then you know exactly why we do what we do here at Android Central.
So welcome newcomers, kick back and have a look to see just what you got yourself into, and I'll bet you feel even better about your choice when we're finished.
This blurry little picture of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, allegedly in a Sprint store in Central Florida, means one of two things: Either we're still hurting from last night, or the Evo 4G's actually made its way into a Sprint store. OK, both are probably true. Question is, what's it doing there? We're only about a week away from Sprint's Evo 4G event in NYC. That doesn't necessarily mean it'll be available immediately after. But now that Apple has announced the date for WWDC (where we all expect a new, next-gen iPhone), we're betting Sprint wants to get the Evo 4G out the door just as quickly as possible. Stand by. [ppcgeeks via Engadget]
Looks like there's pretty good demand for the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. Big Red's website now lists the Android smartphone as "shipping by May 14." That could mean anytime before that, we guess, but we've already seen that date pushed back a couple of times.
If you're going to get an Incredible this weekend, chime in and let us know where you found yours.
This is it, folks, the final batch of entries. And we ended up with 40 submissions. Suffice it to say, you all rock. Here's where we go from here. With so many entries, we're going to have to pare things down a bit, and then we'll turn it over to you guys and gals to vote. Stay tuned for that. And now, after the break, the final entries. And to see all the other entries, hit the links below.
It's also noted that both updates will not be over-the-air due to their size (80MB for the Moment and 117MB for the Hero), because Sprint isn't able to handle the hosting requirements (either Google or the manufacturers will have to get that done), and that more than 90 percent of Moments out there don't have software that can handle an OTA update. Boo, indeed.
Anyhoo, we'll see if the Moment update makes it out tonight -- we're not betting on it -- and hold out hope for more news next week. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Adam!
Android 2.1+ Two weeks ago, Twitter announced it was developing its own official Android app. Today, that client was released. You can find it now in the Android Market. [link] There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over whether Twitter is effectively stabbing outside developers in the back. But after just a few minutes with the app, that's certainly not the case yet, for a couple reasons. One is that the app is open source -- Google will release the code. The other is that, so far, the app is pretty simple.
That's not to say the app is bad. Far from it. But it's pretty basic. It currently only handles one account at a time (that's a deal-breaker for me). Tweets are displayed simply but effectively. You won't have a problem reading them. All of the usual features are there -- search, retweet (only native retweets, unfortunately), picture upload, etc. But the bells and whistles that you find on such apps as Seesmic and Twidroid keep them at the top of our must-have Twitter app list for now. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in! Screenshots after the break.
Want more on the LG Ally for Verizon? We've got it. It's in a commercial for "Iron Man 2," and it's clearly running Android. That keyboard looks pretty darn usable, but the D-pad could be interesting. We've confirmed that in fact it's Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5MP camera, with all the usual bells and whistles. We've heard a mid-May launch window, but that's still up in the air.
The commercial points us to LG.com/ally, which in turn points to lgim2.com, which says more is coming today. But that's it so far. Check out the commercial after the break. Thanks, J Blair!
Good news for those of you who just have to be able to install applications to the SD card. Google -- which said in January that this would be addressed -- has officially marked the issue (1151, if you're counting at home) with a "future release" status and has closed the thread.
And one Googler replied with the following:
Apologies, but I'm not permitted to disclose scheduling information - suffice to say it's coming soon :) Sorry for being vague, and thank you for your continued patience - I sincerely appreciate it.
Whoa! The WiFi Alliance certified the (likely Android) Motorola MB810 today for IEEE Standard 802.11 b/g/n. Yes, that's the Shadow, and I know a lot of us have been waiting for more info about this screamer. Still no concrete details or specs, but in case you forgot here's what we think we know:-
Full Qwerty landscape slider
4.3-inch capacitive screen
8MP autofocus camera
AT&T 3G GSM radio
If you're an AT&T subscriber, start gathering up the change from your ashtray and from deep down in the couch. This is one you don't wanna miss out on. [via Phonedog]
For you folks in Australia using the HTC Desire on Telstra, know that there's a software update available that should en your GPS woes. You can download it over the air (either WiFi or network), or directly from HTC, though doing it from the desktop will wipe the device. [HTC]
The Vodafone 845, the first Vodafone-branded Android device, is now confirmed for a May launch. No specific date has been given, just May and "coming soon." There is an official video of the phone, and while I can't confirm this, the video makes it look as if it has a resistive touch screen. The first thought behind that is "ouch," but it doesn't look too bad in the video. It's expected to be offered as a bargain phone, so we can't really complain about the lack of fancy features. Video after the break. Thanks to Dave for sending this in. [Vodafone]
Adobe responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' attack on Flash yesterday by dropping a fair big (and well-directed) bombshell of its own: A public preview will be given in a few weeks at Google IO (we'll be there for it), and Flash will see general release for Android in June. Said Adobe CTO Kevin Lunch in his "Moving Forward" post:
We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.
Now all Adobe has to do is deliver. And it damn well better work well out of the box, or the pitchforks are going to be raised pretty quick. [Adobe] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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