Back in February when Google released Buzz for mobile, only folks with Android 2.0 or higher and the iPhone could use it. Today the Google Mobile Blog announced that the Buzz website has been re-written, and now any mobile browser that can read and render XHTML. Open your browser and surf to buzz.google.com and sign in with your Google account. Not sure if this is enough to make Buzz more popular, but it certainly can't hurt. To check it out, I was forced to fire up the browser on my venerable Blackberry 8830 WE. As you can see above, it's not too shabby -- but like everything else, looks much better on the Android browser. Nice work Google [Google Mobile Blog]
Notice anything unusual in this picture? (Besides the obvious, of course -- I didn't do a thing with my hair today.) That's right, the front-facing 1.3MP camera on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G records things backward, at the moment. (Our pal Andrew from Androinica broke the news in a much cooler test.)
As to if and when it'll be fixed, we caught up with HTC, which told us the following: "We are looking into whether this is strictly a software issue, if, and how soon it can be corrected." Let's hope it's sooner rather than later. I'm not getting any prettier up there.
To no one's surprise, T-Mobile is positioning the myTouch 3G Slide as its next big device launch. In fact, from these leaked slides, it looks like their building an entire summer campaign around the myTouch brand. We've been decently impressed with what we've seen in the myTouch 3G Slide and think it vibes with all those current and former Sidekick, T-Mobile G1, and myTouch 3G users. Given that most people who bought the G1 are due for an upgrade, the myTouch 3G Slide's release can't come at a more perfect time.
The folks at Fring are screaming from the rooftops today about their latest update, which brings video calling to the popular VOIP-chat (and now video) service. Using the new Evo 4G (you might have seen us write about it a little lately) and its front-facing camera, you can call your friends, and each have video of the other. Of course, if your friends are anything like ours, you might just want to stick to voice. Full presser after the break.
One thing that seems to be a common complaint is "My pictures just look crappy." Many mess with settings, lighting, and more but nearly all of us have overlooked one very obvious thing, which Locoman from our forums reminds us. He just brought us some amazing moon pictures from hi HTC Droid Incredible, and now he brings us the simple tip: Clean your camrea. Simply take a cleaning cloth, any microfiber cloth should work just fine, and clean off your lens, and voila, clearer pictures. Could it be any simpler? Check out the improvement seen in the example pictures here, and be sure to use the forums to share any other tips you may have for us!
You might have heard us (erm, OK, me) gush on occasion about certain aspects of Palm's webOS user interface. Now let us (erm, me again) gush a little about Matias Duarte, who has left Palm and is now User Experience Director for Android. And he's a friendly face among the Android leadership, having worked on the Sidekick with Andy Rubin when they were both still with Danger.
Looks like the Facebook Android app is having a bit of a conniption fit today. Could just be network problems, or maybe it's unhappy that my privacy settings quit grabbing their ankles today. Anybody else having issues? (Thanks, @vizzle07 and @hmdearras)
Along with Android 2.2 comes a new version of the Android Market. While we still wish something could be done in regards to content (the Wild West still is in effect), Google's begun to at least clean up the interface a bit. Comments are now in their own tab -- no more scrolling down to see just one or two.
You also can see here the "Allow automatic updating" checkbox -- hit it and the app will update on its own, in the background. No muss, no fuss.
(Thanks Russ! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)
Here's a look at the LG Eve -- aka the GW620 -- which was announced last fall and later released in the U.K. but is nary to be seen here in the states. Specs include a 3-inch HVGA touchscreen and horizontal sliding QWERTY keyboard. It also sports a 5-megapixel camera and FM radio, all powered Android 1.5 with by a Qualcomm MSM7200a processor running at 528MHz. It's by no means a top-of-the-line Android phone at this point, but the keyboard felt pretty usable. So it has that going for it, which is nice.
Just look at that. Somebody's Android's gone and exploded all over this poster, spilling the heart and brain for all to see (and putting it in a convenient T-shirt and poster form and making it available for purchase). One thing's missing, though: The speed-demon Just-in-Time compiler. Maybe that'll be in Exploded Andy 2.2. [Exploded Andy via Gizmodo]
Over at LevelUp Studio they have been hard at work in their continued development and support of a highly popular application we have all grown to know and love, Beautiful Widgets. Lately there have been a slew of updates, which we have not covered, and for those that may have missed them, some of them include:
Ability to customize color of widget text
Show four day weather forecast
Hide background / adjust transparency
Download various weather skins
Custom live wallpaper
This custom live wallpaper takes your standard grass live wallpaper and adds a very nice touch, showing current weather conditions as long as you have Beautiful Widgets installed on your device. If you don't have it installed, the wallpaper will still work, except you will only have the sun and moon animations, and it will not adjust to your current weather conditions. If you have the Beautiful Widgets, be sure to check out this latest update, and if you are interested in purchasing, be sure to check it out in the Market.
While the Marketplace continues to grow and it gets harder and harder to weed through all the new applications, we aim to make your experience as smooth as possible. And so, we bring to you another week of applications that we use.
Another welcome feature uncovered by many of you in Android 2.2 is the ability to work in apps through 270 degrees of rotation. That is, if you turn the phone to the landscape position to the left, it'll rotate. And it'll rotate to the right now, as well.
But, wait, there's more. The car app has gotten smarter. So when you're using the car dock and need to pull up a contact, you don't have to turn the phone back to portrait (or worse, tilt your head) just to find whom you're looking for. We'd prefer that the home screen rotate, too, but custom Froyo ROMs will take care of that soon enough.
(Thanks, Mike B! Though try to turn your caps lock off, m'kay? :) Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)
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