Headlines

3 years ago

Android Honeycomb 3.0 SDK add-on finalized and available

19

Google has released the full Honeycomb 3.0 SDK updates, meaning developers can download and begin work with the finalized APIs for Honeycomb.  This comes in preparation for the launch of the Motorola Xoom on Feb. 24 and will let developers check what they've built using the 3.0 SDK preview against the final version before the Honeycomb tablets start to roll out.  If you're an app developer, or just like to keep your SDK current, you can update things through the SDK manager.

It's worth noting that the AOSP source (as well as Motorola's open-source portions) should be released before the Xoom is launched, so be on the lookout for that come Thursday morning if you're a DIY kind of person.  [Android Developers blog]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Motorola Xoom to have unlockable bootloader for developers

35

 

Motorola just confirmed via Twitter that the Xoom will have an unlockable bootloader to aid developers in app development. Here it is, in no uncertain terms:

"The XOOM will have an unlockable/relockable bootloader that will enable developers to access hardware for development."

As the first Android Honeycomb tablet, it is vital for the Android platform that devs have as much access to the device as possible, so this is darn good news. [Twitter via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S 4G pricing, coming Feb. 23

10

This is a reminder that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be available starting Feb. 23 -- as in tomorrow -- and we have a clarification on pricing.  Previous reports of the phone costing $149.99 on a two-year agreement were inaccurate, and the phone will cost $199.99 on contract with a $50 mail in rebate.

We had a little hands-on time with this one in Spain, and at first look it's everything a  T-Mobile Vibrant user could wish for.  We have one here in the Android Central offices, and we will be giving it a little closer look soon.  In the meantime, you can always hit the Android Central Galaxy S 4G forums and see what others are thinking about this one.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

The LG Optimus S Control Center makes things easy [From the forums]

6

If you're rocking an LG Optimus S on Sprint, you MUST check out the LG Optimus S Control Center from Android Central Forums member drewwalton19216801.  Behind the long name is an easy-to-use Windows application that does a little bit of everything you need to hack your Optimus S, without fiddling with the prompt or trying to remember cryptic commands. 

Using what the developer has dubbed "Android Automation Technology" (AAT) the current version will root your phone, unroot your phone, and install your choice of recovery kernels.  There's also the magic of "No Stupid Stuff" -- which prevents the application from doing things it shouldn't -- like trying to swap recovery kernels without being rooted or trying to unroot when you shouldn't. 

This looks like an awesome beginning for a tool that will do it all.  Some of the features planned for a future release are things like removing/restoring Sprint ID, Switching launchers, and possibly even switching ROMs and kernels.  Very nice work Drew, you've made a great little phone even better.  Go check it out in the Android Central forums!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google I/O tickets listed at alarming prices in eBay auctions

18

We've got nothing against capitalism and making a quick buck here and there, but there's something just ... wrong about tickets to the Google I/O developer's conference being auctioned off for more than $1,300.

Sure, the event sold out in just 59 minutes, and there's going to be more browser, search and Android news than can be contained in 48 hours -- plus the parties, food and strong possibility of free stuff. But considering the general-admission price of a ticket was $$450/550 and are now going for more than double that -- and student/teacher tickets are going for a good $400 or so over face value -- well, it just leaves a bad taste in our mouths for what is an exceptional event that not enough people get to attend.

The good news is that Google will stream the keynote addresses live both days, and session videos will go up later, so it's not like you completely miss out if you're not there. In the meantime, however, let's hope that Google or eBay or (gasp) the sellers do the right thing here. [eBay via Android Police]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Sony 'S2' clamshell tablet reportedly in development

10

 

As well as the 9.4-inch "S1" tablet that Sony is rumored to be working on, the electronics giant is also developing a 5.5-inch clamshell device dubbed the "S2", according to reports from Engadget.

The dual-screen S2 would deliver the same Qriocity-focused experience as the S1, powered by a Tegra 2 chipset and a customized version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The blog's sources describe a similar dual-screen setup to that of the Kyocera Echo, with the Gmail app apparently showing a list of messages on one screen and the body of the selected message on the other. While this all sounds pretty innovative, Engadget's sources are sceptical about how successful the device will be, with one of them reportedly calling it a "dog".

Apparently Sony's plan is to launch the S2 before the end of the year for around $699, a considerable bump from $599 price point supposedly being considered for the S1. [Engadget]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Running a Honeycomb SDK port is fun, but not all that useful just yet

2

Anytime a new Android SDK comes out, you'll quickly see an onslaught of ports popping up on various phones. These aren't even unofficial builds, but ports from the Android system images build into the SDK.

But that doesn't mean they're not fun to play with.

We've gotten to use a number of Honeycomb tablets on a number of occasions. And scaling things down to smartphone size is, well, tough. Obviously it's not what was intended. But it's also fairly functional, though we're not anywhere near having a Honeycomb smartphone as our daily driver just yet.

Anyhoo, check it out after the break. And dive into the Android Central Forums if you're looking to try a port on your phone.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Xperia Play UK on-contract prices revealed

2

  

Several on-contract prices for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Play have been posted by British phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk. The site is currently listing Xperia Play contracts on Orange and Vodafone, with prices ranging from free to £350 (~$560) depending on the type and length of contract. As a general rule of thumb, it looks like  any contract of £30 or more per month will be enough to get you the phone for free.

Mobiles.co.uk also lists the same Mar. 28 release date that appeared on Amazon last week, so it's looking increasingly likely that this could be the magic date. We got the chance to play with the Xperia Play last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Hit up our hands-on preview to find out what we thought. [Mobiles.co.uk]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Graphicly releases digital comics application for Android

5

With Android device screens getting larger and brighter, reading on them becomes easier and easier. While plenty of eReader applications exist those are mainly focused on books and books alone. Graphicly is a new to the market application that allows for collecting and reading comic books from more than 150 publishers. They can also lay claim to being the first to offer Marvel comics on the Android platform as well as many up and coming indie publishers. If you're looking to take your comic book collection into the digital age you can hit the break for the download and full press release.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Vertex Cereba is a Froyo-powered aquarium controller

10

I'm still waiting for my Android powered toaster, but in the meantime I'll have to make do with the Vertex Cereba -- an aquarium controller that runs Froyo on its 3.5-inch touchscreen.  I'm sure some (OK, maybe all) of you are asking "what in the heck is an aquarium controller?"  It's a computer that takes readings (usually through probes inserted into the filter area) for things like dissolved oxygen or pH, then sends signals to equipment that can change those values until they are within parameters.  It's totally aqua-geeky, and I've always wanted a good one.

The Cereba is basically a miniature Android tablet, with an 800 MHz Freescale CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and an aluminum body.  It also has full openGL ES 2.0 hardware acceleration, 'cause you know fish like to play Need For Speed.  Even if it didn't help keep a fish tank healthy and looking clean, it's probably a really cool toy to have around the office.  The full press release from Vertex Aquaristik is after the break.  [Reef Builders]

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages