Vodafone UK shows us their interpretation on the "evolution of mobile" in a really cool video. It's starts at the beginning with the Zack Morris phone, through the myriad of Nokias -- there's even a BlackBerry in there. It's a well done feast for the eyes, and worth a look.
Where has mobile evolved? No fruitfones here. Vodafone thinks the HTC Desire S is the pinnacle of mobile evolution, and who are we to argue? [Vodafone video channel] Thanks, anon!
Although the Motorola XOOM has been available for a while in the U.S., the WiFi only version is now making its way to Canada. Pre-orders began quite some time ago but as of yesterday Best Buy and Future Shop are now taking shipment orders online with in store availability happening on April 8. As expected, retail cost still remains at $599.99 for the WiFi only version. Be sure to check out all of our previous Motorola XOOM coverage, and by all means if you're looking for more info hit our forums. Full press release can be found after the break. [Motorola]
After having earned user approval after a long open beta testing period, LinkedIn for Android has finally hit the Android Market and is now ready for mass consumption. If you are looking to download the app you will need a device running Android 2.1 or higher. You'll find the current release sitting at v1.0.0.
Having done some of the beta testing myself I can say overall, the application is built rather well. No doubt it'll see some updates as it gets into the hands of more users but for now, it's certainly worth a look if you're looking to maintain your account on the go If you've got a LinkedIn account and haven't grabbed it, jump on past the break for the download link.
Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (conveniently called the Samsung Galaxy Tab) is in the midst of getting a software update, it seems. The 34.6MB update to software version EC02 does the following:
Enhanced browser performance and speed.
Searching for Wifi hotspots doesn't hurt battery life.
Improvements to e-mail, including proper linking, time in the status bar shows when the email was received, download Word docs, send multiple name cards, open 5MB video attachments, fonts better sized.
An e-mail just dropped from Barnes & Noble, bringing details of its upcoming wave of new applications. First off, devs are now able to register and start submitting apps at NookDeveloper.com. The usual revenue split is present -- 70 percent to the developer, 30 percent to BN. There will be free and paid apps, and -- wait for it -- free trials. Apps will need approval from BN before being released to the public.
In addition, developers will have:
Access to “Developer Mode” services, which will enable adb (Android Debugging Bridge) access on NOOK Color to facilitate application development and debugging
Public and private interaction with other developers and NOOK App Developer technical experts
Early access to development tools, APIs, resources and services
An app review/acceptance process that will follow the company’s content acceptance policies as with books to ensure the content is appropriate for the Barnes & Noble customer
We're still awaiting that major framework update, but it's coming. Looks like big things are still ahead for the Nook Color. Full text of the e-mail from BN is after the break, and be sure to swing by our Nook Color forums.
Don't know just when we'll see the Desire 2 or the Wildfire S on Ceulluar South, but they're definitely on their way. And for you Windows Phone 7 fans, it looks like the HTC 7 Pro is headed that way, too. Thanks, anon!
If you ask us to get excited about any of those phones, we'd have to answer the Milestone X and Merge, of course. But it's good to see low-end options, too. Full presser's available at the source link. [Businesswire]
In the latest chapter in the ongoing Galaxy SGingerbread saga, Samsung Finland has updated its official blog with the news that Finnish Galaxy S owners (and other Europeans too, presumably) will get the update in "mid-April". Samsung adds that the Gingerbread update currently in the final stages of testing.
This more or less jives with what we've heard from British carrier Three, which expects to push Gingerbread to its Galaxy S customers in the "next couple of weeks". If you can't wait the extra seven days (or longer, depending on your carrier) and you're feeling brave, you could always check out the leaked Galaxy S Gingerbread build which we reported a couple of weeks ago.
With The Masters golf tournament starting today, it's nice to see that an official app has been released for anyone looking to keep up to date on the action. The Masters app has some nice features added to it, and it even works on the Motorola Xoom -- although it's not fully optimized for it.
Real time scoring - Interact with the live Leader Board, which features up-to-the-minute scoring and video highlights of the greatest moments on the course
Course overview - Detailed course information with imagery, flyover videos, and par and yardage for each of the Masters Tournament’s prestigious 18 holes
Live radio - Live streaming radio coverage from Augusta National
Comprehensive news coverage - Pairings, tee times, player information, alerts, and all of the latest news and updates from the Masters Tournament.
If you're not able to catch The Masters at home or just want to check out the app while taking it all, the official app is available in the Android Market right now for free. Jump on past the break for the download link and images of it on the Motorola Xoom. [Android Central Forums]
We broke the news yesterday, and today T-Mobile confirms: the LG G2X will be available online starting April 15 for $199 on contract and after $50 rebate or if you prefer, $499 with no contract. You'll be able to pick one up in stores starting April 20. Who's ready for some 4-inch dual-core goodness? [@TMobile]
We reported in late March that popular PlayStation emulator PSX4Droidhad been pulled from the Android Market in an almost Apple-like manner, and now the developer has fired back. ZodTTD has decided to host .apk downloads right on his own website and has also made the app free for anyone to download. In addition, it seems Google has placed some holds and restrictions on his developer account, which is making it difficult for him to put more apps on the Market and profit from others he already has.
This entire episode as a whole has not been good for the Android ecosystem as being free of Apple's arbitrary restrictions on applications in its own AppStore has been one of the incentives to develop apps like emulators for Android. There are legal uses for emulators and the ROMs they run so it makes the issue even more confusing. In the meantime, ZodTTD, might we suggest the Amazon AppStore? [ZodTTD via Engadget]
Well, well, what have we here? An all-new, hot-off-the-press, get-it-while-it's-hot look at the upcoming (and still not actually announced) Incredible 2 on Verizon. From what we can tell, the body's exactly the same as we saw on the HTC Incredible S at Mobile World Congress (see our hands-on here). Same rounded corners, same plateaued battery cover (which we still really like). But this one's all done up in Verizon duds, and that makes us all tingly inside.
Flip it over, and we see the same 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and the ever-comforting "with Google" logo.
We also get another look at the HTC keyboard (which remains one of our favorites), confirmation that indeed we're dealing with ADR6350, for those of you who keep up on your HTC code numbers, and this one's running Android 2.2.1 at the moment. Whether it'll launch with that, well, we'll see (and keep our fingers crossed for something a tad newer).
And speaking of release dates. Nothing official, of course, but that leaked Verizon roadmap we saw a week or so ago mentions April 28. That said, we've heard that roadmap might already be out of date, and we might be treated to a phone or two a little sooner rather than later. Will the Incredible 2 fall into that category? And is that actually its name? We'll just have to see.
We've got a nice little handful of Incredible 2 pics after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.
Look what we have here -- why, that's the as-yet-still-unannounced Motorola Droid X2. We don't have a whole lot of new information to go with, but it matches up with previous leaks (here and here), and we see it's running Froyo -- Android 2.2.2, to be exact -- though that may very well change before this one gets on the shelf. It carries the same Droid X styling as last year's model, complete with the physical buttons and humped back, and we see HDMI out beside the microUSB port. Around back we see an 8MP shooter with a dual flash setup, and the words "HD Video". Still no sign of LTE on it, but we wouldn't rule it out completely just yet. This all matches up with what we heard before regarding the Droid X2's specs.
'Quality and consistency continue to be top priorities,' says Google's VP of Engineering
Andy Rubin -- the father of Android -- has taken to the Android Developer blog to shed a little light on what's happening regarding Honeycomb, any changes in Google's open-source policy, and fragmentation. The post is titled "I think I'm having a Gene Amdahl moment," referring to the former IBM exec who coined the phrase "fear, uncertainty and doubt" -- aka FUD. You'll definitely want to read the entire post, but we'll break it down here:
"We don’t believe in a 'one size fits all' solution. ... Quality and consistency continue to be top priorities."
"As always, device makers are free to modify Android to customize any range of features for Android devices."
"Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs. There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture."
"We continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready."
Again, those are just bullet points cherry picked by us. Read the entire post. And then take a deep breath and read it again. And while you might not like the answers -- or maybe you don't think really Rubin answered anything at all -- Rubin, and by extension Android and Google, did one thing we called for in last week's Android Central Podcast: cast a little transparency on what's been a bit of a murky period for Android's "open" nature. [Android Developer Blog]
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