If you love using widgets and enjoy the look of a nice, simple, clean looking home screen you won’t want to delay the download of Minimalistic Text any further. This widget, which is really 11 different widgets in one, allows you to display a variety of different information on their home screen in text form. Whether you want to display the time, date, temperature, weather, or battery percentage on your screen you can do so easily with this application.
Minimalistic Text allows near-complete control of the design of the widgets, ranging from widget size, text direction, alignment, color, and nearly anything else you could think of. There are a bunch of preset designs layouts, but they don’t limit you to use only those, users can create a custom layout with the information of their choice and have that displayed instead. Once the widgets are set, simply clicking on them allows them to be changed again, so if you want to change the text size, color, background or anything else. For the amazing price of free in the Android market, this is an application that many will find use for, as there is a widget for just about everyone in it. Download links available after the break.
Unfortunately, if you have already flashed the leak from the other night, you will need to SBF your device back down the the Froyo build, and then root it again before installing this. If you held off for this one, then you are lucky, just download and install. If you happen to hit some bootloops, just go into recovery and wipe data and you should be all set! [Droid 2 / Droid X] Thanks, deadlybatman!
It appears that Bell customers will be able to buy the HTC Incredible S starting April 4, according to a leaked document.
This is great news for Canadians anxiously awaiting the new models from HTC, which includes the updated Sense, a 4-inch Super LCD touchscreen, an 8MP rear camera as well as a front-facing camera.
Mobile Syrup is reporting that the internal document is placing the off-contract price at $499, but no other prices given. Expect more soon as launch date is only a little over a week away. [Mobile Syrup]
Our friends over at TiPB have a weekly podcast that they call iPad Live, and this week that has passed they brought CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, along with our very own Phil Nickinson to the show to talk tablets. So, if you are in the market for a new tablet, and are trying to decide which is best for you, or you just enjoy to watch a bunch of passionate people speak about their platform, be sure to check this out. Highlight video available after the break, or head to TiPb for the whole thing. [TiPB]
The mobile version has the same rendering engine as the desktop version of Firefox, with full HTML5 support. And you've got full access to add-ons, too. Plus there's the sync function that lets you take your bookmarks, passwords, log-ins and even individual tabs on the go.
Still need convincing? Video highlights and download links are after the break. [Mozilla]
All Cellular South to the list of regional carriers that are getting the HTC Merge. The Southern carrier just announced that it'll be getting the 3.8-inch Android 2.2w phone with a killer sliding keyboard. Also, the Merge will come preloaded with the Amazon Appstore (presumably in conjunction with the Android Market).
The Merge will be available sometime in April. No price has been set yet. Full presser's after the break.
For our complete exclusive preview of the HTC Merge, please see the following stories:
Now that Amazon's unleashed its cloud-based music service (the short version: you upload your music and can play it from anywhere), you've got a choice to make: Which plan to choose? Here's the breakdown:
5GB - FREE!
20GB - $20/year
50GB - $50/year
100GB - $100/year
200GB - $200/year
500GB - $500/year
1000GB - $1000/year
But, wait, there's more. Amazon's currently bumping you up to the 20GB plan with the purchase of any album from its MP3 store. Buy a 69-cent album and get $20 worth of data storage for a year. Can't beat that.
So let's hear it, folks. Which plan are you looking at?
The first thing most people want to do after they root their phone is remove all that extra software the carriers have forced upon them. The HTC Thunderbolt comes with it's fair share of carrierware, bitbops and golf games -- getting rid of the Thunderbloat is a reason to root in itself. Again, we see Android Central forums admin and Podcast co-host Cory Streater jump in to make your lives easier. He's written a tutorial using Root Explorer that's easy enough for anyone to follow, and will soon have all those apps nobody loves gone for good.
This one came out of left field -- Sony Ericsson is going to offer their 2011 Xperia line with an unlockable bootloader via the fastbook command. They say only SIM unlocked versions of the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo will be eligible, so carriers should be happy as well as developers and advanced users. The big question of how this will affect the CDMA Xperia Play on Verizon is unanswered, but I hope they have an equivalent solution. They also go over warranty concerns and possible additional costs for service at their blog, so be sure to read the source link to get those details.
This is a big turnaround from their policy with the Xperia X-10, which will remain locked due to legal reasons. It shows that Sony Ericsson is listening to their end users and allowing the owners of their oh-so-sexy hardware complete control of it. Let's all hope other manufacturers see the benefit in this and offer similar solutions. Now to decide between the Arc or the Neo as my next phone. [Sony Ericsson Developer Blog]
Many ROM developers were just waiting to pounce on this as soon as it went live and now, it has. Yes, HTC fought it but ultimately released the kernel source for the HTC Thunderbolt. If you're looking to build a custom ROM for the Thunderbolt then you're already late to the party. Hit up the HTC Developer center and grab the 87MB file now. Everyone else, sit tight -- and keep your eye out for some new ROMs coming your way soon. [HTC Developer Center]
It has been rumored for a while now that Google would launch a cloud-based music service; well, it appears Amazon got there first.
Amazon has just quietly launched one of its biggest products yet, called Amazon Cloud Player. It provides users with cloud storage of their music, which will then play on any computer or Android device.
To enable the service, go to Amazon.com/Clouddrive to get started. You'll have to enable it on your Amazon account and then update your Amazon Mp3 app, which will enable streaming of all music located on your new Amazon storage.
Amazon is currently providing users with 5GB of free storage with the ability to buy additional storage:
20GB - $20/year
50GB - $50/year
100GB - $100/year
200GB - $200/year
500GB - $500/year
1000GB - $1000/year
This is a big one folks. It's a developing story, so stay tuned for any more details. If you don't have the Amazon MP3 app, look for the link after the break.
Update: Digging through the FAQ on Amazon's site, we came across this interesting tidbit:
Do my Amazon MP3 Purchases count against my storage quota?
Any Amazon MP3 purchases that you elect to store on your Cloud Drive at the time of purchase do not count against your storage quota. You can see all the MP3 tracks that are not counted against your storage quota in the Your Amazon MP3 Purchases list.
Previous Amazon MP3 purchases that you manually upload to your Cloud Drive are counted against your storage quota.
More great news as long as you buy from the Amazon MP3 store, you won't be charged storage space.[Amazon]
MiKandi, Android's unoffical porn store and one of several alternatives to the Android Market, announced today that they have enabled in-app billing support for their app store. The new method is powered by "MiKandi Gold," their virtual currency system and developers will have the flexibility to charge between a penny and $50 for content.
MiKandi turned heads when launched, in part from a maniacal rant about porn on Android by none other than Steve Jobs. From humble beginnings to over 500,000 downloads per month and support from 1,300 developers, MiKandi has shown that many appreciate uncensored content on their Android phones. See MiKandi's full press release after the break.
With CTIA well over we've had some time to take a look through the forums and see what's happening. As always, the forums are busy with talk of new devices, new rumors and more. If you all see any topics of interest that you feel we should shedding some light on then by all means, feel free to let us know by using the "News tip" button in there. In the meantime, check out some of the threads below and hop in there if you have something to add.
No, what we really want to do with this post is embed some Boondocks. Because while the WWDC announcement might not point to new hardware (and, by the way, it never has), the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Apple will have new hardware soon enough, and Android needs to be ready for it.
tl;dr: Apple might or might not bring a new iPhone, hilarious Boondocks clip after the break.
If you're into watching little chubby fingers play mobile video games, this video is for you, folks. Mobile games publisher, Gameloft, has posted a new compilation trailer on their YouTube account. The montage includes ten HD games for the Xperia Play. Now, we're not quite sure if these titles we'll be the more "complex games" the Sony Ericsson exec was talking about, but all we know is that they will be availabe at launch. Not a bad line-up. Chubby fingers aside, it's still pretty cool to see shooters being played with the dual touch pads -- making shooters on the go that much better. [YouTube via Twitter]
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