Bumptop, a 3D desktop manager that's been implemented in Windows 7 and OS X, has just been bought out by the Google. Bumptop was a ridiculously slick experience that beautifies and changes the way you use your desktop. It was intended for touch-based devices such as tablets and offered users a 3D-space to store their files. We're not sure what Google has planned for Bumptop but if they decided to use it in future Android phones or ChromeOS tablets, we would be very happy. If Google just wanted to outbid Apple on another purchase, well, we would not be so happy.
If you want to get to know Bumptop before the plug gets proverbially pulled, the app will still be available for download for the next week, free of charge. Check out the video after the jump to see how Bumptop works, and see if it can translate to the Android (or ChromeOS) platform. What do you guys think? [via engadget]
Swype - your favorite finger sliding keyboard is diving head-first into the mainstream phone market. The small company, which only employs 27 people, estimates it will be on over 10 million smartphones by the end of this year. Chances are you’ll be seeing Swype on some future handsets from any of the four major US cell providers -- so those “hunting and pecking” days just might be over.
Phones aren’t the only thing that Swype can be applied to; the company has big plans to integrate its software into some of the upcoming Android tablets, and a 12-inch Swype keyboard is enough to impress almost anyone. Even with all this expanding and growth, Swype has expressed no interest in a partnership with Apple -- which is A-OK with us Android users. If you're new to Swype, head on over to our Keyboard Roundup and see if it's right for you!
T-Mobile today introduced the myTouch 3G Slide, bringing a horizontal slider keyboard to the popular device. The myTouch 3G Slide runs Android 2.1 on a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen. It's less than 15mm thick and comes with an 8GB microSD card. But instead of the new Sense user interface like what's on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible, the myTouch 3G Slide has what's been long-dubbed the "Espresso" UI -- kind of a hybrid between Sense and stock Android.
The myTouch 3G Slide also introduces the "Genius Button," which pairs Nuance Communications' natural language technology to provide one-touch voice-controlled access to make calls, send e-mail and text messages, search the Internet, find directions, etc. Nuance's Dragon Dictation also is loaded on the myTouch 3G Slide to provide dictation in any text field, and it also can read aloud incoming messages.
The myTouch 3G Slide also features the Nuance Mobile Care-powered MyAccount 3.0, which lets you access and manage your T-Mobile account from your phone -- and from the Genius Button.
The myTouch Slide 3G will be available in June (date and pricing to be announced) in either white, red or black. Full press release after the break.
LG finally has launched its Ally-Iron Man 2 microsite, and we get better look at the upcoming Android phone that may or may not make its way onto Verizon in the coming weeks. We're dealing with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1 and a four-row horizontal sliding keyboard. The microSD card slot appears to be accessible from the outside of the phone (as in not hidden under a battery cover or anything), and there's a dedicated camera button.
Onboard apps include Life360, which lets you track your family and send emergency alerts; Wikitude (an augmented-reality Wikipedia portal); Speed View (a GPS app); Hoccer (literally throw your data from your phone); Foursquare (maybe you've heard of it); Yelp; Wertago (social network of party-goers -- like Tony Stark); ShopSavvy; and Shazam.
We're still waiting to hear exactly when -- and if -- the Ally will be available on a carrier, though there's that May 20 date that was announced today. Stay tuned, and there are a couple more pictures after the break.
It's been a little less than a month since the Android developer site released its last version numbers, and we already have another update. As of the two weeks ending May 3, some 32.4 percent of Android phones were running Android 2.1, up from 27.3 percent for the two weeks ending April 12.
Phones running Android 1.6 fell from 31.6 percent to 29.4 percent, and Android 1.5 devices fell from 38 percent to 37.2 percent. Clearly, there's still a ways to go before we reach platform parity, but a small step in the right direction is better than none. [Android dev site]
For all you Samsung enthusiasts, this is something that might spark your attention: The FCC has approved the M910, which may well be the Samsung Moment 2, and there's a good chance that it will be showing off at your local Sprint store sooner than later.
Since this phone is technically still a prototype, most of the specifications are still under wraps. However, word is that it will sport Android 2.1 with the Touchwiz 3.0 interface running on top (same as what's on the Samsung Galaxy S), and of course, the full QWERTY keyboard. We don't know exactly what kind of display the M910 has, but let's hope we see some Super AMOLED love with its (reportedly) more outdoors-friendly screen.
Many reports have came in that Droid Incredible owners were being notified of it's first OTA update starting Saturday, but nobody was really sure of the details. Well it seems that Engadget got word right from Big Red -- the update only fixes a small bug in Exchange support. Verizon's official statement:
It was discovered that customers using Exchange for corporate email may find when an email is opened that has no recipients in the CC field, unintended recipients email addresses can sometimes be added into the CC field from previously received emails when the user selects the reply all function. The update that is being pushed to customers is to correct that issue. THIS ONLY IMPACTS EXCHANGE Users (corporate users).
Not the biggest deal in the world (unless you need Exchange support!), but nice to see the problem addressed so quickly. Let's hope Verizon stays on top of things and fixes other bugs just as fast. [via Engadget and Phandroid]
That's right, folks, the Mint personal finance app [market link] is finally available for Android. For the uninitiated, Mint plugs into your bank accounts (kind of like Microsoft Money did back in the day) and helps you keep track of expenses, spending, budgeting and the like. It's free, it's a lifesaver. And if we didn't still keep our life savings in a sock in the top drawer, we'd probably use it, too. [Mint] Thanks to everyone who sent this in
The Dell Aero has shown up on AT&T's website with a "coming soon" tagline. While the Aero still looks less than impressive when compared to some of the other new Android phones hitting the wild, there is a bit of good news. It's seems that once again Engadget was right, and the phone will have all the Google services we've come to expect on Android devices -- even Google search. This is good news for those of you on AT&T who may have been worried that future handsets were all going to be crippled (or not crippled) like the poor little Backflip.
At least there's now a viable option for AT&T subscribers who want a subsidized Android phone that does the things Android phones should do. As soon as details like price and release date surface, we'll keep you posted. Thanks Garrett!
At this point, it's pretty obvious, the Sprint HTC Evo 4G will utilize the 4G WiMax service. The only problem is that the coverage areas for this still pretty limited to say the least. Well, Pennsylvania, your time has come. For those in Lancaster, Reading, Harrisburg and York, you are now able to snag yourself some 4G, and in case you are on the edge about the coverage in your area, Sprint is offering a 30-day guarantee. For a running list of all cities that currently have Sprint's WiMax 4G, and the planned upcoming cities, be sure to check out this thread for the latest updates. [via Sprint]
A cryptic but overly long press release this morning confirmed that the LG Ally is, in fact, a horizontal slider with Android, and is promotionally tied to the "Iron Man 2" movie, two things we knew last week. It did, however, mention that the Ally "will be available May 20." Whether that's with a carrier remains to be seen -- we've heard Verizon -- and what the exact specs are remain up in the air. Here's the exact verbage:
LG Ally is the first Android device to boast an Augmented Reality application -- currently exclusive to LG. Consumers who purchase LG Ally can download the Augmented Reality app, featuring exclusive Iron Man 2 content, at www.lgim2.com or by texting 95173 from their mobile phone. Present throughout Iron Man 2, LG Ally allows users to explore and experience Augmented Reality through built-in applications and software. A touch screen handset featuring a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, the Ally is the ultimate complement for technology enthusiasts who, like Tony Stark, expect nothing but the best. LG Ally will be available May 20.
It doesn't say much that the microsite (which we also first told you about last week) LG launched still says to check back April 30. Not an overly good start for LG's first Android phone. Here's to hoping things look up by launch time. Full release after the break.
This is it, everybody. We had to whittle down more than three dozen entries to 15 finalists. And it wasn't easy. Watch all of the videos after the break, and then vote for your favorite. We'll announce the winners of Phil and Dieter's Nexus Ones live Thursday night on the Android Central Podcast.
HTC late last week released its kernel for the Droid Incredible (along with the Eris and Legend) giving chefs another platform on which to cook customs ROMs. That said, we're still waiting on the Incredible to be cracked open and rooted. And while HTC is required to release the kernel code, its proprietary code remains, well, proprietary, so we're not getting a complete look under the hood. But it's definitely a start. [HTC via laxattack in the AC Forums]
Are you one of the (at least several) Motorola Backflip owners jealous with all of the rooting and ROM'ing posts that fill our forums for many other devices, and not yours? Well, for those that have been patient, and stuck with the Backflip, even after it was stamped as crippled (when it's really not), your patience has paid off. After tons of hard work, the Motorola Backflip has finally been rooted, but now what will come next? Will we begin to see custom ROMs for this device, or some additional features uncovered? A full explanation of the process required to achieve root abilities on your device and all the files needed can be found here. If you are brave enough to give it a shot, please share your experiences with the rest of our community here in our forums! [Myjanky via AndroidCentral Forums]
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