We didn't think too much of it when we first told you that HTC put the kibash on Beautiful Widgets, which very much brought HTC's Sense UI to non-HTC Android phones. LevelUp Studio on its Web site says the design was "inspired by the HTC interface (Sense UI)." No arguing with that.
But what if HTC has its own plans to bring Sense to non HTC phones in its own widget?
A commentor at Phandroid noticed three test apps at AndroidLib, registered to HTC Corporation. A little digging in the HHHTest app shows "com.htc.rosiewidgets.sample," which definitely points toward a widget. Apparently the three files seen above have been pulled from the Market.
Assuming this is all on the up-and-up, we may well see Sense coming to more than just HTC devices. When we might see Sense widgets (and if they'll cost anything) remains to be seen.
Lo and behold: Google got in touch with us this morning to let us know that the company, contrary to popular belief, isn’t all that shy about disclosing just how many apps are available through Android Market based on internal metrics.
The actual number, a Google spokeswoman informs us, exceeds just 16,000.
AndroLib in response told TechCrunch that Google is low-balling things, likely only counting apps available to U.S. users, only counting apps through November (which is suspect because that'd mean 4,000 apps were added in 14 days), or "they simply didn’t do the best job possible counting the apps by not including the correct number of apps removed from the Android Market after publication."
Oh boy, this is going to get good fast. You already knew that the Nook, Barnes and Noble's e-reader, had been rooted, right? Well, that was only step one. Some users at nookDevs are reporting that they've managed to get Pandora Radio running and working on the Nook. That means a real life, breathing Android app is running on the Nook, which means more real life, breathing Android apps are eventually on their way. It's still a difficult process to do but the Nook may soon house all the apps that make Android great.
The Nook is probably the most interesting e-book reader on the market right now, to have a legion of users hacking and tinkering it to make it the most powerful, well, where can we buy one? Oh wait...you can't right now. Good going Barnes & Noble.
At the heart Android is, of course, Google. And that means gmail, which we love, as well as Google contacts, which we loathe. It's completely normal to end up with multiple contacts for a single person (I think I have five for Casey). Google has had the ability for a while now to merge contacts. But now things are even easier.
When you go to your contacts, you should see something like the above. Hit the "Find duplicates" button, and it does so, taking much of the work out of your hands. From there, it will merge duplicate contacts, leaving things slightly less messy. It's still not perfect, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. [via jkontherun]
Reminiscent of the non-announced, exists-only-in-leaks Microsoft Courier, the 3-pound Edge sports dual screens that let you flip information from one to the other. The screen on the left is e-ink, 9. inches at 1200x825 pixels. On the right is an LED screen, 10.1 inches at 1024x600.
WiFi b/g are on board, and it has an SD card slot and a pair of USB ports, in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Entourage Edge also supports Bluetooth and USB keyboards.
As the device is Android in nature, you can run Market apps on the right-hand side. All in all, pretty cool for something that weighs just 2.5 pounds. Price, on the other hand, may be an issue, with the Edge, erm, edging toward $500. But, you get a lot more screen for the money.
Entourage says the Edge will be available in February 2010.
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So you picked up an HTC Droid Eris on Verizon, but you feel a bit left out in the cold since you are currently stuck on Android 1.5? If you are hoping for an 2.0 update, be sure to check out this thread right here.
Our man Jeremy broke the bad news to us this morning: As you can see above, Beautiful Widgets is no more. It basically made your Android home screen look like HTC's Sense UI (which you get on the Droid Eris and Hero lines, as well as on newer Windows phones), but it seems developer LevelUp Studio got a nastygram from some HTC suits. Can't really say that surprises us, but it is disappointing given how much you (and us) loved it. Sorry, everybody. [Twitter]
Evernote -- the uber-popular note-taking application on Windows, Mac, BlackBerry, the Palm Pre and, of course, the iPhone and iPod Touch -- is now available on Android.
In a nutshell, for those of you not familiar, Evernote is a one-stop note-taking machine. You take notes, you tag them, put them in virtual notebooks. Your notes sync across the web, mobile apps and desktop apps. Evernote has optical character recognition (OCR) so you can take a picture of a wine label, upload it and it becomes searchable. (Pair that with Google Goggles and, well, wow ...)
Evernote is free, though there is a premium option that gives you up to 500MB a month in uploads, supports more file types, has increased security (though all accounts use SSL encryption) and includes PDF searching. The premium service is $5 a month or $45 for a year. Available now in the Android Market.
It's not an unboxing. It's just ... a box. Bot a box with the words "Nexus One" (no, we're not going all lowercase with that anytime soon). Note the colors of the "X" in Nexus, which match up nicely with the boot screen animation we saw last night.
One more shot after the break, though it's not much to look at. We're just sayin'.
Here's another log to throw onto the fire of whether it's really the Google Nexus One or the HTC Nexus One, or what carrier involvement may be:
It's Google that applied for a trademark on "Nexus One" on Dec. 10, before all the hoopla began, pointing toward the Big G doing more on its own. Does it will be selling the Nexus One outright? Or that carriers won't be involved? Nope. Those questions are still very much unanswered, and we could still see an "HTC Passion" or some other similar device in the future. Stay tuned, folks.
Swype has been given the what-for on Windows Mobile for a while now, and it's gained a bit of a following, coming standard on the Samsung Omnia II. For the uninitiated, it's an on-screen keyboard on which you drag your finger across the screen instead of picking it up every time you type a letter.
MobileCrunch has gotten an early look at Swype on the Verizon Droid Eris, and it looks exactly the same as what I've used on Windows Mobile (as it should). If you've never used Swype, it's a very odd feeling. I'm not sold on it, but to each his own. (And it should be noted that you can still use it as a normal keyboard.)
Let's get a few things straight regarding the almighty Nexus One, shall we?
There is no "Google Phone." As of this writing, the only semi-official name out there is the Nexus One.
"Google Phone" is what it's been dubbed because Google reportedly may go it alone, bypassing carriers. But that's looking increasingly unlikely. That and it sounds good. And with Google's simple branding, coming up with something better would require, you know, thinking.
HTC, not Google, is the manufacturer. Sure, Google likely has had a pretty big hand in the details. But that's hardly unusual in the developement of a smartphone. Usually a company such as HTC brings a basic design to the table, and then the carriers change (or break) options at will.
Currently, no carriers have been announced. T-Mobile is the front-runner, given that the Nexus One sports a 1700MHz radio in it. And T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier that uses 1700MHz. Dots connected.
We don't know if it will be available for purchase by the general public. Currently, only Google employees have the Nexus One.
We don't know when the Nexus One may be made available for sale.A Reuters story, citing (not quoting) an unnamed source, says it could be available "as early as January 5." That's not the same as "will be available Jan. 5." Remember that when your kids wake up disappointed.
(Our favorite line from the Reuters piece: "The phone is similar to Apple Inc's iPhone but has, among other features, an exchangeable battery." OH.)
We don't know what it will cost. Free is unlikely. And even my grandmother can speculate it will be somewhere between $99 and $299. Next.
The Nexus One, for all intents and purposes, has the basic features of today's high-end smartphones. Large capacitive AMOLED touchscreen. Snapdragon processor. Accelerometer. All important things, but not one of them is new to smartphones. (Hell, the the Samsung Omnia II and HTC HD2 cover the spread for Windows Mobile.)
So, again, let's all take a deep breath. It's exciting anytime a new phone is discovered. And we're not even a week into the news of the Nexus One. If there's anything that really piques our interest here, it will be Google's relationship with the carriers regarding the Nexus One. Standing up to carriers is really something only Apple has been successful at so far. Microsoft has hinted at it regarding Windows Mobile 7, but that's yet to be announced, either.
See? What did we tell you ... We quickly saw the boot animation stripped off the Nexus One along with the wallpaper and ringtones, and now its Android 2.1 operating system has been ported over to the Motorola Droid. Again, no great surprise there. Of course, being on the bleeding edge comes with its downsides, which often read like pharmaceutical side-effects.
Case in point:
1) Keyboard backlight is no longer functioning properly. The only way to get the keyboard to turn back on is to use the Power widget and toggle the brightness. This is a one-time fix and needs to be done repeatedly.
2) Superuser and the su binary for local root and escalated privileges no longer works (even if pushed to the device). If you drop to a terminal and execute “su” it seems like it wants to do something and then ultimately gives a “permission denied.”
3) Landscape mode app drawer acts weird. The little “home” icon on the screen is off-centered and when pressed launches the Camera application.
4) The Messaging app still notifies you of Messages even when it’s set not to.
5) The carrier shows up as T-CDMA 64
6) General, non-repeatable inconsistencies with the home screens. Issues like no longer being able to swipe to change home screens, or not being able to launch apps from the home screen.
Yikes. That's quite the list. But, obviously, if you take the time to hack one OS onto another phone, this comes with the territory. They're used to it. We're used to it. But at the end of the day, when you're the only kid on your block rocking Android 2.1, these things can seem a bit trivial. [Sholes.info; image via Engadget]
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