And the long slog that is Apple's claim that HTC violated a number of its patents continues, with the International Trade Commission deciding to hold an evidentiary hearing within 45 days. That doesn't mean we're anywhere near a resolution -- remember that there's still a federal lawsuit that alleges HTC, in its manufacturing of Android (and a handful of Windows Mobile) smartphones infringed on 20 of Apple's patents. Sit back and relax, folks. There's a long way to go. [via PC World]
OK, we'll be the first to admit that our own hands-on video of the Sprint Evo 4G is less sexy than this one from HTC's YouTube page. And we'll be the second to admit that we've been watching this one over and over now for the last 15 minutes and ended up with a small puddle of drool at our feet. Do want. Soon. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Earlier this week we showed you a very early build of Firefox for Android, and those who may have tried to install it noticed that the file was extremely large in size. And slow. As we all know, this was nowhere near to be debuted as an alpha, let alone a beta, but people decided to give it a shot anyways. It appears as though they have continued their efforts, and continued to work towards improving it, and the update looks a bit more on the usable side. Unfortunately at this time, they are still not ready to release nightly builds at this time, but they appear to be more keen on the idea that it will be happening soon. Be sure to check out the another video of this running on a Nexus One after the jump, and stay tuned for further updates on the development of Firefox for Android. [via Vlad Blog]
For reasons we'll never know, it has taken a very long time for Canadian Android users to gain access to paid apps in Android Market. Don't our friendly neighbors to the north have what we have? Well, Android users on Rogers got access to paid apps just a few weeks ago but it still left other Canadian Android users behind. Specifically, Telus users with their lustworthy Milestone and HTC Hero. Luckily, Telus has finally activated the switch for their customers and Telus Android users will get access to paid apps. Hooray! Aboot! Zed! [electronista]
That's right, we're giving away my original Nexus One. It's in near-perfect condition and has served me well throughout my journeys for Android Central, but it's time to send it on to a better home. And that's where you guys come in. Here are the details:
Film yourself explaining why you should win my Nexus One. Extra credit for creativity and originality, agility, dexterity, use of props, nudity, etc. (OK, maybe no nudity. Let's keep this PG-13 at most.)
We'll accept submissions through April 30, then present them for you, our loyal subjects, for judging.
This is the T-Mobile 3G version of the Nexus One and served as my daily driver for quite some time. So it's not brand new, but it's in great shape, and I've got all the original packaging. It's rooted, and we'll flash whatever ROM -- custom or otherwise -- you want.
Well, that didn't take long. Get the right phones into the right hands, and rooting and custom ROMs are bound to occur. Such is the case with the HTC Desire and Legend, which Paul from MoDaCo has already cracked open. Look for more good stuff to pour out of this one. [MoDaCo via Twitter]
Earlier this month Google released a great feature - marking your favorite search results with a star. Now Google has announced it is extending this feature to also work with their mobile site. If you're running an Android, webOS, or Apple device and logged into Google, any result you star on your computer or your phone will appear at the top of the results. Something so simple sure can make a big difference. I can think of a lot of ways this could come in handy, especially when combined with Google's location aware services. Nice work, Google, stuff like this is why we love ya.
Well, what have we here? It appears as though someone has captured an image showing that the HTC Incredible has been ordered by Verizon and the shipments are on their way to the warehouse locations. Over at Android Forums someone with Verizon insight appears say that these 156,709 units are actually sitting in the warehouse, just unable to be sold at this point. This information falls in line with the two-week shipping timeframe we previously heard, now it's just a matter of time until these show up in the stores. [Android Forums via Engadget]
Somebody call Stockholm. Google today released Translate for Animals on the Android Market, marking the groundbreaking app that finally lets us humans communicate with our two-, three- and four-legged brethren.
The revolutionary applications -- which is free, despite the centuries of development time -- translates the speech of cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, tortoises, horses, chickens, sheep, donkeys and pigs. Support for snakes, goats, bison and wildebeests is expected in a future update, slated for sometime in the the second half of 2010.
You can download Google Translate for Animals here. [Market link] More pics after the break. [via Google UK]
Remember that Sprint Evo 4G developers guide that we all kinda looked at and sniffed? Well, the lads at Neowin noticed a snippet of commented code that mentions a feature that "will be included in Froyo SDK," referring to the next major release ("Frozen Yogurt") of the Android Operating system. It should come as no surprise that the Evo 4G would receive the latest and greatest version of Android -- question is whether we'll be seeing FroYo at launch, or as a future update. [Neowin]
Sprint's ongoing effort to turn around customer service and market appeal has recently brought us some game-changers from the third-largest carrier in the U.S. Today they announced the Sprint Free Guarantee which offers total satisfaction or your money back within 30 days. While some states have laws that allow for grace periods, customers are still allowed to be charged for their minutes and data used while they are within the usual 20 to 30 days. This is where Sprint tries to change the game once again by saying "No charges for you!" Instead, Sprint will allow in all markets a 30-day grace period (regardless of state) which includes any charges related to the monthly plan (i.e. data, text, minutes), taxes and fees, activation fees, restocking fees, the cost of the device, and early termination fees. It should be noted that customers will be responsible for anything not covered in the selected plan, ringtones, downloadable content, international charges (as well as fees and taxes associated with international calling). So if you get a voice plan and you're surfing the web and texting all day long, you will be responsible for those charges.While all carriers return the purchase price of the phone and waive ETFs within the grace period, it's a real breath of fresh air to see a cellular company attempt to prove their network chops by making the test drive truly risk free.
It's interesting to note that Sprint is going to begin this program with the Evo 4G on the way, is this a possible way to make the pot sweeter for potential ship-jumpers?
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