Shazam, that oh-so-cool “music discovery” app that identifies a song simply by listening, has been updated to allow free unlimited tagging. This means that users no longer have to upgrade to the paid Shazam Encore ($4.99 in the Android Market) should they want to tag more than five songs per month. The update, bumping Shazam up to version 3.0.0, also brings support for “Shazam Friends”, a feature that allows you to share your tags via Facebook, formerly available to iOS users only.
The unlimited tagging promotion will last through January 1, 2012 and is made possible by a sponsorship from eBay (a unique pairing, but who’s complaining?). Hit the source link for the full press release and grab the new and improved app from the Android Market link after the break.
Hardware-wise, it's the same as we saw it four months ago. You've got a 4.3-inch touchscreen at 800x480, powered by a 1GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM. We've got 2GB of on-board storage, and our review unit came with a 32MB microSD card. Nice.
Despite being a large phone -- it's a hair over 5 inches tall and is about 2.6 inches wide -- it's less than a half-inch thick and weighs just 5.04 ounces. It's big, but it feels pretty good in the hand, if a tad plastic. The Droid Charge tapers to a point down at the physical buttons -- which are blissfully large -- giving it the look of a shield.
Samsung's TouchWiz interface is on board, same as it ever was. Otherwise, you've got all the usual accompanying features. There's an 8MP rear camera with flash, front-facing 1.3MP camera, HDMI out, and so on and so forth. It's a big, light, Android phone with LTE.
The full review's coming up, folks. In the meantime, peep the pics after the break.
HTC tends to always include some nice wallpapers with new device releases. Most, are available through the HTC Hub application but if you're not running a Sense phone or ROM tracking down the wallpapers can often be tedious. Luckily though, the Android community is one that likes to share and as such the HTC Sense 3.0 wallpapers have been extracted and are now available for download. If you're looking to take a walk on the wild side -- you'll also find the inverted versions available as well.
We're still waiting on official word from Verizon, but if you're waking up this morning and hoping to head to a store to pick up the brand new Samsung Droid Charge, sit back down, pour another cup and prepare to wait. Calling around a handful of stores confirmed what we feared -- no Droid Charges for sale until the LTE network issue that brought the HTC ThunderBolt to its knees yesterday is squashed. Sad, but it makes sense.
The good news is that 4G data is starting to pop back up, so it looks like we're past the worst. Let's just hope this is no more than a black eye on Verizon.
Update: Just got the following e-mail passed on by a reader:
Verizon has delayed the launch of the Samsung Charge company wide. There is no new launch date for this device. ...
The Verizon communication to us to relay to potential customers inquiring about the Samsung Charge is below:
"Verizon Wireless is experiencing unexpected delays with the launch of the Droid Charge by Samsung. Verizon Wireless is committed to providing the very best customer experience with all of their products and services. If you’d like to provide us with your contact information today, we will gladly notify you once the device is available for purchase. Another alternative is to visit www.droiddoes.com/charge to register your email for the latest updates."
Update 2: Verizon on Twitter says all is well with the network.
Attention all parents of youngsters: Android is here to save you from being overrun, a tall order, especially if you've got more than one running around, or will in the future. But Parenting Magazine has launched the Parenting Ages & Stages app, which aims to guide you through the early years. It's broken down into five categories -- pregnancy, first year, second year, the early years and school years. You can customize the app with pictures of your children, the names and ages, so you get a more personal experience in learning whether that thing Timmy swallowed is really harmful.
You can check out the press release after the break, and we've got more pics and download links after the break.
Here's yet another leak from Chinese blog 911Sniper - a single, super-blurry image of a device purported to be the 'HTC Kingdom'. No real hardware details are offered, but 911Sniper does claim that the device has a qHD (540x960) display.
The phone appears to be a 4-inch or 4.3-inch model, and a front-facing camera can also clearly be seen next to the speaker grille at the top of the device. Other than that there's a pretty standard HTC design -- looks like a unibody chassis of some description -- HTC's been particularly fond of that lately. Other specs, as well as release date and launch market, are anyone's guess for the moment.
What a night for Android hackers and HTC fans. The fellows at 911sniper have a feast of leaks for us all to monkey around with. First off, there's a leaked version of a Gingerbread OTA for the T-Mobile G2. There's nothing new in there, but it is a full dump of all the partitions, and plenty of stuff to base a custom Gingerbread ROM off of. You can check out more here in the G2 Hacking forums.
If Gingerbread for the G2 isn't your cup of tea, how about a leaked Gingerbread ROM for the rumored (and I guess now verified) HTC Doubleshot, AKA the MyTouch 4G Slide? Yep. Got that one too. And as a special bonus I pulled out the Sense 3.0 weather animations so you don't have to download the whopping 701 MB worth of system files to see them. You'll find out more about it here in the Android Hacking forums. Worth noting here is the build prop makes reference to OpenSense SDK version 3.0 as well as a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and dual cameras -- 8 MP rear and VGA front.
And if that isn't enough for you (MORE MORE!) there's a HTC Flyer leaked RUU in the wild now as well. We couldn't get that one downloaded because the link kept timing out, but I'm sure mirrors will appear, and someone will have a peek and see what's inside. If you feel like giving it a shot, download links are at the source, and any of our resident HTC hackers will be able to help you pull out any goodies to play with.
The time has come for anyone who may have been holding out for either the Droid Incredible 2 or the Casio G'zOne Commando. Yes, unsurprisingly -- both devices have now gone live on the Verizon website and are up for ordering. Either or will set you back $199 on a new 2-year contract but if you're opting to go with the no contract offering this is what you'll be looking at for pricing:
HTC Droid Incredible 2: $439.99
Casio G'zOne Commando: $449.99
The reason behind the Casio G'zOne Commando costing ten dollars more than the Droid Incredible 2 is shrouded with secrecy so, we can't tell you why that is. What we can tell you though is that, if you head on over to the Verizon Wireless website right now you can place an order for the device of your choosing.
Hot off the feed of our favorite Chinese leak-a-thon we have the HTC Rider. No other details, really, but this sure looks a whole lot like ... your basic HTC phone, or the EVO 3D headed to shores unknown. Where it's going and when it's going to get there? Well, your guess is as good as ours.
We've been hearing about a beta test OTA for the Atrix 4G update for about a week but still have no reports of anyone receiving it just yet. We did discover the changelog though, and it has a few things of interest there, notably a "Data Speed Increase" which everyone is hoping will unlock HSUPA on the handset. There is also mention of connection improvements and improvements to cut down on the screen freezing many are seeing. During my time with the Atrix 4G, I found the data issues and screen stutter to be much more aggravating than the lack of HSUPA, so seeing those two addressed is a big plus.
We have our eyes and ears open for more information about the 4.1.83 update, but in the meantime you can check out the change log and discuss what you think it all meansin the Atrix forums.
OK, all you kids with your crazy rooted Samsung Epic 4Gs. If you're ready to get some semi-official leaked Gingerbread onto your phones, ACS has let loose the ED12 build that we've been talking about. It's deodexed and already rooted, if you're into that sort of thing.
This is is leaked, folks, and as such there are a few bugs to be mentioned from the stock package, including:
Wake lag present
Does not boot when plugged in and powered off, unplug to boot
Temperature sensor readings are incorrect. You may see interrupted charging due to bad battery temp readings.
Slide to unlock button sometimes 'sticks'
Has Carrier IQ (dieplz
Snag the downloads and the full instructions at the source link below, and get to flashing!
The folks at C Skills have done their magic again, this time with Gingerbread (and possibly Honeycomb) and have released GingerBreak. If you don't keep up with this sort of thing, the C Skills team are the people who brought us the rageagainstthecage exploit. Besides having a run-on sentence for a name, this is the trick that can root any device running Froyo. Since it isn't going to work on Gingerbread, the fellas have jumped ahead of the game and found one that will, and are pretty confident that it will crack Honeycomb and Froyo, too.
Now all we need is devices that aren't OEM unlockable to ship with Gingerbread so we can test it.
Brief Mobile's source tells them it's got a goal of May 15 to finish up the Android 2.3.3 update, but the same source also says it won't be out before the EVO 3D, which might or might not be on June 5. So will we see a more recent build before then? It's certainly possible.
I know Qik and Skype have been all the rage lately, pushing out major updates and whatnot, but we shouldn't forget about our video chatting friends at Fring.
Fring is priding itself on another first in the video chat arena, introducing group video chat before its competitors. Group video chat supports up to four people simultaneously, and if this video is any indication, can lead to some pretty sweet spontaneous jam sessions.
A 17-year-old in Virginia is making headlines by being the first to create a digital record of every Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran buried in Arlington National Cemetery, a task aided in part by his new Motorola Xoom. Richard Gilleland III, a high school junior in Stafford, Va., began the project last year, and has maintained preserveandhonor.com, a digital directory of recently fallen soldiers, the only one of its kind. As today’s Los Angeles Times points out, Gilleland is now using his Motorola Xoom, which he received as a gift for his 17th birthday, to help with the ongoing project. Hard to think of a more honorable way of putting the Xoom to good use.
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