Wednesday, we meet again -- halfway through the week and while Lloyd is off strutting his stuff in Best Buy training material we've been keeping the blogs and forums going in his absence. If you're looking for some help, have some Android related questions or just want to chat then by all means, join us in the forums. Check out some of the threads below to get started:
If you're a total photography fiend that hates the idea of using your USB cable to pull your photos and videos off your phone (and let's be honest, cables were SO last year), then you're going to love Camsy.
Camsy is an automatically syncing, cloud-based solution for the photos and videos on your phone. Snap a shot and Camsy will upload it to their server, so in the event of, say, your Droid 2 exploding in your ear, your media will continue to live in harmony in the cloud.
So at Microsoft's MIX developer conference today in Las Vegas, Microsoft VP of Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore did a little HTML test showing IE9 on a future version of Windows Phone. And it appears to blow the Nexus S and iPhone 4 out of the water.
What's odd is that I can't even get the Nexus One I have here to run it that well. Want to try it yourself? What sort of magical sorcery has Microsoft unleashed? Dunno. But you can give it a shot at this link if you want.
Oh, and our other question is this: How many major updates will Android see before Microsoft gets its "Mango" update out the door? Zing! [Geekwire via WPCentral]
If you thought Motorola's tablet efforts were done now that the Motorola XOOM has been released, then you may be surprised by this little bit of news. It looks as though they'll be going after the enterprise environment now with a brand new, Gingerbread powered tablet that will be going into beta testing come October.
As outlined above, specs are calling for a dual-core 1GHz OMAP 4 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB NAND, a 7-inch LCD display, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, all with USB connectivity and a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing. And check out that expansion module for "snap in peripherals."
Taking some styling from the Motorola Defy, this upcoming tablet is noted to withstand a four foot drop all while being protected from dust, extreme temperatures and even water. Although, we're not suggesting you take it swimming. [Engadget]
If you've ever put a custom ROM on your Android phone (or are looking to do so), chances are you've used ROM Manager. And it's getting spruced up in its latest version. Things are a little prettier, a little more friendly. And that sort of touch makes the easiest way to install custom ROMs even easier. Download links are after the break. And remember that you've gotta be rooted for any of this.
Otterbox has always been one of my favorite cases, regardless of which device I am using at the time, and when I get a new device it is usually one of the first things I purchase. When I got my Droid 2, it was no different, I headed right to the Android Central store and picked up an Otterbox Commuter for the Droid 2 to ensure that my device was safe.
The standard Otterbox packaging has the case, a screen cleaner, and a screen protector. I ripped it open, and put it right on, because I had a couple of concerns of how it would fit, and affect the feel of the device as a whole. After installing the case initially I knew it would take a little bit of getting used to, with the added size and the different feel.
The Droid 2, even with the slide-out keyboard, maintains a rather slim profile, which was one of the main appeals of the device to me. Though I enjoyed the slim profile of the device, protection is always more important for me, and I am more then willing to sacrifice a little bit of size in order to add protection. While I try to be careful with the device, no one is perfect, and having a 4 year old at home who likes to play with everything, it is essential.
The case fits very snug to the device, which helps optimize the amount of protection. There are cutouts for the headphone jack and USB port of the device, and the volume rocker is raised making it easy to use. The 2 piece design allows for the device to slide easily, and not get in the way. One thing that made me nervous was if the top half of the case would affect use of the top keyboard row when the device is slid open, but luckily that was not the case.
The commuter series from Otterbox has always been the one that has felt the best, with the hard plastic, and gel combination, allowing for optimal grip and protection. The inside of the case is a thin gel, which is wrapped with a hard plastic, and the back has a brushed metal look to it. The front piece is just a single solid plastic piece, which is designed well, and even follows the curve at the bottom of the screen very well.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Playmissed its planned Apr. 1 launch date on O2 UK because of software issues found during testing, but now it seems these bugs have been successfully squished and the phone is almost ready to launch on O2's network. Posting on the carrier's official blog, Stuart Hibbard, O2's head of testing, said the arrival of fixed firmware from Sony Ericsson is an "important milestone" and that the Xperia Play is now "nearly ready for release".
No specific release date has been announced, but O2's product page for the Xperia Play has a link where prospective customers can sign up for updates on the phone's availability. [O2 Blog, Xperia Play on O2]
The HTC Sensation may be launching first on Vodafone UK next month, but that's not stopping other British carriers from getting in on the action once the month-long exclusivity deal is up. Today the four other major networks have confirmed that they'll be carrying the Sensation, though not all have committed to any particular release window.
T-Mobile and Orange will be next in line to get HTC's new flagship device, with both networks planning a June release. Three expects to launch the phone "this summer", while O2 has confirmed it'll be carrying the Sensation, but offers no further information. [@TMobileOfficial, @conrofromorange, @O2, Three Media Center]
First off, only four phones are currently supported, and chances are you don't have any of them. Supported are the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo. Yeah. We don't have those yet, either. The site also notes that your phone needs to be SIM unlocked if you want to unlock the bootloader. Again, not something you see very often here in the states.
And then there's the process of actually unlocking the bootloader. Don't have the Android SDK? Well, get to downloadin', son. (Actually. if you don't already have the SDK, chances are you have no business unlocking a bootloader in the first place.) Then you'll need to do a little bit of fastboot trickery (aka copying and pasting a few commands). Again, nothing you shouldn't be able to do if you know what a bootloader is, and why you'd want to unlock it.
So for n00bs, this is not. But kudos to Sony Ericsson for making good on its promise. Hit the source link if you want to get to unlocking. And let's just hope we see more phones supported in the future. [Sony Ericsson via xperiablog.net] Thanks, Rick!
HTC has released video footage of yesterday's HTC Sensation launch event in London. Hosted by Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe and Philip Blair, VP of Products and Services, the presentation offers a reflection on HTC's current European line-up, as well as a showcase of the Sensation's main features.
The video is available in two flavors -- a 13-minute "highlights" reel which we've embedded above, and a full 23-minute version which you can find after the jump. [HTC on YouTube]
Best Buy has gone ahead and put up its pre-order page for the WiMax-enabled Sprint Nexus S 4G. The phone will run you $199.99 on new or upgrade two-year contract. We still only have the ever-vague "coming soon" as a launch date, but shipping dates are showing as early as April 14. They aren't yet offering off-contract pricing but hopefully that option will be available once the phone launches. Also worth noting is that you can pick up the original Nexus S on T-Mobile for $99.99 with new or upgrade 2-year contract. [Best Buy] Thanks to DeadlyBatman for the tip!
Can you taste the Droid Incredible 2 just yet? Cause it's getting ever so close. Nick1020 in the Android Central Forums slipped in a few pics of marketing materials that are being unwrapped today. Still no word on when the phone will actually be released -- or even announced -- but it's definitely getting closer.
We're starting to see homescreen and launcher replacements settle into a groove. Nice UIs, smooth transitions, and the Regina launcher fits nicely in that space. It's the same basic principle: You have five home screens on which to flip around and place apps, widgets, shortcuts, folders, etc.
The main homescreen features a slick flip clock (hello, HTC!) and weather widget. The bad news is that the weather widget might not include your town (yes, really) and to add it manually you need to know some sort of region code. Which I don't know. And I'm not going to bother looking up. And it gets a little worse -- to use the weather feature at all, you have to install the Regina Weather and Regina Weather Server apps in addition to the launcher. And then I still have to look up my region code? No, thanks.
But the launcher and homescreens (they're called workspaces here) are pretty nice. And you have secret workspaces that you can password protect and access from the corners of the home screens. That's not all that intuitive, as you'll see me scratch my head in the video after the break.
Transitions are smooth, if a tad slow for our taste, and look sophisticated enough. The launcher only scrolls horizontally -- we'd love to have the option to go vertical. Removing items from the home screen (or uninstalling them altogether) is helped along with some handy graphical reminders.
Check out our video of the Regina launcher and find downlinks after the break.
First T-Mobile, then AT&T, and now Sprint's rolling out the ability to charge Android Market purchases to your Sprint bill. Simple as that. Our pal Steve sent us the screen shot you see above, and "Bill my Sprint account" is listed plain as day.
And Steve's not alone. We've got the memo that's been making the rounds after the break, and it look like carrier billing should be up for everyone in the next couple of days. So if you've been longing to charge your Android apps to your Sprint account, join us in a hearty "Huzzah!" Thanks, Steve and Mek!
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