Fox News has joined the New York Times, CBS News, and several other mainstream news companies in offering an official app on the Android Market.
The app comes packed with features, including video highlights and live audio streaming from Fox News Radio. It is available for download now via the Market for free. [AppBrain | Fox News] Thanks for the tip, rugbyua9!
Our pals at PhoneScoop are reporting that Verizon is offering a 32GB microSD card for $100 when purchased with a Droid X, which conveniently goes on sale on Thursday for $199. Without a Droid X, the card will cost you $150. That's still a chunk of change either way, but you'll be the first on your block with the largest phone and the largest storage. And can you really put a price on that? [PhoneScoop]
So the bootloader on the Droid Xis locked. We know this. For many developers and hackers, it's a bit of a disappointment as the original Motorola Droid became a de facto dev phone because it ran stock Android 2.0 and had an unlocked bootloader. That allowed them (and us) to easily flash new ROMs onto the phone.
So what's the deal with the Droid X? Motorola's Lori Fraleigh explains in a recent blog post from way back in February:
"We understand there is a community of developers interested in going beyond Android application development and experimenting with Android system development and re-flashing phones. For these developers, we highly recommend obtaining either a Google ADP1 developer phone or a Nexus One, both of which are intended for these purposes. At this time, Motorola Android-based handsets are intended for use by consumers and Android application developers, and we have currently chosen not to go into the business of providing fully unlocked developer phones.
"Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration."
That's the way Moto wants it, and that's the way it will be. For the time being, it looks like the Nexus One will remain Google's official dev phone. It is also a sure bet that the Android hacker community will descend onto the X like a swarm once it is released, so have no fear. And it also stands to reason the "unannounced" Droid 2 might be seeing the same "feature."
Our question to you: Is this a deal-breaker? Or can you still not wait to get your hands on Moto and Verizon's new hotness? [MotoDev via Android and Me]
The final version's faster, we're seeing better and more accurate page rendering, and basically everything you might want in a mobile browser. Opera Mini also compresses data by up to 90 percent before it reaches your phone, which helps with speed and data usage. Check out some video after the break, and give it a try for yourself. [Opera]
One of the great things about Android is the fact that you can change deeply ingrained parts of the operating system to suit your needs, and use applications like SwiftKey beta keyboard. I've been using the closed alpha of this app for quite a while, and was excited when the guys from TouchType reached out to let us know the app was now available for all through the Market. They also included a preview version for testing, so I was able to put the latest version through the paces of a busy day, and am thoroughly pleased. Follow the break to learn a bit more, see some action shots, and read the press release.
HTC sends good news to everyone in Australia by announcing that the Wildfire will be hitting the nation in August on Telstra. The 3.2-inch QVGA device ships with Android 2.1 (Elair) running HTC's Sense UI. In addition, the Wildfire comes with a 5-megapixel camera with flash, a 500 MHz processor, and all the other usual niceties that we have come to expect from HTC's Android offerings. Overall, the Wildfire looks to offer a great choice to Australians looking for an entry-level Android device.
No price or exact date of launch were announced, so we will keep on the lookout for more info as the launch nears. Hit up the links for the press release as well as detailed specs for the phone. [HTC] [Wildfire Specs]
Seems like only yesterday that we were discussing in-app ads, and whether we're willing to put up with them, or fork over a few dollars for a long-free app. Oh, wait. It was yesterday. Fine. Fast-forward to today, then, and see that the ASTRO File Manager has released an app addition (you load it on top of the full ad-supported app) that washes those ads right out of your hair. For $2.99, your file browser can be ad-free.
It's not a new practice, and judging by yesterday's poll, a good number of you are more than willing to fork over a couple bucks. Our only thing is that it's one more thing to reload when we switch phones or ROMs. But our wives and mothers keep telling us most normal people don't have six cell phones or flash their memory every other day, so there's that. Download links after the break, people.
Even though they aren't officially released yet, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate) have already been rooted. We should expect this by now, as it seems like it happens with all the hot new Android phones as they come around. Even better? This is a nice easy method -- no timing, monkeying with SD cards, no sacrificing chickens or doing rain-dances. Just load a file and boot into Samsung's recovery. Very nice to see a manufacturer playing nice with the hacking and development community in a time when some phones are coming locked so tight that if you slid a dollar under the battery door 3 quarters, 2 dimes and a nickle would come out. [xda-developers via Android and Me] Thanks thebizz for the tip!
In just 19 days the Samsung Galaxy S has sold over 300,000 units in Samsung's home country of South Korea, according to sales figures from SK Telecom -- South Korea's largest carrier. Those are some serious numbers, and when you factor in the 300,000 HTC Evo 4G handsets sold by Sprint in approximately the same time frame, you're talking well over a half-million Android phones sold in a month in just two handset launches.
Samsung looks to be seriously on their path to smartphone sales domination, and Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung's Mobile Business Division President, says Samsung expects to sell 10 million (yes million!) units of their Galaxy S smartphones worldwide. From what we've seen of the Galaxy S series, it makes sense -- they're beastly performers in an attractive package, and with a worldwide launch underway my gut tells me they just might hit that mark. Now Sprint and Verizon better get their collective behinds in gear and roll out their versions! [YonHap news via BriefMobile]
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