It's (unfortunately) pretty normal for Android to still play second fiddle when it comes to app development. We see iOS get 'em first, then Android. Not so in the case of Formula 1, which broke the news on its website.
The popular racing league is prepping an Android application with push notifications for the start of the upcoming season. It's being developed in conjunction with Vodafone and will feature "live timing data direct to your phone from every session of the Grand Prix weekend." You'll need to be registered with Formula1.com to take advantage of all the features.
There also will be track and weather info, track status indicator, text commentary, and results for every race of the season, a calendar and standings. Basically, everything an F1 fan could want.
No precise date was given for release, but we'd look for it soon, with the Quantas Australian Grand Prix scheduled for March 25-27 in Melbourne. F1 says iOS and other platforms will follow. [Formula 1 via @racelike]
Another week has ended, and still no HTC Thunderbolt, but believe it or not there has been other news in the Android world. So if you found yourself caught up in that Angry Birds update, and missed any news this week, be sure to check below for what you may have missed.
After its announcement back at CES, we have heard next to nothing about Hulu Plus coming to Android. Well, Hulu has now gone and thrown up an image of a Nexus S along with a "coming soon" for "Android OS 2.2 phones" on their list of Hulu Plus compatible devices. As the Nexus S is an Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" phone, we can presume that Froyo is the minimum OS requirement. Tablets are not specifically mentioned so it may well be that only phones will be supported at launch. Either way, hopefully this means that the app really is "coming soon" and we will have our questions answered (as well as satisfying our need to watch Fringe on the go) shortly. [Hulu] Thanks to everyone that sent this in!
It looks like the Motorola Xoom is joining the HTC Thunderbolt in the "leaked docs from big box stores" department, as Droid Life got some goods from a Staples insider showing the long awaited WiFi-only model coming March 27, at a price point of $599.98. That works out to the same price point as the 32 GB WiFi model of the iPad 2, and should quiet the folks crying for a carrier free, WiFi-only model (like yours truly).
While we've learned that leaked sales ads and internal inventory screens don't guarantee anything, they are a good indicator that we're close. This should certainly help boost sales, and more importantly, developers who were waiting for the WiFi-only model can get to cracking. The inventory screen is after the break. [Droid-Life via Android Central forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Searching for Android applications that will enhance your daily life can be a bit of a difficult task, because sometimes if you don't know it exists, you won't know to search for it. Part of our goal here is to bring our favorite readers some of our favorite applications each week, so let's take a look at some of our favorites from this past week.
When we first got a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch at Mobile World Congress, it was your usual trade show free-for all. But the upcoming Honeycomb device (when's this thing gonna drop, anyway?) has shed its Samsung shackles and apparently paraded around the streets of Paris for the AndroidHD blog, which churned out 11 minutes of quality video in return. Nothing too new here, but you get another good look at the hardware, a good look at the software and some sample pics taken from the 8MP rear camera. [AndroidHD]
If you have thought about how awesome it would be to use your Motorola Xoom as an in car media player, or for navigation, you are not alone. Android Central forums member 3800scpowered took to creating a custom car dock for the Xoom for this very reason. With the use of some aluminum, and the standard desk dock for the device, a rather unique, yet professional looking car dock for the Xoom was created. It's wired for power from the car to keep it charged while on the go. Hit the source link for more pics and all the details. [Android Central Forums]
HTC threw out a piece of HTC ThunderBolt news, to let us all know another piece of HTC ThunderBolt news is coming "soon." On its Facebook page, HTC had this to say:
There is a lot of excitement about the first Verizon LTE device, the HTC ThunderBolt. HTC and Verizon will officially and publicly announce the Thunderbolt launch dates soon. Please stay tuned for the debut of this great new device.
So yeah, it is just a nice way of letting us know there's more waiting to be done. But at least this time it's official, and we know you guys love you some ThunderBolt news. And I'm afraid of what you would do to me if you found out I knew this one and didn't share :p [Facebook via Twitter] Thanks, Cory!
The Kyocera Echo, the first dual screen Android device which is set to release on Sprint, has finally made its way to the FCC. This device, which consists of two 3.5 inch screens that can be folded out for a single 4.7 inch viewing space is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and carries 1GB of on board memory. The Kyocera Echo is certainly the first of its kind, and a quite revolutionary, and we wait to see how it will do in the Android consumer market today. [FCC]
Well, that didn't take long. Just half a day or so since Adobe announced that Flash Player 10.2 would drop for Android on March 18, and the darn thing's already leaked out. This is the version that the Motorola Xoom has been waiting for, of course. So we fired it up on a Xoom, and -- behold, Flash! It's also running decently on our CyanogenMod 7 device (that's Gingerbread for you teetotallers), and our man Alex has it on his Froyo'd HTC Desire. That's not to say there's not some stuttering, still, but who's to say if this is a final build -- or if it's early and busted. If you're the adventurous type, give it a shot. [via My Droid World] Thanks, Sean!
You will notice this device certainly looks just like the HTC Incredible S, which we went hands on with at MWC, only difference appears to be the branding. We hope to hear some more information about the release of this device in the coming weeks, and our fingers are crossed that it won't have the same stocking issues the original had. [via AndroidSPIN]
Wewt! The weekend is here finally upon us so, we hope you all enjoy it. We've had busy week here at Android Central between the blog posts and all the new forums posts. Lots of new happening and rumors are once again starting to flow for some upcoming device release dates. If you missed anything this week be sure to go back and check it out, especially the Android Central podcast.
Nullsoft has updated the Android version of Winamp, its multi-platform music player to version 1.0, adding a host of new features and bug fixes along the way.
Changes include gesture controls, redesigned home and "now playing" screens, as well as "listen to..." Voice Action integration and a "free music" section. Sony Ericsson Xperia series owners will also be pleased to hear that issues causing Winamp to crash on their phones have been resolved in version 1.0.
Our first impressions of Winamp 1.0 were very good -- the app is fast, easy to navigate and it integrates well with the OS. If you're not satisfied with your phone's stock music player, or if you're big on SHOUTcasting, then we'd recommend you take Winamp for a spin.
Winamp 1.0 for Android is available now for free. QR codes and Market links can be found after the break.
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified Android smartphone, will launch in the UK on Mar. 31 with six games pre-installed, according to reports on UK gaming site MCV. The Xperia Play will come pre-loaded with Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Tetris, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA 10 and The Sims 3, with a further 50 games available through the PlayStation Suite online store.
The phone is currently available for pre-order via many British online retailers, with SIM-free prices hovering around £500 (~$800). Subsidized on-contract prices should be competitive, as the Xperia Play is being offered on all major UK networks. Be sure to check out our hands-on coverage of the Xperia Play for more details. [MCV UK]
Looks as though the Motorola Atrix 4G SBF file has leaked out around the Internet. Not exactly something of interest for everyone but if you're ever needing a quick way to get your device back to stock or know how to recover it from being an expensive brick then this is the file you're gonna want to have laying around. Now we just need a magic 4G switch. [Brief Mobile]