The various live wallpapers that are available on Android are one of my personal favorite parts, because sadly they can keep me entertained by just watching them. While the market is certainly flooded with live wallpapers, there are not very many which offer extensive customization options, but luckily Gravitron is one of the ones that do, and they offer quite a few options. This live wallpaper, which is based around a bunch of flying particles, gives you near complete control of the look of the wallpaper, with customization features including:
Built-in presets: Original, Patriot, Love, Bokeh, Pride, Droid, St. Patrick's day, and more.
10 shapes for particles & decoration
Color randomization & cycling
Up to 8 colors preselection
Background color selection
Camera movement adjustment: speed, distance and behaviour (3D positioning)
In addition to all these custom settings, they have implemented the ability to save and load various presets, and soon they hope to have the ability to share these via Twitter. For less then $1 you can have all these features, as well as whatever they are able to add in the future, so if you want a live wallpaper that you are able to customize fully, be sure to check this out. Download links, and video can be found after the break.
The Froyo (Android 2.2) OTA update for the Cellular South HTC Desire is approved and on the way. According to Cellular South's Facebook page, users should receive notification of the OTA update "over the next few days", and some phones will be able to manually check for the OTA by midnight tonight.
To manually check your Desire for any available updates, simply press Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Software Updates > Check Now. A larger overview, and a full explanation of what to expect can be found at the source link. Froyo really breathes new life into the Desire, so Cell South users are in for a real treat even if it is a bit late. [Cellular South Discover Center]
The HTC Evo Shift 4G has joined the CyanogenMod 7 club, with an early, still unofficial build getting pretty good reviews. Android Central Moderator and Evo Shift user Big D5 has this to say:
I have been running this ROM all day. I have tested just about everything, at least everything I use daily, with no issues. Bluetooth works, GPS works, WIMAX works. This ROM is OC'ed to 1.5 mhz, it is fast and smooth. I am getting 1500's in Quadrant without even trying, meaning that is with everything on. If you like you some CM and Gingerbread jump on this ROM. I am glad I did.
Sure sounds like a fine way to make a great phone a little bit better. If you're rocking an Evo Shift, hit the Android Central Shift 4G forums for discussion, download info (IRC required), and a simple flashing method. Thanks, Dave, for the heads up!
As we are all well aware, the HTC Thunderbolt was released yesterday, and while the device had been heavily anticipated, and nearly everything to know about it was brought to light before the release, HTC felt it would be cool to release an extra little video. The video above spotlights more to the behind the scenes action, the thoughts that went into producing Verizon's first 4G LTE device, and how HTC is truly inspired by each and every one of it's device users. [Youtube via PhoneArena]
The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi model has yet to even be announced officially, but that has not stopped Amazon from placing the device up on for pre-orders. The folks over at AndroidOS spotted this page while surfing around Amazon, and while it doesn't have an actual ship date yet, it does show a price tag of $379. Listed on the site as some of the key features of this device are:
Android™ 2.2-based tablet with over-the-air upgrade capability for future OS releases
Vibrant 7", multitouch display with full Adobe® Flash 10.1
1.3 MP front-facing camera for face-to-face chats on popular services such as Qik® or Skype™
16GB of internal storage, plus Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth® and built-in GPS
Although many folks were not pleased to find out that AT&T had disabled HSUPA uploads on their freshly purchased Motorola Atrix it now appears as though Bell is deserving of some backlash as well. Having launched their version of the Motorola Atrix just yesterday, many Bell users have been putting the device to the test and drawing the conclusion that it too, has HSUPA disabled in the software. No word from Bell yet regarding the situation but it's certainly one I'll be following along with in hopes they come to their senses and enable it later on as AT&T plans to. [XDA via Engadget]
By now many of you have your shiny new HTC Thunderbolt in your clutches, and are tired from staying up all night playing with it. Here's a question for you all -- how's your battery life turning out? We all know that Android phones, HTC Android phones in particular, don't have a very good reputation when it comes to battery life. Android is a very internet-centric operating system, and with all that data streaming in and out, you're going to use more battery power. Combine that with the extra radio that an LTE or WiMax device uses, and things aren't going to get better. To top it all off, there isn't an easy to use toggle to shut down the 4G radio when not in use on the Thunderbolt like there is on some other 4G Android phones. We're not second guessing Verizon or HTC on that one, but it certainly seems like an odd omission.
So we figure the best way to gauge battery life is to ask. Let us know in the poll, and hit the Thunderbolt forums for some tips to get the most out of your battery.
Google has responded to the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan with a new experimental version of Google Translate which it hopes will make it easier for those affected by the tragic events to communicate.
Like the version of Google Translate available on the Android Market, the app supports text and voice translation between over 50 languages, including Japanese. What's new in this version, however, is "conversation mode", which combines speech-to-text, translation and text-to-speech technology to make it easier to speak directly to someone in another language.
The experimental app supports Android 2.0 and above, and requires that your phone is set to accept non-Market app downloads. You can grab it using the QR code after the jump, or at the source link. [Google Crisis Response]
If you are a Sprint user that has been eying the Motorola Xoom, and anxiously awaiting its Wi-Fi model release so you don't have to jump ship, a glimmer of hope has come for you. Sprint Users forums member rofl, who is apparently a rather trusty leaker of these types of things, has outed the Motorola Xoom showing a pretty Sprint logo. While we still have no release date, or real information on this device, it is a good sign to see that it is wearing the branding of other carriers. [SprintUsers via BGR]
Toshiba's 10.1 inch tablet (see our hands-on from CES 2011) now has its own sign-up page on Amazon.com. The Tegra 2 based tablet features "Adaptive Display Technology", which is video upscaling on the 1200x800 16:10 screen. Combined with a full-sized SD card slot, full-sized USB port, HDMI port and mini-USB, this one looks to be a very nice piece of hardware.
There's no word on pricing or an availability date, but if you're interested you can sign up to be notified from Amazon when more information becomes available. [Amazon] Thanks, Randy!
Look, we might as well just get this out of the way right now. The upcoming T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is not going to be a device for everyone by any means. The name itself gives some folks out there bad vibes but that doesn't mean the device overall doesn't deserve a fair shake. When you look at the situation -- it is still a Sidekick. But really, it is a new breed of Sidekick. It's no longer running the same OS as before and now T-Mobile has dropped Android onto it.
With that out of the way, T-Mobile has ramped up their push for the new Sidekick 4G and have since released a new video on the T-Mobile blog highlighting some of the features of the device. While it's really a run through of how Android looks, and works on the Sidekick 4G it gives us all a better look at device and how it will run.
In other Sidekick 4G news, we've also now learned that T-Mobile will be including HotSpot and broadband tethering capabilities when the Sidekick 4G hits the market. As well, the specs call for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with 1GB of on-board storage with a 2GB microSD shipping along with it. [Phonescoop and T-Mobile]
It is always great to see successful iOS games make their way onto the Android platform, but sadly this isn't something we see every day. Guerrilla Bob, an action shooting game, brings some stunning graphics to Android, and offers some rather entertaining game play. Unlike many other applications, this game offers cross platform game play, which allows Android owners to play vs PC or iOS users if they so wish. In addition to this the game offers a Story Campaign, a Classic Survival Mode as well as a War Attack Mode, which will allow each user to find a style that is fitting for them. Guerrilla Bob has OpenFeint support, along with tons of other great features. For only $2.99 this game is certainly one you will want to check out. Game trailer to be found after the break, along with download information.
Are you still holding on to your OG Motorola Droid, and loving every second of it? As you may have noticed, if you are not rooted, and on a custom ROM, the device has recently been pushed an OTA update to FRG83G. While the update is still no Gingerbread love, it does help resolve those pesky SMS issues where it was sending your messages to the wrong people. So, if you have not already been pushed the update, be sure to check for it manually, and we hope this helps resolve any issues you may have been having! Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Now that everyone is getting settled and testing out their HTC Thunderbolts to the max, we have a whole forum full of first impressions, speed tests and pics. No better review then from users themselves. Hop on into the forums and see if the device itself, lives up to the hype it was given.