All signs point to a Feb 14 release date for the HTC Thunderbolt, and according to next week's Best Buy advertisement, you will soon be able to pre-order the first LTE phone on Verizon at your local Best Buy. The ad mentions the pre-order with a $50 deposit, and has all the right buzz around LTE speeds, but offers no concrete release date or any hidden specs or features.
What a day thus far. New goodies to play around with, new things to look forward too. Google has clearly been hard at work when it comes to Honeycomb and we can't wait to see it's release. Did you miss out on today's event? If so, hit up the Android Central forums to get caught up and discuss more.
Go ahead, admit it. More than a few of you are waiting on We Rule for Android. It's OK. No reason to be embarrassed. Especially after the demo we got with the game running on a 10-inch dual-core Android 3.0 tablet. And with the new in-app purchases coming to this ngmoco game, you'll have more than enough to keep your hands full.
Did you miss our live coverage or just want to see all of Google's Honeycomb demos shown in video format? Well, Google has your back and has posted a video of their entire Honeycomb event on to YouTube. The video will run just over 50 minutes but is well worth the time as Google employees and guests show off apps, widgets, multitasking, notifications, and more. (And see if you can spot Phil!) [YouTube]
If you're looking for a cost effective monitoring solution then allow us to introduce you to Dropcam if you've not heard of them before. Dropcam is a easy to use, easy to set up service that allows for remote monitoring via your device or web browser when using a Dropcam monitoring system. With the Dropcam Android App you can:
Stream Live Video: Your Dropcam cloud-based cameras stream secure, uninterrupted live video that let you see every single minute of action. With the app, you can watch your video streams or friends’ Dropcam camera streams. Get live, smooth video playback on Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G.
Receive Instant Activity Alerts: The Dropcam system is so intelligent it uses motion and audio detection to identify and capture activity ‘Events’. These activities are displayed as a snapshot on your video timeline so you can check in immediately to see what’s happening. Using the Android app, quickly set up automatic email alerts to get instant notices for motion and noise event detection.
Access Dropcam DVR: The Dropcam DVR captures every second of what your camera sees and stores that video online for up to 30 days. DVR controls let you playback previously recorded events from your personal video stream. You can also download video clips to archive footage permanently.
Previously only available on other platforms, Dropcam has now moved into the Android Market as a free download. If you're a Dropcam system owner already this app compliments the services nicely. If you do not as of yet own a Dropcam system then you may wish to check them out of you're looking for any sort of remote video monitoring solution. Hit the source link for the full product details and a video of the app as well as the download can be found after the break. [Dropcam]
We've gotten so many e-mails about when Tap Tap Revenge might be coming to Android, we started to think there might be some sort of conspiracy afoot. But coming it is, and we've gotten a look at it. Gameplay is exactly as you'd expect, and the music list is the same as on other platforms.
We recently took at look Dungeon Defenders on the LG Optimus 2X, with its dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. So what happens when you scale things up a bit and play it on a Motorola Xoom with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and all that 3D graphics awesomesauce? The video above tells it all.
Gameplay is that much more fun. Graphics are even better than what we saw on the phone. And with the incorporation of the new in-app payments, you'll have new weapons and new defenses at the ready.
Take Google Earth and combine it with the human body, and you get ... Google Body. It's almost exactly what it sounds like -- a three-dimensional, layered look at the human body. It's pretty much a big pile of awesome on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet. And as you'll hear in the video, schools are going to be screaming for this thing.
You can dive through layers just like you might on Google Earth -- skin, bones, muscles, organs, whales, snails and puppy dog tails. What's the name of that muscle you pulled trying to show off how strong you are? Look it up. Start typing and you'll get a predictive search of whatever unspellable body part you're thinking of.
We had a look at Fuze Meeting for Android when it kicked things up a notch and released a tablet-specific application, and now they have gone a step further. Fuze Meeting will be the first collaboration application for Honeycomb, delivering HD mobile video, full hosting abilities and pinch-to-zoom and iPoint laser technology for the Motorola Xoom.
Fuze Box says that hosts and attendees will be able to view up to 10 high resolution videos in a single instance of the app, which should give the new rendering engine in Honeycomb a run for it's money. If they can pull it off well, this will make the Motorola Xoom a serious business tool, and a true competitor to the iPad. Hit the break for the full press release.
The Pulse News feed reader is one of the coolest RSS readers available for Android (and not just because they include our blog). It's graphically awesome on the phone, and it's downright stunning on a Honeycomb tablet.
It's almost too good, actually. You might have to struggle a little bit with the sheer amount of information coming at you -- but that's something we noted with the phone version as well. It's not a knock against the app, it's just that if you happen to be a blogger with a few hundred feeds, things can get a little confusing.
But back to the stunning part. The graphics and transitions on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet are pretty darn smooth, and the home screen widgets showcase some of our favorite parts of the Android 3.0 framework.
The wait is nearly over, folks. Words with Friends is coming to Android this month. We got a look at it with the developer at Google's Honeycomb event, and gameplay is as impressive as you'd expect it to be.
You can play cross-platform, so you can show your iPhone-loving peeps who's boss. It's also going to be available on Android Honeycomb tablets just as soon as they're released. It'll be a free, ad-supported game, though a premium ad-free version is possible, too.
The much acclaimed SwiftKey by Touchtype is coming to Android tablets, the company announced. It's sporting a completely overhauled interface specifically designed for use on tablets, and we must say it looks pretty darn cool. The keyboard is broken up into three sections, with letters on the left, numbers in the middle, and letters on the right. Touchtype says it's designed specifically for typing "with your thumbs". Hit the source link for the full presser, and a video preview of SwiftKey for tablets in action after the break! [SwiftKey]
We heard a lot of news at today's event at Google, and one thing many have been waiting for is in-app purchases. These will allow for things like buying songs, upgrading to premium versions of apps, add extra levels or content, and provide a way to use virtual currency.
Disney Mobile showed off several things today, including in-app purchasing to buy a song for their upcoming Tap Tap Revenge for Android application, and it looks to be integrated really well and should provide a seamless way for end users to enhance their applications, as well as provide developers with a way to generate more income. We all know that happy, well fed developers make for a robust Marketplace and happy users, so we can't wait to see it!
As we've been tuned into the Google live event, something that many folks have been waiting a long time for has now become reality. Yes, the Android Market is now online for purchases straight from you desktop web browser. You can check out the Android Market webstore now although it does not seem fully enabled as of yet as most folks cannot login. Some of the features added to the online webstore include an app and device manager that allows you to install apps direct from the market to your device as well as improved methods of filtering items so that it is ultimately easier to find apps of interest. In addition to those inclusions, Google has also made sure to include as much social networking integration as possible. [Android Market Webstore]
Disney has announced that they are bringing a trio of apps to Android devices. Tap Tap Revenge is the clear highlight, but Jelly Car and Disney Radio shouldn't be overlooked either. Disney said that they had been awaiting in-app purchases to port Tap Tap Revenge over and the games will be available later this spring once in-app purchases launch for the Android Market. They also mentioned that Tap Tap Revenge would run on any Android device with 2.1 Eclair or higher. [Android Central Liveblog]