Just a few months ago Google added Tim Bray to their team as an Android Advocate, and today Erick Tseng has announced he will be leaving Google and Android and joining forces with Facebook. For those unaware, Erick is the senior product manager for Android at Google, a very crucial part of the Android team. It is currently unknown how Google will react, and how they will fill the position, but odds are that an opening will be posted soon to get that spot filled quickly. [Erick Tseng (Twitter) via Engadget]
Mark this in the ridiculously cool, we're almost in the future column. Square is aiming to be the new way to take credit card payments and it works on your Android phone today. Simply download the Square app, plug in the dongle into your 3.5mm headphone jack on your Android phone, swipe the credit card through, and you get paid. Square is aiming big and looking to take down entrenched merchant accounts, their system comes contract-free without monthly fees. Users will only pay a very competitive transaction rate. We imagine many tech savvy store owners will make the switch. Check out the video after the jump! [square]
The MyTouch Slide sure has been getting a lot of attention lately, between its appearance on eBay , the first hands on we saw, and the second, but that doesn't appear to stop people from filming the device any chance they can. Another video has surfaced, this time someone that seems a bit more tech savvy, and actually shows off some of the speed of the phone. Still no release date has been set, but with the recent increase in how many of these are appearing in the wild, one would have to speculate that the release is soon to come. [via YouTube]
Seattle – May 12, 2010 – HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
In response to the suit Apple filed against HTC in March, HTC is now countersuing, claiming that Apple is infringing on five of its patents. We're still digging for more details, but the press release mentions that HTC believes the mobile industry should be driven by competition and innovation. Sounds like a jab at the whole state of the current US patent process as well as Apple's lawsuit to me. How much (or how little) this will affect consumers remains to be seen, but rest assured that as soon as we know more, you will too.
HTC also has a new promo video for their "quietly brilliant" campaign backing up their message, it's after the break. That tagline is looking more and more inspired as this fight with Apple heats up.
Is the Android Market acting up for you? Updates not installing? Can't connect? We've heard from a number of you, and you're not alone, as some of you half sought help in Google's forums, to. We've reached out to Google for some assistance. But in the meantime, Alphabets in our forums offers some help. Go to your main settings>applications>manage applications>Market. Then choose "Clear cache" and "Uninstall updates" and give things another go. Let us know if that works for you.
Verizon has gone ahead and made the LG Ally official. You can go on and pick up it in stores and online on May 20th, but pre-orders on line start tomorrow, May 13th (both as rumored). The price is a reasonable $99 after 2 year contract and a $100 rebate.
Big V is touting the "tempered glass touch screen," which clocks in with WVGA at 3.2" diagonally, it's attached to a body with a slide-out keyboard and the standard Android fixins: Android 2.1, microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2mp camera, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM and S-GPS.
T-Mobile's "Project Emerald." Just the sound of it alone excites us. The guys at Tmonews have heard that T-Mobile is planning to launch "Project Emerald" and according to them, it's definitely going to be a handset launch. That handset? A device that's on par with the Nexus One. T-Mobile has in the past, referred to their major moves as "projects" (remember project dark?) and given Tmonews' solid track record with all things T-Mobile, we're not doubting that this project exists. And given T-Mobile's 4th place standing among national carriers, the project needs to be big enough to shake things up.
The question is, what type of device could gain that sort of excitement? Tmonews suggests the HTC Desire, which would be a really great release for T-Mobile given that the very similar Droid Incredible has been very successful on Verizon thus far. An updated Desire that would take advantage of T-Mobile's new HSPA+ network would be even better, sort of a Evo 4G and Droid Incredible compromise if you will. But then again, this could just be a fancy way of releasing the myTouch 3G Slide. What do you guys think "Project Emerald" will be?
The lovely little Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini just cleared the FCC and is maybe on its way to release, well, somewhere. Our previous report had pointed both the X10 Mini & X10 Mini Pro to our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada, but this particular device that cleared the FCC is packing European-friendly bands.
Not that Android is a slouch, but let's face it -- we'd all love a faster operating system. And it looks like may well be getting one in Android 2.2 (aka Froyo), and something to the tune of 450 times percent faster. Android Police managed to snag a build and run some tests, and they show some major under-the-hood tweaking speeds up non-native apps by the whopping 450 percent. And have we mentioned it's 450 percent faster? We're still a long way (OK, not that long, we should find out a lot more next week) from actually using any of this (let alone seeing it) in the wild. But should all this pan out, it should curb some of those Flash fears. [Android Police]
If you're chomping at the bit for the T-Mobile Garminfone, you shouldn't have to wait too much longer. A mere $199 (or $450 off contract) will get you the Garmin-Asus special sauce of turn-by-turn navigation, on top of Android 1.6 on a 3.5-inch display, and it's coming in June. Yeah, we're excited, too. [Phonescoop]
It should come as little surprise that Google's working on its own tablet because, well, we've told you as much. (Plus there's the Dell, HTC, Toshiba and Samsung variety rumors floating around out there, too.) And it should come as little surprise that Verizon has declared itself the carrier of choice because, well, its CEO has said as much. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Lowell McAdam openly said his company is looking to catch up (or is it cash in?) on the popularity AT&T has seen with the iPad. And Bloomberg reports that the tablet indeed would run Android, and that more details would come out this week. (Ahead of Google I/O? We'll see.)
Anyhoo, exciting times, indeed. Let's celebrate with a poll, shall we?
Verizon Wireless tends to be rather notorious, along with nearly every other cell phone manufacturer and carrier, for delaying taking its sweet time with OS updates. Android 2.1 has been rumored to be coming to the Droid Eris for quite some time now, then some said it was not going to be coming, then we see a release date, and ... yeah, you get the point.
Today was supposed to be the day of the magic for you Droid Eris owners, and it appears Verizon has kept its word, and the rollout has started. This update is scheduled over the course of two weeks, so keep checking your device for updates, and hit up the forums to see who's got it, and what's in the update. And for those that missed the change log, be sure to check it out after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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Want to test out the durability of your Incredible's screen? If not, someone else has already pushed it to it's limits - Incredible scratch test.
We are noticing a pretty large trend of Blackberry users converting over to Android and more specifically to the Incredible. If you are one of them be sure to visit this thread - Blackberry to Incredible.
It's not the most cryptic of codes, but Cellular South slipped into a tweet today that it's going to offer the Motorola Milestone (aka the Droid to you folks on Verizon) as its previously announced "game changer." We've highlighted the important part above for those of you who aren't quite up on your word games. Cause we're givers. No word yet on pricing or exactly when it'll be available. [XL Tweet via Android Guys]
It sure is nice when the folks building your operating system also make some of the best applications around. Proof -- Google Maps for Android's new updates. Little things make for great software, and the Google maps app is chock full of them. Today's update brings biking directions, a direct shortcut to turn by turn navigation in the app drawer, and the coolest new feature is destination sharing. Enter your destination and you can now share the address with your friends via email or SMS, as well as popular social media sites like Facebook, Buzz or Twitter. Open your market app and update maps to check out the new features. Android 1.6+ only. Sorry Cupcakers. [via Google Mobile Blog]
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