Google Voice is a great service, allowing a single phone number to ring several different devices at the same time. But sending SMS was like sending smoke signals, in having to wait 15-plus minutes for a reply to be pulled from their servers. (Though that was by default, and you could speed it up to 5 minutes.) Google posted updated the service, allowing inbox synchronization, allowing nearly instant messaging, and an overall performance boost. Another great thing is that they have disabled the SMS forwarding by default when this is selected, so no duplicate SMS settings to worry about, and they added additional features such as the ability to click on a contacts picture and respond to voicemail via email or SMS. Remember, this is still in beta, and requires an invite, so if you have not already, request yours here, and for those using it, this is a must-have update. [via Google Voice Blog]
A year ago, Kyocera announced that they were tossing their hat in the Android mix. A year later, we meet the Kyocera Zio M6000. Though Kyocera isn't a big name in the smartphone industry, the Zio M6000 is a pretty solid effort. It comes with a stellar 3.5-inch 800x480 touchscreen, 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, and Android 1.6. What's most awesome about the Kyocera Zio M6000 is that it's rumored to be $169-$216 unsubsidized (!), that's nearly unheard of for an Android smartphone these days.
If Kyocera finds a US carrier, we think the Zio M6000 might be able to succeed. The design is inoffensive, the specs are good enough, and that price is just so right. What do you guys think?
Yikes. We're getting word that Motoblur has been down for a while now and that many devices are still affected. Specifically, it looks like the Happenings widget in Motoblur hasn't been updating and that the other widgets (Facebook, twitter, etc) haven't been acting properly either. If these problems are as widespread as the forums make it seem, it's a gigantic black eye on the Motoblur experience (which many Android users feel is unnecessary as it is). There's been no official word from Motorola or T-Mobile on this but some are pointing toward a server issue somewhere. We'll be sure to keep you guys posted.
Anyone with a Motoblur device suffering from these problems?
Samsung Mobile president J.K. Shin at this morning's keynote just announced the Samsung Galaxy S, a monster 4-inch Super AMOLED Android phone.
The phone has three main pillars in its inception: Screen, speed and content.
For screen, it ha the new Super AMOLED technology that Samsung unveiled back at Mobile World Congress, which in addition to bringing the brightest screen available, it brings a 20 percent increase in battery life, Shin said.
On the processor side, it features a 1GHz chip -- the new standard for Samsung, Shin said -- bringing better graphics, multitasking and video.
But really, Shin said, it all boils down to content. The greatest screen in the world means nothing if you don't have content for it. And in that end, full-length movies and TV shows are optimized for the device. Also coming are books, newspapers and magazines. You want content? You got content.
We're headed over to get a closer look. Stay tuned.
File this under "Ain't gonna happen." The rampant rumor that Palm's going to ditch webOS for Android just isn't true. Are things kinda dim right now for the boys and girls from Sunnyvale? Maybe a little, depending on who you ask. But, no, they're not about to scrap the OS in favor of Android. Feel free to hash this out among yourselves, but this one's really much ado about nothing. [via PreCentral]
We're settled in for the first keynote of CTIA. Here's who's on tap this morning: AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President & CEO Ralph de la Vega; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd’s President of Mobile Communications Business J.K. Shin; AT&T, Inc’s Chairman of the Board and President & CEO Randall Stephenson; and Telefónica Internacional, USA Inc.’s Chairman Iñaki Urdangarín. Also on board is CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent.
No, none of them will tell you when the Hero or Droid or Moment is getting the 2.1 update. We'll check in after it's all over, however, and look for more throughout the day.
Got a look at a pretty cool (and brand new) backing skin for the Droid last night at the Showstoppers event, part of CTIA here in Las Vegas. It attaches directly to the battery cover and base of the phone and feels pretty darn good.
Sure, you think your network's good. But just how good is it? Root Wireless is looking to answer that and crowdsource the nation's cellular network, at that. Today it released a free beta application that utilizes smartphones as network monitoring devices. (Check out CrackBerry.com's interview with them at CES in January.)
Supported Android devices are the Google Nexus One, Motorola Cliq, HTC Droid Eris and T-Mobile G1.
Here's how it works: You load up Root Wireless' app on your phone, and use it to monitor the network. Then you sign in at MyTrueCoverage.com, and your network strength is plotted on Google Maps. A handy tool if you're looking to determine just how good (or bad) a cell carrier is where you live, work and play. Full presser after the break.
Take a lot of photos? Do you use Picasa to sort and store them? If so, here’s another reason to look towards Mountain View when buying a tablet. Our SPE sister site The iPhone Blog reports the latest from Apple CEO (and part time CSR) Steve Jobs.
…Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?
And the response from Steve Jobs:
No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.
Sent from my iPhone
Granted, it’s his baby and he can decide who and what to support, but the list of iDont’s seems to get bigger each time we hear from Mr. Jobs about this thing. If you’re not using a Mac with Faces and Places, don’t fret. Android has you covered.
Sent from my old Tablet PC tethered to my Android [via TiPb]
On the eve of CTIA (translated: While we're all on planes headed to Las Vegas), Motorola announced the Motorola i1 (aka the Opus One), bringing you the very first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone.
The i1 sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen at 320x480 pixels, WiFi and Opera Mini 5 with Flash Lite, a 5-megapixel camera and 2GB microSD card included. The Swype keyboard also is included.
Exact pricing wasn't announced, and availability is listed only as the second quarter. So look for it in the next three months. Full presser after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. [Motorola]
Well, the HTC Desire sure has seen a lot of headlines lately, and they don't appear to be stopping anytime soon. As we all know the release of this heavily anticipated device is coming near, and finally the device has appeared on the T-Mobile UK site. Not only did the device appear on the site, but now its showing a rather sexy black version, to accompany the silver and brown versions we reported on earlier.
While the news of the release is rather exciting, the site does state it can take around seven days for the shipping process, which lands it right around the rumored April 1st date. As though this is not exciting enough, the pricing of this device landed much lower then many expected, and more pricing details can be found here. Take a look after the jump at a video of this black on in action! [via Engadget]
Today on AT&T's Facebook page it was announced that the Dell Aero, formally known as the Dell Mini 3, will be the next Android device to be launched from AT&T. What's very interesting is the skin that is seen on this UI, and what Android series this will be running over. Knowing AT&T and their ever so fun restrictive Android systems they enjoy to run, this will probably run over 1.5 or 1.6 instead of 2.1, but there is no solid proof of this at the current time. We can hope and pray that AT&T will do the right thing this time, and let this device run a little more freely then the Backflip does. [Sprint via Engadget]