Android 2.1+ Two weeks ago, Twitter announced it was developing its own official Android app. Today, that client was released. You can find it now in the Android Market. [link] There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over whether Twitter is effectively stabbing outside developers in the back. But after just a few minutes with the app, that's certainly not the case yet, for a couple reasons. One is that the app is open source -- Google will release the code. The other is that, so far, the app is pretty simple.
That's not to say the app is bad. Far from it. But it's pretty basic. It currently only handles one account at a time (that's a deal-breaker for me). Tweets are displayed simply but effectively. You won't have a problem reading them. All of the usual features are there -- search, retweet (only native retweets, unfortunately), picture upload, etc. But the bells and whistles that you find on such apps as Seesmic and Twidroid keep them at the top of our must-have Twitter app list for now. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in! Screenshots after the break.
Want more on the LG Ally for Verizon? We've got it. It's in a commercial for "Iron Man 2," and it's clearly running Android. That keyboard looks pretty darn usable, but the D-pad could be interesting. We've confirmed that in fact it's Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5MP camera, with all the usual bells and whistles. We've heard a mid-May launch window, but that's still up in the air.
The commercial points us to LG.com/ally, which in turn points to lgim2.com, which says more is coming today. But that's it so far. Check out the commercial after the break. Thanks, J Blair!
Good news for those of you who just have to be able to install applications to the SD card. Google -- which said in January that this would be addressed -- has officially marked the issue (1151, if you're counting at home) with a "future release" status and has closed the thread.
And one Googler replied with the following:
Apologies, but I'm not permitted to disclose scheduling information - suffice to say it's coming soon :) Sorry for being vague, and thank you for your continued patience - I sincerely appreciate it.
Whoa! The WiFi Alliance certified the (likely Android) Motorola MB810 today for IEEE Standard 802.11 b/g/n. Yes, that's the Shadow, and I know a lot of us have been waiting for more info about this screamer. Still no concrete details or specs, but in case you forgot here's what we think we know:-
Full Qwerty landscape slider
4.3-inch capacitive screen
8MP autofocus camera
AT&T 3G GSM radio
If you're an AT&T subscriber, start gathering up the change from your ashtray and from deep down in the couch. This is one you don't wanna miss out on. [via Phonedog]
For you folks in Australia using the HTC Desire on Telstra, know that there's a software update available that should en your GPS woes. You can download it over the air (either WiFi or network), or directly from HTC, though doing it from the desktop will wipe the device. [HTC]
The Vodafone 845, the first Vodafone-branded Android device, is now confirmed for a May launch. No specific date has been given, just May and "coming soon." There is an official video of the phone, and while I can't confirm this, the video makes it look as if it has a resistive touch screen. The first thought behind that is "ouch," but it doesn't look too bad in the video. It's expected to be offered as a bargain phone, so we can't really complain about the lack of fancy features. Video after the break. Thanks to Dave for sending this in. [Vodafone]
Adobe responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' attack on Flash yesterday by dropping a fair big (and well-directed) bombshell of its own: A public preview will be given in a few weeks at Google IO (we'll be there for it), and Flash will see general release for Android in June. Said Adobe CTO Kevin Lunch in his "Moving Forward" post:
We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.
Now all Adobe has to do is deliver. And it damn well better work well out of the box, or the pitchforks are going to be raised pretty quick. [Adobe] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
While you slept, Cyanogen released his Android 2.1 ROM for the HTC Hero Dream and Magic (that's the G1 and myTouch 3G, respectively). Most of the bells and whistles are there, save for the new launcher (app drawer) and stock live wallpapers. And while his ROMs for the Droid and Nexus One are painless (and pretty damn awesome), this one comes with a tad of caution because you have to load the "DangerSPL" to get it to work. And if an SPL flash goes wrong, your phone is pretty much bricked. Full instructions are here.
Meanwhile, it looks like Best Buy Mobile is gearing up for some sort of official update to the Hero. As for exactly what or when? Check back later.
Seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook -- oh, wait, it was, both here and on the special Emergency PalmCast Broadcast in the wake of HP buying Palm for $1.2 billion. Anyhoo, we got a good look at the Airlife 100 at Mobile World Congress but had seen neither hide nor hair of it since. But, as expected, it's now available on Telefonica in Spain, bringing its 10-inch screen and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor for about $300, not counting data plan. [Carrypad via Slashgear]
Caddyman over at androidforums has posted up a new Android 2.1 leak for the Droid Eris. There's a huge list of bugfixes, and from the looks of it the odd connectivity issues Eris users were seeing with the previous leaks should have been addressed, as well as the pesky bugs with the latest Google Voice app. For those of you running one of the previous leaks, this is something you'll want to look at for sure!
Warning - This is leaked beta testing software, and wasn't meant for general use. Flashing it will wipe your phone, and take away root if you have it. As always, use your best judgment and flash at your own risk!
Links, changelog, and further instructions can be found HERE. Thanks, kbaker!
Oh, you wanted to know about the LG Aloha, did you ? Sorry, alls we have here is the LG Ally -- which is what we're told the Aloha actually will be called -- and it's said to be destined for Verizon in the middle of May. Specs should still be about what we've been told for the Aloha (aka the LU2300), with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800 pixels, QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1, 720p video out, 5MP camera and the kinda-weird round D-pad. More or less par for the course these days. More on the Ally as we get it.
HTC has announced its projections for the second quarter, and they are aiming high. HTC says it expects to sell 4.5 million handsets, with revenue to peak at 1.6 billion USD. This is a pretty big jump from the 3.3 million handsets sold in Q1, and the company is ahead of market analyst expectations. In today's ecomony, any earnings increase is nice. This kind of growth is phenomenal, and HTC's CFO Cheng Hui-ming credits the increase to one thing -- the "growing popularity of the Android platform in Europe and the US."
Keep pumping out phones like the Desire, Legend, Incredible, EVO, etc. and the sky is the limit Mr. Hui-ming. We all love stylish, top quality hardware that runs the best Mobile OS on the planet, and can't wait to see what's next. [Financial Times via Engadget]
Let's take a quick look at the new Skyfire 2.0 browser for Android, shall we? Full page rendering? Check. Flash video? Check. Bells and whistles? Check and check. Our quick verdict: So long as you're not worried about any privacy concerns regarding proxy browsers, this could easily become your main browser.
Update: Re-recorded the video to fix an error or three.