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Archive for May 17th, 2010
Attention Android fans: LG’s first Android handset, the Ally is now available for pre-order from Verizon. It will hit stores May 20th. This phone can be yours for $99.99 with a new 2 year contract. Not a bad price at all.
Movie buffs may be interested to know that this phone comes with the ability to download a special Iron Man 2 app. The app features augmented reality and never before seen movie clips. Pretty neat.
Engadget had a really good review of the handset, so anyone interested, might want to check that out. I believe it was posted today. To pre-order the device click here!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Go Android!
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- Droid Incredible Pre-Order: April 19th!
The gang over at Phandroid just broke that the Droid (HTC) Incredible will be available for pre-order in just a few days! Over the last week or so there have been brief glimpses of the Incredible bein…
Google today has released on their developer site an updated chart showing the percentages of which flavor of Android are making up what is out in the wild on Android handsets. This is for devs to be able to develop appropriately for the percentages of users out there.
One has to feel for the Android devs out there. I know I do. With this kind of fragmentation it is almost as bad as developing for the web with the many different browsers out there. Notice in the chart below that most of Android users out there are still running 1.5 or 1.6. An interesting fact considering that we are starting to see many apps come out that are 2.1 only. Checkout the chart below to see the breakdown.
The breakdown is as follows:
|Android Platform||Percent of Devices|
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- Google adds Universal Search to Suggest to Mobile Platforms
On their official blog, Google is announcing that they have rolled out Universal Search to their Suggest functionality for mobile platforms. This feature has been enabled for users on the Google home…
Android phones are big on cloud computing, so you gotta stay connected. Smartphone geeks like to toss the word "tethering" around, but what exactly is it and how do you do it? Follow along after the jump and we’ll break it down for you.
Even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Samsung Galaxy S will be headed to T-Mobile’s Android lineup. How do we know you ask? Well it’s simple. There’s this thing called a “media server number” which corresponds with what network the phone will be going to, and in this case the numbers match up perfectly with the big “T.” Now, we know how anxious everybody is to get their hands on the Galaxy S’s Super-AMOLED magic, so hopefully it’s sooner than later that it receives some carrier branding and a long awaited red carpet rollout. [via TmoNews]
The good news: The Android Market web page has gotten a bit of a freshening up ahead of Google IO this week. The bad news: It’s not that much more useful. Sure, you can browse more apps (and do so in a much more intuitive way). But what we really want to see is some actual connectivity between the site and our phones — much (or exactly) like App Brain. We need to be able to purchase, mark for install and rate apps from a web portal. Not just from our phones, and (definitely) not from a stand-alone program on a computer.
Is this redesign a precursor for things to come? We’ll find out this week, we guess. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Android Central forum user doc31 was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the HTC EVO 4G. There’s answers to some of our questions, some pictures from the camera, oh, and did I mention a video showing it in action? Check out the thread in the EVO forums here, and follow the break to see the video as well as some samples from the camera.
It’s no great secret that Cox (as in Cox Cable) is working on on its own wireless service. And low and behold, it appears that Cox may have been using at least one Android phone for what likely is network testing, but maybe more.
Behold, an unbranded CDMA HTC Hero (of the Sprint design variety), purchased off Craigslist for $230. It features a Cox boot screen, which isn’t necessarily strange on a test device, though it’s an interesting detail to add for something that’s not public. It’s running on 1xRTT (our source says he couldn’t get EV-DO working), and it the network’s clearly labeled as "Cox."
Yes, we know this is all stuff that’s easily replicated, so we all need to take this with a little grain of salt. There are more pictures and video after the break for your disbelieving eyes. Thanks, S!
We know that AT&T is planning to release a plethora of Android devices this year. What we don’t know is which ones they are. Rumors have it that a Touch Pro 2 like device will be on the menu. But what’s AT&T got planned for the touch-screen-only crowd?
AndroidGuys has been sent a chat transcript from our buddy Jim C. In it, an AT&T customer support representative has claimed that AT&T will begin carrying the HTC Hero this summer, along with another device, which is still under wraps.
Ingrid: Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today?
Jim: Do you carry the HTC Pure new anymore? All I see is refurbished, there isn’t even a page for the new device.
Ingrid: I will be happy to assist.
Ingrid: HTC is coming out with new phones pretty soon.
Jim: Will they be similar to the Pure?
Ingrid: Better since they will have Android technology.
Jim: Wow, that sounds great. Do you know if they will be touchscreen like the Pure, or have a keyboard?
Ingrid: Touch screen.
Jim: When might I expect to be able to get one? I’m looking to buy soon, but I could wait a few weeks
Ingrid: Anytime now or summer.
Jim: Sounds great. Thanks for the heads up. I just did a quick web search, would this happen to be one of the devices? http://pocketnow.com/tech-news/att-htc-pc70110-is-the-android-touch-pro2
Ingrid: The Hero is one of them the second one we do not have official word yet.
Jim: Would it possibly be the Legend or the Desire? I’m a little confused about the Hero, since that’s an older device, the Legend is basically the successor to it. So might they be the Legend and Desire?
Ingrid: Maybe if you type upcoming phones to AT&T you may get additional information.
Jim: So you cannot confirm if either the Legend or Desire are one of these devices?
Ingrid: Not yet since we do not have official Information, we are getting a new iPhone by June.
Jim: Just wondering do you know the date on that?
Ingrid: By the end of June.
Jim: Have a great day
While it seems highly unlikely that AT&T would adopt a year old phone, stranger things have happened. There’s always the possibility that the representative was, in fact, referring to the HTC Legend, but was just misinformed. At least now we know to expect two devices in the coming months. That’s good news for AT&T subscribers… Or is it? Should these new devices be locked down and Yahoo-ified like the Backflip, you can bet your bottom that Android fans aren’t gonna be happy.
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- HTC Legend is AT&T bound, so says the FCC
Engadget has just posted a picture of FCC origin (see below) showing the HTC Legend sporting AT&T’s 850 and 1900MHz WCDMA bands. The label is the same as the one found inside the unibody case of t…
Just in time for their tenth anniversary, Gameloft has announced the availability ten high-definition 3G games for Android and other smart phone platforms. According to the press release, Gameloft has custom created each game for individual handsets which should enhance the gaming experience.
“Our goal has always been to offer the best gaming experience for each device,” said Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President, Publishing, Gameloft. “With the arrival of smartphones that allow the creation of high quality games, we are excited to bring consumers a unique line up of diverse titles combining rich 3D graphics and intense gameplay”
The ten games available immediately are:
- Asphalt 5
- Let’s Golf!
- Assassin’s Creed
- Hero of Sparta
- Gangstar: West Coast Hustle
- Dungeon Hunter
- Real Football 2010
- N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
- Modern Combat: Sandstorm
- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
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- Gameloft Slowly Un-Embracing Android
Gameloft, a major gaming developer, has started to pull back on their plans for Android.Â The two reasons are potential revenue and adoption of the platform
“We have significantly cut our investme…