While we all drool over the current cutting edge in Android phones, the likes of the Atrix and Droid Bionic that were announced as C.E.S., another kind of revolution is happening at the other end of the spectrum. A great example is the LG Optimus U, which debuted on U.S. Cellular last month. The sibling of the Optimus T, Optimus S and Vortex, it’s a capable Froyo phone that’s only $30.
With CES behind us and CTIA fast approaching, one begins to think about the laundry list of impressive features being added to android handsets and tablets. Dual-core, HD display, HDMI, Wifi hotspot, 3D, Near Field Communication, ‘4G’…the list goes on and on. All features that you want, and need, on your android. Mobile technology and the android operating system have been growing at an amazing pace – think of how far we’ve come from October 2008. From Cupcake to Gingerbread: 5 different versions of android in just over two years – a new version every 5.4 months. What’s left you ask? The mobile battery!
Looking to by one of the hot new phones Verizon announced in the last 2 weeks? After the break is an interesting Info-graphic breaking down the Droid Bionic, iPhone4 and HTC Thunderbolt.
The people over at Android Community are reporting today that a group known as the “DavinciDevelopers” has been doing something pretty lowdown with the Android Market. Namely, taking apps that are in development and in the hands of beta testers and posting them to the Android Market as their own creations. A quote from the Android Community article:
If you missed the Android Guys Thursday Night Droid-Cast on Streamly.tv, you missed a good one! Here is what went down on the live stream:
With Tivo, I almost never watch live TV, delaying even big games and season finales so that I can skip the ads. But since I always have one eye on Twitter, occasionally a surprise is spoiled when I see someone tweet who’s watching in real time. Handmark’s Twitter client Tweetcaster has added a feature that will help solve that problem.
Google’s YouTube team announced Wednesday that a new set of music videos from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West, is now available to those using the latest version of the YouTube app, which requires Android 2.2 or higher. Previously, from major-music-label-backed video distributor VEVO, whose YouTube videos all include a short pre-roll VEVO branding ad, were not available via the app. Based on statements later in the announcement, it sounds like enabling those pre-roll ads was the key to adding VEVO’s content to the app
Well, at least this Samsung phone is getting updated to Froyo. Pre-paid wireless provider Virgin Mobile announced via Twitter that the Intercept, an 800 Mhz landscape slider that launched at Target stores last fall, will be upgraded to Android 2.2 “sometime this spring.”
Since it debuted a year ago, Google Translate has been one of those apps that seems a little like magic, especially to those of us who grew up reading about the Babel fish in Douglas Adams’ novels. Google has just released a new version of the app that takes us a step closer to having a Babel fish in the ear.
T-Mobile is ready to roll out the latest weapon in the war that is 4G phones and networks. Either they swept into action yesterday afternoon, rounding up all the actors
We just received an invitation from Sprint for an event being held in New York City on February 7th. As to what exactly is being unveiled or announced isn’t quite clear. Sprint’s playing coy with the wording, promising another “industry first”. CEO Dan Hesse will be in attendance as will magician David Blaine where they will show us that “the impossible is possible”.
Think twice before you leave a message with that fascinating story about what’s happening to the toenail on your pinky toe: it may end up on Facebook. YouMail (and competitor
Facebook game developer Digital Chocolate is bringing two of its most popular games, Millionaire City and MMA Pro Fighter, to Android, and has launched them on GetJar, an independent cross-platform app store, rather than on the Android Market.
Though the games debuted on GetJar, they are now also available in the Android Market, joining a number of other previous Digital Chocolate releases.