As you may remember, Adobe had a bit of a falling out with Apple last month, and vowed to instead gun for Android at full speed. With that announcement, we found out that the private Air/Flash beta has been a huge success with developers, with some porting their apps from Flash/Air to Android in a matter of hours.
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.
Thank you to everyone who entered AndroidPolice.com's first contest - we've had quite a turnout!
Up for grabs we had 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys. There were 62 contest entries, listed below:
|Afal88||Howard Chiang||Michale||Senne Mennes|
|Bennet Manuel||Joe Layne||mwardrop2||Starzcat|
|DavidA||Johan Larsson||Nicholas Bowman||Tenorikuma|
Yesterday night, the world saw the newly updated ROM v2.08 finally go live with the following changelog:
- New DConfig tweaker tool
- Theme Server
- New beefed up apps2sd. If any errors are encountered post /data/dcboot.log
- Scheduler tweaks
- Working Friendsync
- Gallery3d fully working
- Newer XDA keyboard
- Fixed sprint NFL
- Optimized Even more/Cleaned up directories
- Connection tweaks
- Fixed Facebook sync
- Ring delay fixes
- More dalvik tweaks
- Potential audio fix & battery life fix
**First boot will take awhile if upgrading.
Ever wondered what the whole Android custom ROM scene was about?
What is all this talk of installing "aftermarket", custom upgrades on your phone?
Who needs it? Why do it? Is it safe?
Don't fret - I'm here to explain - the AndroidPolice Academy is now in session.
The moment you, MyTouch 3G and G1 users, have been waiting for is here! Only minutes ago Cyanogen announced the availability of CyanogenMod 5.0.7 ROM (v. Test1) which brings Android 2.1 to MT3G and G1:
Full instructions and downloads for this first version (Test1) are available at this CyanogenMod forum post and are cached below (the forum is SLAMMED).
G1 users: note that you need "DangerSPL" (or DeathSPL or Haykuro's SPL or whatever you prefer) in order for this ROM to fit onto your phone.
Paul, who rooted the HTC Desire earlier this week, is on a roll!
Here are the current instructions (29/Apr r1) from Paul himself:
Wow, what a day. First, Wirefly.com announced a special price that was cheaper than Verizon's or Best Buy's, and now Amazon.com one-upped them and is currently offering the HTC Droid Incredible at $99!
That's $100 cheaper than VZW.com (which is currently sold out) or Best Buy, and comes with a FREE 2-day shipping when purchased with a service plan.
Moreover, Amazon traditionally doesn't charge any tax in most states. We are not sure whether they do on the phones or not so if someone could clarify that in the comments, it would be great.
Only a day after @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com, defeated HTC's new protection techniques and successfully rooted HTC Desire, he strikes again with a successful root of HTC Legend, using pretty much the same methods.
The hack is coming ASAP but for now we can all admire the following beauty in tweet form:
Update: a new tweet from Paul:
Update: full instructions now available!
Of course, we will update you when the details of the root become public.
In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).
Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:
- Comparable size-wise
- Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
- Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
- Both have a virtual keyboard
- Speech-to-text on both phones
- Both have a dual LED flash
- 1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
- The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
- No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
- Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
- Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
- Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
- Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid
- Both are running Android 2.1
- Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
- Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
- Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
- Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)
The video follows:
So, who wins?
Update: VZW.com is currently sold out of the Incredible but you can still get it from Wirefly.
Buy It With A Discount
Starting immediately, Wirefly.com, one of the biggest online mobile phone retailers, is opening up the sale of the HTC Droid Incredible for a low, low price of … well, unfortunately we can't tell you due to certain restrictions but here what we can tell you: