History is a great way to get in touch with your surroundings, find out where you came from, and learn the past trials and tribulations of your hometown. Historypin is a great new app that aims to help you with these things by way of photograph. Using geolocation, it allows you to browse through thousands of images and stories relevant to where you're at in the world, as well as overlay the classic image on a modern backdrop in augmented reality fashion.
In a world void of many Honeycomb-specific apps, we often turn to small screen variants in order to fulfill our on-the-go needs. While many of the apps designed for phones work and scale appropriately on the large screen, it often to leads to odd placement of objects, tiny buttons to tap, and other inconveniences that end up being less-than-ideal. Fortunately, Google incorporated a solution to this problem in Android 3.2 (Honeycomb): "zoom mode."
Currently, when you run an app designed for phones on a Honeycomb tablet it stretches everything to fit the screen.
When it comes to tablets, the iPad has dominated the market since it first became available back in early 2010. However, Android has been making slow strides towards the top, taking bigger bites out of iPad sales every quarter, and the figures just announced by IDC speak no differently.
In the first quarter of 2011, Android accounted for 34% of global tablet sales, which is up 8.2% from the previous quarter.
This update brings a number of fixes to the Thunderbolt, including the annoying reboot issue. Other notable fixes:
According to HTC's official Facebook page, the update should begin rolling out by the end of July - but we all know how these things work. I'm sure it's coming, but I wouldn't hold firm to any single date until you actually see the update on your device.
In the ever expanding quest for root access on the EVO 3D and its T-Mo cousin, the Sensation 4G, another chapter has unfolded. XDA devs have achieved sticky-temp root on both handsets, which basically means that temp root will now survive reboot. This still isn't permanent root, though, as the SU binaries are not in the default path(s), but instead an alternate location which can lead to some root apps not functioning properly.
A few weeks ago, we saw a leaked Gingerbread build for the Samsung Epic 4G and it looks like Sammy has been putting the finishing touches on it since then. According to SprintFeed, Epic owners could see an OTA hit their device around July 24th. This is a tentative date, so don't grab the sharpie and make it permanent on the calendar just yet (oh, who am I kidding - no one uses a traditional calendar anymore).
If you've been using the Google+ Android app for any amount of time, then you've probably noticed one thing: there's a lot of white. The majority of the screen - especially on a tablet - is blanketed in with a white backdrop consistently throughout the app. This is, of course, hard on the eyes (especially in a dark room), and can negatively impact battery life on phones with AMOLED displays.
To the rescue comes XDA forum member santiemanuel, offering his own themed mod of the G+ app, simply called Krad+.
The second part of the "Deal Alert" for this morning is the LG Revolution. As long as you're willing to jump from your current carrier and sign on the dotted line with VZW, then you can grab its newest 4G handset for a mere $50 from Wirefly. That's an easy $150 price drop compared to the Big Red sales floor, and $50 less than Amazon's current price.
The Revolution is rocking some pretty decent specs:
- 4.3 Inch 480*800 display
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 16GB built-in storage
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
- Android 2.2
Aside from the ridiculously low price, this phone also includes a $25 Android Market card, saving you even more money.
Update: If you're not into the idea of dropping $379 on this, then you can per-order it from Costco for $50 less ($329). Similarly, Amazon has the pre-order priced at $350, which is still a bit cheaper than ordering direct from Vizio.
If you've been counting down the days until Vizio releases its 8-inch Android-powered tablet, then you can breath a sigh of relief, as pre-orders are now live. The tablet itself is $379, but you can drop $20 extra and get a 16GB SD card and folio style case to go along with it.