Our smartphones are quickly becoming on-the-go computers, so it only makes sense that the amount of data that we access on them is becoming greater, too. When we want to share files between computers and our Android phones, there are quite a few services available - like Dropbox, for example. But there is one problem with services like Dropbox: security. Sure, they may be fine for uploading pictures of the family dog or easily transferring MP3s to your Android device, but what about sensitive data?
According to a tipster at Droid-life, the Motorola XOOM will be receiving a (relatively minor) system update tomorrow, and no - it doesn't include SD card support (exactly why, we can't even begin to guess). Here's the list of changes and additions:
- Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support
- SSL data transfer with websites is now supported
- WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot
- POP 3 HTML emails will display in their entirety
- Bluetooth is now supported in Google Talk
- Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity
- Safely dock the Motorola XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption
- Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse
- View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol
- When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds
Generally, this update seems to fix a lot of bugs and add support for some more technical items - nothing to get too worked up about.
Each Motorola ATRIX owner has seen their fair share of ups and downs, the biggest down of all perhaps being the lack of up(load speeds), as the ATRIX 4G doesn't have HSUPA support out of the box. AT&T has promised a fix for this and we've even seen phantom updates arise to fix the issue. As always, though, when carriers and manufacturers fail us, who do we look to? XDA, of course!
We were all very excited to hear about the Google Docs for Android announcement this morning, and even more so when we learned it came with a special surprise feature: the ability to upload photos of physical documents from your Android phone and have them transcribed by Google Docs into editable text.
So, the first thing I was curious about, naturally, is just how well this new feature works in the real world.
If there is one single Google service that I've wanted on my phone since the day I got it, it's Google Docs. That wait is finally over, because Google has released an official Docs app for Android - and it's nothing short of awesome.
This app not only allows you to view and edit all of your Docs, but also brings a few other killer features. Firstly, it offers a widget that allows you to quickly create a new document, take a picture and upload it, or directly access your starred documents.
Earlier this month Boost Mobile announced the Samsung Galaxy Prevail, the first decent Android handset to land on the Sprint prepaid subsidiary. It's slated to be released just two days from now, and keeping up with its seemingly new demeanor, Samsung has already released the Froyo kernel source code over at the Open Source Developers Center.
While its tiny 3.2 inch screen and crummy 2MP camera certainly don't make this phone anything to write home about, I think it's nice that Sammy is paying attention to the little guys and big guys alike.
You may remember a couple of days ago when Facebook for Android received an update and, for many users (myself included, on all 3 of my Android devices), became a blue-tinted cavalcade of force-closes. Well, it seems that the Facebook team took notice and pushed an update out that (hopefully) remedies the situation for everyone. It now seems to be working flawlessly (well...from the stability standpoint) on both my EVO and Nook Color.
If you use the official Twitter for Android app, then you'll be happy to know that it was updated today. This update brings some pretty decent features, some features that most other clients already have, and others that are nothing to write home about, but are probably welcome anyway. I'll do this the easy way and just give you the list first.
What's in this version:
- Displays search results in a tabbed view
- Add and remove saved searches from universal search suggestions
- SSL used for network requests
- Font size setting
- Tapping on a map in detail view searches nearby Tweets
- Launch links directly from a message
- Ability to delete messages
- Added Tweet count to user profile
- Improved avatar loading
- Improved the way data is cleared to conserve more space
- Fixed a bug where music skips when refreshing, etc.
As much as I love Android, I do have friends and family that are dedicated iPhone users. There has always been a barrier between the two platforms, but that is slowly changing with things like cross-platform games and now, thanks to Qik Video Connect, video chat.
Aside from being cross-platform, Qik Video Connect offers several other nice features, like video mail. If you can't connect live with someone and you just have to show them something, then video mail is the only way to go, right?