If for some reason you were lusting after the Archos 43 upon ogling the company's lineup of Froyo tablets, good news, you can buy one right now from Archos, for a tidy sum of $250 (this is for the 16GB model, the 8GB model is not currently available). What does a quarter of a grand get you? We've provided Archos' full tech specs at the end of the post, as they're quite lengthy. Currently, Archos appears to only be shipping the 43 to Canada and the US, via their online store - somewhat odd, as they are based in France (the French store shows the device is still "Coming Soon").
Google, as it does every month, has released updated Android platform version distribution charts today. What's changed? From last month, not a whole lot. Froyo expanded a solid 3%, from a little over 33% of the Android-verse at the beginning of October to over 36% as of yesterday, with Donut and Cupcake both losing more ground.
Pac-Man hungers for donuts and cupcakes
Éclair actually gained a few tenths of a percent, most likely due to continued sales of Samsung's Galaxy S phones, which are all shipping with Android 2.1 installed. Much of this will probably change come January, however, as Samsung has stated they hope to get all Galaxy S devices running 2.2 before the end of the year.
Well folks, we had a date for the launch of the T-Mobile Comet and now we have a price-$9.99 with a $50.00 rebate on contract. This, coupled with the carrier’s new $10.00/200MB data plan makes for a very good price point for this entry-level smartphone. The Comet will feature 7.2Mbps HSPA, FM radio, an integrated Swype keyboard, microSD expansion up to 32GB, and a 3 megapixel camera. On top of all of that, it will be powered by Froyo! All of this makes for a pretty bad ass device, with the only downside being the QVGA screen.
While this might not attract a hardcore smartphone enthusiast like myself, I can really see a lot of first time smartphone buyers being interested in this.
Are you an existing T-Mobile customer? If so, hurry up and head over to T-Mobile.com, for the new myTouch 4G is awaiting you, just a click away. It appears the official on-contract pricing will be a hefty $299.99, even after a $150 "instant discount." As for the rest of us... we'll just have to wait 'til November 3rd rolls around - or until we can't resist the temptation any longer and go with Wirefly's $149.99 deal.
You may recall Artem's preview post last week, where he showed off the latest in slick Android music players. Well, no longer are you at the mercy of filesharing site download limits, as PowerAMP build 204 is now available in the rather more dependable Android Marketplace. Cough.
With a change log of such length that it would put a cellular network press release to shame, it's fair to say that this latest version of PowerAMP is packing a few new features. Below we've highlighted a few that may be of particular interest:
- Genre support
- Last.fm scrobbling via Simple Last.fm or Scrobble Droid
- Album art fetcher
- Pause on headset disconnect
- New widgets with album art display
- Hide status bar
- Long hold or double press headset button to skip track
- Lock screen orientation
- Lockscreen widget transparency and positioning
- Many, many bug fixes
Check out the full list at PowerAMP's new homepage.
Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.
Best New Android Apps
Angry Aviary Lite
PLEASE READ: This app requires ★ROOT★ access to function & Angry Birds *already* installed on your device, this is not the game itself!
This is a companion app which allows multiple users to maintain personal game state on a single device.
Optimised for hi-res devices!
Can't say we didn't see this one coming - exactly on schedule, Sprint today officially launched its 4G WiMax service in The Big Apple. In addition to NYC, 5 other cities that went live today include Hartford and New Haven in Connecticut, New Brunswick and Trenton in New Jersey, and Tampa in good old Florida.
Epic 4G and EVO 4G users, fire up your devices and give these new networks a good test so that you can feel better about paying that $10 "premium data" fee for all those months before 4G.
As Sprint’s 4G network expands, be sure to follow its growth on our up-to-date 4G Coverage Tracker, right here at Android Police.
As an Angry Birds lover, I have always been slightly disappointed by the fact that when both me and my wife share the same phone to play the game, we never know who set the highest score in every level. Short of splurging the green for a new phone (she is still under contract with her crappy Pre), we now have another option - a small utility wittily called Angry Aviary.
utilizes its elevated privileges (your phone needs to be rooted) to swap Angry Birds profiles around on the fly, thus letting multiple people go through the game at their own pace.
Right alongside the launch of the Galaxy Tab, Verizon prepared to launch two Android-running phones on November 11: the ticker-equipped Samsung Continuum and Motorola's latest lower-end handset, the Citrus.
As previously reported, the Continuum is a member of the Galaxy S family, albeit a rather odd one. The technical specs are largely the same as previous Galaxy S phones, with a few big changes:
- 3.4", 800 x 480 Super AMOLED screen
- 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- 720p recording
- 2 GB internal memory
- 8 GB microSD card pre-installed
- TouchWiz atop Android 2.2
- 96 x 480 "ticker" below main screen
Clearly, what sets the Continuum apart from the slew of other Android phones available is the secondary screen, which is said to be used for notifications, RSS feeds, Facebook, as well as music controls.