As exciting as seeing the Gingerbread keyboard leak out was, the fact remained that users stuck on Android 2.1 or below couldn't join in on the fun, and the same went for users of non-rooted devices.
Fortunately, the Android community rests not, and the keyboard has been neatly packaged into an APK and posted for all to see. Thanks to XDA-Developers member hotaru, both Éclair-running and non-rooted handsets can now access Google's latest input method.
This isn't nearly as exciting as that other thing that's just happened, but it's still fun - especially for those of us into cars and/or racing games. EA Mobile released NFS: Shift into the Market about 17 hours ago, and although it obviously packs a lot less than the PC/console version, if it's anywhere close, it should still be a blast to play. The official app description:
Big news from kernel-master toastcfh about an hour ago: WiMax (Sprint's 4G) is now working on CyanogenMod. This has long been one of the most heard complaints from CM fans with EVOs in particular (in fact, just about every time we post on CM, somebody comments about the lack of 4G). At the moment, details are light - for example, we don't know how long it's going to take to make it into a release, or if there's anything special involved.
Amazon has updated their Kindle for Android app to the ridiculously-numbered version 188.8.131.52810146. With the update comes a few notable new features:
Access to over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines
"Move to SD Card" option
Social network integration
Chapter titles now show in the reader status bar
Zoom for images
Volume rocker can function as page up/down
The app supports all versions of Android from 1.6 up. And don't forget - your purchases are linked by account, not device - meaning any books you purchase on your actual Kindle can be accessed in the Kindle app on your phone.
Last month at GSM 2010, NEC showed off a 7" touchscreen Android tablet. The company was marketing it towards businesses, and it's supposed to function mainly in the cloud - an interesting proposal. Unfortunately, it seems the execution is lackluster in just about every way. The specs are utter crap:
600 Mhz CPU (NEC says this will be updated to 1 Ghz at some point)
384 MB RAM
1 GB ROM
WiFi & Bluetooth
Android 2.1, with updates coming down the road
Based on the video below, it it looks like it runs like a dog.
It's not the PlayStation-related Android announcement we were hoping Sony would make, but the Official PlayStation app is still (sort of) intriguing in and of itself. Version 1.0 of the app will be coming soon to both our beloved Android Market and the iOS App Store, though we here in the States will be left out of the fun initially. For those lucky enough to live in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, or the Netherlands, (the areas where the app will be available upon launch) here's what you have to look forward to:
Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
Good news for professional Android users: LinkedIn has finally released an Android app. Unfortunately, it's still in "public" beta at this point, and to get the app you have to join the Android group on LinkedIn (in other words, it's not on the Market yet). At this stage, it packs all the basic features:
View updates from your professional network
Search for people to discover things you have in common and establish new connections
Respond to invitations sent from people in your professional life
Keep in touch with your own connections on LinkedIn
Given that it's not available in the Market, it's hard to say what kind of bugs and issues people are having.
Remember the ninja's unboxing video created for the Nexus One launch by Patrick Boivin? Created using the stop-motion animation technique, the video painted a story of 3 of the greatest ninjas in the world who happened to find a box. In this box - a Nexus One in dire need of unwrapping. Long story short - if you haven't seen the video, here it is, in all its creative goodness:
Google Maps 5, which we have been anxiously waiting for, mostly due to its 3D capabilities and offline map caching, has arrived! You can download the update in the Market by clicking the following QR code from your mobile phone or scanning it with Barcode Scanner:
Here are the new changes:
Explore the map in 3D. Two finger drag down/up to tilt; twist to rotate on supported devices.
Use compass mode to rotate the map to where you're facing.