I've said it before and I'll say it again: stock Android is the way to go. I hate it when manufacturers add custom UIs, bloatware, and unnecessary lag to our beloved Android operating system, so, naturally, I was overjoyed to hear that the T-Mobile G2 would ship with a stock build of Android. Early reviewers seem to agree with this, and overall, they seem to think highly of the device. Let's take a look at some of those reviews that have been posted so far.
As we previously reported, Oracle America has filed suit against Google for (primarily) patent infringement. If you're not familiar with the case, I'll quickly summarize.
Oracle claims Google is in violation of seven U.S. patents previously filed by Sun Microsystems as part of the Java platform. Oracle now owns Sun. The alleged infringer, more specifically, is Android. If you want a more detailed explanation, read the next paragraph. If not, look at the pretty picture and continue.
In case you have been living under a rock, you might not have heard that T-Mobiles HTC G2 was rooted - but only temporarily. After root was gained, it was discovered that HTC included a fail safe measure into the phone that removes root access upon reboot. This blatant attempt to stop users from rooting their phones is being called a "security measure" by HTC. T-Mobile sent the following response to Androinica after they posted an article about the inability to permanently root the G2.
One of BGR's sources at Sprint just dropped them a note saying the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launching on November 14... for $399 with a 2-year contract. They also say that full retail price of the Tab will be $600.
Seems pretty stupidly-expensive to me. I suppose that comes from the current plethora of crappy, low-end, low price Android tablets on the market. Sure, this is the first high-end Android tablet to hit the market, but come on, now: the retail price is $30 lower than the equivalent iPad, which is 3" bigger and has the Apple markup.
Once upon a time, Android tablets were few and far between, but with tablets like the Notion Ink Adam (if it proves to be anything more than vaporware), Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and even Archos' entries into the tablet space, that might be changing sometime in the not-so-distant future.
Cherrypal (a company most of us have never even heard of), has just introduced the Cherrypad America, a 7-inch Android tablet that may not be another high-end iPad competitor, but may instead be a pretty decent low-end tablet, featuring specs such as:
- a 7" 800x480 resistive touchscreen display
- an 800MHz Samsung ARM11 CPU + GPU + DSP system-on-a-chip
- 256MB of RAM
- 2GB of internal storage (ROM)
- a 3.5mm headset jack
- WiFi 802.11 b/g (no support for 802.11n, sadly)
- a 3200mAh battery with a stated run time of six to eight hours
- an external adapter for USB 2.0
- an optional external (!) 3G modem
- a weight of 1.3 pounds
- aluminum casing
While the resistive touchscreen worries me since our own Brian O'Toole was bitterly disappointed with Nationite's MIDnite tablet, I don't see any real dealbreakers here, especially as the tablet costs a mere $188 and is available today from Zecozi.
If you're like me, the one item on your phone that changes more than your partner's mind is your wallpaper. As a general rule of thumb, I don't use live wallpapers since they eat away at my Droid Incredible's battery so quickly, but today I found a live wallpaper that was worthy of a download and an installation just so I could show it off to my friends. The live wallpaper showcases our little green buddy dancing his heart out for our pleasure.
Everyone knows that smartphones are awesome, but it’s hard to beat using a large screen and full keyboard to control a device. Developers Peter Mora and Zoltan Papp believe they have come up with a compelling compromise: Webkey, for Android. Webkey allows users with a rooted Android device to text or call contacts, view SD card contents, and more - all from a web based interface.
Webkey's interface leaves a lot to be desired, as it is more bare and utilitarian than polished and perfected.
Looks like the already-awesome AppBrain App Market app (yea, it's a little hard to wrap your head around that one) has been updated today, and now includes some pretty awesome new features:
- Cloud to Device app uninstalls
- Set wallpaper
- Send URL to phone
- Landscape mode
- Dark theme
Cloud to device uninstalls are by far the big winner there - AppBrain already allowed some pretty awesome remote control over your phone's apps via your PC, and remote uninstall is a major addition to the existing feature set.
Sony's Crackle app has landed in the Android Market, and brings streaming of original shorts, TV shows, and movies to Android. The app is free, but requires a premium subscription to view TV shows and movies. At $5/month, the premium content isn't necessarily expensive, but after quickly running through the app, I'd have to say it's probably not worth it unless you're pretty desperate.
A word on the app itself: it's small, installs quickly, and runs smoothly.
Yesterday morning, Lifehacker published an article titled "How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer," and it's well worth a look for any Android power user. The article is broken into three sections: Two-Way (Android <-> Desktop) and One-Way (Desktop -> Android) and (Android -> Desktop).
In the interest of not stealing their thunder, I'm not going to tell you what apps they suggest and why, but I will tell you what types of apps they cover:
- Small data/notes
- Reading material
- Remote control/screen viewing
- App sync/installation
- Web pages, maps, and text
- Phone activity (SMS/calls/etc)
- Web pages
Be sure to hit up the source link to check out their app suggestions!