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.
Update: This breaks root! If you're already rooted, download and flash the rooted version of the update. Thanks Steven.
If you had Swype beforehand and you install the update, you may have issues with it. If you do:
... go into the installed applications settings (not the swype settings). First you must clear the application data, then uninstall the application. Then you must shutdown the phone. Then, of course, you must turn it on again.
Is it that time already? It was just 11 days ago that CM6.1 was dropped, and the team has already released 6.1.1. As this is a minor update, the changes aren't anything revelatory, but an update is an update, right?
Common: Add rotary lockscreen - Kmobs/cvpcs
Common: Updated translations - (everyone)
Common: Push update notificatiosn - Chris Soyars
Common: Fix camera sounds - CAF/Cyanogen/mtwebster
N1/DS/Supersonic: Kernel performance tweaks and fixes (various)
N1: Update build fingerprint
Vision: Fix MMS over WiFi calling - Zinx
Vision: Add console=null to kernel command line - Adam Tygart
Vision: Kernel to 188.8.131.52 and some performance tweaks
As promised, Google's Samsung-made Nexus S went on sale today at 8 a.m. at Best Buy stores across the United States (online sales start at 8 a.m. EST). Google's flagship phone - the first to natively run Android 2.3 - retails at $199.99 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract or $529.99 unlocked and without a contract. To promote the release of the phone, Best Buy is offering free overnight shipping if you choose to buy this phone online.
Our pal Dan Ruby over at Chitika just shot us a note to let us know that he's run the numbers and come up with a prediction for when Android will take over the #1 position in market share in the US, based on ad impressions on Chitika's network. The result: February 16, 2012... at 12:23 PM EST.
He's put a fair amount of time into crunching these numbers - last we'd talked to him (two weeks ago), he was already working on it.
Do you feel the need for speed? Apparently you aren't alone, as Dolphin Browser Mini has just gone into public beta on the Market. The app offers numerous improvements over the regular version of Dolphin Browser as well as the HD version, including:
High speed responsibility [sic]
Speed Dial Homepage
Innovative Menu design
Infinite tabs browsing
Intelligent back & forward button
Like its ancestors, it also features a variety of innovative gestures, bookmark syncing, private browsing, and a host of other features not found in the stock Android browser.