We've all heard the rumors about why the XOOM hasn't gotten its LTE implant yet, and why the Droid Bionic was delayed - and there was a lot of speculation that said it was because of incompatibility between the Tegra 2 chip and Verizon's LTE. NVIDIA has made a statement regarding the matter, and says that is simply not true. See for yourself:
In another step toward becoming one of the most dev-friendly Android manufacturers, HTC today launched HTCdev.com, a website "dedicated to providing you with the tools, advice, and community you need to pursue the possibilities."
The vast majority of the site's content has to do with the OpenSense SDK, which should be launching... sometime in the future (though you can sign up for emails about it now). HTC doesn't go into details about what it does, stating only that it will allow developers to write applications better integrated into Sense UI. Specifically, HTC notes that devs will be able to access a "Tablet pen API" for the Flyer/View 4G as well as a "Stereoscopic 3D display API" for the EVO 3D.
While Facebook for Android is one of the most popular applications on the Android Market, it is not very well received by a lot of people due to an abundance of bugs and, more importantly, tons of missing functionality compared to both the site and the iOS app.
Earlier this month, the Facebook Android team stopped by Reddit to ask the community for suggestions. Almost 1000 upvotes and over 1000 comments later, they had their work cut out for them.
A few minutes ago, the Facebook team account came back to Reddit to announce the first fruit of their labor - an upcoming 1.6 release, featuring:
- Improved News Feed including comment liking
- Video Uploads
- Many bug fixes
Unfortunately, not everyone is invited as the beta test is private for the time being, so you'll have to fill out this form and see if you are granted access.
If you're the BBC News lovin' type, then your dream app has landed in the Android Market. You can choose from a variety of categories including Top Stories, UK, World, Politics, Business, Technology, Health, Entertainment and Arts, and Sports, which can be easily be organized to your liking on the main screen of the app.
The app offers a simple, yet well-done UI. Simply tap on a story to read it, and swipe sideways to advance to the next story. You can share articles with a wide range of social networking sites, email, or SMS, as well as live stream the BBC News channel (Froyo or above devices running Flash only).
There was a little bit of speculation about what AT&T and Samsung would be announcing at their event in New York today, but if you guessed it would be the Infuse 4G, then you hit the nail on the head. This 4G beast is set to hit the AT&T sales floor on May 15th for $199 with a two-year agreement, and is a nice middle-of-the-road device for anyone looking to upgrade but isn't interested in the current stock of phones available on Big Blue. Take a look at the specs:
- 4.5 Super AMOLED Plus Display
- 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor
- 8.9mm to 9.24mm thin
- 8MP rear camera with 720p video capture
- 1.3MP front camera
- SD Card slot
- Android 2.2 with Touchwiz
The Infuse 4G will also include a special edition of Angry Birds courtesy of Rovio Mobile that includes a "Golden Egg" level that, once completed, will offer users the ability to enter to win Samsung prizes exclusive to Infuse 4G owners.
One of the more interesting features of the HTC Flyer is its use of a digital pen, but up until now there has been little talk of its availability. The Digital Pen allows you to write on basically anything you see on the Flyer, including web pages or input boxes, using HTC Scribe technology. I think that there was speculation that the Flyer would come with the digital pen, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The pen has popped up on BestBuyBusiness.com for the not-so-low price of $80, which, given the $500 price tag of the tablet itself, brings the entire package up to almost $600.
If you've been on the hunt for a new live wallpaper, then look no more - XDA member Rawat has gotten his hands on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II and pulled a couple of live wallpapers from it that are ready for use on any WVGA device. These install just like a regular .apk and do not require root access or any other system modifications in order to work.
The first one is a simple beach setting complete with sand and tide. It is time-aware, so as the day progresses the wallpaper will change accordingly.
The second one is similar to the first in its simplicity.
While browsing the XOOM xda forum today, I saw this announcement of HoneyReader, a new application built specifically with Honeycomb tablets in mind. Because it doesn't have to support pre-Honeycomb versions of the OS or small-sized phone screens altogether, the authors concentrated on making it a great tablet experience, and I must say, their first take is pretty good.
HoneyReader uses the native to Honeycomb Fragments API that on the surface translates to fluid and flexible UI elements that can divide the screen into separately scrollable independent areas with their own lifecycles. If you're familiar with the CNN app, for example, you know what I'm talking about (I personally think the Fragments API is the greatest thing in Android since...
Almost 2 months ago, CNN pushed out its first news app to the Android Market, though with one quite annoying caveat - it was created specifically for Honeycomb devices, which were quite scarce to say the least (i.e. the XOOM).
As you can imagine,
those without Honeycomb tablets pretty much everyone started demanding an app as well and today finally got their wish granted. CNN App for Android Phones (as opposed to CNN App for Android) was just released to the Market, with support for Android 2.1+ and full of features you would expect from a smaller screen port of its big brother: