Last week we heard a rumor that Android 3.2 could be rolling out to the Motorola XOOM "within days," and it looks like that claim may have been realized starting today. According to Droid-Life, the update is rolling out in small batches at the moment and, along with the nifty new zoom feature, brings the long-awaited support for SD Cards. Other than that, it appears that this is more of a maintenance update, as the other features of 3.2 don't really apply to the XOOM.
Wordsmiths who like to take their vocabulary games with them no longer have to rely on Zynga's popular but super-buggy Words with Friends, as Electronic Arts has made good on its promise to release an official Scrabble app today.
Coming in at the wonderful price of free, the app allows you to play Scrabble with your friends - be they iPhone or Android users - or with random online opponents.
In a world void of many Honeycomb-specific apps, we often turn to small screen variants in order to fulfill our on-the-go needs. While many of the apps designed for phones work and scale appropriately on the large screen, it often to leads to odd placement of objects, tiny buttons to tap, and other inconveniences that end up being less-than-ideal. Fortunately, Google incorporated a solution to this problem in Android 3.2 (Honeycomb): "zoom mode."
Currently, when you run an app designed for phones on a Honeycomb tablet it stretches everything to fit the screen.
This update brings a number of fixes to the Thunderbolt, including the annoying reboot issue. Other notable fixes:
A few weeks ago, we saw a leaked Gingerbread build for the Samsung Epic 4G and it looks like Sammy has been putting the finishing touches on it since then. According to SprintFeed, Epic owners could see an OTA hit their device around July 24th. This is a tentative date, so don't grab the sharpie and make it permanent on the calendar just yet (oh, who am I kidding - no one uses a traditional calendar anymore).
If you're one-or-two months away from the end of your Sprint contract, or your renewal date has already passed, the Now Network has a new incentive going to draw you back into the store to grab a new phone and sign on the dotted line. According to an internal document nabbed by SprintFeed, if you meet the aforementioned conditions as of July 8th, you will receive a $50 credit when you renew your contract.
News360 has been the go-to news aggregator for Honeycomb tablets since its release a couple of months ago, and now, you can get the same top-notch newsreader on your phone. News360 for phones brings over 4,000 different news sources to the palm of your hand, displaying them in an easy-to-navigate, concise manner. You can pick and choose the news that's important to you for quick access, as well as user GPS or WiFi to get local news delivered directly to your handset.
While NFC has yet to be widely adopted in smartphones, that didn't stop Google from sneaking it in to the Google+ app. This mean that, when using an NFC-enabled device (read: the Nexus S/4G), you'll be able to read tags and share the contents via Google+. The functionality is quite limited right now, but this could bring big things in the future: automatically check in at a restaurant and share it with your Circles, scan tags to join a Huddle, easily find location-based relevant Sparks...
While Honeycomb already has a few good magazine readers, like Zinio for example, there isn't much in the area of newspaper readers. Enter PressReader for Honeycomb, a new app that brings over 1,800 different newspapers from 95 different countries to your Android tablet.
PressReader allows you to read your favorite newspaper in digital format while still retaining its printed appearance. You can set up automatic subscriptions, sort through publications by language and location, share articles, or even listen to your paper.
If you're the business-minded-Android-tablet-toting type, then grab your beloved Honeycomb device and fire up the Android Market, as a tablet-friendly version of the Bloomberg app is now live. With this app you can grab the latest news, market data, and portfolio information, as well as charts and graphs, so you can stay on top of the latest business trends.
Although the Market listing claims that this app will work on Android 2.1+, that doesn't seem to be the case, as I couldn't install it on my phone at all - only my Galaxy Tab 10.1.