In an AndroidPolice exclusive, a tipster has provided us reliable information that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google (GOOG), has recently become an investor in the 3rd party mobile app distributor PocketGear. What does this mean? It seems most likely that Schmidt, and perhaps Google itself, are looking to see if PocketGear can provide a suitable distribution platform for Android apps. It looks to be classic Google strategy; invest early, foster growth, and if all goes well, acquire. While Schmidt and Google itself are not entities of completely parallel financial interests, Schmidt is the man in charge, and it is his own intuition that helps to guide Google as a company.
The regular price of the phone at Sprint.com is $199 after a mail-in rebate, compared to places like Best Buy that will replace the mail-in rebate with an instant one. However, you can get an extra $50 off if you buy it from Sprint.
Positives And Negatives
An unnamed source at Boy Genius Report today provided a tip that Verizon is planning to begin its 4G LTE network rollout in 25 markets on November 15th, 2010. Some interesting details emerged from the tip - most of them good. To summarize:
- 4G LTE data plans will be tiered by data caps, but will not add a premium to your bill. Presumably this means the caps will be combined 3G/4G usage (you listening, Sprint/EVO/$10?).
- The 25 markets scheduled for coverage will encompass over 100 million potential subscribers.
- A “slew” of 4G phones will be released on Black Friday, November 26th.
I’ve installed the update from FRF83 (500K) on my own Nexus One, and installation was smooth, as always.
It is unknown what the update brings and whether it will be the last one before we see the final official Eclair>Froyo update.
You can download the update here if you didn't get the OTA yet:
Obtaining Your Droid X Live Wallpaper
A savvy XDA forum user has taken the initiative to decompile the Droid X’s live wallpapers and provide them to the Android masses. At the moment, 6 live wallpapers of the Droid X “Eye” are available on the thread - 5 from the phone and 1 modified by one of the forum members. Links for each below:
To install your Droid X Eye live wallpaper, simply
- download one of the .apk’s linked above straight from your phone's browser and click on it to install or
- move it to your phone from your computer, open using Astro File Manager or another install-capable file manager, and select install
Once installed, the Droid X wallpaper is selected like any other live wallpaper:
- go to your home screen
- hit the settings key
- select wallpapers > live wallpapers
- the installed .apk should appear as “DROID X.”
The wallpapers should be installable on any 2.1 or 2.2 Android device, with or without root.
Earlier today we reported that the Droid X internals were leaked out and provided to developers to play with. It didn't take long at all - Droid X's software keyboard is already available for everyone to download.
This keyboard should work for any Android phone running 2.1 Eclair (it reportedly force closes for most on Froyo). It looks very clean, mostly due to the absence of most non-alphanumeric characters which can be accessed using a familiar looking button on the bottom left.
One thing that is strikingly different about Droid X's keyboard is multi-touch. You can press one button while typing something else, which you can't do with other keyboards.
This is a short PSA for those of you who are xda-developers forum fans. I know there are quite a few, considering xda is leading the poll in this post Android Forum Roundup: Where Do You Go For Android Help And Discussion? Vote For Your Favorites.
Xda forum admins have been working on a new skin, to bring an updated look to a relatively mediocre (though so familiar) looking skin. You can test out the new skin by going to this url: http://forum.xda-developers.com/?styleid=16. This should set a cookie that overrides your current skin and temporarily sets it to the new one.
I'm talking about Android forums. Today, inspired by this reddit post, I wanted to highlight some of them and provide a list for people looking to ask questions, start an Android related conversation, report a problem, or just become part of another community (of course, you should always be close to Android Police by following us on twitter at @AndroidPolice and keeping up with the RSS feed).
Howard forums: http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/379-Android
AndroidCentral forums: http://forum.androidcentral.com/
AndroidCommunity forums: http://androidcommunity.com/forums/
MoDaCo forums: http://android.modaco.com/forum.html
Samsung devs: http://forum.sdx-developers.com/
Droid Forums: http://www.droidforums.net, though they also have non-Droid sections
NexusOne Forum: http://www.nexusoneforum.net
Sprint Users: http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=145
T-Mobile forums: http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Android/ct-p/Android
Where do you go hang out when you need help?
Good thing for our readers that I’m a night owl, and I happen to love my Nexus One, and love me some frozen yogurt. Especially together:
And now I have my T-Mobile Nexus One updated with the latest and greatest FRF72 build.
I just happened to be browsing a forum about the upcoming official Android 2.2 Froyo release when I see someone leak a URL for the FRF72 build that Google Employees were given a week ago. Someone at xda-developers.com seems to be the original source.
Download URL and Instructions
Here’s the URL for the upgrade, while it lasts:
This SysAdmin Series article will cover four of my favorite tools as a sysadmin: two for analyzing network information, and one each for doing DNS lookups and Whois lookups on domain names. As with most apps I cover in my SysAdmin Series articles, I need to fully uninstall the app and wipe all prior data before demonstrating it here for you to protect my employer in case there’s any sensitive information lurking about. As such, don’t be too worried if apps with historical data appear relatively empty.
As a teaser for this weekend’s SysAdmin Series article, I’ll be analyzing a few commercial (paid) VNC clients in the Market.