Sometimes we need to get a bit meta when it comes to the subject of Android. Yesterday Future plc, the company behind media outlets including Tom's Guide, Anandtech, PC Gamer, and TechRadar, announced that it had purchased Mobile Nations for a cool $60 million. That purchase includes Android Central, Windows Central, and Thrifter.
Normally, to sideload (install from outside the official market) an Android app, you need to enable the "Unknown sources" option in Settings > Applications, then copy the app anywhere on the SD Card, and install it via a file manager, such as Astro.
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.
MyDroidWorld founder p3droid is reporting that he has obtained an official Google update of Android 2.2 dubbed FRF84B. The version proximity to the Nexus One’s official Froyo update (FRF85B) is certainly uncanny. Based on the large file size, it appears to be a full ROM. Unfortunately, no official Google link for the client is available, only p3droid’s rooted (read: now technically unofficial) version. The update comes with superuser permissions for root only apps, as well. It is available for download below.
Certainly, someone has obtained a potential Droid Froyo release candidate from Google, that much seems safe to assume. The big question, though, is whether or not this update can be installed straight from Eclair 2.1 Droids.
If you are as interested in Android as I am, you might just be looking for a more unobtrusive and interesting way of absorbing the news.
As this highly scientific chart unequivocally shows, the amount of new Android related information has skyrocketed in 2009:
So rather than spend hours trying to weed out the interesting bits in your browser (unless, of course, you're reading Android Police which is a delight - RSS/Twitter), you can instead fire up your favorite podcast app (BeyondPod on Android is mine) and subscribe to some Android podcasts. And now instead of listening to that Britney or Linkin Park song for the 33504th time while sitting in traffic, you have a great un-boring alternative - or rather 10 alternatives.