Friday, September 17, 2010
Written by Gordon at 10:41 PM
Google Voice applications have had a pretty tumultuous history in the App Store. At first, Apple approved them, and the people rejoiced. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, they were pulled, with “duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc).” cited as the reasoning. The people were, understandably, pretty friggin’ mad.
Over the past few days, the developers of at least two such applications have been indicating that they’d been hearing good news from Apple, suggesting that the Apps would be making an Apple-approved, no-jailbreak-required return. Sure enough, they’ve just started popping up in the App Store.
The first app to get approval, as far as I can tell, is Andreas Amann’s GV Connect, which just hit the App Store moments ago. Going for $2.99, the app provides Google Voice-powered support for calls, SMS, and voicemail — in other words, everything these apps were originally banned for.
We reached out to Sean Kovacz, developer of GV Mobile, which was pretty much the premiere Google Voice app when such things were initially allowed. His app, unfortunately, is still pending approval — a bit disheartening, given that he was one of the first off the bat in the original round.
Here’s to hoping that Apple keeps approving these things — and more importantly, that they stick around this time.
4.3 inch WVGA Touch Screen
8 Megapixel Camera
1 GHZ Qualcomm Processor
HD 720p Video Capture
Xvid Video Playback
SRS Surround Sound
Adobe Flash 10 Support
4GB Internal Memory (up to 32GB)
Uni-Body Aluminium Design
This hot, new handset is expected to launch in October in the UK and will replace the original Desire in HTC’s successful Android handset lineup.
While the folks in the UK can jump for joy, those in North America can remain somber as there is no indication that the Desire HD will launch anytime soon. Unlike the UK where the Desire has been available for months, the Desire is a relative newcomer to the marketplace in North America. The Canadian version hit the shelves of Telus on Friday and the US variant is pegged for an August launch on both Cellular South and US Cellular. Though consumers may be disappointed by this possibility, HTC would not defy conventional wisdom and release the Desire HD so soon after the launch of the Desire.
Monday, September 13, 2010
TMONews has an interesting slide describing the upcoming MyTouch HD, the follow-up to T-Mo’s popular MyTouch series. Here we find the pertinent specs:
Woof. Video chat over Qik, eh? I guess that’s one way to do it. Anyway, expect this to drop before the holidays.
Swype enabled keyboard
5MP camera with VGA front camera
Video Chat over 3G or WiFi via Qik
Screen share feature, “Broadcast your HD pictures, videos, and movies to your HDTV”
4GB internal storage with 8GB external SD included, expandable to 32GB
1 GHz Dual Processor
Woof. Video chat over Qik, eh? I guess that’s one way to do it. Anyway, expect this to drop before the holidays.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
From what I can tell you get 50$ for signing up, and an additional 20$ a day. (Not currently usable but from what I can tell it'll all be usable soon) If you're interested at all simply go to:
Check it out and tell me what you guys think?
French designer Evan Roth has made a ten minute music video consisting of popular gifs vs. the typical fragmented Girl Talk tomfoolery (from the 2006 album Night Ripper). While Roth’s cleverly titled “Cache Rules Everything Around Me” is absolutely not the first time someone has combined Internet culture imagery and music (see: Paper Rad) it is perhaps the longest and most monumental I’ve seen.
Want to prove that you’re the ultimate Internet hipster? Tell your friends you actually saw this three days ago. Please fullscreen for full effect.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Slowly but surely, Android users are getting their first taste of Froyo, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, which was announced in May and began broadly rolling out to select handsets (namely, Google’s Nexus One) in June. The OS includes a number of key new features like Flash and big speed gains, but has only been available on a tiny fraction of Android devices for months. Now Google has just updated its Platform Versions chart which shows there has recently been a surge in the number of devices running Android 2.2: it’s now running on 28.7% of handsets.
That may not sound like much, but it’s a huge gain over the 4.5% Google’s dashboard was showing just a few days ago. The reason for the surge? Some of Android’s most popular phones, including the Verizon Droid, have been upgraded to 2.2 in the last month.
Still, there’s a long way to go. Over 70% of handsets are now running Android 2.1 or higher, which is a major improvement over five months ago when that figure was only 27.3%. But carriers and handset manufacturers are taking their sweet time in rolling out upgrades, which leads to frustrated users (and developers who can’t leverage the latest-and-greatest features because many handsets can’t use them yet).
If you know anyone who makes a habit out of texting while driving in Cincinnati, Ohio you might want to give them a heads up: it’s illegal now. If you know anyone who makes a habit out of texting while driving anywhere else, you might want to give them a heads up, too: it’s stupid.
I’ll spare you guys the lecture (I’m sure you guys are all wonderful people who don’t text and drive, anyway). The ban only extends to the Cincinnati city limits, though there’s massive support for a state-wide ban. If such a ban passes, it’d make Ohio the 31st state to outlaw texting while driving. Is yours one of the other 30? Check out the full list after the jump.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
The latest news regarding Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is no more solid than the price (which has, in another’s words, been pinpointed to somewhere between $200 and $1200), but if these “people familiar with the matter” are to be believed, we’ll see a multi-carrier rollout on September 16th. Samsung is said to have made deals with AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint — which is interesting, since AT&T is already on the iPad bandwagon, Verizon has that Motorola tablet coming up, and the Galaxy Tab isn’t 4G. Samsung must have offered them quite a juicy deal for them to take on a non-exclusive tablet that competes with their own products.
UK plan pricing is in line with expectations, but it’s anybody’s guess what US carriers are planning. I’d go with a $20/mo. limited and $30/mo. unlimited, but I could be way off. The subsidy gap is pretty large, and carriers might want a little more of a guarantee. Samsung is betting big on this, though, and plans to sell ten million this year, so they’re probably giving the carriers a sweetheart deal on the hardware.
Friday, September 10, 2010
You can read an extensive list of other known problems over at the source link below. We’d like to think that most newly-launched devices get similar lengthy lists, but the shear number of bugs reported has us a bit worried about the Fascinate. All the more reason for VZW and Samsung to push out a Froyo update sooner rather than later, right? I know. Wishful thinking.
Alert Notifications: There is no option to change the Calendar alert notification. Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Blank Screen: If you are on a call and a second call comes in, you get the correct Caller ID information. If you answer the second call, the caller ID screen goes blank and does not show any caller information. Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Email Sync: In some cases exchange e-mail and yahoo mail can stop syncing Short term work around: The user can manually sync Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.
Exchange ActiveSync Security Lock: The EAS security lock may be invoked earlier then the timer is set for.
Google and Bing Maps Latency: It has been reported that it takes longer then other devices to get GPS location information when using Google and Bing maps. Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Call Disconnect: If you are on a call or in the process of receiving an incoming call and you press the search button the call may be disconnected.
By the end of this year, Google's Android smartphone operating system will in a single year have leapfrogged competitors like Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion's Blackberry and Microsoft Windows phones in global popularity, and will challenge Nokia to become the world's most popular mobile OS by 2014, research firm Gartner said Friday.
In its annual global smartphone forecast, Gartner said the explosive growth of Google's mobile operating system will give it 17.7 percent of worldwide sales by the end of 2010 -- up from 3.9 percent at the end of 2009. Google says it is currently seeing more than 200,000 Android phones activated every day.
With manufacturers like Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola planning to offer budget Android phones this fall, Android will become a mass market technology that by 2014 will have double the global market share of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and the iPad, Gartner said.
Android's rise to the No. 2 smartphone operating system in terms of global sales by the end 2010 is two years sooner than Gartner predicted a year ago.
"It's a matter of Android really going more into the hands of the mainstream user," Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a telephone interview from London. "The iPhone will remain focused toward the higher end of the market, while through the end of this year and into 2011, all that growth you see in Android will come from the fact that most of the vendors who are backing it will release cheaper smartphones."
By the end of 2014, Gartner says Android and Nokia's Symbian operating system will each account for about 30 percent of global smartphone sales, while Apple's iOS will be third with about 15 percent of the global market, and RIM will be fourth with about 12 percent. The projections account for Gartner's expectation that Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, will begin to sell the iPhone in coming months, Cozza said.
The research firm IDC is also forecasting strong growth for Android relative to Nokia's Symbian operating system, although not quite as strong as Gartner's prediction, saying that Android smartphones will comprise 24.9 percent of global smartphone in 2014, compared to 32.9 percent for Symbian.
Both Gartner and IDC agree, however, that Android is rapidly eating into the market share of Nokia and RIM.
"That flood of Samsung handsets, HTC handsets, LG handsets, Motorola -- it's just this sort of irresistible wave," said Will Stofega, a mobile analyst for IDC said of the growth of Android smartphones. "It's difficult to say that they are not going to become more and more dominant as time goes on."
Google declined to comment on the reports.
Analysts say there are always a number of issues that could derail Android's growth. Those include Oracle's recent federal copyright lawsuit against Google charging that the Android operating system was built on Oracle's Java software without permission, "fragmentation" concerns about the different versions of Android being sold, and questions about whether Google will be able to maintain amicable relationships with the variety of manufacturers and wireless carriers that support Android phones.
But Stofega said there is little doubt that Android's rapid growth and its popularity with software developers who build smartphone apps contributed to Apple's uncharacteristic decision this week to loosen its grip on control over software development for iPhone and iPad. Google said there are now more than 80,000 apps available to download in the Android Market, still much less than the Apple App Store, but more than double the number available this spring.
"The developers tell us they love Android. It's easier to learn; it takes less time, and one of the complaints we hear quite a bit about is (Apple's) app certification process as a real thing that costs them time and money," Stofega said. Developers figure "why not go to Android and make a bet there? Get on the wave and see what happens."
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The launch date for the G2 is still a mystery, but T-mobile is promising that pre-orders for the handset will begin later this month. Is anyone ready to test out T-Mobile HSPA+ network to see what Android is truly capable of?
And just like that, our hopes for a dual-core 1.5 GHz HTC HD3 are shattered. Qualcomm has just announced that their dual-core 1.5 GHz chips will not ship until very late in Q4 which means that they will not make their way into consumer products until late 2011. The 1.2 GHz processors from Qualcomm will be showing up a lot sooner, though early Q1 of 2011 is most likely the soonest we will see them on the market.
At this point, it’s hard to say what processor the rumored HTC HD3 will feature. There are other dual-core processors available from other manufacturers, but based on HTC’s history of using Qualcomm processors in their phones, it’s highly unlikely that they will be changing that relationship any time soon.