Turns out, according to some developers, that the only way to get your hands on a prereleased iPad is to build it a special sealed bunker of its very own, with darkened windows and a chain so it can't get up and walk away on you. People, we are NOT making this up. Also, we dish the dish on Viacom vs. YouTube; get a good, long look at Windows Phone 7; and yeah, Molly's mad about the Android 2.1 delay. No surprise.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) … Read more
Google's default browser is just fine to get you started on your new Android smartphone. It's got some Grade-A tools, but style-wise it's a little bland and we have a bone to pick with its so-called tabbed browsing.
Thanks to a bustling Android Market, you have options when it comes to mobile browsing experiences. We present you with three alternatives with different looks, and in some cases, more substance: Bump off Google's default Android browser.
We don't usually review beta products, but we'll make an exception for the quite stable Opera Mini 5 beta, a browser alternative for Android phones. Almost identical to the final version of Opera Mini 5 for Java phones, this beta browser combines an eye-catching design with speedy browsing and useful features like Speed Dial: shortcut icons on the home page that open favorite sites. There's also Opera Link, which syncs bookmarks and history with your other Opera browsers, for instance if you use Opera on the desktop.
Although the browsing experience is satisfying, with tabbed browsing, searching … Read more
There's something to be said for instant gratification, and if you're the sort who wants to know where you are without pausing to open a map app, one of the handful of changes to Google Maps for Android (version 4.1) has your name on it.
To turn your wallpaper into a live, real-time map that tracks your location, press and hold the home screen, choose Wallpaper, then pick Maps from the Live Wallpaper folder. Before setting the wallpaper, you'll be able to choose satellite, terrain, or line map mode and whether you want to show traffic. … Read more
Samsung has started rolling out the upgrade to Android 2.1 for the i5700 Galaxy Spica handset. Starting in Germany, this will be a phased release across various regions. As you may already know, Rogers Wireless recently started offering the handset for Canadian customers
This won't be your traditional OTA update. Rather, Samsung is making it available through its PC Studio 7 software that can be downloaded at the Samsung's mobile Web site. Once loaded, the Spica will have nine side-scrolling home screens for users to place Samsung widgets, visual bookmarks, and shortcuts. Furthermore, the handset will also … Read more
When Panda Security found malware on a brand new Android-based Vodafone HTC Magic earlier this month, Vodafone said it was an "isolated local incident." Now, a second phone has been found harboring malware, including a program that turns infected machines into zombies as part of the Mariposa credit card and bank log-in-stealing botnet, according to Spain-based PandaLabs.
After hearing about PandaLabs' discovery, an employee at another Spanish security company, S21Sec, checked his recently acquired HTC Magic and found the Mariposa malware lurking on it, according to a PandaLabs blog post on Wednesday.
"This guy had also purchased … Read more
Google has apparently decided on the next place to extend its reach: the living room.
Google, Intel, and Sony are working on a set-top box running Google's Android software called Google TV, according to a report from The New York Times. They are also collaborating on televisions with technology from the three companies, with Google software serving as the interface on the devices.Google declined to comment on what it called "rumor and speculation."
The television has been the holy grail for the PC and Internet industries for years, with little success. Intel tried mightily over the … Read more
Dry those tears, dear Sprint user, because you've finally received your invite to the Nexus One party. The carrier announced on Wednesday the upcoming availability of Google's Android "superphone" and promised to release an exact release date and pricing soon.
Like the other models, the Sprint N1 will be sold directly from Google, but Fared Adib, Sprint's vice president of product development, said that a pricing plan has not been determined for the smartphone.
The Nexus One will support Sprint's EV-DO Rev. A network and will feature Android 2.1, a 3.7-inch AMOLED … Read more
This post was last updated on March 18 at 3:44 p.m. PT with a statement from Verizon Wireless.
Hang tight, Motorola Droid owners; it looks like you're one step closer to getting that Android 2.1 update.
On Wednesday, Verizon Wireless posted details (PDF) about the software upgrade and its lists of enhancements and improvements, which include:
Pinch-to-zoom support in the browser, gallery, and Google Maps.New weather and news apps and widgets.
Support for voice-to-text entry.
Live wallpapers (a la Nexus One)
Support for free Yahoo mail accounts, and e-mail accounts will no longer need to … Read more
The Cliq XT is available now for $129.99 with a two-year contract and a qualifying data plan. It's T-Mobile's fifth Android device and though some might be quick to dismiss the XT as a slight revamp of the Motorola Cliq, we think that's a gross generalization.
The XT offers a sleeker design with a capable onscreen keyboard courtesy of Swype, a more full-featured and connected media player, and, thankfully, better performance than the Motorola Backflip. … Read more