One of the most influential Android devices ever has finally seen its time in the spotlight come to a close. As the first 4G device in the U.S. and perhaps one of the most influential Android devices ever, Sprint has finally decided to call it quits with its HTC EVO 4G device, this time for good. We saw how the white version was on the original chopping block, but now it is the Black version’s time to get the ax this time, giving the clear sign the phone will be out of the picture completely. Starting this Sunday, January 29th, the WiMax-capable device is set to be gradually phased out of shelves and displays from Sprint stores around the country. While there are other Sprint devices set to be phased out as well on that date, none can match the stature and influence it had among the Android community. To prospective or current Sprint customers, here’s your chance to own one of the best and most popular Androids ever. It also doesn’t hurt that it is to this day incredibly developer-friendly. A bottle of champagne is being poured to the ground for a final salute to a breakthrough device. It’s been a great run EVO 4G… it’s been a great run.
HTC looks to continue its strong momentum of late by rolling into the new year with another sexy device on the horizon. New images and information for a mid-level Beats Audio phone called the Primo has surfaced for our viewing pleasure. The phone is rumored to feature a modest 3.7-inch screen with Gorilla Glass, a snappy 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera on the backside and that coveted sandwich operating the device. Rumor also has it the phone will come in around $250-$300 with a new 2-year contract, indicating new customers in the market for a phone will get a fairly decent phone that won’t break the bank. Of course all you’d probably care about is that sweet, sweet Beats Audio function. Expect more information and details to leak out as we approach MWC in February.
[via Android Community]
What do you get when you combine an Xbox 360 Kinect System, a Galaxy Nexus and an ambitious Android user? You get the ability to use an enlarged wall-size Android 4.0 interface, fully interactive and controllable of course. Modder DDRBoxman of Rcursive Penguin put some of his blood, sweat and tears with a splash of brilliance to achieve this amazing ability called the Android Kinect Projector Interface w/ System Access. You all are wondering how in the world is this possible, right? It’s no simple feat folks. The first step is made possible by connecting the Xbox Kinect to a Windows PC, capturing the touch input via a custom application and sending the “taps” on the projected image back to the Galaxy Nexus, which is sending its video out through an HDMI adapter. If it sounds simple, it’s not— to allow the Nexus to accept input from the TUIO application, the DDRBoxman had to create his own custom ROM from source.
While this seems like a terribly complicated process, you gotta admit– this customization is as cool as it gets. Think about it– imagine the ability to plug your Android phone or tablet directly into a projector, then position it so that the front or rear camera is observing the projected image, you’d have all the hardware components necessary to duplicate this trick without anything else needed except for an app and a massive portable interface. Looks like we may have a budding feature developing for the Android platform folks. Be sure to check out the video below to see the interface in all its glory.
[via Android Community]
Mobile security developer Lookout is looking to further innovate internet security on our mobile devices. Using the Lookout Labs (which is how the Lookout team creates and launches new products), they’ve gone ahead and introduced the Mobile Threat Tracker. The app allows you to zoom through time and watch as thousands of sparks light up the globe; each spark represents Lookout blocking a threat to protect a real user. The Mobile Threat Tracker is essentially an interactive means of seeing the threats that Lookout identifies and catches every day. Basically, the app should answer basic questions including “are there really mobile threats?” and “how many mobile threats are there?” There’s even the ability to see the names of the top three trending threats such as week’s top threat, RuPaidMarket, masquerades as a useful app but actually sends premium SMS messages without allowing you to opt out, or letting you know that you will be charged. Sounds awful familiar, doesn’t it?
The app is only compatible with Froyo+ devices, so if you don’t have Android 2.2, sadly you’re out of luck. You can find the Mobile Threat Tracker app in the Android Market today. So be sure to grab it in the Market or using the handy QR code provided to you below.
[via Lookout Labs]
Samsung is out to remind us about the next big thing already being here. The following installments of the awesome series highlight more of what the Galaxy S II phone can do and of course what the iPhone can’t do.
The first ad highlights the theme of Urban Camping. A casual couple arrives at a coffee shop only to be surrounded by iPhone fanatics who want to go camping. While talking, the male Galaxy S II owner reserves a camping area, right from his phone using 4G. The barista and campers in the shop are clearly not impressed and the campers proceed to proclaim they’re doing “urban camping”… right in a line as they wait for an iPhone.
The second ad highlights a poor fellow waiting in the cold, long line for an iPhone, only to see the power of the Galaxy S II. Here, the frostbitten iPhone owner dashes into a store and needs gloves desperately. He’s greeted by a beautiful store associate who offers him the only pairs of gloves left, but the frostbitten man is concerned he is unable to use the gloves because he will not be able to text message while having them on and asks her how he will be able to text with them on. The store associate then pulls out her handy Galaxy S II and uses the impressive voice-to-text feature. She later highlights her phone is a Galaxy S II with an innocent smile. Tormented, the frostbitten iPhone owner asks the store associate about “what else the Galaxy S II can do”, in an awkward, unusual flirtation no less.
AT&T wants to lure a prospective customer or two to some of the new Pantech toys in its lineup. They recently introduced the Burst and Element tablet at CES and both look to make an immediate impact and splash as they will run on AT&T’s LTE network. AT&T wants to entice you by offering a special limited-time bundle of both devices. How much for the two devices, you ask? How about a not-too-shabby $250 (on-contract) for both. Naturally you’ll have to splurge on two separate plans for both devices but hey, at least you’ll have two devices to enjoy those 4G speeds on.
Tablets continue to find their ways into the homes and offices of consumers. In fact, ownership of tablets and e-readers nearly doubled over the U.S. holiday season according to Pew Research. They found only 10 percent of Americans owned either a tablet and e-Reader in December, but ownership for both skyrocketed to 19 percent in January. In addition, Pew found 18 percent of Americans owned one or the other before the holiday rush while 29 percent had either an e-reader or a tablet in January. The findings are especially surprising because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers.
In case you’re curious, while there are a variety of tablets for consumers, Pew identified two in particular that stood out. Both the Kindle Fire and Nook tablets likely had the most impact of all. Perhaps it was the solid set of specs or the ability to access a world of information. Or it could have been those shockingly low prices. Whatever the reason may be, consumers have embraced tablets and e-readers with open arms. Here’s to continued growth for those types of devices.
Looks like we’ll be able to own that oh-so attractive Sony Xperia Ion sooner than we think. Not only is Negri Electronics offering pre-orders of the unlocked version of the phone, but they’ve also gone ahead and listed some pricing information as well, listing the phone at $569.50. Keep in mind if you do plan on using this unlocked AT&T bad boy on T-Mobile’s network in the States, you won’t be able to access T-Mo’s blazing fast HSPA+ network. Instead you’ll be limited to EDGE-level speeds. But hey, at least you’ll have that sweet 12MP camera to compensate.
For interested people in the phone, be sure to hit the Negri Electronics link below to pre-order your phone.
If you’re a developer, a fiddler or a hacker, chances are you’ve heard about or used BusyBox. If you’re a commoner and haven’t heard about it, BusyBox is one of the most imporant tools needed to harness the true potential of your Android device. Essentially, it’s something you install on your device which gives you additional shell commands which in turn allows you to commit actions such as renaming specific files or modifying imporant files. Developer stud Stephen Erickson wants additional masses to get in on the BusyBox action by open sourcing his BusyBox installer app. In addition to installing the app on your device, BusyBox makes it easy to customize your embedded systems in the forms of ROMs or even apps, setting you well on your way to becoming the king Android developer on your block. Now this is what the Android platform is all about.
More details are beginning to surface about one of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming devices. You recently heard about the ST25i— also known as “Kumquat”, but now it looks like Indonesians may know something we don’t about the phone. Xperia Blog is reporting they came across an interesting reference of the upcoming device. The Indonesian Postel website (which represents the Indonesian Telecoms Regulatory body) shows a listing of a number of handsets and which network they will appear on. According to Row 232 the ST25i is also known as the Xperia U.
Do we now know the full identity of the upcoming 1GHz dual-core powered device? Stay tuned with Talk Android for more updates and rumors regarding the upcoming “Kumquat”.
[via Xperia Blog]