BeWeather Beta Adds Character And Design To Your Forecast [Courtesy of XDA]

Still looking for a good, sleek, crisp and streamlined UI in your next weather application?  Look no further.  Developer pfluger, a former Blackberry coder turned Android, has put together this little weather app for your convenience.  BeWeather for Android offers an aesthetically pleasing interface with forecasts ranging in appearance from 11 different widgets.  In addition, the app is ridiculously customizable all the way from its fonts to its icons and colors. Features like 7-day forecasts, location tracking and access to nearby weather stations are sure to make this app a hit. Check out the extensive list of features from the developer himself.  If you like what you see, you can head on over to the application thread and give it a go.  Feel free to provide as much feedback as you can to the developer so as to improve the application across multiple devices.  Enjoy!
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Locked Bootloader part of T-Mobile’s G-Slate 3.1 Update

If modding is your cup of tea, you might want to hold off on updating your T-Mobile G-Slate with the 3.1 update that’s currently rolling out as it is being reported that the new update carries with it a locked bootloader.

With a locked bootloader making the flashing of ROMs impossible, is the “update” even worth it? Is the 3.1 update better than what can be accomplished now with 3.0.1 + a custom ROM? It comes down to whether or not you value the access that an unlocked bootloader gives you and whether or not that access is worth the price of an update.

Prior to this update, G-Slate had been one of the more developer friendly tablets on the market. Its both sad and frustrating to see this happen when other manufacturers are taking positive steps in the opposite direction.

[via phandroid]

Fusion Garage’s Grid OS, Android under the hood

News had been cropping up recently of a yet-to-be-released tablet called the Grid 10 by TabCo. Today, however, we’ve learned that TabCo is a fake company, concocted by the real company “Fusion Garage.” If you are not familiar with that name, Fusion Garage was the maker of the JooJoo tablet from March of last year. It was a Linux based 12” tablet packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 as well as Nvidia Ion graphics and 1GB of RAM. Back to today, Fusion Garage has officially unveiled the Grid 10 tablet as well as the Grid 4 phone featuring GridOS. But wait, isn’t this an Android blog? As it turns out, “GridOS was built leveraging an Android kernel. It was built on top of Android. Similar to how Apple built Mac from Unix BSD.”  
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HTC Puccini Tablet To Be Released In September/October Says CFO

The highly anticipated 10-inch HTC Puccini is still making headlines, and this time, we’re closer than ever to an official release date.  According to the company’s CFO, Winston Yung, the device should hit the market running some time in September or October.  Specs still remain the same running a 1.5 GHz CPU, an 8 meg camera and of course, a stylus much like the HTC Flyer’s Scribe.  Though it was thought the device would be LTE ready for AT&T land, it’s more likely it will sport an HSPA+ radio instead.  Simply because we don’t think AT&T will have full LTE up and running by September.  CFO Yung also took the time to reiterate that HTC still plans on appealing a recent ITC ruling claiming the company infringed on several Apple patents.

[via bgr]

HTC Thunderbolt ‘official’ Gingerbread build leaks

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HTC Thunderbolt owners have been wondering where all the Gingerbread love is. HTC told us to expect it this quarter, but who wants to wait?

There have been numerous leaks, but the latest build 2.07.605.0 appears to be the official build. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee it will be the final build because if it did pass through all the testing, we would see it pushed by now.

If you would like to give it a try, chingy510 has posted an untouched and a rooted version. Just hit the source link to download and follow the instructions after the break, compliments of rootzwiki.


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Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets Exclusive Swype Update Before The Rest Of Us

If you own a Nexus S 4G on Sprint and you love Swype, you’re in for a fantastic treat.  Beginning today, you can be among the first to get the new version of the popular keyboard before the rest of the world does.

Sprint has partnered with Swype to bring an exclusive offer to their customers with the Nexus S™ 4G!

New features include:

  • Latest update to Swype on the Nexus S 4G
  • Custom Skin
  • Improved Tap Correction
  • Horizontal Word Choice List
  • Personal Dictionary Management
  • Shortcut Gestures
  • Option to choose between the original Swype Keyboard and a new, sleek custom one

And don’t fret if you don’t own a Nexus S 4G.  The update will roll out to the rest of us “in the coming weeks”.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out a video of Swype and its founder and to also snatch the source link for the download.  Have fun.  
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Sony Xperia Play Receives Another Exclusive, FIFA 12

And the good ol’ quality games just keep rolling in for Sony’s Xperia Play.  The rapidly popular gaming handset has managed to snatch up another exclusive game, EA’s new FIFA 12.  It’s been reported that the  game will hit the device early next year and rights will remain with it for at least a month after it’s released.  With exclusivity ending in February, it appears that the game will most likely be released or all to enjoy sometime in January.  As far as quality and improvement goes, all we know is that the game will support higher frame rates.  As we approach the release date, we’ll be sure to dig a little more on features and report back.  If you’re among the growing list of Xperia Play owners, you’ve got to be loving the caliber of gaming coming your way.  If this is any indication of the level of quality entertainment that’s to hit the device, you’re surely in for a treat.

[via phandroid]

Xiaomi M1 phone comes with MIUI ROM pre-installed for $310

The Xiaomi M1 was a rumor, but now it is official and launching in Beijing this October. The most important spec on this baby is that it comes pre-installed with the MIUI ROM. MIUI is one of the more popular customer ROMs, but if you fancy something else, you can easily swap it since the Xiaomi comes unlocked.

Full specs:

  • Android 2.3.5 with unlocked bootloader
  • 4-inch screen (854 x 480)
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260)
  • 4GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • Up to 32GB Micro-SD card support
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • 1930mA battery
  • GPS (U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS;)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • GSM / WCDMA

You can pre-order on August 29th for October delivery. Price is ¥1,999 ($310). One more pic after the break.


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Motorola DEFY+ confirmed with Gingerbread and 1GHz processor

Motorola has just officially announced the DEFY+, their latest life proof smartphone which will be available in Asia, Europe and Latin America starting in early fall. This slight upgrade of Motorola’s boredom proof DEFY is loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and runs on a 25% faster 1GHz processor.

The DEFY+ also features a water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design (IP67). There’s also a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen and a 1700 mAh battery to keep it pumping along all day.

Hit the break for more of Motorola’s specs and features of this device.


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Droid X Soak Test Set to Begin?

It’s no secret the Droid X Gingerbread update is full of bugs (though it did bring better performance and a newer UI). Being a Droid X owner myself, I’ve been counting the days eager to hear a fix is ready to hit.  Anyone else sick of their X turning itself on in the middle of the night?

It seems Droid X owners may see a fix shortly. The Motorola support group has started sending e-mails indicating another soak test may be starting soon. While there isn’t much detail in this e-mail it sounds like the August target date for a fix was accurate. Check out the email after the break.


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