According to Engadget it appears that HTC will be shipping yet another device with its bootloader on lock down. The HTC Evo 3D will join that of the Thunderbolt, Incredible S and the Sensation 4G. However, to give you some glimpse of hope, earlier today HTC stated on their Facebook page that they are in the process of “reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders”. Hey, for now, we’ll take it. Hopefully, like AT&T, HTC will listen to what the masses are saying and will reconsider their current position. What do you think? Feel free to plug away in the comments below.
Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, 4.5.596.MB810.Verizon.en.US, for your DROID X by MOTOROLA. This update provides several improvements for your device, as well as upgrading to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (OS)
Well, after months and months of waiting we finally saw the highly coveted Netflix app for Android hit the market. Unfortunately, there were only a handful of devices supported. But as expected, upon launch, it was only a matter of time before our developing dogs at XDA caught the scent and modified a couple of apk’s for non-supported devices. And thanks to the boys over at AndroidSPIN, they managed to get the app up and running on the T-Mobile Vibrant. Only catch, it’s running on Gingerbread based ROM’s. There are very limited choices for Galaxy S phones in the US as far as 2.3 ROM’s go, but it has been confirmed to be working flawlessly on CyanogenMOD7 for the Vibrant. We get to thank XDA member n1gh7mar3 for manipulating the device check in the apk and gracing the masses with some streaming love. Check out the video below of the app working seamlessly on the Vibrant and feel free to fire away in the comments if you have any other light to shed on the subject.
As expected, Google is planning to address that security issue we mentioned earlier with that good o’l Google swiftness. The security bug exposed users’ sensitive data when on an unsecured WiFi network.
Google’s official statement:
Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third-party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.
Initially, the bug allowed predators to access contacts, calendar and Picasa Web albums utilizing the ClientLogin authentications protocol. As you can see, Google has begun rolling out the server-side fix to address the Contacts and Calendar issue, however, it doesn’t address the Picasa one since it is not as vital as having your contacts and calendar exposed. Seeing a picture of you is one thing, but knowing where you’ll be and what you’re doing at any given time is a little scary.
The auto update is being pushed out now and should be complete by weeks end. Google’s engineers will continue to try to fix the Picasa Web Albums issue and asks for your patience. They will roll out that update just as soon as it’s ready. Did you receive yours already? Let us know about it in the comments below.
With the Motorola Xoom being the first tablet to get Honeycomb 3.1, where does this leave other tablets? We know the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship with it pre-installed. ASUS and Acer have announced that they will be updating the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 to Honeycomb 3.1 in June.
You can expect the update to be over-the-air and it will bring performance improvements, UI enhancements like stretchable widgets, a new task switcher, and support for USB peripherals.
LG said they will be updating as well, but would not commit to a date.
With the competition heating up in the tablet war, lets hope all the manufacturers recognize that they need to get these updates quicker rather than later.
I’ve always enjoyed Slacker radio over the other top steaming services out there. It just works for me well. And with todays information, they’ve just improved the service to exceed all others. Today Slacker has announced a third tier to its pay-per-month streaming service, called Slacker Premium Radio. This new subscription can now be purchased for $9.99/mo. Signing up for Slacker Premium Radio gives you all the perks of the $3.99/mo Slacker Radio Plus, no banner or audio ads. In addition, you’ll get the ability to play songs and full albums from the artist of your choice. Any song at any time, will be available for listening. Create custom playlists with every song you want to hear, and the ability to store those playlists on your sd card and listen offline! Unlimited song skipping, lyrics and more.
I have been an avid user of Trillian on the desktop for years now. The multi-protocol instant messenger is robust with features, customizable, and just plain slick. Trillian will manage your Google Talk account, AIM, Yahoo IM, IRC, ICQ, Bonjour, Skype, Jabber, and more. When it was first released for Android in beta form I downloaded it and I liked it, but I just didn’t use it on my phone enough to justify paying for it when it went live with a price tag. If any of you find yourself in that same boat, you’ll be as glad as I am to know that Trillian 1.1 for Android is now available in the Android market for free. You can grab this app via the QR code in our app database or directly from the Android market.
The official word from Samsung is out. A number of devices will be receiving Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread! Updating to Gingerbread will give user of the Samsung devices, the latest performance enhancements and welcome changes to the UI from the previous Froyo version.
The entire Galaxy line will be updated by way of Samsung device management software, Keis. These devices will be: GALAXY S, Tab, and Ace/Gio/Fit/mini. The update is set to kick off in the UK, and Nordic countries, with the rest of the world to follow. Hit the break for the entire press release from Samsung.
Today Samsung has launched the Android Developer Forum. This new forum will provide Android specific access to technical support and functionality for the Android platform. With-in this forum you’ll have access to Samsung Android device technical specs, so you as the developer can determine which device would be the best fit for use with the application you’re developing. You will have at your disposal, Samsungs tools and Software Development Kits (SDK). Developers can also make use of the Knowledge Base which will contain a growing number of technical documents, notes and guides. Also included in this wealth of information is Samsungs remote service, Lab.dev. As a member of Samsung Mobile Innovator, you’ll have access to Samsungs Remote Test Labratory (RTL), which is defined by Samsung as the following:
RTL is a remote test laboratory that allows the installation and testing, over the Web, of applications on Samsung devices.
It is the best way to reduce your development costs and make your applications compatible and easy to use on Samsung devices.
RTL provides real-time online access to networked Samsung mobile devices for remote application development and testing.
It’s the easiest way to verify application functionality before deployment.
Hit the break for the official press release from Samsung Mobile.
Yesterday at Google I/O 2011, Google showed off the new Android Market app for Android phones. The new market features will help in app discovery, app promotions, and make it easier for users to read information about a particular app.
The UI is more eye-catching with more colors and graphics. There are new categories which include additional Trending, revamped Top Paid, revamped Top Free, and a curated Editor’s Choice list.
The related apps section will be broken up into two lists, apps that people tend to view and apps then people tend to install. A new Developer Spotlight will feature particular developers.
They have also increased the file limit for apps to 4GB so there should be some really interesting apps and games available in the near future.
Check out more photos of the new Android Market after the break.