OnTheFly, from ITA Software by Google, offers an easy way to shop for airfare on your Android device. While the app doesn’t allow booking, its ultra fast interface lets you quickly get a list of airline comparison prices for your future trip. One of the new features included is a flexible date search that lets you browse up to 35 days of potential departure dates combined with a price graph. You’ll also have access to a search history and the application will find local airports in your area to search from. I did notice Southwest seems to be missing from the list, so that may be a bit of a minus for some, but the app is free to see if it works for your needs. Hit up the break for a QR code and a link to the market to check it out for yourself.
Android 2.3.5 is currently being pushed via the Samsung Kies software for the Galaxy S II. The update seems to be the same KI3 leak from a few days ago and brings some performance improvements on an already blazing fast phone. One notable visual change is the bouncing effect is gone when scrolling to the end of a list and is now highlighted in color like many other Gingerbread versions. This change may be due to respecting Apple’s copyrights for scrolling effects. Keep your eyes peeled for the OTA soon and you can catch a shot of the over scroll glow after the break.
Virgin Mobile has officially announced that they will start carrying the HTC Wildfire S beginning October 23nd for $200 at such outlets as Best Buy and RadioShack. This latest offering gives consumers yet another option in carriers for this Android 2.3 device as U.S. Cellular made the same announcement for their own version of the HTC Wildfire S only few days ago. Let’s take a look at the specs, shall we?
- Runs Gingerbread and HTC Sense
- 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen
- 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM
- 3G and Wi-Fi
- 5MP camera with flash
- Bluetooth 3.0
Hit the break to read the full press release.
For all you fans of keyboard replacements, today is a great day indeed. Swiftkey X has pushed out version 2.1, and with it brings some pretty awesome advancements. For those of you who haven’t tried it out yet, Swiftkey learns from your writing habits and develops its dictionary based on your personal word usage. If you frequently type a word like “triptychs” for example, Swiftkey will more than likely start predicting after typing the letters “tri”. It even goes as far as scanning verbiage in your Facebook, Gmail, sms, and Twitter accounts, compiling a sort of personal dictionary if you will. In the most recent update, Swiftkey can even learn from your personal RSS feed or blog posts, proving even more beneficial to writers like myself. I have long been a beta tester for Swiftkey (recently Swiftkey X) since its inception and haven’t looked back since. Although having tried many other keyboard apps. I always find myself coming home to Swiftkey X.
The HTC Amaze is one sexy looking powerhouse being launched on T-Mobile online Oct. 10 and in stores Oct. 12th. If you’ve been waiting for more updates on this little 4G wonder, we’ve got a treat for you. The video below will give you a taste of the Amaze’s data speed capabilities that are hitting about 15Mbps down out of Chicago. This isn’t even close to the supposed top out speed of 42Mbps on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, but I’m perfectly OK with that. I think 15Mbps is more than enough speed on a smartphone for the average user and hopefully, with some network updates, the speeds will increase. If any of you are interested in it’s quadrant score, that’s included in the video as well marking in at 2477. Hit up the video after the break for a few other tests and let us know what you think. The Amaze may be a hard sell coming out the same day as T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II, but I’m willing to give them both an honest shot.
We know what you’re thinking. This is just an HTC Sensation which we’ve all seen and heard of before. Well, not quite. What you don’t notice is primarily under the hood. Dubbed the Sensation Z710t, it’s sporting the new ST Ericsson NovaThor SoC (System on a chip). In addition to the new platform, the handset will sport a 1 GHz Nova A9500 dual-core application processor accompanied with the Thor M6718 mobile connectivity capabilities with carriers utilizing TD-SCDMA technology. Those using the handset should experience extremely fast speeds with this combination of technology. As far as the exterior goes, the device remains the same with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and Sense UI. As soon as we receive word on pricing, you’ll be the first to know. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below. Hit the break for the full press release and to get a better understanding of ST-Ericsson’s new platform.
The Xoom forums are buzzing with word of a new OTA update for Motorola’s WiFi edition tab. The latest build, #HTK75D, brings with it the new Market and still runs Android 3.2.1. If you haven’t yet been prompted, check for the update in your settings menu and let us know what you think!
We know some sort of variant of the Nexus Prime will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich on Verizon first. The big question is if it will be a true Nexus device with no bloatware? Our friends over at MyDroidLife have the system app list and guess what? No bloatware. We know the phone is made by Samsung so what about TouchWiz? It’s also missing in action. It looks like Verizon may have a full stock Android experience.
Also on the app list is Facelock.apk. This could be some sort of facial recognition for the lock screen. Of course we will find out all the details on October 11 at CTIA 2011 in San Diego, but I am sure more stuff will leak before than. Stay tuned.
November can’t come soon enough. Who’s going to miss City Id?
Full app list after the break.
Video Calling has now been added to another 13 devices for those who have been waiting patiently for Skype’s popular added functionality. However, with that, a small price in the form of more ads accompanies it. If you happen to have any Skype credits laying around, this should assist in avoiding the ads, however, it’s more than likely most of you don’t. Check out the list of devices below to ensure yours is supported. And if you currently don’t have Skype downloaded onto your device and want it, you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available. In addition, you can grab the free app from the Android Market for added convenience. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application and its new functionality in the comments below. Happy Skyping everyone.
Newly Supported Devices:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
- HTC Shooter (KDDI)
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
- Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
- LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
- LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
- LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
- Motorola Photon
- Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
- Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
- Motorola Xoom
- Motorola Atrix
Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is an RPG called Symphony of Eternity. This game has a definite old school Final Fantasy feel with it’s turn based battles and attack system. The battle actions do take up a lot of real estate on your screen, but it didn’t seem to take away any of the action for me. There are two stories that eventually mix together throughout the game. The first being a quest for a legendary weapon called “Regratlute” where the holder of this weapons desires come true. The second story follows members of a royal family being killed by the traitor Safario who wants to take over the world. In FF style there is world travel with turn based battles along the way and certainly matches the old school graphics of say FF IV or V. As far as game play time, you’ll probably get a good 20-25 hours out of this one.
Normally, this game will cost you a mighty $10.45, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the game video after the break and let us know what you think.