VoX communications has released a mobile VoIP app to the Android Market. Being there is a monthly charge for this app, I would expect nothing less than for it to function flawlessly for calls. The plans start at $4.95 per month which charges you $0.05 per minute. There is also a 500 minute plan at $9.95 and unlimited calling for $29.95. I’m not sure this is anything to get jazzed up about since there are apps like GrooVe IP that work directly with Google Voice’s servers and let you make data calls for free. The app itself is very well done and snappy, but I didn’t notice anywhere to try it out for free and test its call quality. I think if they really want this to take off they’ll need to implement some sort of trial period. Hit up the break to check out VoX Mobile’s feature list followed by the full press release and market links.
It has been exactly a month since we reported that Dell was going to push out the Honeycomb 3.2 update to the Dell Streak 7 tablet. Today, it was reported that some UK Streak 7 owners have already successfully received the software update. As with all major Android updates, Honeycomb for the Streak 7 will surely roll out in stages to keep any unsuspected glitches to a minimum. As long as users are reporting a trouble free HC experience, all devices should see the upgrade soon. Keep your eyes open for an over-the-air update notification and be sure to let us know when you get it. Happy Honeycombing!
Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a keyboard replacement called Thumb Keyboard. I can’t say enough awesome things about this keyboard, but I’ll at least give you a few hot features I love. First of all, this is the first keyboard replacement I’ve used that hasn’t lagged. There is usually a bit a of lag when typing fast and hitting the space bar, but I haven’t experienced any with this on my Droid X so far. What really sealed the deal for this keyboard was it’s ability to set different layouts for portrait and landscape modes. I absolutely love the split keyboard in landscape with slightly wider keys where I feel much less cramped. There are also a ton of themes to download and more than enough options for customization. Grab it while it’s free as this may be the best keyboard replacement out there. Unfortunately, I’m not able to test this on a tablet, but I would guess it functions just as fantastic there as it does on my smartphone.
This keyboard will normally cost you $2.53, so grab it while it’s free 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 video after the break and let us know what you think.
The Viewpad 7x Android Honeycomb tablet that was announced by ViewSonic at the Berlin IFA conference back in early September has now made its way through the FCC, scoring wins with both its WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. Word is that you’ll see the device sold for $379 when it is made available later this month. Let’s give the specs a look:
- Runs Android 3.2
- Dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
- 7-inch 1024×600 resolution
- Front 2MP camera/ 5MP rear cam
- 8GB of internal storage
One of my favorite things about the developer community, primarily the folks over at XDA, is the fact that thanks to their blood sweat and tears, devices rocking 2+ year old specs can easily be revitalized by porting current and up to date ROM’s to them. The latest and greatest to receive the makeover is the HTC Hero. Thanks to the new and upcoming budget friendly HTC Pico and some similar device specs, developer Flashinglights was able to port the Sense 3.5 interface over to the Hero with ease. Similar specs such as a QVGA display and an ARMv6 CPU made the port possible to perform. Thanks to the help of several other developers in the Hero section, a rebuilding of the ROM from scratch was successful and now available for the masses to enjoy. So, if you still have your old HTC Hero, now is the time to give it a makeover.
Keep in mind that the build is still in its initial phase so keep an eye for evident bugs and report them back to the dev team so as to improve the ROM for daily use. And here’s certianly to the hopes that more of the older devices (cough cough G1) can start to receive some new ROM’n love, and I’m not talking about soup here. If you’re ready to give this a go then head on over to the complete original thread here and initial thread here. And don’t forget, you’re attempts at this are solely your own and TA is not responsible if you brick your Hero. That being said, enjoy.
Team Heroc is composed of dastin1015 and flashinglights. We will be working alongside TeamSuicide whose members are tazzpatriot, condemndsoul, and macrodroid to give you guys the best sense 3.5 experience.
Explorer Sense is based of the leaked RUU of the HTC Pico, thanks to our chinese friend idogx whos build for the chinese version of the hero cdma helped a lot getting this thing off the ground.
Firmware version V10K is currently rolling out for the European version of the Optimus 3D. This version brings LG’s 3D Game Converter software that allows converting almost any standard game to 3D, provided the game uses OpenGL graphics. LG will also be providing a list of officially supported 3D convertible titles, but currently that link within the converter app is not working. To try an convert a current game you can hit menu and then customizable games though there is no promise that it will work. Compared to the previous V10D firmware, the Optimus is reported to run snappier though this version is still based on Android 2.2.2 (Froyo). This seems a little odd that a device touting 3D wouldn’t be up to date OS wise. You won’t be able to grab V10K over the air just yet, but if your part of the “Europe Open” region you should be able to update using LG’s PC utility. No work just yet when this will hit AT&T’s version, the LG Thrill. Let us know if you’re able to grab it.
The first thing I asked myself when I started with Android was where is Chrome? I’m sure plenty of you asked yourselves the same question, or like me, just shrugged it off assuming the underlying core of the stock browser really was Chrome. The truth of the matter was Android and Chrome were separate teams entirely with really no interaction between the two. It seems Google now has a build target revision up meaning an actual Chrome browser for Android should be right around the corner. There’s mention on the Chromium revision log that Chrome for Android will include a lot of the features that you’re accustomed to on the desktop version. It will also have support for the open source Skia 2D graphics library. It’s unknown exactly how Google plans to position Chrome for Android and I wonder to what extent, if any, they will allow the desktop version to communicate with the mobile and if Chrome extensions will exist on mobile. Maybe the Nexus Prime will give us a taste of Chrome with ICS at the Unpacked event in Oct. Wishful thinking I know, but in either case we should be seeing some Chrome on Android love very soon. Hit us up with your thoughts right down there in the comments. How do you think Google will implement Chrome to Android and will it crush the current stock browser?
An OTA update taking the Desire S up to Android 2.3.5 is apparently rolling out right now in stages. Users in the U.K. are currently reporting to have received this update while being on the device’s stock ROM. With this new update comes Sense 3.0 as well. If you’ve gotten this update surprise on your device, hit us up down there in the comments and be sure to let us know where you’re from.
If you’re thinking about buying a Droid Bionic, or already have one, you may want to pay close attention. Thanks to a reader over at DroidLife, an official bug list was received from Verizon and compiled into a nice list that I think will shock you. Note also that this is not the full list, but rather some important highlights. As you read through this list I want you to really ask yourself, how is it possible this device was really put through extensive testing for the length of time we waited for it? In this list you’ll see everything from 3G/4G connectivity problems, high pitch noises coming from the headset, MMS bugs, and the admitting of non-Verizon/Motorola USB cables not working. Another thing to point out is the Bionic is not able to support 8 devices in hotspot which was a touted selling factor of the device. Thanks DroidLife for putting this together, but all I can do is hang my head and ask how this is even possible for such a highly anticipated device. Put these phones out in the real world before releasing will you because this stuff gives Android a bad name. Hit the break for the full list broken down with a top 10 and be sure to share your comments with us. Fixes are supposed to be coming in November.
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.