After an update to 6.1.0 just yesterday that brought some bug fixes and updates to Webzine, there is a new update today taking Dolphin up to 6.2.0. More features were added for Webzine to support landscape mode and share Websize content to both Facebook and Twitter at the same time. A full list of updates can be seen in the image above. Go ahead and grab the update from our apps database here or from the QR code after the break. If your already rocking Dolphin HD, you should be able to grab the update from the Android Market on your device. If you’ve never given Dolphin HD a shot, see the short video after the break showing off some if it’s cool features.
The Amazon Kindle app for Android has been updated bringing a much needed home screen update. On top of the new tabbed style home screen experience, you can see a new recommendation bar at the bottom in the shot above (guess I need to figure out how to use my Droid X while working out). There are also some bug fixes included with the update along with in-app upgrade notifications. Grab the Amazon Kindle app right here from our handy apps database or use the QR code below.
The vast number of possible Android launchers has increased by yet another as Samsung has released their own UI rendition called Pure Breeze from Samsung San Jose Mobile Lab. The launcher replaces the standard Android Home layout (for any Android device 2.1 or greater) in the hopes of giving users custom options, better organization and simplified navigation to apps and files. The twist? It works around a unique grouping system with a floating “Kite” that holds those groups and acts as your home screen. Whether or not this is a recipe for success remains questionable however.
Here’s what they say:
Pure Breeze is a customizable user interface that lets you easily organize your apps, groups, and tasks, and create shortcuts. Pure Breeze replaces your default home screen and allows you to enhance navigation by organizing your applications into groups. The “Kite”, a customizable floating window is always available with one touch to access your phone’s widgets and shortcuts. The “Kite” becomes your new launcher and home screen.
The full version of Pure Breeze in available in the Android Market for £1.23 ($1.74US), or you can snag a free trial before you make any commitments.
We’ve got some images from a browser benchmark on the Droid Bionic. While benchmark tests don’t always mirror real-world usage, this at least gives us somewhere to start when comparing. While the Bionic is running full blur, it look the lead over a stock Nexus One running Android 2.3.4 (as it certainly should with it’s dual-core goodness). Initial thoughts in the report was that the phone is extremely light, pretty thin, and boots up very quickly. I can’t wait to see this phone in person it looks to be a solid device for sure. Hit up the break for the Bionic and Nexus comparison images.
The Droid Bionic Arena scavenger hunt game for Android is live today and I made sure to try it out first thing this morning. After some concerned looks explaining to someone what I was about to go and do, I updated the app to the newest version and put on my shoes to head outside. After starting the first game, I noticed the app was really wonky when trying to point my phone in the prize’s direction. Performing a quick calibration on the compass fixed this issue (go to settings -> Location & security -> Calibrate Compass). Once this was fixed, I setup my e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter account in the app and started looking. Hit the break for how this all went down.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color is an all-around consumer favorite and between its 7-inch capacitive touch screen (1024×600 resolution) and Android 2.1 operating system, it doubles as a nice tablet option too (as long as you can follow a few hacking instructions). On that note, Digitimes, a Taiwanese trade publication, has recently reported that B&N will further incorporate tablet functionality such as email, music and other apps into its follow-up device said to be launching sometime this month.
Some listed hardware vendors for the device includes TPK Holdings to supply touch panels and Inventec for the assembly process. E Ink is also mentioned as providing e-paper back-plates for the next-gen Nook Color, which would make it one of the first devices to offer a color e-paper display with large market availability. This last bit of info is interesting, though doubtful as it doesn’t elevate its path of tablet potential. Overall, it’s too soon to tell exactly what to expect from this device, but details are sure to continue rolling out as its tentative launch nears.
Hit the break for a video of a developer running Honeycomb 3.0 on their Nook Color.
Lucky owners of HTC Desire HD can now enjoy the first custom ROM loaded with Sense 3.5!
Recognized XDA Developer capychimp, who was responsible for bringing you the first ROM with fully working Sense 3.0, comes through again with the latest installment of HTC’s Sense UI. This ROM is based on Bliss WWE RUU 1.10.401.0 Android 2.3.4.
Bugs are to be expected with this being the first release. This is to be expected so please give it time to become fully functional. Make sure to leave feedback for the developer about your experiences with the ROM.
As originally posted by capychimp:
This rom is based on Bliss WWE ruu
no chinese leak
1.10.401.0 android 2.3.4
Added advance power menu
user apps auto install written by rmk40 readded, known from kingdom
3D homescreen option added
camera acting up
bluetooth wont turn on
you tell me
Hit the break for additional pics!
Before I report this news for you, I want to point out one of the patents in question here in case you’ve missed it. U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 involves the following. When you receive an incoming message on your iPhone containing a phone number, web link, e-mail address, or street address, this information is highlighted and turned into a link that you can tap. This tap in turn performs an action like opening the web link in Safari or asking if you would like to dial the phone number. That’s weird because I would have thought tapping a phone number should open your music player. Surely, who ever implemented that process on Android must have stolen it from Apple. Just food for thought since this is one of many patents Apple says HTC is in violation of.
Newly introduced into Apple’s patent infringement case against HTC involves Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android Inc. Apple is alleging that Rubin took inspiration for Android’s framework from APIs he supposedly encountered while working for Apple in the early 90s. Hit up the break for more.
Running right now through Labor Day, September 5th, Gameloft is giving away some of their most popular Android games for free. To grab the free games, you’ll need to follow @GameloftAndroid on Twitter or hit them up on Facebook here. Once the free game is announced on Facebook or Twitter you’ll have 2 hours to grab the game for free. There is also currently a $0.99 promotion happening on all of their Android games, but you’ll have to visit the special promo link here to get them. Why not snag yourself some free games or take advantage of the 99 cent deal for ones that don’t show for free? Let us know if you see a good one worth snagging.
Privacy concerns and security holes are nothing new and are to be expected with anything software driven (as long as they are patched up quickly). To name a few from the past, we had reported a security hole in the Sense UI that had to do with the Bookmarks widget. How about another one for the Droid X right here. Today, it looks like our fingers are going to be pointed at HTC who seems to have added something behind the scenes within the latest Gingerbread OTA. The current targets are the Sensation and the EVO 3D thanks to information from Phandroid and TrevE on XDA. Hit the break for the full story.