Sprint has announced that they will launch their new push-to-talk service Direct Connect on October 2nd. Direct Connect will use Sprint’s 3G network, as opposed to the old iDEN network that made the (Sprint-owned) Nextel push-to-talk devices so popular. The rollout will be tempered, though is expected provide as much as triple the coverage of iDEN by 2012.
In addition to the instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling you would expect, other features will include:
- Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
- Group Connect – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
- NextMail– Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
Sprint mentions both the Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore as compatible upcoming Direct Connect devices, noticeably omitting the officially unannounced Motorola Admiral that showed up last week by mistake in a YouTube video from the company. Once they get their act together on that one, it is also likely to be announced that it will feature the Direct Connect features too.
Hit the break to read Sprint’s press release.
If you’ve been looking to switch your native browser out for another, you might want to give Firefox’s new version 7 a look over. The update has officially rolled out and you can snatch the app up in the Android Market or check it out on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Can Firefox for Android stand up to stable iconic browsers like Dolphin HD?
- Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields
- Built-in language detection on first run
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Clues may have surfaced about the device Samsung will showcase for their Unpacked event at the CTIA next month and the prime suspect seems to be the Nexus Prime. Check out this image of finalists from the CTIA 2011 Hot for the Holidays Awards and notice especially the “Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast” category where “a product to be announced from Samsung” is cryptically listed. Let’s now consider that the event takes place on October 11th, the same month as the rumored release of Ice Cream Sandwich, the very Android OS that the next Nexus device will run and of which will pack a very gamer-friendly 4.65-inch display (720p HD resolution) and 1.5 GHz dual core processor.
Do we have winner? Maybe, although these details hardly amount to a smoking gun. What do you think?
Thunderbolt owners, the wait is almost over. Verizon has posted the full changelog for the Thunderbolt Gingerbread release that will take it to build 2.11.605.3. A big noticeable goodie included is a customization dock. Along with some bug fixes there’s a new Download Manager, an updated UI, and improved data connectivity. This should mean the update is right around the corner so hang in there. You can check out the full PDF from Verizon by hitting the source link below.
Well, it looks like Amazon was a bit slow today getting up their free app of the day, but here it is. Up today is Handrite Note, and app that let’s you write notes to a notepad with your finger on your android device. The app is very well put together where what you write is magnified on the screen and then shrunken down to the notepad when you stop writing a word or letter. You can even change the type/color of the paper that’s in your realistic looking notepad. At first glance, I wondered why I would want to use this instead of creating a voice note or just using voice to text for a quick note. It turns out you can use your built in keyboard in conjunction with the app as well as writing or drawing on the notepad with different pen styles and colors. This app is very well done and looks great, so why not give it a try yourself since for today it’s free.
Normally this app will cost you $2.99 to buy, 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. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.
Long live the Smurfs! The popular childrens cartoon is anything but gone and it’s cult-like following keeps them popular as ever. Having graduated from TV stardom these little blue dudes had no other option than to star in their own smartphone game in order to keep their fans happy. Today, Beeline Interactive announced that they will be bringing the popular iOS game, Smurfs’ Village, to the Android Market on September 28th. The game will be free to download and play, but will have in-app content available for purchase. Having Sims-like game-play, players will start from the ground up, building and improving on the Smurf Village. Each Smurf character will bring different personalities and game-play, allowing you to take advantage of specific talents and traits. If you need to build a bridge, hit up Handy Smurf. A cake is needed? Smurfette to the rescue! You get the idea. Facebook integration will also allow players to link game progress to share the experience with friends.
The Smurfs’ Village has maintained a 4 1/2 star average on the iOS platform and is sure to be a hit on many Android devices. Be sure to mark your calendars and head to the Android Market for your free download.
- Creativity is your only limit, build a complete Smurfs, village from scratch
- Play with your favorite Smurfs including Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and Jokey Smurf
- Purchase Smurfberries via in-app purchase to speed up the growth of your crops and village!
- Play mini games like Greedy Smurf’s Baking Game, Papa Smurf’s Potion Mixing Game, and Painter Smurf’s Painting Game and unlock additional bonuses
- Connect with friends through Facebook and send gifts to your friends’ villages
Full press release and video demo after the break.
Up today for free on the Amazon Appstore is Treasures of Montezuma 2, the sequel to a hugely popular PC game. Normally, I don’t like the Bejewled types of puzzle games, but having not really played one I think I’m now converted. The catch here in Treasures is that, besides having to line up 3 alike colors, you’ll also need to get to certain ones with jewels in them to progress through the levels. This added a little bit more than just lining up the colors on their own. There are three levels of difficulty as well as a hint button if you need a hand during play. You’ll be awarded throughout the game to purchase upgrades and bonuses as well.
Heck, for a game that will normally cost you a whopping $3.07 to buy, 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 video after the break and let us know what you think.
Photos of the upcoming Huawei Honor handset have been officially released by its Chinese manufacturer, Huawei Technologies. The specs remain unconfirmed, however it is said to run Android 2.3, have a 4-inch capacitive screen, 1.4GHz processor and front/rear cams, the latter of which is marked as being 8-megapixel in the photos if you look closely.
Although not entirely well known to those of us in the US, Huawei is the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China and the second largest supplier of infrastructure equipment in the world. From the looks of these snap shots, I’m looking forward to seeing more from these folks.
You can go ahead and drop the unofficial bootstrapper you’ve been using for your DROID 3 and Bionic. Official bootstraps from clockworkMod for both are now up in the market for $2.99. The unofficial version will still work just fine, but there may be more support for the official version as well as upgrades. Hit up the break for both links for the market or by QR code.