AT&T Customers Ask – Where’s the Amazon App Store?

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Since news broke that Amazon would soon have an ‘app store’ available to the Android community, we’ve posted a few articles on the development. I guess the ‘dark side’ of AT&T strikes again, and at the expense of their customers. Since the Amazon App Store has been available for download, AT&T Android device users have been unable to use it. Why, you ask? Come on, I thought you guys would know this by now. AT&T does not allow installation of apps that are not regulated through the Android market. So what I’m saying is any Android Package file (.apk) that you may find on a site, or thru a third party app store, your out of luck.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel…..Just maybe. AT&T is working with Amazon to resolve this issue, at least for the Amazon App Store specifically. AT&T has provided a form for its customers to fill out, submitting their email address and phone model so they can be notified when the Amazon App Store will be available.

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So if you’re an AT&T customer, go ahead and fill this form out. Let us know what you think of this Amazon App Store and being restricted from using it for the time being in the comments. As for now, I’m going to go back to playing Angry Birds RIO that I downloaded from the Amazon App Store, on my Sprint HTC Evo 4G

Samsung’s TouchWiz UX to be the First Custom Honeycomb UI?

The folks over at bgr got a chance to play with the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs and made a realization. Samsung has already brought their custom UI to the table. This can be either good or bad news. Some users stand by custom UI’s and what they bring to the table (HTC’s Sense tends to be the most popular) so lovers of Samsung’s TouchWiz will rejoice. Other users much prefer the stock Android feel, and this will probably be even more prominent with how well Honeycomb feels by itself. For better or worse TouchWiz UX is here and it does bring some nice additions.
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Muvee shows off HD video editing for Android

Every smartphone has a video camera, and with the growth of YouTube and Facebook, video is very popular. Consumers need an easy way to edit their footage and Muvee is hoping to be a key. In February, Muvee announced the availability of their new HD video editing tools for Android. They are demonstrating it at CTIA in hopes of signing up a manufacturer or carrier.

With their application users will be able to cut out selected parts of a video and join a number of clips as long as they are the same type of resolution. Users can even add a music track or record voice-overs.  The ability to add logos and text overlays for easy branding makes it attractive to bloggers.

For now there are no plans to offer the Muvee HD video editing tools as a download. They would rather offer it as pre-loaded on devices.

Hit the break for the full press release from February.


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HTC kernel Source code available for Incredible S, Wildfire, myTouch 3G Slide

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All those who have been waiting to get their itchy fingers on the kernel source code from HTC for the following devices need wait no more. As you can see above, HTC posted the kernels on their Developer Center site for download for;

  • HTC Incredible S – 2.6.35
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide – Froyo MR – 2.6.32
  • HTC Wildfire – Froyo MR – 2.6.32

Grab a Red Bull and head on over to the source link below to begin your customizing weekend just a couple days early.

[via htc developer center]

Skyfire 3.2 for Android, “MAJOR” Changes

Update: By way of one of our readers, when downloading Skyfire 3.0 from the Android Market, you will actually be installing version 3.2. You can check this by going to your Skyfire settings and looking at the ‘Skyfire Version’…Thanks Again Jimmy

As of right now we are all browsing on our Android devices (if we choose to) using Skyfire 3.0. Well via a tweet just a few minutes ago, @Skyfire announces:

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So lets all stay tuned to find out what these MAJOR updates will be. I checked the Skyfire site and there is mention of 3.2, instruction to go to the Android market and download, but it’s not yet showing up. So I wait patiently. I strictly use Skyfire as my default browser. It does so much as a mobile browser. Just check out the list of features below:

  • Flash Video
  • User Agent Switching
  • Facebook QuickView
  • Fireplace Feed Reader
  • Popular Pages
  • Related Ideas
  • Skyfire OneTouch Search
  • Facebook Like Button

Stick around and watch for more information on the latest updates to Skyfire for Android, that the popular browser is calling “MAJOR”.

Is SnapKeys the future of keyboarding?

I have not been a fan of any of the 3rd party keyboards. Swype has been the most popular and it never felt natural to me. I recently saw a video about a new key-less keyboard called SnapKeys. At first it looked like another gimmick, but after seeing 5th graders blind typing with ease, I was impressed.

For the first time SnapKeys is revealing how it works, and intomobile filmed a hands-on demo at CTIA. The principle of SnapKeys is that people do not want their keyboard taking up a large percentage of the screen. This was always a complaint of mine as I have always leaned towards slide out keyboards.


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Market/App Store Fragmentation: How Many Do We Need?

Google has theirs (of course), Verizon has one, HTC might get one, Opera just launched one earlier this month and today, Amazon launched theirs. Depending on your carrier and your phone, you could have three or more market applications for your phone. With the launch of Amazon’s Appstore today, this got me to thinking…do we really need all of these different marketplaces?

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Firefox 4 for Android Release Candidate now Available

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If you search the Android Market you’ll find a few decent choices when it comes to browsers. My personal favorite on my HTC Evo is Skyfire. I don’t know why exactly, but i’ve been using for a good long time since my WinMo 6.1 days. I always seem to come back to it.

Well, we now have the latest Firefox 4 RC available for our browsing pleasure in the Android market. With very competent other mobile browsers out there for Android, such as Opera (mobile/mini), Skyfire, Firefox, the stock browser, and a few other less known browsers that may fit your lifestyle, which one do you choose to go to for your mobile World Wide Web experience? Let us know in the comments below..

[via intomobile]

Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, Heading to the Evo 4G and other HTC Devices

According to the folks over at skatterteck, an HTC Employee during the CTIA Wireless 2011 event confirmed that not only would the Evo be getting Gingerbread soon, but several other HTC phones would also be getting some 2.3 love. According to the site, “The update is not just limited to that phone either, other HTC “legacy devices” which currently run on Android 2.2 Froyo will apparently also get the update.” There is apparently one catch though.
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Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update details leaked

We reported earlier that the Sprint Epic 4G will be receiving an update this week that will bring Froyo 2.2 and enable Sprint ID. The following is the actual text that will be on the Sprint website shortly.

  • A software update to EC05 (Froyo with Sprint ID) will be available beginning Monday, 3/21/11 for the Samsung EPIC 4G via Google OTA.
    • OTA Duration time dependent on current device usage: 10-20 minutes, with installation time of 6-8 minutes.
  • Customers will become eligible for the upgrade across a 4-day period based on their status with the Google servers.
  • Enhancements:
    • Upgrade of the Google OS from Éclair to Froyo (2.2.1)
    • Add Sprint ID functionality
    • Ability to install applications to external storage
    • Improved Bluetooth device support
    • Bluetooth Voice Dialing
    • Flash Player 10.1
    • GPS Enhancements
    • Improved OS performance
  • Fixes
    • Email PIN based authentication
    • User friendly tethering for 3G and 4G

The update begins today and should be completed by March 24.

[via androidcentral]