For only one week, SwiftKey is embracing piracy. International Talk Like A Pirate Day is on Monday, Sept. 19th, and SwiftKey will be helping you celebrate with and special little keyboard called PirateX. PirateX will help translate your normal keyboard typing into pirate-speak. OK, this is a little gimmick app, but it’s part of the SwiftKey Community Relaunch. You can grab the app from the source link after the break as well as the full press release.
Verizon is already well on the way to complete domination of LTE in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that they are already working on standards for LTE-Advanced. Praveen Arteya, director of network technology at Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center, said that is too early to test LTE-Advanced or research potential speeds and features. but it is in the long term plan. Expected speeds will mostly likely hit 100 Mbit/s in motion and 1 Gbit/s stationary.
For now it’s all about the present LTE network, which as of yesterday covers 143 markets. They are also working internally on voice over LTE with vendor partners. and they will continue testing the voice standard in two of its pre-commercial markets through 2012.
Recently, some Bionic owners have taken to snooping around Webtop code and they have discovered something of interest. In a file meant to check for phone models, the code lists olympus, common, sunfire, targa, and edison. Now the Olympus, Sunfire, and Targa are the Atrix, Photon, and Bionic, respectively. How about those other two though? The first being common, it is probably safe to assume this refers generically to any Webtop enabled device. Edison on the other hand, is likely a different matter. This is the first mention of a Motorola Edison. While speculatory, we have some suspicions as to what this may be. The Motorola Atrix is due for a refresh and how about that leaked Droid HD. At this point it may even be nothing! Not all phones make it past the drawing board. However, the fact that it appears in Moto code, as opposed to the rumor mill, does suggest better odds that this device is somewhere just beyond the horizon.
Sprint announces the LG Marquee today, also known as the LG Optimus Black, that’s set to be released on October 2nd. The Marquee will have a 4-inch 480 x 800 (WVGA) NOVA Display that’s supposed to have better indoor and outdoor visibility along with reduced power consumption compared to conventional LCDs. Loaded with Android 2.3 and a 1GHz processor it also has 5MP rear and a 2MP front cameras, Swype built in, Sprint ID, WiFi, GPS, bluetooth, 2GB included microSD expandable to 32GB, 512MG RAM, 2GB ROM, and a 1500 mAh battery.
You can catch it on pre-sale that will run for one week starting Sept. 20th. Anyone who purchases the Marquee on pre-order will also start to receive their devices a little early starting Sept. 29th. The price will be set at $99 on contract with a $50 mail-in rebate to boot. Another note in the press release is that this device will be launched at MADE Fashion week in NYC. Stacy London from TLC’s What Not To Wear show will act as a mentor to five MADE designers as they create chic style carrying cases for the Marquee. Interesting marketing, but odd at the same time. What do you all think about that one? You can check out the full press release via the source link.
Earlier today we showed you CyanogenMod 7 running on the DROID Bionic, but we also saw an unofficial ClockWorkMod recovery running. It is now available for you to download, but please make sure you understand the following (from CVPCS):
- This is not an official CWR release. Official CWR releases are signed off by Koush.
- This will not be on market. I’ll leave that for when Koush makes an official release.
- This is for BIONIC ONLY. Do not try to use this with the DROID 3 or any other device.
- I am not responsible for any loss of data if there are bugs present. I have tested it but that doesn’t mean it’s bug free!
For those of you in Europe with an Android 2.2 or higher device, your device might now support Google’s famous voice actions. If they’re not on your device natively, make sure you get them on your device via the Market. As someone who uses them for almost everything I do, I can’t imagine how you guys have been able to use your phone! The countries/languages now supported are:
- United Kingdom (British English)
- France (French)
- Italy (Italian)
- Germany (German)
- Spain (Spanish)
Any of you guys big on voice actions?
We have heard about the Samsung Illusion, but there hasn’t been a lot of info. Samsung just posted another picture of it on Flickr with a tiny bit (I mean really tiny) of details:
Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a “green” certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its “green” phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).
Nothing is official, but we are still expecting an 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a 480 x 320 screen, and a 3 to 5MP camera. The rumor is it will be available September 29th for $100 or less. The screen in the picture above shows a date of 10/06, so that could wind up being the release. Either way, both rumored dates are on a Thursday, which is the normal release day for Verizon Wireless. I seriously doubt you will have to stand in line for this one.
Hey all you bargain hunters! Today Amazon is giving away the paid app, PrinterShare that usually runs for $12.99 and currently has a 4 1/2 star rating. PrinterShare allows for wireless printing from your mobile device or SD card in various ways and supports many forms of documents. With a fairly simple UI and ease of use, I was able to get this to work on my HP photosmart in no time. I highly recommend this app for your wireless printing needs.
Printing right from your smartphone
Print documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XSLX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT) from your smartphone’s SD card and from Google Docs. Also print email from Gmail, photos from the SD card, contacts, agendas, SMS or MMS, call logs, and even web pages directly from your device to a printer right next to you or anywhere in the world.
Please note: This is the premium, unlocked version of PrinterShare Mobile Print. All the premium features are available, and no key is required.
Premium Features: nearby direct printing via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without PC; nearby printing to PC or Mac shared printers; unlimited remote printing. You do not have to buy pages or have a subscription on the receiving computer (Mac or PC).
Nearby Printing: you can print to WiFi printers shared on your Local Area Network from your Android phone without having to install PrinterShare computer software. You don’t need to log in or sign up with the system for Nearby Printing. A wide variety of printers are supported.
Remote Printing over the Internet: make sure you’ve installed the PrinterShare software on the computer connected to the printer, just like when you print from computer to computer using PrinterShare, then just log in to your free account with your smartphone and find and select the printer you want to print to. In addition, from your mobile device you may look for printers shared by others, select one, and print on it.
Well if that wasn’t fast! Samsung has already released source code for Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch that only began to start selling this morning. The developer community will be able to create custom kernels with access to this code. The phone still needs a root method before you can run custom ROM’s, but by the looks of things, it won’t be long.
Head to Samsung’s Open Source website for the download and Search for the SPH-D710.
Today Samsung had another big official announcement to make public. No, not the unveiling of the next Nexus device but the next Android app store they refer to as a “Premium App Store For Android”.
Currently only available in the UK, Samsung’s new app store aims to provide customers “access to all the latest great content on Android,” and will include free and paid applications. As it stands right now, you must use a credit card to purchase premium apps. In the near future you will have the option to add your purchase to your phone bill or have the funds deducted directly from your SIM card balance. So who’s ready to get their “shop” on?
Full press release after the break.