Horace Luke, former HTC Chief Innovation Officer, has left the company as of April 30th for personal reasons.
HTC made the following statement:
“Horace nurtured a culture of innovation at HTC and instilled a strong consumer design-focus among our employees who continue to raise the bar in designing products that capture our customers’ imagination. We are grateful for Horace’s many contributions to HTC and wish him well in his future endeavors. Scott Croyle, HTC’s vice president of design, has taken over Horace’s responsibilities and will continue a tradition of design innovation at HTC.”
Luke joined HTC in 2006 after he left his position as Creative Director for Microsoft.
It looks like an unnamed Samsung phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard is headed to AT&T. We don’t know much about it other than the fact it looks really nice with the 4 row keyboard.
We will let you know more as we hear it.
As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The planned devices include:
- HTC Inspire™ 4G
- LG Phoenix™
- Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
- Pantech Crossover™
- Samsung Captivate™ 4G
- Samsung Infuse™ 4G
The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.
Full press release after the break
After hours of going back and forth on the topic, I’ve decided I won’t be getting the Evo 3D and instead will be holding out for (and praying) that the Nexus Prime will be on Sprint. It’s no secret that I was originally planning on upgrading to the 3D, but I’ve finally convinced myself that it simply isn’t worth it.
If your Android device is on your company Exchange server and you’re using the standard email app, chances are you’ve seen some glaring issues – namely, the inability to sync up your Exchange notes to your device. However, thanks to developer Hundera at XDA, the dreams of getting all those notes moved over have become a reality, thanks to Notes for Exchange.
According to the application thread:
Notes For Exchange is application to synchronize notes between Android and MS Exchange. This application will NOT store your Notes to some third-party server. It uses standard exchange synchronization of Appointments.
How it works?
“Notes for Exchange” has two parts:
* Outlook Add-in (NotesForExchange_x.zip), that will synchronized your notes with calendar appointments. It creates items at end of February 2048, so it will not collide with your standard events. Using standard Exchange synchronization, these are synchronized with your android phone.
* Android application (ExchangeNotes_x.apk), that displays these special “Appointment” as Notes. Also allows you to edit and delete them.
Android application can be used without Outlook add-in with any other calendar (e.g. gmail). In that case, it’s just simple notes application that stores notes into your calendar. During testing and usage of this application, no data were lost. But backup of Notes and Appointment is strongly recommended.
In other words, the application works by moving your notes over to your calendar and them storing them in a non-intrusive manner to your calendar. So, be sure to hit up the application thread to check it out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Ever wanted to do something to show off just how much cooler your Android phone is than their __(Insert non-Android device here)__? Yea… of course you have! Today’s app, while probably not all that useful, does just that.
Prox Lite allows you to control your phone, using only the proximity sensor (hence the name). According to the application thread over at XDA, forum member and developer extraordinaire SemperGumbee states:
Prox makes use of the phone’s proximity sensor and accelerometer to initiate an action. Prox Lite has 4 actions:
*Flat – Emulate home button
*Toward – Expand and contract notification panel
*Left – Launch phone dialer
*Right – Launch browser (google.com)
All you have to do is turn on the service through the app and then tilt the phone in the direction you are trying to activate the action for and then pass your hand over the proximity sensor and it will activate the action for that direction.
You can amaze your friends, and feel like a Jedi. Imagine the look on your friend’s faces when you do things without even touching the phone itself.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the application thread here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Senior Moderator over at xda has seemingly brought Dropbox junkies a gift from the heavens. His application, SyncIt, works as an extension with Dropbox to keep all of your files up to date. SyncIt by using the Dropbox API and your Dropbox account to keep any file you choose up to date in your Dropbox and any other Android device you might have SyncIt installed on. The app is currently in beta, so feedback is welcomed with open arms in order to make it better.
Originally posted by jug6ernaut
THIS IS A BETA PROGRAM ***
SyncIt is a basically a Dropbox extention, it uses the Dropbox API and your Dropbox Account to keep any specified file updated in you Dropbox as well as on any other Android devices with SyncIt installed.
What this means is say you have to have a certain game always up to date on all of your android devices? Well simply select it in SyncIt and have it installed on both devices and SyncIt will monitor that file and keep it up to date on both devices.
*** How To Use ***
Simply go to your favorite file browser, find the file you wish to SyncIt. Long press on that file and press Send/Share(differs depending on your File Browser). Then select SyncIt, the file will then be uploaded and synced across all devices with SyncIt installed.
You can find the application thread here.
Well, it’s about time! The Android 2.3 update has finally come to 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab users in the U.K., and not a moment too soon. What with the same update having already rolled out to the U.S. Tab niche a few weeks ago, we’ve heard plenty of crooning for the update to come through across the pond. The update comes to your Tab by way of Samsung KIES, the popular-yet-despised update tool from Samsung themselves.
Have any of our U.K. readers seen the update come through yet? Be sure to sound off in the comments!
While most Android customization comes from software modifications, every now and then someone brings up a cool way to make your phone’s hardware look even better. Paul white has managed to find a rather simple way to polish the back of the HTC Sensation 4G to get a cool, futuristic chrome look. If that’s not your cup of tea, he also explains how you can get a brushed metal look. The process is actually incredibly simple and his guide to doing it contains a lot of pictures for your visual learners. Even though it’s low risk, modding the outside of your phone can still lead to problems if you aren’t careful. Regardless, I have to say I’m kind of jealous that nothing like this has been done for the Evo. It just looks cool.