Thursday, 11 November 2010

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Still Technically Unannounced, Droid 2 Global Already Bootstrapped and Rooted

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 10:49 AM PST

Get your shovels out! Droid 2 Global, arriving at customers doors early already, has also already been Bootstrapped and Rooted. Of course, this is all done with same or similar methods already found out there in the wild, methods used before, tried and true. A user by the name of Brandon emailed in a tip to DroidLife with the message that the “on phone” method presented back here on Droid Forums works just fine.

Another method you new Droid 2 Global users might try is the XDA presented SuperOneClick method if you’re into their sort of tutorials – tutorials loved by the world over! I must warn you though, as I and we are apt to do, to be careful in doing any of this hacking, as it could brick your brand new phone, and I’m sure that’s the last thing you want in this world of just-deliveredness.

[Via DroidLife]


mClock, a Set of Clock Mods for your Android Device

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 10:24 AM PST

XDA forum member knoxcoder has developed a lovely little app for your Android device, one that allows customizable widgets for your clocks. Now you TOO, can read your phone’s digits in Gothic Condensed. It’s the most rocking of fonts, let me tell you that. This download was just created and released today, and is limited, but knoxcoder plans on adding options and styles in the future.

To get in on this deal, head on over to the [APP] mClock, clock with lots of options thread on XDA developers forum. Have fun and, now that daylight savings time is done, no worried on getting all clocked out. AND as always, be careful using any sort of application, modification, or hack you find on these internets. Always! Here’s the original message from user knoxcoder:

I uploaded my digital clock widget, mClock. I plan on adding more styles and/or options. Let me know what you think, what you would like to see as far as options go and whatever else.

Since I’m a new user I can’t post links but I’ve attached the QR code and a screenshot. For the fonts in the screenshot I just grabbed some off the web and put them on the sdcard. Fonts: 1979, Acens, Colwell, Orbitron-Medium, and the built in fonts.

[Via XDA Developers Forum]


Fuze bringing virtual conferencing to Android

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 10:06 AM PST

Fuze Box has just announced it’s Fuze Meeting application for tablets. Bringing virtual conferencing to Android, Fuze Meeting has been optimized for the 1024×600 resolution found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Fuze Meeting is already available for Android phones, but to see it move into the tablet market marks the company’s move further into the tablet using business market.

Fuze Meeting is an invitation-only virtual meeting application. Going much further beyond chat users can share content from their mobile devices all in real time. Pricing varries for what you want out of the software and is detailed here. You can download Fuze Meeting from the Android Market here.

Press Release:

Fuze Meeting Turns Android Tablets into Virtual Conference Rooms with New Tablet App

(San Francisco) Nov 11, 2010
– Today, Fuze Box is turning the Android tablet into a virtual conference room with the launch of Fuze Meeting, the ultimate mobile collaboration platform available for download at With several Android tablets hitting American markets this quarter, eager enterprise customers can rest easy knowing that business-powering apps are available at launch. The company is also announcing the ability to host meetings directly from the Android device, set for launch in early 2011.

Fuze Box has become the global leader in mobile collaboration solutions. In September, Fuze Box launched Fuze Meeting for iPad, the first app that allows users to host and moderate meetings directly from their iPad. Fuze Meeting for Android Tablets joins the company's existing platform availability on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android phone, PC and Mac.
Updated for the tablet launch, this attendee-only app for the Android tablet and phones allows users to:

-VoIP into meetings – Users can attend a meeting via their tablet even if they don't have a phone nearby. VoIP is also added to the Android phone app, solving persistent CDMA voice and data streaming limitations (read more)
-Content and Desktop viewing – Only Fuze Meeting offers the ability to view a shared computer desktop real-time from an Android device. Attendees are also able to watch and listen to high-quality video and audio – start, stop and pause with the same level of functionality as meeting hosts have.
-Share content from the tablet – Once the meeting host designates an Android attendee as a presenter, users can share video or image files by uploading directly from their device.

"We live and work in a mobile economy and our productivity should not be limited to the four walls of a conference room," says Jeff Cavins, CEO of Fuze Box. "Now, members of a sales team on Android tablets, a prospect on an iPad, and a colleague on an iPhone can meet simultaneously and collaborate with unmatched productivity."

Optimized for the Samsung Galaxy device, the app works best on 1024 x 600 tablets for now. Fuze Meeting will continue to optimize resolution for additional display screens as they are released. All functions available for Android tablets are also mirrored on the Android phone app, which Fuze Box originally launched in June.

Fuze Meeting for Android is available for free at”

[Via AndroidCentral]


Optimus GT540 gets updated to Android 2.1

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 09:46 AM PST

The very interesting LG Optimus GT540 has finally received the official Android 2.1 update from LG. The update from 1.6 to 2.1 is relatively painless and it shouldn’t take too long until you’re enjoying all of the features Android 2.1 has to offer.

The upgrade will enable the following features:

Android Eclair (2.1)
Multiple Accounts
Quick Contacts Interface
HTML5 Support in Browser
Microsoft Exchange Support
Live Wallpapers
Bluetooth 2.1 Support

You can get full installation instructions from LG here.

[Via LG Blog]


Froyo comes to the Original Droid for Rooted users

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 09:23 AM PST

Android 2.2.1 (Froyo: FRG83) has made it’s way to the original DROID in the form as a ROM thanks to the users over at My Droid World. You can get Froyo on your much loved DROID with just a few downloads and a few simple steps.

To start you will need the following files:

Download: DEODEXED FRG83 or mirror: ODEXED FRG83

This is a rooted FRG83 ROM for the original DROID only, and you will need to be rooted.

1. Download either the direct download or mirror above
2. Boot into recovery.
3. Scroll down to "nandroid" and select it.
4. Choose "Backup" to make a full backup of your phone.
5. Scroll down to “install zip from sdcard” select
6. Select “choose zip from sdcard”
7. Find the Froyo file and select it
8. After installing, reboot

And that’s it, you can now enjoy all of the Froyo goodness on your original DROID!

[Via DroidLife, My Droid World]


DROID 2 Global Orders Arriving

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 09:05 AM PST

The DROID 2 Global, now after being officially available online for purchase, is arriving at eager customer’s doorsteps. Taking just a few days for shipping, you should be expecting yours today if you initially ordered them as they became available.

Some interesting things about the DROID 2 Global that were not highly publicized:

  • SIM card included is not only included, it’s pre-installed.
  • International chargers also included making this a truly international phone
  • 8GB SD card included in the box.
  • VPN app pre-installed.
  • SIM Manager pre-installed
  • Keyboard is noticeably flatter than original D2 and clicks on key press.

Have any of you got your hands on the much-hyped DROID 2 Global? Let us know in the comments!

[Via DroidLife]


DROID Incredible Update rolling out

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:50 AM PST

The update for the DROID Incredible that includes many bug fixes as well as the VCAST app store is hitting devices right now. Being rolled out progressively throughout the next few days, owners should expect the notification and download here soon.

Full details of the update are as follows:

Improvements: (3.26.605.1/Baseband Version:
+ Updated Flash® player includes security enhancements.
+ Visual Voice Mail Wi-Fi improvements include removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications.
+ Enhanced support for Yahoo!® IMAP email.
+ Updated Slacker application.
+ Attach files larger than 5 MB.
+ Updated COX POP3 email settings.
+ Play YouTube videos in YouTube application.
+ Seamlessly switch between portrait and landscape views in Google Maps.™
+ Updated Comcast POP3 email settings.
+ Search key and other buttons displayed in correct order.

+ Preinstalled V CAST Apps lets users purchase applications directly from their devices and bill them to a Verizon Wireless account.

Nothing groundbreaking, but any update is a welcome one.

[Via DroidLife]


Verizon announces FlexView, Brings FiOS TV Content to Android

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:44 AM PST

If you are a Verizon FiOS customer you now have even more entertainment options thanks to Verizon’s new FlexView. This new service will provide on-demand video on Android devices to users who buy or rent its available TV shows and movies.

FlexView Video on Demand is a free application available to DROID 2 and DROID X users with support coming to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and DROID Incredible coming shortly.

Renting pricing will be around $2.99-$4.99 while purchases will range from $9.99-$19.99. Live broadcasts are also in part of Verizon’s plans for the new service.

[Via Androinica]


Galaxy Tab coming to AT&T for $649 November 21st?

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:32 AM PST

Joining both Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T is now rumored to be set to launch the Galaxy Tab on their network November 21st. In a leaked training document it’s not only revealed that the potential launch date is the 21st, but also gives us a price: $649.99 without contract.

Now this pricing is $50 more than Verizon and T-Mobile are offering for the device off contract, which is very strange. So far there has been no word regarding subsidized offerings of the Tab.

Data pricing for the Tab will be identical to what AT&T offers to it’s iPad customers. 250MB of data will be $14.99 while 2GB of data will be $25 monthly.

[Via Engadget]


SlashGear gets their Hands On the Wall Street Journal App for Android Tablets (on the Samsung Galaxy Tab)

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:28 AM PST

As I’m sure you’re already aware, the Wall Street Journal has released an app in the Android Market. We’ve got our hands on it, and Chris Davies is on the case. He’s taking a peek at the app using the lovely Samsung Galaxy Tab, one of the large-screen devices this app is made to fit. This app is free to download with limited access upon basic registration, or for full access to everything WSJ has to offer, it’s $3.99 per week.

Portrait and landscape orientations supported, each article accessed after reading a preview on the main screen by clicking in – two of our editors in different parts of the world noticed a bit of lag getting into these articles over Wifi. Subscriber-only articles can be previewed, but only the first few lines are visible (unless, of course, you pay for this content, in which case you’ll be able to see everything,) subscriber-only videos are marked with a tiny cute key.

Each article is able to be saved for later reading, but you must read that article before the next day’s edition comes in, ’cause then it’ll have disappeared. The app is updated automatically upon each new edition, this event marked on your Android notifications bar. In place of multitouch pinch-zooming, there’s font size buttons for individual articles and page up/down bars on the bottom right of the screen.

For video, there’s an odd quirk of a giant play button in the center of the rectangle that anywhere else would load the video, instead you’ve got to hit a small plus symbol in the upper right before they’ll go. There’s a stock price quote feature for seeing all your favorite watched companies, working with a Watchlist to keep track of your portfolio.

Wrapping up, we’re all sort of down on subscription prices, especially when they’re $3.99 a week that might end up being in addition to whatever you currently pay for your online access to WSJ (for now, if you’ve got that online access, your subscription to this Android version is free.) A pinch-to-zoom function would be extremely welcome, and the lag moving from page-to-page is something that should be looked at. On the other hand, as the first “proper” Android table app, it’s a real solid one. Now comes the tests on every other Android tab platform – good luck!

Hands-on video:

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[Via SlashGear]


Nexus S mentioned briefly on Best Buy’s website [Update: Photo!]

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:24 AM PST

Rumors have been quite actively lately regarding the upcoming Google Nexus S. We have heard rumors go back and forth regarding it’s existence and Samsung even “confirming” that they were not working on such project. We all believe it’s real, the Nexus One is arguably one of the best Android devices on the market with impressive hardware and Google’s dedicated support. Well all good things come to an end, and it is becoming a little outdated. Enter the Nexus S which was revealed by Best Buy’s website this morning.

We finally have some further confirmation of this device right off of Best Buy Mobile’s page. Listing the device as “Pure Google” and going as far as saying that it will be available only at Best Buy this holiday season. There is a dead-end link to pre-order and a broken image revealing that it is headed to T-Mobile initially.

Although this isn’t completely credible evidence it does line up with recent rumors that the Nexus S would be exclusively available on one “very big retailer.” So we can assume the Nexus S is real and even though it may be facing some delays, we may see it before years end.

You can also check out the Google Cache of the website here, as the original banner has been pulled- as expected.

Update: While the image wasn’t available online, it looks as if an "In-Store" web-based flier may have revealed what the device looks like! Seen below is the image of a new phone that certainly looks like a Galaxy S series device with a front facing camera and running stock Android! Could this be the future Nexus S?

[Via Phandroid]


LG Optimus GT540 gets Android 2.1 update

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 05:01 AM PST

It’s obviously a week for Android 2.1 updates, as LG has pushed out its Eclair ROM for the LG Optimus GT540. The new firmware takes the GT540 from the Android 1.6 OS it shipped with to Android 2.1, complete with live wallpapers, multiple Google account support and Microsoft Exchange support.

There’s also Bluetooth 2.1 support, HTML5 in the browser, and the Quick Contacts UI. Full instructions on how to upgrade can be found here.


Verizon Flex View for FiOS coming to Android

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 04:20 AM PST

If you are a customer of Verizon that happens to be in a FiOS service area and use an Android smartphone a cool new app is coming for you. The new app is called Flex View and it allows FiOS users to view on demand programming wherever they might be.

Verizon says that the service is available to most FiOS subscribers right now and will be in all FiOS markets by the end of November. One of the coolest features about Flex View is that unlike streaming the content, you can download the stuff you want to watch so you can view in when there is no network connection.

Verizon says that FiOS customers can check for Flex View programming under the Video On Demand tab and then look in the Flex View folder. Flex View is supported by Android devices including the Droid 2 and Droid X among others. Flex View can be authorized on up to five devices at once, including computers and other smartphones. Some of the content has a rental fee associated with it and some can be purchased as well.


Shiva3D engine gets optimized for TI OMAP 3 platform on Android

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 03:40 AM PST

Gaming hounds that are always looking for the best video games for their Android device will love this news. The Shiva3D engine has now been optimized for the TI OMAP 3 platform. The optimizations are targeted at Android game developers that are looking to get the most out of the onboard processing power of Android devices for the ultimate in gaming.

Shiva3D supports the complete family of OMAP 3 processors according to Stonetrip including the latest in the line with the OMAP3630 processor. Stonetrip says that is has worked with TI for low-level integration with the hardware.

This low-level integration allows Shiva3D to provide unmatched performance and deep functionality for apps built on the engine. Shiva3D promises that games designed to use the engine will provided the gamer with maximum battery life and a fantastic user experience. I think most of us will really look forward to trying out some games that use the Shiva3D engine.


NetQin Mobile offers AV software for Android users

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 02:57 AM PST

If you are the sort that worries incessantly about viruses on your Android device, you will be glad to hear that NetQin has unveiled a new beta release of its mobile anti-virus software for Android devices. The new beta version is 4.2 and it also guards against malware.

The software includes anti-virus protection that can find and delete the latest viruses, trojans, spyware, and malicious fee-deduction software to protect your phone and your money. The protection runs in real-time on the device and provides protection during file transmission, network connection, and app installation. The software also installs a firewall that runs in the background.

Other features of the AV software include a backup contacts feature that allows the backup and restoring of contacts on the phone in the case of an issue. The contact info can be restores between Android, Symbian, iOS, and other platforms. The other major feature is called mobile anti-lost that helps the user to find their device if it is lost or stolen. The phone can have an alarm activated on the handset to help you find it and if it can’t be found the app lets the user delete all the information on the phone remotely. The beta version is on the Android Market right now.


2nd-Gen Dell Streak “Opus One” due March 2011 with high-res screen & dual-core CPU?

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 02:33 AM PST

Dell’s second-generation Streak is on track for release in March 2011, according to details purportedly leaked from an internal presentation, and is currently being developed under the codename Opus One. According to StreakSmart‘s anonymous source, the Dell Opus One will keep the 5-inch screen size of the original Streak, but use a higher-resolution panel running at around 1280 x 800.

It’s also tipped to have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, perhaps from Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon range. Strangely, “Opus One” was the internal codename Motorola gave the Android smartphone that eventually became the Motorola i1.


AT&T Galaxy Tab to be $650 on November 21?

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 02:07 AM PST

AT&T is being coy about its Galaxy Tab pricing, but it seems that might be because the carrier is expecting to charge a ridiculous amount for the Froyo slate. Engadget has been sent screenshots of what looks to be an internal training guide for AT&T sales staff, tipping a huge $649.99 contract-free price.

It also suggests a November 21 sales date and the usual data packages: 250MB for $14.99 per month or 2GB for $25 per month. AT&T will load their account manager app onto the slate, for easy account management, but it’s still expensive compared to what other US carriers are offering.


Verizon Galaxy Tab goes on sale

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 12:48 AM PST

Verizon has become the second US carrier to put the Samsung Galaxy Tab up for sale, with the 7-inch tablet priced at $599.99 with no agreement obligation. The carrier’s optional data plan gives users 1GB of mobile data over the Galaxy Tab’s EVDO Rev.A connection every month, in return for $20.

Otherwise this is the same, data-only slate as we saw arrive on T-Mobile USA yesterday. More details in our full review.


Doodle Jump app updated, on sale for 99 cents till November 17th

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 08:55 PM PST

Even though Angry Birds is my current favorite game, I love to play doodle jump as well and it may be the second most addicting game for the android that I can think off. It does have a “warning extremely addictive” disclaimer before you purchase the app in the description, so be careful. If you have been waiting to get your hands on the app, now is your chance; the app has been updated and is also on sale till next wednesday(November 17th) for 99 cents.

With the update comes four new themes( Jungle, Space, Night and Christmas). Bug fixes have also been added to the update adding more stability and better performance to the app itself. Let us know if you end up purchasing the app on sale and post your high score so we can see what we have to compete with. Barcode image available below as well as Market Link.


Droid X appears in OnStar commercial

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 08:46 PM PST

What can I say, Android smartphones just love to get TV time don’t they? Well, after seeing that a man has caught a video of a “UFO” on his HTC Evo 4G, it doesn’t surprise me that an Android device is caught showing off again on television. This time it is OnStar’s latest commercial showing off their app on the Droid X.

As seen in the commercial, some of the features of this app are the ability to check tire pressure, gas and oil levels, unlock and even start the car from your phone remotely. Pretty nifty app that will allow you to do all of this, and it is showed off well on the Droid X. Check out the full commercial below, and let us know if you have this app and if its as cool as they say it is in the commercial.

Click here to view the embedded video.


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