LevelUp Studio gets a C&D From HTC for the Beautiful Widgets app

LevelUp Studio has been offering the Beautiful Widgets app on the Android Market for a while now, but unfortunately, is about to be taken off. Apparently, HTC is not very happy about this, and they made sure LevelUp Studio got the message. Beautiful Widgets is actually a set of widgets that run on Google’s free mobile OS, with a stylish and nice looking design inspired by the HTC interface (Sense UI). We all know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but by the looks of this, HTC didn't like it. So, LevelUp Studio let everyone know about it via twitter, so whoever bought the Beautiful Widgets app from them, could back it up. Well, it was good while it lasted, now to wait until someone else comes up with something similar to HTC sense once again. [Thanks to mwenn1 and simms22 in our Forums for the heads up]

Evernote for Android is Now Available

Today, the Android Market welcomes another useful application; Evernote, which is a free download. This new app allows you to take notes on your Android device, those notes could have pictures and audio files, that will automatically synchronized with your online Evernote account. Evernote is already a popular note-taking application on other platforms; Windows, Mac, BlackBerry, and according to the iPhone and iPod Touch owners is impressive. On a personal note, I can say that it is also impressive on the Palm Pre, since I been using it for a little over six months on my webOS smartphone, and now, I can't wait to use it on Android! With Evernote, you can basically take notes, tag them and put them in virtual notebooks, easy, isn't it? And now, those who have an Android phone will be able to enjoy this application. This new release brings location-awareness as well as other useful features like optionally geotagging every note. As mentioned before, downloading the app is free, and also an Evernote account is free, but there's also a premium option. The premium service goes from $5 a month, to $45 a year, and it gives you up to 500MB a month in uploads. [Via SlashGear]

Barnes & Noble Nook Shows up Undressed and Rooted

If you like ebook readers, then you'll like this, apparently, the folks over at nookDevs have managed to root a Barnes & Noble’s nook ebook reader. As you can see on the image below, naked, the B&N ebook reader it's not the sexiest looking device you ever seen, so let's not talk about that. The Barnes & Noble’s nook ebook reader runs on Google’s free mobile OS. Recently, sister site SlashGear, had a full review of this dual-display device, which sports both; a 6-inch monochrome E Ink panel and a 3.5-inch color capacitive touchscreen for navigation. Apparently, a generic OS 1.5 build of Android is loaded into a 2GB MicroSD card, and since the nook also gets both WiFi b/g and 3G, it has the ability to do everything a rooted Android phone can do. Well, there you have it folks, if you are into ebook readers and like to try this, remember that you are on your own every time you hack into any device, so be careful.

Google Maps Navigation Returns to Europe, Again

As we all know, many Android users outside the US had a chance to get Google Navigation Maps Beta to work on their phones. Unfortunately, a few days later, Google decided to block the access to this feature, but do not fret, there are always people working on counter measures. The new hack comes via Brut.all from XDA-Devs, and the way is done is by manually uninstalling the existing version of Google Maps, next, you need to load a specially-tampered-with copy that restores the navigation functionality. There are still a few bugs, but this opens up a way for many non-US Android users to have the Google Navigation Maps on their phones. And it is also better than nothing. We have to be aware that, sooner or later, Google could block the feature again, so enjoy it while it lasts. Also, this new hack is available to both, root and non-root android phones, but you have to make sure that you install the right one.

Motorola DROID with Google Nexus One Boot Animation After ROM Leaks

It seems nobody can get enough of the Nexus One or, as many are still calling it; the "Google Phone", apparently, someone got a hold of the Android 2.1 ROM for the Nexus One ROM and got creative. Now, as you will see on the video at the end of this post, you can get the boot animation of this already famous phone, on your DROID by Motorola. The most important thing about this leaked ROM is not only about running the Nexus One boot animation on your Motorola DROID. The most important thing is, the specs that were found. Apparently, someone over at These Are The Droids has been tinkering with the library files and various other system files from the Nexus One ROM. Here's the list of everything they have found about the Nexus One so far.
* Proximity Sensor/Light Sensor: Capella CM3602 per sensors.mahimahi.so in Nexus One ROM Dump. * Accelerometer: BMA150 3-axis Accelerometer per sensors.mahimahi.so in Nexus One ROM Dump. * Magnetic Compass: AK8973 3-axis Magnetic field sensor/AK8973 Orientation sensor per sensors.mahimahi.so in Nexus One ROM Dump. * Wifi Radio / Bluetooth / FM: BCM4329 in lib/modules * In libaudio.so I found “Routing audio to Speakerphone with back mic” reference. * In libaudio.so I found “Stereo FM speaker” also referenced. * Audience A1026 Noise Canceling Chip – No link but here is the A1024 found in libaudio.so * Qualcomm QSD8K Specific hardware libs in lib/hw (QSD8250 Probably) * Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0 – Part of Snapdragon? * Camera Info Vague, found some references to auto focus, flash, white balance and anti-banding in libcamera.so * Snapdragon Specific Libraries found
And for those Motorola DROID owners who are thinking about porting the ROM on their phones, beware, there are some issues that need to be polished before everything works correctly. The guys over at Sholes.info have a system.img that you can download to get Android 2.1 on your DROID. We do not want you to brick your devices, but if you still want to go on, it is at your own risk. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSdQ5pHxlok&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Will the HTC Legend Replace the HTC Hero?

Since the leaked Android 2.1 ROM gave us a clue on the upcoming devices from HTC, we cannot stop thinking about all those new HTC smartphones coming down the pike. It appears we are not the only ones, the good folks over at ai.rs blog got a hold of this image below; the HTC Legend. The image above gives you a better idea on how this new Android phone will look like. Many people believe the HTC Legend will be the successor to the popular HTC Hero, this is in part to the Legend’s screen size and resolution, which matches that of the Hero; 3.2-inches and HVGA but in the case of the Legend, it has a beautiful AMOLED display instead. The processor on the Legend will have only 600Mhz, which is a little disappointing for speed junkies, but enough for mainstream users. Now, the hard thing is to decide which Android phone to get next year. Will you prefer this smartphone, or the HTC Bravo? Below you'll find the Specs for the HTC Legend, and please, stop drooling on your keyboard! * Size: 112x56.3.11.5mm * 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. * 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash. * 512MB flash, 256MB RAM. * Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 600MHz. * 1300mAh battery. * MicroSD. * Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. * aGPS. * G-sensor. * FM radio. * Optical mouse. * 3.5mm headphone jack. * MicroUSB for charging/sunc. * People II/Footprints II.

Google Nexus One Skinnier than T-Mo G1, More Pictures and Boot Animation [Video]

As we all know, all the rumors and speculation around the so-called Google Phone - which now we know is named Nexus One - have taken a wild fire-like turn. And now, there are more pictures, as the one below, comparing it to a T-Mobile G1. The picture above comes to us via BGR, and shows you how thin is this new Android smartphone compared to the G1. Obviously, many smartphones out there are thinner than the G1, but hey, it's all good. No word on how thin it actually is, but we believe it must be around 10mm thick. They also say it has a crisp, high resolution display, which it has to be, AMOLED displays are better than LCDs. You will find two more pictures of this great looking phone running Android 2.1, as well as a video with the boot animation for it. Don't forget to let us know in the comments area what you like/dislike about this awesome looking smartphone. Enjoy! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAFSEsEZnnE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Google Nexus One with T-Mobile Support and Android 2.1

There is no doubt that a Google Phone is in the mind of everyone this days, over the weekend there was a leaked picture of the phone, confirmed as the Nexus One. And although Google said it was an in-house testing device, everyone is still Google phone hungry. As you can see on the images above, this Nexus One is on the T-Mobile network, and the WiFi radio seems to be active. The device looks like an HTC phone, although there are no HTC markings, and it appears to be running Android 2.1. And if you are wondering about the tape on the back, apparently, it is covering a QR code. The Nexus One has a new grid icon at the bottom of the homescreen, which if pressed, brings up a webOS card-style preview of all homescreen pages. Now that's interesting! Also, inside the packaging, you'll find documentation that points you to a "questions" page at google.com/phone/support. If you click on the link, you'll notice the page is a dead end, for now anyways, but you have to wonder, what if. [Via SlashGear]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Due for Release on January 18th?

After Sony Ericsson gave us a February 10th 2010 launch date for the UK, and then pulled it out, now there's someone else giving us a release date. Play.com has posted on their site a "due for release" date of January 18th 2010 for the XPERIA X10. So, either someone is trying to pull our collective leg, or they know something we don't, the thing is, we already knew the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was coming on the first quarter of next year. We just didn't have an exact date after Sony Ericsson took the February 10th release date out of the equation. So, will Play.com pull it out later, who knows, but for now, they have the SIM-free/Unlocked device for pre-order on their site for £529.99 ($863), with a January 18th, 2010 release date, as mentioned before. Well, those who want to get this Android-based phone from Sony by Christmas, will have to wait a little longer.

The Android Handheld ODROID, Launches Worldwide Developer Edition [Video]

Some of you might remember a gaming handheld device called ODROID, which runs Google's free mobile OS. The last time we heard of it back at the end of October, it had sold out its ODROID developer edition units, and a second batch was promised to go on sale in Korea. The Korean company did not disappoint its followers, they just launched a Worldwide Developer Edition of the ODROID handheld device. And to be online with the last released, they also have another video demo on the ODROID. The Game is Speed Forge 3D, with accelerometer motion-control, on a 42-inch HDTV through an HDMI cable. The ODROID is priced at $349, and it comes with a debug board, connector cable and two batteries. There are also two microSD cards; one is a 2GB card that houses the Android OS, and a 8GB SDHC card for general storage, as well as the schematics and source-code required. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5fKrScVtP8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [Via SlashGear]
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