A Few Updates to the Android SDK are Released

To all those interested on any available update to Android, especially to all developers, there are a few updates to the Android SDK. And Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK Tech Lead at Android Developers wants you to know about these new updates. As you can see on the image above, there were updates to multiple components of the Android SDK last Thursday: Android 2.0.1 revision 1, Android 1.6 revision 2 and SDK Tools, revision 4. Let's begin with Android 2.0.1, which is a minor update to the mobile OS (Android 2.0) running on the Motorola DROID. This update includes several bug fixes and behavior changes. If you like to know more about this update, check the Android 2.0.1 release notes. Next is Android 1.6, revision 2, which includes fixes to the compatibility mode for those apps that don't support multiple screen sizes. For more on this update, read the release notes on the Android 1.6, revision 2 here. And now, let's talk about the SDK Tools, revision 4, which is also a minor update, with mostly bug fixes in the SDK Manager. There's also a new version of the Eclipse plug-in that embeds those fixes. For more info on the details, check the links of the SDK Tools revision 4 and the ADT (Android Development Tools) 0.9.5 release notes.

Android-based Barnes & Noble nook gets reviewed by SlashGear

It's not quite the regular Android Community smartphone fare, but underneath the reskin Barnes & Noble's nook ebook reader packs Google's open-source OS.  Over at SlashGear there's a full review of the dual-display device, which has both a 6-inch monochrome E Ink panel and a 3.5-inch color capacitive touchscreen for navigation. The nook also gets both WiFi b/g and 3G, either of which can be used to download new ebooks from Barnes & Noble's store.  The retailer is also hoping to make good use of their physical bookstores, with free wireless connectivity while you're there and - come 2010 - the ability to browse a full ebook for up to an hour. It's not all great news, however; there are some performance issues, and B&N are promising an OTA software update to address some of the page rendering delays.  For all the details - plus more live photos and video - head over to the SlashGear review. Barnes & Noble nook video demo: [vms ca02b0d42dabeb8e46bb]

Mikandi: First Adult App Market for Android [Video]

Well, well, well, this is a new one for me, I'm no angel, nor am I an saint, but you have to admit, not everyone will be happy about this one. It happens that Android has an adult app market now, unofficial, of course. The name of this new market is; Mikandi. There are certain rules and standards not only on the Android Market, but on other app stores as well. This rules are normally against porn apps, it doesn't mean that you cannot just use your smartphone's browser to visit the adult-only websites, but that's the way it is. So anyway, now, the Android platform has a porn market. There will be people thinking that this is unnecessary, and others will be either happy or upset, the truth is, we are just giving you the info, not to judge anything. The MiKandi market, which claims to be the world's first adult app store, is currently available for Android phones only, but according to their website, support for other devices is coming soon. This adult marketplace downloads to your Android phone as a central portal where you can download, find, and use adult themed applications. Also, developers will be able to distribute their free or paid adult apps, without any fear of being rejected from the Android Market. Any type of adult content will be allowed into the MiKandi Market, as long as it doesn’t go against the law. And of course, you have to be 18 years or older to download this. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7TfRnYSxOU&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Motorola Sholes XT701 Running Android 2.1 Heading to China Unicom?

It would appear that Motorola is on a roll lately, we just had some leaked images of a Motorola Sholes caught in the wild. Then a DROID look alike, that might end up been a fake, which many believe that is probably a Samsung Omnia 2. And now China Unicom adds a Motorola Sholes XT701 into the mix to make things more exciting. So, according to Androidin, this is the Motorola Sholes XT701, which will be sold by China Unicom in that country. And apparently, will have a 5-megapixel camera instead of the 8-megapixel reported on the leaked pictures. The XT701 is also said to have a 3.7-inch touchscreen and no hardware keyboard. Supposedly, the Motorola XT701 has an FM radio and will run Android 2.1 (check image above), it'll have a 3.5 mm headphone jack and flash. It is also said that the handset will be capable of recording in high-definition, but that's something nobody is sure at the moment. The truth is that with the number of knock-off devices circulating in China we have to be a little suspicious about rumors and leaks like this. There are two more shots below so you can check this phone a little better. And don't forget to let us know what do you think.

Buy the Motorola DROID and Get the ERIS by HTC or a Select Phone for Free

It's no doubt we are in December, many companies have Holiday sales going on already, like Verizon Wireless. The company is having a special weekend sale from today until Monday, in which you can buy the Motorola DROID and Get the ERIS by HTC or a Select Phone for Free. You can also buy one HTC Eris for $99.99 and get another Eris or another "select" phone for free. So as you can see, you have choices, but if you already on the market for a new phone, and Verizon is the carrier you want, why waste your money and time on something else than an Android phone. Just hurry, because this special sale ends on Monday. And remember that the prices are after a 2 year agreement and whatever discounts they have. There's also people who need a phone for themselves and another phone for their partner, friend or relative, so this is a good option to get a DROID for each. The bad news is, you cannot buy a Motorola DROID and get another Motorola DROID for free. The good news are: First, if you are a Verizon subscriber already, and eligible for a new phone with a discount, the DROID by Motorola will set you back only $149.99, instead of $199.99. Second, if you bought a DROID or DROID Eris in the past 30 days from Verizon, then you might be able to get this deal as well. So there you have it folks, let us know in the comments area if you are buying a new DROID this weekend. Or if you already did in the last 30 days, and are planning to get a second line with service with a free Eris, let us know if Verizon honors this deal.

A Mystery Motorola DROID-Looking Smartphone Appears

Sometimes the leaks and rumors fly really fast, we just had some leaked images of what appears to be the Motorola Sholes. And now, thanks to Android Community (AC) forum member TheJuan, we get a picture of another Motorola phone that looks a lot like the DROID, sans the hardware keyboard. Although the unknown Motorola smartphone on the above image is tipped to have the Android OS and a 3.8-inch touchscreen as well as an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash. There isn't any hard evidence to support those claims, and very little is known about this unnamed Motorola handset. Since several AC forum members were not sure about this phone, they took it upon themselves to investigate. AC member samuraiBSD came back with the images below to compare one of the images from the back of the mystery Motorola device. As samuraiBSD put it: "Notice that the Motorola logo has something weird going on, and the design of the back looks overall very similar to the Omnia...too similar." [Thanks to TheJuan and samuraiBSD]

New DROID Commercial: It’s not a Princess… it’s a Robot [Video]

I don't know about you guys, but I really like the DROID TV Commercials from Verizon. Back at the beginning of November we had video of the latest TV ad at that time; in a world that doesn’t, droid does. Now there's a new one, and by the way, the phone on the image is not an iDon't, but clearly, Verizon wants you to compare it to the more capable DROID. One thing that most of us have already figured out about the DROID commercials is that they are not directed to girls. So is safe to assume that Verizon is targeting males with the DROID by Motorola TV ads. We can say those ads are "guy friendly", and please, don't get me wrong pretty ladies who love Android devices like the Moto DROID, but you are few. Now, with this latest commercial, there is no doubt, if there was any, that Verizon is doing just that. We can hear clearly the robotic voice saying; "It’s not a Princess… it’s a Robot", and after that, at the end of the ad, the same voice lets you know that the DROID is "a phone that trades hairdo for can do". So enjoy the video and let us know what you think. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLDxv9ohH2s&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Leaked Android 2.1 ROM Comes with a List of Many HTC Android Device Codenames

Apparently HTC has a lot of Android-based smartphones coming out in the near future. The recently leaked Android 2.1 ROM that we saw running on an HTC Hero has given us some clues on this upcoming devices from HTC. According to the folks over at androidspin "Deeply embedded in their latest ROM, HTC has a lot of codenames for existing and upcoming phones: Bahamas, Bravo, DesireC, Dragon, Dream, Espresso, Halo, HeroCT, HeroC, Hero, Huangshan, Incredible, Legend, Liberty, Memphis, Paradise, PassionC, Passion, Sapphire, Supersonic." As you can see, some of those Android phones we already know, but there are others that we just heard of, or we had no idea of. Marc_Hav from androidspin credits maxisma for uncovering the codenames. We do not know for a fact about all this, but is really exciting to see more HTC devices coming, especially if they are running Android.

Leaked Images of the Motorola Sholes Caught in Wild

Sometimes I wish I had a crystal ball - well, I guess everyone feels like that sometimes - to see if rumors or leaked images are real, and for other things too. Well, the folks over at Mobile01 don't have a crystal ball but they got their paws on some images of the mysterious Motorola Sholes. Not only that, but they got some info on the specs as well. The device, which is apparently the Sholes, will have a touchscreen of 3.7-inch and 854 x 480 resolution. Also, it will sport an autofocus camera with Xenon flash and 8MP to compete with the camera on the Sony XPERIA X10. It will also have one feature that many of you will really love, an HDMI output. Which should be the first in an Android phone that we might see. Unless ZiiLabs gets their product out to the public first. It is believed that Android 2.0 will be running on this new device from Motorola, but by the time it comes out, it might get an even higher version of the free mobile OS from Google.

Sim Free HTC Hero for Sale Online with Support for AT&T 3G

So you are not happy with the chinless nice-looking HTC Hero from Sprint, and you definitely don't like the HTC Eris from Verizon. You probably are looking for a Hero from across the pond, and you have not been lucky enough to get it here. That might change soon. You see, Negri Electronics are selling both; the black and white HTC Hero smartphones. The phones are nothing out of the ordinary, they still have the always nice Sense UI and the attractive (not to me personally) body that many of you out there love. The main thing besides the shape of the body, is that it is the North American version, and will support AT&T's 3G bands. With less 3G coverage, more drop calls and a much higher price on the plans, why would anyone prefer AT&T over Verizon or Sprint? Well, that's beyond me. The prices, as you can see on the image above, are $579.50 for the black Hero, and $585.50 for the white version. That kind of money will get you a NAM, SIM free HTC Hero with Android 1.5 and all the regular Hero features. Now is up to you to decide if after paying that kind of money, it would still be worth it to pay the high prices of the Death Star. Sound off and let us know what your thoughts are on this one.
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