This listing on Ben's Outlet is the primary example of the reason that a sale is not the same thing as a deal. But if you just want some (very) basic Android hardware to tinker around with, mod, abuse, destroy or maybe give to a young relative who won't appreciate it, you could do worse than a Pandigital Tablet & E-Reader.
Slashgear. Earlier today they brought us one of the first unboxing of the highly anticipated HTC Desire. This time around, they are one of the first to review of the equally anticipated Sony Xperia X10. We’ve known, and wanted, this phone since around last October. Since then there has been multiple powerful Android handsets announced for release this year. So is it too little to for Sony or will this be their knight in shining armor.
new code in the Android development repository, it's now time for the usual clarifications, provisos and news tweaks that inevitably follow. While Donut was initially suggested as being one and the same with Android OS 2.0, one of the Android framework engineers, Romain Guy, has spoken up to suggest than in fact Donut is not the same thing as 2.0. Perhaps more frustratingly for end users, Guy also maintains that there is no multitouch support in Donut, despite what initial feedback from the developer community may have said. The touchscreen feature - which the current crop of Android smartphones are technically capable of supporting, though which Google's official Android code falls short of enabling - was initially believed to be present in Donut, along with such things as VPN support, CDMA support and more. The takeaway part to all this is the distinction between development branches and official releases. As AndroidGuys explain, Donut is a development branch - a chunk of newly developed test code, patches and other tweaks - which Google is pushing out so that it can be tested, evaluated, and have OEMs check for compatibility with their hardware. Some of those new features may find their way into an official release - we don't know if that will be 2.0 or any other release number, though Guy's comments suggest that it's not 2.0 as we expect it - while others will be put on the backburner or junked altogether. [Thanks Robert and simms22!; via Engadget]
already prompting excitement. Among the differences already noted are multitouch and gesture support, together with CDMA compatibility opening up the possibility of Android devices on US networks like Verizon and Sprint. There's also improved universal search, automated backups and what developers are already calling a huge amount of performance tweaking that should hopefully see the platform running more smoothly even on existing hardware. More technical issues have been tweaked, too, with WPA Enterprise encryption support together with VPN functionality. It seems Google and HTC have been thinking along the same lines, too, as one of the most visible changes is the connectivity bar in the above screenshot, which allows for one-touch homescreen control over WiFi, Bluetooth and other connections. The first hacked ROM suitable for the G1 has already been prepared, though be warned: core aspects such as network connectivity do not work, and this is really a build for early testers rather than those looking for the most functionality from their Android devices. Such users should wait a while, as the frontline devs are promising new versions of OS 1.5 Cupcake with elements taken from 2.0 Donut. [gallery] [via Engadget]
some of the features they've been working on for Android OS 2.0 Donut while at I/O 2009, and we've got video from the keynote to show you those changes in action. One of the biggest differences to 1.5 Cupcake is "Android Search", which is the catch-all name for the platform's new universal searching that queries contacts, calendars, music and online information. In addition, Donut brings with it intelligent search, with the Android phone learning common searches and offering them up in future queries. OS 2.0 also allows for simple addition of third-party content to standard searches with just a few line of XML code. Google also demonstrated an update to their voice-control system, present on OS 1.5 Cupcake, which introduces their new text-to-speech API. A generally available translation app - which currently only shows text translations - was modified with the new API to read out translation results. Finally, the video shows the new handwriting gestures which can be used to quickly filter out contacts or move through tracklistings in the media player. Let us know what you think in the comments! [vms 9c1d0e3b9ccc3ab651bc] [gallery id="3482"]