Archive for December, 2008
Word on the street is that Google is going to release the ‘Cupcake’ update for the Android OS soon. Details are a little scarce but James Falconer reports bug fixes along with the virtual keyboard. Andy Salisbury also reports the virtual keyboard as well as camera updates (including video recording) and basic x86 support (not G1 specific). The Android Roadmap for Q1 2009 does mention the virtual keyboard and other input methods as well as a suggestion algorithm.
Other changes from the Roadmap:
- Save attachments from MMS
- Music now fades for phone calls
Many Browser enhancements
- Updated WebKit version
- Copy/paste is enabled
- Find is enabled
- Drawing is faster, pages with animations are 5x faster
- VoiceDialer now supports ‘open app’ command
- Camera features include the video recorder, video thumbnails, local playback and sharing
- Download manager is improved with better support for pausing, resuming and connectivity
- Tactile (Haptic) feedback
- Hardware accelerated video encoding
- Speech Recognition API
- Streaming Audio for apps
- Bluetooth support for A2DP and AVRCP (YAY!!!)
- Updated Linux Kernel
- Longer in call screen timeout
- Show/Hide dialpad added to in-call menu
- Many more bug fixes…
As usual this will be an OTA update. Since we’ve seen several since launch I have faith in this one showing up decently. What feature are you looking forward to, Bluetooth Stereo audio, on-screen keyboard or video recording?
Ah, it’s fun to take apart stuff, right? Well – just as long as you can put it back together. Over in the General forum, bipinsen has done a great job going through the steps needed to take apart a Shadow, should you get the urge. Caution: taking your Shadow apart may render it useless if you forget to put something back correctly =D.
I’m not an electrical engineer, but what we seem to be looking at above is the CPU in the top center, which has a “Pass” sticker on it, implying that it passed a quality inspection. But I wonder what the oddly shaped metal thing is below it. Anyone? For all of the images, enter the thread.
Since the G1 is recognized as a desktop browser the full version of AllShadow.com has been rendering on the G1. After consideration for data speeds and time, the mobile site has now been set to recognize the G1 as a mobile device and render the mobile version when you visit AllShadow.com from the Android Browser. Please let us know in the comments if you prefer it this way or another way.
AND the Store is mobile friendly as well so you can get your app on in the wild. Just go to the usual store.allshadow.com from the Shadow or G1 to see it.
Note: I have been doing a little work on a better mobile forum. If there is a huge interest in this please let us know in the comments and we’ll make it happen sooner. ‘Better’ would mean being able to post replies and messages from your phone.
Be sure to bookmark these addresses on your phone!
Ok, ok, so maybe a Sushi lunch or something. Anyhow, T-Mobile is showing the price for the Shadow at a mere $29.99 right now. Wow. Might as well get three of them and share the Shadow love with your friends. We’re not sure how long the discounted price will last – but if you’ve been watching this site thinking about getting a Shadow, now might be the most economical time =D.
Ah, remember that T-Mobile Dash that was floating around in black that was rumored to be the Dash 2? Well, seeing how the hardware is absolutely identical to the current Dash, it makes total sense that the Black Dash is simply a mild refresh, not a new device. It seems that T-Mobile still sees some life left in this last-generation device, which is fine by us, because the keyboard on the Dash rules. Thanks to The Technicist for the photo.
Alright guys, the results are in – and the winning T-Shirt design is the one seen above by soulja! Nicely done – we think it captures the essence of the AllShadow site and community quite well. Thank to all that participated. We should have the shirt ready to roll of the presses by sometime next week =D.
The G1 doesn’t come with an on-screen keyboard, yet. It’s in the works for an Over The Air (OTA) rollout in Q1 of 2009, which isn’t too far off. Watch the video above for a preview. It appears to be a simple yet functional keyboard. I’m hoping there will be a selection of layouts. I personally have a liking for the 20 Key layout.
P.S. We didn’t make the video