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AddressBook availability, 1.6 only on Android Market

From: Nancy Benovich Gilby, VP Engineering, Asurion Mobile Applications

The AddressBook team would like to thank everyone for trying and giving feedback on AddressBook. It’s only been a few days but we’ve learned a lot and will be responding to feedback with improvements in short order.

One issue that may best be addressed when we can catch them in the blogs is “where in the heck/he__ is the AddressBook app?”. We made a mistake and were not as explicit as we should have been that only Android 1.6 is supported by AddressBook at this time.

We realize this is a disappointment to HTC Hero (guess who LUVs her Hero, me) and Moto Cliq users. However, try as we might, there was a severe bug introduced with Android 1.5 that added significant instability into our app, especially with installation and deletion of mixins. We worked with Google, submitted a fix for Andorid on 1.5, and while Google was able to respond for 1.6, there was not an opportunity for them to get the fix into an update for 1.5.

If any of you out there are willing to join our “guinea” program (very pre-release), and likewise are willing to follow a strict set of guideline for installing/de-installing with “as is” ground rules, please email us at addressbook.support@asurion.com to discuss use on 1.5. I’d like to get feedback on is it worth offering it on 1.5. If not, we’re working day and night to be ready for 2.0.

Keep the feedback coming, we are listening,



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Sprint’s Steve Elman Talks Android

For many of the 1,000-plus developers at the Sprint Open Developers Conference this Tuesday, there was one word on their lips: Android.

Steve Elfman, president of network operations and wholesale for Sprint, stated it’s not just about iPhone envy. He said the Android ecosystem is growing with so much broad support that it has the potential to become a new standard for the industry.

“In the old PC days, Apple came out with a vertically integrated computer that was great but was a niche product, while Windows became the operating system for all manufacturers to build on,” he said. “I think Android has the opportunity to be the Windows of 2010 and beyond.”

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MLB Testing “At Bat” App for Android?

If you’re a big baseball fan, you probably already know what happened in Game 1 of the World Series (Phillies won, Cliff Lee dominated). What you probably didn’t know is that Major League Baseball has released their At Bat application for Android that’ll allow you to keep track of what is sure to be a classic World Series. The At Bat application has been available for the iPhone and it’s a truly immersive application that pretty much sets the bar for sport-specific apps. At Bat for Android delivers live scoreboards, box scores, pitch-by-pitch updates, and video highlights. Sadly, it won’t stream live games (the iPhone version does) but you’ll be able to stream audio of the World Series.

At Bat for Android is only in beta and MLB is releasing it for download through their mobile MLB.com site (not available in Android Market). MLB says they’re only testing waters with this app and will not confirm whether At Bat for Android will arrive next season. We would love to have the MLB At Bat app for Android next year, it’ll make keeping track of next season’s Dodgers World Series run all the more easier.

Test it out while you can!

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European HTC Hero Skipping 1.6 Update

We just had an interesting email come across our inbox pertaining to the European version of the HTC Hero. One of our readers reached out to HTC to ask about whether or not their Hero would be seeing an update to Android 1.6. Here’s the email they received back:

“Dear HTC customer,

Thank you for contacting our Customer Support Center. We are dedicated to providing you with the best quality service and answering all of your questions and concerns.

The Hero will not be receiving the Android 1.6 upgrade, it will however get the 2.0 one. Do note however that we do not have a confirmed release date for this upgrade, all I can recommend at the moment is that you keep yourself updated by visiting our website regularly as the latest information will be available to view from there.

Best regards,
HTC customer support team
HTC Corp. Global Service Division”

Sit tight Hero owners – better things are coming! Now the question becomes, Will US Hero owners get the same treatment?

{via: AndroidGuys}

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HTC Working on Android 2.0 Phones

When the Motorola Droid releases on Verizon Wireless in a couple weeks, chances are it will be the first Android phone running Android OS version 2.0. The fact that this has been rumored for quite awhile and that it appears to be coming true begs the question – are Verizon/Motorola getting an inside track?

That’s exactly what Sascha Segan from Gearlog asked reps from both Samsung and HTC. While Samsung – who recently launched the Galaxy and Moment with the Behold 2 coming up didn’t respond, HTC said they indeed have had Android 2.0 in-house for quite awhile and are working on some tasty treats for Android fans to consume.

As to which upcoming HTC Android phones would have 2.0 was unclear, especially considering they’re all rumored devices with nothing official at this point. HTC Desire (Droid Eris), Dragon, Passion, take your pick.  If they ALL had 2.0 we certainly wouldn’t complain, but I’d bet that the higher powered devices run 2.0 while some lesser spec’d devices stick to 1.6.

Regardless, nice to see HTC already has some Android 2.0 phones in the funnel.

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Google Android OS Attracting Big Cellphone Manufacturers

That the Google Android operating system has been successful in attracting significantly more applications for consumers in its first year compared to what Windows Mobile has achieved in nearly ten years, is quite evident from the fact that the Android has essentially won over some of the biggest cellphone manufacturers in the world!

With Android-based phones emerging as the closest rivals of the popular Apple iPhone, it’s clear that leading carriers have realized that the Google Android OS offers them some extremely notable alternatives that give them a big advantage in distinguishing their services from those of their smartphone market rivals.

Introducing the Samsung Messager II
Since Android is primarily an open-source operating system that can be customized, the Open Handset Alliance that backs Android can influence the code standards for reflecting the requirements of its members. This characteristic feature of the Android helps carriers in deciding the kind of user-interface layer they intend to offer over and above the basic operating system.

Commenting on the growing appeal of Android, Android currently supports only 1.8 percent of smartphones worldwide, Cole Brodman – the chief development officer of T-Mobile, the pioneer in Android-based phones – said: “A lot of manufacturers are walking into our office and talking about how important Android is becoming to them.”

Cole further said: “Android is ramping with more manufacturers and

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Chicktionary Comes to Android

After iPhone and iPod touch devices, Blockdot now releases its one of the most played games on the Internet called the Chicktionary for Google Android phones.

The game features chickens, each bearing a letter. During gameplay, the player’s aim is to unscramble letters and form maximum words possible. Players need to tap on chickens and spell out a word. Similarly, they need to create as many words as possible to gain maximum points.

Apart from the amazing gameplay, the game also comes with new features that offer exciting gaming experience on the Google Android phone. To create more words, players can simply shake their phones to shuffle chickens and change the sequence of letters. Players can gain Eggchievements for crazy stuff, find hidden Chicktionary Easter eggs or just play the game like a professional player.

To elevate the fun, the game also offers 100 levels in the full version and 12 levels in the “lite” version. Players can also save their existing game that enables them to continue it later. Furthermore, players can also send a challenge-a-friend message directly from their phones and post their scores to the worldwide leaderboard.

All you game lovers can purchase the full version of Chicktionary for an effective price of $1.99 available at the Android Market.

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