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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
There’s a good look of a real, breathing, 3-dimensional DROID Eris. BGR’s tipster says it runs pretty much exactly like the HTC Hero except it feels a little faster. Maybe that’s the new shine of the device speaking? Also, it’s a little taller and thinner. For a reported $99, this looks like a steal on Verizon. As cool and hyped as the DROID is, we’re sure the DROID Eris will find its own success. Now if only Verizon will announce the device!
The Droid Eris will run Android 1.5 and pack the same 528 MHz Qualcomm processor and also have a 5.0 megapixel camera (which we’re assuming is the same camera in the Sprint HTC Hero).
Check out this contract term cost caparison between Droid, Sprint’s Hero and the myTouch 3G from Android Central. Of course this doesn’t take into account the value of your time, productivity, or frustration, but it’s a handy tool for careful shoppers.
Surprisingly, the Verizon Motorola DROID does a decent job in the ‘cheapest plan’ battle at $74.98/month. The Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile myTouch 3G come in at $69.99 and $79.99, respectively. But Verizon’s low price comes with a catch, Sprint’s ‘cheapest plan’ offers free unlimited calling to any mobile carrier and unlimited messaging. T-Mobile’s comes with 500 whenever minutes and unlimited messaging. Verizon trails them with only 450 whenever minutes and 250 messages. But for users who only use an average amount of minutes and messages, the monthly cost of the Verizon Motorola DROID is somewhat justifiable considering you’ll be on “America’s Most Reliable Network”.
Earlier today we told you about the new Address Book application by Asurion Mobile Applications, in our article we told you that we had e-mailed Asurion about the application not being available at the time of our posting in the Android Market. Nancy Benovich Gilby, VP Engineering with Asurion responded to our e-mail, here is what she had to say”
We will contact you if/when we put out a version supported on the Hero or there is a Hero Android OS update available. Unfortunately, there were bugs introduced into Android OS 1.5, fixed in 1.6, that make it difficult/near to impossible for us to support.
We would like to hear feedback on what you think. I am in love with the HERO, it’s the best Android phone out there yet so we are sympathetic to the concern.
If you’d like to discuss in further detail, I’d be happy to speak with you directly”.
Nancy Benovich Gilby
It’s nice to see a company respond promptly to questions for support from their consumer base. Yet again Sprint’s slow response to the issues inherent with the CDMA Hero has limited their clients ability to use the Hero to its full capabilities.
If you’re running Android 1.6 head on over to the Android Market to download Address Book and come back to tell us what you think about the application.