Skyhook Wireless has been working hard to make sure Android apps are giving you the best experience possible. Skyhook does not have any apps of its own on the Android Market, but they have partnered with app developers to help integrate their hybrid positioning system that leverages Wi-Fi, GPS and cell towers to help deliver a more precise location for location based apps. A few weeks back, Skyhook Wireless announced their partnership with Sherpa and has since continued to roll out new partnerships with other Android developers. SIM Checker, Aloqa, and TIE your money are the latest apps to take advantage of Skyhook’s hybrid positioning system. The partnership between these developers will allow them to better pinpoint the location of your Android powered phone and in turn help deliver better search results and services to you. Since location based apps seem to be a dime a dozen on the Android Market these days, I’m sure Skyhook Wireless has a long list of developers that they are planning on partnering with.
Be sure to check out a short summery of SIM Checker, Aloqa, and TIE your money after the jump.
It’s been rumored for months. Android users have been teased with leaked screenshots and speculation, but now Facebook has finally unleashed their official Android app to the Android Market. I’d suggest heading on over to the Android Market and downloading the app, but if you’re hoping for the same features that iPhone users get out of their Facebook app, you might be a little disappointed. In fact, Bloo appears to have a more complete Facebook integration than what the official app does. I have only played with it for a few minutes and managed to grab a few screenshots of the app. I’ll hold off on a full review for a bit since Facebook deserves more than a rushed review.
In my last blog post, I noted that the HTC Tattoo will be an entry-level Android phone for the masses, but expect the Tattoo to be a sluggish handset with antiquated specs. The HTC Tattoo will be powered by a Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz and will features 512 MB of ROM and 256 MB of RAM. If you want to compare that to the Hero, the HTC Tattoo simply has 32 MB of RAM less. The Tattoo will have HSPA/WCDMA and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, GPS, Bluetooth® 2.0, Wi-Fi, G-sensor, Digital Compass, FM Radio and a microSD card slot. The HTC Tattoo will also be able to play Windows Media® Video 9 files just like the HTC Hero. Unfortunately, being an entry-level phone does have a few downsides. The Tattoo’s battery will be limited to 1100 mAh and the 2.8” will only support 240×320 QVGA resolution.
Be sure to check out the fill spec sheet after the jump. Is it just me or does that Tattoo really have mass market appeal.
Apparently HTC is hard at work. We just recently got the news about the new Touch2, then Sprint announced that they are bringing the Hero to the U.S. market and now HTC is back again with the official unveiling of the HTC Tattoo. If you’ve just recently purchased the HTC Hero, you have nothing to worry about since the new HTC Tattoo is an entry level Android phone for the mass market. The screen size has dropped to 2.8" and HTC has chosen to add in a d-pad to replace the trackball that has been on the Dream, Magic, and the Hero. The HTC Tattoo is expected to ship in European markets sometime in the beginning of October, with a global rollout in the following months. I’m not sure if you noticed, but HTC thinks that all entr-level Android handsets should have a custom UI. HTC will be shippign the Tattoo with their Sense UI as well as all their other Andrid tweaks that they included in the HTC Hero. Let’s hope we see fewer and and fewed "with Google" phones released.
It was only a matter of time, but now Verizon will be brining the HTC Touch Pro2 to their customers. Just like Sprint’s Pro2 which will be dropping next week, the Verizon branded handset will also feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. verizon’s Touch Pro2 will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 and will feature HTC’s TouchFLO 3D. The HTC Touch Pro2 has not been a cheap handset so far. Both T-Mobile and Sprint are selling the phone for $349 with a new two year agreement. Verizon’s Pro2 isn’t goign to be cheap, but $299 before a $100 mail-in-rebate is quite a bit better than the offerings from the other two carriers. Expect to pick up the HTC Touch Pro2 at your local verizon store next week on September 11th.
I’m sure many of you are just like me. Even if you are not planning on buying a new phone, you want to see as many pictures and videos of it as possible. The Sprint HTC Touch Pro2 will be launched as soon as this holiday weekend passes, but if you can’t wait until then to get some hands-on time with the phone, Sprint has just put up a mini site filled with tutorials for the Pro2 on their Sprint Learning Center. Video tutorials walk you through a basic overview, TouchFLO 3D, Email, Web, Messaging, and GPS functionalities. The site also includes interactive tutorials what take you click-by-click through various functions of the phone. Hopfully the interactive tutorials and videos will be enough to hold you over for a few more days.