HootSuite Updates, Now with Facebook Support

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While HootSuite is a total solution for managing your social network presence, Android users have been missing out on a major element: Facebook support. When the HootSuite team announced that their app would now be free for all to download on mobile platforms, it was promised that support for the world’s most popular social site would be coming to Android soon. That time is now, as the latest update to the app brings in the much-anticipated functionality. As they put it, “robots love Facebook too.”

The update also deals with a bunch of bugs and introduces a “revamped” user interface. Read all about it over at HootSuite’s blog post at the source link below.

[via HootSuite]

HanDBase Launches on Android for the Organization Obsessed

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Those who just can’t function normally without having every aspect of their life filed away and organized might finally be able to do away with their nervous jitters thanks to the release of HanDBase for Android. Those jitters just from the coffee you say? Yeah…sure. Anyway, HanDBase itself is nothing new, having been around for about 12 years now and providing users with the ability to create custom database solutions to track everything from their personal finances to their burgeoning collection of vintage Burt Bacharach records.

When you create a database with HanDBase it acts more like a customized application for a specific database. HanDBase offers the ability to sync mobile data with the already available desktop applications for Windows and Mac, search and filter stored information, cross-reference other databases and share relational information, and fully encrypt your data. If you are ready to start getting your life together in a compulsive manner, you can grab the app from the Android Market, but it won’t come cheap. $9.99 is the price to pay.

[via JKOntheRun]

Germany-Based Synapse Offering Custom-Built Android 2.2 Handsets, Possibly [Update: It's Working Off and On]

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Ever wanted to build your own Android 2.2 handset from the ground up? Start with a 4.0-inch screen, choose your 3G or 4G LTE or WiMAX radio, pick a camera up to 12MP, and round it out with options from Bluetooth and WiFi to HDMI output and extra storage? Well, German company Synapse is apparently offering just that for prices starting around €434 ($600), that is if the website would proceed to load.

We have been unable to gain access to this supposed Android-tinkerer’s heaven, but Engadget is promising that it exists and has a screen capture to back it up. Still, if it ever comes back online we see this as being nothing short of what any diehard Android fan could want: the opportunity to build your own, custom-tailored handset.  Pretty awesome.

So, what would you throw into your dream phone?

[UPDATE]: We were able to get into the site, though luck seems to be varying in getting the page to load. A bit more info we gleaned: The phones are available now as a pre-order and start off with a base 1GHz processor and a few other options. Choosing from the list of add-ons reads a lot like buying a car. More options, more money. The company is aiming to ship these handsets out come early 2011, so if you are able to get a order in don’t expect it all that soon. Looks like they are aiming to manufacturer the handsets as a batch rather than one at time.

[via Engadget]

Industrious Samsung Epic 4G Game Pad Mod

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Most of the Android mods we talk about are strictly at the software level. Users hack device firmware and put together custom ROMs, root handsets and slap said ROMs onto them. But one industrious owner of the Samsung Epic 4G wasn’t satisfied simply with hacking the heck out of their software. They obviously had no use for the original QWERTY keyboard, one of the major selling points of the Epic, either. Instead Cary Golomb got a bit destructive and created his own ultimate game pad for his Android device.

You can read more about the history of the project and the motivations behind it over at this blog post, but you probably just want to see the thing in action. For that I present to you the following video:

Pretty neat, but definitely not for everyone. After dropping the cash on a handset prized for it’s keyboard we doubt too many people will take the plunge. To each their own, I suppose.

Motorola Droid X Gets Overclocked

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Locked bootloader? What locked bootloader? What many thought would be enough to make your everyday hacker throw in the towel hasn’t stopped the ambitious individual of the Android mod community from taking a stab at breaking open and toying with the handset. Remember: these are Android hackers we are talking about! They managed to root the X, get into custom recovery mode, load up a selection of custom ROMs, and now we can tack one more element on to the list. The Droid X has been overclocked.

Now, it has only been brought up to a stable 1.1GHz, but it is impressive nonetheless. Hacker and AndroidForums member FreeWELL was able to modify the Milestone 2.1  method of overclocking for deployment on the DX, and now rooted users can underclock and overclock all they want. You can check out the full thread over at our forums for instructions and info if you want to attempt to raise the CPU bar on your handset.

Android 3.0 Should Be Ready for Prime Time by December, Won’t See 4.0 Until Late 2011

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There is no doubt that Gingerbread (what the world has been calling Android 3.0) is well along in its development process — if you don’t believe me, just check out our lengthy post giving just a nibble of info on what to expect — and the latest reports are indicating that Google should be ready to ship the new OS out to its manufacturing partners in December. That is right around where we expected (though previous rumors had suggested October for an unveiling, but as the days pass that is looking more and more unlikely), and just in time for the likes of Motorola, HTC, and Acer to get the new version of Android ready for devices to be debuted at the CES expo in January.

If you recall, Google had come out saying they wouldn’t recommend Android 2.2 for tablets, but 3.0 would have specific functionality and support built-in for slate style devices. The biggest tablet to launch to day, the Galaxy Tab, features Android 2.2 out of the box, but even Samsung is said to be eagerly awaiting the next iteration of Android for distribution to their device.

As for Android 4.0 (whether that will be Honeycomb or Ice Cream), that shouldn’t be expected until the second half of 2011, which fits in perfectly with recent statements by Eric Schmidt explaining that the life cycle of Android updates should settle down to around once a year and contain a bigger focus on innovation rather than simply trying to catch up the platform with the current mobile market.

Doesn’t it make perfect sense now? A platform built from Gingerbread just in time for the holidays.

[via Electronista]

Beauty School Apps For Your Phone

There are so many applications for your android phone. It is growing everyday.  Anyone in beauty school can attest to that. Why? Because there are a plethora of beauty apps that range from make up, wellness, directories on schools, hair style, nails, and everything to do with beauty school.  Those who are searching schools can find an application that will search schools and provide information on each one.  Even further, many of the schools have their own individual application that you can install on your phone, where you can check the latest happenings on campus.

HTC Gratia heading to Europe in November

Early next month, Europe will have another Android 2.2 handset to choose from. HTC has just announced that the HTC Aria will be heading to European shores as the HTC Gratia. The HTC Gratia will be a great new device for anyone looking to jump onto the Android boat but who wants to stay away from those expensive rate plans. The 600 MHz processor, 3.2 inch display, and 5 MP camera (with no flash) will certainly not be turning any heads, but it’s certainly a step up over the HTC Wildfire or any of Motorola’s new phones running outdated versions of Android. 

Pricing for the HTC Gratia will be determined by local carriers when it show up in stores across Europe next month. We know that most of you will pass on the HTC Gratia, but it might be a great Christmas present for your grandparents or little sister. 

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HTC LAUNCHES SLEEK AND COMPACT HTC GRATIA FOR EUROPEAN MARKETS

LONDON, UK – 18 October, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced the European launch of HTC Gratia, a rich and elegant addition to Android’s smartphone portfolio.

Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel colour camera with auto focus. At just over four inches in length and weighing 4.06 ounces, it packs power thanks to Android 2.2 – the latest version of Android.

HTC Gratia also embodies the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, which places you at the centre, by making your phone work in a more personal and natural way, while providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face. It also offers you more ways to stay connected with Friend Stream – an application that brings all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into a single, organized flow of updates – making keeping in touch with friends on social networks even easier.

“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”

Availability
The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.

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Leaked myTouch 4G ROM unveils the HTC Glacier

Over the past few months we have seen a few references to the HTC Glacier. Many speculated that it would be HTC’s first Dual-core Android phone and the leaked benchmarks looked as if they could back that up quite nicely. We don’t mean to busts any bubbles, but it looks like the HTC Glacier is really the new T-Mobile myTouch (myTouch HD, myTouch 4G, or whatever you kids are calling it these days). A newly leaked ROM labeled “For Glacier / US T-Mobile myTouch 4G” has just been spotted on 911sniper. The zip file is over 300 MB in size and we’ve been trying to download it for the past hour.  Once the download is complete, we hope we’ll have a few more details to share.

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