Thanks to an electronics retailer, both of Sprint's Android-powered smartphones are available for well below their suggested prices. Sprint is asking $180 each for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment, but those who go to Best Buy will pay $80 less.
Mark/Space has introduced a beta version of its desktop synchronization software for most smartphones running Google's operating system. This can sync contacts and transfer music and video between Android 1.x phones and a computer running Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
The Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is scheduled to launch in February, meaning a relatively long wait for those interested in this device's very large, high-resolution display and 1 GHz processor.
Adobe Systems has promised users of phones running Google's Android and Palm's webOS that they will get a browser plug-in with Flash support in the first half of next year. This software is also coming to many other mobile devices, with one notable exception.
The Motorola Droid launched a few days ago, and owners haven't wasted time making use of the web browser. According to a web analysis company, over a third of web traffic from Android-based models is being done on the Droid.
Google Inc. has just announced that it is working with airports across the U.S. as well as several hotspot providers to offer free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift. Free access is already available, and will last into January.
The Motorola Droid debuted last Friday, and one market analysts estimates that around 100,000 units of this Android-based smartphone were sold in the first few days it was available.
O2 Germany is now taking pre-orders for the Motorola Milestone, the GSM version of the Motorola Droid. Potential customers may be surprised by the cost though, as an earlier rumor had said the price would be much lower than it actually is.
Verizon Wireless and Motorola are reportedly working on an update for the system software on the Motorola Droid that will fix a number of small bugs. A similar software update for the HTC Droid Eris is also coming soon.
Google, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire AdMob, a company specializing in mobile advertising, both on websites and in software. This will expand Google's ability to serve ads in a variety of ways.
Google's Android is the latest mobile OS to get a version of the Slacker Radio app. This gives users of smartphones like the Motorola Droid and HTC Hero free access to one of the most popular streaming radio services.
Adobe Systems has released a version of Photoshop.com Mobile for Android, giving users of smartphones running Google's OS some basic image-editing tools and photo-sharing capabilities.
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