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Bing for AndroidBing for Android

Microsoft unveiled its Bing search app for Android today. But if you want to get in on the action, you’re going to have to have a Verizon phone, as it’s exclusive to the carrier’s section of the Android Market. (Place your bets  on how quickly it leaks out, though.)

The app features a daily featured image, just like Bing on the desktop. And you can swipe through seven days’ worth of images. There’s an endless scrolling search, and you can swipe through image previews straight to the host site. Microsoft’s own voice search works with Android’s speech-to-text function, and you can use Bing Maps to find your way around, too.

Is the app a threat to Google’s native services on Android? We’ll have to see, though it’s doubtful, just because of the integration factor. and then there’s the issue of it only being available on Verizon, for now, anyway. [Bing]

Recipe for win — 1 part newest Android phone, the Droid 2, and 1 part Star Wars’ most memorable character, R2-D2. Mix well, prepare for the onslaught of people like me who will do just about anything to throw our money at you so we can have one. And to tease us until we explode, Verizon has gone live with the R2-Droid2 teaser page.

Taking a cue from the X, it looks like this page has some locked content as well. The site says to follow R2 on Twitter to unlock details, @droidlanding. Why would anyone want to worry about unlocking content on a phone’s launch page? Two words — Jedi Training. We’re following, you guys follow too, and whoever gets portions unlocked first has to tell the rest of us — deal? [Verizon]

Nimbuzz just dropped version 2.0 of its popular Android VOIP application, bringing a slew of new features. Here’s what’s up:

NimbuzzOut will allow you to make cheap international and local calls to mobile phones and landlines over the internet without using your minutes! The new keypad located on the NimbuzzOut screen lets you access your entire phone book so you can make quick calls to anyone outside your Nimbuzz network.
A Dialer Tab: call mobile phones and landlines via NimbuzzOut, SkypeOut or any of our SIP partners (Google/Gizmo5, Sipgate, Xeloq, T-Pad, VoIPax, Gulfsip, IPS, Badatel and more)
Friend suggestions see which of your phonebook contacts are already using Nimbuzz so you an add them to your network. The more you add the more you save! ; )
Facebook connect: more stable connection, improved the security of your Facebook data, and allow you to see the status message of your Facebook friends.
New options in the settings, allowing you to choose different layouts, account credentials and profile information.

Fring received a minor update today, which should address many user reported issues, but it appears the feud with Skype is still going strong.  Some of the updates include:

  • “Significant” audio improvements
  • The echoing is fixed (fixed, fixed)
  • Supports new Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S using the front camera
  • Many more bugs fixes

Seeing support for new devices is great, and we always love to see bug fixes and better quality, but please Fring and Skype, bury the hatchet and work together, video calling is so much more viable when it can be used with a cross-platform desktop program.

droidX bootloader isn't going to blow up

Motorola has come clean about the eFUSE questions, and we’re all relieved to hear the Droid Xwon’t blow up if you try to hack it.  I can imagine that my questions were just a drop in the bucket and Moto had a stack of e-mail that they couldn’t ignore.  They reached out to Engadget with the following, saying (among other things):

“The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed.”

The good news is that your shiny new Droid X won’t go boom if you try to hack it.  The bad news is that Motorola has placed another layer of security in an attempt to thwart people from customizing or modifying their Android phone.  One that I’m sure has a big old target on it now — the biggest challenge draws the brightest people 🙂  I hope Moto’s new trick doesn’t work, and that they change their ways in the future, but I’m not expecting it.  In the end, all I really wanted was an official statement from Motorola, and they delivered.  Now it’s up to us to show them the error of their ways. Check out the source for the full quote. [Engadget]

The Android Market now has more than 70,000 applications, Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg said during Thursday’s second-quarter earnings call. That’s up from the 68,000 count Andy Rubin announced in June at the Motorola Droid X event, and it’s a good bit lower than the 100,000 number Androlib has been throwing around. As to which is more correct? We’ll go with the guys who run the store. Now we just need to make developers some more money.

Colorware douses iPhone 4 in double rainbow, might just solve your reception issues — Engadget.

Sprint and HTC this morning released the expected software update for the Evo 4G. Said to be improved in Version 1.47.651.1 are Wifi signal strength reporting, improvements to the Exchange ActiveSync security policies, and network improvements to address battery life.

The update takes just a few minutes to download and install. You can get it by going to Settings>System update>HTC Update.

Not wanting to be left out, Sprint announced this morning that it’s working on the Android 2.2 update, and that the Evo 4G will get it.

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

No exact date on when we’ll start seeing  updates roll out — they say “in the near future — so we’ll all have to sit patiently and wait. Let us know how that works out for ya. [Sprint]