What Up, Droid? 01/20/10

John Walton
Cell Phone Editor
Published: January 22, 2010

This past week hasn't been too hectic in the world of Android, and that leaves me some room here for discussing apps. With all of the craziness surrounding CES and the launch of the Nexus One, that's something I've been missing.

Apps

There's a new keyboard replacement on the block, and this one comes from a new angle altogether (at least as far as I know can tell). QWERTED resizes your keys based on the probability of a given letter being the next in a partially completed word. Sounds cool, huh? See it at work on video. There's also a new Twitter client in this very crowded town, and people seem to be digging it. Check out a written review of TweetCaster by Justin Hubbord and a video review by Carlos Graves.

For those of you concerned about current conditions in Haiti (or who want to speak Creole), check out Andrew Steffy's post on Tradui. If you need to make a call from absolutely any app on your phone, check out Dial@Bar. And for some geeky tech in the mapping realm, see this.

Nexus

Don't worry, I know a lot of you are sick of hearing about Google's Nexus One, so I'll keep this short and sweet. I started one of my questions and requests series, so be sure to get yours in while the getting is good. And while this video isn't solely about the N1, the appearance of Android's Senior Product Manager on the Engadget Show will be of interest to Nexus owners. That keyboard is multi-touch? Reeeeallly?

New Phones (?)

While the week was a bit slow, it's not like there wasn't any news about new gadgets. The Fender Limited Edition myTouch is launching soon, and that oddly shaped Moto called ROI is about to hit Korea. We also learned of a budget GSmart phone that isn't too inspiring, and another (yes) tablet. In terms of leaks, we got a little more info on the myTouch slide and an in-the-wild pic of the hotly anticipated HTC Bravo. There are also some rumors out there about the Nexus Two (warning: funny video ahead.)

Fixes, updates, and upgrades

I haven't had any issues with holding 3G connectivity on my Nexus, but apparently, many of you have. Turns out there is a very simple fix. Droid owners will be happy to know that their battery life is about to improve, and Samsung's Moment will see some tweaks as well. As for Android updates, Pulse will see 2.1 and G1 could be getting 2.0 by the end of the month.

Hacks and Mods

Quick burst of hacks and mods and I'll leave you for the evening with the best unboxing ever. Milestone has been rooted and here's the how-to. Carlos reviewed a program called Backup of Root Users on video. Check it out.

Here is the promised video. Take care.