CrowdGadgets Episode 18
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Tune in to the eighteenth episode of the CrowdGadgets podcast for discussions about Nokia’s long-awaited US Windows Phone launch, our review of the HTC Radar 4G, great deals on the HTC EVO View, a follow-up to the Carrier IQ saga, the delay of BlackBerry 10, and more. Plus, how will the recent flood of multiplatform Microsoft apps affect Windows Phone?
00:36 – Holiday newsletter schedule and contest reminder
01:15 – New CrowdGadgets theme song!
02:01 – Nokia announces US Windows Phone launch, Lumia 710 coming to T-Mobile on January 11
05:43 – Review: HTC Radar 4G (T-Mobile)
09:11 – HTC EVO View 4G on sale yet again, $230 today only
10:36 – HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G on sale after Christmas
11:49 – Sprint says it’s no longer using Carrier IQ data
14:55 – Rogers flips the switch, lights up 12 more communities with LTE
17:20 – More app updates
18:56 – Kinectimals for iOS released
20:03 – Will Microsoft’s new multiplatform app strategy affect Windows Phone
25:57 – Why I don’t buy Android apps from the Android Market
27:14 – RIM pushes back launch of BlackBerry 10 phones to late 2012
29:05 – HTC TITAN tops AT&T ratings list, Radar 4G in second place on T-Mobile
Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: William Devereux
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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and ZuneBoards. Read the latest news from the network below.
News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network
The HTC Radar 4G has been on the market for a few weeks, and we’ve spent some quality time with the device. The long-awaited Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone will hit T-Mobile on January 11 and the Galaxy Nexus is now available on Verizon. Those interested in a white DROID RAZR can pick one up as well. Finally, apps are still coming fast, with updates for Facebook, Skype, SkyDrive, HealthVault, Lync, and much more.
SteveS, one of Anythingbutipod’s forum members, managed to develop a custom kernel and ROM for the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0. The free download opens up root/superuser access and allows for interface customization. It also fixes the device’s poor audio output through the use of the Voodoo sound patch. A parametric equalizer and “3D spatialization effect” for certain CODECs are also included. Unfortunately, it is currently only compatible with the European version of the device.
Good and EVO
With so many price cuts from lots of different online retailers, could the HTC EVO View 4G be nearing the end of its life? Also, the latest developments in the ongoing Carrier IQ saga point to the FBI using data collected by this software, while Sprint claims to have stopped using Carrier IQ data all together. Finally, last week we took a closer look at another ROM for the HTC EVO 4G: Team-Nocturnal’s Shooter E3D.
Nothing But Tablets
The Architect Stylus is a high-end capacitive stylus that costs about $25 and is a real pleasure to use. It feels and looks great, and we found it to be well worth the money. iDashboard was also released this week, bringing widgets to iOS. It is, unfortunately, just an app, but it looks good and there is enough potential for the app to be worth the download. And this weekend, HP held a second fire sale for its TouchPad.
Pocketables’ Managing Editor Calob Horton gave us his opinions on the current payment methods for Google’s Android Market, and why the lack of PayPal integration encourages him to stick to free apps. Kinectimals came out for iOS this week, along with many other iOS apps from Microsoft. And RIM announced that it has pushed back its BlackBerry 10 devices until late 2012, possibly killing any chance the manufacturer had at rising to the top once again.
Dell has basically abandoned the Streak line in the US, but some manufacturers in China haven’t forgotten about the Streak faithful. Two useful accessories for the Streak 5 and 7 were announced this week: a 30-pin connector to microUSB adapter and an OTG cable for the Streak 5. The latter is especially important, since it allows users to bypass proprietary cables and plug in USB devices directly.