Spencer Gardner

Spencer sheds blood, sweat, and sometimes tears over each and every story that is written. All in the name of Sci..er..Android! He also runs many miles many days of the year and hugely enjoys the tech world in general.

Browser Flash Coming To HTC Hero, Android?

May 18th - As we recently reported, popular hacker and custom-build master Haykuro from XDA Developers has ported a fresh, leaked build of the HTC Hero firmware onto the G1 (not yet available for public download). He subsequently gave us a video preview of some slick and smooth new UI improvements and extra features that will be on the HTC ...

Soulja Boy Is Android’s Newest “G”1

Apr 10th - We’re not going to say exactly how we came across this juicy tidbit of detail, but suffice it to say we’ve simply found it. It seems as though Soulja Boy (Tell ‘Em!) is using nothing but our (current) favorite toy in his latest video, “Kiss Me Thrue The Phone“. Scrub through until just before 1:15 ...

Tethering Apps Are Back, Not With T-Mobile

Apr 2nd - Well folks, it’s here. We thought Google would permanently deem the G1’s tethering abilities to be  innocent due to its opensourceness and free-reign policy. Times have changed, however, and now it seems as though Google has hit their first “Oops! Not everything can be accepted!” roadblock. Recently, the Andwebz have been inundated by news that ...

What Are You Looking Forward to With Cupcake?

Mar 18th - That’s right, Cupcake with a capital “C”, and not because it was in the title! That’s how certain we are that Cupcake is coming this April. Call us the Kevin Rose of Android. It’s all but certain (at least in our gadget-infested geek minds) that this overused, overabused party food is coming to an Android ...

What’s Your Take on 24 Hour Market Return Policy?

Feb 24th - I’ve been getting a few Tweets and emails about the newfangled  Market payment system. I’ve personally been quite impressed with the streamlined, slick way the payments are handled. I love the fact that I can login to my Google Checkout account online and see all of my purchases, cancellations, and refunds in one place, instantly. ...

Google Outs Pricing Guidelines for Android Market

Feb 16th - Google: The maximum price point of an application is $200. Me: So, $200…you mean, if I create an app called “I’m Rich, Snitch” that simply shows a chest of treasure, and I let a user purchase it just to show off, that you’ll “accept” it. Google: Of course! As long as we get a free ...

HTC G2 “Dream” Leaked for Vodafone?

Feb 16th - Well folks, it looks like we’re getting some more of that “official-ness” we’ve all been looking for at MWC this morning. Although there’s still a chance that this here possible G2 is a user mock-up, I’m placing my bet on the fact that it’s real. From what we know so far, the specs (as far ...

WTFcake: Cupcake Hits Market – It’s an Absolute Joke.

Jan 27th - Yes, folks. Yes. Cupcake has officially hit the Android Market. And it couldn’t be soon enough – I was just about to make another ridiculous review comment on another app, asking for an OTA update.  Of course, certain other G1 owners have already taken care of that problem. The iPhone firmware update 2.2.1 just hit ...

Cupcake on the G1 – the oven timer is beeping…

Jan 23rd - Epilogue: Thanks to everyone for following me on Twitter – I’ll start to post more updates and talk more with y’all. Can you hear it? Yeah, it’s the oven timer (Oooh, and it just twittered me, too…). It’s been beeping louder and louder; as if, for some reason, it really wanting me to take out ...

Weekly Apps in Review – Episode II – Samba and Psycho

Jan 9th - With CES, Mac World, and everything else going on, one thing will always trump them all: WAR. This week was an interesting one with android apps; and we hope you dig that much deeper into the bizarre comments that are made on the Market to find some actually useful ones. So, without further adu, I ...

Weekly Apps in Review – Episode I

Jan 3rd -   This post marks the start of a new era in the Phandroid kingdom – Weekly Apps in Review (WAR). Instead of waking up each morning and sorting through the “All Applications” button sorted by “Date” in the Market (read: Every morning of the past month for yours truly), we at Phandroid are starting a ...

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Application Review: DoggCatcher

Dec 1st - One of the things that I was a little bummed about when I got my G1 was the lack of an easy to use tool on my laptop to add media. But I found a way around that, and I’m actually pretty happy with my music management now. But I felt some sort of void ...

G1 is now dubbed “G3.5” – Headphones Rejoice

Nov 20th - It seems one of the largest gripes over the G1 has partially (if not mostly)subsided today – the G1 is now shipping with an obligatory USB to 3.5mm headphone adapter. And although it’s not the most minimalistic version that could’ve been used, I’m getting a sneaking suspicion that new G1 owners will be more than ...

Browser Based Flash Coming to Android

Nov 18th - It looks like our nifty, new little OS is getting another one-up over our favorite Apple device in the coming months. Adobe has now all but announced that one of their flagship services, Flash, will be coming to an Android browser near you (let’s hope it’s very near you!). Specifically, Adobe announced forthcoming support for ...

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Debian Deviously Ported to Android, G1

Nov 10th - If increased functionality, more usability, and greater geekiness have any place in your mobile heart, this post is for you. Jay Freeman (a.k.a. Saurik)  has successfully ported Debian onto Android and the G1. Saurik is the guy that brought you (not us) Winterboard, Cydia, and Cycorder to the iPhone, so we know this is a fully ...