First up in my mishmash of Google-related news is that Evernote has crafted a new version of its mobile Web site optimized for the Android browser. HTC G1 users who navigate to Evernote.com will automatically be re-routed to the new version of the Web site. Some of the improvements include faster search and navigation with swifter access to often-used features, better touchscreen optimization, and support for both portrait and landscape modes. If you're an Evernote-using Android user, check it out.
Android Calling Card Application
Cory Doctorow noticed this one and blogged about it over on Boing Boing. If you've ever used a calling card for cheaper international calls, you know what a pain it is to dial the calling card number, then your code, then the actual number you'd like to reach. According to Doctorow, this new application, "auto-dials any cheapo calling card you buy down at the corner store, and the PIN, and then any number from your address book, automagically. It supports multiple cards ... and unobtrusively shims itself into the phone's built-in dialer app."
Doctorow said that an hour-long overseas call that typically cost him 20 or 30 pounds cost him just 0.51 pounds, instead. Whether or not you'll see similar savings depends on what sort of card you buy, and where you're calling. It looks like the calling card option may be a cheaper alternative than buying local SIMs (depending on your calling needs). It's probably worth checking out for those who make frequent overseas calls.
Last up in this trifecta of Android news is that Google has opened a new facility in Taiwan to contribute to the development of the Android platform and Android devices. Device makers such as HTC and Asus are based in Taiwan. Having local support could speed the time to market for future Android products.
The Taipei Times reports, "The company said it placed a dedicated team in Taiwan to look after its free Android mobile Internet platform -- in close proximity to the world's largest PC and smartphone contract manufacturers -- and capitalize on the mobile trend, which it thinks will last for at least 10 years."
So there you have it. Now you're up to date on the latest breaking Android news.