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3 years ago

Ford bringing SYNC App-Link to Mustang, Android app control with voice in tow

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 Ford SYNC

Drivers interested in the Ford Mustang should rejoice at the news that Ford's SYNC App-Link will be coming to the car in the 2012 model. App-Link extends the current abilities of SYNC, such as hands-free calling and music search, by allowing users to control third-party apps on their phone using SYNC's voice recognition. Announced awhile back, the service currently works only with Pandora with Stitcher compatibility coming in early 2011.

Honestly, Pandora was probably the top application on everyone's list so it is great that Ford chose to focus on it first. The car maker also promises that several more apps will be added to the list over the next year along with SYNC being offered in more car models. Check out the full presser past the break. [Ford]

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3 years ago

Logitech Revue finally rooted

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It seems rather out of the ordinary these days if a device isn't rooted before it hits store shelves but that's exactly what happened with the Logitech Revue. Despite many people in the community attempting to gain root access it apparently wasn't willing to go down without a fight -- until now, that is.

Yes, much like every other Android powered device out there the Logitech Revue has finally been rooted. Custom apps can now be installed and full access to all system files has been achieved. Take note though, the process is not for the faint of hear and unless you wanna end up with a expensive paperweight, you'll likely wanna pass on this one. video of it in action is available after the break. Thanks Teggy6! [GTVHacker]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 nightlies in "a few days"

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CM7

If you've taken matters into your own hands and use custom ROMs on your Android device, you've surely heard of CyanogenMod.  Version 7 is the initial Gingerbread build, and it looks like we'll be seeing nightly builds in the near future.  No word on exactly which devices we're talking about to start with, but the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, the Nexus S are good bets.  The rest will follow as the developers get things closer to working, so hang tight and you should be seeing the build bot at work shortly for your phone.  [@cyanogen]

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Motorola Xoom

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Motorola Xoom

Update: Video's been added after the break.

Spend even just a little time with the Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and you quickly come away thinking that this may be the best chance for an Android tablet to hit the mainstream yet.

The 10.1-inch display (at 1280x800 and a 16:10 aspect ratio) is lovely. It's thin enough, light enough and, gosh darn it, you're gonna love Honeycomb running atop not one but two 1GHz processors.

It'll launch on Verizon sometime in the first quarter (nobody's saying yet), for an undisclosed price. And you won't get LTE at first, that will require a hardware update, with details to follow. Eventually. And the microSD card won't work at first, either. A software update will take care of that. Really, you know as much as we do about that now. So, yeah, there's still a lot left on the table.

What's not left on the table? A slew of hands-on pics. Find 'em after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 2.4 caught on Xperia Arc, could be small Gingerbread update

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 Android 2.4 caught on camera

Google barely got done launching Android 2.3 Gingerbread and already 2.4 is being caught on camera. Dutch tech site Tweakers got to play with an Xperia Arc and were surprised to find 2.4 listed as the software version. After some poking around on the device, they concluded that the update was likely a small update for Gingerbread in the vein of Android 2.0 and 2.1, both of which were named Eclair. The biggest feature seems to be an uncompleted Google Talk app that would allow video calling -- a feature Google is including in the tablet-centric Honeycomb. It seems they got a hand on a very early version of the OS so we likely won't hear much about 2.4 for some time. [Tweakers via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom official press release and promo video

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Xoom promo

It seems a little strange to announce the Motorola Xoom (see our hands-on) twice, but Motorola Mobility's official press release comes with the promotional video attached, and we figure more than a few would want to see it.  Again. 

If you're eyes are quick you can read the fine print that says "additional fees apply" when talking 4G service upgrade.  Shouldn't really surprise anyone, but be prepared to pay a small premium to ride the new network.  Video, and full press release after the break. [Motorola Mobility]

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3 years ago

New LG Optimus 2X commercial shows the power of the first dual core phone

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 LG Optimus 2X

A cool new extended commercial for the LG Optimus 2X displays the power that the first dual core phone can bring. It shows off the speed, multitasking, HDMI mirroring, 1080p recording and more. Check it out after the break! [YouTube]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate Videos Show Honeycomb Hotness

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Honeycomb!

Here are a ludicrous number of videos from T-Mobile showcasing the Honeycomb-powered G-Slate, or to give it its full, snappier title, the T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG.

In addition to the overall Honeycomb preview also shown by Motorola and others, T-Mobile has also published full preview videos of the G-Slate's Browser, Books app, GTalk video calling, Gmail tablet app and much more. Take a full tour of Android 3.0 Honeycomb for yourself after the jump...

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Atrix 4G

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Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T

Today Motorola and AT&T announced the Motorola Atrix, arguably the most advance Android device to hit AT&T. For you tech folks, here’s the breakdown:

  • Android 2.2 (presumably upgradeable to Gingerbread  Android 2.3) with MotoBlur (nope – they haven’t abandoned this branding).
  • NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor offering a total of 2GHz of processing.
  • 4" QHD display with 24-bit color graphics.
  • 1 GB RAM with 16 GB of onboard storage.
  • A micro SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB for a total of 48 GB of useable storage space (HD video anyone?)
  • Fingerprint recognition reader ensures secure authenticated access past the lock screen.
  • Dual microphone noise recognition for clear crisp conference calls and video capture.
  • Front-facing VGA video camera for web conferencing and chat.
  • 1930 mAh battery to power this monster device.
  • 5MP camera.

The most fascinating feature of this device is the HD Dock. The dock has an HDMI port that plugs into a monitor or TV for quick access to music, pictures, and videos. Motorola offers a unique and easy to use interface to access and display media content.

Another cool accessory is the Atrix laptop dock. The Atrix is running a full version of Firefox and Flash and is capable of displaying this content via the laptop dock, all powered by the phone. Road warriors will appreciate the ability to access the web, edit documents, and make calls without ever touching the phone.

Pricing and availability was not announced.

The Atrix will also be available on Bell Canada and Orange UK.

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3 years ago

Morrill: No minimum processor requirements for Honeycomb

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Honeycomb requirements

There was a familiar rumor floating around the Android world that Google has minimum hardware requirements for Honeycomb (3.0). The same rumor went around when we first heard about Gingerbread, but were quickly squandered by Googlers with inside knowledge of the situation. That is exactly why we were skeptical this time around when we heard that there were strict requirements for manufacturers; it turns out we were right to be suspicious.

Dan Morrill, who works for the Android team, tweeted confirmation that there are no minimum hardware requirements. So there you have it folks, no requirements from Google, just false rumors starting from misinformation. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Motorola Droid Bionic

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Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic is not your basic black slab, all appearances to the contrary. It's a Droid, dammit, and when it's ready for mass consumption -- the demo units here at CSE were unfinished -- it's gonna be a speedster that might even make you Droid Incredible fans think about switching.

It's got a dual core 1GHz processor atop Android 2.2, a 4.3-inch QHD screen, a full 1GB  512 MB of RAM -- oh, and how about LTE data? Not too shabby, eh.

The units we saw were a tag buggy, but they'll connect to your TV just fine. No release date or pricing was announced. Check the pics after the break.

Update: A bit of conflicting information out there got us curious -- the specs above are verified, per the official Motorola Mobility press release.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Cliq 2

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Motorola Cliq 2

If you loved the the Motorola Cliq, you'll love the Cliq 2. The latest entry-level Android smartphone on T-Mobile is one of those quality entry-level phones that we're so keen on these days.

It's got a proper horizontal slider keyboard. The keys are a little scrunched together, but that's on purpose. It has a bit of that honeycomb (as in bees, not Android OS) feel to it, but it's not as pronounced as we'd seen in leaked photos.

The OS (Android 2.2) is plenty snappy atop a 1GHz processor. You'll be able to snag this guy Jan. 19. Price hasn't been set yet. Couple more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom will require hardware upgrade for 4G, software patch for microSD use

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Moto Xoom

During our hands-on time with the Motorola Xoom, we learned a little more about the 3G to 4G conversion process, as well as a bit of news about the microSD card slot.  Starting sometime in the second quarter of 2011, users will be able to bring their Motorola Xoom into Verizon and have the hardware upgrade from 3G to LTE performed.  This makes a lot of sense, as LTE will require different hardware and nobody wants to wait a few more months for the Xoom to release while it all gets hashed out.

We also found out that as shipped, the Xoom will not have access to external storage via microSD cards.  This will require a software upgrade from Motorola to get it all up and running.  It sounds a little odd, but again -- the alternative is to hold back release until things are sorted.  I'm sure Motorola and Verizon will tell us more once things at CES wind down.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc gets official announcement

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We've looked at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc before but Sony has just given it an official announcement at their CES 2011 event. The predictions of it running Android 2.3 have now been confirmed and its 4.2 inch, 854 x 480 multitouch display is packing a mobile version of the BRAVIA Engine. That BRAVIA engine is used for high quality image capture which reduces noise and controls image sharpness of the 8MP HD video capable camera. One other key feature show off was its ability to play video through the HDMI port which I'm sure Sony is hoping you will couple with a Sony television. The sad part though, no music unlimited with this device. Does the 1Ghz Qualcomm processor make up for it?

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3 years ago

T-Mobile and LG give early preview of the 4G G-Slate

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G-Slate

T-Mobile and LG have provided an early glimpse at their 4G tablet offering, called the G-Slate. You may notice that the video is the same from the leak earlier and from the Motorola presser. It will probably be used a lot until we see an official Honeycomb announcement.

What we know about the G-Slate is that it will indeed run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), will be on T-Mobile's 4G network and it is being done in conjunction with Google. Other than that, not too many details have been released.

Enjoy the video after the break. The announcements just keep coming, the tough part is going to be deciding which products to buy. [Twitter]

Update: T-Mobile has made it official, and the full press release is after the break.

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