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2 years ago

Twidroyd update addresses scrolling freeze, makes a few improvements

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Twidroyd has been updated with some miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements, according to the app's official Twitter feed. Developer UberMedia says that the most recent update, bumping the app up to version 3.1.5 5.1.3, fixes that oh-so-annoying scrolling freeze many of you have noticed. The update also brings a smoother transition when switching between the app's signature "Live Preview" and regular viewing, as well as improved Facebook compatability and support for predictive keyboards when inserting a hashtag or username. Twidroyd's release notes can be found here, and the update is now live on the Android Market.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Droid Incredible 2

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review


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What's a new phone without some new hands-on video, eh? And here we have our first hands-on with the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2. Sure, it's almost exactly like the Incredible S we saw at Mobile World Congress. But it's not the Incredible S. It's the Incredible 2. It has a number, not a letter. It's different.

Just like its older brother, the Incredible 2 feels pretty darn good in our hands. But there's a little lip between the screen and the case that was pretty pronounced. We don't get the sense that it's a manufacturing flaw or anything, it's just a little unexpected given that most everything these days is sleek and smooth. The battery cover is a soft plastic -- not quite soft-touch, but soft. And the thing is light at 4.8 ounces.

Anyhoo, check out the video for our initial hands-on, and hit up the links below for even more.

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2 years ago

Qik Video Connect enables Android-to-iOS video chat and much more

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Skype today has a newly updated version of Qik Video Connect in the Android Market. The updated app, takes a lot of common video features that we know from Qik and wraps them all into one application but not only do you get all those familiar features -- you also now get Android-to-iOS video chat ability. Check out the full list of features below:

  • Live video calls over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi
  • Video calls between Qik Android and iPhone/iOS users
  • High resolution video calling (up to VGA)
  • Receive video mail when you can’t talk live
  • Share live videos to Facebook, Twitter, and more
  • Video Feed: See all videos shared by friends
  • Instant Connect: Automatically see who in your phone’s contact list is available for a live video call

Qik Video Connect will work with any Android device 2.1 and up as well as iPhones, the iPad2 and every iPod Touch with a camera. While some of you may have had this pre loaded onto your device, this is the first time it's been made available for everyone. Jump on past the break for the download link. Let us know in the comments if you prefer it over the other similar apps that are out there. [Skype Blog]

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2 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 initial review

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Hands-on video with the Droid Incredible 2

How do you follow up the HTC Droid Incredible, one of the most successful phones of 2010? If you're Verizon, you tweak a little here, add a little there, but you don't mess with a good thing. Our initial Droid Incredible 2 review is definitely positive, and it should be given our love of its predecessor.

So here's the deal: The DInc 2 has grown from a 3.7-inch smartphone to a full 4-inch display. Gone is the trackpad/button from the bottom, but it's gained a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The rear shooter remains at 8MP. Internally, it's largely the same. Still a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You've got 768MB or RAM (up from 512MB), and the phone seems speedy enough in our initial use. We would have liked to have seen more than 1GB of internal storage -- the original Droid Incredible had an extra 6GB on board, which was handy.

You don't get the latest version of HTC's Sense, UI, and we're OK with that. But what we're really starting to not be OK with is phones launching with Froyo. We're really far enough into the Gingerbead cycle -- the code was made public in December 2010 -- that it's time to see it on all new phones coming out. Or at last that's what consumers (OK, or at the very least phone nerds) believe.

Also gone are the awesome red accents from the original Droid Incredible. No iconic red earpiece. No red ring on the rear camera. No all-red battery and internals. It's almost as if someone was told they were having a little too much fun and they needed to tone it down a notch.

But that's cosmetic. We'll be giving the Droid Incredible 2 a thorough what-for. In the meantime, hit up a bunch of pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Google gives app developers more merchant information

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Google has introduced a new monthly report to give developers on the Android Market more information about users of their paid applications. The reports will contain information from each purchase, but will not contain any data that could be used to individually identify users. Instead, basics like what device was used and what currency the purchase was made in will be recorded. 

The March 2011 report is up for download right now, and Google will be making past months' data going back to January 2011 available in the coming weeks. In the future, Google expects to release the data on a monthly basis with each month's data being released by the 10th day of the following month. [Android Developers Blog]  

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2 years ago

HTC Wildfire S available SIM-free in the UK from tomorrow

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HTC's entry-level Wildfire S will get an earlier than expected SIM-free release via British online retailer Clove, according to a post on the company's official blog. Clove says it'll begin shipping the black version of the Wildfire S tomorrow, with the silver version (seen above) following sometime next week. Both flavors will set you back £238.80.

Other retailers such as Amazon.co.uk are still listing the Wildfire S as due for release on May 6 (silver) and May 12 (black). Check out our hands-on coverage of the diminutive handset from Mobile World Congress to find out more. [Clove Blog]

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2 years ago

HTC Doubleshot rumored to be Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider

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HTC may be preparing to launch a new Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider by the name of "Doubleshot", if recently-uncovered user agent data is anything to go by. The info, discovered by PocketNow, suggests the Doubleshot will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard behind a screen running at a resolution of 480x800. Meanwhile, a photo uploaded from the Doubleshot to Picasa indicates it may feature a 6+ megapixel camera with the ability to take HDR photos, and benchmark data from the device suggests the presence of a 1.2GHz CPU.

Of course, this is all well within rumor territory for the time being, so these specs should be taken with a pinch of salt until any device is officially announced. In the meantime, feel free to contribute to the rampant speculation about what the "Doubleshot" name could actually refer to down in the comments. [PocketNow]

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2 years ago

Keep your apps up to date

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2 years ago

Nielsen: Android is America's most desired platform

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The Nielsen Company released its monthly survey of U.S. smartphone consumers today to reveal a change in the playing field: Android is now the most desired OS in America.

The survey of consumers planning on buying a smartphone in the next year, conducted from January through March of 2011, reveals that 31 percent of those surveyed plan on purchasing an Android device, up from the 26 percent counted in the July-August 2010 survey. This overtakes Apple’s iOS as the weapon of choice, which 30 percent of those surveyed plan on buying, down from 31 percent last summer. [Nielsen]

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation to include Swype-like 'HTC Trace' keyboard

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During our recent hands-on time with the HTC Sensation at the HTC Roadshow in Manchester, we had a chance to see an as-yet unrevealed feature in HTC Sense 3.0 -- HTC Trace. This is a new addition to the HTC keyboard which introduces Swype-like functionality, allowing you to type words by tracing a line through each of its letters.

A very early version of HTC Trace was present on the pre-production HTC Sensation that we played around with at the roadshow. Trace is disabled by default, but can be activated on the keyboard settings screen, where there are also various options to improve the accuracy of your tracing. For example, one option lets you customize the thickness of the tracing line, allowing Trace to take into account the stubbiness of your fingers when working out what you're typing.

HTC Trace will ship on the Sensation when it launches next month, and we'd expect it to be on the EVO 3D, too, as well as any future Sense 3.0 devices. No word on whether it'll ever make it to Sense 2.x phones, though we're guessing it'll eventually be hacked to run on other phones regardless.

For more HTC Sensation goodness, check out our hands-on video.

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