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3 years ago

Fusion Garage announces new Grid 10 tablet - Runs on Android kernel, includes crazy custom UI

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We've been hearing plenty about the Grid 10 from TabCo as of late but as suspected -- it was nothing more then a fake company created by the folks at Fusion Garage. Yes, the folks who made the JooJoo. As it turns out, they're making use of the Android kernel on their newly announced Grid 10 tablet. But don't call it Android -- sure, it can run Android apps from anywhere but don't call it that.

The folks at Fusion Garage aren't even sure Android is popular, and they believe that Android tablets are all the same. So they've gone ahead and created Grid OS as they call and not only will it power their tablet but it will also power a new phone they've developed.

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3 years ago

HTC bootloader unlock page now up and running for European Sensation

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"Are you sure you wish to continue? You are about to start the process of unlocking your device. Unlocking your device allows you to install custom Operating Systems (“OS”) onto your device."

Words many have been waiting to hear, and starting today, owners of the European version of the HTC Sensation can now put them to task -- HTC's bootloader unlock page has went live.  You'll have to accept all the legal terms and agree to them, specifically that your warranty may be void (in full or partially) and that HTC may charge for warranty repair work on unlocked devices.  We've known about this, so you shouldn't be too surprised. 

You'll then be walked through the entire process from start to finish.  The instructions are extremely well done (they would be worthy of a sticky in our forums) and explain exactly how to use the needed components of the SDK with pictures, download links, and all the commands listed -- it's all a copy and paste job.  You'll be instructed to get a unique device "Identifier Token", which you'll submit to the HTC bootloader page.  They will in turn send you an email (to the address you registered on the HTC developer site with) with an unlock key and needed commands to use it.  Then you're gold.  It's all pretty well documented and  the commands seem simple enough, but remember -- there's never much room for error when doing this kind of operation.  Make sure you understand the process completely before you begin.

And that's it.  A simple solution to a problem that a lot of us have had with HTC.  Now we wait to see it be released for devices here in the states. 

Source: HTC DevThanks, Kevin! 

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3 years ago

Drawdle - Use your own doodles to solve physics puzzles!

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Sit around doodling a lot of pictures? If so, we have just the puzzle game for ya. Drawdle allows you to take your doodles, and turn them into awesome physics puzzles where you must solve the puzzles using your own doodles. The folks from One Side Software rolled by the Android Central forums to let us know the latest update is now currently available. In the latest version you get, HD graphics for tablets and new zooming and aiming features. If you're looking to have some fun with your doodles, give Drawdle a go -- you can thank us later. Download can be found past the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible's Gingerbread update support docs now live at Verizon website

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All those rumors you may have heard about the HTC Droid Incredible not getting Gingerbread?  Yeah, forget you heard them (and you didn't hear them here) -- Verizon's support website with the changelog and upgrading instructions went live this morning, and the news is good.  The Dinc will soon be seeing Android 2.3.4 and all the perks that come with the Gingerbread update, as well as a few other fixes:

  • MMS messages will now send correctly
  • Properly save audio files from MMS messages
  • Successfully play audio from MMS messages
  • Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
  • Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera now functions with an SD card inserted

As for the time frame (be honest, that's what we're all looking for), Verizon doesn't give us one, but the support documents are in place, and Dinc owners everywhere will be checking every 13 seconds -- we'll let you know as soon as we start seeing it.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Stevie B!

Update: Just got word about how the over-the-air rollout's going to take place. The push is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 16, with an initial 10,000 updates. Another 50,000 will get it on Wednesday, and everybody else on Friday.

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3 years ago

Samsung Epic 4G sees yet another Gingerbread leak with build EH06

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The Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaks for the Samsung Epic 4G have been plentiful in the past and now, we have yet another to add to that list. EH06 has now leaked out and while the verdict is still out on how well it runs, the fact it's now available means we should start seeing some feedback soon.  Paul627g brought us the news via our forums from Samfirmware, so if you're looking for the download or have some feedback to share on just how well this build really is, you know what to do. Drop some comments here or in the Android Central forums to help others out with deciding to load it or not.

More info in the Samsung Epic 4G Forums

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the Defy+

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And just like that -- a new Motorola device has been announced. The Motorola Defy+ is of course a follow up to the the original Motorola Defy, keeping it's same rugged water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design. But this time around it will include:

  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
  • 5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
  • 2GB internal; *2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB

Not a bad follow up device, guess Motorola may have sold enough of the original Defy to justify a second. You can read past the break for the full press release.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Motorola won't have exclusive on Nexus devices, Andy Rubin says

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So what does Google's acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion mean for Android's Nexus program? (For those new to the platform, that's Google's yearly "Pure Google" phone -- basically a developer-level phone that's also refined enough for consumer purchase.) Will the next Nexus be from Motorola? Will they all be from Motorola from here on out. (The first two were the Nexus One from HTC and Nexus S from Samsung.)

Android's Andy Rubin did give a little insight into the process, and how it'll work going forward.

Basically, hardware manufacturers bid to become the platform for that year, then work closely with Google for the development of their Nexus device before releasing it late in the year. And that's not going to change, even with this acquisition. One of the biggest points to remember is that the Motorola end will continue to be run as a separate business. That means it'll have to go through the same Nexus process it's presumably been going through, just like everyone else.

Here's what Rubin had to say on the matter:

We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program, and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team.

What we do is that we select each -- around Christmastime of each year -- we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that time frame. That includes, also, semiconductor companies and all of the components that go in the device.

Essentially the teams huddle together in one building. They jointly work in these development efforts -- they go on for nine to 12 months. And ultimately at the holiday season, or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort.

We don't expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business. They will be part of that bidding process, and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.

And, no, he didn't say who's got this year's Nexus phone. Hang in there, folks.

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI) opens up more than 50 percent

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Here's one to watch today, folks. Shares of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) were up more than 50 percent at the start of trading Monday on the news that Google was acquiring it for $40 per share. Makes sense -- Google's gonna buy it at that price, and that's about where it's trading at now. But that's a hell of a jump for any stock, eh?

Source: Google Finance

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3 years ago

OEM partners supportive of Motorola Mobility acquisition, praise Google's defense of Android

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Google hit us with a bombshell this morning when they announced that they would be acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars. Despite Google's insistence that Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and the platform will remain open, many wonder what other partners think of the deal.

Google has reportedly spoken with several who have been supportive of the deal, as they see it as an essential move to defend Android. Here are three quotes from OEM partners:

Peter Chou, CEO, HTC:

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson:

“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D, President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company:

“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

J.K. Shin, President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division:

"We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem."

Many had questioned when Google would step up to defend its partners from patent lawsuits, and it looks like they've made a huge move towards doing just that this morning. More to come as news rolls in.

Google Press

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3 years ago

Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, wants to “supercharge the Android ecosystem”

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Big news from the Googleplex this morning, as the news broke that Google is to acquire Motorola's handset business for $12.5 billion. This is HUGE news, as now Google will finally become a smartphone vendor. 

Announced via the Official Google Blog, CEO Larry Page describes the company's success with Android, with 550,000 device activations per day and over 150 million activations worldwide. In their quest to "supercharge the Android ecosystem," they have decided that Motorola are the best handset manufacturer to help them do that. 

And in no surprise, Page also makes reference to Motorola's extensive patent portfolio, something which could yet prove useful to them in the ongoing patent situations that keep presenting themselves -- in the U.S. in particular. 

Andy Rubin also spoke out, pointing out that they still remain committed to Android as an open platform and that they will continue to work with all current partners. 

Check out the official release after the break. 

Sources: Google Blog; Investor Relations

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