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3 years ago

UberMedia responds to Twidroyd's suspension

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UberMedia has responded to inquiries about today's snafu between them and Twitter, which resulted in Twidroyd being suspended from using the Twitter APIs.  While it was an embarrassing situation, it looks like it was fixed relatively easy, and just as they earlier tweeted, a working Twidroyd should be back in the Android Market soon.  See their response in full, after the break. Thanks Steve!

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3 years ago

New HTC devices listed by Amazon in Germany and UK

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Amazon.co.uk is currently listing the new HTC Desire S for pre-order for £419.99 (~$650) with a release date of April 18. Pre-release info from retailers should always be taken with a pinch of salt, as they have a habit of setting wildly-inaccurate pre-sale prices which are then changed once the official pricing is known. That said, £419 is a believable figure for the Desire S -- its predecessor sold for almost exactly this price at launch, and the Desire HD currently retails for a similar amount in the UK. It's impossible to verify the release date, although obviously it falls with the Q2 2011 launch window given by HTC.

Elsewhere, Amazon Germany lists the HTC Flyer tablet for pre-order with a price of €669 (~$900). Yep, that's a lot of money for 7-inch tablet, and it's a figure we're fully expecting to change closer to release. No release date was listed for the Flyer, but it too is slated for Q2 2011.

Amazon Germany is also listing the Incredible S for €519, the Wildfire S for €299 and the Desire S for €499. Again, these are believable prices for these phones, but there's no way of verifying them at this early stage.

Find out more about HTC's new devices by checking out our hands-on coverage of the Incredible S, Wildfire S and Flyer. [Amazon.co.ukAmazon.de]

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3 years ago

Twitter suspends Twidroyd and other UberMedia Twitter clients [updated]

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If you've noticed you're no longer able to access Twitter using Twidroyd, don't feel like you're the only one. Twitter has posted and fired off emails stating that Twidroyd (and ÜberTwitter for BlackBerry) has been suspended from Twitter use. Anyone using the app in the mean time is suggested to utilize one of the various many other Twitter applications available. While Twitter did not directly state the reason instead opting to inform it was due to violation of Twitter policies. We'll keep you all updated as we find out more info. [Twitter] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

Update: Twitter got in touch with TechCrunch and had quite the response.  The meat of the situation is:

"Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money."

Yowsa.  We've reached out to UberMedia (Twidroyd's parent company) and will be sure to keep you up to date with any further news.  [TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

Can my device use Flash?

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Flash was included as a feature by default in Android 2.2 Froyo, but there are some phones that don't or can't support Flash. As a general rule of thumb anything that is "low-end" won't be able to run Adobe's flagship software, but there are a couple others that can't as well. Here's the list of Android devices certified to run Flash:

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3 years ago

Sprint officially announces Epic 4G Froyo update to begin Feb 21

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And now we have Sprint getting into the mix, officially announcing that Froyo will begin rolling out to the Epic 4G on Feb 21, just like we reported

We have source code.  We have an official date.  And we have forums -- hit them up and discuss!.  [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Vibrant Froyo source

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Samsng is in a giving mood today -- not only have they provided the source code for the impending Epic 4G Froyo update, they have placed the code for the Vibrant's Froyo update online as well.  Once again, this isn't something for the average user to download and flash, it's for developers to use and enhance the existing Vibrant software, or to use in their own flavor of Android for the Samsung Vibrant -- like stock Android flavors. 

Even if you don't have a clue what to do with these files, it's nice to see Samsung affirming their commitment to Android and the open source community.  To get the goods, head to the source link and search for SGH-T959 in the search bar.  Now get ready for the custom ROMs!  [Samsung's Open Source Release CenterThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung releases source for Epic 4G EB13 Froyo update

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Samsung has placed the open source portions of the rumored EB13 Froyo update for the Epic 4G live on their open source page.  While this isn't something you can jump in and flash, it makes it pretty certain that rooted users will see the "official" Froyo before Sprint gets it out, supposedly on Feb 21.

It also gives developers a solid base to begin work for custom ROMs that needed newer code and drivers, and should really help with the creation of an AOSP style Froyo, and possibly Gingerbread ROM for the Epic 4G.  If you're a developer, or just want to have a look, point your web browser to the source link, choose the Mobile phone section, and search for D700 in the search bar.  Big thanks to Samsung for getting this out pre-release and honoring the GPL.  [Samsung's Open Source Release CenterThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Wired magazine for Android

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson CTO talks tablets, LTE and Android updates

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Sony Ericsson is in the advanced stages of product development for LTE devices, and expects them to make their way to market "pretty soon", according to CTO Jan Uddenfeldt. In an interview with Fierce Wireless, he also touches on the importance of Android OS updates, the deal with Verizon to carry the Xperia Play, and the manufacturer's tablet plans.

Uddenfeldt says Sony Ericsson has learned from its mistakes concerning the pace of Android updates on its phones, and added that the company simply wasn't aware of the importance of OS updates when shipping devices last year. While this will be of little comfort to Xperia X10 and X8 owners stuck on Eclair or Donut, it is at least shows an acknowledgement of these problems at the highest levels of the company.

On the subject of the Xperia Play, Uddenfeldt discusses the ins and outs of the deal to bring the phone to Verizon, and clarifies that there's no exclusivity deal in place that would prevent the device from being sold by another carrier.

Finally, and most tantalizingly, Uddenfeldt addresses the issue of tablets, identifying them as an important part of the mobile device market. He says that Sony Ericsson is "holding discussions" with Sony about a possible Android tablet, something which might add weight to recent rumors of a cross-company effort to bring a Sony-branded Honeycomb tablet to market later this year. [Fierce Wireless]

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3 years ago

App Genome Project Compares the Android Market and iOS App Store in every way imaginable

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Lookout Mobile Security has whipped up quite the report comparing both the Android Market and Apple's App Store in pretty much every way you can imagine -- and probably some you can't. Their "App Genome Project" (lets call it "AGP" from here on out) compared various metrics between Aug. 2010 and Feb. 2011 to get a six-month spread of data. The most basic comparison between the two is raw numbers of apps, which you can see in graph form above. The Android Market added 50k apps to reach about 90k during the time frame while the App Store added 100k to reach over 350k total apps.

On the dev side, just over four thousand developers were signed up for Android during the time period, while about 24 thousand were registered for iOS. Interestingly, the average number of apps per developer was higher on Android at 6.6 as opposed to 4.8 apps per developer on the iOS side. There is a ton more to go over, so join me past the break. [Lookout]

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