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3 years ago

Android April version numbers stay relatively unchanged from the previous month

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Google just released the latest batch of numbers showing us how many devices are on on which version of Android.

The big picture didn't change much in April -- Froyo still dominates, growing to 65.9 percent, up from 63.9 percent a month ago. Gingerbread -- in this case Android 2.3 and 2.3.3 -- climbed a tad, to 1 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Honeycomb's up one-tenth of one percent, to 0.3 percent. The only version of Eclair -- Android 2.1 -- on the list is at 24.5 percent, down a few percentage points for last month.

Meanwhile, legacy versions Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6) continue to wither, at 2.3 percent and 3 percent.

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3 years ago

LG Genesis: Verizon's cast-off enV Pro finds new life on US Cellular

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What's this? A clamshell Android device? that's right, folks, it's the LG Genesis, apparently destined for US Cellular. If it looks familiar, it's the old enV Pro that once was destined for Verizon but, like the HTC Merge, never saw the light of day.

But it's back, and it's kept that dual-screen form factor we've traditionally seen on feature phones. Here are the specs as we know them: (Update: No, make that the full specs)

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3.5-inch external touchscreen at 480x800
  • 3.2-inch internal touchscreen at 480x800
  • Five-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 5MP camera, max video resolution 640x480
  • 430MB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card
  • DLNA multimedia sharing
  • Size: 4.72 inches x 2.43x0.66
  • battery: 1500 mAh
  • Weight: 6 ounces

No word yet on pricing or availability, but we're more than a little curious to get our hands on the Genesis, especially with other dual-screen phones like the Kyocera Echo already on the streets. We've got one more pic after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Google IO 2011 app now available

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Google IO starts in just six days, and the official app has finally hit the Android Market. It's a must-have if you're going to be at Moscone West next week (hey, that's us!), as it has a schedule of the keynotes and sessions, map of the venue (all three levels of it), sessions lists, bulletins, real-time tweets and more. Heck, even if you can't be in San Francisco next week, check it out just to follow along. Download links are after the break.

 

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Mobi Products Crystal Case

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Want a hard case but want to still show off your phone? The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC ThunderBolt does just that. It's your standard hard-shell case, same as we've reviewed previously. But the big difference this time is that you can see through it -- making sure your ThunderBolt can see and be seen.

It's the same plastic two-piece construction we're used to. And save for a tiny serial number and a couple of lines, it's a perfectly clear case. Same cutouts for the ports and buttons (and the kickstand).

Just like its colored counterparts, the crystal case gives you basic protection with minimal thickness. It'll keep the camera lens and touchscreen from touching when it's left face-up or face-down on a tablet.

Putting the case together, and removing it afterward, were simple procedures -- everything locks into place nicely.

The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC ThunderBolt is available for $12.95 in the Android Central Store. We've got more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Bump Charging: What it is and how to do it

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Ever since the Droid Incredible was first released, we have heard about bump charging, and many of us are left wondering what is it, and how does one accomplish such a thing? If you have ever taken your Incredible or Thunderbolt off the charger and noticed that nearly instantly you were down to 90 percent showing on your battery meter, and were puzzled.

Well, the device charges itself fully, but does not maintain that full charge, instead keeping around a 90- to 95-percent charge and showing full. So, people have begun bump charging their device to gain that last five to ten percent back. There are a few developers who are taking stabs at making custom kernels that will combat this, but that requires root, and flashing files, and all that jazz, so they have an alternative bump charging method, which goes as follows:

  1. Power up (if not already) and plug your device into a power source. As the battery is being charged, the notification LED shows a solid orange light.
  2. Wait until LED is solid green, indicating it is fully charged.
  3. Unplug, press and hold the power button, and select the option to power off.
  4. Once powered down reconnect power source.
  5. The LED will show a solid orange light again, indicating it is charging.
  6. Once it's green, unplug the device and use the power button to power up the device.
  7. Once Sense has loaded plug the phone back in again. You will notice that the LED is now orange again.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 process until the light is green immediately upon plugging it back in (approximately 3-4 times).

So, if you want to ensure that you are starting your day out with truly 100% battery life, follow the simple steps above, but you will unfortunately have to do this each and every time the device needs to be charged.

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

How Android works on BlackBerry [video]

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

So you really want to know how Android's going to work on BlackBerry? Sure thing. First off, apps look like apps, so far as the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen is concerned. App icons look like app icons. And from there, it all starts with the "Player" application. That provides the framework for the Android app to run, much like loading the Adobe AIR app on Android allows AIR apps to run. Same principle. If the Player's already open, apps will run immediately. If Player's not running, opening an app will fire it up first. Either way, it's seamless.

The demo this morning at BlackBerry World was, actually, pretty darn smooth, and it's starting to look like a pretty smart move on RIM's part. Question remains how many developers will hop on board. But after seeing this demo, we have a feeling the number's going to quickly grow.

More coverage: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass, making that stunning Super AMOLED Plus display we first saw at MWC all the more attractive. Glass manufacturer Corning said in a press release Tuesday that the company will continue its partnership with Samsung, one that began with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab (good news for Samsung's next-gen Galaxy 8.9 and 10.1 tablets). Gorilla Glass, which is virtually indestructible, “has enabled super-slim mobility on the high-quality touch display on Galaxy S II,” said Hankil Yoon, VP of smartphone product planning at Samsung. Dual core, 4G, Gingerbread AND Gorilla Glass, all stuffed into one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones ever? Now all we need is a U.S. release date to prove we're not dreaming.

Source: Corning

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3 years ago

First look at Android apps on BlackBerry

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Fresh out of BlackBerry World in Orlando, we're getting our first look at how Android applications will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Above is the IMDB app. Apps themselves run as native Android binaries, meaning things mostly work right out of the box, with minimal porting.

The way it works is apps will open within the Player app, just like an emulator. And if the Player app isn't open when you tap an app on the home screen, it'll open itself. Some 18 apps were on board for today's demo, and PlayBook gestures have been mapped into the Android apps. There's no special option button, but a swipe down has been mapped to it.

We'll pump our CrackBerry brethren for more info soon. But for now we've got one more pic after the break.

Source: CrackBerry; Thanks, Bla1ze!

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3 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commano's touchscreen rekindles a funny, broken feeling

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Uh oh. Anybody recognize that image? That's one of those multitouch tests, and we're running it on the Casio G'zOne Commando. Now, it's it rugged device, and as with anything rugged, you'd expect a lack of subtlety. And that's exactly what we're seeing with the Commando.

Not to spoil the video that's after the break, but there's an issue with the whole X-Y axis thing. And if you're expecting to use more than two multitouch input points, well, it ain't happening. Small things, maybe, but issues we thought we'd put behind us.

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3 years ago

Nexus One's Android 2.3.4 update is here; we've got your update instructions

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OK, boys and girls. The official Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus One is pushing out. And with it you get whatever it is that Google's fixed and added. But one thing you won't get is the newfangled video chat (or voice services, for that matter) in Google Talk. Not a huge surprise, as the phone doesn't have a front-facing camera, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

Couple of ways to get the update. One is to sit and wait for it. The update is pushing out over the air. But if you're the impatient type, you can update manually. Here's how:

  1. Download the update from here.
  2. Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
  6. On the next screen, select "Recovery."
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply sdcard:update.zip" and let things run their course.

Source: Android 2.3.4 GRJ22; via Android Central forums

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