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3 years ago

General Dynamics to use Android for next-gen wearable military computer

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The General Dynamics Itronix GD300 Rugged Wearable Computer may not help you navigate Vault City, but it certainly should help ground infantry troops stay alive -- and General Dynamics chose Android as the OS for this wearable combat computer. 

What it is -- a very specialized GPS device, that has connectivity to tactical communications on the US armed forces secure network.  Glad to see that the military sees the value in Android, and maybe another manufacturer will make a version for the outdoorsman.  /ME wants an Android PipBoy.  The full press release is after the break.  [DefenseReview] Thanks Cory!

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3 years ago

Motorola bringing Droid X to Mexico as the Motoroi X

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Motorola has announced that the Motoroi X, which is pretty much a Droid X without Verizon's branding, will be hitting Mexican carrier Lusacell in the last quarter of 2010 -- which is anytime now. No pricing was announced, but the phone will have access to Lusacell's 3G network and will retain its WiFi hotspot capabilities. The phone will ship with the same version of Blur as the X and Droid 2 on top of Froyo. Any of you Europeans feeling just a tad jealous? [Motorola (in Spanish)]

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3 years ago

Analyst: Android grows 628 percent year-over-year for third quarter

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Analyst firm Gartner has released its Q3 2010 smartphone estimates, and things are getting downright ridiculous for Android, which has seen 628 percent growth over Q3 2009 and is now the No. 2 smartphone OS worldwide. There were some 20 million units sold to end users (that's you and me) in the third quarter, compared to 1.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Think back. What was the hot phone this time last year? (And remember that the Motorola Droid wasn't even out yet.)

Overall worldwide, smartphone sales grew 96 percent over Q3 2009 -- they effectively doubled -- and now make up 19.3 percent of all mobile phone sales. Anyone want to place a bet on how big things will be in another year? Check out the full breakdown at the source link. [Gartner]

Update: Fixed the headline and story to reflect percentage change and not percentage points. And going to get coffee now.

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3 years ago

Motorola Citrus available Nov. 11 on Verizon for $49.99

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For those of you waiting patiently on the Motorola Citrus -- there must have been a few of you, right? -- your wait is nearly over. The entry-level Android smartphone will be available on Verizon starting Nov. 11 (tomorrow).

It'll cost just $49.99 after new two-year contract and $100 rebate. With that you get a 3-inch Android 2.1 smartphone with a low-res (320x240 touchscreen), a paltry 256MB of RAM (512MB ROM) and a 528MHz processor.

You can watch our hands-on video here, and we've got complete Motorola Citrus help videos available here. Full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab launches on T-Mobile

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As a reminder to everyone, T-Mobile today becomes the first U.S. carrier to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it is available online now and should also be showing up in stores. You can get one for $399 with a 2-year contract or $599 with no contract. Plans will run you $25 per month for 200MB of data or $40 per month for 5GB. Check out T-Mobile's site now to order one of your own. [T-Mobile] Thanks to I_Am_Incredible for the reminder!

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3 years ago

Not running Froyo? Careful what websites you visit

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Last week,, security researchers at Alert Logic released the code to exploit the Android WebKit browser on phones and devices running Android 2.1 or earlier.  The exploit isn't the most serious issue ever released -- it appears to give someone running a webserver and listening on a certain port the ability to see your browser and media scanner history -- but it needs fixed, and quickly.

Which is why Google fixed it -- in the Spring when Froyo was announced.  Apple fixed it, too.  I can't find any documentation, but I'm pretty sure HPalm did as well.  I'll talk about it a little deeper after the break. [CIO.comThanks Dave!

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3 years ago

Google gives blanket 10% raises -- tipster gets fired

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Want to keep your employees around? How about some cold hard cash.  Google CEO Eric Schmidt apparently sent out a company-wide e-mail informing all employees that they're getting a $1,000 holiday bonus, plus a 10 percent raise come the first of the year. Schmidt said how surveys of employees had revealed that base pay was more important than benefits to most Googlers, and that Google "want[s] to continue to attract the best people..." The raise will go into effect this coming January for all of Google's 23,000 employees. Except for one person, the guy who leaked the e-mail. He's been fired, apparently. [Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, CNN Money]

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3 years ago

Samsung shows off 7" super-AMOLED display

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Samsung is showing off their new seven inch super-AMOLED display in Japan at the FPD International 2010 show.  The panel is WXVGA (1200x600), and as you can see above is being showcased in the next-generation Galaxy Tab.  Have a look at any of the Galaxy S phones, SAMOLED is pretty amazing, and seeing it on the Tab will be a welcome sight.  The price increase that's likely to come, not so much.  Samsung states that they will begin selling the new screens sometime in 2011. [OLED-Display.netThanks Erik!

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3 years ago

Clockwork recovery for G2 now in Rom Manager

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Here's what many were waiting for -- Clockwork recovery for the T-Mobile G2 is now available for all, and is as easy to get as installing Rom Manager from the Android Market.  Now all the hackery types have a real way to keep and restore their phone's software, instead of depending on carriers and handset manufacturers to do it for them.

Fire up the Market on your rooted G2, grab Rom Manager (link after the break), and flash Clockwork.  Easy as pie.  [@koush]

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3 years ago

Yahoo! Messenger updated for video calling, bugfixes aplenty

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Judging from the amount of e-mails we got sent to us, a lot of you out there are actually using Yahoo! Messenger. The latest release has hit the Android Market and it brings along with it quite a few bug fixes over the previous releases.

What's new?

  • Free Video Calls (Beta)
  • Buzz Your Friends
  • Improved Photo & Video Sharing
  • Fixes inc. Sign out issue, Notification reliability & Stability

Yahoo! Messenger is available for Android devices running 2.1 and up but the video calling will only work on myTouch 4G & HTC EVO. Download link is after the break Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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