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3 years ago

WSJ Asks: 'Who makes the best mobile operating system?'

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The ever-popular question of “who makes the best mobile operating system” has gained more attention as the big players of the industry battle it out on Twitter and the likes, and has slipped back into the spotlight for discussion. With the renewed popularity of the subject, it has gained the title, "question of the day" on the Wall Street Journal, and they’ve posed the question, “Who makes the best mobile operating system?” for the masses to answer.

Although the definition of “best” changes from person to person it can be assumed that in this case it’s used to ask for the all-around best and not just based on ones individual needs. Be sure to stop by the WSJ and let your voice be heard in their poll. Also, we’re curious as to know what your definition of “best” is so let us know! [via WSJ]

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3 years ago

Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3?

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We've been talking about the next version of Android -- (still) unofficially dubbed Gingerbread -- as far back as a year ago -- months before Froyo was ever announced. But what we haven't really known was what version number it will be. Android 3.0 has been thrown around, as has Android 2.5.

Another version that's been mentioned -- and now has a little more weight to it -- is Android 2.3. The snippet above is from Google's "issues" repository -- basically a place for anyone to report a bug or request a feature. Issue 8804 refers to problems connecting to corporate Wifi after the Froyo update (specifically, "wpa_supplicant 0.6.10 (froyo) unable to auth in a wpa2/enterpise wifi"). A googler on Sept. 30 responded that a patch will be available in the next "major release" -- Android 2.3.

So there you go. Definitive proof? Not yet. But definitely a pretty strong sign. [Google] Thanks, Jesta!

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3 years ago

Broadcast networks block Google TV, Google seeking solution

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Well, that didn't take long. Just as the Logitech Revue is delivered and the Sony TVs and Blu-Ray player were announced, some of the main broadcast networks decided to block their content from the service. ABC, CBS and NBC have all blocked access to content on their web pages from the Google TV devices. 

This is just another sign that the networks mentioned have not caught up with the rest of us technologically. They are still living in a time when consumers were required to go to the TV Guide to see what's on; a time when we only had one platform to watch their shows on. That time is over and these networks need to realize that.

All that said, it is being reported that Google is "actively" in negotiations to unblock the content. In the end, it'll come down to what it always comes down to: Money. Of which Google has a lot. I just hope the networks are willing to listen and realize the potential benefits that this platform has to offer them. [Reuters, 2] [photo via @dannysullivan]

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3 years ago

Getting Started with Android guide [From the forums]

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Android Central Forums user milomindbender has posted one of the most complete and detailed guides I have ever seen for introduction new Android users to the features and functions of their phone. The guide features everything from a basic overview of the OS to a list of the most popular and useful apps in a number of categories, all with great pictures and diagrams to illustrate the topics being covered.

Any readers that are new to Android or thinking about switching to it should head on over right now, and probably bookmark the thread as well. Even if you are a longtime user of Android, head on past the link to appreciate the quality and effort that went into this guide -- who knows, you might actually learn something new, too! [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for October 21, 2010

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For many of us the hunt for a new application is on that is done nearly every day, and some times there is gold to be found, and others we come up empty. For those that have hit a dry spell, or those just simply looking for a new application to try without having to search for hours, check out what we use on a daily basis on our devices!

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3 years ago

What the hell is this running on an HTC Touch Dual?

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Whilst wandering through some comments on Gizmodo, we came a link to purported Gingerbread video from Mother Russia.  I don't speak Russian, and I don't read Cyrillic, so we found someone who does. His rough translation is after the break.

I do know that hackers have had Android running on the HTC Touch Dual for quite a while -- videos go back far longer than a year ago -- but this is the first time we've heard (or even thought) the word Gingerbread associated with one, or any phone other than the Nexus One for that matter.

Is it Gingerbread?  Hell, I don't know.  I doubt it.  And the translation makes that all the more clear when the phone in question is referred to as the Nexus 2. But it's certainly not running stock Froyo; you can see when he swipes the launcher bar to enter "helicopter" view.  But it runs so well on such old hardware I figure it's worth sharing.  Have a look at the video after the break, and let the rumor mill begin. [Gizmodo] Thanks, Anton!

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3 years ago

Charleston, WVa., will be one of the first areas to get LTE

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Some of us think it's "almost heaven," and thanks to Verizon it just got a little more heavenly with the announcement that Charleston, WVa., will be among the first metro areas to launch LTE.  (It's interesting that it wasn't a part of Verizon's LTE announcement at CTIA.) In addition, nine other West Virginia cities will also be part of Verizon's LTE network.  If one of those cities happens to be Martinsburg, listen for big 'ol YEE-HAW from someone who never thought he would see 4G in any shape or form in his neck of the woods.  Look for a full announcement Oct 27. from Verizon and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

And I'm not even going to go into the politics, why's, or how's, except to say that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) happens to be the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology.  [Verizon, list of launch cities] Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!

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3 years ago

Logitech shows off video calling for Google TV -- big smiles not included

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The Logitech Revue Google TV box should start reaching doorsteps any time now (or you can snag one today at Best Buy) doing more than just making TV content easier to access. It is also letting you connect with your family and friends through video conferencing. It's crazy to think that you can peak into your friends house while being across the globe. Even though video calling has been around for quite some time now, it is another additional feature for those who want to shell out more money for the Logitech TV Cam. Check after the break to see the camera in action. Oh yeah -- big smiles not guaranteed. [Logitech]

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3 years ago

Google Voice Search adds Russian, Polish, Czech, Turkish

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Good news for those of you who speak Russian, Polish, Czech or Turkish -- Google Voice Search now supports you, too. You can now get your search on in your native tongue. Just another reminder of how widespread Android is. Congrats! [via Google]

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3 years ago

Introducing our 'Member Favorites' forum

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For most of us, the best part about having a smartphone is the applications.  From its humble beginnings a year and a half ago, to today's 90,000-odd apps in more than 30 countries, the Android Market is filled with apps that offer just about anything you or I will ever think of.  Sorting through them all looking for the hidden gems can be a daunting task for even the seasoned smartphone vetran.

Sure, tools like AppBrain and our weekly editor picks help, but now we're going one step further with our Member Favorites forum.  It's chock full of polls and posts that feature what you guys think is the cream of the crop in almost every category, and we're counting on you to make it the first stop on the 'net to see what people like ourselves think about apps, which ones are favorites, and why.  Check out the Member Favorites forum, and let the world know what you think today!

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