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3 years ago

Google Chrome team to provide free WiFi to travelers this holiday season

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Google has announced that the Chrome team will be providing free WiFi to travelers this holiday season, partnering with three major airlines. 

They are  teaming up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to provide free Gogo WiFi to over 700 planes, which they are expecting to service more than 15 million passengers. 

The dates to receive the free WiFi are November 20th 2010 through January 2nd 2011. If you're flying one of these airlines for the holidays, get ready to enjoy free WiFi courtesy of the Chrome team at Google! [Business Wire]

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3 years ago

Verizon announces Droid Pro presale, in stores Nov. 18

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We broke the news of the Droid Pro presale last week, and now Verizon has made it official. You can order a Droid Pro (see our hands-on) Nov. 9 -- tomorrow -- for $179.99 (after contract and $100 mail-in rebate). Or, you can pick one up in stores on Nov. 18.

With all that hard-earned jing you get an Android 2.2 device with the "enhanced Motoblur" and Motorola's new "Profiles," on all a chassis with 3.1-inch touchscreen 320x480) and a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. For those of you not going the contract route, it'll run you $479.99 outright. Full press release after the break.

Learn more in the Droid Pro forums

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3 years ago

Nexus One will be the first to get Gingerbread, maybe this week

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This one came in too late last night to make the big ball of snark that was our latest Gingerbread rumor roundup, but that's OK, because this one also has a little more meat to it. Open Handset Alliance official Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez tweeted out the above on Sunday. Translated you get this:

Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days:-D

Not sure if that means some super secret Nexus Ones, or the developer versions you can buy directly from Google (and it should be no surprise that the N1 will get the update first). But either way, it's a pretty good sign that we'll see Gingerbread in the coming days -- hopefully this week! [Twitter via Tech Crunch]

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3 years ago

More random signs that Gingerbread is on its way (though nobody really knows when)

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When you get down to it, the giant Gingerbread man statue on Google's campus should be proof enough that Android 2.3 is nearly here. But if you still need more, here are a few other signs that have been floating around over the weekend. None of them actually contains concrete evidence of a release date, but that's never stopped the sewing circle before. Here they are, in no apparent order, with the fun stuff bolded for effect:

  • An update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is coming on Tuesday, and the new recent changes field spells it out. "Please install the update ... to ensure that Flash Player loads properly with future OS updates." You know, like Gingerbread. [via Droid-Life]
  • Brodduncan on Twitter alerts us to the book Pro Android 3 (apress publishing). The Amazon description includes the following: "Pro Android 3 shows you how to build real-world and fun mobile applications using the new Android SDK, codename 'Gingerbread.' " So it's a preview description of a book not yet written that will feature details about an operating system not yet announced. Move along, folks.
  • Our pals at Intomobile say they have a source who tells them the Android 2.3 SDK (that's what software developers use to code apps) will be released on Nov. 11 -- Thursday. That doesn't mean you'll have Gingerbread on your phone -- just that the SDK may be announced. The source is not named, and no other details are given.

Gingerbread is coming, folks. Soon. It will be magical. It will have healing powers, be a source of clean energy and quite possibly show us what actually happened to the dinosaurs. And you'll find out everything you need to know right here, just as soon as it happens.

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3 years ago

LG Vortex to be free on Verizon with contract

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While Sprint and T-Mobile have made use of LG's Optimus name, Verizon has taken its own path and will launch the device as the LG Vortex. The latest word surrounding the launch is that Verizon will be giving the device away for free after a $100 rebate that you get in the form of a debit card. If you're looking to get an Android 2.2, Wi-Fi hotspot capable device on the cheap (and with a low-res screen to go with it) the LG Vortex seems to fit the bill just right. Any takers now that you know it'll be basically free? [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Froyo leaks for Epic 4G, Vibrant

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Android 2.2 (Froyo) leaked out for the Sprint Epic 4G and Samsung Vibrant on Saturday, amid much drama and the usual in-fighting.  If you're like me and try to avoid that sort of thing, you're in luck as we're gonna break it down right here.

Froyo for the Sprint Epic 4G was leaked to a very select group of people. These folks are all in agreement about one thing -- it's far from ready for release, even to other hackers.  The build has problems with the phone radio, isn't stable, and releasing it would be a big mistake.  Nothing has been released for the Epic 4G to my knowledge.

Froyo for the Samsung Vibrant also leaked out to a few developers.  This one seems pretty stable, and two custom ROMs are already available (here, and here).  We also have word that support for the Vibrant in CyanogenMod 6.x will be much easier just by having this leak.  The leak itself has not been made available.

We're going to bypass the feuding about open source, the GPL, and donation wars.  If you feel the need to get into the mix and speak your mind, the usual channels is where you'll find the bickering.  [XDA Developers Vibrant and Epic 4G forums, Android Central Forums, and Twitter]

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3 years ago

Verizon Droid Incredible retired? Not yet

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Say it ain't so! The venerable HTC Droid Incredible has been retired by Verizon? Not so much, actually. Remember that the Droid Incredible disappeared for a while and returned with an SCLD touchscreen in place of the AMOLED screen, which quickly found itself in short supply.

So never fear, folks. Out with the old and in with the new, and the Droid Incredible's not going anywhere anytime soon -- at least not before the LTE (and HD) version shows up. One more pic after the break.

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3 years ago

iDECT iHomePhone 2000 - Bringing Android to your landline phone

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With all the growth happening on the Android platform, I've kind of been waiting for this sort of thing to pop up again. It's not really a new concept, (Motorola had demos of devices like this one, among other companies) but it's the most recent iteration of the idea put to product. The iDECT iHomePhone 2000 is an Android powered, Wi-Fi enabled home land line phone that allows you to surf the web, watch YouTube videos and will gladly play you your favorite internet radio stations all on a 2.8-inch touchscreen display.

In addition to all those goodies, the iDECT iHomePhone 2000 also makes use of DECT cordless technology to ensure that no matter where you are in your house, you can still make and receive phone calls. Still not sold? Well, maybe the 14-minute digital answering machine, hands-free speakerphone and contacts manager that holds 300 contact numbers will be enough to sell you on the £99.99 price tag. [via TechFresh]

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3 years ago

Acer D255 shown running Android OS

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If a tablet isn't for you, and you have been holding off for a netbook that runs on Android, it appears as though the Acer D255 will be one for you. Back in February we saw an HP netbook running Android, but we have yet to see this one surface on the consumer market to date. Could this Acer be in the same boat as the HP unit, or will this one actually be available to purchase? Which do you prefer, a netbook running Android, or an Android Tablet? [via Fandroid]

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