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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 21 Feb 2010 - MWC Edition

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4 years ago

Using Gmail as your own personal push mail server

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One of the biggest complaints from those migrating over from a Blackberry to an Android device has got to be e-mail.  We get used to doing things a certain way, and feel lost when things change.  Even if you’re not used to Blackberry’s push mail this is a great method to not only get things more organized, but save some battery as well.  Join us after the break!

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4 years ago

Video hands-on: New HTC Sense ported to the Nexus One - with Flash (updated)

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The rumors are true. Flash 10.1 is in the ROM that was ported from the HTC Desire to the Nexus One. And it works ... OK, it's not great. But remember that this is an unofficial ROM, and things are likely to change by the time we get Flash (and the new version of Sense) on U.S. phones.

A full run-down of the new version of HTC's Sense is coming. In the meantime, here's a quick video look at what's been ported over. Have at it.

Update: OK, so it looks like this is an implementation of Flash Lite, and not full-on Flash 10.1. Whatever. It's still more Flash than you've had before. :-/

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4 years ago

The new HTC Sense reviewed: Setting up your Android phone

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Here we go, folks. The first round of a new day in the life of HTC's Sense user interface. In Part 1 of our review, we take a look at setting up your phone for the first time, including the new "Friend Stream" service, which integrates some of your favorite social networks.

Do note that the ROM we're looking at was taken from the HTC Desire and is running on the Nexus One. This is far from official, there are bugs, and so we're not holding anybody but ourselves accountable here. Also, as the Desire currently is a European/Asian product, things are likely to change before the new Sense officially hits the United States. So with that in mind, check in after the break for our first look at setting up the new Sense UI.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire ROM leaked, ported, and we squee like little girls with Nexus Ones

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When HTC announced the Desire last week at Mobile World Congress, it basically was billed as the Nexus One, with Sense (and a track pad to boot). But those of us with Nexus Ones knew it would only be a matter of time before we'd get to play, and that day is here.

Paul from MoDaCo has been a key player in the Android ROM community, and he's got a version of the Desire's ROM up and running on the Nexus One. If you're not squeamish about rooting and hacking and all that jazz, head here, read the instructions, and give it a shot. We'll be poring over this ROM for a little while and sharing our impressions. So stay tuned, everybody. (And thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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4 years ago

Video hands-on with the Motorola Cliq XT - aka the Quench [AC @ MWC]

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Here's another one from (not so) deep in our Mobile World Congress stash -- video of the Motorola Cliq XT (aka the Quench outside the United States).

Like we said in our first hands-on: If you're looking for a phone with MotoBLUR but don't want to be bothered with a phyical keyboard (or a weird flip-around keyboard), then this is something you're going to want to check out once it hits T-Mobile in the coming weeks.

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4 years ago

Control Verizon FiOS TV with your Droid

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We don't know how many times we've searched far and wide for the TV remote and wish that we could just use our Droid as a remote control. We're talking about hundreds of times here. Luckily, Verizon is looking to save the day and eliminate that scenario forever. Verizon just announced the FiOS Mobile Remote App for the Motorola Droid which will allow you to control your Verizon FiOS TV just like the standard remote control. We have one word: Reallyfreakingawesome.

Starting this week, the FiOS Mobile Remote App will be available for the Motorola Droid (and HTC Imagio) and works anywhere in your home via your Wi-Fi network. The Remote App will give the same functions as the standard FiOS remote: change channels, pause, rewind, fast forward, and record. And also adds the ability to transfer photos from your Droid to the TV. It'll even mute your TV when you get a phone call!

We're DirecTV subscribers ourselves (for the sports) but we've been tempted to switch over to Verizon FiOS TV before. This might push us over the edge. Though only currently available for the Droid and Imagio, Verizon is looking to add more devices in the future.

Any Verizon FiOS & Motorola Droid users insanely excited? Tell us how it works!

Hit the jump to see a video of Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote App!

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4 years ago

ZTE Smooth Android phone looks like an uglier Palm Pre

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After spending some time with the Palm Pre in the Smartphone Round Robin, we became quite smitten with the form factor. The vertical slider is rather unique in the smartphone industry and it's surprising that out of all the Android form factors available, no one has put out a Pre-like device. Well, no more. Say hello to the ZTE Smooth which is as close to a rip off design of the Palm Pre as possible, except it doesn't manage to capture any of that Pre magic.

The ZTE Smooth is a lower end Android phone--runs Android 1.6 on a 2.8-inch QVGA screen and comes with your typical slew of connectivity options, it's expected to release in August (assumedly in China) but will probably never hit stateside. We still think a Pre-styled device is worth exploring but we'd rather have HTC or Motorola try to tackle it than ZTE. Nice try though.

[mobile163 via engadget]

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4 years ago

How to manually update your Samsung Moment

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We continue to wait for the Android 2.1 update to come to the Samsung Moment, but there is still a maintenance fix rolling out. If you gone to a Sprint Store to do it, you can now install it yourself. Here's what's being fixed:

  • Network Assist GPS to allow indoor location fix.
  • Updates to several third-party apps, including Visual Voicemail, NFL, NASCAR and Sprint TV.
  • Change to Emergency Dial on lock screen.
  • Hard reset available in recovery mode: remove and reinsert battery; press volume down, send and end keys until reboot option pops up; scroll to wipe data/factory reset; press OK.
  • Various improvements to battery life.

You can find the update download here. And if you need more help, click here for complete instructions. Thanks, Sammael!

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4 years ago

Google announces Google Shopper, a visual/voice Amazon-type app

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Google just announced a new Android application: Google Shopper. It basically combines Google Googles and voice search to deliver a neat little shopping tool in a Googlefied way. You can choose whether to scan barcodes or simply snap a photo through the app and it'll display the results. Yep, it's kind of like ShopSavvy, kind of like the Amazon app, and really, kind of like a lot of things that already exist in the Market. To quote Google:

Shopper lets you find product information quickly by using your phone's camera. It can recognize cover art of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games, along with most barcodes. You can also speak the name of the product you're looking for. Use Shopper to make smart decisions about what to buy, what price to pay, and where to buy it.

Go get it in the Android Market and tell us what you think! And hit the jump if you want to see how Google Shopper works on video.

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