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4 years ago

Another Froyo OTA for the Nexus One -- FRF91 this time around [Updated]

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Froyo madness never ends.  It seems that a new Android 2.2 OTA update is being pushed out for both AT&T and T-Mobile Nexus Ones today.  We don't have a lot of detail yet (we haven't even taken time to load it -- wanted to get the word out ASAP), but supposedly this addresses some security concerns.  It's another very small update (900k) and if you can't wait for it to come OTA you can grab the update direct from Google HERE.  Install it just like the others, and remember you have to be using a stock recovery.

As soon as we know more, or have a link to a version for non-stock users, we'll sing out. [Handy-FAQ.de (in German), XDA Developers]

Update: Thanks to LoxDev rooted users can get in on the FRF91 fun too.  Hit HTCpedia to find links and instructions to download and flash FRF91, root for FRF91, and CyanogenMod 6 kernel and developer tools for FRF91.  Remember, standard warnings apply -- do this at your own risk.

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4 years ago

Official Yahoo Mail and Messenger app now available for Android

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If you’re a Yahoo! user, you’ve probably been wondering when they would release their own official software for your Android phone. Well, folks, the time has come. Yahoo! today introduced both a Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Messenger application that are now available on the market, and it won’t cost you a dime. Also, if you live inside the U.S., you can also download a free Yahoo! search widget for your desktop – just be sure you’re running Éclair or higher for that. Be sure to check after the break for further details on these new apps, as well as QR codes to download. [via Yahoo!]

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4 years ago

David Pogue not totally sold on Swype, but what about you?

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New York Times columnist extraordinaire David Pogue's given the Droid X for a spin, and in turn he's spun-off a bit about the phone's keyboards. It has a multitouch keyboard by default -- I can take it or leave it. But the X also has Swype. You've seen our interview and demo with the Swype folks back at CTIA, and good many of you got in on the latest beta round (which has since closed).

As for Pogue, he's not completely convinced Swype is the second coming of on-screen keyboards, though he does write that "there's a lot of brilliance in Swype." And his gripes are completely reasonable (lack of open availability, swiping from one end of the keyboard to another for short words). And that's cool. One user's perfect keyboard is another's speed bump. (For what it's worth, I'm on board now, though it took a little while.) Give his column a read and see if you agree. [NYT]

What about you guys? Who all's come over to the Swype way of life?

Are you a Swype convert?survey software

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4 years ago

Droid X - your questions, our answers

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We hear ya. You have questions about the Motorola Droid X on Verizon. And we've got answers. Our full review is coming (we promise), but in the meantime whet your appetite with some Q&A from the Android Central Forums after the break.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds is coming to Android this summer

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How’s your aim? Everybody’s favorite chicken-slinging game is on its way to the Android market sometime this summer. Basically, it’s a test of physics, as the point of the game is to determine the correct angle which to catapult chickens into the air and free the incarcerated pigs to earn points. The cool thing is that there are five different kinds of chickens you can slingshot, and each have their own different strengths and weaknesses – so it’s more than just hurling a projectile in the right direction. It comes with 105 levels which should keep you busy for hours. Oh, and the fact that it’s only going to cost 99 cents is pretty nice too, so don't forget to check out the video after the break.  [Rovia via Mobility Digest]

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4 years ago

Preorder the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant by July 18, get $50 gift card

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Just a reminder, folks, that you can pre-order the T-Mobile Vibrant -- its version of the Galaxy S -- starting today at Radio Shack. Fork over $199 (along with two years of your contract life), and your Vibrant will be shipped out on July 21. And if you order before July 18, you'll get a $50 gift card from Radio Shack. Not a bad deal, indeed. [Radio Shack]

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm to go for $150 on T-Mobile

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See here! If you have a hankering for some square Android action on T-Mobile, the upcoming Motorola Charm (aka the Basil) appears to be going for $149.99 after contract, or thereabouts. (If you check out the Behold II on TMo's website, it's actually being sold for free now, take this however you want.)

Also listed is the Samsung Supersonic, which may well be the Vibrant version of the Galaxy S and is listed at $499 on the top end, and either $249 or $199 after contract. (Any T-Mo people wanna clear that up for us?)

Either way, pricing hasn't been officially announced yet, so we could see things change. And the $199 price is the sweet spot these days. Let's hope we get some launch dates soon. [via TMo News]

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4 years ago

Google Voice Search adds Korean support

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Just a few weeks ago Google’s Voice Search added a handful of languages and now they've added Korean to the mix. Perfect timing since the Nexus One launching on KT in Korea which is shipping with Froyo. Anyone who has access to the Google Mobile app or Voice Search included in the Android OS can now search in Korean. It’s worth mentioning that the Google Mobile application is cross-platform and the addition of Korean is included on all platforms. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Cellular South getting the Galaxy S, too

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Samsung week continues. To recap, the Galaxy S has been announced for the four major U.S. carriers -- Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, too. Now add Cellular South to that list, too. The Southeast carrier announced on Facebook this morning that it's also getting the Galaxy S, with the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and the upcoming Samsung Media Hub.

No specific pricing or launch date, other than "this fall." Stay tuned, folks. [Facebook] Thanks, Billy!

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4 years ago

AdMob's May numbers show that Android's still growing

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Android remains the No. 2 smartphone operating system worldwide

AdMob -- the company that serves up a good many of the ads you see in mobile applications (about 23,000) and that was bought by Google -- has released its numbers for May 2010. As you can see from the chart above, Android's climb continues worldwide, remaining the No. 2 operating system, according to AdMob usage. That's a pretty steady climb we're seeing there.

After the break, we take a look at the big points of AdMob's May numbers. (Click here for the April report.)

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