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4 years ago

T-Mobile Charm touted as a back-to-school special

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Looks like the Motorola Charm -- that square QWERTY-keyboard guy with Motoblur -- is going to be a back-to-school special for this fall, going for free on T-Mobile, according to this promo sent to TmoNews, which is a sight better than that other pricing we've seen. Also confirmed is that it's going to be called the Charm and not the Basil, so it's good we have that straight. And now, back to your regularly scheduled holiday weekend, already in progress. [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Could this be the Froyo (Android 2.2) version of HTC Sense?

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With 160,000 activations a day, there's a huge number of people waiting for the HTC Sense UI version of Froyo to show up.  I know all of us here sure are. Usually, we have to pass on the random screenshot tip that rolls in, but in this case they are worth talking about.  To be sure -- we can in no way verify that these are real, as anyone with a rudimentary set of Android ROM cooking skills and a copy of Photoshop could pull them off.  On the other hand, a Froyo version of Sense UI should be in testing somewhere, and it would look pretty much like this (watermarks and all) if it were to show itself. 

With all that out of the way, if anyone out there in the 'tubes needs a hand testing, or removing watermarks from a legit Sense 2.2 leak, just sing out.  I'm sure we can find you some help :)  Hit the break to see one more screenshot of the camera application showing off 720p resolution. Thanks Dan!

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4 years ago

Voice Control App Showdown: Vlingo vs. the myTouch 3G Slide Genius button

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Here at Android Central, we love the whole idea of using voice commands to make our phones work for us.  In the smartphone world, Vlingo is pretty well-known, with apps on multiple platforms, and we've been using it a while now.  Now drift back to the spring when we first started hearing about the Genius button on the MyTouch 3G Slide, and how it offers similar functionality, and you just know we had to check it out and see how it compares.

So hit the break, and watch as we pit Vlingo up against the Genius button and see which comes out on top.

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4 years ago

Discount on MobileBeat 2010 Tickets

MobileBeat 2010, VentureBeat’s third annual conference on the future of mobile is coming up on July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The two-day conference will explore "The Year of The Superphone and Who Will Profit", and we'll be there to hear what execs from Google, Samsung, HP, Motorola, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and more think of that there question.

If you'd like to be there, click here and use promo code “SmartphoneExpertsVIP” to get 15% off.

More details from VentureBeat after the break!

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4 years ago

Early Adobe Air download surfaces

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Many of us have been anxiously awaiting Adobe AIR -- which we demoed back at Mobile World Congress -- to be made available on Android so we could see some of our favorite PC and Mac applications on our smartphones. An early release of Adobe Air for Android has made its away out, as well as some applications for it. Keep in mind, this is not the official thing just yet, so it may be buggy, and there aren't many applications supported just yet, but it just goes to show that it is coming along, and hasn't been forgotten about. [via DroidLife]

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 Eclair usage climbing as 2.2 Froyo makes its official debut in the count

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Android 2.1 usage is up from our last count 16 days ago to 53.1 percent of all Android devices. The numbers are based on the devices that access the Android Market, which should be just about everyone who doesn't live under a rock. That said, this is the first time that Froyo has been included in the collection. With Froyo coming to the Evo, Droid and Droid X, and Nokia N900 those numbers are sure to rise quickly. With Gingerbread possibly 3.0 right around the corner, the Android landscape does look to be more fragmented than ever (but I still can't help but to drool over what might be in the next version). [Android Developers]

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4 years ago

Android payment system for those on the go

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In a day and age where nearly everyone carries credit or debit cards, sometimes finding someone to buy items in cash can be a bit difficult. Google Checkout has announced that you will now be able to use Android powered devices to accept credit card payments on the go. Now, this payment method is far from conventional, and won't work for everyone out there, but the concept behind it is rather brilliant, and certainly a good step in the right direction for those of us in need of this functionality. So, if you tend to sell things at markets or any other independent type store, check out the full scoop, and what you need to do to get all set up right here. [via Google Checkout Blog]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible OTA update reportedly will bring 720p video, mobile hotspot

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Are you one of the lucky ones who actually has a Droid Incredible, or one of the ones who has yet to switch your order to the Droid X because you had faith in the device? Well, reports from Droid-Life are that an OTA update will be bringing both 720p video recording and mobile hotspot service to the device, along with a new boot animation. While there is no confirmation from Verizon at this time about this update, and these screen shots are all we have to go on (and for what its worth, the hotspot icon on the Droid X is different than what you see here) or any official timeframe for the roll-out, we can only hope it will be soon. Check out after the jump for the video of the new boot animation. [via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

MIT brings optometry to Android

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The brainiacs at MIT are known for being good with numbers, but this goes a little bit past that. The scientists have figured out how to use a kind of holographic refraction light science which allows information to be extracted from all kinds of different angles. It may sound like a bunch of jargon at first, but basically now your Nexus One -- and is that a Samsung Behold up there?!!? -- can be used by optometrists to calculate your eyeglass prescription. Of course, you will need to purchase to $2 tube that enables the light refraction, and then attach it to your phone running the special alignment Android app to get everything to work. Other than that, you’re ready to open your own glasses shop – just be sure to get your license first. And don't forget to check out the video after the break.  [Vizworld via MIT Media Lab]

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4 years ago

Android 3.0 Gingerbread rumors kinda sorta debunked, corrected

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Remember those supposed Android 3.0 details that dropped earlier this week, courtesy of oft-accurate Russian Blogger Eldar Murtazin's Digestiv podcast, as translated by Unwired View's Staska? Well, a few things have happened since then. Start with Android's Dan Morrill taking a swipe at UV's original piece, saying on Twitter "I love it when people just make stuff up and report it as news." He later couched things a tad more, saying "In summary, please remember that rumors are not official announcements. ;)."

Now we have Unwired View saying that it erred some in its translation of the Russian podcast, on top of Murtazin clarifying some of what he'd said, including that the supposed "minimum specs" for the next version of Android are actually recommended specs.

We'll just say this about all that: Rumors are fun, and are a part of the game. But as Morrill reminds everybody, rumors aren't fact. Just because somebody heard something from somebody else doesn't make it true. But good on people for trying to make it right after the fact, we guess.

Yes, Google's working on the next version of Android. And it likely will leave behind some of the lower-end hardware out there. And it likely will have a better UI. And it'll be a big deal, and we'll all cover it. In the meantime, a little patience wouldn't kill anybody.

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