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3 years ago

INQ's Cloud Touch Facebook phone gets brief hands-on, uses Spotify for music

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The Facebook phone lives! It's been a long-winded rumor, of course, most recently with INQ Mobile sending hardware through the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and now there's video of the phone -- also called the Cloud Touch -- in action.

At its heart, as you'll see in TechCrunch's brief look, is an Android-based phone that has deep integration into Facebook and Spotify taking over the music-playing duties. There's some serious widgetry going on, with hooks for Facebook chat as well. Of course, Spotify means you won't be seeing it in the United States at first, through they're hoping to get it here after a May launch overseas.

Not sure how sold we are on the idea still, but the implementation doesn't look horrible. Check out the video after the break. [TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

HP TouchPad now official, will it woo you from Honeycomb tablets?

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Over at Pre Central today HP unveiled their brand new TouchPad running webOS. Although we're rather XOOM focused here there is no denying the new TouchPad is fine piece of hardware. A 9.7-inch display at 1024x768, weighs a little more than 1.5 pounds and has a dual-core Qualcomm 8660 Snapdragon processor at 1.2GHZ. All of that backed up with 1GB of RAM and comes in 16GB or 32GB's. Just in case that wasn't enough to tickle your fancy, you'll also be getting a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling and a 6300 mAh battery. Overall, we're pretty impressed with what HP did with the TouchPad. The specs and hardware look great but we're waiting to see more. Although, we'll be waiting for summer to hear pricing and availability.

HP didn't stop at the TouchPad announcement though. They did go on to announce the HP Veer and the new Pre 3 all of which was in addition to what was most likely the most unexpected announcement. Yes, HP is dedicated to working on a complete ecosystem with webOS and they will indeed be working toward bringing it to PC's in the near future. Not a lot of details were outlined in that area but it's certainly something interesting to ponder. The Palm name may be dead but we're liking what HP has done thus far with webOS. Head on over to the source link for more details and highlights. [Pre Central]

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3 years ago

Dropcam now available for Android -- we go hands-on!

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Let's not mince words here: If you're in the market for some basic -- and extremely easy to use -- webcam monitoring, you need to check out Dropcam. It's been available for some time now for the iPhone (and on a desktop web browser), and now it's come for Android.

The Dropcam folks sent us one of their Dropcam Echo cameras to test out. How did it fare? We'll discuss after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S coming to Vodafone worldwide in black and white

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Vodafone has announced that it'll soon be selling the Nexus S on contract in 24 countries. The carrier will be offering the Nexus S in the original black, as well as the previously rumored white.

Vodafone was one of Google's main carrier partners for the Nexus One, and the recent announcement will make it the first carrier to offer the Nexus S subsidized on contract. So far the phone has only been available unlocked at retail in the US and UK.

The carrier has yet to announce any prices or launch dates, but says the Nexus S will be arriving on its network "soon." Potential customers can sign up to register interest on their local Vodafone site. [Vodafone]

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3 years ago

American Airlines app now available in the Android Market

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If the airline you frequent flying doesn't have an app to help make your trips a little easier, you might want to look into changing carriers. (We kid! But not really, and here's a list of handy travel apps.) That said, American Airlines just took off (see what we did there?) in the Android Market. With everything from a mobile boarding pass, standby status lists and even a Sudoku game built-in American Airlines has covered a lot of bases with this release. Download can be found after the break. Be sure to grab it before your next red-eye. [American Airlines]

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3 years ago

Did a WiFi only Motorola XOOM just appear at the FCC?

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We've been discussing the possibility of a WiFi only Motorola XOOM showing up for quite some time now and although Motorola gave us a partial confirmation, that was seemingly only for Latin America. We're still looking for the North American branch of Motorola to come out and say one exists and will be sold here. Although, we may not necessarily need them to considering what is now showing up at the FCC. As described in the documents, Motorola submitted the following:

This equipment operates in the 2.4 GHz band functioning as Bluetooth and WiFi (part 15.247) as well as in the 5GHz UNII sub-bands I & IV non-DFS WiFi (part 15.407). The unit may also be connected to a computer via a USB connection. (Part 15B Computing Device Peripheral).

That sure sounds like a XOOM to us. Couple it with the fact the SARS report is in-line with that of the originally posted XOOM and we're drawing a blank as to what else it could be. There is actually two reports showing the same ID, the other shows it as a tablet. Hit the break for that image. Share your thoughts in the comments folks. [via FCC] Thanks, Tom!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.3 SDK platform intros new NFC capabilities

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Over at the Android Developers blog today, Google has announced an update to Android 2.3 that adds new NFC capabilities for developers. Google also stated that since NFC is an emerging technology, they'll be doing their best to offer what they can from those capabilities as they present themselves. Some new features added in the 2.3.3 platform include:

  • A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.
  • Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.
  • Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.

You can view the full details via the source link or if you're only interested in the changes you can view the change log here. The Android 2.3.3 SDK platform can be downloaded via the Android SDK Manager. [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Flashable zip of Honeycomb on the Nook Color available now

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Just a few days after we introduced more complicated methods to install Honeycomb to the Nook Color's internal memory, the latest version of deeper-blue's Android 3.0 port is now available to be flashed as a zip file in ClockworkMod Recovery.

The zip, pieced together by samuelhalff, looks pretty solid so far (based on users' comments).  You can check out our complete how-to for either method of installing internally, in addition to our SD card install guide.  [xda-developers]

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3 years ago

BBC iPlayer app coming to Android

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The BBC has announced that it'll be launching an official iPlayer app on the Android Market later this week. While Android owners can currently access the service through their web browsers, the new app will apparently provide a flashier UI and better touchscreen integration.

According to the Beeb, the app will allow live TV and radio streaming -- something not possible via the current web interface -- as well as the same catalog of catch-up TV found on the iPlayer website. As with the iPlayer mobile site, viewers will need Android 2.2 and Flash Player 10.1 to get in on the action.

As ever, the iPlayer is free to all TV license fee payers in the UK. The BBC plans to launch a subscription-based version of the service to viewers in other countries later this year. [BBC Blog]

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3 years ago

Dzyplastic Series 2 mini Android collectibles coming soon

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If you're an Android fan, you likely have at least one or more of these little guys in your house somewhere. Series 1 of the Dzyplastic mini Android collectibles was awesome and now, series 2 is being shown off over at the Dzyplastic blog. While not all the new designs have been posted, we'd be lying if we were to say we're not excited to see the rest of them. You can hit the break to see the two latest or head on over to the source link to see all six that have been shown off so far. [Dzyplastic Production Blog]

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