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3 years ago

Archos announces pair of G9 Android Honeycomb tablets

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8-inch costs just $279; 10.1-incher is $349 

 

Archos today announced a pair of new (and relatively affordable) Honeycomb tablets -- the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9. Both feature Android 3.1, a dual-core OMAP 4 processor running at 1.5GHz, and a 250GB Seagate hard drive.

The Archos 80 G9 -- which runs just $279 -- is an 8-inch device with a 1024x768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The Archos 101 G9 -- $retailing at just $349 -- sports a 10.1-inch screen and a 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

In addition, both tablets can take advantage of Archos' new 3G stick -- a USB stick that, for an extra $49 turns the Wifi tablets into pay-as-you-go 3G devices.

The Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be featured at the IFA conference earlier in the month in Berlin.

More: Press release

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3 years ago

Don't want that bloatware on your EVO 3D? Simply uninstall them, no root required

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Shocking, we know, but it appears as though Sprint and/or HTC have gone a step above with the EVO 3D and made it really easy to remove extra -- without requiring the device to be rooted.

Folks are reporting in our forums that all you have to do is go to your application list, (settings then applications) and then simply uninstall it as you would any other application that you downloaded or installed. The only application you're not able to delete is Sprint ID. But, hey, compared to being stuck with all the rest, that isn't so bad. So, what are you waiting for, get to removing, and let us know how it goes in the forums!

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Exchange Rates

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Summer means travel, and for some you, that means crossing borders (or oceans!) to new and exotic lands. One of the things you're going to want to have in order before you leave (besides hoping you don't get picked for the special search at the airport) is how your native currency stacks up against wherever you're going. That's where Exchange Rates comes in.

Exchange Rates, at its core, is a simple currency conversion calculator. You choose what your native or main currency is, and by tapping on it, can choose what amount you want to see exchange rates for. By default, it's set to USD and $100, but changing either of those isn't an issue.

You can also add other country's currencies to your hotlist by choosing "Add Currency" from the app's menu. Doing so brings up a list of, what I assume, is every country in the world (and their respective currency). Simply tap on the country you want and it gets added to the bottom of your list.

If the order on your list isn't to your liking, long-pressing brings up another menu that has the options to move the item higher or lower on your list. This menu is also where you're given the option to choose something else as your base currency, enter an amount on the selected rate, or view a chart of how it compares to your base currency.

If you're a fact nut, the same long-press menu also can direct you to a Wikipedia article all about the currency you're looking at.

Exchange Rates is a really stellar app, regardless if you're a frequent international traveler or only cross borders infrequently. It's free to download, but despite that, it isn't cluttered up with ads. There is a donate version available on the Market, if you want to support the developer, but fortunately you're not obligated to just to unleash the full power of this app.

Download links and screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha rumored to hit AT&T as the 'Status'

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According to unnamed sources, the HTC ChaCha may land on AT&T as the "Status." You know, like your Facebook status, seeing as how this is a "Facebook phone." Here's how we see that playing out:

Operator: "Thank you for calling AT&T. How may I help you?"

Customer: "Hi. I wanted to check on the status of my HTC Status order." 

Operator: "Sure. I'll be happy to help you. Which HTC phone are you asking about?"

Customer: "The Status. The HTC Status."

Operator: "Sir, I'll need to know which HTC phone you want to know the status on. There are a lot of them."

Customer: "The phone's called the 'Status.' "

Operator: "Oh, you want to know the phone's call status? That's easy. Open the dialer and ..."

Yep. That's definitely better than ChaCha.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Gameloft games added to Android Market, despite Amazon Appstore claims

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It looks like Gameloft has been adding some games in the Android Market recently. The company is known for having some great mobile games, but restricitng their purchases through their own online store. But in a recent interview with Reuters, Gameloft's Chief Executive Michel Guillemot said that the company is looking to bring their games to the Amazon Appstore.

"The Amazon ecosystem is controlled where we don't find too many pirated version of our games or malware games, so for the consumers, it will be a safer place to come and get applications."

Since that interview, the company has released two new games in the Android Market: Order & Chaos Online and N.O.V.A. 2 HD. As for the Amazon Appstore, there is only one game present. This isn't the first time Gameloft has played around with their distribution model either. Gameloft makes some pretty good games for Android, and we love playing them, but we're just wondering when they're going to make them all available in one place. Where do you guys want to buy your Android games? Android Market, Amazon Appstore, or developer website? Let us know in the comments!

Download: Nova 2, Order & Chaos; Thanks for the tip, mrspock2002!

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3 years ago

Hulu Plus arrives in the Android Market, only available for select phones initially

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It's been quite a while since Hulu initially announced they'd be bringing Hulu Plus to Android. That wait is now finally over -- for some users that is. In order to make use of Hulu for Android you have to have one of the only six devices that are currently compatible. As noted on the Hulu blog:

With the first phase of the Android rollout, Hulu Plus is available on six phones, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. We expect to add to the number of Android smartphones and will be making additional device announcements throughout the year.

Limited support starting off with further devices being added later on. Sounds familiar right? Netflix chose this route and truth be told -- that didn't really work so well considering it's up and running on various devices in unauthorized form. If you're looking to get in on Hulu now and have a supported device you can jump on past the break for download. You'll get a free one-week trial and after that it'll be $7.99.

Source: Hulu

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G bootloader reportedly will be unlocked with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update

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Being a Motorola Arix 4G owner just got a whole lot more exciting. According to the latest news, when the Motorola Atrix gets updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread net month that update will also be bringing along for the ride an unlocked bootloader. Early builds of Android 2.3 allowed for bootloader unlocking through the "fastboot oem unlock" command. And it's apparently also been confirmed that Chinese versions of Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Atrix allow unlocking of the bootloader. 

We're hoping this unlocking will happen for all Atrix owners and not be limited to certain carriers -- given the out cry from users already letting Motorola know how they feel, we can't see that happening but you never know. Either way, developers may soon be creating some real custom ROM's and kernels for the Motorola Atrix and that's something we can all appreciate.

Source: BriefMobile

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3 years ago

AT&T Thrill 4G release moves from 'in the coming months' to 'this summer'

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Hmmmmm. AT&T released a press release today (that's what you do with press releases -- you release them) letting us all know that the LG Thrill 4G (that's its version of the Optimus 3D) is coming this summer. That narrows it down from the actual announcement of the device in March, which just said "in the coming months." Seeing as how the summer solstice was yesterday, we suppose that could mean we'll be seeing it any day now. Or not. We'll just have to see.

Regardless, what you have to look forward to (be sure to check out our full review of the Optimus 3D) at some point that is not today is a pretty slick Android phone with all of LG's bells and whistles, with 3D recording and playback capabilities and a dedicated 3D section on the phone. Go read that Optimus 3D review again. But believe us when we say you're actually going to want to try this before you judge.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Hands-on redux with the Toshiba Thrive (now with Honeycomb)

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been more than six months since we brought you the first look at what's now known as the Toshiba Thrive. Back in January, at CES, it was little more than a relatively monster piece of hardware -- including a full SD card slot and USB 2.0 port. Today, it's running Honeycomb. Our man Jared DiPane got a quick and dirty look at the Thrive at the Digital Experience event tonight in New York City, which we present to you here.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G+ caught on video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The HTC EVO 4G+, a.k.a. the HTC Rider, has been caught on video at a Korean Youtube channel.  The EVO 4G+ is basically the EVO 3D, with WiBro (Korea's version of WiMax 4G), and no 3D camera or playback.  As you can see in the video, the snappy operation and Sense 3.0 are there, and on the hardware side the specs (minus the dual cameras and network specs) are the same.  In place of the 3D setup you find on Sprint's version, the EVO 4G+ will have a 1080p capable 8MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras.  Further details and an official announcement haven't popped up just yet, but for all intents are purposes it looks like Korea is getting it's own 3D-less EVO 3D.

Source: Reviewyang. More: PocketnowThanks, HustleHard101!

 Update: And it's official, folks.

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