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3 years ago

Gingerbread easter egg discovered

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Back in December when the Gingerbread SDK was released, some folks found an interesting file hidden deep within.  While we still don't claim to understand this level of artistic genius, at least we know why it was there.  Now if we only knew why it was there.  Check out the video and play along if you have the hardware. [XDA-Developers] Thanks James!

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3 years ago

WiFi only Xoom coming in April?

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Ever since the rumor mill first began surrounding Motorola's much anticipated Honeycomb tablet, we've been patiently impatiently waiting for it's release. Alas, this will be making a lot of you Xoom fans who don't want to be tied to a Verizon data plan happy. Motorola's Latin America GM told Argentinian-based Infobae that a WiFi only version of Motorola's Xoom Honeycomb-based tablet exists, and that we should expect it sometime in April. Now, keep in mind that this was confirmed by the Latin American division of Motorola, so we're hoping that this doesn't mean it'll only be available in Argentina in April, but it's good to hear that a WiFi only version is out there and Motorola intends on releasing it. [Infobae via Engaget]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson LiveView Watch Wrist-on

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Oh, the things you see on the show floor on your last day at CES. The Sony Ericsson LiveView watch isn't exactly new and breaking, but it's new to us and, well, it's frankly better than we expected. If you're not familiar, it's a Bluetooth watch that's meant to be a 'remote' to your Android smartphone (works best with Xperia, natch, but there is a compatibility list for other phones). If your phone in your pocket is just too far away, you can look at email, messages, calendar, caller ID, RSS, control your music, and more. It pairs up with an App on your 2.0-or-better Android phone where you can download additional plug-ins (there are 24 of them to date).

Navigation is a straightforward affair - tap the edges of the watch to scroll, hit the selector button on the edge to, erm, select. 

After the break, some more photos and a wrist-on video. (Yes, we bought one and are going to put it through its proper paces next week)

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3 years ago

Let's talk about all those device announcements - New device forums now open [from the forums]

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It's been a hectic week for us here at Android Central. But as we get prepared to wind down the full on CES 2011 coverage, we figured we'd take the time to round up a listing of all the new forums we've put in place as the devices were announced. If you're looking to learn more or just simply chat about any device in particular be sure to check em out.

Stay tuned, we'll be adding more to the mix and If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Mobience Bluetooth qwerty keyboard -- and headset

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Imagine a full physical QWERTY keyboard - slightly larger than a deck of cards - that wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to your Android smartphone or tablet. On the backside there’s a microphone and earpiece that extends voice conversations just like a Bluetooth headset. Introducing Mobience, a Korean manufacture, that sells an accessory that does exactly that. I had a few minutes of hands on time with this yet to be named accessory at CES 2011, matched up with a Galaxy Tab. The keys were well spaced, albeit a little stiff to press. As you can see in the picture, I didn’t try to correct my mistakes. That said, with a little practice, there’s a potential of pounding out emails and word documents in no time. When your phone receives an incoming call, the device will vibrate, and you can flip it over and converse the same way you would over any Bluetooth headset. This accessory is currently available in Korean markets, with plans to release in the US at a yet to be announced date.

So Mobience, I realize this is a lot to ask, but please let me know what you plan on naming this bad boy, when it will be available, where I can buy it, and how much it will cost. When you get those details figured out, I’ll seriously consider buying one, mkay?  There's a picture of the back, showing the microphone and speaker, after the break.

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3 years ago

HSTi's Wireless Media Stick makes your Android device a media server

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It’s now 2011, and I’ve yet to have a high quality and reliable experience streaming media content between an Android device and a media player. I’ve tried docks, Bluetooth, DLNA, and cables with frustrating results. Today, I had an opportunity to see a demonstration of an awesome new accessory called the Wireless Media Stick, manufactured by HSTi. The Media Stick is essentially a network bridge between a PC, Mac, NAS, or Android device connected to a WiFi router; and any media player with a USB playback port (i.e.,TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, game console, stereo, or digital picture frame). On an Android device the Wireless Media Stick App streams videos, music, photos, or PowerPoint presentations - via the WiFi radio - to a Wireless Media Stick plugged into the USB playback port of a media player. The Android application provides full control over which folders and/or files are shareable. HSTi demoed the Media Stick, at CES 2011, by streaming an HD movie from a Galaxy S tablet to a TV with a built in USB port and media player. Both devices were connected to an 802.11g (b and n are also supported) wireless network. Picture quality was perfect with no hiccups nor glitches.   The Wireless Media stick is available now for $119 at www.hsti.com. The free Android app will be available on January 31. The company is also working with carriers on OEM opportunities.

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3 years ago

Xperia X10 Mini Pro Successor Pictured and Spec'd

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Pictures of an apparent successor to Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 Mini Pro have leaked out on Chinese forum IT168, along with some technical specs for the device.

Sony Ericsson has apparently packed a Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU and Adreno 205 GPU into the same small form factor as the original X10 Mini Pro. The new device is said to sport 384MB of RAM, a decent boost from the original's 128MB but still relatively anaemic compared to the 512MB+ found in most modern smartphones. No details of clock speeds were included, but the MSM7230 usually runs at 800MHz.

Check out another photo after the jump. [IT168 via SEMC Blog]

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser Mini officially launches in Market

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Just a few weeks separated from its beta launch in the Android Market, the new Dolphin Mini browser has grown out of beta status and officially entered the Android Market, V1.0. Along with the release comes several new features and bug fixes, including a new data backup and restore feature.

New Features

  • New backup and restore feature
  • Refined UI and toolbox design
  • New bookmarks label
  • New flash plugin and updated flash settings
  • New address bar "quick options" by long pressing address bar

Dolphin Browser mini has quickly become one of our favorite browsers of choice, so be sure to check out this official release in the Market and let us know what you think in the comments section. [via Dolphin Browser Blog]

 

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3 years ago

Google's Matias Duarte interviewed, says Honeycomb the future of Android

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Engadget scored a lengthy interview with Matias Duarte, Google's Director of User Experience and the man behind much of the UI direction of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb.

In one his first interviews since joining Google, Duarte talks about his time at rival Palm, as well as key Gingerbread and Honeycomb design decisions made over the past seven months. Duarte also discusses the future of Android on phones and tablets. He stops short of confirming that Honeycomb itself will be heading to Android phones, but says that the design decisions seen in Honeycomb are "absolutely the future of Android." This in itself is great news, and something that should have everyone excited about Android in 2011.

If you're interested in the future direction of Android, and the thought that goes into designing the platform and its UI then this interview is definitely worth a look. Check it out for yourself after the jump. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Nvidia announces 'TegraZone' game store for Tegra-powered Android phones

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Nvidia is really proud of the Tegra 2, and for good reason. It is the first dual-core processor to be powering mobile devices and had a huge coming out party at CES this year. It looks poised to become the default processor for Gingerbread tablets as well. The biggest benefactor of much of that power will be games, and Nvidia isn't going to let Google handle things on their own. As such, the company will be launching "TegraZone", an app store for games that require the increased graphical performance of the Tegra 2.

There are also a couple key advantages for game developers to use TegraZone over the Android Market including doing away with the 50MB app size limit and offering a more curated and premium catalogue -- game devs won't have to worry about competing with lower-quality games. Nvidia claims 5-10 launch titles and is actively courting Gameloft, whose refusal to list their games on the Android Market has become somewhat famous. As for release date, we only get a cruel "coming soon". [Nvidia

 

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