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3 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Seidio Innocase Surface

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The Motorola Droid 2 is a rather durable device on its own, but does that mean that you want to carry it around unprotected, leaving it exposed to the elements and potential damage? If you are someone who likes to protect your device with a slim, stylish, professional looking case, the Seidio Innocase Surface may be a good choice for you. Let's look at it a little more after the break.

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3 years ago

All about market share, fragmentation, and magic [From the forums]

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Seems like everywhere you visit on the Internet you see folks tossing out buzzwords like market share, or talking about how many phones are being activated for each of the popular operating systems.  Even we talk about numbers from time to time.  I'll admit, it's fun to sit back and watch people get their blood boiling and having a great big Internet flame war sometimes, but it's also a good idea to know what is really going on in spite of all the trolling and bickering.

Luckily, milominderbinder has spent his time and energy to gather up all the facts and figures instead of starting trouble in blog comments.  It's almost required reading for anyone with interest in smartphones, and while it carries a bit of Android bias (we don't have a problem with that) it also breaks down the numbers and clears up a good bit of the clouded newsbytes that have been flying around lately.  Do yourself a big favor and have a read, and dive into the discussion.  [Android Central Forums] Thanks, Craig, for the great read and hard work!

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3 years ago

Write an awesome Firefox mobile add-on, win a trip to Barcelona

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This one's for you coders out there: Mozilla's looking for some good add-ons to be built or ported to the mobile version of Firefox (aka Fennec). There are six categories (Sports/games, commerce/shopping, geolocation, productivity, sharing/social, novelty/innovation), and prizes will be awarded in each category. The winners will get $1,000 cash, an Android (or Maemo) phone, a spot on the Firefox for Mobile Start Page, be listed as a featured add-on, and a blog post about your add-on.

And one grand-prize winner will get a free trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in February and a full pass to the event. (And if you're really, really lucky, you'll run into us there.)

So get to coding folks! Full info at the source link. [Mozilla]

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3 years ago

Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0 -- adds really long spacebar

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When the Android naysayers come out of the woodwork, they never fail to mention Android's stock keyboard as one of its weaknesses.  Personally, I don't think the stock keyboard is all that bad, especially on a device that has over four inches of screen real estate.  However, that doesn't mean I actually use it, as my heart (and $2.73) belongs to Dexilog's Smart Keyboard Pro.

Smart Keyboard Pro needs no introduction.  Based on its average 4.62 (out of 5) rating more than 6,000 ratings, it's evident that Smart Keyboard Pro has its share of satisfied buyers.  The developer pays attention to user feedback, and issues bug fixes very quickly.  Tweaks and enhancements are added quite frequently as well.

If you're always looking to try out a new keyboard, and haven't gotten your thumbs on Smart Keyboard Pro, I definitely recommend it.  Join me after the break as I dig a little deeper into the increased spacebar length.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread shows itself in official video (update: And the video's back up)

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We're still waiting on an announcement for Gingerbread, but damned if Android 2.3 hasn't shown up in a demo of voice search (in Cantonese) on the GOOGLEinHK YouTube channel. The video likely will be pulled pretty quickly -- and in all honesty you don't get too much more than the new black nav bar and colored launcher, along with a new tab in the market and a few new settings buttons. But it's Gingerbread (and no telling how complete), and we'll take what we can get. Peep it after the break. [YouTube via Android-HK Android Noodles, Android Police]

Update: And the video's been pulled rehosted. After the break.

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3 years ago

Using the Droid X overseas [from the forums]

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Do you travel internationally but have a CDMA (think Sprint or Verizon) non-"world" phone? Android Central Forums user jdbower has written up a great guide just for you. He details a trip to Tiawan in which he was mostly able to get by using his Droid X on open WiFi networks (he did have a world BlackBerry for email) but ran into a couple interesting issues along the way. In particular, he had some issues getting GPS to work while preventing his phone from connecting to a local network, which he ended up solving by telling the phone to not connect to any network that wasn't Verizon. For tons of other useful tips and observations, check out the article past the link. [Ebower via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

YouWave is Android on your Windows PC

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Playing with the Android emulator on your computer is a pretty geeky endeavor, but YouWave makes it easy to accomplish on your Windows PC.  If you can download and install a Windows program, you can have an Android 2.1-update 1 virtual machine running on your desktop in just a few minutes. All without ever touching the SDK or Sun's JDK.  As a bonus, the Window it runs in has a really easy method of installing third party apps from free Android applications stores, as well as apps downloaded to your PC. 

It's not without its flaws, and there are no Google applications of course (yet), but it's just as easy to uninstall if it's not for you.  Grab the program from the source link, and hit the break for an installation and quick breakdown video to get you started.  [YouWave] Thanks Allen for the tip!

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3 years ago

Is that a BlackBerry Torch running Android?

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We have seen our fair share of funny looking ads, like iOS on a Droid X or the HTC Aria being boasted as a 4G device, but this one is rather unique. It appears as though one marketing team has decided to up the anty a little to attract some attention to the BlackBerry Torch and have decided to picture it with the Droid X / Droid 2 Moto Blur interface. The image looks very similar to the DroidX theme we saw a few months back when it released, but either way it sure makes for a good laugh. [via FrAndroid]

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3 years ago

RIM buys The Astonishing Tribe

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Big news in the design world this morning: The Astonishing Tribe -- see that clock up there, they did that, along with tons of other stuff you've never thought of and most recently some awesome live wallpapers -- has been purchased by RIM. That's right, BlackBerry might finally get a decent UI. From RIM's blog:

Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.

For those who don’t know, TAT is renowned for their innovative mobile user interface (UI) designs and has a long history of working with mobile and embedded technology. TAT focuses on delivering great user experiences, from a design, technology, and usability perspective. Their design technology is used today in a variety of industries including the consumer electronics and automotive sectors.

TAT on its blog said it will "honor our current agreements and service our existing customers." But how long before all the work goes to Waterloo? If you see RIM people smiling today, you'll know why. [RIM, TAT via CrackBerry]

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3 years ago

Verizon offering BOGO for the Droid X, Droid 2 Global, and Droid Incredible

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Verizon has pretty much pulled all the stops for people looking to get an Android smartphone on their network, as you can now get a "buy one, get on" free offer on the the entire lineup of Droids except the Droid Pro, which is probably feeling left out. That means if you buy a Droid X, Droid 2 Global, or Droid Incredible you can get another one for free on 2-year contract. This is in addition to waiving the $10 per month add-a-line fee for smartphones on family plans. All told, you would save $680 over the life of two 2-year contracts ($200 for the free phone, $240 x 2 for the waived $10 monthly fees) using these pair of deals. Verizon might have just settled the "do I upgrade now" question we keep seeing for a good number of people just in time for the holidays. [Verizon Wireless

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