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3 years ago

Dell Venue shows up at the FCC, leaves the 'Pro' out of its name

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A device called the Dell Venue has appeared at the FCC. A few days ago, we reported that Dell was possibly going to release an Android version of the Venue Pro that was recently announced for the Windows Phone 7 platform.  This looks to be confirmed with a slight difference as the device is dropping the "Pro" from its name. 

We don't know too much about the Venue, but expect it to be very similar to its Windows Phone counterpart. Instead of a vertical slider however, this version will have a full touchscreen, that should be nice on the 4.1-inch Super-AMOLED screen. 

Good news for those of you who were a little jealous during Windows Phone 7 launch day. Let's hope Dell releases it with an updated version of the OS. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Verizon giving away the HTC Merge as part of 'Urban Challenge' in Seattle (Update: It's the Droid Incredible)

Update: Just heard back from HTC, and they tell us that anywhere you see the word "Merge" below, replace it with "Droid Incredible." They then told us they didn't know what we were talking about, there is no HTC Merge, we must be a prank caller and then hung up on us. (Not really.)

The HTC Merge is still very much unofficial, not having been announced by either HTC or Verizon. So imagine our surprise when it shows up on the prize list for the Verizon Urban Challenge. In fact, Verizon is giving away six of the Android 2.2 sliders on Saturday. Here's the deal, according to Verizon:

[The Urban Challenge is] a rat race through the fair city of Seattle. A grueling test of head-to-toe and between-the-ears strength. An unpredictable, multi-stage contest against 49 teams all with a ravenous appetite for the same dish-1st place. Or maybe it's the cash and HTC smartphone. Either way, grab the closest relative, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, neighbor, or stranger and snag one of the 50 spots while you still can.

The first-place team wins $3,000 case, a pair of Merges Droid Incredibles, and a couple of $125 Verizon gift cards. Second place wins $1,500, plus the phones and gift cards, and third place gets $500 plus the phones and gift cards.

If you're looking for more information on the HTC Merge, allow us to present our initial hands-on, video preview, photo gallery and -- oh, heck, you can just find it all right here. [Verizon Urban Challenge via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 -- and Android 3.0.1 -- are starting to ping websites

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Android 2.3 -- which we told you last week will indeed be Gingerbread -- is starting to show up in Google Analytics logs. Our pals at Android and Me are seeing them, as are we. And while it's impossible to know what phone they're coming from -- it's what's at the bottom of our list that's piqued our interest even more.

Yep, that's Android 3.0.1, which made an appearance last week before going dark again. Now how real is that? Unknown. Could be kids looking to cause trouble. Seeing Gingerbread pop up isn't that surprising, but seeing the next version -- tentatively code named Honeycomb -- appear? That's downright intriguing. Discuss.

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3 years ago

Adobe releases security advisory for Flash

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Adobe has announced another security advisory for Flash on Android, affecting all builds, including the current version of 10.1.95.2.  Additionally, the same advisory goes out to users on Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux for builds up to and including 10.1.85.3, and for Acrobat and Reader 9.4.

According to Adobe, "This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Adobe Flash Player." 

Adobe says it is already in the process of finalizing the fix, and will have it rolled out by Nov 9.  Should any real exploits for Flash on Android surface, we'll let you know.  [Adobe via PC Mag] Thanks evoinmypalm for the tip!

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated to Version 4.6 with search improvements

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Google Maps just got itself a little update in ye olde Android Market. And as you can see above, the changes are as follows: You can filter your search results by what's currently open, but neighborhood or by related searches. Also, you can browse the updated reviews section of Place Pages to read others' reviews.

OK, so not the sexiest of updates, but a fairly major one nonetheless. Have at it! [Google]

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3 years ago

Win a free Logitech Revue from your pals at Android Central [Google TV]

We're still knee deep in Google TV and the Logitech Revue, and we're having so much fun with it that we've decided one of you should, too. Instead of inviting you over for streaming movies and popcorn, we're going to do the next best thing and send a Logitech Revue to one lucky Android Central fan. Here's what you have to do to win:

Head over to this thread in our Google TV forums and tell us what feature you're most excited about with Google TV. And do it by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31 -- that's right, Halloween -- to be entered to win.

That's it. It's that easy. And while you're there, be sure to check out the other threads in our Google TV forums to see what everybody else is talking about. We're having some great discussions. See you there!

Win a free Logitech Revue Google TV from Android Central

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible Extended Battery Review: Seidio Innocell 1750mAh

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Being a heavy Droid Incredible user, I grew sick of the ever-dying stock 1300mAh battery from HTC. Some days, while using the stock battery, I would barely make it through lunchtime. Nothing is worse than trying to get through the day and to have that low life battery icon pop up. If you're looking for a battery to get you through the day, and don't want to sacrifice the slim design by buying the bulkier extended batteries -- this Seidio Innocell 1750mAh Extended Battery is for you.

Right away, the only difference you will notice in the design of the battery, is the black finish, and the 1750mAh branding. Otherwise, it's exactly the same size as the stock 1300mAh from HTC. Even though this battery carries a longer battery life, there is no difference in weight or thickness. There is absolutely no need for a new battery door or case -- this battery fits within HTC's original design. My only complaint in terms of aesthetics, is Seidio's choice of color. I wish they kept in line with HTC's firetruck red. But then again, when are you walking around with the battery exposed?

Jumping into the numbers -- the real meat of this review -- the 1750mAh battery will last the whole day through. On a daily basis, I was able to get a full 12 hours in before I found myself reaching for my power cable. In contrast, the stock 1300mAh battery would only last about five hours on moderate use.

For somebody like myself, who always is 3G connected, and has constant running sync services for Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook -- this battery is for you. Having the longer battery life, without having to choose a bulkier extended battery, is an option most welcomed. Head on over into the Android Central Store, and scoop the Seidio Innocell 1750mAh Extended Battery for $49.95. More photos after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Samsung Mesmerize [video]

U.S. Cellular just released the Samsung Mesmerize, and we have one in our hands to check out.  There's not a lot here that's new, the phone is basically the Samsung Fascinate, with half the bloat and none of the Bing.  And that is a good thing.  It has the same gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED display, the same Hummingbird 1 GHz chip and blazing fast GPU as the rest of the Galaxy S line, two GB internal storage, and a slightly modified version of TouchWiz that resembles the Epic 4G's software.

First impression?  U.S. Cellular has one of the best Android phones made today in their arsenal with the Mesmerize.  And the name is pretty cool as well.  There's a video after the break, be sure to have a look.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 update on the way, Verizon says

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Verizon this morning confirmed via e-mail that an update is on the way to the Motorola Droid 2. Here's what you're getting:

  • Improved battery life.
  • Proximity sensor improvements (faster response).
  • Weather widget works in landscape and portrait.
  • Easier setup, better notifications for visual voicemail.
  • Background email sync while the screen is off.
  • Support for e-mail domain suffixes with more than three characters.
  • Better text message organization.
  • Edit text messages after attaching a video file.
  • Guided Tour videos now stream from the help section.
  • Faster GPS lock.
  • Better Wifi-3G handoffs.
  • Add gallery pictures to contacts.
  • Export contacts to SD card.
  • VZ Navigator now built in.
  • See social networking contacts' details.

So, nothing earth-shaking, but a pretty good list nonetheless. You can get the full rundown and update instructions at the source link. [Verizon]

More on the Droid 2 update in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: ChromeMarks browser bookmark sync

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Tap. Tap. Sync. It's that simple to get your browser bookmarks from Chrome to Android, thanks to ChromeMarks. It's really that easy. OK, it takes a couple more taps the first time around, giving your phone permission to sync with your Google account. But it's just about the easiest way we've found to get your bookmarks from your browser to your phone. And it even follows my crazy folder scheme, which helps keep my head in order. We've got a few more screen shots after the break, plus download links. It'll be the best $2.37 you spend today.

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