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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible reviews, contest; Nexus One on Verizon; Sprint Evo 4G

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3 years ago

Motorola ditching Google location services on Android phones for Skyhook

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Here we go again. First it's Samsung going with Yahoo services, and now comes word that Motorola's switching to Skyhook for its location-based services over Google. Devices with the new service will "begin shipping later this year," Skyhook says, and "will have the ability to better support a new wave of location-aware applications by leveraging Skyhook's precise, reliable and fast-performing location engine."

Hey, fair enough. No reason why it shouldn't be as good or better than Google's default services, right? [via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Samsung and Yahoo team up on Android smartphones

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Samsung and Yahoo have teamed up and extended a "Strategic global partnership for mobile" that will effect Android phones as well as phones running Samsung's bada OS. What does this mean for you? Well if you're planning on buying an Android-powered Samsung phone you might be in the same shoes as Motorola Backflip users on AT&T. Samsung phones may replace standard-on-Android Google services with Yahoo services for search, email, contacts, calendar, news, and weather. Yowza. So for those of you thinking of purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S, would this affect your decision? Let us know in the comments! [via BusinessWire]

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3 years ago

Maintenance update being tested for Motorola Cliq XT

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The Motorola Cliq XT (see our hands-on) has only been available for a month or so, and a maintenance update apparently already is on the way. Scheduled for improvement are:

  • Improves Overall Phone Performance: Generally improves data connectivity while reducing the occurrence of freeze-ups, resets, and random forced quits.
  • Visual Voice Mail Enhancements: Enhanced design and interaction for Visual Voice Mail.
  • Bluetooth Audio Improvements to Bluetooth audio while streaming.
  • Camera Correction: Addresses instances of camera randomly freezing after taking a picture, and helps correct intermittent resets while camera and video applications are in use.
  • Screen/Display Performance: Improves backlight performance for the display.
  • Text Messaging Improvements: General improvements to text messaging - especially for longer text message threads.
  • Touch Screen Enhancement Improves overall sensitivity of the touch screen.

The update's available for just 1,000 people right now, and we should see wider release shortly. [Motorola via TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Motorola Europe says Android 2.1 for its Milestone is delayed

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The saga of the Android 2.1 upgrades continues, with Motorola Europe posting on its Facebook page that the upgrade for the Milestone has been delayed.

"We regret to say the UK 2.1 update has suffered further delays and been pushed back at least another 2 weeks. Additional operator approvals are now required which were not planned for originally. As we don't want to cause any further disappointment, we will now post about the update only once the launch date is 100...% confirmed. Sincere apologies for the frustration caused and thanks for your continued patience."

The good news is they're taking their time to get things right. Bad news is it's taking time. Hang in there, folks. [Facebook via TheUnwired's Arne Hess on Twitter]

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3 years ago

We're now giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles [contest]

What's better than giving away a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible? Giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles. That's right, we're upping the ante in advance of this week's launch. Here's the deal:

  • Our original contest is still on. Hit up the forums if you haven't entered yet.
  • For a second chance at winning a Droid Incredible, hit up this forum thread and tell us about the sorry old phone you're currently using. We'll pick one answer at random to win the second Incredible.

We'll pick both winners Wednesday morning and contact by e-mail, so keep close to your inboxes, and ship 'em out so you'll have them on Thursday, launch day. Good luck, everyone!

Another chance to win a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible

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3 years ago

Vodafone Nexus One available for pre-order, will be available in stores

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And in slightly less unhappy Nexus One news, it's now available for pre-order on Vodafone in the U.K. -- free if you shell out for a monthly plan that costs at least £35. We're also being told that unlike in the U.S., you're actually going to be able to buy it in stores. Will that signal a change for procedure in the U.S.? Let's hope so. [Vodafone] Thanks, Dave!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Garminfone spotted, still looks like the nuvifone A50

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Not a whole lot to say here other than it's the T-Mobile Garminfone in the wild, aka the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 that we saw a couple of months ago at Mobile World Congress. Android is still skinned pretty heavily, as the focus remains on navigation (natch). We're still expecting Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor. 512MB of ROM are confirmed, along with 3GB or so of internal storage. Still no word on when to expect it, other than "spring."  [via TMo News]

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3 years ago

Google: No Verizon Nexus One, buy the Incredible instead

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Sorry, folks, but I'm gonna have to say I told you so here. (See podcast Episode 9.) Google apparently put an end to the Verizon Nexus One, slipping it into an official Nexus One blog post "update on partnerships." (Strangely, the post is dated April 21, but it just pinged RSS feeds today. Update: They've fixed the date.) The line you need to be worried about:

In the US, if you’ve been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless’ network, head over to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed. It will be available in stores on April 29th.

The official Nexus One order page also says as much. From what I've been told, Verizon rejected the Nexus One at least once -- and the trackball was said to be a major culprit. Guess that makes that decision a little easier, but sorry to those who were holding out for the N1. [Google] Thanks, Nick

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3 years ago

Best Buy promoting Sprint Evo 4G - sign up to be notified when it's coming

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At this point, you're either in the Verizon Droid Incredible camp, or the Sprint Evo 4G. And both are stellar HTC Android smartphones. But the latter has a few extra bells and whistles up its sleeve, and like you, we can't wait to get our hands on it. (Again.) And so it's worth mentioning that Best Buy is now promoting the Evo 4G, and you can sign up to be notified when it will be available. We still don't know any more than "Coming summer 2010," but hopefully we'll learn more at the launch event in a few weeks. Stay tuned. [Best Buy] Thanks, Cody!

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