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3 years ago

Maybe this one's Gingerbread?

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We can't vouch for the validity of this about screen, but GizmoFusion swears it's Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And maybe it is. Or maybe it's someone with a text editor and about 45 seconds of free time. Could be either one. And regardless, we know darn well that Gingerbread is coming, thanks to the Gingerbread statue arriving at Google last week. So, yeah. [GizmoFusion via Android Community]

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3 years ago

A second Google phone out before Christmas?

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A report today suggests that a second Google phone is not only real, but is due out by the end of the year. If true, this device would be the follow-up to the very popular but now developer-only (in the U.S.) Nexus One

The report says that Google has made a deal with Carphone Warehouse to sell the phones overseas. Google is looking to avoid direct selling from carriers this time around and is looking for a partner that is already in the business of selling unlocked phones. 

The story also states that this phone will run the next iteration of Android, Gingerbread, which could have been expected. This is very interesting news and it definitely has us excited at the possibility of another Google phone. Hopefully U.S. customers will be able to buy the phone easily through Best Buy, since it is a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. We'll keep you updated. [CityAM via Eurodroid]

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3 years ago

Adobe gives free Motorola Droid 2, Logitech Revue to Adobe MAX attendees

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Say what you will about Adobe, it knows how to throw a conference. (That's Adobe's Ben Forta during this morning's keynote, if that's any indication.) And, more important, it knows how to woo developers -- especially for Android platforms. On Day 1 of the Adobe MAX conference in Las Angeles, attendees all received a new Motorola Droid 2. Today, it was announced they'll all get a Logitech Revue -- the Android-based Google TV device.

Giving away Android devices is nothing new -- at Google IO, everybody received a Motorola Droid and an HTC Evo 4G. But it's pretty obvious just how important Android is to Adobe. [Adobe]

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3 years ago

Things Verizon wants you to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Verizon is excited to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab, if for no other reason than to offer a second option to the 3G iPad (the WiFi-only version of which they are set to begin selling) on AT&T. They have created a "Top Things to Know" sheet to inform their retail sales people, and it was caught on camera by a tipster using nothing other than the official Android Central app. Verizon lists many of the features that would be common knowledge to our readers, but might not be obvious to the average tablet buyer. These include Flash, the thin and light design, Android 2.2, syncing with Verizon's V CAST Media Manager, and high-resolution screen. 

Verizon dedicates the final point to comparing the Galaxy Tab directly to the iPad, noting multitasking, front/rear camera, full Flash 10.1 support, and the zippy Android 2.2 OS as key advantages. They also say that the Galaxy Tab is able to be used in one hand, a slight dig at the larger and heaver iPad. Anyone interested in getting a Galaxy Tab should head over to the Android Central Forums for the latest information and discussion as we wait for the November launch date. 

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3 years ago

3D graphics on Android? Done, thanks to HTML5 and the Fennec browser

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WebGL, HTML5, a Samsung Galaxy S, the Firefox browser for Android, and anagraphic glasses. What does it all mean? How about 3D graphics on your Android phone. Check it out, after the break. [TheHyperGates via @mozhacks]

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible HD rumored to be coming Nov. 23

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Remember that Evo-esque device uncovered about a month ago? It's looking increasingly likely that this guy will be the Incredible HD (or maybe the Droid Incredible HD?) on Verizon. And leaker extraordinaire Miami1683 says we should expect it the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, which would be Nov. 23. To say that we'd love to get a bigger, more powerful Incredible in our hands would be the understatement of the year, and we know you guys are longing for it, too. So put your jaw back together, and let's all start thinking happy thoughts. [DroidForums via Limitless Droid]

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3 years ago

Google shutting down Nexus One forum, but ours is still here to help!

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The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.

More on the Nexus One in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 update for Telus HTC Hero available now

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Good news for HTC Hero owners in Canada, as the 2.1 (Eclair) update for the TELUS version is now available for download. The Hero is not even available to buy new, but owners who have been devout to their device can rejoice as they can now enjoy a major upgrade. 

Here are some of the improvements:

  • Flash support 4.0
  • Google Maps Navigation
  • Voice-dialer
  • Multi-touch navigation
  • People Group Widgets

If you want the update, you need to go to HTC's website. Sorry, Sprint Hero users, this update does not apply to your device. [HTC via Mobile Syrup]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to start charging for official tethering on Nov. 3

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It appears the days of free tethering on T-Mobile are numbered, as the carrier plans to start charging for it on Nov. 3. 

Starting next Wednesday, tethering through USB and Wi-Fi will cost $14.99/month. Customers will need to already have a 3G or HSPA+ capable device along with an unlimited data plan. Please see the full announcement after the break. 

It was fun while it lasted, but the free T-Mobile tethering had to come to an end at some point. At least the fee is less than what the other carriers are charging. Look for your phone bill to grow by $14.99 starting next week. [BGR]

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3 years ago

Review: Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth speakerphone with digital FM transmitter

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Throughout the dozens of Android phones over many moons, there has been but one accessory that has stood by me -- my Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth speakerphone with digital FM transmitter. First and foremost, it's a hands-free device, meaning I can legally -- and safely -- make and receive phone calls from my car.

But the Moto T505 is much more than that. We'll dive into it after the break.

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