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4 years ago

HTC Hero and 2.1, New Moto Droid features, Rooting devices, New Beautiful Widgets

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4 years ago

Windows Phone Review -- Smartphone Round Robin

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It's the end of the first week of the Smartphone Round Robin so it's time to wrap up our thoughts on Windows Phone in a full review. There's a lot to be said about where Windows Phone is headed and we joined the choir for this one but honestly, we like the direction it's showing with 6.5. And before anything, we're going to have to say it, we like Windows Phone 6.5. *gasp*

But let's be honest, there's more similarity with Android and Windows Phone than Android has with any other smartphone platform on the market. Heck, they basically share HTC. The biggest difference between the two platforms? Time. Windows Phone and Android hail from two different smartphone eras, Android being the splashy new attention stealer, Windows Phone a part of the old guard. And though many people are quick to write off Windows Phone, to do so would be foolish. Us Android users have a lot to learn from Windows Phone, both from their success and from their mistakes.

So let's take a look at Windows Phone and see what it has to offer for us Android users!

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 spotted at the FCC, gets its Glamour Shots taken

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Looks like we don't have to bother with an actual hands-on of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, now that the FCC has done one of the best photo jobs we've ever seen come out of the Beltway.

But here it is, in all its photographic glory. And along with the pics come the usual FCC fodder -- manual and radio information, which is important because in it we learn of support for T-Mobile's AWS spectrum. So even if no U.S. carrier picks up the X10 (which was the case for the Windows Mobile-powered X1), you can still bring one in and use it to your heart's content.

We've got a bunch more pics after the break. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon puts a bandage on the Motorola Droid's battery door

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We've already brought you one way to keep your Motorola Droid's battery cover from coming off so easily. That one involved a screwdriver and about 5 seconds of work.

Verizon's fix? Well ... Says Flickr user Anticitizen:

Took my phone to the Verizon store, and this is their solution.

It's better than what the original rep tried to do, which is put scotch tape on it.

IMO, for a $200 phone, this is unacceptable.

Yeah. That's more than a little weak.

[via Daring Fireball]

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4 years ago

HTC 'Incredible' rumored for Verizon

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Engadget says it's got a source that says the HTC Incredible, one of the leaked code names unearthed in that leaked Android 2.1 ROM, is headed for Verizon. While that's not the sort of code name you'd expect just any old phone to have, let's remember that the HTC Mega on Windows Mobile was kind of a buzzkill. So maybe it's the Passion/Dragon, and maybe it's not. And once again, we wait. [Engadget Mobile]

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4 years ago

Sprint Navigation on a T-Mo myTouch 3G

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Hey, if Sprint Nav on a myTouch 3G is your thing, then you go right ahead. [via XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Best Buy offers holiday deal on HTC Droid Eris

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Still brushing up on your last minute holiday shopping? Well Best Buy Mobile is offering it's Reward Zone Members a special deal on the HTC Droid Eris with Verizon. From today until Dec. 26, Reward Zone members can take advantage of the following discounts:

  • Reward Zone Premier Silver members – Free with new two-year activation ($100 savings)
  • Reward Zone Base members – $49 with new two-year activation ($50 savings)

Of course the regular two year contract and activation fees do apply but regardless it's still a great deal for those of you looking to get yourself a nice Android device just in time for the holidays!

[Via Business Wire]

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4 years ago

'Smartpad' sounds too good to be true, but we want it!

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As if a tablet running Android isn't cool enough, Slashgear's gotten word that Notion Ink's unnamed "smartpad" also will have a new NVidia Tegra chip inside. Mouth watering yet? Check out the other rumored specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1024x600 Pixel Qi panel.
  • Full 1080p video.
  • WiFi.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • HDSPA.
  • aGPS.
  • Digital compass.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor, water sensor (?).
  • USB and HDMI ports.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone input.
  • 3MP autofocus camera.
  • SD card slot.
  • 16GB or 32GB onboard memory.

That almost sounds too good to be true, and it definitely sounds too good for our wallets. We should get a better look next month at CES, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Android continues its upward trend

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AdMob, a company that serves up ads for mobile devices, has released its November numbers. And things continue to look up for Android since October, as you can see from the chart above. Some interesting stats:

  • Worldwide, requests from Android devices jumped five percentage points over October, to 16 percent.
  • The Motorola Droid attributed to 22 percent of worldwide ad requests in November, followed by the HTC Magic/myTouch 3G (21 percent) and Hero (9 percent).
  • Six months ago, the HTC G1 generated 92 percent of Android traffic. With the release of a number of new devices, that's down to 37 percent.
  • The number of Android devices pinging AdMob is up seven percentage points over October, to 27 percent.
  • The HTC dream leads ad requests in the U.S. and UK at 38 percent and 41 percent, respectively, but the Motorola Droid is up to a quarter of the requests in the United States.

This isn't the be all-end of numbers, but there's no denying that Android continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Read the full report here. (pdf link)

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4 years ago

More details on the Nexus One

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Alls been relatively quiet on the Nexus One front for a couple of days hours, but we're getting more information about what's been floating around in the hands of Google employees. A recent hands-on by tnkgrl Mobile brings us the following:

  • It's thin.
  • It looks better than all the blurry pictures.
  • Had a 4GB microSD card.
  • Battery is 1400mAh.
  • Screen looks like it's OLED and the same size and resolution as the Motorola Droid.
  • No AT&T 3G on board. EDGE works fine.
  • The phone is unlocked.
  • No multitouch in browser or Google Maps.
  • No dedicated camera key, but same UI as in the Droid.
  • Weak flash, so-so for low-light photos.
  • Calls are normal calls. Not VOIP.
  • A five multi-pane home screen like Sense on the Hero.
  • MicroUSB.

Some of that well could just be dogfood issues, like the phone being unlocked. We'll still have to see about that. Multitouch is a sticky thing. Some of us can live without it, others can't.

[tnkgrl Mobile via Engadget]

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