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3 years ago

Motorola Flipout is real, really square, and coming to Europe in Q2

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We've spent much of or time lately with the largest Android phone, now let's move to one of the smallest. The Motorola Flipout (that's the square deal that made the rounds back in April) which we've seen was announced this morning and will be available in Europe and will be available in Europe in the second quarter. The Flipout brings a square form factor with a 2.8-inch screen at 320x240 pixels. It's running Android 2.1 with an "enhanced" version of Motoblur, Motorola's custom interface atop Android. In fact, it's the first Motoblur phone to run on Android 2.1.

Other specs of note: Quad-band GSM, dual-band WCDMA; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; aGPS; 1170mAh battery; 5-row keyboard; WiFi, 3MP camera; FM radio; a "Flash-enabled" Webkit browser;  all in a package that's a little more than 2.5 inches square and is available in seven colors.

It's a form factor that's surely aimed at the kids (you reading this, KIN?), though better Exchange support is touted in the enhanced version of Motoblur, too. No word yet on pricing. Check out the hip announcement video after the break. [Motorola via AndroidOS.in]

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3 years ago

And the winner of our Evo 4G contest is ...

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Here at Android Central we love our contests, and last month Phil broke the news that one of our lucky forum members would be the recipient of a brand new HTC Evo 4G when the device is finally released on Friday.

Well, today we make good on that promise and without further ado, the winner of the Evo 4G is forum member dwhitman! Thanks to all of our readers who participated!

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3 years ago

Sprint stores stocking up on Evo 4Gs

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Those of you who did not pre-order a Sprint Evo 4G and will be on the prowl come this Friday -- launch day! -- should think about visiting your local Sprint store when the doors open at 8 a.m. 

Android Central forum member BigRick10 posted the image above that shows one Sprint store that seems to have an over abundance of Evos. Here is the kicker: What you see above is claimed to be only a partial shipment. Of course, stock will vary from store to store, but it's looking like Sprint stores will be your best bet come Friday. [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S goes worldwide -- coming to 110 countries

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Samsung should be launching its premier handset soon, in a huge way.  According to the Korean industry blog Korea IT Times the Galaxy S will be released in 100 countries, all within the same month.  Confirmed by IT Times are Vodafone (UK), Orange (FR), SingTel (SG), Deutsche Telecom (Germany) and "many others."  We're already pretty sure it's coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, and very possibly Sprint and Verizon in the United States.

Ever since we had some hands on time with the Galaxy S and even more time with it at Google I/O we've been itching to call it our own for a week or so and put it through the paces.  Specs look great (1GHz cortex A8 processor, 4-inch SuperAmoled screen, 5 MPx camera, 8/16 GB internal memory, Android 2.1 Eclair), multimedia support looks even better (MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC audio files and MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264 and H.263 video files), and those rumours of the Hummingbird chips graphics processing being 3x the power and speed of the Snapdragon really make this phone one to keep an eye on.  And maybe, we can finally get a chance to see it outside. [IT Times via Unwired View]

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3 years ago

Hey, newcomers: Which OS platform did you ditch for Android?

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It's not much of a secret, judging by all the talk in our Evo 4G forums, that a lot of you folks out there are getting ready to jump one ship or another to join the ranks of Android with the Sprint Evo 4G (as well as other recent Android phones). So let's hear it: Which OS did/are you ditching for Android?

What platform are you leaving to join Android and the Evo 4G?survey software

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 now on 45 percent of devices

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Another couple of weeks, and more new numbers regarding Android platform percentages. For the two weeks ending June 1, we now see 45.1 percent of Android phones running Eclair -- Android 2.1. That's up from 32.4 percent for the two weeks ending May 17. The Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6) versions continue to wane, thanks to the HTC Droid Eris and Hero finally getting their long awaited updates. Cupcake is down 6.5 percentage points, while Donut dropped 1.6 percentage points. [Android Developer Blog]

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3 years ago

New dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon chips shipping for Android devices

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Mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has started shipping its two newest additions to the Snapdragon family, the MSM8260 and the MSM8660. Both of the processors are dual-core and are clocked at 1.2GHz with an integrated GPS and GPU that supports Open GL ES 2.0, 2D and 3D acceleration as well as Open VG 1.1 and are capable of encoding and decoding 1080p and support displays up to 1280x800 pixels. The only difference between the two chipsets is that the MSM8260 supports HSPA+ whereas the MSM8660 supports multi-mode HSPA+ and 1xEV-DO Rev. B. Qualcomm states that these two chips are headed for high-end smartphones, which will no doubt include Android devices sometime in the future (anything before the end of the year is pretty unlikely). More multicore processors are in the works for tablets and other high-end devices slated for “this year.” [via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Android's Andy Rubin says updates may slow to a more manageable once a year

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Andy Rubin's "it's not fragmentation, it's legacy" line at Google IO has sparked a pretty good debate, but now we're starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel for problem of Android's furious pace. Speaking to the Silicon Valley Mercury News' Troy Wolverton, Rubin said the rate of major updates to Android may settle down to an annual event. Said Rubin:

"From our internal 0.8, we got to 1.0 pretty quickly, and we went through this iteration cycle. You've noticed, probably, that that's slowed down a little bit. Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that's moving — it's hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don't want developers to have to predict the innovation."

At which point we expect everybody to start complaining about how long it will take until the next major revision of Android. [Mercury News] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

The altek Leo 14MP smartphone -- possibly running Android, definitely gianormous

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Sometimes we all like to sit back in our chairs and speculate about what fresh innovative ideas will turn up next in the smartphone world.  I'll bet none of us saw this coming.  Rather than put a camera on a smartphone, it looks like altek has put a smartphone in a camera.  Not a lot of details yet, and we're not even sure it will be running Android -- but the home, back and menu buttons make that a safe bet.  We do know that it's a touchscreen phone with HSDPA radio bands (and carries the Nokia style 3.5G label), has a 14 megapixel CCD with 3x optical (yes, optical, as in not a typo) zoom, and will be unvelied in June in Singapore at CommunicAsia.

Both professional and amateur photographers alike might just have something to look forward to with this beast. Full press release after the break. [via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G torn down (as if you haven't been teased enough)

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Not only can you not have the Sprint Evo 4G for a few more days, now you have to watch somebody tear it apart. The folks at ifixit did their thing, meticulously ripping open the Evo and checking out the internal components. No real surprises were found, other than getting the identifiers on the individual radios and the like. But we'll take every bit of Evo detail we can get, and we know you darn will, too. [ifixit]

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